LME to take over London platinum, palladium fixes

The London Metal Exchange, owned by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd, will take charge of London’s platinum and palladium pricing, also known as “fixes”, from Dec. 1, replacing a teleconference with an electronic platform.

The unexpected move marks a stunning comeback for the LME, which failed to secure administration of the century-old London silver price benchmark – the first to go electronic in a wave of reform for precious metals pricing procedures.

It also puts the world’s biggest metals marketplace back in contention to take over the much larger gold benchmark.

“We built (our electronic platform) primarily to participate platinum and palladium but the gold fixing process is very similar, so what we said is that if the market would like to use (it) for gold as well then we are very happy to discuss that,” the LME Head of Business Development Matthew Chamberlain said in a phone interview with Reuters.


The platinum and palladium benchmarks were established in 1989, when banks chose to agree a price twice a day on which their customers – producers, consumers and investors – could trade the metal and value their holdings.

This unified the way all precious metals markets set their benchmarks. The gold fix began in 1919 and silver back in 1897.

The new pricing process will be run via bespoke platform LMEbullion, which is an electronic version of the current round-by-round fixing process, Chamberlain said.

“It was fairly clear that what the banks wanted was the electronic version of what happens at the moment but with the addition of a lot of audit and reporting and compliance features,” he said.

The platinum and palladium new auctions will have an initial price after which the participants will declare their interest. They will also have the ability to pause during the process to recalculate overall interest and allow customers to change their orders.

The four banks currently running the process said in July that it would seek a third-party administrator for its price benchmarks, following similar announcements from the operators of the gold and silver fixings.

It later appointed an independent chairman, former Barclays product manager Jon Spall of G Cubed Metals Ltd, to oversee the current fixes operated by HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Standard Bank and BASF Metals Ltd.

As of December 1, the LME will also become the independent chairman, Chamberlain said.

CME Group and Thomson Reuters were named in July as the administrator of the new silver benchmark, the LBMA Silver Price.


A process to find a new administrator of the gold fixing was launched last month by the London gold fixing company, with the support of the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA).

At least 15 companies expressed interest in replacing the London gold benchmark, but a shortlist of fewer than 10 will be published on Friday by the LBMA, sources said. Potential administrators include ICAP, the world’s biggest inter-dealer broker, and CME Group and Thomson Reuters and the LME.

Scrutiny over the way precious metals benchmarks are set increased ahead of the implementation of stricter regulations on price setting from the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) this year. (Reporting by A. Ananthalakshmi in Singapore, Jan Harvey and Clara Denina in London; Editing by Himani Sarkar, Susan Thomas, Veronica Brown and Hugh Lawson)

Hecla Mining

Despite strong Q3 output, Hecla Mining misses expectations

Hecla Mining reported Wednesday that “all three of our mines performed strongly in the third quarter, leading to higher production over the entire suit of metals we produce”.

During a conference call with analysts Wednesday, Hecla CEO Phil Baker observed, “The production increases come in times of volatility and low silver prices and we are fortunate to have several competitive advantages to reduce that volatility and deal with the low silver prices. For example, because of our low cash cost after by-product credits, our high-quality assets are not very price-sensitive.

“Another advantage is that we produce large amounts of four metals. The prices of gold and silver are weaker, but the prices of lead and zinc are stronger giving us a natural revenue hedge,” he added. “We also hedge a portion of our lead and zinc production, cushioning us further against price volatility.”

Hecla Mining

During Q3 Hecla reported silver equivalent production of 7.7 million ounces (239 tonnes) and 22.6 million SEO (684 t) for the first nine months of 2014. Total silver production increased 25% in Q3 to 2.9 million ounces (90 t) at a cash cost after by-product credits of $5.43 per ounce, compared to production of 2.3 million ounces (71 t) of silver for Q3 of last year at a cash cost of $7.43/oz.

For the first nine months of this year, Hecla reported 7.88 million ounces ( 254 t) of silver output at a cash cost, after by-product credits of $4.90/oz, up 22% from 6.43 million ounces of silver (199 t) at $6.65/oz for the same period of 2013.

Hecla also reported gold production of 42,501 ounces (one tonne) during the third quarter of this year at a cash cost, after by-product credits, of $898/oz, up 15% from 36,966 ounces (one tonne) at $1,066/oz during Q3 2013.

For the first nine months of this year, Hecla reported 132,323 ounces (4 t) of gold production at a cash cost, after by-product credits, of $911/oz, up 82% from production of 72,881 ounces (2 t) at $1,086/oz for the same period of last year.

The company also produced 30,468 tons (27,640 t) of lead and 50,750 tons (46,039 t) of zinc during the first nine months of the year, up from 21,027 tons of lead (19,075 t) and 44,990 tons (40,814 t) of zinc for the first nine months of 2013.

This year’s guidance remains unchanged at 9.5 million to 10 million ounces of silver and 180,000 gold ounces at cash costs of $5 per silver ounce and $900/oz for gold.

During the conference call, Baker highlighted the company’s San Sebastian project in Mexico because, he said, it’s looking like it could become a producing mine. “We believe that San Sebastian is a district that, over time, will ultimately have more than 100 million silver equivalent ounces,” said Baker.

When asked by analyst John Bridges of J.P. Morgan “How quickly could you get this thing moving?” Baker responded that it would take a couple of years to construct a mill. “So nothing could occur immediately but this would probably be a relatively low capital project; something less than a $100 million.”

Hecla operated the underground San Sebastian mine from 2001-2005, producing about 25 million SEO.

“We have on the books, at the beginning of the year, silver equivalent of about 55-60 million ounces. So we are saying we think that the property will ultimately be over 100 million ounces from where we are starting right now. Stay tuned on what the specific capital will be and what the operating cost will be,” said Baker.

When asked by analyst David Deterding of Wells Fargo regarding “any thoughts we might see if we see silver prices stay in this $15-$16 range for the next 12 plus months?”, Baker responded, “I think it puts a lot of pressure on the development capital for a number of mines. So what ends up happening is, yes, they are able to operate and they are able to stay in business for the next year, two years, but they just get way behind on development and they sort of put themselves where they cannot complete their mine plans.

“And that’s where we really have the opportunity, with the cash flow that our mines generate, we will be able to work our way through that price environment. And coming out the other side, we would be in a position to put capital into those mines that are trouble. So we just see it as a great place to be,” Baker stressed.

“With respect to what we think about the supply-demand fundamentals for silver over the next five years, it’s extraordinarily good, from the standpoints that there are so many new applications that are consuming silver. And those new applications are being applied to significantly more people,” Baker observed.

Hecla Mining

“You have got 300-400 million people in China whose lifestyle is very similar to the lifestyle in the Western world and the people in the Western world consume roughly 4/10 of an ounce of silver per annum. And so the outlook for silver seems to us to be very good. And it will continue beyond that five-year timeframe,” he stressed.


Despite Baker’s optimism, Hecla missed adjusted Q3 net income expectations. While the company reported net income applicable to shareholders of $3.5 million or 1 cent per basic share for the third quarter, up from a loss of $8.46 million or 3-cents per share in the third-quarter 2013, adjusted net income was a loss of $2.1 million or one-cent per share, which was slightly below consensus of a one-cent gain per share for the Q3 2014.

For the first nine months of this year, Hecla reported a net income of $505 million or one cent per share, compared to a net loss of $22.6 million or 7-cents per share for the first nine months of last year.

Adjusted net income for the first nine months of this year was $61 million, compared to an adjusted loss of $12.3 million or 4-cents per share for the same period of 2013.

Scotiabank analyst Trevor Turnbull maintained Hecla’s “Sector Perform” rating as the company’s production profile “is expected to be relatively flat until Lucky Friday reaches higher-grade material in 2017; however, we note the positive exposure to rising lead and zinc prices.” The target is US$3 per share.

Cowen and Company’s Adam P. Graf observed, “Mines are operationally cash flow positive, but the company remains free-cash flow negative. Production and cost guidance remains intact, and capital programs are moving along.” He maintains a “Market Perform” rating.

Nevertheless, shares of Hecla Mining hit a new 52-week low of $2/sh during trading on the NYSE Wednesday, closing at $2.04 with a volume of 15,429,070 shares traded.

ITEXPO Preview Using Smart Wireless to Enhance Business Communications

ITEXPO Preview: Using Smart Wireless to Enhance Business Communications

Going to ITEXPO Jan. 27-30 next week? I am, and the rest of the team and I are particularly excited about the presentation we’re giving at Channel-vision Expo Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. The topic, as you may have guessed, deals with utilizing Wi-Fi to improve business communication efficiency, and I wanted to give you a little sneak peak of what exactly that entails in this week’s blog post.ITEXPO Preview Using Smart Wireless to Enhance Business Communications

The current state of communications and the UC-factor
There’s a big push right now in business communications for increased mobility and efficiency. Technology has given all of us as individuals a taste of freedom when it comes to when and how to connect, and now businesses want in on it. This means communications networks need to do more and, subsequently, the infrastructures they operate on need to be better.

In order to achieve these goals, many organizations are looking to unified communications (UC) solutions. The push for UC represents a big shift in the traditional business model, and with any big change comes barriers to adoption. In this case, user experience can make or break UC adoption within the organization.

So what’s the key to a good UC user experience? Obviously the particular platform you choose and the features/capabilities that come with it matter, but it all starts with – yep – your Wi-Fi network.

Six elements to an enhanced wireless network

  1. What makes one wireless network better than another, and what makes so-called “smart” Wi-Fi better than traditional Wi-Fi? Our presentation next week will go into greater detail on the following:
  2. Setting standards. Ask yourself, “Is good enough good enough?” It’s okay to have high expectations, but where should you focus your attention?
  3. Managing radio frequency (RF). Approach the problem by thinking, “How can the RF spectrum available be used best?”ITEXPO Preview Using Smart Wireless to Enhance Business Communications
  4. Quality of Service (QoS) limitations. Understanding these limitations is critical if you want to utilize multimedia applications on your network. But what are they?
  5. Airtime scarcity. Video and voice suffer in congested airtime. How do you design a network that overcomes this challenge?
  6. Link/Connection quality. Poor device connection quality with the access point will reduce speed. What’s the trick to improving link quality?
  7. Access Point (AP) strategy. Is more better when it comes to AP layout? Hint: the answer is “no.”
    Join us Jan. 28 in Miami to get all the details!

Wi-Fi is changing the workplace, giving employers and employees more options in how they get work done. The better your wireless network, the better you’ll be able to take advantage of those options. We’ll discuss all of these topics and more in Miami. I’m a bit biased, but I think it’s a can’t-miss show for buyers and agents alike. We’ll see you there!

Vacation Ideas 1

Couples Vacation Ideas

Whether you’re falling in love or doing some rekindling, nothing sparks romance like a nice trip together somewhere. It could be a far-flung exotic destination on a sleepy part of the Mediterranean coast or maybe a big city. Perhaps a mountainous locale is more your speed. Here are a few suggestions for a getaway that might help turn that spark into a fire.Vacation Ideas 1

The Cinque Terre

Five coastal villages strung together by a hiking trail along the Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre (“five lands”) is a place for couples to relax on a European vacation. What this area doesn’t have is just as important as what it does and part of what makes it special. No museums or major tourist attractions, no traffic, nowhere to rush to and no one rushing to get there; this less-developed part of the coast seems to be made for romance. Don’t expect casinos or high rises here, just picturesque, pastel-colored, centuries-old villages where couples can stroll and take in the local flavor, day and night. While there is no road that directly connects the towns, there is a train line. This makes it easy to spend a day hiking through the Cinque Terre and hop on the train back to the village you’re staying in without having to worry about walking back. European travel expert Rick Steves calls the Cinque Terre “the most fantasy-fulfilling stretch of the fabled Riviera.”

How to Plan a Romantic Weekend

New York City

An axiom about New York City is that it’s a hard place to be alone, but one of the most romantic places to be with someone. Songs have been written trying to describe this intangible pull that the city has on lovers. Many couples are intimidated at first, but a stroll through Central Park soon changes their attitude. There’s a reason so many movies have been filmed in Central Park–considered the green lung of New York, it’s one of the most romantic places in the city. Anytime of year is a good time to visit– there’s ice skating in the winter and rowboating in the summer. A walk through ultra-illuminated Times Square or strolling the galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will also get the endorphins of love flowing. There seems to be no end to the array of romantic options for couples in NYC.

Metropolitian Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028
(212) 535-7710

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Park City, Utah

A mountain destination in the Rockies of Utah, Park City was a silver mining boomtown in the 19th century. Known mostly as a ski town in the modern age (and home of the Sundance Film Festival), Park City is worth a visit in the summer months, too, when even the ski resorts–where one can bike and hike the slopes during the warmer months–are open for business. The historic Washington School Inn, a sturdy stone building from the19th century that used to be a schoolhouse, provides a quiet respite for its guests and is located just a block away from the vibrant shopping, dining and nightlife of Main Street.

Washington School Inn
PO Box 536
543 Park Ave.
Park City, UT 84060
(800) 824-1672 (toll free)
(435) 649-3800

How to Plan a Romantic Weekend

How to Plan a Romantic Weekend

Planning a romantic weekend is a great way to keep spice in a relationship. Both partners can coordinate the weekend, contributing ideas and suggestions. However, providing a few surprises during the weekend keeps your traveling partner guessing and makes it a little more interesting. Start planning and making reservations early if the romantic weekend falls during a busy travel time or the holidays.

How to Plan a Romantic Weekend

Things You’ll Need:

  • Candles Flowers Bath gels Bottle of wine Fresh berries Chocolate Champagne Computer with Internet
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  • Candles
  • Flowers
  • Bath gels
  • Bottle of wine
  • Fresh berries
  • Chocolate
  • Champagne
  • Computer with Internet connection

Step 1

Select a destination. Ponder interests you both have, activities you enjoy or a place that has special meaning in your relationship. Consider travel time, because you don’t want to cut too much into your romantic weekend. Look at hotels, bed and breakfasts, and cabins. Inquire about special features such as beds, fireplaces and hot tubs. Ask about packages for weekend getaways or romantic weekends.

How to Plan a Romantic WeekendStep 2

Make dinner reservations. Choose a quiet, romantic restaurant for dinner. Ask someone where you are staying for recommendations or call the local chamber of commerce for a restaurant list. Search the Internet for websites or call the restaurant to inquire about its services. Ask for a table with a view or a private room. Order champagne so it’s sitting on your table as you arrive. Make any special requests when making the dinner reservation.

Step 3

Plan day activities. Romantic weekends should be relaxing, so don’t plan nonstop activities. Plan one or two excursions, appealing to both travel partners such as wine tasting, a walk or picnic by the lake, a hot air balloon ride or massages at a spa.

Step 4

Bring romance along. Enhance the romantic weekend by bringing candles, flowers, bath gels and a great bottle of wine. Stop at the local store for fresh berries, chocolate and champagne. Consider purchasing a special outfit for your traveling partner to wear during your romantic weekend.

A Review of South African Safaris

A Review of South African Safaris

Tucked along South Africa’s Wild Coast, Inkwenkwezi’s nearly 10,000 acres spans the rolling coastal hillsides of South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape. The game reserve offers day and twilight game drives in open-topped vehicles, horseback safaris, quad bike tours, hiking, birdwatching, elephant interactions and a range of other activities. The property encompasses five different regional ecosystems (biomes) and features a canoe route into a bustling tidal estuary. Guests are accommodated in luxuriously appointed safari tents and enjoy chef-prepared meals.A Review of South African Safaris

Wows and Woes

The reserve is five minutes from Wild Coast beaches and the town of Cintsa, as well as being a short drive from the East London airport.

Though malaria-free, Inkwenkwezi is definitely not pest-free. Bring your DEET or you’ll be getting lots of tick-removal practice.

Insider Tips

Inkwenkwezi’s Wednesday Burger Night is a local tradition–don’t miss out. If you manage to pack away one of their jaw-droppingly massive hamburgers, you’re given the opportunity to commemorate the occasion with an exclusive shirt; if you manage to eat two, they’ll give you a case of South African beer.

A Review of South African Safaris

Author’s Most Memorable Moment

Inkwenkwezi participates in a program that raises baby lions, so the reserve generally has a few little ones on site during cub season. One morning, I was invited to toss dead chickens to them over the fence. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, for sure, to watch the giant kittens leap up and catch them in the air.

Bottom Line

Inkwenkwezi is a solid choice for any traveler looking to balance game viewing with beach-combing, canoeing and in-town excursions.

Coca Cola

10 Uses For Coca Cola – Coke Ain’t Just For Drinking Anymore

Coca Cola…..ain’t just for drinking ANYMORE!

Do you like the new slogan? Wonder if Coke people do?……Oh, well……

Joking aside……I am a COCA COLA lover…..there you have it.

 Coca Cola

I collect Coca Cola memorabilia and I enjoy refreshing glass of diet Coca Cola once in awhile……and Diet Coke Floats….all summer long.

For years I’ve been hearing from people using Coca Cola for things other then drinking.

Slowly I have been putting different uses of Coca Cola to the test.

Who knew that Coca Cola can be so useful? I am starting to think that I should be using Coca Cola as an household product rather then refreshing drink.

I probably never stop the occasional Coca Cola drinking, but now I have new uses for my favorite beverage and actually questioning my drinking it a bit.

 Coca Cola

Did you know……..

  • Coca Cola can remove grease and blood stains from your clothing and fabrics – pour cola over the stain, let it sit for 5 minutes and wash as usual.
  • Coca Cola can prevent an Asthma attack – according to research the caffeine found in 2 – 120z cans of Coca Cola can prevent the onset of an Asthma attack.
  • Coca Cola can de-skunk your pet – pour and rub 1 can of cola into your pet’s fur, wait for 30 minutes and then shampoo and rinse your pet. Don’t use it on light colored fur animal cause the cola can cause staining.
  • Coca Cola can clean burnt bottoms of your pans – just let it soak for awhile and rinse as usual.
  • Coca Cola cleans smudges from sunglasses – pour few drops of cola onto a napkin and wipe the smudges or fingerprints right off. Then wipe with clean napkin dabbed in water to get rid of the coca cola residue.
  • Coca Cola can bring wilted grass back to life – in a spray bottle combine 1 can of cola, 1 cup of ammonia and 1/4 cup of dish soap. Spray the wilted and faded lawn spots and you’ll have perfect lawn in no time.
  • Coca Cola gets rid of snails and slugs in your garden – fill wide and shallow jar lids with cola and spread them around your garden. Once the creepy-crawlers smell the sugary scent they will crawl in it and the acid in cola will kill them. Coca Cola
  • Coca Cola can soothe a jellyfish sting – pour 1 can of cola over the affected area. This will help alleviate the pain and reduce the severity of the symptoms till you get the proper medical treatment.
  • Coca Cola makes delicious barbecue sauce – in a pot combine 1 cup of cola and 1 cup of ketchup, heat on medium while stirring until thick. Brush onto meat and enjoy finger-licking BBQ.
  • Coca Cola can clean corrosion from car battery terminals – pour can of cola over the terminal and wait for 15 minutes. Scrub if with wire brush and wipe away the leftover residue with damp cloth or paper towel. Don’t forget to tighten the battery cable ends.

So there you have it…….. Coca Cola is not only for drinking any more.

Do you have any uses for Coca Cola that you like to share? Except drinking it or mixing with rum, of course.

The Ultimate College Survival Kit

The Ultimate College Survival Kit

Ahh… I remember the day I left for college. It was one of the most exciting, terrifyingly anxious days of my life!
Both my sister and I went to the same school and it was only about a 5 hour drive from home, but that was a really, really long drive home just to do laundry and have a decent meal. If only I’d been given some pointers, if only I’d been given a little guidance into what to expect that first year of college… if only I’d been given a college survival kit!!

The Ultimate College Survival Kit Do you know someone that just started college or perhaps has been in college a year or two and still may need a little helping hand every now and then?

This kit can help those college goers cope with noisy roommates, outlast all-nighters, and satisfy pizza cravings all in one nice packed box! The college survival kit is packed with a popular shower tote full of emergency essentials for freshmen, seniors, and everyone in between. Any college student will be happy to gain this collection of must-have items.

The Ultimate College Survival Kit

Kit Contains:

• Sleep Mask
• Ear Plugs
• Book Light
• Book Clip & Stand
• “Talk to the Knob” Privacy Door Sign
• First Aid Kit
• Thermometer
• Mending Kit
• Collapsible Clothes Hamper
• “No, It Doesn’t Smell Okay” Laundry Instructions
• 6-in-1 Screwdriver
• Poster Adhesive
• Air Freshener
• Jolt® Caffeine-Energy Gum
• Domino’s Pizza® Gift Certificate

The Ultimate College Survival Kit

Give the gift of survival to your favorite high school graduate, college student, or dorm buddy today and they will thank you!

Results Of Google Smartphone Survey

Results Of Google Smartphone Survey

Results Of Google Smartphone Survey A few days ago Google released the findings of a smartphone-user survey conducted at the end of 2010 that they did in partnership with Ipsos OTX. The audience was comprised of 5,000 US adults who owned a smartphone and accessed the mobile internet.

The findings of the survey seemed to support previous surveys whose results highlighted the ever-growing usage and reliance people have on their smartphone.

After the findings were analyzed, Google identified three three major consumer usage patterns in the data:

Action-oriented Searchers

  • 9 out of 10 mobile search users have “taken action as a result of a mobile search, with over half leading to a purchase

Local Information Seekers

  • 95% of smartphone users have looked for local information
  • 61% call a business
  • 59% visit a business
  • 44% make a purchase
  • 88% of local information seekers take action within a day

Purchase-driven Shoppers

  • 79% use their smartphones to help with shopping
  • 70% use their smartphones while in a store
  • 74% of smartphone shoppers wind up making a purchase
  • Smartphone shoppers “spent a median of $300 on purchases made via their smartphones.

Results Of Google Smartphone SurveyThere’s No Place Like Home

The survey also revealed smartphone users use their phones in the comfort of their home with 93% saying they use their smartphone while at home. Furthermore, 39% said they have used their smartphones while going to the bathroom (perhaps a little too much information) and nearly 20% would, if given the choice, would rather have their smartphone than cable TV.

Additional Findings

  • 72% use their smartphone “while consuming other media” including one-third who do so while watching TV
  • 77% of smartphone owners use mobile search with News (57%) and Dining (51%) the most popular searches being conducted
  • 82% notice mobile ads, in particular mobile display ads and a third notice mobile search ads
  • Nearly 50% who see a mobile ad take action, with 35% visiting a website & 49% making an actual purchase

One of the most interesting things that came out of this study was the fact that a little over 70% of smartphone users conducted searches on their phones after exposure to an ad, be it traditional, online or mobile ad.

Think about that… even AFTER seeing a print ad or online ad, nearly 3/4 of people used their smartphone to conduct their search.

Results Of Google Smartphone Survey

In Closing

Here’s what’s written verbatim on the posting about this very topic… I could not have said it better myself so I figured, why try? I just highlighted a couple key points.

“The findings of the study have strong implications for businesses and mobile advertisers. Make sure you can be found via mobile search as consumers regularly use their phones to find and act on information. Incorporate location based products and services and make it easy for mobile customers to reach you because local information seeking is common among smartphone users. Develop a comprehensive cross-channel strategy as mobile shoppers use their phones in-store, online and via mobile website and apps to research and make purchase decisions. Last, implement an integrated marketing strategy with mobile advertising that takes advantage of the knowledge that people are using their smartphones while consuming other media and are influenced by it.”

Healthy Easter Egg Hunt

Healthy Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt or as I used to call it “Easter Chocolate Overload”.

What child doesn’t like or look forward good old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt?

My children are not exception. Weeks before Easter all they can talk about is EASTER EGG HUNT.

Healthy Easter Egg HuntEven the older one who’s know a teenager.

Easter Egg Hunt in our house is little different then the average Easter Egg Hunts around the country.

It is a combination of fun, exercise, thinking, team work, strategy planning and it takes quite a long time. Enough time for me to prepare EASTER Brunch for all the hungry treasure hunters.

Our Easter Egg Hunt is fun and exciting Easter Treasure Hunt…….

I introduced Easter Treasure Hunt to my kids few years ago after my older son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and we had to change lots of our family traditions.

As a family we had to pull together and come up with new and healthier ways to celebrate certain holidays and make new traditions.

So given the tons and tons of chocolate and sweets associated with traditional Easter Egg Hunt the Easter Egg Hunt had to be one of the traditions we changed. The usual hunt for chocolate and candy filled eggs turned into fun and exciting Easter Treasure Hunt.

Healthy Easter Egg HuntTo give you a little idea about our Easter Egg Hunt turn Easter Treasure Hunt…….

The children are hunting for EASTER EGGS which contain clues instead of chocolate and jelly beans. They need to follow all the clues in proper order to find the hidden treasure box. Along the way they are given certain physical and fun challenges to fulfill (according to age) and an opportunity to work together as a team.

The hidden treasure box contains little bags of candy (it is Easter after all) for each child and new outdoor toys they can use in the upcoming months like bubbles, balls, skipping rope, beach toys, badminton, sand toys.

Here is how it works:

#1. Place clues in 20 empty plastic Easter egg shells.
#2. Keep the first egg with the first clue to give to the kids to start the treasure hunt.
#3. Hide the eggs at the appropriate spots for children to find after following the clue from the previous egg.
#4. The last egg will contain a clue to help the kids locate the hidden treasure.

Healthy Easter Egg HuntDon’t forget to number the eggs so the kids are looking for the right clues in a right order.

You can use more or less clues. It is up to you how big or small you want your Easter Egg Hunt be.
My clues also include little physical activity like jumping jacks,two-legged race.

I used to do this only with my two boys, but two years ago we were joined by my best friend’s family and my little nephews.

As much fun my boys had hunting for treasure the previous years nothing compared to how much fun they had doing it in a group of 7 kids ages 2 to 16.

They had a blast and everybody is looking forward to this year’s Easter Egg Hunt with a Healthy Twist. We are adding 4 more children to our group of treasure hunters….this thing is getting HUGE and I couldn’t be happier.

Nobody will be missing Easter chocolate and candy. They will be having fun working together and hunting for treasure.