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I'll always remember years ago when we lived on Hollywood Beach in Florida, we had to evacuate and took refuge inland.  We hunkered down at my friend Paige's house and braced ourselves for the worst.  Paige had a soon-to-be three year old son and was eight months pregnant with another son.  I distinctly remember Paige being brave, strong and very hospitable - making us feel welcomed in her home as if this hurricane was no big deal at all.  We kept ourselves busy by baking or listening to the news for weather updates. However, the best memory was watching her son find Easter eggs that Paige hid all over the house.  It didn't matter that it was September - Easter was many months away - and that there was nothing inside the eggs, the thrill of her son finding the eggs was so great that it brought joy to all of us who watched.  Kids of all ages love to hunt for eggs. Hide some eggs and watch the wonder unfold. 

A couple of days before my kids went on Spring Break this year, I realized that they would be returning to school one day after Easter.  I know not everyone celebrates Easter but I wanted to give the teachers their "Spring" gifts so that they received them on time in case they did celebrate. This meant that I had to act fast because I only had two days to get the thoughtful pinches together. I found this recipe on Pinterest for Lemon Sugar Scrub.  My daughter made the scrub while I figured out a way to package the pinches.

Bella used the recipe of 1 cup of organic coconut oil, 2 cups of organic sugar and 40-50 drops of organic essential lemon oil.  We ended up tweaking the recipe by adding an additional 1 - 1.5 cups of sugar and the zest from an organic lemon. 

Bella used the recipe of 1 cup of organic coconut oil, 2 cups of organic sugar and 40-50 drops of organic essential lemon oil.  We ended up tweaking the recipe by adding an additional 1 - 1.5 cups of sugar and the zest from an organic lemon. 

We wrote a note: "Spring is nearly here. Instead of a sweet treat to eat, Bella made some lemon scrub. It's safe enough to eat but better for the skin. Enjoy your break! Love, The Patons". On the bag of the tag we listed the ingredients and suggestions on how to use the scrub. 

We wrote a note: "Spring is nearly here. Instead of a sweet treat to eat, Bella made some lemon scrub. It's safe enough to eat but better for the skin. Enjoy your break! Love, The Patons". On the bag of the tag we listed the ingredients and suggestions on how to use the scrub. 

These plastic eggs had four holes - two holes on each half. I used washi tape to seal the holes from the inside. Then I used a strip of washi tape around the egg to make sure both ends stayed together.  We found out that regular plastic eggs worked best because the glitter eggs were difficult to tape together.

These plastic eggs had four holes - two holes on each half. I used washi tape to seal the holes from the inside. Then I used a strip of washi tape around the egg to make sure both ends stayed together.  We found out that regular plastic eggs worked best because the glitter eggs were difficult to tape together.

We used a handful of colorful paper grass as a cushion inside the cellophane bags that I bought on sale last year after Easter.

We used a handful of colorful paper grass as a cushion inside the cellophane bags that I bought on sale last year after Easter.

Every teacher got a scoop full of sugar scrub for a nice a bath or a shower or many handfuls of hand washing.

Every teacher got a scoop full of sugar scrub for a nice a bath or a shower or many handfuls of hand washing.

There is nothing profound about this thoughtful pinch except that I am proud that we pulled it off since time was limited.  I usually think way too much about what to give for this holiday.  This year, my goals were to keep it simple and not to "one up" the St. Patrick's Day gift ( we had to give both St. Patrick's Day lottery tickets and Spring gifts on the same day).  Another goal was to pinch but not to drive myself crazy with decisions on what to give. Sugar scrub is trendy, it's DYI, it's sweet (which is what Easter, er, Spring, is all about) and best of all - this pinch is a "one-time use" kind of gift.  No one has to find a place to store it, display it or decide if the calories are worth eating.  All of these facts makes it less of a commitment for the recipient which I believe is appreciated.

Even if the ones you love do not celebrate Easter, most agree that the egg represents new life.  It's a wonderful symbol of renewed hope. Not to mention, it's a cute way to deliver a message of Spring.  Last year we used the egg to deliver jokes and this year we used the eggs to deliver sugar scrub.  Next year, I hope we use plastic eggs to deliver another pinch.  It's so fun to find new ways to use these plastic eggs.  They are inexpensive but they could be worth more than gold.  

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We used plastic eggs to "deliver " hand written jokes and included a tiny chocolate bunny.  Fun to make and fun to give.  Sweets and laughter = good festive combo. 

We used plastic eggs to "deliver " hand written jokes and included a tiny chocolate bunny.  Fun to make and fun to give.  Sweets and laughter = good festive combo. 

There are so many eggs-cellent ways to use plastic colored eggs. I hope you find joy in using them too. 

Pinches,

Barb 

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