101 things to do with a child free morning…

“One morning a week child free! What will you do with yourself?…”

“There are literally 101 things I could do…”

No, really. I’ve spent the last couple of years daydreaming about them.

This January sees the start of another new chapter. After much deliberation, agonising, and decision making, the Mouse will be spending one morning a week in a Nursery. That’s one 5 hour session in which she can spread her bat-girl-crazy wings and start to experience a little bit of life away from the confines of Mummy.

Oh God, the guilt is creeping in again even writing this. But I’ve had words with myself several times. She WILL love it (as demonstrated during the tour when she cried when she had to leave). It will be GOOD for her to develop some much needed social skills (and her sister, the main victim of her mischievous ways). Plus just one day a week someone else will be stepping up to the battle of meal times which is going to help her realise meal times are not a conspiracy against her. LOADS of people do it, yes people who are not just in need of childcare because they are at work. And, let’s be honest, it’s going to do me the world of good too. Just. One. Morning. To. Myself.

I still can’t quite believe it.

So, just what am I going to do?

Be Uber productive…

  • Clean the house like a boss whilst…
  • …listening to music of my choosing very loudly.
  • Nail the discount food shop every week and not resort to a Tesco delivery because I can’t face taking the kids shopping.
  • Sort out the cupboard under the stairs avalanche.
  • Do some gardening come spring, rather than watch the hubby do it from indoors whilst washing up.
  • Get on top of that kin-keeping. Never will a birthday be missed again.
  • Iron a few bits and bobs – maybe even the hubbys shirts I keep promising to do ‘when I have time’.
  • Sort out the drawers that won’t shut due to epic clothing overload.
  • Ebay some bits and bobs I’ve been meaning to forever.
  • Be master of the laundry pile, never to be overflowing again.

Be SO Lazy…

  • Go straight back to bed and maybe stay there a little while.
  • Lay on the sofa and watch daytime TV…
  • ..or maybe a movie…or maybe both.
  • Soak in a ridiculously bubbly bath…
  • then blow dry my hair…
  • and straighten it. *AMEN*
  • If the sun’s out, then this Mum might just be out…on a lounger…
  • …reading a good book…
  • …or taking a nap.
  • Or maybe having a friend over for tea and natter with no distractions and no carnage to clean up afterwards.

But I’m definitely going to use the time to get in SUCH good shape. My plan is to…

  • Go for a long run, without worrying if it’s time that I headed back.
  • Or have a relaxing swim.
  • Or dust off and refurb my old bike (and helmet).
  • I could even dig out that old Geordie shore lass workout DVD.
  • Whilst drinking a freshly blended smoothie.
  • Maybe I’ll walk to do the nursery pick up, having all this time on my hands.
  • But that would cut down on my time to write a weekly meal plan.
  • I will definitely do 100 sit ups to kiss that Mum Tum goodbye.
  • Maybe get motivated to join a gym?
  • Or even just drink a bit more water.

And then there’s all that time for pampering.

  • My legs will be smoother than a baby’s bum,
  • and my eyebrows will be threaded into a celebrity shape weekly without fail.
  • I’ll be exfoliated,
  • cleansed,
  • moisturised,
  • dressed in style (as opposed to in the dark).
  • Maybe even sporting heels
  • My skin might be polished with just a little spot of tinted moisturiser,
  • lashes licked in mascara,
  • and my nails – well there may even be time to trim them all to one length. Imagine. High times.

What about all those things for ME, that have been parked…

  • I’m definitely going to start back up with my self taught guitar playing while the house is empty (poor neighbours). It’s never too late to headline Glasto, right?
  • My DSLR will be dusted off and mastered. Family portraits and instagram perfection awaits.
  • Every photo will be printed off using a handy app, never to be forgotten about and become too epic a task again.
  • And every photo will be labelled in a gorgeous album.
  • Then there’s that beautiful colouring book I got last Christmas which has had barely a tenth of a page completed, for fear of scribble hijackers. Yes, I’ll be so serene as I meditate through colouring in.
  • My novel, the one that resides inside me. Maybe it could be time to let it flow?
  • The tattoo I have always wanted to design…
  • and have done. This could be my chance.
  • And I’ve always wanted to learn Spanish.
  • Or maybe I’ll just grab a friend and head to that beautiful tea room, the one with the gorgeous china which we NEVER take our kids to, since THAT day.

I could be the most amazing Mum, wife for them too…

  • The bed linen would be fresh weekly
  • School uniforms and toddler clothes could maybe be introduced to an iron too?
  • Dinner prepared in advance, thus a smiling calm Mummy come 5pm.
  • I could do all that boring life admin so time together is pure playtime.
  • I might be queen of the sock pairing.
  • I could bake some amazing cakes…
  • …or home made pies, his favourite dinner.
  • Scrutinise the accounts……and keep on top of all the banky stuff.
  • Make his sandwiches for work and save us a small fortune in London lunches.
  • File and action the mountain of letters piled by the front door.

But then again, I could get lost in reading…the opportunities are endless…

  • Magazines
  • Blog posts
  • The Daily Fail App (Nooo!)
  • Proper paper books
  • Recipe books
  • My planner, to make sure my life is in check.
  • The half finished books in my kindle from the last holiday
  • An actual  newspaper. How retro.
  • Something educational…maybe even learn something new.
  • Or just lose a couple of hours reading tweets.

And then I could blog about it.

  • I’ll have time to create endless new material.
  • I’ll redesign my home page,
  • and a beautiful new logo.
  • I’ll do that housekeeping audit that’s so recommended.
  • Maybe even sign up for one of these blogging courses.
  • Then I’ll nail the monetising of the blog,
  • add in a load of advertising,
  • and affiliate links,
  • and get writing all the sponsored content they’ll be knocking down my door to write, but
  • whilst I’m dripping in hot new gear I’ve been sent to review.

Oh yes, it’s going to work wonders for my blog. Although not according to my four year old, who advised me what I should do in my new found free time:

  • “Get a job”
  • Maybe she’s right. Crap, I need to rewrite my CV.
  • And update my LinkedIn profile.
  • Get busy meeting old colleagues for coffee.
  • Search the web for the elusive decent part time jobs.
  • Fill in some epic application forms.
  • Panic over interview outfits.
  • Attend medicals.
  • Stalk potential employers online.
  • Bumble through some very bad interview experiences.

Oh crikey. These child free moments might just be fading before my eyes. Better make the most of them.

  • Full english breakfast this week anyone?
  • Hell, maybe I’ll go and get my nails done.
  • Or book in for a massage.
  • Or go shopping for some new season clobber.
  • But I also need to do a bit of online banking…WTF!
  • Coffee morning at mine next week girls?
  • Excuse the mess, I’m having a sort out for a boot fair.
  • And those bags, they’re heading to cash for clothes.
  • Boxes of CD’s…all ready to go to Music Magpie.
  • Those bags, oh, they are being returned to Topshop later.

But there will always be time for one more thing… to miss the girls like mad. Over a Cuppa, staring into space. It’s so quiet without them. I wonder what they are up to? If they are okay? Can’t wait till we are all back together…oh, is that the time already?

x MMT

My Petit Canard

 

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46 thoughts on “101 things to do with a child free morning…

  1. Cherry Newby (@TheNewbyTribe) Reply

    Love these ideas – I always have so many that I want to do but inevitably spend my mornings gazing out of the window, drinking tea and just loving the silence. Then the afternoons clock watching and waiting till I can pick my little man up from school again 🙂 #marvmondays

  2. beauty and the minibeasts Reply

    I like to visit all the shops with steps or those whose aisles are so narrow I can never fit down with a buggy. It’s amazing how the customer service is always better when you don’t have a child with you also!! #MarvMondays

  3. Laura Reply

    Loads of fab ideas! You’ll never be bored again! My dream choices would consist of nails getting done (makes me feel amazing but yet I never get a chance to get them done and they are horrendous), a nice long bath reading a book, a nap, coffee wth a friend or a workout. Deep down I know I should be doing ironing (I never get a chance to get to the ironing). Enjoy whatever options you go for! X

  4. Mummy Muckups (Anna) Reply

    It still never ceases to amaze me just how fast those hours fly by and you only have two things ticked of your daily ‘to do’ list! Enjoy that blissful break. #coolmumclub

  5. beautybabyandme Reply

    It always goes so quick when you’re baby free – I say have a bath, read and listen to music! I love all of these though… apart from gardening – i don’t do that!! 😉 great post as always xxx #coolmumclub

  6. franbackwithabump Reply

    So many ideas. We had a free day this week when we were both off and the littlest was on her second day at nursery. After working out together, and going out for lunch and shopping we were both waiting for it to get get to half 4 so we could go and get her!!! Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub

  7. Mrs Morgan plus 3 Reply

    Wow so many ideas! The only time i get to myself is baby nap time on a monday and a tuesday and i usual spend it doing nothing but relaxing lol! Xx #coolmumclub

  8. Chilli Regina Reply

    The possibillities are endless. But time flies by so quickly (you’ll see how 5 hours can feel like one when doing things you love;))), so you’ll find it hard for some of the ideas to come to life;)) First, just enjoy it, take some alone time, try not to think too much of what you should be doing. Then things will fall into place and you’ll find your routine. But you’re right – missing your kids never goes away;) xx #coolmumclub

  9. The Mumatron Reply

    I have the same dilemma, I normally end up sat watching TV for an hour then two, then I start to tidy, realise I haven’t showered mooch about on twitter then I’m late to pick up! I hated leaving him at first but now he loves it, and his diet has improved, melty puffs are still a staple but not a life or death situation! #CoolMumClub

  10. Kat Reply

    I bet your little one will LOVE nursery, even for just one morning a week. I love this list – so typical of a mummy to do list – endless. Above all else I would say make sure whatever you do, don’t make it so busy that you’re frantic the whole 5 hours and enjoy the time for whatever YOU want to do. Kat xx #coolmumclub

  11. and Jacob makes three Reply

    She’ll love it! And it will be so good for you. Enjoy it! #coolmumclub

  12. Samsam - Simply A Mama Reply

    wonderful ideas, when I would just lay in bed and have a lazy morning if I had a child free morning and drink my tea hot for once..lol I’m sure the girls also miss you #coolmumclub

  13. itsmeanniebee Reply

    I am glad I’m not the only one with a list of ‘things I want to do when the children aren’t around but probably never will’ This put a smile on my face 🙂 #coolmumclub

  14. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    LOL I reckon losing a couple of hours reading Tweets is far more likely than any of the above – haha sorry to be a poo poo head! But go on and prove me wrong lovely #coolmumclub co-hostess xxxxx

  15. anywaytostayathome Reply

    You’ll be blogging, I bet you you’ll be blogging 🙂 But I thoroughly recommend the long, hot, toy and child free bath! Enjoy your child free time #coolmumclub

  16. Cheryl @ Tea or Wine Reply

    Hah hah! So many things on there are permanently on my list and I have 3 days without children. And YET I still seem to be scrabbling around with the biggest to do list. Organising on my photos has been on my to do list for 3 years! Whatever you do, I hope (I know!) you will enjoy your precious time for yourself! xx #Coolmumclub

  17. five little doves Reply

    So many ideas, although I had a child free 2.5 hours yesterday morning and I did NOTHING, literally sat on the couch eating biscuits and watching Jeremy Kyle. I haven’t shaved my legs in weeks, at the very least I could have got in the shower!!! #coolmumclub

  18. familylifeandme Reply

    Oh god, can you imagine how wonderful life would be like if we really could fit all this in on one morning!? Some great ideas though. I have a list of things that needs to be done in this house…if I get time…when the children are occupied…when I’ve done the other things on the other list…and I’m motivated enough….
    #coolmumclub

  19. Elaine Betteridge Reply

    Love this! I have three mornings a week now where my son is at pre-school and I had really good intentions to do some actual work (I do the books for my husbands business) but I find there’s always something more pressing to do….like meet friends for hot chocolate and cake. Or catch up with Geordie Shore/any other shows that contain swearing that I can’t watch with a 4 yr old around. Or just faff about on the internet for a few hours! #coolmumclub

  20. bobsys mum (@stressed_mummy_) Reply

    My son used to be in childcare for 3 mornings, and I only worked 2 of them. I basically paid for a lie in! And thats all i did, every friday! sleep, watch tv or read. I was never productive. Now The Girl goes to her grandparents once a week, and the boys at school, but i work from home now, so i feel guilty if i don’t use it to work. I miss naps! #coolmumclub

  21. thetaleofmummyhood Reply

    This is brilliant! I often dream about having a child free morning, and all the things I would get done. You know what though I would end up doing naff all and love every minute! Haha!

    #coolmumclub

  22. Mrs Lighty Reply

    Aww I love this!! And the possibilities are endless!! Lucky, lucky you! #cooumclub

  23. Lucy At Home Reply

    Hehe I thought I was going to have loads of time when my daughter started nursery (she did 3 hours every morning) but, by the time I’d dropped her off and walked home, there wasn’t much time before I was getting my coat on again to walk back to nursery. The time flies! I hope you get lots of things on your list on, and I’m sure your little one will love her morning of independence #CoolMumClub

  24. letyourlightshinemummy Reply

    Brilliant, the options are endless, whatever you choose to do, enjoy it, I look forward to getting some time like this back again. Do you remember those child free days when we thought we didn’t have enough time *sigh* #coolmumclub

  25. Wendy Reply

    Love this and all your ideas..sounds like you’ll be busy!! I always intend to do so much when my boy is in play school but I just end up sat on the sofa, drinking tea and reading/watching TV..my good intentions always seem to go out the window xx #coolmumclub hope your little one enjoys nursery!

  26. Amina Reply

    There’s so much I could do with a child free morning and you have mentioned some things I have been meaning to do for a while. But I usually end up sleeping in and watching TV!

    Amina xx #coolmumclub

  27. New Mummy Blog Reply

    Oooooooh that possibilities are endless! It must feel very very weird though, hope you enjoy those cups of coffee though xx
    #coolmumclub

  28. Nicola Reply

    Awesome…I love this! My kids are both in school and I dropped to working two days a week back in January last year. Oh the things I was going to do with 3 full days off every week! Did any of it get done? Nope!! Those 6 hours when they are in school are the quickest 6 hours I have ever known! #coolmumclub

  29. Ursula (AKA Mumbelievable) Reply

    This is basically a list of all the things I should have done before I had a baby!!! Why, oh why did I not appreciate the time I had when I had it?????!!! Fab post lovely. Good luck with ticking those things off. Just think…..if you did one a week, you’d be half way through the list by this time next year! Xxx #coolmumclub

  30. imummyblog Reply

    omg I feel like a child free morning is so far away that the only thing i can think of to do when it happens is…. sit down. thanks so much for sharing! #coolmumclub

  31. Jo (Mother of Teenagers) Reply

    This made me laugh. After 4 weeks of my eldest teen being at home I had been dreaming all week of his final return to college on Wednesday and what I would do with a whole day to myself! Everything I planned didn’t happen! I just sat and enjoyed the quiet for a bit, well a long time actually. I didn’t do anything useful at all. Make sure you spend those hours on yourself not cleaning or shopping just you! #coolmumclub

  32. mommyandrory Reply

    Boy does the time fly when you get a child free minute! There’s so much to be done! I always get distracted, social media is a killer for me! If I let it, it easily devours the entire nap time!
    #coolmumclub

  33. One Messy Mama Reply

    Top of my list… SLEEP!!!! But knowing my luck I would be dreaming about how much I miss them. Well, maybe just my youngest as the older 3 have been in school for a while now.. But my youngest… Nope, not ready to go there just yet… I guess the sleep can wait 🙂 #coolmumclub

  34. shinnersandthebrood Reply

    Lol – love so many of these ideas! And so many are on my to do list and never get done! Like the ironing. Gah! And the sock-pairing – but I think that one is a lost cause. I may have to add sock-shopping to my list! 🙂 #CoolMumClub

  35. Sally Oddy Reply

    Sounds like you are going to be busier than ever!!! My advice, have a lie in, read a magazine, drink a hot cup of tea, then pull yourself out of bed, sink into a bubble bath…and RELAX! Me Time does wonders for the soul! Enjoy! xx #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Sounds perfect xx

  36. crummymummy1 Reply

    Wondering if I can pack all of these into maternity leave before the baby arrives and while the others are at school & nursery…I’ve got 10 days #coolmumclub

  37. Winnettes Reply

    I love this. I almost never get a child free morning, but when I do I never know what to do with myself! Next time I shall have to refer to this for inspiration.
    #coolmumclub

  38. Gorgeousgeorgesmama Reply

    Crazy but perfect post. Whatever you decide to do. Enjoy. ☺ #coolmumclub #pbloggers

  39. Helena Reply

    I’ve learnt that I’m someone who needs their own space occasionally away from everyone and this helps not only ourselves but those we love too. Yes we aren’t able to switch off the worry but that’s not a bad thing right? #coolmumclub

  40. rockandrosesmama Reply

    Amazing list! I usually plan a while few hours to myself and then once Im done (and accidentally woken up from falling asleep in…) the bath… maxin’ relaxin’… Ive already wasted a good hour and then I potter about aimlessly deciding which thing to do first! Straightening hair is a big one! Also reading my books I was bought for Christmas! Have fun Mama… you won’t know what to do first! <3 #coolmumclub

  41. My Petit Canard Reply

    Oh my gosh, Im exhausted reading your list! However will you fit it all in, ha ha! Its an amazing list and I am only a teeny tiny (HUGE) bit jealous that you have a child free morning once a week. I think the closest I will get to that will be going back to work, and thats no way as luxurious. Sounds like you’ll have lots of fun on your mornings off, as you should, you’ve definitely earnt them! Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

  42. Sunita Reply

    Wow what a list. It’s is bliss having time to yourself. I think the first morning you have you should block it out and do nothing!!! Enjoy the time. You so deserve it. So kick any guilt in the butt please #coolmumclub

  43. Amie Richards Reply

    It’s going to be a long while before I manage to get any child free mornings but I’ll definitely save these for when that time eventually comes around haha #coolmumclub

  44. Double the Monkey Business Reply

    A great list – I would love to be able to do some of these – especially go back to bed 🙂 x #coolmumclub

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