Practically Easter

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It's hard to believe Easter is right around the corner! For the past two years, I have been on a major purge of ALL the things. For a person who loves to shop and surround myself with beautiful and high quality items, it has taken me on a journey to find the right balance of things which "spark joy" without turning into clutter that tries to steal my happiness! For me, things must be high quality, beautiful, AND functional. One of the biggest lessons I've learned over these past few years is that with children's toys, more is not better! In fact, when I invested time, carefully paring down Holiday's belongings into high value, beautiful, and functional items, I found that she played SO MUCH MORE than when there were too many things to choose from. When we were left with the best and then I carefully organized and displayed them in a way that allows for easy play, a lot more play and imagination happen. 

In view of my purging journey, I cannot, in all good conscience, offer you a list of items which will steal your joy come summer! Instead, I felt it necessary to offer you more practical and thoughtful ideas to add Easter joy to your springtime traditions. I hope you find a thing or two you and your little ones will love as much as we do! 

This year's list is set up a little different. There are pictures of a lot, but not all of the items. Click links below each picture to see all the items! 

 

Spring & Summer Wardrobe

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Easter obviously coincides with the change of seasons. As the warmer days start approaching, many of us will be switching over closets and drawers for spring and summertime wear. If you'll be buying warm weather gear for your little ones, anyway, why not fill their Easter baskets with items that are both fun AND practical?! Here are some ideas! 

Girls Rain Coats and Rain Boots

Boys Rain Coats and Rain Boots

Umbrellas

Native Shoes

Flip Flops

Our Favorite Kids Tennis Shoes (Water versions too!) 

Warm Weather Pajamas

Swimsuits for Girls

Swimsuits for Boys

Tuga Reversible Bucket Sun Hats for Girls

Tuga Reversible Bucket Sun Hats for Boys

Boys & Girls Baseball Caps

Sandals

Spring/Summer Color Hair Bows

Replenish Spring & Summer Toys 

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Spring is a great time to clean out broken bubble wants, random pieces of sidewalk chalk and sun-bleached pool toys. Throw out the old and start the season with fresh and fun supplies which happen to make GREAT Easter basket fillers! 

Pool Toys

Finding Dory Shell Race Diving Game 

Super FUN Pool Floats

Goggles

Bling2O Goggles

Beach Ball

Polarized and UV Protectant Kid Sunglasses

Kites

My Favorite Kids Water Bottle

Super Cute Personalized Decals for Your Water Bottle

Jump Rope

Light Up Hula Hoop

Our Favorite Bubbles Ever

Sidewalk Chalk

The BEST Personalized Beach Towel (these beach towels are blanket soft wash after wash) 

Replenish Art Supplies 

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I feel like this one is only practical if you take time to get rid of the old stuff! Fresh art supplies really do inspire creativity. The rainy spring season and long summer days will be here before we know it and art is a great boredom buster! 

Markers

 Colored Pencils

Our Favorite Crayola Inspiration Set

Poster Paint Pods

Watercolor Paints

Paint Palette for Mixing Watercolors

MUST HAVE Erasable Markers

Sparkle Gel Crayons

Rainy Dayz Gel Crayons

NOYO Crayons with Watercolor Effects

The Best Natural Beeswax Crayons for Little Hands

Crayon Rocks for Helping Learn Pincer Grasp

Oil Pastel Twisty Stix

Chunkies Paint Sticks

Chalk Pastels

Playdoh

Eeboo Sketch Books

Eeboo Watercolor Paper Pad 

Backyard Nature Explorers 

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To quote one of my very favorite characters, Dorcas Lane from Larkrise to Candleford, books are my one weakness! As a homeschool mom, I am surrounded in children's literature 24/7. I teach as many subjects as possible using wonderful, beautiful, and lyrical children's books. I used to think that we had enough books and that Holiday was too old for picture books once she was fluently reading chapter books. I could NOT have been more wrong. Cultivating a wonderful home library has been one of the best investments we've ever made. At age 7 and a voracious reader, Holiday is still absolutely delighted by worthwhile picture books. Most are written with the intent of a parent reading to a child, so the language is sophisticated and beneficial. 

Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt

The Complete Brambly Hedge

Brambly Hedge: Spring Story

Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales

Our Favorite Peter Rabbit and Friends Little Book Set

The Country Bunny

The Wind in the Willows

The Secret Garden

James Herriot's Treasury For Children

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies

Make Way for Ducklings

Fletcher's and the Springtime Blossoms

Tasha Tudor's A Tale for Easter (one of my favorite children's illustrators) 

Eloise Wilkin Stories: A Little Golden Book Collection (Also a favorite illustrator- this is my absolute favorite collection of Little Golden Book stories, especially for your littlest ones) 

The Egg Tree

Hedgie's Surprise

Spring Thaw

Ten Magic Butterflies

The Legend of the Easter Robin

Bunny's First Spring

When God Made Light

When God Made You

The World is Awake

When God Made You by Jane Meyer (different book, same title as one above) 

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

The Easter Story

My Book About God: A Little Golden Book

Egermeier's Bible Story Book (I like this one for kids who are reading chapter books fluently on their own) 

The Jesus Storybook Bible (My favorite Bible for little ones) 

A Few Extra Gift Ideas 

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 This is listed above, but this is the personalized beach towel from JoAnn Grace Designs and it is absolutely LOVELY! It feels like a super soft blanket and the quality has never diminished wash after wash! CLICK HERE TO BUY

This is listed above, but this is the personalized beach towel from JoAnn Grace Designs and it is absolutely LOVELY! It feels like a super soft blanket and the quality has never diminished wash after wash! CLICK HERE TO BUY