How to Safely Celebrate Easter During a Pandemic
Easter is just around the corner and it will be the second time we’ll be celebrating the holiday during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says an announcement will be made today regarding possible new COVID-19 restrictions amid rising cases and hospitalizations in the province. We may all have to get creative in planning Easter celebrations that comply with the restrictions that are announced for our community.

There are many ways you can celebrate safely with your loved ones without sacrificing your traditions. Whether you order takeout in lieu of cooking a big meal, or stream a virtual church service instead of attending in person, there are many ways to enjoy Easter while keeping safe! Check out this article from Real Simple for ideas to make Easter 2021 one to remember.
Fresh Start
Spring always fills me with a renewed sense of hope for the year to come after a long winter. After a year of COVID-19, I feel this renewed sense of hope even more this year, and I want to renew my commitment to ensuring that, as a caregiver, I practice good self-care so that I can care for my family to the best of my ability. 

Caregiving can at times be a tiring journey, so we need to take the time to recharge our batteries on a regular basis. Let’s recommit this spring to make a fresh start in caring for ourselves as caregivers. 
Follow the link below for caregiver resources for coping during the pandemic from Parents Helping Parents.
Kelly Runalls,
Parent Consultant
Ensemble, or 519-776-6483, ext. 225   
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April Fool's Day
For pranksters and mischievous older siblings all around the world, April Fools’ Day, also called All Fools’ Day, is as eagerly anticipated as Christmas.

After all, what other holiday encourages you to think up practical jokes and fool’s errands, from swapping your spouse’s keys to tricking your friend into thinking their car got towed?

But how did this odd, prank-centric holiday come to be celebrated in the first place, and why is it called April Fools’ Day?

The true origins of April Fools’ Day remain unknown and are probably lost to history, but of course there are many theories...

One story goes that April Fools’ Day began with France’s 1564 Edict of Roussillon, which decreed that New Year’s Day, historically observed on Easter by Christians, was moved to January 1. Easter is a movable, lunar-based date but often falls in April, so it’s said that early adopters dubbed people celebrating the old New Year “April fools.”

Another theory suggests that April 1st became the fool’s holiday due to Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th century collection, The Canterbury Tales, where Chaucer includes a reference to “32 March,” or April 1st. However, most scholars consider it to have been a simple copying error.

The holiday also shares some striking similarities to some ancient antecedents. The ancient Roman festival, Hilaria, was also a joyful, springtime festival held on or around March 25. Yes - the word hilarious is closely related.

Another analog is Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated in late March during which people can forgive and forget past faults by throwing coloured powder and water on one another.

Is it April Fool’s Day or April Fools’ Day?

The term April fool, for a victim of a prank on April Fools’ Day, dates back to the 1600s. Early records of the holiday from the 1700s name it April Fool Day, with an apostrophized April Fools’ Day recorded by the 1800s. This is also around when April fool came to refer to the trick itself.

Today, the holiday is stylized both as April Fool’s Day, emphasizing an April fool as a singular concept, and April Fools’ Day, indicating plural April fools, whether the people or the pranks.

And don’t forget to shout “April Fool!” when the prank is revealed.

April Fools’ Day is celebrated all around the world, because who doesn’t like playing a friendly prank on their loved ones? Here are some examples:

In France, the fooled party is called the poisson d’avril, which literally means “April fish.” France’s customary prank involves pinning a paper fish to a friend’s back.

In Scotland, April Fools’ Day was traditionally called Gowk Day - gowk being another name for the cuckoo, a common symbol of the fool. Pranks continued into April 2, Tailie Day, when celebrants traditionally attach a “paper tail” (or a “kick me” sign) to their friends’ backs.

Brazil celebrates April 1 as Dia da Mentira, or “Lie Day,” in which people try to fool their loved ones. Always for comedic effect, of course.

Have a fun and safe April Fools' Day!
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We love frozen, microwave Hot Pockets and you should too! APRIL FOOLS!

Love the concept of a hot pocket filled with deliciousness, but make yours from scratch.

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Spring Sugar Scrub
Bright, cheery colours lift us up after a long winter. Create this super easy homemade Carrot Sugar Scrub.

This recipe makes two carrot sugar scrubs.

  • sugar
  • olive oil
  • essential oils
  • food coloring
  • raffia
  • ribbon
  • cone bags
Dilute food colouring, in less of a 1/4″ of water. Be careful not to use too much water.
In a bowl, mix the 1/4 cup of olive oil and the 1 cup of sugar together and then add the food colouring a little at a time until you are happy with the colour. Add several drops of the essential oil and mix again. Use approximately eight drops of essential oil. You can add more oil if you like your sugar scrub less textured. Keep in mind some citrus scents may break down the plastic bags.
Cut several strands of the raffia to use for the stem. Scoop in half of the sugar scrub into the bag then insert the raffia into the center of the scrub. Bunch together and tie with a pretty ribbon. Super cute!
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What is your favourite Easter treat?
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What anniversary is Community Living Essex County celebrating in 2021?

55 - 30.8%
65 - 0%
60 - 53.8%
50 - 15.4%

The correct answer is 60.