April 11, 2011

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Owen’s Marshmallow Chick by Kevin Henkes

Easter Basket Stuffer GIVEAWAY: tin flower pots and seeds

Just like everything else these days, Easter is getting bigger and better. Well, at least bigger! We’re just gonna say it, we hate those prepackaged Easter Baskets full of all that impersonal JUNK. My sisters and I still have our orignal Easter Baskets our mother purchased when we were children. Each year she’d unpack the baskets and we’d place them outside our door in a nest of wild flowers in anticipation of the Easter Bunny coming.

I’ve carried on this tradition with MacGyver and Miss Enigma. They both have a basket that we unpack each Easter and the Easter Bunny fills it with treats selected especially for them.

Of course in our family, the Easter Bunny always leaves a book in the Easter Baskets. We were excited when we found the Easter Basket sized copy of Owen’s Marshamallow Chick by Kevin Henkes. We knew it would make the perfect Easter Book GIVEAWAY.

As Easter approaches, we start looking for books about Easter, spring, baby animals, plants, nature and colors. Anything that feels like spring. Aunt Joyce has informed me that she already has her books for MacGyver and Miss Enigma!

We also begin our search for spring and summer Easter Basket stuffers. The children never really know what they might find. But it will always be selected just for them. It might even be a pair of bright pink crocs! (The Easter Bunny loves that clearance bin!)

We attempt to not go overboard. No ipods or cell phones in our baskets. We’re not that cool! Some things we keep an eye out for:

swim toys

  • We spend a lot of time in the water and at Aunt Joyce’s river. These items are always well used
  • A personal note about floaties. I never used floaties with MacGyver. Just thought they were surely unsafe. When I went to Cambodia, the kiddos spent sometime at their beloved Aunt Patricia’s farm. While they were there, Aunt Patricia bought Miss Enigma a pair of floaties. Oh my gosh, they work great! They really do hold her up. Of course we’re always with her but she swims around independently, even in the ocean.

gardening items

  • The children love to dig in the dirt and watch the miracle of a tiny seed sprouting into a flower.
  • some easy seeds to sprout – marigolds, morning glories and zinnias

insects & creepy crawlies

  • My kids were mesmerized by the caterpillar rearing kit they received from Aunt Jennifer! It was an amazing experience for the entire family. We’ve already ordered ours for this spring.

art supplies

  • You know the kiddos love art. Spring is the perfect time to observe nature and get busy creating!


  • I know it’s strange but every Easter (and Halloween) the kiddos get a new battery operated toothbrush. They think they’re a great gift. I know we’re weird and yet so very practical.

These are just a few of our favorite things . . .

Life with Jeannine

Just for Easter, We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Owen’s Marshmallow Chick by Kevin Henkes and two tin flower pots and seeds.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What is your favorite Easter Candy? Owen’s favorite Easter candy was his marshmallow chick. He loved it so much he kissed it goodnight!  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, April 14, 2011

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, April 15, 2011. Check back it might be you! Winning this book will be much more fun than paying your taxes!

Back tomorrow with a printable book about colors.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Cammie Talley April 11, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Peeps!!!!!! yellow chicks and white bunnies!!!

Anissa April 11, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs – although I was just introduced to Cadbury Mini Eggs and they are also a new and delicious treat!

Jeannine April 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, My Favorite!

Merelyn - Real Kid Friendly April 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Definitely Reese’s!

Robin April 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Marshmallow bunnies… so yummy. Although I do love Reese’s p-nut butter eggs too. The bunnies bring back so many Easter memories!

Alice April 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Oh, those giant peanut butter eggs, so yummy! First I eat all the chocolate off the top and sides and then I eat the yummy peanut butter with the small layer of chocolate on the bottom. So good!!

Kelly April 11, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I love those Cadbury caramel-filled eggs. And the giant eggs filled with smaller candies which are popular in my husband’s home country of England. Fun!

maryanne April 12, 2011 at 11:50 am

I love the idea of electric toothbrushes in baskets!

I love peeps, even though they are awful from a nutrition standpoint!

Amanda April 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I love the Reese’s too, but this year I bought the mini ones which are even more addicting.

Julie@The Adventures of Bear April 12, 2011 at 7:09 pm

This is Bear’s favorite book! Every time she sees it at the library she asks for it. She would love if I won this for her:) My favorite Easter candy is jellybeans. You have some great ideas for basket stuffers!

Tara April 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I like chocolate…alot! So anything with chocolate is usually something I would like. The most recent that I bought is Butterfinger eggs…yum!!

Jackie April 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Whoppers robin eggs. Yum. I love Easter candy— all that chocolate!!

kolpin April 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm

jelly bellies!

Natalie April 14, 2011 at 12:57 am

Chocolate rules :)

Aimee April 14, 2011 at 9:39 am

Cadbury mini-eggs or chocolate eggs filled with smarties (the chocolate kind). Hurrah fo chocolate ;o)

Dana West April 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I love Cadbury Eggs and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Caprice lee March 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm

My favorite is peeps

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