Words About the Weekend #10

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 tenth blogger to write a post for this series and to tell us more about her weekend rituals is  Cathryn from Cardiff Mummy Says. So without further ado we’ll move on to the questions.

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

Friday night is my favourite part of the weekend. We usually do something fun straight after school pick up on a Friday – if the weather’s okay we’ll go to the park; or maybe invite some of my children’s friends round to play; sometimes we’ll go to the coffee shop. We usually have a fun family evening meal on a Friday – usually something like pizza or fajitas. We quite often have a family film night on a Friday – all cuddled up on the settee and the children take it in turns to choose a film. I really like to mark the start of the weekend. My children have taken to having ‘sleepovers’ in each other’s bedrooms and this often happens on a Friday – where they take loads of blankets and pillows and sleeping bags and set up camp on the floor. Once the children are in bed my husband and I will usually watch some TV perhaps with a glass of wine.

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

My children have various activities on Saturday and Sunday mornings – ballet/rugby/swimming. So weekend mornings can sometimes be a bit rushed. But my husband always makes blueberry pancakes for them on Saturday mornings – it’s become a real tradition and it’s lovely to have a slower-paced breakfast as week days can be a rush. We are at that stage where my children have a lot of birthday parties at weekends but we always try to find time to go somewhere as a family – a park or woodland or maybe the museum or somewhere exciting. I love being able to spend quality time together as a family.

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

My husband quite often tells me to have a lie-in on a Saturday. When I say lie-in it’s usually only until about 8am rather than the usual 7am but it’s so lovely just to have that hour to rest and recharge.  He quite often cooks a roast or other meal on a Sunday. Cooking usually falls to me so it’s always lovely when someone else does it.


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

It’s not always easy and sometimes weekends are so full on that I struggle… but often when I get up on Saturday mornings I will do some yoga or go for a run. Every 6-8 weeks I get my hair cut and coloured and those two hours in the salon where I don’t have to do anything are so blissful. I am a yoga teacher so I know how important self care is and I know I always feel better when I make time for me. I teach a Sunday night yoga class and I find it such a lovely time of the week to practice – it’s a good way to close the weekend and sets you up for the week ahead.

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 think it’s important not to over-schedule at the weekend. I’m not afraid to say no to things any more and sometimes what you all really need is a day at home in each other’s company. Eating together as a family is important to us but can be rushed during the week so taking time to enjoy a meal properly at the weekend is a lovely way to reconnect.
Cathryn makes some excellent points about slowing down at the weekend and also not over-filling the schedule.
Thank you so much to Cathryn for taking part in this guest series.
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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



  1. April 28, 2018 / 8:21 am

    A lovely read – agree it’s so nice to take it slower, and since having three kids, we’re not afraid to say no to doing things either now! It makes such a difference #thesatsesh

  2. emptynestmummy
    April 28, 2018 / 9:46 am

    Oh, what a great series. I do love a little peek through the curtains of another blogger. The sleepovers in each other’s rooms sound desperately cute and a lovely way to celebrate the weekend. #thesatsesh

  3. April 28, 2018 / 11:30 am

    I’m all for not filling up the weekend #thesatsesh

  4. April 28, 2018 / 11:58 am

    I want to come to yours for blueberry muffins. That sounds like the perfect weekend right there! x

  5. April 28, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    It’s nice when you can get the balance right between getting out and enjoying yourself and having time to chill at home at the weekends. I love the idea of blueberry pancakes on a Saturday morning! #thesatsesh

  6. April 28, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    Like the song says, “Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think” #TheSatSesh

  7. April 28, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    We try to spend the weekends doing family things. It is good to connect! #thatsatsesh

  8. April 28, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    Movie night definitely marks the weekend for us too! Also going somewhere fun after school on a Friday. Saturday and Sunday we just take it slow. I do love the pancake for breakfast every Saturday idea. #thesatsesh

  9. April 29, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    Def be coming back for more of this series. It’s great to see what other people get up to away from blogging.


    • onamindfulmummymission
      April 30, 2018 / 10:54 am

      So true! Thanks Alan.

  10. May 2, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    #thesatsesh haha i didn’t realise she was a yoga teacher at first and thought that she wrote with such ease and flow…namaste 😉
    What a lovely idea to encourage the kids to camp in each others rooms, plus I’m not feeling inspired to cook fajitas tomorrow for dinner – sorted.

  11. May 8, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    Friday night is always family movie night, if we can all agree on a family movie that is! What a fun series! #thesatsesh xoxo

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