Easter is my new favourite Holiday. I can’t believe it’s taken me 35 years to fully appreciate it.
It’s got all the good stuff – chocolates, rabbits, daffodils, two days off. And none of the bad stuff, like hyperventilating in Debenhams on Christmas Eve.
It’s easy to celebrate with a 2 year old, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some things we’ve been up to:
MAKING CHOCOLATE CRISPIE CAKES.
Man, these are fine. They take minutes to make, and even very young children will love stirring and spooning the mixture into paper cases. P. concentrated very hard on patting the cornflakes tightly into them, which made me feel like an AMAZING PARENT as I was encouraging her MANUAL DEXTERITY & CONCENTRATION. We had so many left over we gave a massive box to her childminder this morning. *pats self on head*
The health benefits are also manifold, because dark chocolate, as everyone knows, is good for everything, and cornflakes are enriched with Vitamin B, which is good for flagging energy. Oh I’m sorry – I’ve finished the lot. Total cost: about £4.00 Time: An hour – making and scoffing
BUYING GREAT STUFF IN CHARITY SHOPS
Like these decorative eggs, £1.00 for both. I know – criminal.
They sit, somewhat reluctantly, next to P.’s mad home-made egg.
And this flowery table-cloth for £2.75:
Which ordinarily B. would never allow in the house. Luckily he is as desperate for sunshine and flowers as the rest of us, so I’ve exploited his temporary weakness and we now even have breakfast on it. It feels like eating in a meadow:
Total cost of charity shop bargains: under a £5.
GETTING OBSESSED WITH SWEET-PEAS
I have thought about planting sweet-peas for years, but somehow never got round to it. Then, thanks to issue 7 of The Simple Things, which has SIX PAGES OF TANTALISING SWEETPEAS – and becoming a mother, and ‘between jobs’ – I just went right on and did it.
I now have four little teepees in the back garden:
The kitchen windowsill has become a temporary incubation site:
And in the summer, my house is going to be full of jam jars of the stuff. (Photo: The Simple Things.)
Total cost: £15 – £20 to enjoy all summer.
Finally – if you’re in Bristol this weekend, you should go to the Chocolate Festival. It takes place over Saturday and Sunday, ENTRY IS FREE and there will be chocolate smeared over EVERYTHING. You can see pictures from previous events here.
If it was remotely warm, I would be wearing this Collins Avenue dress, £39.95, which would look fab with boots and tights.
But as it is, I’m lusting after my favourite ‘mad 80s’ jumper from Therapy which I have already tried on and it looked great. Reduced to £17.50, I’m desperately trying to think of excuses to get it. Maybe it’s because I’ve got a job in children’s telly?
As well as this stunning Ted Baker coat, which I spotted in House of Fraser. Gorgeous, no?
A quick look online reveals it’s ‘only’ £229, so I may just admire from afar with a pained expression.
I just love it. One more glance? Go on then.