Green Your Easter with these Healthier Easter Basket Swaps

 If you’re looking for ideas for a healthier Easter Basket, you’ve come to the right place! Make some of these swaps this year and skip the artificial food colors, flavors, and high fructose corn syrup. You can also make some easy choices to reduce plastic waste too. Here’s to a Healthier Easter this year!Healthier Easter Basket Candy Swaps

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Green Your Easter with these Healthier Easter Basket Swaps

I’m so glad that more food companies are starting to listen to consumers. When my kids were little, I had to look far and wide to find find treats without all the junk. Holidays focused on candy and unhealthy crap like Easter really made my head spin. Luckily, it’s easy than ever to make healthier choices for Easter and on candy in general.

Good reasons to avoid artificial food colors, flavors and high fructose corn syrup.

There are many good reasons to avoid artificial food colors, flavors and high fructose corn syrup too. Did you know that artificial food colors and flavors are linked to ADHD in children – not necessarily causing the ADHD, but rather causing problems in all children. You can read about it in medical journals. The topic has been widely studied. Some food dyes are carcinogenic and have been banned in cosmetics, yet still show up in food! Why are we feeding this crap to our kids and eating it ourselves?

High fructose corn syrup is everywhere – not only has our intake of sugar skyrocketed in recent years, but it’s also full of chemical contaminants that are harmful to our bodies as well. Dr. Mark Hyman explains on Huffington Post why cutting HFCS out of our diet could be the single best thing we do for our health. You should read this article. It’s really good.

Easter candy without artificial food colors and high fructose corn syrup

I challenge you to make a healthier swaps this Easter.

Take a look at ingredient lists and see if you can’t find better options to give your children. Here are a few healthier Easter Swaps I found for you this year. I tried many of these items at Expo West recently and was happy to bring home samples for my kids to taste test too.

  • YumEarth Candy – YumEarth candy was the first healthier candy I ever found for my kids. They’ve been making lollipops for years, but their line is a lot bigger. Their candy contains no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial dyes or flavors, and is also made with no soy, no egg, and no dairy.
  • Spry Gum & Mints – Most sugar-free gum contains aspartame, another ingredient I like to avoid. Spry gum is made with xylitol and is also free of dyes and artificial flavors. Do you look for xylitol in your toothpaste and gum too?
  • Wholesome Candy – more organic candy options! My kids live the Wholesome fish and also the Wholesome cinnamon gummy bears. I brought back samples from Expo West that they were only too happy to devour.
  • Black Forest Candy –  More candy from Expo West that my kids were only too happy to sample. They liked the gummy bears and the sour candy I brought home so I’m added it to this list of healthier swaps as well!
  • Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups – I’ve long loved the Justin’s dark peanut butter cups. They also have white chocolate, milk chocolate, and they’re coming out with an almond butter cup in June as well! Justin products are currently being certified by Project NonGMO and they are also free of high fructose corn syrup, and artificial food dyes and flavors as well. You can find Justin’s in the health food aisle at HyVee or order them online at Amazon.
  • Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans – Want organic jelly jeans? Surf Sweet’s got you covered! These yummy little candies are free from artificial dyes, flavors, and high fructose corn syrup, so they get my vote of approval too.
  • Chocolates from ALDI –  If you’re a long time blog reader, you know I really like ALDI. We’re big fans of the seasonal items they come out with ever year. I always buy a milk chocolate bunny for each of my kids, and usually get a few other fun chocolate items from them as well. Their cocoa is responsibly sourced and ALDI quit adding artificial food dyes and artificial flavors to their food several years ago.


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Reduce plastic with these Healthier Easter Basket Ideas

Another way you can make healthier choices this Easter is to reduce the amount of plastic you buy. Instead of using plastic grass that gets thrown away, grow your own this year! You only need a week, so there’s still time to do this fun activity with your kids. Or if growing your own Easter basket grass isn’t for you, buy recyclable paper grass instead. You can find it on Amazon and also at Walmart.

I’m also a big fan of using multi-purpose containers for Easter Baskets. We’ve used terracotta pots before and then turned them into pretty spring planters, and I’m a big fan of these steel buckets too. You can find them at Menards, farm supply stories, or order one on Amazon and have it delivered directly to your door.

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Simply Real Foods Market – $35 order gets you FREE RAW HONEY!

Have you heard of Simply Real Foods Market? They are another online source for NonGMO food products, beauty and personal care items, and pet care as well. I learned about them at Shiftcon a few weeks ago. With a low price guarantee and no membership fees, Simply Real Foods Market can be a great source for hard to find healthier food options.

Simply Real Foods Market has a pretty sweet deal right now! Buy $35 worth of items from them and they’ll send you a free 16 ounce jar of certified organic raw honey. You can find a lot of the candy items I mentioned above at SRFM as well (at cheaper prices than Amazon!). Shipping is FREE with a $50 order. Order by Thursday, March 22 for guaranteed Easter delivery. Find all their Easter goodies here. And don’t forget to sign up for their newsletter so you always know when they’re running another awesome special.free honey at Simply Real Foods Market

These are a few ways we’re enjoying a healthier Easter this year. I hope they inspire you to make a few positive changes as well.

What are you doing to make your Easter a little healthier this year?

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How to Turn a Messy Sideboard into a Delicious Spring Centerpiece

Many thanks to ALDI for inspiring me to turn my messy sideboard into a delicious spring centerpiece! While I was compensated to write this post, the opinions are, as always, all mine.

Welcome spring with a delicious spring centerpiece using chocolates, printables, and flowers.

How to Turn a Messy Sideboard into a Delicious Spring Centerpiece

Spring is the perfect time to take a long hard look at your house and jump into cleaning and decluttering. I admit that I sometimes have a problem with piles. Getting to them is always on my list…it’s just never very high up and I can always find an excuse for not tackling my clutter.

Create a fun Easter Display with chocolates, bulbs and printables. How cute is this

Take, for instance, my sideboard. While I don’t have an official sideboard per se, I do have an IKEA cart that I use plan to use as one. Instead of having a cute little sideboard area, thought, my cart is most often just a mess –  piled “important” papers, school book, blogging supplies, and more. I recently cleared off ALL of the clutter and finally turned it into the cute sideboard I had envisioned in my brain! I repurposed items I found around my house and used a free printable picture I found at On Sutton Place, hyacinth bulbs, and ALDI Choceur Easter chocolates.

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I love the ALDI Choceur Easter chocolates, because, in addition to being about the cutest little things I’ve ever seen, they are also made in Germany and are UTZ certified (which means they are made with sustainable cocoa). I really appreciate ALDI’s commitment to environmentally responsible practices.  It makes me a happy ALDI shopper.

For my “sideboard” transformation, I picked up ALDI’s Choceur Premium Chocolate Easter Bunnies for $1.99 each, Choceur Hollow Chocolate Easter Eggs for $2.99 a bag, Choceur Solid Milk Chocolate Eggs for $1.69 a bag, and cute little Choceur hollow bunnies & duckies for $1.99 a bag.

Spring Easter Display Ikea Cart Hack

I was thrilled to use the ALDI Easter chocolates for decor, as I always put them in goodie baskets for Easter. I love them so much and I knew they would be beautiful to add to my spring centerpiece. I’m always thrilled when items have more than one purpose!

 Here’s what I did to transform my messy cart into a delicious spring centerpiece:

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First, I removed everything from my cart and gave most of it a new home. Yes – that is seriously what my cart looked like before. Don’t judge me; I’m just keeping it real here! Then, I went on a shopping trip around my house. I picked up a beverage dispenser and added paper grass filled it with the large hollow chocolate eggs. I turned the beverage dispenser’s spout to face the wall so it looks like a large glass jar instead of a beverage dispenser. I put small solid chocolate eggs and more paper grass in a quart sized Mason jar. After googling free Easter printables, I found a gorgeous “Think Spring” picture at On Sutton Place and printed it out. An old frame that used to house a mirror became the perfect new home.

When I went outside to feed my chickens, I found a lovely piece of wood that I set the chocolate Easter bunnies on. My daughter schlepped that wood home from Missouri last fall and it is absolutely perfect in my Easter centerpiece! Finally, I added a piece of burlap and a few hyacinth bulbs for the final touches! I’m really thrilled with the transformation of my old IKEA cart and love its new, fresh spring look!

Welcome spring with a delicious spring centerpiece using chocolates, printables, and flowers.

So, are you ready to transform a mess into something pretty and delicious? I hope you’re inspired! And seriously, add some of those cute ALDI chocolates to your decor or your kids’ Easter baskets. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂 

 

15 Fun Science Experiments Using Eggs!

Looking for hands-on and fun science experiments to do with your kids? These 15 ideas using eggs are easy to accomplish and can help teach your kids the scientific method.

Fun Science Experiments
Easter’s a great time to bust out the eggs and learn a little science! We’ve done quite a few of these projects already but I’m always shocked to learn about all the amazing things you can do with eggs. Check out this awesome list of science activities that all ages of kids (and adults too) will enjoy!

15 Fun Science Experiments Using Eggs
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How to Dye Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid

A few years ago, we used natural material to dye Easter Eggs. I thought about doing that this year, but when I looked through my panty and cupboard, I couldn’t come up with much to use and I really didn’t want to spend any money to dye eggs this year. Instead, I found a whole bunch of kool-aid packets I got for free last year after sales and coupons. We used it last year to dye beautiful Waldorf silks, but I had a bunch left over. Since I won’t let my kids drink the nasty stuff (mean mom…), I decided to use it up on Easter Eggs!

To make your own Easter Egg Kool-Aid dye – just mix a packet of Kool-Aid with one warm cup water. I also added a splash of vinegar, but I don’t think that’s necessary.  You don’t need to leave the eggs in the dye very long. If you leave them in the dye for a while, the water starts to bubble and they get speckled. It’s almost like the vinegar is eating the color. I’m sure it’s some sort of chemical reaction with the vinegar…but I’m not a scientist and don’t know. If you happen to know, leave a comment! Our very speckled ones were left in the dye for 10 minutes.

We colored some of them with a white crayon first to get designs.

We used mason jars and slowly lowered the eggs with spoons.


Flat Stanley came to visit from St. Louis and wanted to help dye eggs before he goes home.


Of course, anytime the camera comes out, my kids get silly…


Our eggs! The red ones on yarn are eggs we did last year! We’re not finished yet. The kids would like to blow a few eggs and dye them for the Easter tree we’re working on. Pictures when it’s finished!

Do you dye eggs? What technique do you use?

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