As you are probably aware Lucy from ‘What My Fridge Says’ and I run a weekend linky.
I am really enjoy getting to know other bloggers through hosting ‘the Saturday Sesh’ and so it’s given me an idea for a guest series.
The new guest series ‘Words About The Weekend’ is a chance to be a bit nosey about other bloggers and what they get up to on those precious days off. The questions deliberately focus on principles of mindfulness – self-care, being present, appreciation and gratitude.
For this introductory post I thought I would answer the questions, as well as having some contributions from some other bloggers too. Then I would love for some volunteers to take part in the upcoming weeks. If you would like to write for this guest series then please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you usually kick the weekend off on a Friday night?
Friday night often involves pizza in our house. It’s an easy tea for the kids and so starts the weekend off well – minimal moaning at the tea table, minimal mess and lots of smiles and well fed children. We more often than not, will then have a little Friday night disco.
Once the little ones are in bed we usually veg out in front of the TV with a glass of wine Gogglebox, Have I Got News For You, The Last Leg or The Graham Norton show depending on our mood and how tired we are. Gone are the days of going out!
Every other week the hubby and I have a pilates lesson on a Friday evening. It’s a treat and a great way to start the weekend in terms of self-care. Pilates is mindful movement and really helps the aches and pains that I generally feel in my back, neck and shoulders at the end of a busy week.
Another blogger Alex from Better Together Home starts their weekend off with a Carbonara night! She says “Lily, my 7 year old daughter, loves cooking. Her favourite meal to make without help is spaghetti carbonara and so Friday night’s have become ‘carbonara nights’. She preps and cooks the whole meal, sets the table and serves it up without help. After dinner daddy and I wash up and then we have movie time. We take it in turns to pick the film and snacks and afterwards she jumps in our bed for the night – my favourite night of the week!”
What do you usually do as a family at the weekend? Any regular activities?
For us Saturday breakfast is ALWAYS pancakes and it can often be a really fun mealtime with one or more of the children helping to make them.
Our eldest always has a swimming lesson on a Saturday morning too and often it’s a family occasion as the girls come along too and do crafts in the library in the same building.
We also usually try to get outdoors both days if the weather allows – even if it’s just a trip to the park as fresh air does us, and the children the world of good. Often on a Sunday we may make it out to a bit further afield as documented in this Point Shoot Post and also this one.
In the autumn and early winter months the TV show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ is a big part of our Saturday evening. Our eldest LOVES it and the girls got into watching bits of it this year too. I really enjoy those moments together all snuggling on the sofa with the blankets and fire on; watching the dancing or sometimes watching the kids dancing around in the living room too!
Lynn from Glasgow With Kids loves their Saturday mornings together too. “We go out as a family for eggs on a Saturday morning – eating out with toddlers can be hard work but we find brunch is a good shout as they’re less tired and less likely to get bored after 5 minutes! This has become a Saturday tradition followed by an activity together – usually a walk with our pup in the park and usually a playpark visit. Daddy doesn’t get to do playparks etc during the week because he works a lot so this is our lovely family time together, and his time to go nuts playing with the kids. It’s my favourite part of our week now.”
What does your partner or another member of the family regularly do for you that you appreciate?
As I’ve remarked before I am very grateful to my hubby for making me a cuppa in the morning and sometimes this turns into him and the kids bringing me up brekkie in bed on a Sunday morning. He also cooks the family a delicious Sunday roast most weeks.
How do you fit moments of self-care into the weekend?
Apart from the Friday night pilates session, and at least one meditation session over the two days, I try and go for a run at some point over the weekend too. Often it’s with a friend so that we get to have a chat as well. Making the commitment to each other to meet up also makes it more likely to happen!
In terms of looking after herself Emma from Little Miss Eden Rose says “We always hit the gym together as a family on a Sunday morning. Our little girl goes into the Get Active class which she loves and hubby and I work out together. Afterwards we like to go out somewhere for a yummy lunch.” A family gym visit – what a fab idea!
How do you make sure you slow down a little at the weekend? Or re-connect with the family if it’s been a busy week with lots of people doing lots of different things?
I try to stay off any devices on a Friday evening – my phone, the laptop & tablet are switched off (unless I’ve fallen behind with the linky but I generally aim to have this scheduled).
Sunday morning is a screen-free morning for all the family (you may notice I don’t promote #thesatsesh then). We don’t have the TV on (which initially was difficult for the children as it is a real habit to watch a bit of TV first thing in the morning in our house). This is now one of my fave times of the week as we often end up playing games together and just having a giggle.
It’s similar for Rachel from the Daisy Pages. “We have a “no-gadget” rule in the morning, which means that the kids always sleep in!! Then we have a leisurely morning having breakfast and chatting to each other.”
I’d love to find out about the ‘special ordinary moments’ in your weekend.
Do please get in touch if you would like to take part in the guest series or leave a comment below.