Home days // Slow living

Slow home days are my absolute favourites. Early morning starts and quiet breakfasts with Olive, the birdsong and the radio on low with a hot cup of tea whilst Olive enjoys her porridge and banana. Pure bliss.
We then go into the living room for a while and read books, play with blocks or her babies until it's time to wake Sebastian up with a coffee. In which Olive excitedly runs into the bedroom, climbs on the bed and snuggles into him with the biggest cuddle and kiss and a "morniiin". It is THE cutest wake up call. Until she starts bouncing on the bed and then I have to guide her out back into the living room so Sebastian can wake up in peace.
^^^ Beautiful wooden musical instruments by Djeco (best 1st birthday gifts!).

We spend the rest of the morning listening to the record player usually instigated by Olive with her requests for Mary Poppins "Chimm Chimnee!?!". Sometimes we dance, sometimes we play with musical instruments, sometimes we do both. I love how much Olive loves music. Sebastian and I both play a complete variety of music to her and she loves it all. It will be interesting to find out what will be her very favourite type of music when she's older.

During a peaceful 2 hour nap, I am able to get a few tasks ticked off my To Do list, get in my comfy loungewear and then stop with a cup of tea and my book. 
When the little lady wakes, we make some lunch together. Usually toast, a "samidge", a mix of homemade savoury snacks or a yummy dippy egg with buttery soldiers. Followed by a selection of fruit.
Olive's favourite thing (aside from eating ALL day "Snak?! Yeh pease!?!") is colouring in. Whilst we're still sitting at the table Olive loves to scribble a big ol rainbow mess on a blank piece of paper or two or three. Some days we will have some time to paint which gets a bit messy and a whole lot of excitement as Olive wants to use every colour at once. I have to control the painting with small instalments of colour! We have great fun though and she creates some colourful pieces which we stick up on our hallway wall aka the giant gallery wall.

Last week we made tiny cupcakes together (on her half birthday!) and I decorated half of the batch with buttercream, blueberry jam and blueberries. On our slow day together we decorated the rest with a little icing and sprinkles whilst listening to Classic FM. Olive did pretty well, however as soon as she finished decorating the last cake she took the paper case off and started eating it! ... and then half way through that one she started nibbling a second. Haha. Whilst I tidied up she had a cup of milk and then snuggled up on the sofa together and watched Cinderella for the first time (She loves the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo song when we listen to Disney music).
It was the perfect grey, chilly Summers day for decorating cakes and watching a film. These days are my favourite slow days. The gloomier the weather the better the excuse to slow right down and enjoy the quiet. No plans on weekends too are my number one. Unfortunately Sebastian had to work most of the weekend but it makes it more perfect when he gets home to us. Especially when we have cute toddler cakes to give him.
I can't wait for my next slow day filled with toddler fun, cake and movies.

What do you like to do on a quiet day?


  1. This sounds like such a lovely day. Your little Olive is the cutest thing, I honestly thing she's the cutest toddler ever :-) On quiet days, I really love to read, go to an exhibition and watch (too many) anime. That's if I'm in Paris, if I happen to be in the country at maman's, then I like to have long walks in the country followed by some cakes! Xx

  2. This is what I think I look forward to most about becoming a parent! Alice xxx


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