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Welcome! Almost The Weekend is a new blog covering home and family life, getting out and about, and plenty of seasonal content. Come in, relax…it’s almost the weekend.

How do you feel about the weekend? Time to relax or time to fit in as much as possible? Staying home or heading out? However you want to spend your free time, it’s your time and you shouldn’t feel pressured to spend it any particular way.

For many of us, weekends can easily turn into all the wrong kinds of busy. Rushing about, cramming in as many errands and kids’ activities as possible, tackling overdue housework and DIY – only to get to Sunday night (with the Monday fear looming) and feeling like you haven’t done what you actually wanted to. If pandemic life has shown us anything, it’s that it’s ok to slow down. Time to reclaim your weekends.

I’m Maxine and I live in Scotland with my husband and 2 children. I’ve never liked my weekends being too full (even before lockdown came along). Who wants to get to Monday and think ‘where did the weekend go?’

My perfect weekend consists of time spent with family and friends, getting outside  (in all weathers, because Scotland), maybe a bit of shopping, some easy cooking or baking, an old movie, a good book, and always countless cups of tea. Nothing special – but that’s what makes it special to me.

But I think it’s also important to bring a bit of that weekend feeling into your weekdays too. Whether that’s by lighting candles for a weekday dinner with the family, getting outdoors at lunchtime or after work, finding a bit of time (however short!) to unplug and switch off, or simply spending a bit of time planning the fun for next weekend, it can always be done. Tiny little things can make a difference, if you want them to.  

Get that weekend feeling back – every day.