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
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