Spring and Easter cannot come soon enough for us. It’s been a dreary Winter and I’ve been longing for better Weather and new beginnings for weeks now. Hurrah for Easter being early as we can start welcoming Spring and saying good riddance to Winter right now.
Since the boys loved their Valentine’s Basket so much, I thought I’d put together a little Easter one for them.
Here’s what they’ll be getting in their basket; I can’t wait to give it to them in a few days.

So first off they’ve got some new Easter books. I’ve done a full post on these and the other books we’re reading at the moment which you can check out HERE
The boys’ Grannie has put in two cute chick egg cups  – I think she picked these up in Aldi, but I have seen similar ones on Amazon
Finally, it wouldn’t be Easter without some chocolate. The boys love Kinder and so we’ve got one Kinder Sheep Egg and one Kinder Bunny Egg for them both to share.
We’ll also be doing a little Easter Egg hunt and I can’t wait to be with family and have a lovely day all together.
I’d love to hear what you’re getting for your little ones this Easter.

If you fancy a nose at some of what the boys have been eating recently, here’s a little video for you.

Do let me know if you like this kind of vlog? Would you be interested in seeing a week’s worth of meals or what me/the husband eat as well? 
We try to eat clean with a variety of veggies – of course we have lazy baked beans on toast days as well.
Hope you like and please SUBSCRIBE if you do.

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Yay it is nearly Easter. I love this time of the year: the start of Spring, better weather, lambs skipping in the fields and nearly Arthur’s birthday. 
I thought I would share with you some of the books we’re going to be reading over the next few weeks. Some are Easter related, others are Spring, outdoors and animal type books.
First up we have Spring is Here – we already have the Autumn is Here book and Arthur has been so sweet at identifying things relevant to different seasons.
Next up, two Easter books – a Spot one for Teddy as he loves flap books and the Usborne Easter Story; we’re not super religious, but I do think it is nice for the boys to learn about why we celebrate this tradition.
I don’t think you can get through Easter without some Beatrix Potter references – Easter is about nature and new life and the Beatrix Potter stories are just perfect to read at this time of year. 
We love the Usborne ‘Peep Inside’ books – they are so educational and interactive, for babies and even older toddlers. As so much is starting to come to life in the garden, this book is great to get the boys interested in nature.
This ‘Our Garden Birds’ Book is beautiful and Matt Sewell is such a unique illustrator – he’s from my home town, Shrewsbury, and I was lucky enough to go to an evening class with him and obtain this signed copy for Arthur. We are going to start trying to identify the birds in the garden using this. 

This ‘Wiggle March’ Indestructibles book is brilliant for a younger baby; it can be chewed, screwed up and is quite literally indestructible. This particular one is lovely and has pictures of different baby animals -Arthur has loved showing Teddy what each animal is.
‘Guess How Much I Love You’ is one of our favourite stories and is probably on the boys’ shelf all year round. Keeping with the rabbit Easter theme, it is staying put on their shelves for Easter.
Finally, Thomas saves Easter!! Of course he does… he’s a a hero! 

I’d love to hear what books you’ll be reading with your little ones this Easter.

As part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, I was asked if one of our little ones would like to guest post on the blog and share what they enjoy watching on Netflix and also what they love about their Mummy.

As Arthur is only 2, his typing skills are not quite up to scratch and so I thought I’d conduct a little interview instead.
So here’s Arthur sharing with you all that he loves about Netflix and telling us about what Mother’s Day means to him.
Hope you enjoy.

I recently read a great post over on the lovely Harriet’s blog, Toby and Roo. She had written a really honest account on why she doesn’t think that being a ‘stay at home mum’ is a job – acknowledging that it’s bloody hard work and often harder than many a job, but that strictly speaking it isn’t employment. She also said that she found the term “full time Mummy” quite offensive, as she felt it suggests that any parent who does have a job, is less of a parent.

I didn’t find her post offensive and other than working about 5 hours a week, I don’t have a job and I spend most of my time looking after my boys. I agree with Harriet that looking after your children is not a job – it can be harder, and more emotionally and physically draining. It can be rewarding, infuriating, exhausting, humbling and there are amazing days and terrible days.  Sometimes, when things get too much I just lie down, put my headphones in and let the boys climb all over me and each other in the play room whilst I pretend to be in some spa, far far away having a rather uncomfortable massage! 
What really surprised me was some of the comments Harriet had replying to her post; some people were apparently very offended by what she had said. I still don’t understand what they were upset about – they called her offensive and narrow minded and even asked her to take down her blog….WHAT?
What were they offended by? She didn’t be-little what they did in anyway at all!
If you choose to not work and to stay at home with your children (as I do), then that is your parenting choice. It is because it’s right for your family. I used to be a solicitor/lawyer, often working 60+ hours a week – that was hard, but being with my boys all day, every day can be harder.
If however, you work, whether part-time or full-time, that does not mean that you are any less of a parent. You are not a part-time parent! Parenting also includes providing for your children – giving them healthy food to eat and providing them with the setting and environment you want them to have. That inevitably costs money and so if you work to enable that, you are still parenting even when not with your children. Not to mention that most people who work don’t have cooks or cleaners and have to do all of the housework around their jobs.
And if you are in the financial position where you don’t have to work, but you choose to, then that is also a parenting choice. You are being who you are. You are being true to yourself. We want to raise our children to be themselves, to become and achieve the things THEY want to achieve.  As a parent, there is nothing wrong with choosing to work and in so doing, showing your children that they will be free to make these choices one day too.  You are not a part-time parent or any less of a parent than someone who either has to work or who doesn’t work.
I will say it again – I just don’t understand what people were offended by in Harriet’s post. I wonder whether they’re not actually that happy and are just looking for something to find offensive. I know I do this. I did and still do feel like I failed at breastfeeding my children. For a while, I didn’t even want to see other women breastfeed – it just reminded me of how I had failed. I did and I still do click on every breastfeeding post I see and take offence at anything which could suggest that formula is bad, or that any woman can breastfeed etc. I am ridiculous and I probably should have spoken to someone about it… but my very waffly point is that I do this because I still have issues with breastfeeding. I think that some of Harriet’s commentators must have issues with being a stay at home parent as I just can’t see why they would comment in the way they did otherwise.
Don’t worry about those comments Harriet, it was a great post as is your blog. 
And I’ll leave you all with this image. We don’t know if this wonderful lady is working or not, but what we can assume, is that if she is a mum and these are her children, that she’s no doubt doing everything she can for them and being a full-time parent just like the rest of us.