Can I share a bit of my heart with you? If you read this blog, I'm guessing I can, so...
here it is.
Wandering through, or even passing the candy aisles during Easter (or really any holiday season) often leaves me feeling pretty sad.
I start thinking about how all that festive, sugary, delicious, bright-colored candy got in those aisles, who had to work for it, how young they are, how they are living and how much of all that hard work is going to sell in the name of celebration.
I can't even picture how many kids are involved, and I hate it.
I'm not trying to ruin the holidays for you. I'm not trying to make anyone feel bad. I'm just trying to say...
Maybe we can celebrate better this year.
One of the (many) thing(s) I LOVE about fair trade is that the products tend to be of higher quality than their cheaper versions. You can taste it, feel it, smell it. Fair trade offers a higher quality of life for the producer and the consumer.
"Fair trade" doesn't mean everything purchased has to be certified as such, but it does require some extra thought. Maybe buy fair trade versions of the some common baking products- cocoa, sugar, and vanilla
and then make your own Easter treats like...
You can even make your own Cadbury Eggs!!
Go an unconventional route.
I'm 26 years old and my mother still puts together (and hides!) and Easter basket for me. This year, she talked with me about what I might want in it because she knows I'm not a fan of the typical candy. My requests? Nut butter (any kind, so long as it's just nuts and maybe salt) and Larabars (I love these! They contain easily recognizable ingredients, and the ones that contain chocolate and sugar are fair trade certified.)
I'm not sure there's an end to the unconventional treats you could come up with, but a few ideas for kids include:
- coloring books and crayons
- a new book
- stuffed animal
- finger puppets
- play dough or silly putty
- sidewalk chalk
- temporary tattoos
And if buying Easter sweets is your thing, I have a post or two coming up on that,too!