Frugal Easter Traditions We’ve Started As A Family : The Saturday Weekend Review #165

Easter Traditions Happy Easter(1)

EASTER FUN FOR EVERYONE WITHOUT DIGGING DEEP INTO YOUR WALLET

 

Creating Easter traditions with your family whether you have kids or not means you can plan ahead so you don’t go over-board with Easter expenses.

Do we budget for Easter? Yes and No and here’s why. This is the first year that we’ve really invested any money into Easter for our son.  Now that we know how much we’ve spent on Easter this year we will be able to sort out a projected expense for the beginning of 2017 since this holiday has just passed.

Related: What are projected expenses and why are they important?

easter is not the new Christmas(1)The Dollar store is fully loaded with Easter celebration materials and chocolates galore. When you are dealing with young kids remember that they don’t need an Easter basket filled with just chocolates.

Some families buy far too much at Easter and end up with tonnes of chocolate they either give away or freeze. If your relatives want to give an Easter gift you can always suggest a small chocolate treat along with other Easter options for the kids.

Having a treat once in a while is nice but we put the brakes on after two chocolate Easter balls and a cupcake. Boy did he love that! His basket was filled with arts and crafts, colouring books, Easter books and his chocolate came from the Easter Egg Hunt.

Related: Mom wants healthier Easter Baskets for the kids

Both my wife and I never gave much thought to Easter traditions in the past because we didn’t have a child and the extent of our Easter fun was Easter food and hanging out with the relatives. I suppose we were creating Easter traditions without even knowing it. Imagine that.

Before our son was born we still enjoyed the Easter celebration by buying each other Chocolate Easter eggs specifically Cadbury Cream Eggs and would partake in family Easter photos and a large meal.

This year the wife will be heading out to a free indoor Easter Egg Hunt and party for the kids at a local school where there will be Easter crafts, Easter treats and good conversations. If you’re not into free Easter celebrations you can create your own which we also did and will continue to do as the years unfold for our little family.

 

Celebrating Easter

 

How do we celebrate Easter?

With a coffee cup in hand and our tummies full after a healthy breakfast of scrambled eggs and cheese we started to create Easter traditions.

This year we started off our morning with the story of the Easter Bunny but I don’t think our almost 19 month old toddler bought it. We told him that the Easter Bunny is different from other bunnies because of the Easter treats such as Easter eggs, colouring books that the bunny delivers to all the good little boys and girls. We did mention Jesus and how he died for us and was resurrected but we know that he won’t understand until he’s a bit older.

He looked at us a bit gone out but that was expected since the only words he probably understood were “chocolate” and “Egg”. Once he spotted the bunny feet trail going upstairs and through the hallway with coloured plastic eggs lying around he got his inspection gloves on and went to work Easter egg hunting.

Related: Do you have an Easter egg hunt for your kids?

Creating Easter traditions with our son is important to us as is any other holiday we celebrate as a family. Just recently at Christmas I had our son helping to decorate and he put the star on the top of the Christmas tree all of which we captured on video.

What is Easter?

Easter celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The giving of Easter Eggs and the use of the Easter Bunny is a reminder of the Pagan religion that dominated Europe before the people were converted to Christianity. And the word Easter comes from the Goddess Eostre.- Source Yahoo

The meaning of Easter is different for everyone especially if you are participating in religious Easter traditions like my wife does by going to mass on Easter Sunday. For the most part Easter means chocolate and bunnies for the kids along with some education about the history of Easter. You don’t have to be religious to understand the true meaning of Easter celebrations.

 

Easter Food

 

On Good Friday we enjoyed a meatless meal to recognize my wife’s Catholic faith which is fine with me since I’m not religious. In the past we’ve made a lovely fish dinner or Thai Fish Cakes but this time I made a huge batch of cream of celery soup and tuna fish sandwiches for a brunch like meal. The recipe for the soup is coming to the blog this weekend so check it out because it’s not only delicious the low-cost to make it is perfect for any budget.

Ham for many people is a traditional Easter Food which means most of you will likely be enjoying succulent ham this Easter holiday. Easter food on our family table for Easter Sunday will be a small ham, sautéed spinach with bacon, cauliflower cheese bake, salad and for dessert homemade colourful Easter cupcakes. I was going to make Easter Bunny Shortbread but I just didn’t have the time.

Related: Easter dinner for 8 in the Crock-pot

We’ll  be putting our lovely meal together on Easter Sunday right after I get back from work. The best part about this Easter food is that it’s simple to make, budget-friendly and time-friendly for the parents who love to entertain.

Related: Mars Bars Rice Krispies for Easter and Easter Chick Tarts 

 

Easter activities for toddlers

 

pom-pom-easter-egg-craft(1)Easter activities for kids aren’t that hard to come by with especially since Pinterest is loaded full of Easter fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers. One really cool idea that we found on Pinterest was Pom Pom painting which included using a cotton ball, clothes pin and paper.

He loved this activity even thought it was a bit messy for an 18 month old toddler but it gets his creative mind going. The Easter craft was relatively cheap to buy as the materials were bought at the Dollar Store. This is definitely going into the Easter Traditions book for our family.

Related: Do you hold an Easter Egg Hunt?

This year we coloured Easter eggs and decorating them with stickers. Our son had a blast with this Easter activity since he loves peeling stickers. He can even say EGG so we’re super proud of him as his vocabulary grows plus he is starting to say the alphabet and pointing to letters at the same time.

Insert happy parents.

The only thing I had to watch for was to make sure our son didn’t launch the hard-boiled eggs across the room thinking they were balls. These days it seems that everything that ends up in his hands ends up on the floor or half-way across a room.

Reading an Easter book will always be part of our Easter traditions as a family as would be winding down with a nice Easter cartoon or two. This year we enjoyed his favourite Treehouse cartoons and lots of reading. He’s always chasing after me with a book in his hand since we have tonnes of kids books that we got free from parents giving them away online.

The biggest Easter activity for our son was eating his Easter cupcake and hunting colourful plastic Easter eggs filled with raisins, Cheerios and chocolate eggies of course. It was important for us to combine healthy along with traditional Easter chocolate. Seeing his little smile made it all worth it.

Our son loved the different treats that he found in his plastic Easter eggs that we picked up from the Dollar Store. This year he had a better handle on what chocolate is and how those Easter eggs mean the possibility of more chocolate and other goodies. The best part is you can pack them away for next year so you’re not buying them over and over which saves money.

One tip I will add is if you plan to have your Easter egg hunt outdoors use plastic eggs or coloured rocks for the kids to hunt. If you so dare hide real chocolate outside be prepared that the squirrels will be naughty and dig into them. Poof.. your chocolate eggs will be gone and you’ll have some sugar-jacked creatures roaming around your neighbourhood. ha!

 

Easter Family Photo Ideas

 

One of the most important part of creating Easter traditions is making sure you get it on camera or photos that paint a picture of the moment. Just about every holiday we have the camera rolling so we can show our son how he has aged when he is able to understand more about photos.

Any time I’m in doubt looking for photo ideas I jump on Pinterest which is where ideas are brought to life, especially if you are creative and artistic.

This year we set the timer on our camera then posed for family Easter photos which turned out great. We managed to take some goofy photos too as our son proceeded to put Easter stickers on my face which he thought was pretty funny.

When our son was almost one we had professional Easter photos taken for Easter which were actually free because we won a Facebook contest. The great part about the photography was that we didn’t have to do it.

During the first year of his life we had professional photos done in a photo studio using props and outfits to celebrate the holidays which cost us only $20. They are cute and I hope that he will look back at these family traditions and get a chuckle from them.

We’ve learned that our son is going to grow up fast before our eyes so if we want to create memories now is the time to start doing so. We don’t want to look back and wish we had done something but opted not to or were too busy to take the time for him.

 

Easter Traditions from the fans

 

I asked the fans what some of their Easter traditions were and here is what they had to say.

I always make a carrot cake done up as a bunny cake using two round cakes for my daughter’s birthday every year as it is April 1, so it’s always around Easter. The year she was born April 1 was also Good Friday.– Christine W.

Note: Some of the cake was eaten before the photo was snapped but it sure does look Easter perfect!

Easter Bunny Carrot Cake(1)

Dad called this evening and they are having an Easter dinner tomorrow that we are invited to. That’s budget friendly for us!Mary C.

We did Easter egg hunt last weekend while big sis was here. Just did some plastic eggs hidden in the house cause it had snowed.Juanita P.

Every Easter after our morning egg hunt we colour eggs with the kids and enjoy a family breakfast of fresh fruit, pancakes, eggs and bacon a tradition we started when the kids were 2. – Paula B.

For now our Easter traditions are starting to form year after year which makes both my wife and I feel that we are doing something right with our son.

Happy Easter to all from our family to yours. x

What family traditions do you partake in for the Easter Holiday?

-Mr.CBB

 

CBB Week At A Glance

 

This week was a bit out of the ordinary as I’ve had Good Friday off for the Easter holiday and I stayed home after the horrid ice-storm that we had in the Greater Toronto Area. The next day all we heard was loud crashes from our neighbours house as ice from the metal roof was melting. It was so loud when it crashed down. I’m not a fan of those metal roofs at all.

I did manage to get a few things done around the house since we were bound indoors for a couple days with the crappy weather but most of all I spent time with the family and finished up our income taxes. I also managed to get in the kitchen again and do some cooking and of course lots of eating.

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Awesome posts published this week

 

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Hi Mr. CBB,

I have a budget brag for you!!

As I am sure most have heard by now Air Miles Canada is changing things with their miles program and if you have miles accumulated you need to use them by the end of this year or lose them. I have picked up quite a few the last year with Foodland accepting and offering Air Miles when buying groceries which I do just about every week.

After talking to my hubby we went looking at what we could use our Air miles on as hubby’s health isn’t good enough right now to try to plan a trip. I’ve looked and wished for the big stand mixers in Canadian Tire flyers so I had a peek to see what Air Miles Canada had to offer me. I didn’t have enough Air miles for the Kitchen Aid stand-mixer they had but I did have enough for a Breville.

After talking to hubby and my boys we all agreed on cashing in to buy a stand-mixer. For 2850 Air Miles and no cash out-of-pocket I now have this lovely Breville stand-mixer, 550 watts strong and It works like a charm!!

I am so happy with it and hubby and the boys are happy with the baking I can do with this. I have now changed my balance on Air Miles to 100% Dream Cash to have extra funds in groceries for baking supplies.

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Making A Difference (MAD)

 

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Welcome to the 2016 Making A Difference series! Join the networking movement of Personal Finance Bloggers around the world. If you are a personal finance blogger (anywhere around the world) and would like your blog to be MAD featured simply drop me an email and I’ll explain the process to you. I’m currently booking for May/June 2016!

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Hi Mr. CBB and all of his amazing fans,

cents from a talking stoneMy name is Jordan Stone, and I run the Cents From A Talking Stone blog. Cents From A Talking Stone is my effort to spread financial common cents to everyone who will hear it. It started from my desire to learn about financial strategies to be able to help my own family become financially stable.

My goal is to help people better understand common financial ideas, as well as some ideas that people might not have heard about. I hope that readers will realize that it’s time for them to take control of their finances. It doesn’t have to be something super complicated.

I want to help people who might not be in the best of financial situations to see hope and realize that it’s not an impossible journey. I want people to feel empowered. I want them to be able to feel like they are capable of solving their own money problems, and that they shouldn’t wait for the government to step in and solve them for them.

I feel like the more people take control of their own finances and save up money to buy things instead of taking out loans for everything, our economy will become more stable. People will be happier because they control their finances and are not drowning in debt because they have put off instant gratification to save up before they buy.

If we get rid of the “What can America do for me attitude” and think more along the lines of “What can I do for myself and my family that will help America” Then I think we’ll all be in better shape.

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Top Recipe Pick

 

Butter-Brickle-Graham-Cracker-Bars-Recipe-RecipeGirl.com_(1)Food and grocery shopping are relevant to us because food is a large part of the budget which people struggle the most with.

We all have to eat to survive but just because we have a budget doesn’t mean we can’t eat delicious home-cooked meals that are drool-worthy.

If you are someone who would rather buy convenience foods consider cooking homemade meals or baking from scratch. Not only will you save money but you will be proud of what you’ve accomplished and you’ll see that from the smiles on those you feed.

For the past 2 years I’ve had a second Facebook page called The Free Recipe Depot where I exclusively share recipes from Food Bloggers around the world. I also share recipes on the blog on Sunday either made by home cook and mom Nicola Don or myself.

This week our Top Recipe Pick goes to the lovely Lori Lange over at Recipe Girl who has once again captured my love for food, especially sweets. If you don’t have time to bake Lori has this amazing looking Butter Brickle Graham Cracker Bars that you must check out! Let her know Mr.CBB sent you over for a sweet treat. 🙂

 

Top DIY Project

 

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Now that Spring is here many of you are starting your seedlings for your summer garden. I thought it would be fitting to use this space to share gardening tips such as this one: How to Grow Green Bell Peppers from the Premeditated Leftovers Frugal Living Blog. There are plenty more HOW TO grow articles on the blog so check them out.

Author of Prep-Ahead Meals From Scratch. Sharing recipes and tips for saving money, time, and reducing waste while keeping the kids alive.- Alea Miham (Premeditated Leftovers)

Growing your own garden does take some skill but once you master that skill you should be good to go season after season. This post will take you in that direction to make sure you have beautiful green peppers.

Related: How to start your Spring garden using odd containers

 

Editor’s Blog Post Pick From Around The Web

 

Every week I will pick a blog post of the week from around the web that I found interesting and want to share with all of you. Please head on over and give the post a read and let them know that Mr. CBB sent you if you comment. Thanks.

Editor’s pick (That’s me Mr.CBB) this week goes to the blog Desirae over at Half Banked who has pumped out some great posts lately including this one: This Is Why Your Budget Is Not Working. I’ve written about budgets for years so it’s refreshing to read another perspective about budgeting flaws. Well done D!

 

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Comments

  1. When my daughter was young, I would get an outfit, toy and some treats but she grew up knowing that I was the Easter Bunny so she didn’t expect much and appeared happy with what I got her. We have let that tradition go but still try and get a chocolate bunny for each of us. That’s the extent of my personal family traditions. With the family at large, we gather at one of the siblings house and partake in a potluck. This includes nieces, nephews and anybody else that shows up.

    Christine got a nice deal on the mixer and when I first looked at the picture, I thought it was a Kitchen Aid mixer.

    • Thanks for sharing your Easter traditions with us DEE and congrats on winning a UFILE code!! Yes Christine got an awesome deal on the mixer and has inspired me to see what we can get with our Air Miles now. Happy Easter Dee!!

  2. Love the Easter traditions that you are creating with your son; love the pompom painting. He’ll look back and cherish those memories one day.
    I had a message this morning from my 27 year old daughter who said, “mom, when I read about the Easter activities you’ve planned for B, (her nephew), it makes me wish I were a little kid again. I miss those days.”

    Christine W. the rabbit cake is so cute!

    I don’t spend a lot of money on Easter. My grandson would gladly hunt for the empty plastic eggs, he really doesn’t care if there is anything inside, he just loves the fun of hunting for the eggs. He loves to hide them as well, so we take turns hiding and finding the eggs. We actually have several Easter egg hunts over Easter weekend, some are scavenger hunts in which picture clues (sofa, coffee table, dining table etc.) lead him to the next location and others are simply finding the hidden eggs. The Easter bunny will make a visit tonight and the egg hunt tomorrow will involve some candy, but not a lot. He really reacts to sugar/chocolate so I try to keep it to a minimum. He’ll get a small Lego set ($20 range) as the main “treat”.

    We will go to my parents tomorrow for a big family dinner and I do two scavenger hunts for my nieces and nephews. They are older now and don’t believe in the Easter bunny but still love the scavenger hunt. I may do a craft with them, that’s been a tradition in the past, but I haven’t decided on that for sure. I’m thinking about doing the galaxy Easter eggs, but not sure. I’ll take the supplies and we’ll play it by ear. One of the scavenger hunts will be based on the real Easter story so the eggs will be filled with items related to that – 30 pieces of silver, soap, etc.

    I do themed food for my grandson for each celebration throughout the year. Some of the things I have for Easter are: juice boxes wrapped to look like the Easter bunny; waffles cut like an Easter basket filled with fruit “eggs”, sugar cones painted with orange candy melts to look like carrots, cupcakes topped with a meringue nest and filled with Eggies. Pinterest is a fantastic resource!

    Happy Easter everyone!

  3. Christine Weadick says:

    Thanks Ladies, I really like using the stand mixer..it’s so fast to mix things!!! The cake is disappearing fast. We had my daughter and grandson here for Good Friday and they took the bunny’s ears home to eat there.
    When the kids were small here I used to buy small toys for the basket and books, not much chocolate. And of course, they had the carrot bunny cake around Easter.
    Happy Easter everyone!!!!!

  4. Happy Easter! Easter eggs are part of our tradition. They symbolize spring and new life. I remember when I was young all eggs are hard-boiled eggs. Now it’s chocolate eggs or those filled in with candies.

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