Thursday, March 24, 2016

College Care Packages For Easter

One of the toughest parts of being a mommy is that your kiddos grow up. They graduate from high school and are off to college in the blink of an eye. I know this is what's supposed to happen, and I'm usually pretty  good with it, but the holidays are different.  When my kids aren't with us for the holidays, well...it just leaves a lump in my throat. With Colleen and Ian staying in Texas for Easter this year, I definitely wanted to make sure they knew we were still thinking of them. A simple way to do this was by sending their Easter baskets to them. So if you're a mama in the same boat as me, don't worry. We're gonna get through this together. Here's all you'll need for a college care package- Easter version. 


1. Packing Supplies-
 You'll need some of that Easter grass I hate so much, some plastic eggs and a sturdy cardboard box that's on the small size. You're going to use the box as the actual "basket". It makes things easier for shipping and that way your Big Kids can just toss the box when they're all done. I found all these items at Wal-Mart for a whopping $4.


2. Something Symbolic of the Holy Day-
In previous years, I've added various things to my kids' baskets. Jewelry (for Colleen), picture books (when they were young), Mass books (when they were older)- just something to remind them that this holiday isn't about a bunny. One of my "go-to" items, though, has always been these chocolate crosses. Wal-Mart carries them every year for $1 each. Gotta love that.


3. Something Silly Or Cute-
This is the fun part. You just want to add things that will make your kids smile and remember what fun it is to be little on Easter. The One Spot at Target is a perfect place to find this kinda stuff.

4. Candy For The Easter Eggs-
I'm shipping these boxes to Texas, where the high temperature in March can basically be anybody's guess. So to be on the safe side, I'm only going to send candy that won't melt. My favorite find this year? Those cute little bunny mallows up there. They were almost too darling to eat. Almost.

5. Every College Kid's Favorite Treat-
You got it- cash money, people. Because, to a college kiddo, nothing quite says "I adore and miss you" like the green stuff. I simply folded each bill into a tiny square and tucked it into each egg as a surprise.

 After that, it was just a matter of fitting everything into the cardboard box . Really pack that Easter grass into the box here. You don't want anything rattling around and the grass will do a great job of holding everything in place. I put a "This Way Up" on the side of each box, so my kids would know which way to open it up.  And that's all there is to it. Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy.

That being said, I will still miss having us all together on Easter morning. There's no way around that. But at least they'll know I love them and I'm thinking of them.

And remembering the days when Easter morning looked just like this.


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