5 Things Every Mum Needs at Night…

After a day that started at the crack of dawn (or if you’re a mum of a newborn, at 4.30 am possibly), then got busier and crazier with the school-run and toddler groups and tantrums and after-school classes, and then ended in bedtime drama, you are no doubt exhausted. Not just physically but more so mentally. But, you do not want to go to bed, because hallelujah, you’ve finally got some time to yourself. Some quiet time with no Ben 10 or Paw Patrol blaring on the TV, no baby crying, no threenager whining. Housework and blog work remains – it never ends – but that can wait until tomorrow. For now, this time is yours to enjoy. And these five things are all a mum needs to wind down every night…


1. Wine

Ok, maybe not every night but a glass at the end of the week (or a harrowing day) does wonders to ease the stress.
If alcohol is not your thing, there’s nothing more comforting than sitting down with a hot cup of tea – and enjoying it HOT!

(For the record, I am no alcoholic, though I must confess I am currently having an affair of sorts with wine and coffee – you can read all about it here).


My go-to glass after a tough day parenting

2. The Apprentice (or your fav TV show/box set)

I’m a self-confessed Apprentice fan (Wednesday nights come second close to Friday nights this time of the year). Seeing your favourite show or box set (or mindless TV) is quite relaxing. Because a) you are actually allowed to watch TV without your littles stealing the remote and b) you are watching something other than CBeebies or Amazon Prime Kids!

3. Snuggly winter wear

For me, my soft, white throw is a must and now that the nights are getting chillier, I’ve bought myself some woolly boots to wear at home. Yes, they are bright red and yes they have reindeer on them, but it’s never too early for Christmas, right?
(Tip: Pair points 1, 2 and 3 together and it’s bliss…)

4. Chocolate, or a chocolate dessert

Little Man gets a treat whenever he’s good. So why can’t Mummies get treats for doing the toughest job on the planet – parenting? (Well because then Mummy puts on weight and gets depressed and then eats more chocolate because she’s depressed). Anyways, I digress. A piece (or two or three) of the stuff melts the days tantrums/ screaming/ blah blah blah away. And yes, in case you missed it, I’m also a chocoholic!



5. Social Media

I am also a self-confessed social media junkie (it’s for blog promotion OK – that’s what I tell Hubster anyways). It’s addictive and well, it kind of de-stresses me. Now I know screen-time – especially phones – are a big no-no before bedtime but hey, after that crap day, I want to read funny memes ok?

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  1. SharinButani

    True, every word.

  2. Emma

    Yes to all of these but especially the trashy tv. I love this time of year because we have so much trash to watch. The Apprentice is amazing for making me shout at the telly! The Bruge one, oh my, I think it might have actually raised my stress levels! #FridayFrolics

    1. Nicole

      Agree with you on that. Imagine walking around the hospital for half an hour and not finding the entrance. Or even asking anyone! I would’ve jumped into the canal if I were in that tour:)

  3. Claire - Life, Love and Dirty Dishes

    That sounds like bliss. My kids are at my parents next weekend and the husband is out for the evening. I cannot tell you how excited I am about having the house to myself and doing whatever I want for a whole evening. It involves everything from your list! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

    1. Nicole

      Ooooh lucky you!

  4. Tuning Up In Devon

    I’m loving The Apprentice at the moment – it’s real popcorm for the brain! Also a great lover of slipper boots, no one likes cold ankles! #fridayfrolics

    1. Nicole

      Popcorn for the brain hahaha love that! Thanks for popping over!

  5. MomOfTwoLittleGirls

    Love it, and I pinned the parenting quote!

  6. Silly Mummy

    I love winter wear and chocolate! I don’t drink alcohol at all though. I’m currently obsessed with the US version of Shameless, but upset that our Netflix is two seasons behind the US! Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics

    1. Nicole

      You sound sorted, then:) Enjoy!!!

  7. Tracey Carr

    I couldn’t agree more. I sit up far too late every night just so I can have some me time. My eyes may be bloodshot from tiredness but I’m not giving in until I have watched the appropriate amount of senseless, mind-numbing tv and drank at least one cup of HOT tea! I’m also currently addicted to Tunnocks tea cakes so I have one of those every night to go with the hot tea. And because today is Friday (hurray!) the wine is coming out tonight too….Happy Friday!

    1. Nicole

      Ah, hot tea with some cake and a TV show or senselessly scrolling Facebook – my ideal bedtime routine (no matter how exhausted I am!!!)

  8. Jo(a Rose Tinted world)

    Ear plugs. My other half actually bought ear plugs. So that our LO doesn’t wake him up! #ItsOK

    1. Nicole

      Ha, yes, that’s a good point too:)

  9. Raisie Bay (@RaisieBay)

    yes to all of these, although the wine is reserved for weekends, it’s hot chocolate in the week. I love trashy tv and a bit of crochet in peace.

    1. Nicole

      Ooooh I love hot chocolate too. Even a nice peaceful cup of hot tea – uninterrupted – does the trick for me!

  10. kate - the mum conundrum

    Amen to ALLL OF THIS!!! Oh I do love The Apprentice…. And it does go down well with a glass of wine! xxx #ItsOk

    1. Nicole

      Massive Apprentice fan here too. xoxo

  11. Enda Sheppard

    (Feeling guilty, a bit) You mean you wait till the weekend to have wine … #ItsOK

    1. Nicole

      😉 😉 😉

  12. Claire Rocks

    I dont drink but i can sub it for a cuppa tea.

    1. Nicole

      Tea is my go-to most nights too, love. Uninterrupted, hot and sometimes with cake – ah bliss!

  13. Loretta

    Hell yes to all of this! Especially the wine and cozy winter pjs. Being a mom is tough and there are small things we all look forward to at the end of the day!

    1. Nicole

      Well said! It’s what rejuvenates us for the next day!

  14. Crummy Mummy

    Yes yes & yes! Reading this while ticking all the boxes! #itsok

    1. Nicole

      Virtual high-five to you love;)

  15. Lisa Pomerantz

    Oh yeah, to the whole list, and a special not to Chocolate, delicious and dark! #itsok xoxo

    1. Nicole

      Hahaha! Hot chocolate rules;)

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