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We are finding our groove in quarantine, emotions shift hourly, but in many ways– this time has served me and my family in a beautiful way. We are moving slow, having better conversations, even working on chore training. I have been thoroughly enjoying that we don’t have to rush out of the house in the morning, cooking more with the boys (something I historically rush through), and reading more books aloud. Something we haven’t had as much time to do as I like, since the summer months.
There is so much pain and worry in the world right now, but I’m trying to actively seek out the beauty where I can. I feel this has been such a powerful time for my creativity too. I’ve been able to spend focused time behind the camera, reading more books, and this emotional time has been a muse of sorts for me.
I know Easter this year is absolutely going to look different, so I went ahead and decorated the house with a couple, very simple seasonal items. I was gifted this beautiful “Stories of the Saints” book to pre-read back in February, and it is the most beautifully illustrated book I think we’ve ever owned. I have showed it to every friend that has came to my house since and said please get this for your kid’s Easter basket. It is stunning! I was also thinking it would be perfect for a baptism or first Communion gift.
Here’s a brief description:
“Available 3/31, Stories of the Saints: Bold and Inspiring Tales of Adventure, Grace, and Courage by Carey Wallace. From Augustine to Mother Teresa, officially canonized as St. Teresa of Calcutta, discover seventy of the best-known and best-loved saints and read their riveting stories.”
So, let’s talk about Easter baskets. Head to my Amazon page and I’ve linked up some really useful, cute items to include that will arrive safely at your door!
I try to collect things throughout the year– whether that is shopping second for adorable shirt from Vineyard Vines or collecting crayons while they are a quarter or fifty cents in July. I will also set aside items we get in “swag bags” at different events for Easter baskets, gifts for friends, etc.
Amazon has some great 3 for 2 pricing on select books, so I was sure to take advantage of that. It’s perfect time to sit around reading together. I will usually include swim trunks in my kid’s Easter baskets, but neither needed a new pair this year. I think summer supplies are great for Easter baskets– sand toys, bubble, side walk chalk. I do like to add in some candy, but I haven’t had a chance to get any for the boys this year. Honestly, I’m not sure if that will happen. You may also notice each kid has a toothbrush! I actually bought dental hygiene gift sets on Christmas clearance, and removed the brushes from their holiday packaging and repackaged them in Easter baskets!
Now for a giveaway! Head over to my Instagram page to enter to win a copy of this beautiful, inspirational book about Saints!