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this year needs a star wars easter basket

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Easter is just around the corner, and for the first time in 4 years of basket making, I’m ahead of the game! With a rush of inspiration this week, I stopped off at Walmart on my way home from work this week and assembled a themed basket that I’m sure will make Miss L jump for joy that Sunday morning: a Star Wars Easter basket!

[Want to buy this Yoda Easter basket? You can! It’s at Target!]

Each year, Mr. M and I have a bit of a debate about whether Easter egg hunts take place outside or inside the house. He argues that one uses plastic eggs filled with goodies inside the house, and that eggs are hidden that morning in a certain room. I debate that one colors real eggs and hides them throughout the yard (front and back) and that happens long before little ones wake up. So far, we’ve done it both ways, and we haven’t settled on the 2015 method quite yet!

Last year we held an indoor egg hunt, but we still spent part of the morning outside. We “planted” jelly beans out in the back yard and waited for the Easter bunny to work his magic overnight. In the morning, in each of the spots where there was previously a jelly bean, there was now a giant colored straw with a lollipop popping out of it!

The straws worked great with the smaller lollipops and made the effect much better! Miss L hasn’t stopped talking about it all year, so I’ll be sure to pick up some jellybeans, lollipops and colored straws to do it all again!

But back to that crazy Star Wars Easter basket! Miss L has been obsessed with all things Star Wars for a bit now. Perhaps it was her first Jedi Training Academy at Disneyland last January that started it all, but this past year she’s been all about the movies, Master Yoda, lightsabers and now “Star Wars: Rebels.”

And while most of the kids in the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon weekend had no clue what was going on, Miss L was schooling folks on her Empire Strikes Back Leia costume.

So… when I saw this amazing plush Yoda Easter basket… how could I not just run with that?!? Normally Miss L uses my old Easter basket for all of her goodies, so I thought this year she could get another basket that was just for crazy fun and all hers!

Star Wars Easter Basket

I included a Star Wars microfighters LEGO kit, since she’s been jealous of the ones Mr. M has bought and assembled for himself, and an egg full of Star Wars tattoos.

Star Wars Easter Basket

I couldn’t resist filling these Darth Vader Easter “eggs” with jellybeans! I hear there are R2D2 ones around as well, but my Walmart was already sold out!

Star Wars Easter Basket

And finally, I threw in some stationary supplies to round everything out: stickers, bubble/stamp pens (seriously… they blow bubbles AND have a stamp!) and a notebook.

Star Wars Easter Basket

Outside of the jellybeans, this Easter basket is so far missing the usual staples of endless amounts of chocolate and candy. Well, no worries, as I’ll be picking up some treats from our local chocolatier to enjoy on that wonderful Sunday as well!

I just hope this this year, she can clearly identify everything that is in her basket (remember last year’s video?!?)

Ooh boy… now I really just can’t wait! And I’d better start thinking of creative ways to decorate Star Wars eggs as well!

Have you decided what you’ll be doing for your Easter baskets this year? Any themes? Or do you just wing it with all sorts of wonderful stuff?