The importance of downtime*

Any mamas out there constantly worrying that they’re not ‘doing enough’ with their kids? I have this little rule I set for myself that we have to do at least one thing every day. If we make plans in the morning we can have a no-plan afternoon and vice-versa and we basically have to have a busy beginning of the week because god forbid we have a lazy beginning of the week and then one of us falls ill at the end of the week and we end up having a week with no plans – I mean imagine!?

I’ve spent so long feeling like this is a realistic expectation and honestly for the most part it is. Monday mornings we have gymnastics and Tuesday mornings we have football; the afternoons are free to relax because the boys have already had heaps of fun and exercise for each day and then the rest of the week can be chilled because we’ve filled my weekly quota for activities. It’s doable for the most but there are days now and again when doing nothing is just needed. It’s needed for my mental health and my bank balance because lord knows these clubs aren’t cheap and it’s needed for my little boys bodies to rest and for their minds to recoup.

These days of doing nothing shouldn’t be kept for the moments when you feel like you’re about to burn out or your little one is about to fall ill though; they should be essential parts of our routines, scheduled in like self care because I know how much better I feel after a day of ‘doing nothing’ and when Jasper asks to just stay at home I know that he needs these moments too.

I mean let’s be honest, we never really ‘do nothing’; I should probably just call it not having any plans because having days with no plans usually leads to reading books, playing puzzles, jumping on the trampoline and snuggling up to watch a movie – the things that pretty much sum up an amazing childhood.

Jasper has always loved TV and although I keep it limited it’s a great thing to pop on in the afternoons while I catch up with housework and get the dinner ready and I love that he can now keep his attention long enough to watch a whole movie! Quite often when Jenson is napping we’ll sit down to find a new movie to watch just the two of us and it’s so lovely to just pop my phone aside, snuggle under a blanket and have quality time together.

We’ve recently been trying out the NOW TV streaming service which is an on demand hub full of thousands of programs, movies and channels. You can catch up with BBC iPlayer, the ITV Hub and Viceland plus there are tons of apps to download like Youtube, Facebook and Spotify! The service is really unique because there are no contracts you simply buy different passes including Entertainment (boxsets), Sky Cinema, Sky Sports and our fave of course – Kids. You can cancel at any time, add multiple passes and really tailor make your viewing to suit your family.

The Kids pass includes over 3000 programs such as Angry Birds, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol plus 6 channels that aren’t available on Freeview including Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. The boys have been loving finding lots of their favourite characters as well as some new ones and what’s great is the remote and interface are so simple to use Jasper is able to switch shows himself! The pass has a clever way of learning your little ones favourite shows so that they show up at the top of the home screen and it even shows them the episodes that they haven’t watched yet so there’s no scrolling through to find new ones!

Something I was a bit worried about was Jasper using the app on his iPad (Now TV is available on a bunch of devices not just through a TV box) and him going onto an unsuitable program by himself but the fab thing is you can set parental controls for that extra peace of mind.

As a family we’re loving the NOW TV service; it’s been especially handy this half term where a lot of our usual clubs haven’t been on and the weather has been a bit rubbish so there have been a few more ‘no plans days’.  If you want to give NOW TV a go especially their Kids Pass then you can get a 14 day free trial of the pass and then it’s only £2.99 per month (which I think is amazing) until you cancel it. I’d definitely recommend having a look on their website at what else the Kids Pass offers as I’ve not even mentioned half of it plus you can check out their Entertainment, Cinema and Sports passes too!

A few of you over on Instagram have messaged to say that you love your NOW TV box so if you’re reading this and already have one please do comment below and let me know what other cool features I can explore and what shows you and your little ones are loving!


Thanks for reading,

Jess x


*This post is in collaboration with NOW TV, all opinions are my own. 


  • Jade
    21st February 2018 at 10:39 pm Reply

    We love now tv! We got the free trial recently, and were gutted when it finished. We loved it so much that we’ve cancelled our sky subscription and will soon be signing up to now tv instead 🙂

    • Jessica
      23rd February 2018 at 2:27 pm Reply

      Ahh that’s amazing to hear! It’s such great value for money too once the free subscription has ended <3

  • Danielle
    22nd February 2018 at 7:47 am Reply

    Just took a look at this online, we have been trying to find an alternative to what we have at the moment and this might just be the one! Thanks x

    • Jessica
      23rd February 2018 at 2:25 pm Reply

      Ahh that’s amazing I’m so glad 🙂

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Hi I’m Jess, a parenting, lifestyle and travel blogger. I write about all things minimalism, mum life, fitness and travel with a heap of positivity!