I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds the lure of evening TV very tempting. I blame Netflix. However, as we all know there are only 24 hours in a day and sometimes there are more productive ways to spend one of those hours. It’s less than 5% of the entire day but I’ve found it’s surprising what I can accomplish in a little window.

Before I had Felix I thought I was busy. What the hell was I thinking?! A gorgeous bundle of loveliness landed on this earth consuming every single moment of my time! Seven months in and I’m beginning to get around an hour a day after his bedtime where the dinner’s been eaten, the floors are swept, the nappy bag is packed. I’ve got sixty glorious minutes to myself (before the monitor goes and I’m needed upstairs!)

One Productive Hour

Gentle Work-Out

I’ve covered a lot of miles on maternity leave and have walked all over the county. Now I’m back at my desk I want to make sure I keep moving as it’s good for the body and the soul.

Plan Our Next Holiday

After the success of our Seville trip we’re thinking of heading to Paris next month. I need to scour the internet to build a flexible itinerary for our visit to the City Of Light. Feel free to hit me with any suggestions.


I often see folks recommend podcasts and TED talks on instagram and then promptly forget about them. I’ve started to screenshot suggestions and add them to a folder on my phone so I can dig them out and have a listen.


My skincare routine has gone out of the window. I’m still feeding at night so the retinol and acids I was using pre-pregnancy are still out. I need to start researching and implementing a new routine to try to bring my skin back from the dead.

Mini DIY Jobs

There’s a list the length of my arm of little DIY jobs in the house I’d like to do. I’m inspired to give this tutorial for a DIY Dowel Magazine Rack a whirl and would like to paint my dressing table too.

Video Editing

As well as continuing in with the 1 second a day app, I’m also starting to put all the video footage from my phone into some form of melodramatic montage documenting ‘Felix’s firsts’ so I can sob into my breakfast over his milestones. I’m regretting I didn’t capture more of those early days, and in landscape format too!

Outfit Plan

Nothing fits and I have no idea where half of my wardrobe is. I need to pull my finger out and start a summer capsule so that getting ready in the morning isn’t a chore. First step is to try every single item on and start a charity pile.


If it ever stops raining then I’d like to get outside. I spent most of last summer indoors as I had NVP through my entire pregnancy. Our garden was a bit of a mess as result. This year James and I have been grabbing some minutes in the evening to try and get it back in shape (let’s face it, it’s never going to be Kew) but it’s our patch of green and we love it.

Watch TV

So TV has snuck its way on to the list. Last week Felix had a cold, I was up most of the night with him and so last week managed just one work out, edited a bit of his video and did a bit of weeding. Sometimes sitting on your arse really is the best medicine. Rather than turning the TV on and watching whatever flickered before my eyes I was a lot more considered and had a few shows queued up. I’ve really enjoyed Dead to Me (particularly as it’s only 30 minutes) and am a bit far behind but think Fleabag is a stroke of genius.

Anyone else try to grab an hour of me time a day to do something relaxing or productive? Are you ever surprised at how much you can get done if the TV stays off?