Dear Diary,

This morning, my sister asked me if I was making my daughter an Easter basket. When I said no, she was surprised, since I am a huge holiday fan and normally go above and beyond to celebrate. We plan to go to church and dinner at my parents, but I didn’t plan to purchase candy. Not because I’m anti-Easter baskets rather I’m anti-buying my 20-month-old lots of sweet treats that I’ll end up eating. Instead, I’m giving her a Hello Kitty doll dressed up as a bunny and several pairs of shoes–she has a shoe addiction at an early age.

As a child–heck even as an adult, I look forward to celebrating Resurrection Sunday, eating Cadbury Cream Eggs and

I asked DFTM mommies if they planned to buy a basket. I wanted to share their answers, which may spark creativity or start a tradition in your home.


Christel Deen-Doucette: My kids got so much from preschool I still have Valentines Day candy. I got them a medium egg each with a couple goodies in it. Dad got a basket with one type of candy. The rest were water guns for the boys and Hello Kitty dolls for my daughter.

Ayanna Jackson: My mom and I would always dye easter eggs and make a basket with candy. As I got older she always got me a new pair of pajamas in my favorite color purple!

Mostly Gifts 

Mandy Gonzalez: I get them a new swimsuits, flip flops and something small but personal.  My daughter loves duct tape. She’s pretty amazing with it–makes wallets, bows, doll dresses, etc. I don’t do a lot of candy just a small chocolate bunny and their favorite candy bar.
Chelle Kelley:  We do very minimal candy and mainly stick to a couple books, one movie, one game or toy, maybe some smaller toys like match box cars or tub toys for the baby.

Michelle Rodden: I always got a swim suit new towel and summer outfit in my basket. We didn’t really do candy.

Ebony Scott: Yes, I will make an Easter basket, but there won’t be any candy since my guy is only 7-months-old.

Egg Hunts

Tamika Dixon: I’m scattering Easter eggs in the backyard and encouraging my nearly two-year-old to collect them.

Religious Observance

Christel Deen-Doucette: I love that my daughter knows the true meaning of Easter. She goes to a Christian private school, and they did a coloring book about the meaning of Easter not bunnies or eggs. I still get them a little something however.

Nikki Evans: What does an Easter basket symbolize anyway? My children will only see them in stores.
Hey DFTM Fam–What are you putting in your little one’s basket this Sunday?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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