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#MySundayPhoto – Ice Cream Happiness

Somebody was ridiculously happy at the sight of their ice cream earlier, while we were at Urban Burger in Exeter.

While she was happy at the ice cream, I discovered today that they do great Gluten Free rolls as well, so worth a trip for people who like burgers but cant eat “normal” bread.

So smiles all round really…

 

Photalife

#MySundayPhoto – Hello Puppy…

Well, not really a puppy.
Not any more. He’s grown up since he was a puppy.

A slightly older photo as the Sofa family has been kinda filled with colds and flu over the last week – therefore fun things like Blog and Photography is starting to slow down… Hopefully normal service will be restored one day!

Photalife

How to Manage Your Home and Job, and Still Find Time for The Sofa

Juggling a busy home, a full-time job and a handful of kids is no easy task.  It’s no wonder that most parents wave goodbye to their personal space and alone time without trying to salvage even an evening a week for a movie or little shoot-em-up action on the Xbox.  It’s true that it’s hard to make time, but it isn’t impossible!  Many people feel guilty if they head out for an evening with friends or a little solo, kid-free time, but stress laden, overworked parenting has proven to have negative effects on children!  What does this mean?  Well, it’s time to give yourself a time out for once.  Here’s how to make it happen.

Share the Load

You and your partner don’t need to do everything in the house.  Get the family involved and teach the youngsters to do their part, too.  This will free up a lot of extra time each week.  Even children as young as 4 can be taught to pick up their room, put dirty clothes in the right place and feed the pets.  Older children can be easily introduced to the wide spectrum of household duties we all know and loathe.  Put a SchoolSitckers chart on the fridge with each person’s prescribed chores (including your own!), and set a reward for tasks done in timely fashion.

Have a Pizza Night

We have pizza every week, but I never realised how much time it could save until I started deciding which night it would be in advance.  When you know there’s going to a night when you don’t have to cook or clean, it gives you the chance to organise your schedule around the kids’ and pencil in a little free time or a sofa session with your partner.  And it doesn’t have to be pizza.  Nowadays you can get Chinese, Thai, sandwiches and even sushi delivered right to your door.

Establish a Routine

Working right in with planning a pizza night, why not plan the rest of your week as well?  This is a great practice for time management, and children react very well to routine, too.  The first time I penned out my daily routine, I was shocked at how much free time I should have.  I realised that I hadn’t been aware of what was best to do at what time, and that translated into a lot of wasted hours.

Make Lists

Gone are the days of going to the supermarket and standing there slack-jawed thinking, “Why did I come here again?” and then not remembering until I walked through my own front door.  Making lists helps you hone in on what’s important and what isn’t, and also keeps you on your feet and on track.  Make lists for shopping, to-do daily activities and even weekly, monthly and long-term goals.

Plan Some “Me Time”

When you put everything you need to do on your lists and in your routine, don’t forget that the blank spaces that remain don’t have to be filled in.  Consider those your sacred spaces (or sofa spaces, in my case), and keep a couple of them for you.  Even if some chores don’t get done, it’s not the end of the world.  Respect your sacred spaces and they will reward you with peace and harmony.

Don’t underestimate your alone time!  Remember that parents, employees and all human beings work best with batteries fully charged and that your sofa is a docking station with unlimited power.

Post inspired by Shine Media.

#MySundayPhoto – Romance In A Car Park?

Somewhere deep within an Exeter car park.

 

Photalife

The Improbabilities Told By Topsy and Tim

The Improbabilities Told By Topsy and TimWe love Topsy and Tim in our household.

I say “We love Topsy and Tim”, I mean, our little one loves Topsy and Tim. If we ever have left CBeebies on in the background at home, the opening moments of the Topsy and Tim theme tune is enough to get her running to the TV.

Have I ever mentioned her “friends”, Topsy and Tim?

During a recent Topsy and Tim marathon on BBC iPlayer, it occurred to me that there seemed to be a number of….  improbabilities in the world of Topsy and Tim that just wouldn’t happen in this world.

Here are a number of examples I found.

  1. Kids can break Mummy’s vase.. and she’s THAT OK WITH IT!!
  2. Somehow, when you have 4 preschoolers kicking off, Mummy has found the time to put a well timed pizza in.
  3. Selling / moving house is JUST THAT EASY – AND QUICK!
  4. Having nursery school at home is a GREAT IDEA!! (Seriously, they have room for that? Mummy had time for that?)
  5. That a Mummy and Daddy can put up an outside playhouse the night before a twins 5th birthday, look fresh and awake the next morning, AND still smile at each other.
  6. Loads of cakes (which probably cost a fortune) get chucked on the floor… Mummy is NOT SCREAMING MAD!!!
  7. Christmas Eve evening is just that fun and relaxing! (No last minute wrapping from Mummy and Daddy?)
  8. You’ve moved house, you’re trying to unpack, you’re living out of boxes, a new friend is invited to play, and Mummy is smiling about all of this?
  9. When you’re building a new drive, you really want two 4 year olds around you.
  10. Its possible to build a marble run, so big, and amazing – THAT NO marbles will fly off – and break Mummys vase…

Are there any more that you would add?

*These might be invisible friends… and therefore probably dont count.

As we start a new week, i’ll just leave this here…

#MySundayPhoto – My View This Evening

Due to the beautiful combination of weekends, party locations, and work hours coming together so well, I managed to get to spend sometime here, enjoying the views of the Devonshire countryside rolling out ahead of me.

Peace.

 

Photalife

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