May the Eggs Be Ever in Your Favor

At some point a few years back, I eagerly took up the task of putting together Easter baskets for our three nephews – now between the ages of 10 and 16. Every year I also made up a challenge to go along with the baskets. You don’t just handed gifts in THIS family… no sirs! You gotta earn them. I’ve done everything from scavenger hunts to trivia.

This year, we set up an arena all around the yard in true Hunger Games fashion. Well except for the part where they had to fight to the death…

Station 1: Shoot a basket through the hoop
Station 2: Climb a tree and retrieve the ribbon with your name
Station 3: Shoot an arrow through a target
Station 4: Locate your colored item hidden somewhere in the yard
Station 5: Hit a croquet ball through the goal in less than 2 shots
Station 6: Create a lasso out of rope and throw it around a metal hook

Once they completed every station, they could claim their “cornucopias” – which in this case were some colorful baskets from Dollar Tree filled with goodies. Yeah, you can just call me Effie Trinket 😉

I’ve been doing this for years so here are some of my ideas for what to put in Easter baskets for teenage boys, besides candy:

  • mechanical pencils
  • iTunes gift card (or any gift card, really)
  • socks
  • soda cans/bottles
  • packs of gum
  • individual bags of chips or popcorn
  • fresh fruit
  • iPod headphones
  • small sports equipment
  • packs of playing cards
  • handheld puzzles

 Do you have any unique Easter gift ideas or traditions?


To a marriage that doesn’t “suck”

The wife and I just celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary on March 24. This is not to be confused with our wedding date of October 8. Why do I get two anniversaries for one amazing marriage? Because I’m a princess.

And also because we had two weddings!

When Washington DC became the next kickass state to legalize same-sex marriage, panda and I quickly rushed off to the courthouse to tie the knot before anyone could call mulligans. Although we considered ourselves married from that point on, it didn’t really feel like much of a wedding day. So we threw an actual party last year in October. At some point in the near future, I’ll reminisce about that. But today… we talk lollipops.

Because we are going to Key West soon, we are considering the trip our anniversary gift to each other. We agreed not to buy any other gifts, so naturally, I made something. I arranged to have a bouquet dropped off to surprise Rose at work. But my wife is not really a flower kind of girl, so I put together something even better… CANDY. 


How'd you like to be greeted by this baby on your desk?

Here’s how you can make your own lollipop bouquet…

– As many bags of Dum Dum lollipops as you can get your hands on (I also used Blow Pops because I’m just that kind of wife)

– Foam ball for flower arranging

– A bucket, bowl, flower pot or some other container that the foam ball will fit in with half peeking out

– Ribbon, or anything else obnoxious enough to decorate with

Now just go crazy shoving those little suckers (pun intended) into the foam ball until it is completely covered. I inserted them along the bottom edge and worked my way around to the top. I ran out of lollipops at the very end (after already going through 4 bags!) so I just covered that space with some curly ribbon and a little sign and no one was the wiser. 

You really can’t beat a gift with such an impact that also lasts a lot longer than roses AND will give you a sugar rush!