Last year I was really struggling with how to celebrate Easter while also maintaining my status as an evil, plastic-hating, sugar-denying shrew of a mother. This kind of malevolence doesn’t just happen, you know. It’s carefully planned and cultivated. Deprivation like this takes work, dammit.
Eventually my family saved me, and I wrote about the sustainable easter-egg tradition we came up with because I was so in love with it. It turns out you were too, and so many of you mentioned wanting to do it for your kids next Easter that I thought I would post it again as we approach April, in case you’d forgotten.
(What I am trying to say is that you have definitely forgotten. You’re a mom. We have awesomely toned arms and almost saintly amounts of patience, but, unfortunately, the memory span of goldfish. Fair trade? Sundress season says yes!)
Anyway. Here it is, my reminder post, or a new post for those of you who weren’t around last year!
What happened as Easter 2014 approached was this: Olive was about 18 months old and I really wanted her to have an Easter egg hunt, obviously, but the idea of buying those plastic eggs, or cheap foil-wrapped chocolate ones really didn’t appeal to me. I’m not religious, so skipping the whole Easter bunny thing in favour of focusing on the Christian element of the holiday didn’t make much sense, either.
My mom and sisters saved my hippie butt by coming up with the genius idea to paint our own wooden Easter eggs that could be re-used for each year’s egg hunt. I absolutely loved this idea. Last year we all sat down one afternoon and painted the eggs with an assortment of designs. It was so much fun to create a family tradition like this together, and Olive had an incredible time hunting them all down.
This year I am going to order a few more, I’ll do a few and the cool part is that this year Olive is old enough that she can paint some of her own, too! Plus, as an added bonus, this whole egg-painting thing combines a fun Easter craft with the egg hunt preparation itself – two birds (eggs?) with one stone!
Basically, you are winning Easter 2015 if you do this.
I like things to be consistent, so I am sticking with the same sized wooden eggs that we had last year, but for anyone of the nature-loving sort who is planning on starting this tradition I thought that going out and collecting a bunch of similarly-sized pebbles to paint would work, too.
If you do want to order some eggs though, I have a treat for you! Claudia, the owner of the SnugglyMonkey boutique where we purchased ours, has graciously provided a promo code for Sweet Madeleine readers to receive 10% off any purchase. How egg-citing! (I’m so, so sorry. I couldn’t deny myself just one egg-related pun.)
Enter the promo code “SWEET10” at the checkout for 10% off your order, and then please post some pictures of your eggs to the Sweet Madeleine facebook page – I’d love to see how many Martha Stewarts we have out there! (And by “Martha Stewarts” of course, I mean women like me who have grandiose plans for their crafts and then gradually devolve into deep spirals of shame and disappointment as the creation falls way, way below the inspiration for it, meaning that you are obviously failing at life and possible even motherhood. Yayyyy, crafts!)
(This is not a sponsored post.)