The Best Easter Basket Gifts

Easter is such a fun time of year. I love decorating eggs, then splitting them open, going on hunts, and of course having gifts. Baskets are super simple, fun, and easy to do. You don’t even need to spend a lot, unless of course you want to.

I have a three and half year old son, and we are to the point where he likes so much fun and different stuff… even chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate?? What are some of your traditions that you are doing this year? Do you keep the same traditions every year?

This year, we are doing things slightly different, but it will still be fun. I am always up for changing things a little and trying new thing, especially as my son gets older.


  1. 48 Pieces Easter Basket Stuffers, Easter Egg Fillers, Easter Eggs Filled Small Toys for Easter Party Favors, Goodie Bag Fillers, Pinata Toys and More  These are perfect if you have a lot of kids to buy for. You can even save for stocking stuffers later in the year. My son loves all of these items.
  2. Count on the Easter Pups! (PAW Patrol)  My son is at a stage where he LOVESS to count, so this is the perfect gift for him.
  3. Ehome Wooden Percussion Musical Egg Easter Maracas Egg Shakers Kids Toys with Assorted Colors. he LOVESSS being able to use his senses and shaking is one of them, so this is so much fun for him too.
  4. Crayola Color Bath Dropz 3.59 Ounce (60 Tablets)  Bathtime is always fun, this makes it even more fun. He loves colors, and seeing how they turn in baths!
  5. Purple Ladybug Novelty Slow Rising Easter Bunny & Friends Jumbo SQUISHIES Pack in Gift Worthy Box: Bunny, Chick, & Easter Basket Kawaii Soft Squishy Toys & Bonus Stickers Come with The Squishys! This is a great sensory item for him when he is over stimulated or stressed.
  6. 6 PCS Easter Eggs Filled with Building Blocks Construction Vehicles Toys to Build Forklift, Crane, Bulldozer, Excavator Car Educational Toys Great as Party Supplies , Easter Basket Fillers for Boys  Of course what boy doesn’t love cars, or trucks? Mine does!!

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Nonverbal Facts and Ideas (From a Mother)

Here we are again, progress made with Antonio, then no progress. I’m not even mad though. We are making progress so much more than ever before. He is meeting goals after goals. He is a master when it comes to fine, gross, and even receptive language. The problem remains the same, how do we get him to talk?

We are using sign language now more than ever before. I can’t complain, we are all doing so well with the growth Antonio is having. There are still three things that lay into this nonverbal factor.

  1. Occupation Therapy (if he holds the spoon properly, he will be able to eat correctly!). Right now, when he does attempt to use his utensil, he licks whatever is on it, so he doesn’t use his full oral movement. By not having his motor movement here, it can affect his talking. We have to keep working with him; there’s no real way to prevent or make this happen otherwise.
  2. Physical Therapy (this is exactly what it sounds like). No, he doesn’t need it because of some accident. He needs it because he has sensory issues. The sensory problems affect his learning. If he is stimming, he can’t learn. If he focuses on getting sensory input, he simply isn’t going to be receptive at all to where we need him to be. (Read more about stimming here.)
  3. But, more importantly, we are trying to get him to speak. He’s in speech; how do we get this to work? I’m sick of hitting a wall. I’m sick of trying new things. But not really; I just want SOMETHING TO WORK. We are working day and night to get him to imitate our sounds (because he mimics everything else). It’s only a matter of time I keep telling myself.

We have a few actions that we are going to try out, so be on the lookout as we share our journey with these ideas. I know there are other moms out there struggling and going through this, so I want to share our experience so that you can have a good outcome, too.

“Good things happen to those who wait” is my current saying, along with “nothing will happen overnight.” Let’s face it it’s how I am feeling.

Put on your mama bear and move on girl, you need to try new things and take risks. I’m a business owner, right? So, I’m always taking risks, and it’s no different for my son now either, let’s do this!

Put on your mama bear and move on girl, you need to try new things and take risks. I’m a business owner, right? So, I’m always taking risks, and it’s no different for my son now either, let's do this!


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Asthma in Toddlers, How To Cope

Antonio was diagnosed with asthma about a year ago. We had two-three episodes where he had to be hospitalized for a few days. We had to put him on an inhaler for a long time, and we started to wean him off of it because he was doing better overall and got through some of the sick seasons without issues.

We were doing fine, alright. We went about five months off of Antonio’s inhaler when we had an episode. He was starting to get sick on and off but was acting normal. You know how sometimes being sick is crazy and unpredictable. Well, I picked him up from school, and he had a cough, the cough was worse than the day before. We went home, and usually, he takes a nap on the way home. This time he took a nap, but it was short. He woke up as soon as we got home and he was coughing horribly (almost like a choking cough) and couldn’t go back to sleep.

My husband was away for the day and wasn’t going to be home for a little while, so it was up to me to do this on my own. We came inside and tried to do activities, but he just seemed SOO tired and out of it. He started to cough more; the cough at this time was a dry cough. He didn’t have much of an appetite (which is SO unusual for him). By the end of the night, his cough worsened, and he was coughing up gunk. I started to give him his emergency inhaler, cough syrup, Tylenol, and even Claritin. He has horrible allergies and sinuses just like me.

I was worried about him going to bed; I just had a feeling. When your child coughs like that, you constantly worry if they are going to choke or stop breathing. He kept trying to fall asleep but waking up due to his cough. It was a LONG NIGHT. I brought him into my bed because he couldn’t fall asleep, and I wanted to monitor him. I thought I could get some sleep monitoring him. All that said, I started to worry more. He was wheezing and gasping for air. I was on the phone with my dad, and he said “Susie, what do you think? Don’t you think his breathing is kinda bad?” I said yeah, but no one wanted to believe me. I knew he was off and it started hours ago, but I couldn’t prevent it from happening.

It’s one of those things where it has to take its course. SO, I didn’t even think twice, hopped in the car, and took him to the ER. We were in the ER for about 4 hours (till 3 AM!). The staff did a lot of breathing treatments (with a nebulizer) and then gave him some breathing steroids. It was a LONG LONG LONG LONG LONG NIGHT. I don’t even know how we stayed up that late.

Finally, they said, “You need to go to Akron Children’s Hospital and get admitted for the night.” I tried talking myself and them out of it mainly because I wanted to sleep. I said okay let’s just go. They put him in an ambulance while I ran home to get an overnight bag and let the dogs out (again, my husband was gone, so I was the caretaker).

Once I arrived, I was panicked. I didn’t know where my son was, the hospital was all locked up (which is good), but I literally couldn’t get in or find my son!!! It was so quiet and dead during the 4 am rush. I was worried… Is my son here? Is he sleeping? Did he throw tantrums? Did he scream the whole way? What was really going on? I just want to sleep. My hands are full. All these thoughts running through my mind.

I finally got to his room and let out a sigh of relief. He was SOUND ASLEEP. The ambulance ride put him right to sleep. I was so worried that he would need me, or be scared, but he wasn’t!  The nurses said he was a champ. I won’t get into too much detail about asthma because it is complicated. I crashed hard for the night and relaxed finally knowing that my son was in good hands and recovering.

They kept giving tons of treatments through out the night. People kept coming in and getting vitals. The saying is you won’t get any sleep while you are in the hospital. I felt this. I woke up next morning, knowing that we could go home soon. BUT, he wasn’t passing his tests for breathing.. I thought he was fine, but it was better safe than sorry. It was better to leave it to the professionals…

We had to stay ANOTHER NIGHT. There were lots of things happening, and, again, I won’t get into much detail. But, I realized that Akron Children’s Hospital took incredible care of us.

Here are the elements I liked the most about our stay at Akron Children’s Hospital:

  • The food…

Hospital food isn’t horrible. We were able to order food up to our room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We had access to the kitchen on the floor so that we could get other food at any time as well as drinks. There were so many options to choose from for food! It even had healthy and heart recipes noted on their menu.

  • The people…

The people were the NICEST and answered all of my questions. This instance wasn’t his first time for admittance, but I still needed my nerves to be calmed, so I kept asking questions. Talking to people calm me down and I needed this at that moment in time.

  • The overall feeling…

I felt safe, secure, and on top of the world. The hospital isn’t meant to be fun by any means, but I honestly can say that we were taken care of and had the best two days there considering. I left the facility knowing that my son was well-provided for, and they REALLY did care.

All in all, here is something that I took away from this horrible visit:

Always follow your gut and motherly instinct. I second guessed myself and tried to explain it to my husband and parents; they didn’t understand because they weren’t there. I kept talking myself out of going to the hospital, but I needed to go.I knew I needed to, but kept trying to talk myself out it. I was so glad that I was able to take him to the ER.
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Frugal Toddler Boy Fall Tops

There’s something about toddler fashion that is just so fun. I love getting my son new clothes whenever possible, even though my bank account doesn’t always love it.. That’s why whenever I see frugal finds, I stock up.. Because I love styling my boy up!

Here are my top toddler boy fall picks:

Frugal Toddler Boy Fall Tops

 

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The Best Back to School Snacks

Back to school is in full swing by now for many. The hardest thing is hearing your child say “I am hungry.” I don’t know about you but I feel that I run out of so many ideas for snacks and food period. The bigger thing is asking myself what is healthy enough for them to eat? We don’t like to buy super processed and fattening food. We have been on this kick for sometime and love how it makes us feel! So with all that being said, here are our top SIX different semi-healthy snacking ideas.

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  1. Crunch-a-Mame Organic Edamame Puffs
  2. Annie’s Organic Variety Pack, Cheddar Bunnies and Bunny Graham Crackers Snack Packs
  3. Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks, Variety Pack 
  4. GoGo squeeZ Applesauce on the Go 
  5. Imag!ne Cheese Stars and Yogurt Crisps Sampler Variety Pack, 
  6. Annie’s Organic Cheddar Snack Mix, Baked Cheese Crackers and Pretzels 

Which one of these is your favorite? Do you have something different you enjoy? Share it in our comments ands let’s hear it! PS don’t forget to check out our other back to school posts: shoes, backpacks,  girls clothing. 

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TOP 3 BACKPACKS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

 

When it comes to back to school gear, the backpack reigns supreme. With so many options and styles, it can be hard to find the best bag out there for your children. From old favorites to new designs, here are our top three backpacks for this year.

JanSport Big Student Backpack

One of eBag’s best-selling student backpacks, the JanSport Big Student Backpack comes in six different colors and patterns. It is made from durable polyester fabric and features a large shape with multiple pockets for storage, a fully padded back panel, and S-curved shoulder straps that make it ultra-comfortable to carry.

Detailed with a front gear pocket with an audio electronics organizer, this backpack includes two spacious main compartments to hold your laptop, books, folders, and other bulky items as well as a side water bottle pocket and a stash pocket on the front to hold small accessories. It is perfect for high school and college students!

Hanna Andersson Discover Backpack

Available in three fun patterns, Hanna Andersson’s heavy-duty packs are built to organize and carry everything kids need. The lightweight-yet-rugged packs that are crafted for kids’ comfort, featuring ergonomic straps are shaped to fit the shoulder better.

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UA Favorite Backpack 3.0

It’s called “favorite” for a reason. This backpack from Under Armour is cute, comfortable and ready to take care of business. It’s water-resistant and has more than enough pockets to keep your kids organized. It is also made with tough, durable materials that hold up against daily wear and tear.

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SHOP THE SARAH JESSICA PARKER COLLECTION FOR KIDS FROM GAP

The exclusive Sarah Jessica Parker Collection from Gap was designed to wear, love, and share. From silly graphic tee’s to pretty floral dresses, there’s something for every kid.

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the collection.

Sarah Jessica Parker Graphic T-Shirt

Inspired by childhood memories and comfy hand-me-downs, this broken-in tee is anything but basic.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Fit and Flare Dress

This sweet floral dress just screams “spring”! Pair with a white cardigan for the perfect Easter outfit.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Critter Backpack

This whimsical backpack has as much personality as your little one. Fill up with their favorite books and toys for a fun-filled day at the park.

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SHOP NEW SPRING ARRIVALS FOR KIDS AT CROCS

 

Get the latest Spring looks for your little ones at Crocs. With a wide array of fun styles and colors, there’s a shoe (or two) they are sure to love.

Here are a few of our favorite picks.

Kids’ Electro III Clogs 

These classic clogs cover all the bases. Supportive and comfortable, they make the perfect companion for playtime both indoors and out.

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Kids’ Crocs Lina Charm Flat 

Pretty meets comfortable with these flexible flats. Featuring embellishments like hearts, butterflies, and flowers, these are bound to become a favorite.

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Kids’ Swiftwater Play Shoes 

The most adventurous of kids have met their match with these washable, amphibious shoes. Whether hopping through puddles of water or mud, these shoes are kid tested and approved.

 

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When Your Child is Ready For a Toddler Bed

Lately I have been going back and forth about a toddler bed for Antonio. He is autistic and I don’t feel like he can communicate or listen well. So it worries me to put him a toddler bed all alone.

I wonder if he will get up or fall out etc. I mean it’s all new to us. We have put it off for so long because I didn’t think he was ready, but we have to do it sooner or later and the time might be now. I have to put my mama bear feelings behind me and accept he’s no longer a little boy.

  • Signs that he’s ready
    sleeps through the night on his own and doesn’t get up. This is the first thing that we noticed. Even when he wakes up before us, he stays in his bed and occupies himself.
  • Can understand no. Whether he likes it or not is another story but for the most part he understands and usually stops.
    – The room is 💯 baby proof. This was my biggest fear. I didn’t want him to open all the drawesr to his dresser or play with toys or get into trouble so we had to make sure this was taken care of.
  • Puts an interest info bigger beds whether it’s a toddler bed or just parents beds. He loves coming into our bed and loves being super comfy, so we knew he enjoyed this.

Here are some of our favorite items that we used to get his room ready for his new bed.
REGIONAL’S CLEAR CORNER PROTECTORS | High Resistant Adhesive Gel | Best Baby Proof Corner Guards | Stop Child Head Injuries
Excellents Baby Magnetic Cabinet Safety Locks. Pro 8 locks+ 2 Keys keep your child safe. Baby proofing Easy to install just Stick on – No drilling With Extra Strong 3M Tape!

Safety 1st Power Strip Cover

Jambini Self-Closing Outlet Covers – An Alternative To Socket Plugs – 3 pack

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DISCOVER THE NEW ALL FUN & GAMES COLLECTION FROM H&M

Brighten dreary days with the newest kids’ collection from H&M, All Fun & Games. Featuring bright colors and prints, this line is sure to put a smile on any kiddo’s face. Here are a few of our favorite picks from the new kids’ collection.

Fluffy Sweater

This sweater is as sweet as a bowl of sherbet. Its soft and fluffy feel is the perfect companion to its cheerful colors.

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Sweatshirt with Printed Motif

It’ll be hard to go unnoticed in this standout sweatshirt! Perfect for the kid who prefers to bring sunshine with him wherever he goes.

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Twill Pants Skinny Fit

Boring denim is so last year. These vibrant twill pants add fun to any occasion, even on rainy days.

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