13 links and things to enjoy on your long weekend!

(updated 2024)

For many people around the world it’s the first day of the long weekend today. There’s so much pace, hype, bustle and commercial ‘stress’ around any holiday time and judging from the amount of impulse-buy chocolate there was in the long queue to the cash registers this morning at my local shops, stores know we are ripe to be preyed on:

Have I bought enough fun stuff for the kids?

Should I get these bunny ears quickly to make the hunt more fun?

Should I buy some matching baskets for the Easter egg hunt and make personalised name signs for each of them?

Should I get extra chocolate in case we run out?

Should I stay up late making my own chocolate in silicone Easter-themed moulds? Ooh, put the Easter-themed moulds on the list for tomorrow!

Instagram and Facebook have been such fun places to gather and be inspired by lovely and often better ways to do things. The dark side is though, the aspect where we think we need to do all the things and buy all the things to make things perfect. Let me describe a typical scenario a parent might have experienced even just 15 years ago:

Their favourite magazine, like Women’s Weekly or Gourmet Traveler or perhaps a really early-adopter blog they read religiously—just the one—might have had an Easter feature article. You read it, you take an idea or two from it, and you plan your Easter. Done. Relatively low stress.

You go to the shops, and there may have been two or three Easter egg types of options. They are usually just different Easter-related things, like a bunny or an egg, wrapped in foil. You choose one. Done. It’s a relatively stress-free exercise.

These days, every content creator represents a sort of ‘magazine’ and where in traditional publishing you might have subscribed to 2-3 Mags a month, now you follow 100+ accounts that inspire you in different ways. But 100+ people doing things ‘better than you’ or with ‘fresh ideas on what to do this Easter’ can leave you feeling confused about your chocolate choices, thinking you need to become a chocolatier and learn how to temper chocolate or make raw chocolate, think you need special themed silicon moulds and the creators are always seeking out all these new props to stay fresh and exciting in the algorithm… You see all these people doing things and they’re all doing lots of different things and it’s very easy to think your long weekend celebration or Easter celebration if you’re Easter-inclined, will lack all that it ‘could be’ if you could do ‘all the things.

OUCH.

I’d like to offer you a little something to ease the pangs that, at this point in the late long weekend game, you haven’t done enough for a great Easter. And if you’re of a different religious persuasion or not one at all and you celebrate other things – hopefully this will help you too when those celebrations pop round in your calendar.

Living Low Tox does not mean swapping everything in your busy modern consumerist life for the low tox version. Part of the transition is letting the “I have to check out all the new things” aspect of our scarcity culture GO. We all get to pick our priorities of things we buy and use – for me the big ticket things are a decent mattress, water filter, dehumidifier and filter and good blue blocking lights and glasses… but for personal care, cleaning, cooking and living in general – and it could have something to do with having moved 9 times in the past decade – 7 times in 2 years of that due to mould – we live very, very simply. I use the same stuff I’ve used for years. I have little interest in always checking out new things,

 

As the years of living a less consumer oriented life as a family go by, we just seem to be less and less affected by the crazy holiday stress. It’s awesome. No more panicked shop visits buying up on stuff no one needs. It’s much more about time with the family away from the crazy, busy life.

Instead of giving your kids stuff, why not create some sort of master Easter project? Excursion? We melted some chocolate last week and set into moulds to make mini Easter eggs. It was such fun and we knew they were fairtrade, organic and free from all weirdness because we’d chosen the chocolate to make them with. Please share anything exciting you do over Easter? Traditions? Things you make? Eco ideas?

I wanted to share a few things I’ve found to do this weekend, thanks to a little help from my friends! Some for the kids, some for those who want to take time doing a home clean out of toxic stuff and get a bit more low tox, some family stuff… whatever it is that interests you, but rest assured. There’s chocolate and lots of it!

If you want to try a little white chocolate deliciousness, minus the tragic ingredients normally found in white chocolate, then head to the gorgeous Lee Holmes’ supercharged food blog here. I’ve bought a fresh jar of coconut butter to have a crack at these tomorrow!

white chocolate hearts

(picture taken from Lee’s post)

For more chocolate making inspiration if you haven’t tried my Cacao Coconut Crackles, then this is the weekend to get cracking and you can find those here.

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For cooking inspiration you could try one of the hot cross bun recipes of Teresa Cutter’s, aka the Healthy Chef, here.

If you’re after a little action in the ‘low tox’ department, have you checked out some of my past tips? You can find them here, here and here. A couple of fab facebook community pages for inspiration on living low tox in the modern world are Nourished Life and Natural New Age Mum, who by the way wrote a fantastic wrap of her Easter finds here – very much worth a read!

hot cross buns

 

(picture taken from Sonia the Natural New Age Mum’s easter post)

How about making some time for a little DIY beauty. If you like the idea of a coffee scrub, you can find mine here including a quick video showing you just how quick it is to put together!

luk scrub

If you fancy an egg dying project, you can find great combinations of natural dyes here.

naturally died eggs

 

(picture taken from Mindd Foundation facebook page post)

Whatever it is you do this weekend, make sure you take some you time out to balance how much giving of energy we do during the holiday times.

If you’re popping out to get eggs tomorrow for the little people, make it one or two amazing quality, dark organic, fairtrade eggs rather than thinking you need to go quantity – Our kids feed off our messages, so if we act like they’re the ‘mostest specialest’ things in the world, then they will believe that too! What an easy way to treat our family and the planet at the same time. That’s the kind of stuff that gives me goose bumps. So easy to make that little shopping basket change, yet so many people benefit. It’s quite amazing!

Happy long weekend

Real Food. Low Tox.

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