I’ve mentioned it many times before, but holidays and food go hand and hand, which makes for extra stress for an allergy mom. I think Easter has to be one of the absolute worst, because of all the candy that’s involved. What’s your favorite? If you’re anything like me it is huge the peanut butter eggs. Which are now obviously a total no-go in this household. The thought of an Easter egg hunt with hundreds of kids makes my skin want to crawl. I can only imagine peanut butter candy strewed all over the place, and me being a nervous wreck the entire time. So, we plan to have our own SAFE and allergy free hunt in the backyard so Noah can still participate but I don’t have to down a glass of wine to stay calm. Win-win for all.
The other big Easter tradition is obviously dying hard-boiled eggs. Well, given our failed egg challenge recently I was pretty much dreading this tradition as well. I know, I sound like such a party-pooper. But, thankfully my sweet friend, Nicole, found these amazing white, cardboard eggs at Wal-mart and I was sold. They look SO real. Being an allergy mom is all about adapting and tweaking things to make it work for your family while making sure your kiddos are still included and having fun. Well, we quickly decided it would be awesome to have a little egg decorating party with our kiddos and make it safe for everyone! We opted to use paint, instead of dye due to the fact that the thought of combining dye and two-year olds gives me a slight anxiety attack. The result? A total success.
We had a few friends and their kids come over, they played, and then we painted. I had everything set up- cheap table cloth because of a guaranteed mess that two years olds will make, acrylic paint, brushes, and our eggs! They had a blast. Sure, they weren’t perfect, messes were made, and one of the kids may or may not have eaten some paint (cough cough, Grace). But they were the absolute perfect way to get Noah involved in an allergy free Easter activity.
Can I just mention that I have the best friends ever? They were SO happy to use fake eggs because of Noah. And they always text about snacks and what they can bring that’s safe, etc. Swoon. I love people who try to understand, and make such an effort. Not much makes my heart happier 🙂 I cannot wait to continue this Allergy Free Easter tradition. Nicole had a great idea to write the year on the eggs, and then each year add to the collection and eventually fill a vase for a sentimental Easter decoration. So smart and sweet!
What’s your favorite Easter tradition?