Weekend Update

What do you have planned this weekend?

As a reminder, the HealThy Mouth summit is launching tomorrow. I’ll be tuning in for sure.

Next week, my 11 year old is getting an ALF (advanced lightwire functional). The ALF is an example of “functional orthodontics”, which is superior to the traditional orthodontic model of pulling teeth/braces. I’ll be posting a lot more about this and the research that led to my choosing the ALF for my son next week.

In the meantime be sure to sign up (FREE) for the HealThy Mouth summit and learn from some of the … leading leaders in unusual methods. (If you can name that movie you get a gold star from me!)

Speaking of weekends, do yours need an upgrade?

I recently read another of of Laura Vanderkam’s ebooks, What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend: A Short Guide to Making the Most of Your Days Off

For several months now I’ve realized that my weekends needed a bit of an upgrade. Hubby and I enjoy doing things outdoors when the weather is nice, but during the winter we tend to get a little blase about recreation.

After reading Laura’s book, I realized we were doing a few things right already. For instance, we take a “Screen Sabbath” every Sunday. No laptops, no video games, no smart phones. No email! Honestly, that last point is hardest for me and hubby because we tend to pick up our phones absentmindedly. It’s out of habit instead of need.

I also (attempt!) to cook less on the weekends. Even though I enjoy cooking, it can be laborious done three times a day, day in and day out. But taking 9 people out to eat is neither relaxing nor how we wish to allocate our money. So I still have to cook, but I try to make things that can be reheated (soups and stews) as well as easy sandwiches and soups.

We also sometimes plan a small project that gives us (at least, the adults!) a sense of satisfaction. Something like a small decluttering project, such as cleaning out the basement. The kids are the ones who nasty it up so we enlist their help. With all of us working, we can tidy it in less than an hour, but it gives us an energy boost for weeks to walk into a cleaner basement.

I also make a to-do list on Sunday nights for the following week. I love waking up on Monday morning knowing what’s what.

Last but not least, I try to make sure I have a good book for the weekend. The last few weeks I haven’t had anything good to read and I was so frustrated when I had a pocket of time with sleeping babies and occupied kids… and no book to settle into!

Weekends are supposed to be restorative, but as Laura points out, not making some kind of plan means we don’t make the most of that time. We have as “anchor events” our volunteer work and worship that takes place every weekend, but that leaves a lot of extra time that we don’t want to fritter away. In the end, it’s more fun to make memories than rest.

Check out Laura’s ebook (it’s 2.99) if your weekends could use some tweaking: What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend: A Short Guide to Making the Most of Your Days Off

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