A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

Easter Survival Pack

I’ve been sent some lovely bits and bobs recently which I thought might come in handy for the Easter holidays. Best bit is lots of it is free, or really cheap and can be ordered, or organised online. It’s the little things right?

Hunt eggs and stuff your face, and friends’ letterboxes, with chocolate

Firstly here’s how to find you nearest National Trust and Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, some venues also have facepainting and traditonal fun and games. There’s a design an egg head competition too where one design will be turned into a Cadbury Egg head.

If your children haven’t started documenting their 50 things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4 did you know they can do it online? Well… they can research and record them online, the whole point of the list is to get them outdoors!

If you are looking for inspiration for something new to do outdoors, we learnt some new skills with the National Trust. Den building came courtesy of Rob Cowen, check out his book Skimming Stones and find out how to deepen your family’s connection to nature. I want to make a kite this Easter.

Talking about chocolate, why not send a personalised chocolate bar instead of an egg? Perfect if it has to go in the post. Cadbury did just that to me, and it made my day. A fair trade Dairy milk made with Ghanian cocoa beans none the less, featuring a photo of me and PENNY emblazoned across the front.


It’s mine

Make a cinema in your living room.

You just need popcorn, pen and paper to make tickets, torches to be ushers, friends to come and watch. (Or the kids to be in bed, plus a big bag of popcorn and a bottle of wine).

The latest Scooby Doo release from Warner Brothers is Scooby Doo Mask of the Blue Falcon, perfect for the holidays. Scooby and the gang are attending a gigantic comic book convention when a real life comic book villain attacks! Mr G and Miss L are Scooby mad, so this was a guaranteed 71 minutes peace.

For some grown up time, Warner Brothers released Argo, possibly the best thriller I have seen, ever. (You can read my full review here)

Get crafty

Craft guru Maggy, from Red Ted Art releases her craft book this Easter, which we’ve been lucky enough to review. It’s a beautifully illustrated family craft bible and the only craft book you will need for children of all ages. It would make both a wonderful gift for Easter or the starting point for hours of family activity. My full review and a little video, will be here, as part of her book tour, on the 28th March.

Baker Ross sent me a box of craft supplies, they have loads of Easter themed craft packs and materials, which are always good value, plus you can order online. The self adhesive buttons, glitter letters and ribbon hung shapes are really cute and are great to have around for quick cards.

We especially loved the poster paint sticks as they are just like poster paint without the mess, they dry in minutes, you can see some of Miss L’s creations here. Mr G loved the clay which air dries and comes in lots of fab colours. Here is his Easter bunny.

The Easter Bunny meets Donny Darko

Chill out and rebalance

Don’t let the Easter holidays frazzle you, Chakra tea, from the East India Tea Company, is the perfect way to unwind and rebalance. The infusions are designed around the Chakra system a concept of energy flow through the body. Each chakra corresponds to an area of the body and to physical, spiritual and emotional attributes.

My good friend K is my partner in herbal tea, we like to drink lots while the kids run rings around us. We put the infusions to the test and our personal favourite was Balance for the solar plexus chakra, associated with will and identity, both of which you are apt to lose with the kids on holiday. It has a lovely aniseed and fennel notes.

Intutition is a gentler flavour with rose, lemon balm and lavender aimed at the third eye chakra and sensory perception, it even has real rosebuds in the pyramid shaped bag, whole ingredients are more beneficial than crushed ones.

Or for days when you need to keep up with the kids, what about Life force, associated with primal energy, with a spicy Ginseng and Ginger pick me up?


I learnt how to make lots of new things as a Panasonic Living Mum this year. Why not try brownies, jam tarts or hedgehog bread rolls.

Whatever you get up to, have a fab holiday!

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