Hello Easter holidays. I see you. Almost.
If you have kids then your week has probably been as bonkers as mine has been. The homework may have eased off but the end-of-term craziness will have not.
A big tick for us is that the youngest member of the SY clan has settled in really well to his new school. I’ve settled in well too, thanks for asking.
Even made my debut on the tuckshop this week. I tell you it is not the tuckshop I remember back in the day. No cream buns and apple turnovers.
But a very good selection of home baked cupcakes. One mum got into the theme of the week too.
So now, we’re staring down the barrel of two weeks of no routine. It’s that love-hate scenario. I like the break from routine but juggling a home-based business during holiday time is not the most relaxing task.
We’re heading away to spend the actual Easter weekend with the Woogsworld clan on the beach north of Sydney but until then it will be a mix of play dates, sleepovers, movie visits and getting out and exploring more of our new home, Brisbane.
Your Easter may look a little the same.
However the next couple of weeks is looking for you, I thought I’d share here with you some of my Easter tips for embracing the break if you get one, embracing your visitors if you’re hosting them and for avoiding the chocolate overload if you choose to.
1. Don’t have any Easter traditions in your family? It’s never to soon to start. We always give the kids (and now big kids) new winter pyjamas at Easter. It’s the time of year when the season starts to turn so it’s become a thing.
2. Add some Easter decor accents to your home. I love this simple idea I photographed at Francesca’s Flowers recently. It’s just slightly out of frame but she’s also hung decorative eggs in glass balls.
3. Rabbits are always a good idea. Just like pineapples, owls and flamingos, you can find a rabbit shape in just about anything. Think lamps, statues and even serviette holders. Oh and don’t just trot them out at Easter. Rabbits are very happy being out and about all year round.
4. Who says it’s all about chocolate? Not me. Give me a long soak in the tub using an Easter treat from Lush and I’ll be a very happy girl. Just serve me a wine on the side.
5. Prepare ahead for the overload of chocolate. Depending on the age of your kids, the amount of chocolate that will descend on your home can become ridiculous. If you can stash some of it away, store to incorporate in cooking or baking in the weeks following. Remember this super indulgent recipe? It’s not for the faint hearted but it is all kinds of sinfully delicious.
6. Got guests coming to stay? Order food and drinks online. Seriously, do it. People panic that the shops will be shut for one day. Like we’re going to run out of food or something. And have you ever been at Dan Murphy’s on Easter Thursday? I have. Once. That was all it took for me to come to my senses. Have it all come to you. So much less stress and a better way to control your budget.
7. Going to someone else’s place? Don’t go empty handed. Be the guests they invite back because you chip in for food and drink (or bring copious supplies with you). A hostess gift always goes down ok too. Something fun for their home that suits their style. My mate BabyMac was on to something when she gifted us a SodaStream after her last visit. It’s been the gift that’s kept on giving.
8. Stay active. This is one of a couple of times a year when the green flag is raised on indulgence. Champagne and prawns anyone? Chocolate for breakfast? I say tickety tick but the new me will plan to put my sneakers on and conquer the hills. The old me wouldn’t have even packed her sneakers.
9. Stop and take a breath (if you are lucky to have a break). We’re a quarter of a way through the year. It’s time to pause. Open up a good book – or two – and take stock. Share in the good times with family and friends and re-charge for the next quarter. I’ve just joined a book club with some mums from school and their friends. This is a good thing for me as it will make me read more widely than what I do. Homework for this month is to read The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I’ve also added another French-translated novel to my list, The List of My Desires (pictured). Wish me luck.
So tell me, do you have Easter plans? Any traditions you’d like to share?