A Day in the Life of a Stay At Home Mom

Probably my #1 requested thing to write about is our daily routine. It took me a while to find a “normal” day, no playdates or random extra things, and to remember to record what we do all day long! But, I finally had success. So here it is! A day in the life of a stay at home mom. Riveting.

So to give some context, I am stay at home mom of three: Scarlett (4.5), Levi (3), & Eloise (1.5). I also blog, but I would hardly consider that a job. It is a very time consuming hobby. Every day is different, chaotic, crazy, and awesome. Our current routine has Scarlett in school 3 mornings a week, and I recorded our day down on a Monday, a school day. Now keep in mind that not every day is this productive, and I am also working on my “rest” time… so without further explanation… here we go.

Schedule

4:45 Marcus wakeup

4:50 Coffee starts to brew, I “wake up”

5:00 Downstairs. Coffee. Brain begins to activate.

5:20 Child has an accident. Put on clean sheets, put dirty ones in washer. Put child back to bed.

5:30 Workout commences

6:00-6:20 Try and figure out new spin bike with no success (come to find out it wasn’t plugged in well enough).

6:20 Shower (hair washing day)

6:35-6:55 Distribute yesterday’s laundry with child who woke early and didn’t go back to sleep.

6:45 Levi wakes up and helps with laundry.

7:00 Eloise is awake. Get her and everyone goes downstairs for breakfast & get ready for the day.

While kids eat & get dressed, I: unload/load dishwasher, make shake for Marcus, turn over laundry & throw new load in, wipe down tables, vacuum floors, water Christmas tree, do Scarlett’s hair. Scarlett feeds/waters cat.

8:00-8:10 Kids are all ready, they watch a show while I put on some makeup upstairs. Read First 5 Devotional.

8:15-8:35 Coats & shoes on and out the door! Drop Scarlett off at school.

8:35-9:00 Levi & Eloise watch a show while I clean more and do another load of laundry.

9:00 Meet with contractor about basement progress (see previous picture for reference).

9:15 Put more laundry away. Play on phone for 5 minutes.

10:00 Snacktime & post outfit on medias. (Shop this look here)

10:30 Make lunch for the kids.

10:45 Walk to the park. Snacktime for me!

11:15 Park time.

11:45 Kids eat lunch at the park.

12:05 Walk to Scarlett’s school.

12:15 Pick up Scarlett and head home.

12:45 Get mail, then home. All kids go down immediately for naps/rest.

1:00 I get started on meal prep for the week. Put laundry on the line. Another load in the washer.

1:45 Lunch for me!

2:15 Scarlett’s rest time is done. She gets herself a treat (for a good rest time) and I get snack for her. Continue meal prep.

2:35 Set up activity for Scarlett with her letter of the week.

3:00 Chore time while Scarlett watches a show. Dishwasher unload/load, distribute clean laundry, get guest room sheets & wash.

3:45 Levi is awake! Get snack for him while he gets himself a treat.

3:50 Make a shake for myself and take the kids outside to play in the FREEZING cold. I read while the kids play.

4:30 Eloise is awake! Take everyone inside and pop them all in a bath. Blowdry hair, dance party, and distribute/put away more laundry. Put laundry in dryer.

5:30 Dinner prep. Kids read books in the playroom. Set coffee maker for next morning.

6:00 Daddy is home! Eat dinner.

6:25 Daddy takes kids out to pick up ice cream while I stay home. Put clean linens on guest bed, unload/load dishwasher (meal prep day! Lots of dishes!), clean kitchen.

6:45 Upload IG post/Facebook

7:10 Daddy is home with the kids and Frosties. Kids eat ice cream.

7:25 Bedtime routine. Teeth brushed, tucked in, prayer time, and done!

7:40-8:45 Hubby time. Wash face, brush teeth, read a little of the book. Bed before 9! (Definitely earlier than normal. We are both recovering from Marcus traveling all last week!)

Breakdown

This was actually a good exercise for me to be more intentional with my phone time. I’ll admit I tend to mindlessly scroll and I know it takes more time than I realize… I am working on it. But, that I write it out, I realize just how much I do on a daily basis. No wonder why we are tired at the end of the day! Moms, give yourself a round of applause for all you do!

So while I didn’t do everything on my to-do list (didn’t pay a bill, forgot to call pediatrician, never took the laundry off the line…come to think of it, it is still there a day later…oops!), I did get a lot done. I did do FOUR loads of laundry (classic Monday…oof) and ran the dishwasher three times. Both is definitely above average for the daily. Levi also doesn’t normally nap, and Eloise’s naps are usually only 2 hours. See? A normal day still isn’t even a normal day!

As you can see, I wake up really early. And the truth is, once I get my new devotional series chosen, I am going to wake up a little earlier. I will save the “how” for another post, but as a general sidenote, that is how I get so much done, or at least the “me” things. Early waking when you have kids is my key to success. A quiet house, a few minutes alone, it is magical. Coffee, Jesus, and myself.

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Here’s the planner I use, which helps organize things on my to-do list and other scheduling things:

Here’s the book I was “reading” (because you know as a mom I only got maybe 4 pages in):

This is also on my reading list:

My husband and I are also reading this (or more like we read one chapter and haven’t done anything else…but the first chapter was great!)(Also no, we don’t have problems. I just like to read books like this with him):

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If you have any questions about our daily routine, please let me know! What does your normal day look like? Do you wake up early to get things done, or are you a night owl?

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Gift Guide: Land of Nod

Like most of the world, I have Christmas on the brain! (If you don’t, I’m sorry. Christmas celebrations start early in our house!). Don’t we all have those retailers that we love EVERYTHING they produce? Land of Nod is one of those stores for me. Not only is every item great quality, but the colors and uniqueness of each is beyond compare. Add a sale on top of that and you have a winning combination! Check out my top gift picks for my kids for Christmas!

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Play Food

My kids (and their friends!) love our play kitchen (on sale! We paid DOUBLE!). I believe they play with things more if they are better quality and better to look at! This set is adorable, and it is made by Melissa and Doug so I know the quality is amazing! I can see Levi making me a bologna waffle orange juice sandwich already…

Shopping Cart

This goes along with the above item… We had a shopping cart that sadly did not survive the move. My kids have played with this one at friends houses and the quality is amazing! It will (hopefully) withstand three kids beating on it and more than likely one kid pushing another inside it…

Pantone Board Books

Eloise has just discovered the magic of board books. These are adorable, the perfect size, and I know she will love the cutouts!

Bucket ‘O Blocks

Levi, being the stereotypical boy, has discovered building things and smashing them with a monster truck. Right now the building of choice is constructed of duplos, but something tells me he would love the weight (and crashing sound) of building with these wooden blocks!

Larry the Llama

My kids are obsessed with anything they can ride on. This is absolutely adorable! I think Eloise would enjoy this in her room…

Multicolored Train

Continuing on with the trend of things my kids are obsessed with, they also love anything they can drag/make a lot of noise with. I love the primary colors on this and the cute animals!

String Along Bead Kit

Scarlett needs this. Not only would she enjoy making herself jewelry, but her teacher recommended she do more practice fine motor skills at home. This would be ideal!

Goldendoodle Stuffed Animal Adoption Set

Another thing my kids are obsessed with? Animals. Anything animal. (If Scarlett sees an animal outside someone’s house or in a paddock, she tells me she wants to buy it. I am trying to explain to her we can’t just buy other people’s pets… it’s a work in process…). Scarlett would love to have an animal of her own, and I am sure Eloise would love this just to carry around!

Fire Engine

Levi has a small obsession with fire trucks and other “helping” vehicles. We make a trip almost once a month to the fire station to bring treats, and we even had one stop by for his birthday! This would blow his mind! And he can ride it… enough said.

That’s it for my gift picks from Land of Nod! Did anything stand out to you? What is on your list? Share below! Happy shopping 🙂

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Children’s Toy Roundup

Here are some things I have had my eye on for my kids! Click the link to be brought to the item.

We have the original (Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site) and we LOVE it! Gorgeous artwork and fun rhetoric.) If the original was as good as it was, Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site has to be great!

Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel is another sequel that I can’t WAIT for. The first book is one of my favorites to read my kids (seriously, it is hilarious and doesn’t get old!). And I love tacos, so there’s that.

Moana is a new favorite in our home (have you heard the soundtrack? I’ve been singing it to myself all. week. long. Love it!) The kids would love to play with these figurines!

An indoor kids park we went to a couple weeks ago had a kids rollercoaster and I couldn’t keep my kids off of it! Such fun, and would be a great outdoor toy once the weather warms up.

Buuuuut since it looks like it will be some time before we can really play outside, I am sure Levi would appreciate another RC car to add to his collection/car graveyard. Let’s see if he can keep this one alive for more than a day…

Eloise is getting to the age where she could benefit with stacking/educational toys. Now if only all my baby toys weren’t packed away…. I have my eye on these cute wooden stacking bowls!

If you’ve watched my Instastories you’ve probably seen my kids riding their Strider bikes. At two and almost four, they can effortlessly glide and balance all the way down my parents’ long driveway! So yes, we already own these, but if you don’t have them for your kids you need them. Promise they are worth it!

We let our kids use my iPad for their educational games (and, ok, movies too. Survival, remember?). Well I made the mistake of not having a child-proof case on it. And now I have two giant cracks through the screen. Insert sad face. I guess I am not meant to have all my screens crack free at one time #chronicscreenbreaker. So you bet I will be investing in one of these babies.

Hope you saw something that you found interesting or useful for your kid or for a gift! Let me know what you think, or if you would like to see more gift roundups. Thanks for reading!

 

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Unconventional Valentine’s Day Outfit

If I am being completely honest, my husband and I have never been huge Valentine’s Day celebrators. Not that there is anything wrong with the holiday, we just never have gone out of our way to make a big deal out of it. I always see people posting these super cute Valentine’s Day outfit options, but they are totally fancier than I would need. So I decided to do a little dress up with a medium-dressy option, something that would be more suited to what we would do.

 Going with the traditional red, because it is Valentine’s Day after all!

I added a little pop of leopard for some fun!

With all the snow and cold winter temps, pants are really a more viable option in New England in February for me!

I had to include this picture: for those of you who don’t know, we are currently rooming with my parents who have a barn filled with horses. This is Zuko, and yes he is taller than me when he stands up. He protects the horses since my parents live in a more rural area. I had no idea he was behind me until my mom showed me after she took the pictures!

How cute are these shoes? Oh, and another dog photobomb.

My husband got me this pearl necklace for our six year anniversary. I thought it was fitting to wear for Valentine’s Day!

Black pants keep the look a little fancier than wearing just jeans.

 

black pants / J Crew d’orsay shoes (similar here) / cardigan / white tank / necklace / Michael Kors purse (similar here)

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What do you normally do? Share below! Maybe this year we will put more of an effort into celebrating it (hint hint Marcus… ha!)