The Ordinary Moments 26/52 – Reading books and highlights

Before I had kids I absolutely loved to get my hair done regularly; every 6 weeks or so I went for a trim and periodically highlights, in between that I was confident to colour it myself at home (yes believe it or not I am NOT naturally this blonde) and I never thought of cost, time or anything else that might hinder this routine. I had both money and time to spare for it and it was something that to me was important and something that I also very much enjoyed. I also enjoyed reading, especially when we were 1st married I would read in bed on an evening whilst Nath went off to play football, it was a perfect situation and life seems so simple wrapped in a book as oppose to the internet, yet now I am lucky to even have the time to wash my face before bed let alone read a ruddy book.

Iv’e been thinking a lot about this recently, about how its funny how SO much changes when these little people come along and something that was such an ordinary part of life before switches planes to an extraordinary treat. I think its one of my biggest personal frustrations about becoming a mum, in that I no longer always have the time to do my hair nice daily or have it maintained regular,  that sometimes I leave the house looking like an absolute tramp – Not to mention the cost involved when you live in a city. I also get frustrated that there is so much I want to learn about and read and story’s I want to delve into but rarely have the energy and therefore concentration to do so. I often self evaluate and see so many of my interests put ‘on the back burner’ whilst I prioritise my kids and being a mum to them.

On holiday I read LOADS and I absolutely loved it. I rarely used my phone, didn’t take my laptop and we had no TV so there wasn’t really much else to do. It made me surprisingly happy though to lay during the day in the sun, with a book, or to go to bed earlier and sit and read for ages and not be too tired to take it in. The week we came home I headed to the library with the kids (who thought it acceptable to have a ride on the computer chairs) and checked out a couple more books that caught my eye and seemed like something I might gain a lot from.

A Christmas book in June? And yes he does have black marks on his face , this day they were being cats!
A Christmas book in June? And yes he does have black marks on his face , this day they were being cats!

WP_20150617_14_10_08_ProSince then I have been making more time to read A BOOK and not just on line stuff and I am really enjoying it. I also took time on Friday to be a model for a friend training to be a hairdresser. I had some partial foils for highlights and it made me feel so happy and “me” again to be in salon with time to chat, read my book and get a bit of hair maintenance.  It was certainly a treat and was only £10 (BARG) It made me feel good. I’m sure there is a way that I can do more of what makes ME happy; perhaps go to bed earlier? arise earlier? I don’t know, both of those aren’t easy for me but I would like to work out how I can make time for the things that make me happy, either way I had to laugh at how excited I was for something that used to just be my ordinary life and what a treat it was.

How do you fit in the things you enjoy or do you too feel that they are often compromised?



  1. June 28, 2015 / 3:45 pm

    Ahhh it’s so nice to have your hair done, haven’t had mine done in almost a whole year, before that it was 2 years…Different priorities now eh!

  2. Carie
    June 28, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    Oh I remember the days when Saturday morning meant that H would have a lie in and I’d sit up in bed next to him with a glass of juice and read a book cover to cover – those days will come again but there’s not where I am now! I do try to carve out a little time for me, and I’m trying to model reading books rather than just the internet when my little ones are awake, otherwise I only read when they’re asleep!!

    • June 30, 2015 / 8:18 am

      What a great goal Carie – I really should focus on books in their presence as oppose to online too..hmmm Im going to try that one, thanks! I like how accepting you are and okay with where you are at, its very inspiring and perhaps something I also can work on. x

  3. mummydaddyme
    June 28, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    Aw it’s lovely to take some time for yourself and this post really resonated with me as we have just got back from holiday and while we were there I said to my husband that I must read more when we got home. I love reading and used to read non stop before the kids and blogging. I still read loads on holiday but just don’t do it at home. I am definitely going to try to do it more. And I bet it was nice to go to the hairdressers. x

    • June 30, 2015 / 8:16 am

      It funny how holidays really do take you away from all of the distractions of life…hope you do well with your reading goal too! Your holiday did look gorgeous and glad you had time to unwind 🙂

      OH yes, getting hair done was lovely x

  4. Angela Milnes
    June 29, 2015 / 12:22 pm

    Lovely post Mary! I got my hair done too recently. It was so fun. I’m a real advocate on going to the library. it’s so so so good for the kids and developing literacy etc.

    I enjoyed reading your post Angela xx

    • June 30, 2015 / 8:12 am

      Thanks Ang – my kids love the library haha they just tend to go a little nuts there!x

      • Angela Milnes
        June 30, 2015 / 9:06 am

        lol 🙂

  5. June 29, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    Ahhhh I know exactly how you feel! I used to have so much time to get ready and these days wearing make or doing my hair is very rare and I really miss it! I used to read loads too and I want to make more time to read more now! Getting your hair done must have been lovely and what a bargain!! xx

    • June 30, 2015 / 8:12 am

      It was Chantal – do you have a local college ? its the perfect place to get pampered cheap..massages are like £7! I almost always use them now as a model to help the students out and get some pampering or much needed hair maintenance for cheap. How much simpler life was before haha but I guess it has more purpose now ha x

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