The Day We Unplugged — Part I

I thought it would be fun to outline what we call “unplugged day” in our household. Every so often, we try to have a full day where we do not watch any television or play video games. It amazes me how productive I can be on these days! 

This morning, I had a conversation with Mark as he was heading out the door that went something like this:
Mark: Val, I’ve got to get going… Have a good day, and I’ll call before I leave work.
Me: Did you have breakfast already?
Mark: No, I’ll just grab something… 
Me: Like what?
Mark: I don’t know… a banana?
Me: (Getting out of bed to make him something.) That’s not breakfast! What about lunch? Did you pack lunch?
Mark: ……No. Where are you going??
Me: To pack you some real food. Fast!
I whipped up a tasty breakfast burrito for him with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and diced sausage on a whole grain tortilla.  Then, I made a very quick pulled BBQ chicken sandwich  on a steak roll,  packed in a banana and apple.  I finished up with a steaming hot cup of tea (poured into a thermos), and filled a re-useable bottle with water.  All in less than 10 minutes!!! *phew*
After he left for work, I put a load of laundry in the wash and started to make myself some breakfast. The girls sleep in almost every morning, and today they did not stir until 10:30am. ThriftyCraftMama posted about this super easy sewing project for felt heart-shaped cookies a few days ago.  I started working on them, and had them all done by the time Emily finished her French toast this morning. 

When Clara woke up, I changed her cloth diaper and fed her some breakfast.  She was motoring around the kitchen in the walker for awhile, but then started to get tired.  She is enjoying her mid-morning nap now.  I put the load of clothes in the dryer, and another load in the washer.  And now it is time to do some pre-school with Emily….
Does your family set aside days to “unplug”? I would love to hear about it! Leave a comment and share your ideas with us!


  1. We do not currently have an unplug day but I LOVE the idea. My four year old can watch TV way too much while mom can spend way to much on the computer….

    Love it! I will be implementing this soon…hmmmm what day??? What day can I let go of to Not blog, facebook, or did I mention read blogs??
    I know it will be worth it!
    Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Those cookies turned out great!

    We’ve done partially unplugged days, but I think it would be good to schedule a full day every once in a while. I’ve really enjoyed reading about your unplugged activities!

  3. Great job with the cookies! They look great 🙂 Thanks for sharing the link with me!

  4. Valerie Deneen says

    Thanks, Rhonda, I hope I have inspired you to at least give it a try! Let me know how you do… I would love to hear all about it.

    MaryAnne, partially unplugged days are great too! I am always surprised at how creative kids can be once the initial boredom goes away. Emily found several ways to keep herself entertained!

  5. Val in the Rose Garden says

    I am looking forward to a detox when we finally move again.

    Right now it is easy to say yes to the tv becuase there is SO much to do. We haven’t had cable for 10 years so the kids are watching preapproved stuff too… sigh. I just can’t wait to be settled and done with the move.