Tween Easter Basket Fillers

Both of my kids are tweens. My son will be an official teenager in June. I know. I’m kind of scared! Each year, I get really excited to fill their Easter baskets. Since we celebrate Orthodox Easter, which is sometimes on a different date, we get 75% off Easter stuff! However, as much as I love filling Easter baskets, now that my kids are older, I sometimes feel like I’m filling it with a bunch of junk because most of the traditional Easter fillers are geared towards younger kids. To help you all out, I’ve put together a list of tween Easter basket filler ideas.

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Sport Themed Tween Easter Basket

Right now, my kids spring sports are starting up. My daughter plays soccer and my son plays lacrosse. A fun Easter basket idea would be to make a Sport Themed Tween Easter Basket! I don’t know about your house, but at mine, the kids are forever leaving their water bottles somewhere. Whether they leave it at the field, in the back of my car or at school, I am always buying new water bottles. Here is what I would put in a sports themed tween Easter basket:

Under Armour Undeniable Squeeze Bottle with Quick Shot Lid, Lead, 32 OunceUnder Armour Undeniable Squeeze Bottle with Quick Shot Lid, Lead, 32 OunceSwax Lax Lacrosse Training Balls BlueSwax Lax Lacrosse Training Balls BlueMadSportsStuff Flaming Soccer Ball Over The Calf Socks39 (Royal/Large)MadSportsStuff Flaming Soccer Ball Over The Calf Socks39 (Royal/Large)LAX Lacrosse Crew Socks (Black/White, Large)LAX Lacrosse Crew Socks (Black/White, Large)Stunning White Soccer Ball with Pink Crystals Pendant and 16Stunning White Soccer Ball with Pink Crystals Pendant and 16PopSockets: Expanding Stand and Grip for Smartphones and Tablets - Soccer BallPopSockets: Expanding Stand and Grip for Smartphones and Tablets – Soccer Ball

I know my daughter would be beside herself if that soccer PopSockets showed up in her Easter basket this year! Get a few of the items above (be sure to click on them…they come in other sports and colors), add in a couple pieces of chocolate or jelly beans and you are good to go!

Tech Themed Tween Easter Basket

Is your tween more of a techy? Don’t worry, I got you covered for the tech loving tweens! If your tweens are anything like mine, then they love gift cards! For the tech lover, I highly suggest you get them an iTunes gift card. I like to use my Speedway rewards to get gift cards! Other things I suggest adding are:

iPod Touch 5th 6th Gen Cover Case Transparent Clear Glow Shock Resistant HybridiPod Touch 5th 6th Gen Cover Case Transparent Clear Glow Shock Resistant HybridFintie Folio PU Leather Case Cover for iPad 4th Generation With Retina Display, iPad 3 & iPad 2 (Black)Fintie Folio PU Leather Case Cover for iPad 4th Generation With Retina Display, iPad 3 & iPad 2 (Black)iPad 2 3 4 Screen Protector,TANTEK [HD-Clear][Anti-Scratch][Anti-Glare][Anti-Fingerprint] Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPad 2 / iPad 3 / iPad 4 (9.7 inch),[Lifetime Warranty]-[1Pack]iPad 2 3 4 Screen Protector,TANTEK [HD-Clear][Anti-Scratch][Anti-Glare][Anti-Fingerprint] Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPad 2 / iPad 3 / iPad 4 (9.7 inch),[Lifetime Warranty]-[1Pack]Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) ControllerNintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) ControllerAtari Flashback Classics: Volume 2Atari Flashback Classics: Volume 2

We got my husband the Atari game for his 40th birthday and the kids have had fun playing the games, in between making fun of how the games looked “way back then”!

Book Loving Tween Easter Basket

One thing I really love is that both of my kids love to read. They are always asking to go to the library so they can check out a new book. My daughter is always getting a non-fiction book about animals or something scientific. My son gets any and every graphic novel he can read (that’s appropriate…some of them…not so much). Besides the obvious Amazon Gift Card, I’d also put the following in a book lovers Easter basket:

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black, 6Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6Fintie SmartShell Case for Kindle Paperwhite - The Thinnest and Lightest PU Leather Cover With Auto Sleep/Wake for All-New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Fits All 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Versions), BlackFintie SmartShell Case for Kindle Paperwhite – The Thinnest and Lightest PU Leather Cover With Auto Sleep/Wake for All-New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Fits All 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Versions), BlackThe Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color EditionThe Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color EditionMaximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 1Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 1

While the Kindle Paperwhite is a little more than we would typically spend at Easter, it is a gift that will get them reading. We have a lot of soccer and lacrosse tournaments this year, it will be nice for them to have.

Glamour Girl Themed Tween Easter Basket

My daughter is not a girly girl right now. The idea of getting nail polish and other “girl” stuff is not something she would enjoy. Her friends or one of my nieces would love this basket! In this basket, I would put the following:

Color Club Halographic Hues Nail Polish, Halo, Graphic, .05 OunceColor Club Halographic Hues Nail Polish, Halo, Graphic, .05 OunceFairyGlo Long Lasting Night Glow Gel Nail Polish Soak Off UV LED Dramatic Manicure Decor Kit Nail Art For Party Carnival Dressing 10ml 6724FairyGlo Long Lasting Night Glow Gel Nail Polish Soak Off UV LED Dramatic Manicure Decor Kit Nail Art For Party Carnival Dressing 10ml 6724Tinksky 50 Sheets 3D Design Self-adhesive Tip Nail Art Stickers Decals(Random Color Pattern)Tinksky 50 Sheets 3D Design Self-adhesive Tip Nail Art Stickers Decals(Random Color Pattern)Caboodles On the Go Girl Classic Case, Purple, 2.4 PoundCaboodles On the Go Girl Classic Case, Purple, 2.4 PoundBurt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Gloss, Ocean Sunrise, 1 Tube with Wand ApplicatorBurt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Gloss, Ocean Sunrise, 1 Tube with Wand ApplicatorEOS Visibly Soft Lip Balm Sphere, Vanilla Mint, 0.25 OunceEOS Visibly Soft Lip Balm Sphere, Vanilla Mint, 0.25 Ounce

Isn’t this a cute basket?!? I absolutely love it!

Which themed Tween Easter basket is your favorite?

Easter Placemat Printable

In our house, we love to get together for Easter. One of my favorite things to do is go to my mother in-laws house to decorate Easter eggs. She makes enough hard boiled eggs so that each person has a dozen or so eggs to color (we usually have about 10+ people decorating eggs). It’s crazy, but so much fun! Like other families, we also enjoy a nice meal together. With a lot of little kids running around and needing something to occupy them, this Easter Placemat printable is perfect!

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FREE Easter Placemat Printable

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Isn’t it cute?!? Think about how nice it will be on Easter to get the kids situated at their spot at the table and have them be occupied with their Easter placemat and not running around, getting in the way of everyone setting the food out? Sounds pretty heavenly to me!

For less than $10, you can pick up these crayons from Amazon and give each kid a pack of crayons! That way everyone has their own pack of crayons and there is no fighting!

Bulk Buy: Crayola Crayons 8/Pkg 52-3008 (12-Pack)Bulk Buy: Crayola Crayons 8/Pkg 52-3008 (12-Pack)

If I’m being honest, I’d probably go a step further and pick up these adorable activities books too and put together a little kiddie place setting with the Easter placemat, a pack of crayons and an activity book for each child. Not only are you keeping them occupied during dinner set up, but you are keeping them occupied for a bit after dinner while the adults finish! Even if it’s only for a little bit, it’s still worth it!

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What do you usually do for Easter? Is there a particular food you always have? A few recipes you may enjoy for your Easter dinner are:

Best Ham Recipe EVER

Not Your Traditional Lemon Bars

Creamed Spinach Recipe

Spring Cleaning Essentials

Spring is right around the corner. In fact, it barely seems like we even had a winter this year. We hit record highs in February and I am happy to say, I barely had to shovel any snow at all this winter. As if the temperatures aren’t crazy enough, my tulips are already coming up! Since we are well below freezing today (we were at almost 60 yesterday…crazy, I know), I am sure my tulips are done for this year. At any rate, spring is around the corner, which means we need to start thinking about getting started with our spring cleaning.

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When I first got married, I always laughed when I heard someone talking about spring cleaning. To me, you clean all the time, why do you have to have a special spring cleaning? It’s wasn’t until I owned my own home and was responsible for the entire place, and my kids got much older, that I began to understand the importance of spring cleaning.

Spring Cleaning Essentials

Spring cleaning doesn’t need to be difficult and it’s not something that you need to spend all day, one weekend doing. Sure, it’s easier to knock it all out at once, but with kids in travel sports, our weekends are mainly taken up with those sports. So I put together this spring cleaning guide, complete with those essential items you might want to pick up to make your cleaning easier. And who wouldn’t want their cleaning to be as easy as possible?!?

Protect Those Hands

Before I clean anything, I make sure I have these Mr. Clean rubber gloves. I cannot stand my hands getting dirty and I don’t like all the cleaners, no matter how natural they are, on my hands. I suggest you pick some up. They are really inexpensive on Amazon.

Mr. Clean 243093 Duet Reusable Latex Gloves, Medium, 2 Pairs/2 ColorsMr. Clean 243093 Duet Reusable Latex Gloves, Medium, 2 Pairs/2 Colors

Get the Kids Involved

One of the first things I take care of, or bribe my kids to do (let’s be honest), is cleaning the baseboards in my house. You don’t realize how dirty they get, and yes you should be cleaning them regularly, but who does? The best way to clean them is with these microfiber clothes and vinegar (I mix up my own with water, vinegar, dish soap and essential oils). Be sure to label your spray bottles.

Sinland All-purpose Microfiber Cleaning Cloths Wiping Dusting Rags 12Inchx12Inch Dark Grey 6 PackSinland All-purpose Microfiber Cleaning Cloths Wiping Dusting Rags 12Inchx12Inch Dark Grey 6 Pack24 Oz. Spray Bottles, 3 Pack, No-clog, Leak-proof Adjustable Nozzle, Janitorial, Cleaning, Housekeeping, Office, Chemical, Pump Bottle, All Purpose Cleaners, Glass Cleaner Sprayer24 Oz. Spray Bottles, 3 Pack, No-clog, Leak-proof Adjustable Nozzle, Janitorial, Cleaning, Housekeeping, Office, Chemical, Pump Bottle, All Purpose Cleaners, Glass Cleaner Sprayer

The nice thing about the microfiber clothes and the homemade vinegar spray, is that you can use them to clean other surfaces and areas in your home too!

Speaking of microfiber cloths…what if I told you that you could get microfiber slippers that will dust your floors? Hand your kids a spray bottle and have them dance around the floor. They will have fun AND be cleaning at the same time. You’re welcome!

Special Life 4pcs(2 Pairs) Microfiber Mop Shoes Cover - Easy for House Floor Dust Dirt Hair Cleaning(Color Random)Special Life 4pcs(2 Pairs) Microfiber Mop Shoes Cover – Easy for House Floor Dust Dirt Hair Cleaning(Color Random)

Must Have Item

If you feel like splurging this spring on something that you will use all year long and that will help you with your spring cleaning, as well as all those hard to reach spots all year long, then you really want to take a look at the Dyson V6 Animal Cord-Free Vacuum. Right now it’s $150 off on Amazon!! Quick…pick it up before it goes up in price!

Dyson V6 Animal Cord-free VacuumDyson V6 Animal Cord-free Vacuum

Other areas to remember to clean:

  • Windows, inside and out
  • Spray down your air conditioner
  • Change your furnace filterspring cleaning (6 pack on a tremendous sale!!)
  • Vacuum your air vents
  • Wash or dry clean your curtains
  • Clean, organize and sweep out your garage

Am I missing anything? What are some of the things you do when you are spring cleaning your home?

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Making a Milestone Birthday Special

It’s always fun to celebrate a milestone birthday. I know we had a huge party when my kids turned one and we will probably do the same on other special birthdays like when they turn 16 and/or 18. This year (February 26th, to be exact!), my husband turned 40! We have had a lot of stuff going on the last few months, so planning a bit surprise party or party of any kind, just wasn’t in the cards, timing wise. However, I still wanted to make this milestone birthday a special one. After a lot of reading online and planning, I came up with a really fun and special birthday for my husband.

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Celebrating a Milestone Birthday Idea

I love quotes. If I could walk around and speak in various quotes for most of the day, I would. I’m not kidding! I’ve always been like this. So when I was planning what I wanted to do, I knew I wanted it to have something to do with quotes about getting older (be sure to check below. I listed all the quotes I used).

Do yourself a favor and pick up this inexpensive quote book on Amazon. You will be able to thumb through it quickly and get whatever quotes you need!

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The second thing I wanted to do was figure out a way to make his birthday celebration last the entire day. I didn’t want to just give him some presents, have the kids eat cake and call it a day. This was a special birthday, so I wanted the whole day to be special for him. So instead, I got him enough presents to give him one present every hour we are awake at 40 minutes after each hour. So his first present was at 12:40 am and his last present was at 11:40 pm!

Quotes I Used

Like I said before, I love quotes. Here are the quotes I used and the present I bought to go along with each quote:

  • “It’s better to carry a tune than a grudge” ~ Modern Family
    • Kid Rock concert tickets
  • “At 40 you are not old, you are classic” ~anonymous
  • “Age is not important, unless you are a cheese” ~Helen Hayes
  • “Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well” ~Jack London
    • Card game
  • “The first 40 years are just practice. Now it starts for real” ~anonymous
    • Red Bull Total Zero
  • “Don’t take life too seriously, it’s not permanent” ~unknown
  • “Happy 11th anniversary of your 29th Birthday (steel anniversary)” ~unknown
  • “Life is too short. Smile while you still have teeth” ~unknown
    • Toothpaste
  • “At 40, I realize that I was built for comfort, not speed” ~unknown
    • Socks
  • “You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime” ~John P. Grier
  • “Everyone is the age of their heart” ~Guatemalan Proverb
    • Heart Smart Peanuts
  • “You are only old when you think you are old” ~anonymous
    • Suduko and Logic Puzzle books
  • “You are only as old as you feel” ~anonymous
    • Bengay
  • “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing” ~Michael Pritchard
  • “40 is when your body gives your brain a list of things it’s not going to do anymore” ~anonymous
    • To Do List pads
  • “There is no such thing as too late. That’s why they invented death” ~unknown
  • “Friendship isn’t a big thing, it’s a million little things” ~anonymous
    • 40 Things I Love About Him jar

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  • “Youthfulness is about how you live, not when you were born” ~Karl Lagerfield
  • “At Your age, you are going to need glasses” ~anonymous
    • Book about people in their 40’s

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Each gift was wrapped in either red paper (what I had) or in a gift bag. I used my Tag Makermilestone birthday to make tags for each gift. One side of the tag had the time he was supposed to open the gift and the other side had the quote. He saved every tag. That made me very happy! The night before his birthday, we lined all the presents up against the couch.

milestone birthday

This was so fun to put together! He had fun getting a present every hour. The kids made sure that he opened it right on time and if we happen to be out at one of their many games (lacrosse, soccer and basketball) this weekend, then they made sure he opened what he needed to when we all got back home.

This idea is perfect for any milestone birthday! Use the quotes above or find your own, but the general idea can be geared towards any age. I may do this again for my kids for their big milestone birthday…18! I went ahead and linked a lot of the products I picked up on Amazon for you. A lot of them, like the Yeti cup, for example, are cheaper than what you can get at the store! Plus, I don’t know about you, but I like things to be simple and there is nothing easier than having everything arrive in a box from Amazon!!

Atari Flashback Classics: Volume 2Atari Flashback Classics: Volume 2Giant Jumbo Pink Eraser For Big MistakesGiant Jumbo Pink Eraser For Big MistakesYETI Rambler Lowball 10 oz Stainless Steel Cup with LidYETI Rambler Lowball 10 oz Stainless Steel Cup with LidPotty Putter Toilet Time Golf GamePotty Putter Toilet Time Golf GameThis Is 40This Is 40100 Best Ways to Stay Young100 Best Ways to Stay YoungSeek Publishing 1977 Remember When KardLet (RW1977)Seek Publishing 1977 Remember When KardLet (RW1977)Fiskars Tag Maker II Standard/ScallopFiskars Tag Maker II Standard/Scallop

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Personalized Easter Baskets

Easter is coming up in mid-April. It’s not too soon (or late…depending on how you look at it) to start thinking about those Easter baskets. Some people prefer to pick up pre-made Easter baskets every year. I’ve never done that, though I say I’m going to every year! And I know my kids would love it. My daughter has asked many times why the Easter Bunny never brings them the store bought Easter Baskets! If pre-made Easter baskets aren’t your thing, there are many adorable, matching and personalized Easter baskets you can pick up and fill yourself!

Here are my kids matching, but not personalized Easter baskets:

personalized easter baskets

They are super cute and I really do love them, but after using them for the last 10 and 12 years, they are starting to look a bit scratched and banged up. As careful as I try to be with them, they get banged around and dented. So I am scouring Etsy for adorable, matching and personalized Easter baskets!

personalized easter baskets

Personalized Easter Baskets

personalized easter baskets

This burlap basket is my absolute favorite (and probably one I will be ordering)! It’s the perfect size, personalized and really goes with the theme of our house. You are able to choose what color bunny you want, as well as what color you want your child’s name to be.

personalized easter baskets

If you are looking for a basket similar to what my kids have, then this personalized metal bucket is something you should take a look at! I absolutely love the simplicity of it. Like the previous basket, you have several options of colors for the personalization.

personalized easter baskets

You may already have a basket that you like. If that’s the case, then this adorable basket liner may be the best option for you (baskets are also available…so you have that option too)! Like every other option I’ve showed you, with this one you are able to choose both the fabric color AND whether you want eggs with the name or not.

personalized easter baskets

Finally, if you already have matching (or not matching) baskets that you like, but you want to add a little personal touch to them, you can pick up these adorable and very inexpensive wooden tags and attach it to any basket you already have! Super cute, right?!?

While we are on the topic of Easter baskets, what are your favorite things to fill the baskets with? Leave me a comment below. I’m always looking for new ideas!

Play-Doh Spring Eggs Easter Eggs 4 packPlay-Doh Spring Eggs Easter Eggs 4 packHopping Wind Up Easter Chick and BunnyHopping Wind Up Easter Chick and Bunny3 Pack of Pink Reusable Shredded Plastic Easter Basket Grass Bags Bundle 255g Total Party Accessory Lot3 Pack of Pink Reusable Shredded Plastic Easter Basket Grass Bags Bundle 255g Total Party Accessory LotFun Express Easter Egg Tic-Tac-Toe Peg Game Basket FillerFun Express Easter Egg Tic-Tac-Toe Peg Game Basket FillerFlying Stretch Easter BunniesFlying Stretch Easter BunniesSour Easter Candy Bundle: Easter Basket Filler of Popular Sour Candy for EasterSour Easter Candy Bundle: Easter Basket Filler of Popular Sour Candy for Easter