Keep the weekend sacred and allow yourself at least one slow morning a week. This is how I like to do it.
How does the saying go? A weekend well spent brings a week of content? It took me a while to really appreciate that phrase. I used to think it meant cramming as much as possible into a weekend to maximise the time. But since having kids, things have understandably changed. We’re just as busy, more so perhaps, but that means down-time is precious too.
Five days a week, this household starts up with an alarm (at 6.30am) or a child (whichever is earlier). On Saturdays, there are swimming and gymnastics lessons plus a seemingly endless round of birthday parties to attend. Sunday morning is the only time that stays relatively free and that’s the way we try to keep it. Yes, the kids still wake fairly early but I don’t mind them watching a film, having a computer session, an extended play in the bath or even (has been known) entertaining themselves with their toys. On mornings such as these I try to indulge in any or all of the following activities:
NICE BED LINEN. There shouldn’t really be any other kind. And don’t wait until Sunday night to change the bed sheets as that will make Monday morning even harder when you have to drag yourself out. Instead, I try to make sure I wake up in one of my favourite bedding sets on a weekend (if we mange to be that organised). Nothing beats the feeling of fresh, clean sheets especially when you can spend a bit longer savouring them. White and grey are my favourite colours at the moment and I love this tiny stripe graphite grey bedding from Secret Linen Store which is 100% cotton. It has a subtle sheen on it and feels so soft to the touch.
Details: Bedlinen: c/o Secret Linen Store / Bedside table: Ikea / Radio: c/o Clas Ohlson / Bracelet: Edblad / Cacti: a friend.
LISTENING TO THE RADIO. These days, tuning into my bedside radio is the only time I really spend listening to music. I have my shuffle when exercising but I love the comforting, background sound of a radio when you’re sipping your first cup of tea and the ease with which you can shift from news and debate to the Archers or chat (depending on your mood). I love listening to Cerys Matthews’ Sunday morning show on BBC 6 Music. You always hear something old, familiar as well as new and interesting plus her regular poetry recital and a great guest interview. This dinky sized DAB radio from Clas Ohlson is just the right size to fit on my bedside table and has 10 station presets.BREAKFAST IN BED. Most Sunday mornings we have a family tradition that involves boiled eggs and soldiers around the kitchen table, which I love. But on the odd occasion I’m being treated to a bit of a lie-in, breakfast in bed is just lovely. It doesn’t have to arrive on a fancy tray with flowers (unless it’s mother’s Day, then it’s the law) but it’s nice if you want to make it special. And what to eat? Well anything eaten in bed feels like a luxury to me but toast or pastries do mean crumbs. One of my favourite breakfasts is French toast. It’s quick and easy, doesn’t require fancy ingredients or chef-like skills but feels like a treat, especially with a dusting of icing sugar and berries on the side. Serve with proper coffee in your favourite cup.
Details: Dressing gown: Hush / plate: Ikea / Tea cup: vintage / Tray: made by my grandad
READING TIME. Be it books, magazines or the papers, I don’t mind as long as it’s lo-tech and doesn’t involve a screen. Try to put the phone down for a bit. Yes I know it’s hard, especially if you like to read articles or browse Instagram/Pinterest on your device. But I find looking at this stuff often makes me feel twitchy rather than relaxed. It makes me feel like I should be doing something or contributing somehow. I spend enough time doing that from Monday to Friday so the weekend should involve a bit of a break if possible. Instead, absorb inspiration in a different, more old fashioned way. I appreciate that’s deeply ironic considering I’m writing this in a blog post but you know what I mean!THINKING TIME. If you can, allow yourself a bit of time to digest, not just brekkie, but some of the stuff you’ve been listening to, reading, talking about. Sometimes it feels like we never have the time for creativity or the space for inspiration because we’re too busy and our brains are too noisy. Whether it’s going for a walk / run or taking a long shower/slow bath, I try to give myself a chance for some ideas to percolate.
Details: Sweater: Boden / PJs (bought in Spain), try Yawn / Notebooks: Fringe via TK Maxx
PLAN AND PREPARE. Make lists, write down notes. It could be big ideas, dreams even or just a to do list, a weekly shop or other admin. Do whatever you need to do to clear your head of nagging thoughts. Even if I don’t achieve everything on the list straight away, just knowing that I’ve set an agenda to follow for the rest of the week, allowing me to prioritise (kids’ school uniforms for Monday morning for example) makes me feel better. Personally I like to do this in the comfiest of loungewear / PJs available! And finally, when you do eventually get out of it, make your bed. You’ll appreciate it so much more when night time rolls around.
P.S. The above is just a suggestion and sadly doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. Most of the time, I’m sure we’d all just grab some extra sleep, given half a chance!
P.P.S. If you’d like to grab some gorgeous new bedding for yourself, The Secret Linen Store is kindly offering my readers a 10% discount on all orders. Use the code KATGOTTHECREAM at the checkout!
Disclosure: collaborative post