Why doesn’t Easter Bunny use the Chimney

Why the Easter Bunny does not use the Chimney

Who doesn’t love the antics of the Easter Bunny. That lovable little guy running around hiding eggs for delighted children to find, the magic he leaves behind rivaled only by his winter counterpart, Santa. But how did it come to pass that Santa gets to come down the chimney while our little Easter friend has the task of finding new and creative egg hiding places every year?

We have done extensive research into the reasons behind this difference in approach, and have found many reasons, personal, legal and logistical to explain why the Easter Bunny has shunned the fireplace in favor of the garden for spreading wonder and joy.

Why Does’t the Easter Bunny Use the Chimney?

  • The Easter Bunny’s Personal Reasons
  • Logistics – case studies
  • Easter Legal Issues
  • Rabbit Health Concerns
  • Easter Bunny Superpowers



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Children and Fire Pits: Safety Essentials

Kids and Fire Pit Safety

Fire pits and other outdoor fireplaces are wonderful settings for family time! Away from electronic interrupters and nestled around the flames, outdoor fires make memorable experiences for family and friends. However, fire pits and fire bowls produce temperatures that can result in burns. Therefore, as with all things involving children, maintaining a safe environment is crucial.

The foremost safety measure when mixing children and fire pits is to establish a Safety Circle. This is a clearly marked area outside the fire pit into which children are allowed only with supervision. You decide, depending on the ages and maturity of the little ones, whether they may enter the fire pit’s Safety Circle.

Here are some ways to mark children fire pits Safety Circles:

  • For babies and toddlers too young to understand a Safety Circle, use a portable child safety fence to surround the fire pit. With a self-closing gate, it allows access to the fire pit only for adults.

    child safety fence

    Child Safety Fence can encircle a fire pit








Additional children fire pits safety tips:

  • Before using your fire pit for the first time, read the safety instructions that came with it.
    Really. It’s better to take a moment to read them now than to wish later you had.


  • Establish an active play zone away from the fire.
    Create an area that adults can observe, where children can play actively. Stock it with toys appropriate for the ages of the children. Consider a swing set, sand box, or climbing fort. This play area is also a great place to have a self-serve supply of child-friendly finger foods and drinks.

    outdoor children fire pits safety

    Create an active outdoor play area for children away from the fire pit.


  • Never leave a fire unattended.
    Never. Period. An unattended fire and children are a very dangerous mix.



  • Safety watch is not over when the fire is out!
    Even after the fire is out, a fire bowl or fire pit can remain hot enough to cause burns for up to an hour. Create a barrier (such as with chairs) around an extinguished but still-hot fire pit. An in-ground fire pit should be covered to prevent anyone from accidentally stepping into it before it is cool. A lit flashlight focused on the fire pit during the cool-off period helps to keep everyone from forgetting about it.


  • Nevertheless, be prepared for an accident.
    Even with the most vigilant of supervision, accidents do happen. Keeping a pitcher of cool water near nearby can serve as a source of first aid for burns or as an emergency fire extinguisher.


With a bit of planning, you can be confident you have attended to fire pit safety for children and can relax and let everyone enjoy the backyard fire pit. Just don’t forget the s’mores!


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Creative Camping with Fire Pits

There is just something about camping. It’s something we all want to do with our children at some point, and often the idea evokes memories of summer evenings sitting round a camp fire with stories, songs and delicious treats.

Sadly the reality of camping as an adult is very different. It’s a list of headaches from making sure you have the right gear, spending longer than most of us would want in a car with bored kids, driving to “just the right” secluded spot, the inevitability that your chosen weekend will of course be the one with the freak storm, the like of which no one has seen in a hundred years, and ultimately the realization that you forgot the marshmallows and don’t actually know any campfire songs.

So how can you create the perfect camping weekend and leave all the stress and frustration at home? There really are only two things you need for a great camping trip, a tent and a fire, both of which you can have happily in your back yard. What stopped me from enjoying this kind of camping for many years was the idea of having a fire in my own yard. Frankly I have spent too much time and money over the years on what I think of as my outdoor room to ruin that hard work with a patch of scorched earth.

Camping with Fire Pits

My solution came in the form of a homemade fire pit. There are tons of instructional DIYs online that will help you to create your own using whatever bits and pieces you have lying around, from steel drums to brick-lined holes in the ground, and even washing machine drums. Ours is a particularly rough and ready looking piece that we created deliberately so that we could bring roughing it to our yard when we chose, and move quietly into the garage during our more civilized moments.

For those seeking a less rustic look for camping with fire pits, commercial fire pit bowls, fire rings, and fire pit grates are available.

If you are planning on cooking something more than s’mores and hot dogs, you will want a fire pit grill.


Our homemade fire pit is rough and ready looking, but it has the virtue of being portable. We can easily move it into the garage when a weekend ‘camping trip’ is over.

Homemade Fire Pit

Once we had figured out how to have camping with fire pits, it was a simple matter to pitch a tent and start creating family memories. We’ve enjoyed many nights out under the stars, feeling that bit closer to nature and that bit further from our every day technology filled lives.

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Outdoor Fire Pit Giveaway!

Outdoor Fire Pit Giveaway

We’re giving away this folding outdoor fire pit just in time for spring! Roast marshmallows with your friends and family under the stars in your backyard! This folding fire pit is especially useful for small backyards, since it can be easily stored after use. You can even take it to neighborhood parties, to the beach, or on a picnic! The fire pit comes with its own carrying case. Get more details here on our outdoor folding fire pit giveaway.

folding outdoor fire pit

Want to win this fire pit? Simply enter the outdoor fire pit giveaway in the box below! You can earn up to 19 entries!

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