So, a month into ‘A Year to Build a Day’ with Sparkle Stories and it’s time for an update……

Our goal for January was to work towards reducing the amount of washing up we do on our rest day, which for us is Wednesdays. We decided that in order to achieve this goal we would make Tuesday baking day and prepare breakfast buns for a no plate breakfast, we also decided on having an indoor picnic for lunch with ‘no plate sandwiches’ and a one pot dinner.

The breakfast bit is working out great, baking day is firmly in place and is a favourite. We have been enjoying apple and cinnamon buns for Wednesday breakfast, this week we had homemade raspberry jam and pear buns because Bundle Number One fancied a change but the recipe is very easy to play around with so we can change up the flavour without any fuss. Also, not too many crumbs as the buns are sticky so that’s a winner!


Lunches have been pretty good too, we’ve been having simple sandwiches but we have been using plates, otherwise there’s actually more mess to clean up. We are working on a way around this. 

Dinner started off well but we need more one pot meal ideas, we are working on some new recipe ideas this week. If anyone has some ideas, please share!

Having no commitments on our rest day is working out fantastically. It really does make a difference to our week. Some weeks we might choose to go out for a walk or a small adventure but it is always something simple. No errands allowed while we are out! Most weeks it’s all about indoor activities, play, board games and stories.


We are finding that behaviour improves when we are less busy, and we are definitely more productive than when we were running in all directions. Our rhythm is working well with an adventure day, baking day and home ed group, rest day, three home ed Kindy days a shopping afternoon and a home care day. 

For this month we are adding something to our rest day, each Wednesday at diner time we will light our candle and pause to take time to share our favourite part of the week. Watch this space for our next update! 


Are you building a day of rest with Sparkle Stories this year? We would love to hear about it!



This week we have been discussing how to begin building our weekly day of rest, inspired by the lovely folks at Sparkle Stories  

We were excited to discover this new story series for 2017, and loved the introductory story. As usual anything Martin and Sylvia are up to sparks the interest of Bundle Number One and we definitely could use a day of rest each week, so we decided to give it a try.

 After listening to the story we discussed our ideas for what makes a rest day, which things we would rather not do on our rest day and which things we would like to do more of. We are following Martin and Sylvia’s mum and dad with the idea of taking one thing out or adding one in each month. This month we are working on reducing how much washing up we do.

We rarely eat convenience foods, and don’t want to add them to our menu. We also don’t want to use paper plates and create more waste, so in order for this to work we need preparation!

We decided that Tuesday mornings will be for baking and we will bake cinnamon rolls for a ‘no plate’ Wednesday breakfast. We can also use this time to make a soup or stew which can be kept in the fridge for Wednesday dinner. For lunch we will make ‘no plate’sandwiches.

We are excited to get started! We begin next week when we get back to rhythm after the holidays, and will check in each week with an update……

In the meantime if you want to find out more, or even start building a day of rest for your family, you can listen to the introductory story ‘A Year to Build a Day’ and find some great tips and inspiration to help build your own rest day here 

 If  you are joining in do let us know 🙂