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.
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.
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