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A Mindful (and Local) Easter Weekend

04/18/2019 04:08PM ● By Jessie Monsivais
By: Jessie Monsivais  Photo by: Rachel Benavides

Easter is days away, and we've already been gearing up to step into a weekend full of pastels, egg hunts, sunshine and the outdoors! For most, especially those with children, the highlight of Easter is the epic Easter egg hunt. In midst of this joyous celebration, it can be easy to forget about the impact holiday's place on the environment. Easter and other holidays generate a lot of waste. From plastic eggs, and cheap plastic toys, to fake plastic grass stuffed in Easter baskets and eggs ,this holiday can result in a whole lot of plastic in your trash can at the end of the day. Thankfully having an eco-friendly Easter is pretty straightforward. Here are some tips for celebrating the holiday with the environment in mind.

Opt for Eco-Friendly Eggs

Make egg decorating the main activity with paper eggs! They are biodegradable and great for painting together with the family. If an egg hunt is a must, buy eggs made from recycled plastic. They come in multiple sizes and colors and are great to reuse for next year.

Go with a Classic, Reusable Easter Basket.

Commercial retailers entice us with character, branded, inexpensive baskets for Easter egg hunts, but the sensible option is to buy a durable basket that you can reuse for many more Easter holidays to come! Find a classic willow basket from a local thrift shop on Antique Row, or perhaps stop in and get an embroidered label with your child's name on it from Stitch It!

Antique Row, 4333 S Alameda St, Corpus Christi, TX 78412

Get Creative with your Basket and Egg Stuffers

Make Easter mindful with meaningful gifts, rather than cheap plastic toys. There are plenty of fun alternatives to fill an Easter basket or egg with. From finger puppets and puzzle pieces to hair clips and lip balm! Celebrate springtime with seed packs and eco-friendly pots – an eggcellent opportunity to get in some family gardening time. 

For basket stuffing, exercise earth-friendly options such as shredded paper, Excelsior, or even real grass! You can also replace the grass with more creative options like a beautiful scarf or small blanket. The idea is to choose something that can be recycled, or even better – reused.

Choose Locally Made Candy 

Go local when it comes to chocolate, jelly beans, and other sweet treats. Bourbon Street Candy Co. provides an endless selection of tasty bulk candy, Jelly Bellies, chocolates, fudge, and sugar-free candies. Plus, they also specialize in plush stuffed animals, perfect for an Easter basket gift!

Located upstairs near Dillards in La Palmera, 5488 S Padre Island Dr. Corpus Christi, TX 78412

Celebrate with Charity

Make your Easter celebration more meaningful by giving back to the community or supporting your favorite charity. Corpus Christi Animal Care Services is celebrating Easter this year with pets. Join their kid-friendly Easter egg hunt at 2:00 pm and maybe find your next forever pet in the process. Any animal adopted on Easter will leave with an Easter adoption goody bag. Adoption fees are only $25 and include spay/neuter, up to date vaccinations and city license!

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm | 2626 Holly Rd. Corpus Christi, TX 78415

Spend the Day Outdoors

Celebrate by going outdoors; go to the park or go birdwatching. The Audubon Outdoor Club will be hosting bird walks at Blucher Park on Saturday and Sunday morning. Begining at 7:30 am, these walks are fun for the family, and informal – come when you can! The walks last until about 10:00 am. Don't forget your binoculars!

Blucher Park, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Brunch Locally

Built up an appetite from that early morning bird walk? Hop on over to a local restaurant for a savory Easter Sunday Brunch! Here are a few local spots offering a unique Easter Brunch this weekend.

  • Port Royal Ressort - Restaurant 361, 6317 TX-361, Port Aransas, TX 78373
  • Green Light Coffee's Easter Brunch  - 7426 S Staples St #107, Corpus Christi, TX 78413
  •  Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet at WaterStreet Seafood Company – 309 N. Water St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
  •  Easter Brunch Buffet at The Exchange – 224 N. Mesquite St., Corpus Christi, TX 78401
  • Easter Brunch at Katz 21 – 5702 Spohn Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78413