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Mindful Pins of the Week: Easter

By Nicole |

mindful mamaEaster is just around the corner. Here are five of the best Mindful Pins of the Week from Pinterest to help you celebrate with your family in style.

1. DIY Natural Egg Dye If you want to try something new this year, how about dying your Easter eggs using things like blueberries, beets, and yellow onion skins? Your kiddos can help in the preparation of the dyes and in the actual dipping of eggs. Since this method is a bit more involved than using standard egg dye, I plan to stick to three colors this year: blue (blueberries), pink (beets), and yellow (turmeric). Those colors were chosen based on items that I already have in the house and that seemed the simplest possible. (I’m growing two babies… The more I can simplify an activity, the better!) If DIY egg dyes seem a bit too much to take on this year, there are also natural egg dye kits available at Whole Foods and your local health food store.

DIY natural egg dye{image via: BlissTree.com}

2. Fair Trade Chocolate It’s been years since the chocolate industry pledged to stop child slave labor and poor working conditions in their cocoa plantations, but little to no progress has been made toward humane working conditions. Instead of supporting unethical practices overseas, opt for chocolate bars and bunnies that have been certified Fair Trade or that use chocolate made in a country such as Belgium. (Besides, Belgian chocolate is the bomb. For real.) Taza Chocolate is a great fair trade brand made in the US, and if you’re in the Boston area, you can even tour their factory and get a free sample! (If you have a little one with a food allergy, Taza is one of the only chocolates certified to be free of gluten, dairy, and soy.)

fair trade easter bunny
{image via: SafBaby.com}

3. Felted Easter Egg Craft It’s not too late for an Easter craft! Pick up some wool roving at your local craft store this weekend (around $3-4 for a bag that will make 2-4 eggs, depending on size), use plastic eggs and liquid dish soap you probably already have on hand, and keep your kiddos occupied for an hour or more this weekend. You can find a great video tutorial and step by step instructions right here at The Shopping Mama.

Wet-Felted Egg Craft

4. Sweet Spinach Pie  Or if you prefer, torta co’bischeri agli spinaci. This specialty dessert is synonymous with Easter and spring in the Tuscany region of Italy. It’s nothing like Greek Spanakopita, but is a sweet pie made with spinach and almonds. The bright green color is perfect for spring! I can’t wait to try this. What a good excuse to have dessert – and your veggies, too!

sweet spinach pie{image source: NPR.org}

5. Easter Basket Gift Guides for Babies, Boys, and Girls If you’re looking for something to round out your child’s Easter basket, take a look at our Basket Gift Guides for boys, girls, and babies. We’ve highlighted some of the coolest non-candy items sure to please your children. Juniorbeads necklace? Check. Woodland Bunny Nightlight? Personalized Pirate storybook? Cubebot Robot? Check, check, check.

Easter Basket Ideas for BoysEaster Basket Gift Ideas for GirlsBaby's First Easter Basket Gift Ideas
What’s going in your little one’s Easter basket this year? My two year old is getting felted eggs, wood eggs finished with beeswax for his play kitchen, a Curious George book, and some Anamalz dinosaurs. I am so excited for him to “get it” this year!

Nicole

Nicole

Before becoming a mom, Nicole taught high school English and traveled the world with her husband. She now enjoys a life filled with playdates, food being thrown from high chairs, and lots of baby and toddler giggles. She'd have thought you were crazy if you had told her ten years ago that she'd someday be a mom to three boys, including a set of identical twins. She loves doing hands-on learning activities with her little ones, and is always on the look-out for unique, handcrafted toys and ways to “green” and simplify her lifestyle.

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  1. 1.
    Rachel N

    I love your easter basket guides. I don’t want to put too much candy in my kids easter baskets (but a small treat is okay). I’ve never thought of dying eggs with food, neat idea. It would be a great lesson for the kids too.

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    Kimberlie

    Running out of time, but we might be able to sneak some egg dying in this evening. I have some fruit in the freezer that would give us a few colors. It is a neat idea. The Easter bunny hides the baskets at our house in a scavenger hunt fashion so this bunny helper needs to make up her clues ;)!

  3. 3.
    anneke Buford

    Love the easter basket ideas! This is our sons first Easter and we used a large dump truck for the “basket” :)

  4. 4.
    Brandy

    I think I’ll be trying my own dye. Seems fun!

  5. 5.
    Nicole U

    I never thought about DIY natural egg dye. I will give that a try next year. I also like the way the colors turned out.

  6. 6.
    joanna garcia

    def will be trying these things next year! already pinned to my account

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    teresa herrera-honores

    love the basket gift guide to cute! next year i will do the natural dye for sure!

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    courtney b

    love the easter basket gift guide:) so unique…

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    Lisa

    I LOVE the DIY easter egg dye! Buying it might be easier, but I feel like making the dye is also fun too, sort of like making Christmas cookies. I also love the Easter basket gift guides, def need to save the girl basket for upcoming years!

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    Janet W.

    Your description of Taza Chocolate really makes me want to try it! It sounds delicious!

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    nannypanpan

    my son had a star wars themed basket..it’s all he cares about right now…even found an r2d2 candy thingee

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    cute ideas and those easter egg colors are gorgeous….NEXT YEAR!
    xo

  13. 13.
    Maria Malaveci

    Thank you so much for the ideas! Our Greek Orthodox Christian Easter isn’t until May 5th this year, so this was very helpful for me!

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