Liberty Print pjs

I can’t lie (Honest Mum, hey) but I’m feeling rather heavy of heart today as the kids are back at school after half-term and normal life has resumed. No more lie-ins, stuffing my face with chocolate like it’s Christmas every day (please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?), 90s film marathons and epic catch-ups with family and friends (can my mates please stop having babies please as my ovaries are about to burst. Thank you, please).

Most of all, I miss my boys and hanging out with them 24/7.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE normal life: it’s varied, stimulating and pretty exciting most days because I get to do a job I feel passionate about that involves me cooking with food heroes, writing a book and helping women live their best lives (what could be better?) but I adore the slower days too, especially this last week back home with my folks in Yorkshire where I got to hang out with those who know me best, sleeping in my old bedroom, and of course eating my body weight in Greek and Italian food thanks to my family’s restaurants and just not having to be or do anything other than CHILL.

…The first day back is always the hardest as I acclimatise back to school-runs, deadlines, pick-ups, after-school clubs and doing a million and one things at once. We all do it and it’s shattering but I’ve started how I mean to go on and I’ve pushed myself out on two self-care power walks and I feel uplifted for it. I’m dropping the choc and picking up the carrot and celery sticks too.

Maybe some aspects of normality are needed then.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the week too. From exciting shoots: my mug is going in an exhibition-ooh la la (more of that to come), I’m going to a Made in Chelsea press party and I have a big meet at my publishers!

Right now though, I’m running off to do the school-run and I’m mourning a week of limited responsibility with my biggest worry being whether I plumped for moussaka or lasagna. Oh half-term, I miss you already.



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4 Responses

  1. Ménesa

    I feel the same way Vickie. I love the lie-ins, the family outings and catch ups, and the go-slow spontaneous days of half term. Although I could do without the unnecessary arguments and incessant noise, I do actually miss them when they go back to school.

  2. Katrina

    Sounds like you had a wonderful half-term lovely. Mine was a bit mixed in all honesty. Whilst we had loads of fun and saw friends and family, I struggled with the work-life balance (zero childcare) so it got a bit stressful at times. Hey ho, but they went back today and it was nice to have a couple of hours to myself. Easier for me to say, I collect the girls at 11.30 am so it’s not like they are gone long. xxx

  3. Sarah-Jane Smart

    Love this and I totally agree (we go back tomorrow) I’m lucky that I work from home and can manage my work over 7 days. Mine range from 18-11 and I love their company and chat – what will I do when they start going off to Uni? X

  4. Perdita

    I had a 3 year old who gets up at 5.30am, work-work to do at home (quite serious work which, because I’m a mum and on annual leave at half term the world seemed to think would happen by magic – instead it happened after her bedtime) And a kitchen to renovate. So my half term was not relaxing at all … I’m back to work for a rest this week haha!


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