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I find my week­ends even busier, more stress­ful and more jam-packed than my busiest work day. From the time I wake up (early) on a Satur­day, to the time my ex­hausted body sinks into sleep (late) on a Sun­day night, my wak­ing hours are a whirl­wind of fam­ily meals, kids’ classes, gro­cery shop­ping and er­rands.

Be­fore I know it, it’s Sun­day evening and my three kids, hus­band and I are cook­ing din­ner in our kitchen. Some Sun­days, we have what my kids call a “sand­wich party” – we buy ham, smoked salmon, gua­camole, cheese, toma­toes and bread, and ev­ery­one makes up their own sand­wich. The bread al­ways gets left be­hind, whereas all the deli foods are pol­ished off – I now call it a deli party, in­stead. Other Sun­days, we try cook­ing a new recipe.

What­ever we end up with, it’s al­ways done in the warmth of our kitchen, with our kids as en­thu­si­as­tic helpers. It’s my favourite part of the weekend. But it’s also the most stress­ful.

I worry about ac­ci­dents hap­pen­ing as my seven-year-old works to mas­ter scram­bled eggs Gor­don Ram­say-style, my four-year-old in­sists on chop­ping and peel­ing, and my tod­dler reaches for the knife, crow­ing: “I like big knife!”

It’s only when din­ner is fi­nally cleared away that I be­gin to re­lax. But even so, there’s no time to en­joy a glass of wine with my hus­band. The lit­tle ones are ready for bed and we have just enough time for a spot of quiet con­ver­sa­tion and read­ing. One by one, they fall asleep and I heave a sigh of relief. This is when I can truly re­lax.

But my body has other ideas. Try as I might to im­merse my­self in just one more chap­ter on my e-book reader, my eyes are fall­ing shut. And as I fall asleep, I’m ac­tu­ally a bit relieved that I’m go­ing to work the next day. I feel a lot more re­laxed at work!

For all the busy women out there who, like me, have crazily packed Satur­days and Sun­days, we’ve put to­gether a guide to hav­ing a truly re­lax­ing weekend. We have ideas for how to build a stylish weekend wardrobe to chill out in (pg 18), body care prod­ucts filled with es­sen­tial oils to help you wind down, and places you can take your kids to re­lax – and where you, too, can hang loose while keep­ing a watch­ful eye on them (pg 52).

Other sto­ries you shouldn’t miss: Learn how you can pull off coloured mas­cara, me­tal­lic eye­shadow and bold hair high­lights, no mat­ter how old you are (pg 28); get the lowdown on es­tate plan­ning and how to get started (pg 58), and then get cook­ing with our col­lec­tion of power lunch recipes, for those eat-in days at the of­fice (pg 100). En­joy (and re­lax)!

PENE­LOPE CHAN, ED­I­TOR

PS. Thanks for all your lovely let­ters. E-mail us at magsim­ply­her@sph.com.sg or write to us at 82 Gent­ing Lane, Me­dia Cen­tre Level 7, S(349567), and keep send­ing in your won­der­ful ideas.

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