Five Things To Make Time For

Sundays are supposed to be the day of rest, right? For me they tend to include a Netflix marathon, an inability to remove my pyjamas and some kind of culinary feast that usually in one way or another involves pancakes. However for the past few Sundays I’ve found myself going here, there and everywhere, travelling, stuck in traffic and singing my head off to Arctic Monkeys. If you ever see a girl in a banger, struggling with hill starts and singing shouting ‘Mardy Bum’ at the top of her lungs then yeah, that’s me. Though driving alone in my car is fast becoming one of my favourite pastimes – gosh I’m cool – it just doesn’t feel very ‘Sunday‘ you know? So whenever these types of occasions roll around, the minute I step back in the flat I try to get in the mood and make time for the following activities:

1. Bathtime. I really do believe that making sure that your bath to shower ratio is tipped more towards the tub is the secret to a happy life. I LOVE BATHS. If you can’t already tell by my oodles of Weekend Posts that have served as odes to things. This selection of posts talks you through my favourites.

2. A Mani. Groan. Even though I’ve managed to refine my mani routine down to just the essential steps it still is a bit of a beauty bore for me. To combat this, much to Mark’s protests as he despises the smell of nail polish, I multi-task and lacquer up while watching whatever box set we’re currently binging on. To see my regime in action check out this video – it’s an oldie, but nothing has really changed – and currently setting up shop on my nails is this bargain shade from Barry M.

3. Sweet Treats. In my head along with a traditional Sunday roast comes a humongous helping of something sweet after it. I blame conditioning after many the puddings post-dinner at my Grandma’s for that one. If you’re in the mood to whip up something yourself then check out the Vivianna Does Baking playlist. Also quick question, what would you like to see me whip up next? 

4. R&R. A mix of all the above. I often forget just to chill….without my hand attached to my palm. My new favourite ‘give your mind a rest’ activity is to lie on my acupuncture mat (post here, I seriously can’t get enough of it) and read a book. The book usually ends up serving as a blackout blind while I snooze and snore 10 minutes later.

5. Planning. As a straight-up Virgo this is my favourite step. And it’s one of the quick to fit in. On a Sunday evening I like to sit and have a little weekly prep meeting for one; seeing what my diary is looking like for the week, planning out to-do lists for each day (this is the only way I ever get anything done), doing any meal-prep, checking how empty the fridge is and writing up a shopping list. When written like that it sounds like a bloomin’ board meeting, but I’ve got it down to 15 minutes or so and come Monday morning you’ll feel way more ready. Bring. It. On.

  • Caroline

    Such a great post! Makes me wanna grab a good read and hop in the tub. I would love to see a good pie recipe! Have a great week, love!! x
    wetwellies23.blogspot.com

  • http://autumnleaves-x.blogspot.co.uk/ rebeccalouiseee

    I’m so ready to have a meeting for one later today! Great suggestions Anna, I never take enough time for myself so I’ll definitely be fitting some of these in to today :)
    Rebecca-Louise // Autumn Leaves – UK Beauty Blog

  • Ellen P-H

    Baking and a manicure are always top of my list for sundays! I loved this post xx

    ellenunderwater.blogspot.co.uk

  • Hannah Merceanu

    This is a great list Anna. I also try and just relax on Sundays – it’s hard for me to do but is the best end to the week!

    Hannah x
    http://alovelylook.com

  • Anna Blush

    Just whipped up a caramel slice so am enjoying my sweet treat! Time to do some weekly planning- definitely the best way to get things done and stay on track x

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

  • Nicola

    I love the Apricot Nectar nail polish from revlon!! only the 6th but I can definetly see it in my July favourites! xx

    http://www.itsnicnic.blogspot.com

  • http://godsaveourdressing.blogspot.fr victoria

    yeaaah that’s actually such a good plan ! :) thanks Anna !

    http://godsaveourdressing.blogspot.fr

  • http://emmihearts.blogspot.co.uk/ Emily Allen

    Definitely making time to do these today, it really is important to relax. I like the idea of planning for the week ahead especially in terms of blogging as it is nice to feel organised :) I also thing baking is fun to do on Sundays x

    EmmiHearts

  • http://rachelclaireloves.blogspot.co.uk/ Rachel Hodgson

    Great post, I definitely agree it’s important to find the time to just relax! Love the idea of planning the week ahead too, that could eliminate some stress in the week I think!

    http://rachelclaireloves.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

    Love this post — it’s a really good reminder of what Sundays should be! All too often Sundays can feel really hectic and not anywhere as relaxing as they should be. Thanks for the post, Anna!

    The Makeup Writeup

  • Manouk

    I agree on your last point. Besides planning, I also like to clean my room and already decide on the outfit I want to wear the next day. Makes a Monday morning so much easier..

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait
    drawings)

  • Carina Stewart

    A bath on Sunday evening are always the perfect end to the weekend! And of course a mani afterwards :)

    Carina | http://carstina.com/

  • Ellie

    I love this post. Quite simple, but maybe meringues…that could be an interesting thing for you to bake. Or maybe even Millionare’s Shortbread. That could be a good one! I love a good bath too, it gives me an excuse to be lazy!

  • http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/ Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    Sounds like such a great Sunday, I really love relaxation days! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • Lizzie Wilson

    I love having weekly prep! x

    Lizzie’s Corner

  • Lena

    Nails and TV are how I always spend my Sunday, as well as getting all the laundry done for the week ahead

  • http://www.thevelvetblack.co.uk/ Alice Young

    Agree with all of these, especially the bath one! There should always be time for a bath on a Sunday!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • http://www.mademoisellenature.blogspot.com Mademoiselle nature

    Sunday is also all about reading other blog posts (than mine!), and loving it!x
    http://www.mademoisellenature.blogspot.com

  • http://ciarapocket.blogspot.ie Ciara Pollock

    lovely post! I usually spend my Sundays chilling out and reading blogs!

    Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

  • Claire Fung

    Love sundays! Nails & netflix is definitely my post-dinner sunday routine x

    Claire | Water & Bay

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  • http://alittlelilly.blogspot.nl/ A Little Lilly

    Couldn’t think of a better Sunday!! Lilly xx http://alittlelilly.blogspot.nl/

  • Claudia Grace

    I’d suggest pancakes recipe since you love them so much! x

  • nueyork

    I am 100% agreed on all of these, especially sweet treats!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

  • Avanti

    Wish I could spend my Sundays like that but I’m always too busy studying for a relaxing baths or a at home mani.
    Great post though.

    Avanti
    xxx
    Avantigarde.wordpress.com

  • Rachel Polansky

    i’ve been relaxing this three day weekend and it’s so nice
    makeupmusicbooks.blogspot.com

  • emiller1233

    There has always been a massive dessert after a massive meal at my house too, it’s just the best lifestyle ever!
    ErinElizabethBlog

  • PeonyandPeach

    Would be great to see a video of healthy recipe ideas!

    Giveaway on my blog!
    http://www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

  • http://sophiesmakeupblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Sophie

    It sounds like the perfect sunday! x

    SophiesMakeupBlog

  • http://crazybeautyland.blogspot.com/ Lana (crazybeautyland)

    Sounds amazing! I usually never realize when the weekend gets over!
    http://crazybeautyland.blogspot.com/

  • mageeski

    Wonderful! You just gave me some ideas of what to do. I love that you read #Girlboss i’ve been reading it too! So good.

    Magee | MAGEESKI blog 

  • http://reallifesurreallife.blogspot.com Julianne

    Sundays are definitely the best day to get caught up on things. I also do some cleaning and long-needed work outs!

    xo Julianne
    http://reallifesurreallife.blogspot.com

  • http://tillyenn.blogspot.com Tilly N

    Sunday always consists of a mani-pedi for me, and a good exfoliate ;)

    Tilly Enn // A Beauty and Fashion Blog

  • http://www.olive-apple.com Carolin

    I love Sundays! I always take care of cleaning and stuff on Saturdays and Sundays are for complete and ultimate relaxation. My Sunday routine is to prepare a nasty breakfast and sit down and watch YouTube videos (yours are always on top of the list, since you are uploading on Sundays), afterwards I normally do my mani and then get or make some lunch. A nice Sunday walk (to the ice cream parlor) does occur from time to time. The afternoons and evenings are for the reading (books, blog posts, you name it).

    Reading and enjoying your blog posts now, on a Sunday evening. So thanks a lot for being part of my chillaxing Sundays!

    xx Carolin

    Olive Apple – also a good Sunday read

  • http://teenbeautylover.blogspot.com/ Vicky M

    I’ve never been able to enjoy Sundays as they’re my ‘homework day’ during the school year. I need a break on Saturday so Sunday always gets stuck with the unpleasant tasks… I’ll have to give the day a break during the school year and get all of my work out of the way on Friday night or Saturday.

    teenbeautylover.blogspot.com

  • http://www.floralfidelity.co.uk/ Carly Heath

    You’re so organised – the OCD freak within me approves.

    Carly | http://www.floralfidelity.co.uk

  • http://www.katthewanderer.com/ Kat Reynolds

    Love a good bath on a Sunday! Makes such a difference.

    http://www.katthewanderer.com/

  • Connie

    I love making time for a mani and definitely planning! Thanks for sharing.
    xo, Connie
    http://www.connnietang.com

  • http://www.lifesopenpages.blogspto.co.uk Jade Morriss

    Sunday’s are great for pampering, recouping, and preparing for the upcoming week.

    I really like how you compiled the images for this post.
    :-)
    Bits & Bobs

  • http://beautyorsomethingcg.wordpress.com Beauty or Something

    I love planning too. It’s so relaxing and I feel so much more in tune with myself and life in general when it’s all laid out in front of me. Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.beautyorsomethingcg.wordpress.com

  • Violeta

    My Sunday’s are usually filled with sleeping and eating and then 9pm rolls by and I end up doing all the work I should I have done 5 days ago!! I would love to see a ‘how toplan your week’ video- would you be up for filming one to help poor unorganized people like me??!! xx

  • http://www.skincare-girl.com Penelope Rivas

    Planning is essential for me on Sunday because it helps me stay organized all week. My favorite thing to do on Sunday is wake up late, have yummy pancakes, read good books and give myself an at home facial. Sundays are the best!

    http://www.skincare-girl.com

  • http://www.laurelloves.com/ Laurel Loves

    Love the planning tip – makes Mondays a little bit easier!!

    http://www.laurelloves.com

  • puglova

    cooookies maybe :D

  • Arianne

    I never take baths… Maybe one day when I have my own place.. for now, a nice shower is fine with me :) also, I love sweets so any day of the week works for me really haha

  • Elizabeth

    Love the planning bit :)

  • lisa robb

    Great weekend it sounds like!!
    L x
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

  • Tara Edie

    Sunday night prep + plan sessions are KEY. I make my lunches + snacks for the week, get the grocery inventory done, map out appointments, errands/to-do’s, my post schedule as well. Planning is the key to not having a mid-week meltdown. The R&R is where I need to work on improving…must get sleep, turn off computer…

    http://www.southbysunset.com

  • http://evladylrebmik.blogspot.com/ Kim Dalve

    I love this list!

    -Fellow Virgo ;]
    Kim | evladylrebmik.blogspot.com

  • http://soulalien.blogspot.com/ Brittany Williams Martin

    Definitely a list that I need to try out!

    –http://soulalien.blogspot.com/

  • http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/ Grace

    This is such a great list! Baking and planning are definitely on my list too! :)

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • http://emiliashea.blogspot.com/ Emily Shea

    SUCH a good post! I definitely need to make more time for nothingness in my life, and Sunday is the perfect day!
    emiliashea.blogspot.com

  • http://thedailymark.com.au/ Madeleine – The Daily Mark

    Sounds exactly like my perfect Sunday!
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

  • Emily Knott

    A mani is always a sunday thing for me!

    http://www.britishbeautyaddict.com

  • http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/ Kate Wilson

    I think I’ve got them all nailed… other than planning! x

    http://my–socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

  • https://twitter.com/ESRScreatives Emily

    I love planning too! (VIRGOS in the VDM house!) I stress my boyfriend out by planning things and he stresses me out by NOT wanting to plan! Arghh

  • https://twitter.com/ESRScreatives Emily

    oo i started a blog a few weeks ago! https://esrscreatives.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk Lauren S

    planning is something i love on a sunday, and even with blogging everyday it’s nice to spend an hour to yourself – i watch the saconnejoly vlogs, so cute !

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.alphabetcityliving.blogspot.com Sarah

    love this!! i need to add more bath tub time into my life!

  • http://champagnelifestyleteabudget.blogspot.co.uk/ Ellenor Marie

    Great post :) going to have to give some of these a go!

    http://champagnelifestyleteabudget.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://www.dearyouloveem.blogspot.com/ Em

    OH Anna! I love this list! I always dread Mondays so I think its a perfect way to get ready and still be relaxed :)

    DearYouLoveEm | Beauty. Lifestyle &Fashion
    http://www.dearyouloveem.blogspot.com

  • Mari

    LOVE this post so much, especially the Mani and Planning parts! I’m in need of a manicure so will have to find time to do that either tomorrow or this evening! But I’m a Virgo too and I totally get what you are saying.. I should do this every Sunday night too!

    http://thesimplewishlist.blogspot.com x

  • http://emicphany.blogspot.ca Michaela

    This sounds like the perfect sunday, and yes, these activities are definitely something you should take time out for

    Michaela
    http://emicphany.blogspot.ca

  • notarichgirl

    No brunch..?!? Brunch is essential. :)

  • http://ujjainilahiry.blogspot.com/ Ujjaini

    Mani/Pedi is my most fav relaxing thing to do as well

    http://imyownmuse.blogspot.com/

  • Johnsonville123

    After Reading your blog it seems coming Sunday becomes super Sunday Now!!!And the planning part in your list is superb!!! My personal thinking is also to plan for each and every day that’s why I love that part. But planning the whole week on Sunday I have never thought about this before so I am really more exited about that and will do it on upcoming Sunday.

    by
    OZCosmetics

  • Jade Harris

    Great Sunday plan!:)