Do you look forward to the school holidays with as much excitement as your kids or does the notion fill you with dread? I asked some of our tribe how they felt about the impending chocolate festival, I mean Easter period. None seemed as excited as me. I wondered why. Having never had children of my own (a dog, cat and all my friends and family are quite enough responsibility for me) I realised that was the common denominator.
I decided to talk to a parent about it and see if her experience could reassure other parents that suffer the Easter Beast.
Louise Hill lives in Deptford, London. She is a full time maker of things (pompoms, children), mother of 3, ‘wife’ (no certificate to prove it) to Carlos Antonini, dog handler and expert explorer of Deptford Market. Louise aka @junkshopvenus is worth following on instagram for a slice of family reality, shits and giggles.
(Photos and captions by Louise Hill)
Describe yourself in 5 words
An introverted extrovert. Creative. Anxious. Procrastinator.
So who makes up the AntHill family?
Me – the mothership
Carlos – the father figure
Rafa – hugely talented cartoonist who at 13 has hands and feet too big for his teenage body and is currently tripping over everything
Ofelia – 11 going on 17 who’s birthday it was this week so made her own birthday cake. She’s cooler than we’ll ever be
Florencia – kooky, quirky, entertaining and currently perfecting teenage tantrums. Aged 8
A sunny day, at home in the garden, in my creative shed, making things, alone, no chores to do.
What turned you to the tonic?
I wanted to try a natural remedy to supplement my pharmaceutical solutions to ease my anxieties. My father bought some CBD from America to help soften my mother’s journey through the last months of her life as she battled cancer.
What’s your tonic of choice and why?
8% CBD Oil in the morning (clears my head, boosts my mood and it doesn’t make your wee yellow like Berocca!) and the 4% at bedtime to ease me into sleep. The main reason for me taking The Tonic is to ease my anxiety and lift my depression. The whole family’s on it to be honest. Even the dog.
Dread! I’m the only parent who would admit that I’m sure.
Will CBD help or hinder the challenges of a busy school break?
Help! CBD helps. Prosecco helps. Everything helps. CBD certainly makes the stress dissipate (as long as I remember to take it)
Best family holiday?
Ibiza. 3 years ago. We went with another family who are great friends of ours. The villa was perfect, Instagram heaven, there was nothing you could have wished for that wasn’t there, including a pool, which made everything so easy and stress free.
As a kid myself it was always camping in Devon. They were great holidays. But the amount of organising involved with a family of 5 fills me with anxiety just thinking about it. We’ll stick to Ibiza.
If your life were an Easter Egg, which one would it be and why?
I’d be a giant one delivered to Tom Hardy’s door and I’d jump out of it. Or I’d be the little Chocolate Buttons one. Affordable, bite size, the nations favourite.