I am a morning person.
I like to get up and get going.
I suppose I have always been that way…and I continue to be that way as a mother.
I find it easier and more enjoyable to get out of the house in the mornings.
Everyone is fresh from a good night of sleep.
It isn’t too hot yet.
Most days there is the reward of a good coffee.
And some days there is the reward of a good coffee and an excellent croissant.
Crust & Company Artisan Bakery is close to our home and as it is nestled in amongst parklands, it is the perfect destination for a Saturday morning.
We line up to buy a selection of croissants, pastries, and tarts.
I always get a pistachio croissant. Charlie gets a chocolate croissant. We get a rhubarb danish to share. And sometimes a few mini tarts find their way into our bag.
With our treats stowed safely under the pram, we walk down the street to the cricket pitch where we find a shady patch to set up the picnic.
I am using the word picnic loosely here…the pastries are devoured so quickly that after a few minutes our picnic is simply a crumb covered blanket.
We generally meet friends.
The kids throw the ball for the dog.
The moms talk shop.
The day is officially off to a good start.
This past Saturday we took our Close Parent playmat* with us.
I love when you discover a brand that you can trust…you know that every product they make will be a sensible, quality product.
I am finding that Close Parent is one of those brands.
Their products are perfect for your child and perfect for you.
This padded playmat is two sided…there is a soft side and a waterproof side. The waterproof side is made of a laminate fabric that feels very much like cloth and not at all like plastic. The soft side is made of a lightweight fleece. At home, we mostly use the waterproof side as Lyddie as been known to spit up and the laminate fabric enables me to easily wipe any mess away. When we were picnicking, the grass was wet so I put the waterproof side down to prevent wet bottoms.
While the mat is actually quite large, it is designed to fold up into a compact bundle…it even comes with a snap on handle.
It is also machine washable.
I did not intend for this post to become a review of the mat, but it is worthy of acclaim.
When Charlie was a baby we had a Fisher Price playmat. If I remember correctly it had crinkly bits on the mat itself, a piece that arched across the mat that had stuffed animals dangling from it, and it even played music. This mat was small, it was difficult to fold up, and because of the batteries needed for the music component it could only be spot cleaned. It was simply a play mat…and it didn’t even perform that one function all that well.
The Close Parent playmat serves multiple purposes…a playmat (just add a few toys), a picnic blanket, a beach blanket, a mess mat that can be put under a high chair or even an arts and craft table, and when it is folded up it makes a great pillow for moms who want to lie in the grass for a moment…until their kids notice them lying down and come and lie on top of them.
The mat is perfect for us now and I know it will grow with us.
Plus it is cute. At the end of the day, once Lyddie is tucked into bed, I fold it over a chair and it provides some quirky colour in the living room.
I will stop harping on about the playmat!
Are you a morning person?
What is your favourite weekend tradition?
*The playmat was gifted to me by Close Parent and Nest Nappies.
I am thrilled to partner with them to bring you a few posts that feature their products and that hopefully provide you with helpful mothering advice.