'Me Time' - My 10 Indulgences

Being a mum is the hardest, most amazing, tiring, emotional, funny, overwhelming thing I've ever done.  I love Eric more than anything, and I love spending time with him, but after working hard all day being a mother I do need a rest to recharge my batteries! Eric goes to preschool two and a half days a week, which he absolutely loves.  I work at least one day a week, and use half a day to do the weekly housework so I don't have to do it whilst Eric's at home, but I usually try to relax for at least some of the afternoon when he is at preschool for his half day.  Eric goes to sleep in his own bed anytime between 7:30pm and 8:45pm (he comes into our bed later in the evening most nights), depending when he's tired and what we've been doing, and I use that time in the evening before I go to bed myself to relax and indulge in a few of my favourite things.  During my 'me time' these are the things I love to do...

1) Reading. 
I absolutely love to read.  My favourite genres are children's fiction, chick lit and classic novels.  There's really nothing like the escapism and fantasy of getting lost in a good book. I have loved reading since I was a child and I studied English Literature at university in Bristol so it makes me feel like 'me' again to read.
2) Baking. 
I love to cook and bake, I usually bake with Eric but sometimes I'll bake on my own, if it's something that takes longer (like cinnamon buns!) I find concentrating on the recipe really relaxing.  My favourite baking recipe book at the moment is Ms Cupcake, it's soooooo good! But often I'll look for raw vegan recipes online so we eat more healthy options too, like my raw vegan brownies.
3) Pinterest. 
I looooooooooooove Pinterest.  So much.  If I'm stressed then I find half an hour pinning and looking through my boards so relaxing.  My Pinterest name is missfliss if you'd like to follow me!

4) Watching TV.
My favourite programmes to watch are New Girl, The Face, Outnumbered, Pramface, Bad Education, America's/Britain's Next Top Model, Great British Bake Off, Uncle, The Apprentice, Don't Tell The Bride, The Valleys and Masterchef.  Essentially anything funny, about weddings, modelling or food and I'm in!

5) Evening lie ins. 

When Alex works he is away from home, usually overseas, so I don't get the opportunity of having a lie-in.  To make up for that sometimes I will go to bed straight after Eric and have an 'evening lie in'.  I make tea and pastries like pain au chocolat (I love the Jus-Rol ones as an occasional treat!) and read books or magazines in bed for a few hours!

6) Exercise. 

Taken during a sunrise run

I've been setting my alarm to get up before Eric wakes up four times a week for the last couple of weeks and have been going out for an early morning run or doing a yoga or ballet workout DVD.  I've also been going running when Eric is at preschool for his half day.  I've really enjoyed this (more than I imagined I would!) and am feeling so much more energised and happy from the exercise, not to mention proud of the achievements.  I use the Map My Run app to record all my workouts so I can look back on the week and see my progress.

7) A bath. 

I adore having a lovely bath with a cup of tea and a good book, some chocolate or cake and a face mask on.  I work at Lush Cosmetics and some of my favourite products to use are Ayesha fresh face mask (brilliant results on my acne and fine lines!) and the bath melts and ballistics.  My favourites are Ceridwen's Cauldron, Dreamtime and Secret Garden....anything relaxing, citrusy or fresh, floral and green! I'm so excited about Lush's new Mother's Day and Easter products, keep an eye out for a post really soon!

8) Watching YouTube.  

My favourite YouTubers are Essie Button,  Gems Maquillage, Sprinkle of Glitter, Fleur De Force, Miss Glamorazzi, ZOE LDN, Tanya Burr, Jim Chapman and Zoella.  Estee from Essie Button is my absolute fave, she's brilliant and so funny.  I also love the 'Raw. Vegan. Not Gross' videos on Tastemade, the 'Sex+' videos by Laci Green, videos by Those Pesky Dames and the 'Convos With My 2 Year Old' videos!

9) Seeing friends. 

I'm lucky having Alex at home at the moment as I can go out in the evening sometimes.  I have a couple of close friends in our village and usually we will go to one of our houses for a movie night.  I love getting to have a chat and catch up with them and to relax together.

10) Blogging. 
It actually takes me absolutely ages to write blog posts, so I write a little bit at a time and am just starting to be more organised with having a writing schedule.  But I do really enjoy it and I like having my own little space on the internet and to share my thoughts with people. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

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