05 Mar How to mother yourself this Mother’s Day
How to mother yourself on Mother’s Day
Now, I am a big lover of chocolate. Flowers in any form delight me. And being taken out for lunch is one of my favourite things.
Luckily Andrew, my nearly-husband doesn’t rely on Hallmark card adverts for his cue. We keep a stack of Divine bars in an old French biscuit tin for Friday night Netflix marathon chocolate ‘emergencies’.
His work in events and my days styling photo shoots mean that sometimes we are lucky enough to bring home a black bin liner full of salvaged stems. Vases around the house are kept busy in between times with incredibly realistic fake flowers from Fake It.
Every year, the annual Mother’s Day dash for forecourt flowers, choccies and a Sunday lunch booking makes me smile.
Why wait for one day?
But, more than that… why don’t we just take the time to mother ourselves – and not just once a year?
I am guilty of often putting myself at the bottom of the list in our house. Are you?
This is what I would really like next Sunday…
Well, don’t we all. But, the mums I know are among the most sleep-deprived women in the western world. Multi-tasking is hard work people!
A lie in can be the greatest gift of all. And it’s free! It has to be a proper lie in though. No kids/pets/technology. And no time limit.
Hopefully it goes without saying that any relaxing benefits of a lie in will be swiftly erased if the rest of the house is allowed to descend into chaos while she slumbers. Andrew, I am talking to you…
I often joke that my most successful friends seem to have more hours in their days. However organised I try to be I can never fit in everything I want to do.
I would love more time. This is what I would do with it…
See my family and friends more. Happiness for me is to sit among people I love, gathered around a table full of food I have cooked.
I would write. Not just for work. For fun. Without worrying about whether anyone will want to read it – focusing simply on whether I enjoy getting ideas from the dusty corners of my brain onto the screen.
What would you do with more time?
While I find it (shockingly) easy to spend money on my daughter, I have to really, really want something to treat myself.
For me, the ultimate gift is a good book.
While watching TV, I can also work, cook, talk, tidy, enjoy loooong group chats on Whatsapp… in short, TV does not get my full attention. Therefore a night goggling at the box is never as relaxing as I hope.
A book is different. You have to stop and surrender to the story that unfolds before your mind’s eye.
Which is why I am thrilled to have discovered Sam ‘The London Bookman’ Draper, an English teacher and book lover. Sam sells handpicked book bundles that he unearths in independent, local bookshops. His Mother’s Day bundle includes 3 books, which can be delivered in one parcel or sent monthly.
If in doubt…
I will cook, bake or just throw some yummy ingredients together in a salad. My latest go to blog (for which read ‘mild addiction’) is the amazing American blog The Kitchn –recipe ideas aplenty and utterly lovely photography.