This past couple of weeks Lucas has developed the paddy, one minute everything is fine in his world and the next, maybe because the kitchen door is no longer open or because Postman Pat has stopped playing, he will throw himself to the floor. He has a little thrash around and cry then goes still and you can see him wondering why he put himself there and he pops his head up, says Hiya and continues as if nothing had happened. He’s also developed a horrible scream, it goes through me, it gives me a headache, I hope this one is a short phase. 

So when D offered to take Lucas to the park so I could go back to bed, I happily obliged. I’m not one that can go back to sleep though, if I’ve got up with Lucas at 5.30 there’s no way I can settle back a couple of hours later. By then I feel like it’s the middle of the day so instead of sleeping, I ran a bath and had a relaxing soak. 

A little time to myself

I then made myself a nice hot Beanies coffee*, at the moment I am loving their Cookie Dough and Decaf Irish Cream flavours. At only 2 calories per cup and 100% sugar free they are the perfect guilt free treat.  I sat down and enjoyed my coffee in silence with Jodi Picoult’s Leaving Time*. It’s been ages since I read a book and I love Jodi Picoult’s writing, she captivates me every time. I’m half way through it now and really wouldn’t do it justice so here is the blurb….

‘Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared, but she remembers nothing.

In the wake of those tragic events, she has lost not one parent, but two: her father is in an asylum, and now she lives with her grandmother – who finds it too painful to talk about what happened.

Ten years on, Jenna is the only one who still seems to care. And she is determined to seek the truth, no matter how shocking and life-changing it might be . . .’

The lovely people over at Beanies have offered to give away a jar of Decaf Irish Cream and a jar of Cookie Dough flavoured coffee so you can find your own time to relax and treat yourself. Enter below for the chance to win x

Beanies coffee



100 Comments on A Little Time To Myself

  1. Kirstin Lydon
    July 31, 2016 at 9:14 am (2 years ago)

    I usually listen to music on the radio or watch music videos on the computer whilst drinking a cup of flavoured coffee. Sometimes I read a book.

  2. allison sullivan
    July 31, 2016 at 1:48 pm (2 years ago)

    i know this may be daft but my hubby buys me adult colouring books at the moment im colouring a calm book and im loving it and i have my own pencils too lol xx

    • Jenni
      July 31, 2016 at 3:47 pm (2 years ago)

      Lol that is really popular at the moment with more people being aware of mindfulness x

  3. lucy higgins
    July 31, 2016 at 2:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I have a bubble bath, get into some cosy pyjamas and watch a good film

    • Jenni
      July 31, 2016 at 3:48 pm (2 years ago)

      That sounds good, my fave film to watch is Notting Hill x

  4. iain maciver
    July 31, 2016 at 2:16 pm (2 years ago)

    have a cold beer or cider

  5. Tracey Peach
    July 31, 2016 at 4:51 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to adult colour it’s so relaxing & I love seeing the bright cheerful colours coming together πŸ™‚

  6. Andrea Fletcher
    July 31, 2016 at 5:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Read a book with a cup of coffee.

  7. Toni Pearson
    July 31, 2016 at 5:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to snuggle up on the couch with a good book.

  8. laura banks
    July 31, 2016 at 6:36 pm (2 years ago)

    chill watching a film

  9. Becky Yeomans
    July 31, 2016 at 6:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to have a radox bath and then watch a film in bed eating snacks! πŸ˜€

  10. Margaret Gallagher
    July 31, 2016 at 6:45 pm (2 years ago)

    Love to sit and read
    This os a beautiful book – one of my favourite authors

  11. Carolynn Woodland
    July 31, 2016 at 6:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I sit down with a magazine and a cup of coffee

  12. kate CARRINGTON
    July 31, 2016 at 8:37 pm (2 years ago)

    a bubble bath with candles , fresh pjs choccys and a good film , then into bed with fresh bedding

  13. cheryl hadfield
    July 31, 2016 at 9:43 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to sit and watch tv once the kids have gone to bed

  14. tanya clarke
    July 31, 2016 at 9:49 pm (2 years ago)

    A nice cuppa and do some comping

  15. Hannah Owen
    July 31, 2016 at 10:03 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to have a nice coffee and read.

  16. Lynne Durkin
    July 31, 2016 at 10:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to sit and read without being distracted x

  17. Emily Knight
    August 1, 2016 at 7:36 am (2 years ago)

    I normally have a long, hot bath with my Kindle!

  18. Charlotte Foy
    August 1, 2016 at 8:39 am (2 years ago)

    I enjoy simple crafting when I need to relax. At the moment I’m slowly upcycling an old chair to cover the upholstery with patchwork of old material. I’m also planning on upcycling an old photo frame with stray buttons today because I haven’t slept much and it will be fairly easy to do!

    • Jenni
      August 1, 2016 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s a great way to spend spare time x

  19. Tracy Gladman
    August 1, 2016 at 9:43 am (2 years ago)

    I watch a good film with a glass of wine.

    August 1, 2016 at 2:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Catch up on box sets with a glass of wine x

  21. Heather T
    August 1, 2016 at 3:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to read a good book when I have some downtime

  22. Rebecca Nisbet
    August 1, 2016 at 3:22 pm (2 years ago)

    absolutely nothing!! its a rarity so i just sit and catch up on my recordings.

  23. Emma Nixon
    August 1, 2016 at 8:42 pm (2 years ago)

    A cuppa tea, some music on, feet up, relax with my ipad

  24. Karl Borowy
    August 2, 2016 at 2:24 am (2 years ago)

    smoothing music

  25. Solange
    August 2, 2016 at 7:06 am (2 years ago)

    Have a glass of wine and read a book.

  26. Jo Carroll
    August 2, 2016 at 9:36 am (2 years ago)

    I sit down with my laptop, grab a cup of coffee and catch up on my favourite blogs ofcourse. x

  27. Corinne Peat
    August 2, 2016 at 8:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to put my feet up with a cuppa and watch some tv.

  28. Jodie Holyoake
    August 3, 2016 at 9:28 am (2 years ago)

    I usually watch my favourite TV programme or do a bit of reading!

  29. Tricia Cowell
    August 4, 2016 at 6:18 am (2 years ago)

    I have a relaxing bubble bath

  30. kim neville
    August 4, 2016 at 7:19 am (2 years ago)

    Relax on the sofa with some praline chocolate and a good film

  31. jo liddement
    August 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I read in bed with a cup of cocoa

  32. jodie a harvey
    August 7, 2016 at 6:39 am (2 years ago)

    my me time is very limited with 6 children, but when i do get some time i love to sit and read or do cross stitch πŸ™‚

  33. Lisa Parker
    August 7, 2016 at 3:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I do some colouring in my adult colouring books. So relaxing to do x

  34. Rachel Butterworth
    August 7, 2016 at 7:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Read a book or listen to music.

  35. Angela McDonald
    August 9, 2016 at 12:55 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to have a hot chocolate and relax watching netflix

  36. Karolina Rozwarska
    August 9, 2016 at 6:17 pm (2 years ago)

    gGlass of wine!

  37. amy bondoc
    August 10, 2016 at 5:17 pm (2 years ago)

    i love to sit and read a good book

  38. katrina walsh
    August 12, 2016 at 9:45 am (2 years ago)

    I like to curl up and watch a good horror movie when I have time to myself

  39. Becky Duffy
    August 13, 2016 at 3:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to read a book when I get the chance to πŸ™‚

    August 13, 2016 at 7:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Enter comps online, usually with a glass of the naughty stuff at the side of me

  41. Tammy Tudor
    August 14, 2016 at 11:42 am (2 years ago)

    I love to watch movies and have a nice relaxing bath

  42. Sue McCarthy
    August 15, 2016 at 5:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Enter online comps!

  43. Sharon stanley (@Shandy2008)
    August 16, 2016 at 6:42 pm (2 years ago)

    I try to catch up on rest, light one of my Yankee candles and pray I am not disturbed by one of my three children.

  44. Jo Davis
    August 17, 2016 at 11:04 am (2 years ago)

    Get into bed and read a book. Im a massive fan of elizabeth chadwick (historical fiction) and I cant wait for the next one to come out.

    nothing like a good book to take your attention away from the real world πŸ˜€

  45. dawn f
    August 20, 2016 at 3:25 pm (2 years ago)

    diy at the moment I am doing the hallway in patchwork

  46. Kirsty Fox
    August 20, 2016 at 6:52 pm (2 years ago)

    Sit in the garden and read a gardening magazine

  47. Laura Harrison
    August 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Read my Kindle with a glass of wine or cider xxx

  48. carole n
    August 21, 2016 at 7:03 pm (2 years ago)

    have a glass of wine

  49. Allan Wilson
    August 22, 2016 at 9:45 am (2 years ago)

    Chill out with a good book and a glass of wine.

    August 22, 2016 at 10:49 am (2 years ago)

    I love to do some comping or have a long soak in the bath

  51. Sheri Darby
    August 25, 2016 at 7:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I curl up with a good book

  52. Mary Baldwin
    August 26, 2016 at 5:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Always reading if I can – it’s now a luxury to be able to sit down in peace and read a book for whatever time I can.

  53. Natasha R-M
    August 27, 2016 at 12:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Sit and watch the antics of the birds in the garden with a nice cup of tea.

  54. Carly Belsey
    August 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to watch different box sets with a glass of wine πŸ™‚

    August 27, 2016 at 1:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to read

  56. Rich Tyler
    August 27, 2016 at 3:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Sit in garden with a drink & enjoy the silence!

  57. carol boffey
    August 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm (2 years ago)

    Love to read

  58. Lyla
    August 27, 2016 at 8:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Read books

  59. linda toth
    August 27, 2016 at 8:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to read books or listen audio-books.

  60. Joanne Hayes
    August 27, 2016 at 9:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Sit down with a good book & a cup of coffee

  61. Karen R
    August 28, 2016 at 9:13 am (2 years ago)

    I do like a browse on the internet πŸ™‚

  62. Jayne Kelsall
    August 28, 2016 at 10:16 am (2 years ago)

    In an evening when the kids are in bed I love a glass of wine and a bit of TV or a good book .x

  63. Caroline J Robinson
    August 28, 2016 at 1:49 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to read a good book and a have a glass of chilled wine

  64. ELISHA
    August 28, 2016 at 2:09 pm (2 years ago)

    Go for a late drive to the supermarket that are open 24hrs..its so peaceful

  65. Krzysia
    August 28, 2016 at 2:47 pm (2 years ago)

    I find pottering round the garden – deadheading plants and weeding very relaxing.

  66. Lauren Old
    August 28, 2016 at 3:28 pm (2 years ago)

    I catch up on TV or read a book

  67. Karen Watt
    August 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm (2 years ago)

    A good book and cup of coffee me time in the garden

  68. Georgina Sudron
    August 28, 2016 at 4:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Read a book with a herbal tea

  69. Emma
    August 28, 2016 at 5:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Read a good book

  70. Allan Fullarton
    August 28, 2016 at 5:36 pm (2 years ago)

    A nice cold beer.

  71. Barbara Handley
    August 28, 2016 at 6:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Watch a good film or drama on tv.

  72. Gemma Massey
    August 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Put my feet up, chill with my chug Arthur and watch a bit of tele with a cuppa or occasionally a glass of wine xx

  73. Shirley Giles
    August 28, 2016 at 6:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Curl up on the sofa wearing my P’Js and a good book

  74. Jeremy Andrews
    August 28, 2016 at 8:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Very rarely relax.. but normally sunday morning with a nice cup of coffee.

  75. Diana
    August 28, 2016 at 9:09 pm (2 years ago)

    Read a book πŸ™‚

  76. Mel Turner
    August 28, 2016 at 9:14 pm (2 years ago)

    I love flavoured coffee Ive not tried cookie Dough not seen that in my local shops. But I love vanilla and caramel so I know Ill love these flavours πŸ™‚

  77. Ellen Stafford
    August 28, 2016 at 9:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to read a good book

  78. Andrew Gibson
    August 29, 2016 at 6:51 am (2 years ago)

    Love the Orange Chocolate and Cinder Toffee. Would Love to try the Irish Coffee and Cookie Dough

  79. lynn neal
    August 29, 2016 at 7:54 am (2 years ago)

    I like to put some music on and treat myself to a new magazine to read!

  80. Rose Eros
    August 29, 2016 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

    Having a cup of coffee and reading a book from Debbie Macomber or learning Spanish language.

  81. Anna brown
    August 29, 2016 at 11:26 am (2 years ago)

    Put my feet up with a cup of coffee and watch a film or read a book

  82. Natalie Crossan
    August 29, 2016 at 12:28 pm (2 years ago)

    I love a good book and glass of wine xx

  83. paula cheadle
    August 29, 2016 at 12:59 pm (2 years ago)

    A go of chocolate od film with a cuppa in one and a bar of chocolate in the other hand

  84. Tiffeny Brown
    August 29, 2016 at 1:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I put a face mask on, paint my nails and enjoy a nice cup of coffee πŸ™‚ x

  85. Joanna Kasznicki
    August 29, 2016 at 5:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Read a book

  86. gemma raines
    August 29, 2016 at 6:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I watch catch up telly or read a good book whist having a long soak in the bath pure bliss πŸ™‚

  87. violet taylor
    August 29, 2016 at 7:50 pm (2 years ago)

    go to the coffee shop and read a book…kid free!

  88. Gemma Cook
    August 29, 2016 at 8:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to take a long hot bubble bath and read a book to relax.

  89. Pauline black
    August 29, 2016 at 9:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Have a hot bath and read book

  90. Beryl drake
    August 29, 2016 at 10:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Mke myself a coffee and sit down and read or try to do a crossword

  91. Nicola Phipps
    August 29, 2016 at 10:07 pm (2 years ago)

    As a working Mum of two, it can be exhausting some days, but I always spend time and read and complete homework with the children every night, so when they’ve gone to bed, I make myself a nice milky coffee, sit with the TV on, paint my nails and maybe a face mask xx

  92. Bev Evans
    August 29, 2016 at 10:17 pm (2 years ago)

    I actually enter competitions. I love it.

  93. Jo
    August 29, 2016 at 10:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Bath in peace, candles, glass of wine! Or sit out in the sunshine alone and soak up the peaceful atmosphere x

  94. Miss Tracy Hanson
    August 29, 2016 at 10:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Depending on the time of day: take the dog for a walk, or have a long hot bath with a good book and a small glass of wine then a good horror DVD.


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