Words About the Weekend #4

In my introductory post to this new guest series I mentioned that ‘Words About The Weekend’ is a chance to be a bit nosey about other bloggers and what they get up to on a Saturday and Sunday.

The questions deliberately focus on principles of mindfulness – self-care, being present, appreciation and gratitude.

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The fourth blogger to write a post for this series is a blogging buddy of mine – Sophie from Old House In The Shires.

How do you usually kick the weekend off on a Friday night?

We usually get a take away or go out to the local pub. Recently, the children are going out more themselves so it is rare that we go out as a 4 anymore. One of us will not drink as we often have to collect one of the children from a party or from a friends house. If we are lucky, they will stay over at a friends house or our daughter has recently begun to drive so she may collect her brother. Things have changed in the old house quite a bit over the last year in this respect.


What do you usually do as a family at the weekend?  Any regular activities?

We always used to go swimming together when they were younger but now I try to make sure we still spend time together as a family at least once. This might be having Sunday lunch out or we may go to the cinema to watch a movie. On Saturdays, my daughter has a job but we watch our son play sport; we are aware that the days of standing in the cold watching him will come to an end in a few years so we try to make sure at least one of us is there.


What does your partner or another member of the family regularly do for you on the weekend that you are appreciative of? 

My lovely husband makes me a cup of coffee in bed on a Sunday and I love the fact that I can go back to bed to enjoy it. He also fills up my car with fuel each week and washes it on fine days. He is brilliantly organised!


How do you fit moments of self-care into the weekend?

Apart from the cuppa in bed on a Sunday, I try to relax in other ways too. I think it’s important to take time off and not always be busy. I may read a book or clean my house (yes, I find this relaxing!) In fine weather we like to get out into the old house garden and I fine that relaxing even though I’m busy out there. We always walk the dog together as a couple too on both Saturday and Sunday. It’s so important to stay connected with your partner; many of our friends partnerships have dissolved as their children have grown. It’s more couple care than self care.

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 need reminding to slow down to be honest! Recently, I have found working full time exhausting so I haven’t been too well. I think this is my body’s way of telling me to slow down! I always ring my mum at the weekend too to make sure she’s ok. We try not to plan too much for Sundays so that we can be together as a family. We like to do spur of the moment things but there’s never enough time in a weekend for my liking!

 I’m sure you’ll agree some incredibly wise words from Sophie – I like the idea of ‘couple care’ and will really take this on this month and beyond.
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If you’d like to take part in the guest series please email me at admin@missionmindfulness.co.uk.  Thank you!

handwritten Hayley
The Pramshed



  1. February 10, 2018 / 7:00 am

    I love reading about people’s lives. I’m such a nosey cow. This is a great series – stick me down to take part if you have availability! #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      February 11, 2018 / 9:19 pm

      Yes please!!!! I’ll email you the questions and you can get round to answering them whenever you can hon xx

  2. February 10, 2018 / 8:28 am

    Another lovely post in this series. I love the idea of ‘couple care! It sounds like your family are really close Sophie, I hope mine is like that in 10 years time (and I hope You’re feeling better soon)

  3. February 10, 2018 / 9:12 am

    lovely to find out a bit more about you, Sophie. Those changes when the kids start doing their own thing are weird but I have to warn you that the weirdest moment (for me at least) was when he got his driving licence so no mums taxi required. Great that we could both drink but disconcerting that I had no idea where he was or when he might come back #thesatsesh

  4. February 10, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    So true about “couple care”. We too don’t want to become one of those couples who are lost without their children. #thesatsesh

  5. February 10, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    Thank you Hayley for asking me! I enjoyed answering all the questions. Have a super weekend. #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      February 11, 2018 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you for taking part! I hope you had a fab weekend too xx

  6. February 10, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    Sounds like a lovely weekend 🙂 #thesatsesh

  7. February 11, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    I just love what you said about couple care. It is so important. #thesatsesh

  8. February 12, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    #thesatsesh ohhh i love the idea of couple care…im all over this now (unsure mr will be so keen lol)

    • onamindfulmummymission
      February 12, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      Ha ha ha – I knew you would love this! In fact I think I dreamed it! xx

  9. February 14, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    Certainly wise words. Spending time with loved ones is treasure. #thesatsesh

  10. February 19, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    What a fab series! Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG x

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