Easter at the Guthrie’s

Eleven years ago we celebrated our first Easter. We had no idea what we were supposed to do, besides buy chocolate. My husband and I bought Easter chocolate, jelly beans, cream eggs and marshmallow treats for our 8 month old. I know what you are thinking…we were idiots. 

Forcing the kids to climb to gather their eggs. 

Over the past 11 Easters we have reevaluated our strategies for Easter.  Here are our tips for a successful, tear free, fun filled Easter morning. 
The Easter Bunny thinking about taking a dip in our pool. 

1. Equality: This does not mean everyone receives the exact same item ( however for years in our house it had to be EXACTLY the same).  I put the child’s initials on each item they are find for the Easter egg hunt and colour code the break open eggs, ensuring that each child has the same number of items at the end of the hunt.

Another Kinder egg hidden on the other end of the property..so much running around! 

2. Hiding: The key to a good hunt is not hiding the eggs & treats too early. If your items are outside do not put them outside the night before or the squirrels, raccoons and neighbourhood pets may eat or steal them. If you are hiding the items inside the house remember the age level of your “egg- hunters” and keep a running total in your head of how many Easter treats you have hidden. Believe me this will help with the clean up & reduce the number of tears when the four year old cannot find the eggs hidden in the piano. 
Eggs hidden in the wood pile, more climbing and searching. 

3. Easter Breakfast: The Easter egg hunt is over and the kids are consuming chocolate, jelly beans and putting together kinder toys. As some point the sugar crash will occur for both kids and the adults alike.     I highly suggest pre-making a simple breakfast with easy to prep items like a fresh fruit salad, bagels with cream cheese, cheese and crackers and carrots with dip. For the adults espresso shots all around. 

Can I PLEASE have an egg….PLEASE!! 

4.  Managing the Whine: Just as the picture suggests, Beckett could not wait to rip into our Kinder treats this Easter. As much fun as it is to see our children with over flowing baskets of Easter treats we have learned that our kids are very happy with quality items rather then the quantity of items. Another key tip to success is setting limits to the number treats they consume each day and to include a healthy dose of physically activity to help burn off the extra sugar. 

Climbing up the slide is OK when searching for Easter eggs! 
Once again, Kinder has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network and will be providing 12 baskets to CMN hospitals. As well, Kinder will be donating another $25,000 to help support this non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. 

This is what happened as soon as I was finished our photo shoot:

Yes, that is one happy boy. I am sending everyone happy thoughts this Easter and a huge thank you for  making us part of the Kinder Canada family. 

Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own”

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