As springtime approaches, it brings with it the pastel-laden holiday of Easter—and, with Easter comes the need to break out the food coloring, dye some eggs and provide lots of chocolate to your little chocolate-loving munchkins. And whether you are particularly religious or not, it's likely that you and your littles are set to make your own baskets this year at home, so why not make them truly special? And here's the real secret: You do not have to be a highly skilled artist to pull it off! We worked with California-based travel, mama and wellness blogger Sylvie Esmundo ( to gather up five of the best ways to make an Easter basket extra-super special, without too much heavy lifting on your part. You get to be the hero, without being a martyr. Hooray!

Start traditions

Easter celebrations are all about family, and one way to get your kids super excited about your family's special traditions is to keep them consistent. And just like your five-year-old knows that birthdays = cake, we'd recommend making Easter synonymous with adorable miniature Kinder Chocolate eggs — they're made with real milk chocolate and without preservatives, are perfectly bite-sized and come in cute Easter-themed wrappers, so they definitely fit the bill. Plus, they're small enough that you can sneak a few in your own mouth without any guilt. Happy mama, happy family.

Add some sentiment

And while we're talking about traditions, Esmundo reminds us that while sugar-driven ones are absolutely important for everyone's sanity, so are more heartfelt ones. "My favorite gifts, regardless of holiday, are ones that inspire us to explore more, imagine the extraordinary, and create things that light us up," she says. This year, try including a handwritten note to each of your family members to remind them of how special they are to you; if you want to educate you youngest members of your brood on what Easter means from a religious standpoint, you can include some information on that, too. Whatever you choose to write about, taking a moment to do it by hand will not go unnoticed, even by monsters on the hunt for chocolate.

Make it last

Don't just stock the baskets with edible treats — while they're delicious, it also means the holiday will be over and forgotten as quickly as they can be devoured. Instead, make it a combo! "This Easter, I'm filling my son and daughter's Easter basket with gifts like our favorite Kinder Chocolate Mini Eggs," says Esmundo, "as well as those timeless gifts that help make life more colorful." Our suggestion: Include with all that yummy chocolate a "forever" gift, like a plush lamb from a Kinder Chocolate Gift Basket. Because what kid doesn't need a new lovie now and again, especially if it comes with amazing memories of a day spent together?

Get crafty

Baskets always feel extra special when you include things you made at home, like Easter eggs that you dyed together. The key here (like with so many things in motherhood!) is to prepare ahead of time: Hard-boil and dye the eggs and let them dry a day or two in advance, so that they're easy to divvy up and place in the baskets without making too much of a mess when it comes time. Your kids will love that they had a hand in making their own beauties, and you'll get extra activity time with them leading up to Easter Sunday itself. Win, win!

Let time stand still

As with any holiday, it's about making—and capturing—memories, and, Esmundo reminds us, memories are so often about the little things. Try considering your Easter baskets little time capsules, and ask every member of your family to choose one item that represents them at this moment to put in there. Next year, pull them out, look at what you each picked, and repeat the tradition all over again. It makes for a great way to track how much everyone is changing and growing, and because it's just something small, it saves anyone feeling too much pressure. It can be fun, silly, happy, sad — wherever your hearts take you.

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

10 must-have registry items that will change your life, mama

The baby gear heavy hitters that should be top of your list

Calling all mamas-to-be! It's a fundamental truth of (impending) motherhood that your prepping-for-baby To Do list can feel a mile long, but really the best way to feel organized is to sort out the most important item at the top of your list: your registry. Sure the items you choose to include will end up running the gamut from nice-to-haves to absolutely essential game-changers, but mamas in the know quickly learn one thing: Not all baby gear is created equal.

So while you can and should pepper your registry with adorable inclusions that aren't necessarily can't-live-withouts (go ahead, add 'em!), you should make sure you're ticking the boxes on those pieces of baby gear that can be absolute life savers once you're in full-blown mama mode. From car seats to bouncers and playmats, your play and travel gear will be some of the most obvious important items on your list, but so can unexpected things, like a super comfy baby carrier and a snooze-inducing white noise machine. So to help you sort through the must-have options, we turned to the holy grail of motherhood that is buybuy BABY and handpicked 10 of the very best essential pieces that will change your life, we promise.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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10 photos to take on baby’s first day that you'll cherish forever

You'll obsess over these newborn baby pictures.

Bethany Menzel: Instagram + Blog

As you're preparing for baby's birth, we bet you're dreaming of all of the amazing photos you'll take of your precious new babe. As a professional photographer and mama, I have some tips for newborn photos you'll want to capture.

Here are the 10 photos you will want to take on baby's first day.

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