Showing posts with label Easter Egg. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Easter Egg. Show all posts

Saturday

The Simplest Easter Egg Hunt! - Xtra Special Day

Last year we had our first Easter Egg Hunt.


Yes we are not young, in fact we are grandparents yet up to now I have never had an Easter Egg Hunt.

But now we are grandparents and I decided that we were going to have one.

So I planned that I would hide them all around the back garden for Matthew last year when he was 17 months old.  He was well on his feet and always full of energy and loved running around playing with nanny, grandpa, aunt or uncle or whoever would be around when he would visit our home on a dry day.





Hence my idea was to get some eggs that were a decent size for him to find easily and some Cadbury Creme eggs (really these ones would be for the grownups) and I would hide them all around the back garden.

BUT!  It wasn't a dry day.


Plans had to be changed easily and quickly so it became an indoor hunt with eggs hidden (well sometimes almost in plain view - he was very young) in the hall, lounge, sun room, and guest bedroom.  5/6 hidden in each room some easier to find than others so that he could get some by himself and so that uncle Jonathan could help him while his mum and dad had a little sit down and catch up with social media on their phones.


In the Sun Room Matthew immediately decided he would have to get into the TV unit





then he jumped around to look behind the furniture so fast that I could hardly get a picture that wasn't blurred.




With the eggs found from that room he headed off down the hallway and immediately spied one on the little flower stand there.




We had not hidden any in Fred's Office because Matthew loves to play the drums there and might have got a bit distracted but we were surprised when he didn't even ask to go into it at all.


Next was the guest room where he sometimes stays overnight or takes a little afternoon nap.




After finding one beside the teddy bear doorstop and a few others on one side of the bed he quickly ran over to the wardrobes and found one behind a briefcase.

Now there were several more still to be found in the guest room and he needed a little help for some of them as you can see in the short video.




Then back up the hallway because he thought maybe some would be upstairs and he went so quick he missed a very obvious one




so we had to call him back.




He was now so good at this hunt that he easily found the ones in the lounge and then



it was time to make sure they were all in the crystal basket (yes I hadn't thought to buy an Easter Basket so we had to improvise).

We counted the eggs to make sure he had now got all of them and he was rewarded with a few to eat straight away and the rest were put into a bag to go home with him.



Sometimes the simplest things are the best.





It was such a simple easy hunt to prepare but such fun to watch him enjoy running round and searching excitedly for each one of those tiny eggs.  

The quick, simple, inexpensive things we do together can be as much fun as big outings or more expensive adventures - we just judge things by how many laughs and smiles we hear and see because a joyful time together is an Xtra Special Time.





Monday

I am not Dropping the EASTER! - Coffee & Conversation


Yes it's an Easter Egg - I am not dropping the EASTER!






What is a chocolate egg without Easter?

We would not have had chocolate eggs if it had not been for Easter.


Now the chocolate companies want to drop the Easter in Easter Egg and just have an egg, will it sell more because it will be seen to be more PC?

But it will not be an Easter Egg to many people.


A few years ago I was introduced to "The Real Easter Egg" which is produced 
by Meaningful Chocolate.

I was attracted to the eggs because of the fact that they are fairtrade and because they don't just provide a chocolate treat for children (and the rest of us) but they have a booklet (new one each year) for the children as well which teaches them about The True Meaning of Easter in an interesting way.





We have bought them for the kids at our church and we have enjoyed them at home.


But the main thing about these eggs is the fact that along with the chocolate egg 
is the Real Meaning of Easter.


When many other Eggs are going to be sitting in our shops this year without the word Easter on them, this is an egg that still proclaims the real meaning of Easter which is the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus who is the only Saviour of the world and the only one by which we have a way to God.






You can read my review of The Real Easter Egg Here.



Then why not check out the website here for more info and details of  the other eggs they offer and the shops that stock them but because Easter is early this year orders online need to be in through the site before 6th March to have them delivered on time.


As I said at the start of this post
 "I am not dropping the EASTER" 
and this applies to Easter as well as to eggs.  
Our special times of the year all seem to changing to "seasons" or  "holidays" now but I'm still a Christmas and Easter supporter and I will not be dropping either.


Yes it's an EASTER Egg! - I am not dropping the EASTER!





Saturday

The Real Easter Egg - You've got to try one!


Disclaimer:
I received ONE free Easter Egg to REVIEW after having purchased several others


I've had many Easter Eggs over the years but here is one that is somewhat different.

My Pastor handed me a leaflet and asked me to take a look at it and if I liked what I saw to go ahead and get some for the children in our church.

I glanced at it and left it on the kitchen worktop to read later in the week.






When I did read it I was as enthusiastic as he was and went online to order the eggs for church.


After ordering the eggs it was then agreed with the company that I would receive an egg free of charge to taste for myself and then write a review and this blog post is my honest opinion of the product.


So here are my thoughts on The Real Easter Egg.


I ordered the eggs for church online and they arrived within 2 weeks from England to Northern Ireland.

I received a rather large box showing that it is in partnership with the Charity Traidcraft (click on the picture below to find out more about this)






This is what I found on opening the box




another box was inside and it contained 6 eggs  (eggs are ordered online in groups of 6)


As you can see above each egg is 150g and these ones are milk chocolate eggs.
(on the website you can see the other types of eggs available)


The first thing I noticed was just how attractive the box was and clearly marked fairtrade which I would be glad to choose.


There is also plenty of information on the packaging as you can see below on the side, back, other side and bottom of the box.





On opening one of the eggs the top of the box revealed that there was a little more than just an egg for you to enjoy





   Included is

  • A bag of Chunky Milk Chocolate Buttons.
  • A Happy Easter booklet.
  • A little snippet of the Easter Story from the Bible printed on the card, all before you get to your egg.






   When unwrapped I could tell the egg was quite thick and there was a textured marking over it as you can see in the picture below





    Well because I did not want to eat too much chocolate (you know folks I am trying to keep off the weight), I decided that I would share this egg with my husband Fred and son Daniel who were sitting watching a rugby match on the television.


The advantage also is that we could have 3 opinions here instead of just the 1.


     So did it pass the test?


     Not just one test we had four!



NUMBER 1

How would it break?

Firm pieces or crumble up too much?






The picture above shows not too much crumbling  -  GOOD!




NUMBER 2


The initial taste test - too sweet?  not sweet enough?  or just right?





These two intrepid tasters said "pretty good".



NUMBER 3


The silly (but can be very important) melting test - does it melt too quickly?





You can see by the picture above they proved it passed this one too.




NUMBER 4


Finally the all important - does it go well with the tea and coffee test?







And the result was?

YES

It passed all four tests.



Then I had to be quick to grab a picture as they started into the buttons (and I was warned by these two guys to tell you that they really are chunky).






Because very quickly everything was gone, but yes I did get two buttons and another bit of egg before they were leaving me an empty tray to take away.








How to get The Real Easter Egg.

If you want to buy an egg and get a surprise then do not read any further or look at any more pictures just simply go buy the egg and enjoy it - I did and my two guys really did.

You can buy the eggs at various shops within the UK
(click on the map below to find a shop near you)





Or click on the online link below to order from the website





Now for the SPOILER

If you want to know exactly what you are buying to give to someone else then read on.

Inside the box we already saw there was a Happy Easter Booklet.



A nice decoration for any child's room.


But turn it around and we have the Easter Story



followed by some information about eggs and an Easter Quiz





and finished off with a recipe for Easter Biscuits





So Here we have other activities to enjoy after the egg has been eaten.



CONCLUSION

Definitely much more than the usual Easter Eggs we buy for our children, our grandchildren, or the children of friends.

We were very happy to eat it and give them as gifts.

Each year the booklet inside the egg will be different so each year we can continue to buy these eggs and know that the recipients will have more than an egg to enjoy.


I love chocolate but I also really love the way this focuses on 

The Real Meaning of Easter 

and not just on chocolate.






If you wish to know more or to buy some of these eggs then click on over to The Real Easter Egg website via the picture below






If you wish to read the latest news about The Real Easter Egg Campaign then click on the picture below





Disclaimer:
I received ONE free Easter Egg to REVIEW and I will NOT benefit in any way from any purchases any of my readers will make.