How to get that hot coffee even if the kids are at home

Getting just five minutes to yourself when you're a busy mum can be tough. When the kids are at home there's always something to be doing, whether that's entertaining the kids or putting another load of laundry in the washing machine, but that doesn't mean you can't get that coffee. Below are just a few ways you can grab a hot coffee even if the kids are at home.

Enjoy movies (and coffee) with the kids at home

Movies are a great way of occupying your kids for long enough that you get to enjoy a hot coffee and a bit of peace while they are at home. You could choose the latest Pixar release (check out The Incredibles 2 if you haven't already!) or something for older kids like Guardians of The Galaxy. 

How To Get That Hot Coffee Even If The Kids Are At Home | Movies on hand, with popcorn, to keep the kids busy. A bowl of fresh popcorn.

The key here is to make it a treat, so have blankets if it's cold and dreary outside, be sure to have popcorn on hand, and set them up so they can have the lights off too. My boys love it when we have the lights of and sit to watch a movie, they can almost convince themselves they're at the cinema. Whenever I say we're having a cinema day they scream with joy, and I secretly cheer too because it means I'll have some quiet time while they enjoy their movie. 

If you're struggling for ideas for a movie take a look at my boys' favourites.

Reading / writing / drawing

Get your kids to be creative. If they have a book they're reading and are really enjoying it you could get them to draw something out of the book. Tell them to imagine their favourite character and to draw them. If your kids don't enjoy drawing you could try asking them to write something - again use something they really like - both my boys are motivated by Fortnite so my ideas for the upcoming school holidays is to tell them to write a story featuring their favourite character from the game. 

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. 

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Reading is another great way to keep them occupied, particularly if they're reading a book they're enjoying. LP is in the middle of the first Percy Jackson book and LOVES it, he read for an hour last night because he wanted to finish the chapter, and he's always excited to read again. Reading not only teaches them but it's a good way to kick start their imagination. Even someone like LP who his more logical that creative, enjoys being able to imagine scenarios for the characters in his books.

Activity book distractions so you can get that coffee

If your kids aren't creative at all then colouring in or activity books are another good way to occupy them. Again LP loves sticker books, especially the Lego ones - he's had 5 or 6 so far and I have no doubt he'll be asking Santa for more this year. 

How To Get That Hot Coffee Even If The Kids Are At Home | Distract them with activity books!
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Like I said, school holidays are just around the corner and because I know the boys will be at home all day I've been working on ways to keep them busy. That's why I created the Fun with AniPals activity book, it's more for LP, who at 10 years old would probably find the activities easy but would enjoy them either way. There's colouring pages, and puzzles, - and you can grab your copy of my Fun with Anipals! activity book and keep your kids busy so you can grab your hot coffee!

Let the kids enjoy games when they're home

Being a parent to any school age child these days means you must have heard of Fortnite and Overwatch. My boys are obsessed with both these games and are on them almost every day. Now I'm not saying you should let them play all day but giving them an hour or so to play games with their friends means you'll get to have a little time to yourself. They become so engrossed in the game that they forget to ask you for anything and will leave you in peace for a while. 

How To Get That Hot Coffee Even If The Kids Are At Home | A white Xbox sits on a dark brown wooden table.

My boys have time limits for their games, we don't allow them to play for hours every day, but I don't mind increasing their time during the holidays, especially when the weather is horrid. The occasional day when we let them indulge in playing their games means we get a little quiet and makes the rest of the holidays more bearable. 


Depending on the age of your kids you could occupy them for anywhere between 10 minutes to 2 hours with puzzles. I'm talking jigsaw puzzles here, but if there are other puzzles you have - like a rubix cube - then give them that too. 

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. 

Albert Einstein

BP likes a good jigsaw puzzle, he likes helping the Hubby and I when we get ours out but he also enjoys his own. LP has a good one that teaches him about European countries. He fits the pieces together and it is a map of Europe, he then has to find where places are - he has pieces with all the city names on them. It's a great teaching tool.

How To Get That Hot Coffee Even If The Kids Are At Home | Knowing how to occupy your kids so you can get a coffee is sometimes tough - that's why I've written this. Here's some great ways to occupy your kids.

School holidays are a tough time for stay-at-home mums, we have to cope with having the kids at home when we're used to having the day to ourselves. But that doesn't mean we have to lose our minds, we just have to think carefully about how we'll schedule in our 'me time'. Hopefully these ideas will help you out - and don't forget to grab your free Halloween Activity Booklet!

What do your kids enjoy doing that could help you get that hot coffee?

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Post Comment Love 19th - 21st July

Welcome back to Post Comment Love a linky run by myself and Stephanie where we welcome all bloggers to share their favourite or best post of the week with others. It opens every Friday and closes on Sunday night. Will you be joining in this week?

Well if you have kids in school the likelihood is that today is their last day at school before the summer break. For me BP finishes at lunch time today, and LP finishes on Tuesday. Then they're home every day for six whole weeks!

Our routine has changed this year, with Hubby's new job and everything, so I'm not sure what we'll be doing day-to-day but needless to say it's going to be very different to previous years. I'm hoping we'll have plenty to do, so they don't get bored and start fighting each other!

It's been a fairly quiet week, thank goodness, with normal days for most of the week and then I headed out to watch LP's sports day yesterday morning. It's nice that I've been able to have a quiet week actually, it's given me a chance to get used to the new routine - right before the kids finish for the summer.

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How to get housework done in the school holidays

Getting the housework done during the school holidays is one of those things we think is almost impossible. As a stay-at-home mum, with kids who are usually at school, you get the housework done most days. But when they’re home? Not so much. The dishes pile up. The washing mountain is looking more like Everest every day. And dust coats just about every surface. 

Add to that the fact that you’re looking forward to one or two lie-ins, or giving up the usual morning routine for a more relaxed one, and the housework ends up being last on your list. 

But getting the housework done during the school holidays isn’t as impossible as we first think. If you just set yourself targets… 


Annie Dillard 

During the school holidays your days start with making yourself get out of bed to make breakfast for everyone, resenting the fact that you didn't get your lie in. Making breakfast results in mess, plates and dishes to clean and food to put away. The daily trudge begins and you're just not ready for it. 

But can I give you a tip? 

Do the housework in the school holidays 

It sucks sometimes, I know. Getting up in a morning and realising you’ve got a ton of work to do before you can even think about the day’s activities. But rather than leaving it for the end of the day, or even for tomorrow, why not just get on with it?

How To Get Housework Done In The School Holidays | Fold the laundry, do the ironing. Just get on with it.
Get the laundry folded. Get the ironing done. And then it's done!

There's nothing worse than entering a kitchen to find messy counter tops and dirty dinner plates everywhere. With five minutes of cleaning when breakfast is over you’ll save yourself doing an hour of tidying later. 

I have been known to leave dishes on the counter tops. They mount up until I have to put the dishwasher on twice before having it all done and even then I have to spend ages washing pans that won't fit into the dishwasher. Sometimes I really don't want to do the housework. 

But do you know what always happens? I hate myself when I leave them because it's more work. It uses up time I could be using on self-care, or even spending time with my boys (given that it's the holidays!). 

Doing the housework little and often during the holidays will result in a tidier home and a happier you. You won't have to spend hours cleaning and you have more time for yourself AND your kids. Try making a shorter to-do list that you can use to check things off as you go. 

Don't ease up on the kids in the school holidays 

It may be the school holidays but that doesn't mean you should let them get away with not doing their chores. In fact it's more important they do them during the holidays than when they're at school. You have to do chores daily, no matter what's going on, so they should too. 

How To Get Housework Done In The School Holidays | Get the kids involved in doing the housework and you'll win!
Older kids can tackle the vacuuming no problem. 

There's plenty of time for playing their games during the holidays, but if you also let them off with the chores there's more work for YOU and that's not fair. The holidays are for spending time together, not for them to watch you do their chores. 


Katharine Whitehorn 

You could rope them all in to get the housework done in the school holidays. Your youngest can help you load the washing machine or the dryer while your eldest does the vacuuming. Tidying bedrooms could be done before they even go downstairs in a morning. And the Hubby? Well he can do the dishes of course! 

You could even try making the game-playing a reward for doing chores. If chores aren’t done there’s no time for playing video games

During the school holidays my boys' gaming time is dependent on them completing their chores. If chores aren't done there's no game time, and although they complain when they can't play they know why. 

Get the housework done and there’s no pressure

The most important thing during the school holidays though is to give yourself a break

How To Get Housework Done In The School Holidays | By being organised you'll still have time to relax and play with your kids!
Spend time playing with your kids, and enjoy the holidays!

It's not only a chance for your kids to get away from school but it's also a chance for you to have a holiday too. Yes, there’s still housework to do but it's not essential to have the house looking pristine before you step out of the door. 

How To Get Housework Done In The School Holidays | Get into a routine, and keep it going...

Give the kitchen a quick tidy in a morning and leave it at that. Your kids want to see you having fun too, so let go of the day-to-day pressures and enjoy time off


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Tips on Creating a Self-Care Space at Home

Life today seems to run at a much faster pace than it used to. Between work, taking care of the family and trying to maintain a social life, it can really leave you feeling utterly exhausted by the end of the day. That’s why it is so important to spend a little time taking care of yourself.

It can be difficult getting the peace and time alone to take care of yourself in the family home. Therefore, it’s worth looking into creating a self-care space. This is where you would go to get some much-needed alone time to rest and recuperate. Here, we’ll look at some of the best tips to help you create the perfect self-care space at home.

Pick the perfect space

First, you need to choose the best space for your self-care area. This should be somewhere free of distractions. Obviously, this isn’t always easy in a family home as there are no sacred spaces away from the kids. However, you could pick one of the quietest areas such as your bedroom and ensure the kids know not to come in while you’re practising self-care. 

The bedroom does tend to be the most peaceful part of the home. However, you could also use a spare room, or even consider using an outdoor space.

Tips On Creating A Self-Care Space At Home | Yoga outside is a great way to take care of yourself

Change the colour scheme

Colour can have a major impact on your mood. So, if you’re looking to create the perfect self-care space, you’ll want to ensure its colour scheme encourages a relaxing environment. Think about the colours which naturally calm you. Everyone is different so it’s important to decorate the space in accordance to your own personality. 

Tips On Creating A Self-Care Space At Home | Find a little space and add your favourite colour.

Focus on the right lighting

Lighting plays a surprising role in how relaxing a room feels. So, you’ll want to make sure you are focusing on the right type of lighting. You can pick up stylish ceiling lights at many online stores which can help to enhance the space, as well as ensue the room receives adequate lighting. 

Additionally, you may want to invest in a dimmer switch so that you can control the level of lighting to fit your preferences. For example, some days you may need a good light to read, while others you may want to simply relax and unwind in a cosy lit room. 

Tips On Creating A Self-Care Space At Home | Lighting can make all the difference.

These are just some of the things you should think about when trying to create the perfect self-care space. You should consider what you will largely use the space for. If it’s going to be an area to pamper yourself, making it cosy with a warm theme is a good idea. If you’ll be using it to practice yoga on the other hand, you’ll want a calm and tranquil bright space with minimal clutter.

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Summer self-care bucket list for mums

Lists are great aren't they? They help us stay-at-home mums get things done, whether that's the cleaning, the kids' stuff, or just remembering everyone's birthdays. But do you have a list for yourself? A list that you can check things off when you've spent time looking after you? Spending time on self-care? With the summer school holidays almost upon us it's a good idea to put a summer self-care bucket list together - so here's yours!

Why you need to focus on self-care in the summer

  • The kids are home every day. When you're used to them being at school for the majority of the day it can be quite a big thing having them home every day. You have to think about snacks, lunch, activities, and dinner. You have to make sure they're entertained and having fun. And you have to do this while taking care of the usual household chores too.

Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

Lucille Ball

  • It's a good time to focus on togetherness. Spending time with your kids can be a form of self-care. Let go of all those adult stresses and just have fun with your kids. Smile, laugh. The summer is a brilliant time for a bit of togetherness - even on a self-care bucket list!

Summer Self-Care Bucket List For Mums | Take time this summer to be together.

  • You're allowed. Here's the thing - yes, the kids are home but you need to take care of you too. Getting 10 minutes for self-care isn't a big ask - so spend a little time trying to think of ways you can sneak a little self-care into your days.

Make your own summer self-care bucket list

Grab a piece of paper, or use your phone, and write a list of all the things you'd like to do - that are just for you. Include everything you can think of - even if you think it's not possible. That way when you come to looking back at your list you can smile when you put things like "a week long holiday in the Caribbean without the kids". Even going to the toilet alone can go on the list, and then when you manage it (if you do!) you can tick it off and know you've achieved at least one thing!

Summer self-care bucket list for mums

Okay so as I've had a little time to put my list together I thought I'd share it with you. It includes all kinds of things, and they're achievable too - some with a little planning, but still.

  • Get outdoors. The sun may be shining or not, you could take the kids with you or not. But spend some time outside enjoying the fresh air and greenery (if you can find some).

  • Walk where it's not busy. The best places to walk are along canals, or through fields or parks at the end of the day. People tend to go to parks at about 11ish, and if you head out later in the day they tend to be a lot less busy.

Summer Self-Care Bucket List For Mums | Walking in peace can really help with the stress.

  • Wear your favourite clothes. It always feels good when you're wearing something you love right? So get your faves on and smile through the day!

  • Smile. Just smile. You don't have to be looking at anything that makes you smile - just smile. When you smile, even if there's nothing to smile at, you feel better. You could even try smiling at strangers and watch as they smile back!

  • Spend time on a hobby (or find a new one). Giving yourself time to enjoy something that is just yours boosts your self-esteem and makes you feel like you're achieving something. Win!

  • Chill out for 5 minutes. Sit. Do nothing else.

Summer Self-Care Bucket List For Mums | Relax and chill for 5 minutes.

  • Read a chapter of a book/read a blog post. Escaping into a fictional world, or reading about someone else's lives is a great way to forget about the stresses and strains of your own.

  • Stargaze. It's amazing how standing outdoors at night and looking up at the stars sparkling in the night sky can make you feel good.

  • Enjoy indoor activities on rainy days. Build forts with the kids, have a hot coffee, or get the puzzles out.

  • Be a tourist in your own town. Wander around your town as if you've never visited. Notice new things. Perhaps even visit places you've always meant to but never managed.

  • Plan a trip. It's always fun to plan a trip so why not spend a little time doing that. It could be one for the family, just a day out, or even a holiday abroad.

  • Start journaling

  • Create a playlist. Music can make you feel good, so put a playlist of your favourites together and have hours of feel-good songs you can turn to.

  • Go on a picnic. Again being outdoors is great, and taking a blanket and a few snacks is a good way to enjoy the outdoors with your family.

  • Visit the beach. I love standing on the beach, bare feet, and watching the waves splash over my feet. Living in the Midlands makes this difficult but I do my best when I can! Head to the beach whenever you can and take a moment to watch the waves. It can be very peaceful.

Summer Self-Care Bucket List For Mums | Walking along the beach is so soothing.

  • Get ice-cream - the kids and you! Be a kid again and get excited about getting ice-cream.

  • Catch up with friends. Invite them over, head out to meet them for play dates for your kids. Whatever you do make sure you get a chance for a natter.

  • Paint your nails. Somehow it just feels good to look down at your hands and see them looking nice.

Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.

William Shakespeare

  • Visit the salon. Someone else looking after you for a change. Win!

  • Try out yoga, attend a class. It's amazing how yoga can help you feel calm and grounded as well as getting you worn out from all the stretches. I am always smiling after my yoga class.

  • Buy yourself some flowers. Whether they're fake (I have to buy fake ones because of hay-fever related issues) or real buying some bright flowers will make your house look brighter and probably make you smile.

Summer Self-Care Bucket List For Mums | Flowers always make you smile.

  • Sleep in. As a busy mum this is tough - but do what you can.

  • Take a relaxing bath. As above.

  • Read a magazine. Indulge in the fashion mags, read the gossip, and forget about the kids running around the house!

  • Dance to your favourite song. That's right, get up and dance about - you'll feel great!

Summer Self-Care Bucket List For Mums | Dance - it will feel good.

  • Have a chore free day. Enough said.

  • Netflix and chill. Your favourite movie, a TV series you've been wanting to watch, whatever you choose just sit and chill out while you watch.

Summer Self-Care Bucket List For Mums | Take time for yourself this summer - you deserve it!

Don't forget, just because you're home with the kids doesn't mean you're not entitled to some summer self-care. And with this bucket list for all you mums you're sure to be able to squeeze a little fun into the summer just for you.

Do you have a summer self-care bucket list?

If you can't think of anything for yourself, or just don't have the time to make your own summer self-care bucket list then why not grab mine?

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