As Christmas approaches (it’s OK to mention the c-word now, right?) the prospect of “me time” is becoming greatly reduced. If your household is anything like ours, you’ll be starting to think about the juggle of day to day life, with all that festive preparation thrown in for good measure.
But as a huge Christmas fan, I’m not going to let the busy pre-Christmas period become a chore. Instead, I’ve decided to try and use it as a way to enjoy a bit of time to myself. Let me explain.
For me, Christmas means family and food. I love to cook as much of the food as I can myself and look forward to bustling around the kitchen on cold winter days, preparing treats that we’ll all enjoy together as a family once the holiday season begins.
Actually having time to cook – and enjoy it – is a rarity these days. As soon as she sees me go into the kitchen my inquisitive two year old wants to help, which means if I actually want to get anything done I have to wait until she’s asleep. And toddler nap time often means mummy work time.
This weekend was a bit different. I spent a lovely relaxing Sunday morning in my pyjamas and dressing gown, cooking up a huge batch of chutney which I jarred up and squirrelled away in the cupboards ready to be served with cold meats and cheeses over Christmas. I’m also planning to decorate some of the jars and give them as gifts.
While I was busy enjoying myself in the kitchen, my toddler was playing with her daddy in the living room, meaning I had a good hour to myself chopping and stirring and jarring. Afterwards I felt relaxed and satisfied that I’d managed to cram in a bit of time on my own, doing something productive and enjoyable. This is rare on a Sunday morning!
So tell me, how have you enjoyed some “me time” this week. Link up and tell us all about it – and don’t forget to grab our badge on the sidebar to shout all about Me Time Monday.
We’ve decided to make this a fortnightly feature (it turns out “me time” for mums was even harder than we first thought) so you’ll have even more time to cram in some time to yourself. Your Me Time Monday post doesn’t have to be cooking related – it can be anything you’ve done just for you. Perhaps you’ve read a good book, enjoyed some pampering, had an early night or an evening out with your friends – whatever you’ve done I can’t wait to read all about it.