Nina Williams

Whether you celebrate it religiously or take more of a cultural, pastels-and-egg-coloring approach (or some combo of the two), Easter is a super fun spring holiday. And while planning fun activities that involve frolicking happily in the grass may seem just as daunting as picking out your kids' adorable dresses and bowties and actually getting them to wear–not destroy—said outfits, it doesn't have to be that way!

We've worked with one of our favorite bloggers, Niña Williams (an Iowa-based home décor expert of HGTV fame), and rounded up six of our favorite creative ways to celebrate the holiday, from cookie decorating to piñata-making, each of which will feel like arts and crafts to them and look Insta-worthy to you. (Plus, there's no real, live bunny pooping everywhere to worry about, so that's a win.)

1. Stuff a bunny piñata

What kid doesn't love a reason to take a baseball bat to a hanging object and be rewarded with mountains of candy, right? And since April is exactly six months from October, it seems like treating Easter as the Halloween of the spring is, well, totally fair. If you're feeling extra crafty, you can make your own with a little papier-mâché and cardboard, or take the slightly less time-intensive route and buy an empty bunny shell to fill at home. (No shame in the latter!) To stay perfectly on-theme, go for Easter treats like Kinder's yummy cream-filled chocolate eggs: They're made with milk chocolate, have no preservatives and come in adorable Easter-relevant foil, so your kids won't forget why they're allowed to chow down on sweets at 11am on a Sunday. It's a win for all, really.

2. Make egg-themed cookies

Here's a secret: Egg-shaped cookies are really, really easy to make because they're just ovals. So whether you shape your cookie dough by hand, let your minis do it or use a proper cookie cutter, chances are, they'll look the part. When they're all baked and ready comes the really fun part: Frosting them! Set up decorating stations in your kitchen with various color icings, sprinkles and more and let your kids design their own treats. You can even turn it into a competition and bring in other family members to judge—even if Grandma and Grandpa will just say that everybody wins.

3. Decorate their own Easter baskets

Okay, so we're not breaking any new ground here, but let's be honest: Decorating Easter baskets is a fantastic seasonal pastime, and for good reason. A few glue sticks, some construction paper, stickers, and perhaps some glitter (if you're brave), and you've got yourself a proper art studio in the making. Let your littles color and attach their own decor to store-bought white baskets, and encourage them really make it their own. One great way to up the ante? Use the baskets they start this year and then put them away for next year, so they can build on their hard work. It's a good way to get them to put extra care into it, and it's great to see how their design skills progress as they get older.

4. Leave a bunny basket

Santa gets a treat—shouldn't the Easter Bunny get one, too? It's only fair, even if there's no chimney-descent to speak of. Start with Kinder's Easter Gift Pack (complete with adorable stuffed unicorn or lamb and 12 Kinder chocolate eggs), and have your kids decorate the outside for a handmade touch of Easter <3. "I'm for anything that makes my life easier, so I love this idea of a pre-packaged Kinder Chocolate Gift Pack," raves Williams. The package even comes with a "to/from" card attached, so all you have to do is have them sign (or you know, scribble) their names and guess what? The real winner of this endeavor is, of course, YOU, mama, because someone has to eat that candy before the kids wake up from their naps, amiright?

5. Paint an egg mural

What's better than art projects you can do outside? Not only will it help foster their creativity, but it'll also get them some much needed post-winter Vitamin D (and let them take a break to run around when needed). If the weather permits, spread out a giant piece of paper on your patio or on a blanket on your lawn, bring out some kid-safe paints and brushes and get to work! You can mix and match pastel colors, show them how adding white paint in with bolder hues makes it more muted, and let them get a little messy. Let their masterpiece dry in the sun and hang it in your kitchen to marvel at during Easter brunch!

6. Bake a candy cake

If you haven't picked up on it yet, sweet treats are a theme here. Not only is baking together prime for memory making, but it also is a great way to pass the time if the weather is less-than-ideal (April showers and all that). But don't just bake any cake for Easter, go all-out on a candy cake. It's simple: Take two boxes of cake mix (yes, two, but bear with us) and make two round cakes; layer them with frosting, and frost the outside of the stacked final product. Then, have fun! Use things like miniature Kinder chocolate eggs (Williams is a huge fan of eating some as you go, too: "My kids love anything that includes candy, and they especially liked snacking on these Kinder Chocolates while decorating their Easter treats!") and anything else you find delicious to make a beautiful creation that will haunt your dentist's dreams.

This article was sponsored by Kinder. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

14 sweet 'just thinking of you' gifts for every mama

A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs.

Who says you have to wait for birthdays or holidays to give your bestie a great gift? A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs in these more-than-trying times. We've rounded up some of our favorite go-to gifts that are certain to be a bright spot in her week. But be warned, you may want to snag a few for yourself. (You deserve it, mama.)

Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.

New Mother face + body care duo

volition face + body care duo

This correcting oil and stretch mark minimizer is perfect for the pregnant mama looking to keep her pregnancy glow. The correcting oil brightens the skin while reducing dark spots, and the stretch mark minimizer works to smooth her ever-growing belly.


Allover roller

esker allover roller

This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.


Kombucha making kit

farmsteady kombucha making kit

What could be a more perfect gift for the health-obsessed friend? This kombucha making kit comes with everything you need to brew your own homemade green tea kombucha. They'll think this is the tastiest gift ever.


Laetitia lipstick

cupid & psyche laetitia

This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!


Jigsaw puzzle

inner piecec jigsaw puzzle

Mamas need to destress now more than ever during quarantine. This adorable jigsaw puzzle is perfect for the mama who needs a brain break! The 500-piece puzzle designed by artist Ray Oranges features an abstract gradient design that fits a standard frame when completed. Bonus: It's printed on recycled paper and the company donates $1 from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.


Matilda's Bloombox

matilda's bloombox

If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.


'I Am Enough' bracelet

I Am Enough bracelet

Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."


Glow assorted teas

vahdam low assorted teas

This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.


Find your voice journal

find your voice journal

Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.


Premium frother

shore magic premium frother

This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!


Bath soak infusion kit

maude bath soak infusion kit

Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.


Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.


Superfood honey

Beekeeper's Naturals B.Powered honey

With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.


Calming midnight mask with melatonin

Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.


We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.


Products that solve your biggest breastfeeding challenges

Including a battle plan for clogged ducts!

When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.


Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.


Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.


Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.


boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.


Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.


Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.


Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.


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I wasn’t sure if I wanted to have kids—so here’s what I did

We asked our three most pessimistic friends who have kids whether it's worth it or not

As told to Liz Tenety.

Around the time my husband and I were turning 30, we had a genuine conversation about whether or not we wanted kids. I was the hesitant one because I was like, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Let's just hold on. Okay, let's talk about this. Because we love our life. We like traveling. Is this what we want?"

My husband said, "Let's ask our three most pessimistic, crabby friends who have kids whether or not it's worth it."

And every single one of them was like, "Oh, it's unmissable on planet earth."

So when I got pregnant, I was—and I'm not ashamed to say this and I don't think you should be—I was as connected with the baby in my belly as if it were a water bottle. I was like, I don't know you. I don't know what you are, but you can be some gas pain sometimes, but other than that, we're going to have to meet each other and suss this relationship out.

But all the cliches are true that you just know what to do when the baby comes out. Some of the times are hard, some of them are easier, but you just gotta use your gut.

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