The Secret To The Perfect Duvet Day

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I have always loved a good day off!… Always!… and now I have a son, I feel it is my duty to teach him what it really means to; take a day out, relax and have a PROPER duvet day!

Let’s be honest, any day where you can avoid being a grown-up is a day that I am interested in! (I literally wrote a post about the 10 Ways To Avoid Being A Grown Up) and I like to think that I have had enough duvet days in my lifetime that I am somewhat of a duvet day connoisseur.

To be clear, a duvet day is not necessarily staying at home either – I am a stay at home mum so all of my work is at home including (but not limited to) ; volunteering, studying, freelance work, cleaning, cooking, organising, blogging, repairing any number of clothes or toys (and occasionally sandwiches – yes I have had to “repair” sandwiches). Just because my place of work is my home, does not mean I have constant duvet days (although sometimes I am typing whilst wrapped in my duvet (you are just jealous!).

Also, Sunday by definition is a day of rest however it does NOT count as a duvet day, a proper duvet day occurs when you can take yourself out of day-to-day worries and stress, Sundays have a looming monday so they do not count! NOPE the real action is during the week when it is far more quiet and you get to rub it in peoples’ faces that you are off and they are not! (i’m sorry but you know it is true!)

No, officially (sort of) in essence a duvet day is:


The key aims of a duvet day are:

  1. Relax

  2. No Stress

  3. Do what you WANT to do – not what you HAVE to do

  4. Sleep in – this is no longer possible with kids so i’ve had to exclude it from the list (although I LOVEEE a lie in…. I think I remember what they were like)

For scientific purposes (obviously) I have had so many duvet days in order to come up with the perfect formula! and I think I have cracked it…

Honestly the key to a successful duvet day is: “sod it” – literally anything you don’t WANT to do…..sod it! don’t think about it today, it’s your day and we aren’t dealing with it! and here’s the thing – if you are one of those people who cleans to de-stress, then have at it! do whatever makes you feel better, whatever your therapy is! that is the secret!

So here is MY recipe for the perfect duvet day:

Family Duvet Day

1. Duvet

The proof is in the name! – No “Duvet Day” is complete without the bedding in question. Roll up like a caterpillar and get on that sofa! (or bed, or chair) and have a mellow (as in marshmallow because usually that’s how we end up!)

2. Snacks

Yes we have healthy snacks (and naughty snacks) – we love a decent bowl of popcorn to “share”, sometimes we have cookies, sometimes we have a fruit salad! What do we fancy? nobody knows, the last time I made Banana & Honey Flapjacks so they were both sweet and healthy BONUS!

3. Games

Some are completely made up! (don’t touch the floor it’s lava) and others are games like Buckaroo, Hungry Hippos, Floor Puzzles… whatever we are in the mood for!

He’s a machine – always beats me at buckaroo!

4. TV

We love to binge watch TV on our days off (admittedly I would rather be watching Greys Anatomy, but we compromise and usually watch a Disney film which is AOK with me!)

5. Forts

This is something I mentioned in my “Fun Frugal Kids Activities” post and to be honest I can never get enough of trashing the house and having an indoor adventure… I mean my son forces me to make them… ahem.

One of our forts!

6. Jammies

Of the Jim Jam family (pyjamas for you sane ones), who needs to get dressed? not me, i’m not going anywhere and I have no intention with interacting with the outside world today so I am staying in my Pyjamas thank you very much! so snuggly!

He’s not a poser at all :p

Lastly I love to take photo’s to remember how much fun and how relaxed you can be when you decided just for one day “sod it i’ll do it tommorrow”


Do you have duvet days? how do you amuse yourselves?



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