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Making the most of the weekend
Doesn’t it always seem like the weekend comes and goes so quickly? Sure, there’s 60 hours or so, from the time you leave the office on Friday to the time your alarm goes off Monday morning. But with work, errands, downtime and time spent with family and friends, Saturdays and Sundays can feel way too short. Le sigh… While we all continue to dream of a four-day workweek, I suggest these weekend stretching tips for taking back your time and making the most of your days off.

Sleep in, but still set your alarm.

Set your alarm to a reasonable time – a little later than usual, so you wake up feeling well rested, not overtired. You’ll feel more energetic knowing the whole day is ahead of you.

Schedule time in the morning – for yourself.

Start off Saturday by spending a couple hours doing something you love. For me, it’s a quick jaunt to By Madeleine bakery for something sweet to eat with my morning coffee. I like to curl up with the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times. I treasure these quiet moments to myself, before the house starts stirring.

Create weekend rituals.

A couple years ago, my friends and I started a new tradition. We have Sunday brunch together, once a month. Sometimes we host a mid-morning meal at one of our houses. But most often we meet at the newest eatery for a decadent brunch. A recent favourite was The Aberdeen Tavern. We take simple pleasure in enjoying good food with good company.

Do your chores while you explore.

Need to pick up groceries and stop at the dry cleaner this weekend? Adam and I make our chores less ordinary by visiting other local merchants along the way. We pick up essentials at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market and flowers at I Fiori. Along the way we might pop into an art gallery or favourite coffee shop. If Adam stops to get a hair cut at the barber, I’ll stop in Centro Garden to check out their newest goods. It’s far easier to cross chores off your to-do list if you can slip in some fun in between.

Get out and about town.

Discover your city and your neighbouring cities, too. It’s easy to forget the beauty that can be found in our own backyards but a quick scan of Twitter, or your local newspaper, and you’re sure to find events, art exhibitions or music festivals you can plan to attend as well as new eateries to try. This weekend in Hamilton, the season's first Farm Crawl takes place as well as the Christie Antique Show. I stumbled across Yolanda’s Spuntino Casa on Instagram and, after rounding up a bunch of friends to go, we enjoyed one of the best dinners we have had in awhile. You can always pick a gallery or shop you have yet to visit too. I realized I had never visited Carnegie Gallery in Dundas and when I went, I discovered the most beautiful drawings of Katherine MacDonald and John Miecznikowski.

Plan a staycation.

A weekend away may not be affordable, but you can plan something out of the ordinary to make it feel as though you’ve escaped to a different city. Just this past weekend, Adam and I scored tickets to a Blue Jays game, used a gift certificate we had for a couple’s massage at Elmwood Spa and sipped on cocktails in The Ritz-Carlton lobby bar before having dinner. The break from routine turned an ordinary weekend into something special. And it made us feel as though we were on vacation, even if just for an afternoon.

Savour Sunday night.

We often shorten our weekend by starting to think about what’s ahead for the next week. Planning something fun for Sunday night will keep your mind focused on the moment instead of your Monday morning grind. We like to visit The Cheese Shoppe on Locke during the late afternoon to prepare a charcuterie board to share, whether it’s between the two of us or with friends while watching a movie.

How do you stretch your weekend? Share your tips for getting the most out of the weekend by leaving me a note in the comments section!


 

This post was brought to you by Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited.


The Worry-Free Weekender

 

When we travel for pleasure, we’re trying to get away from the daily grind at work and home. But let’s face it – travelling itself can be stressful! From finding a ride to the airport to line-ups at the check-in counter, just getting to your destination can be overwhelming. Adam and I have taken a number of trips over the past year. Here’s how we’ve made them worry-free.


1. Set your budget and stick to it.

We knew that, for now, the trip we wanted to take to Italy would have to wait. Flights and accommodations were simply too expensive. So we picked cities is the United States we had yet to visit, and planned 36-hour road trips. With the closest city being Pittsburgh and the furthest being Portland, these weekend escapes worked out perfectly. The cost of gas was far more economical than the cost of us flying. And Airbnb was a great alternative to hotels.

2. Get inspired.

Adam leaves the research to me. I get to know the neighbourhoods and local transit. And I note the sights, events, eateries, galleries and shops that seem interesting. Local bloggers, travel websites and magazines are a great resource for ideas.

3.  Plan each day.

Once we have an idea of everything there is to see and do, we commit to a few things that will make us both happy. A concert for Adam and a gallery for me. Restaurants we mutually agree on. I figure out what sights are close to shops and eateries we’d like to visit. If we’re already going to be in the neighbourhood, it’s easier to get to all the places we want to go.

4. Pack light. 

After missing a flight years back because we were waiting to check our luggage, Adam and I set a rule: if we can’t fit it in a carry-on, it’s not coming with us. I opt for lightweight clothes that can be layered, a comfortable pair of shoes for day and a mid-height heel or bootie for night. Trust me when I say, you don’t need half the things you think you should bring!

5. Organize.

My travel wallet is impressive. It has gold stamped document dividers to keep everything organized but from the outside it looks like a leather clutch. During the day, I transfer what I need from it to my camera organizer and put it in my handbag. It makes it easy to access anything I need, and Adam’ s things too, of course since guys won’t carry anything themselves!

6. Stay connected.

I always bring my tech with me. My DSLR camera syncs to my iPad and my iPhone, so part of the fun while travelling is posting my travels on social media. I love tagging where I’ve been; it’s like keeping an online journal. Doing this, I need to rely on a great data plan to avoid costly phone bills back home. Adam and I switched to WIND Mobile last year. We love having the peace of mind of knowing exactly what our phone bills will be with their unlimited Canada and U.S. plans. 

Do you have tips that have made your travels worry-free? Leave a comment. I love to hear from you!

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by WIND Mobile via Glam Media Canada.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of WIND Mobile.