Mother’s Day is just a week away! All mothers, grandmothers, mothers in-laws and any other maternal figure in your life love to be acknowledged for all they do, on mothers day, and they deserve the best!
We love sweets AND we LOVE Easter. Big corporations, (especially candy companies) love easter even more than we do..
We have been trying to be more and more earth conscious, healthy and sustainable in our purchases. This becomes more difficult when nostalgia is involved. We grew up with colorful easter baskets full of candy and toys and we still want to be able to enjoy these things without supporting (and being taken advantage of by) large corporations that capitalize on our favorite holidays!
We have come up with tips and suggestions for creating an easter basket you can feel good about!
- Use a basket that can be reused- for kids this could be a brightly colored storage basket, you can put toys in after easter. If you really want that classic brightly colored easter basket, save it and reuse next year for a friend or cousin! For adults you can use something like a pretty bowl, planter, colander, anything that can fit treats inside!
- Look at the ingredients. When Picking out your chocolate eggs and bunnies don’t buy anything with artificial dyes or even sugar. It is much healthier to consume chocolate and candy sweetened with coconut sugar, honey or maple sugar. Also make sure your chocolate is fair trade and organic!
- When buying cute critters for your easter basket, make sure the company is environmentally conscious. You can even go above and beyond and find a company that gives back!
Stick to these pointers, and below we have some suggestions to get you started!
For my boyfriend’s 30th I took him on a surprise getaway to Santa Barbara. I have stayed at the Kimpton Aurora in Sedona and was absolutely blown away. I decided to try the Kimpton Goodland in Goleta and was incredibly impressed. I love that Kimptons are all so different. They have another Kimpton in Downtown Santa Barbara that is more classic and upscale. We loved how much character the Goodland has. You feel like you are driving up to a vintage southwestern motor lodge. They had free yoga by the pool in the morning and a fantastic restaurant on site. They even have 2 bars and a pool table.
The first thing we were taken aback by was the incredible lobby. It is literally the cutest room I have ever been in. We were invited back for free wine hour and enjoyed a delicious red and white before going to the bar for cocktails and then into SB for dinner.
Last week I got to spend 5 days in North Lake Tahoe at Northstar California skiing! It was man amazing trip, an early celebration of my boyfriend’s 30th (happy birthday, Nick)!
We stayed at the Ritz Tahoe which was an absolute luxury because it was ski in, so we didn’t have to lug our skis to the mountain (my least favorite part of skiing ;))!