And the kicker…
We as humans (myself included) are fascinated with observing other people’s lives and comparing them to our own – (hopefully) in hopes of bettering own lives.
Hey, why do you think we all love reality TV, Youtube, and Pinterest so much?
D) Maybe something in my routine will somehow help you in YOUR daily life…(or will at least make you feel better about the fact that your house is most likely cleaner than mine…)
Be excited for that one
Lazy parenting? Possibly…
…but we are all happy and sometimes Mama gets up to an extra hour of sleep.
Happy wife happy life, right?
This extra morning snooze won’t last forever (I feel like my excuse ends when my pregnancy does) but for right now it’s really been great. If I can’t fall back asleep (or if I need to get up early that day) then I just get up with Hutch and get started with my day.
When the kids are done eating they play. If they want to play in the playroom upstairs, I get ready in my bedroom (next door to the play room). If they want to play in the basement, I pack a bag with all my stuff (and theirs) and get ready downstairs.
Even on days where I know we won’t be leaving the house, I try to get fully ready for the day – every day. It only takes a few seconds to throw on jeans, a simple shirt, and do something quick with my hair and makeup. It not only makes me feel better but I have learned “never say never!”. You may THINK you won’t see anyone/go anywhere that day, but sometimes plans change – and it’s nice to be ready for the day, just in case.
1. I do quick “upside-down” curls all the way around my head. I go for quick and imperfect. Tip: When your curl, have your curls turn away from your face. It creates a better “frame”.
2. I go around the crown of my head and curl some of my shorter layers to add some variety.
3. As you can see in this pic, there are places I missed. I go back and quickly curl those blank places.
4. Leave it alone and move onto makeup! By the time my makeup is done it’s relaxed and become lose curls, the look I’m going for.
5. I usually tease the hair on the very top of my head to add some body and lift. I grab a section of hair on the top of my head, spray it with hairspray, then tease it with my brush. (Hard to take pictures one-handed, sorry!)
Thus, I rarely go a day without putting any makeup on. Over time I have found that if I’m going to take time to put any on at all, it’s worth it to take 5 extra minutes and do the whole she-bang! I have mastered being able to do makeup in less than 10 minutes (it’s usually more like 5) so I hunker down, do it, and I’m DONE for the rest of the day.
Mondays Hutch has Gymnastics, Tues/Thurs he has preschool. Otherwise whether it’s a doctor’s appointment (I always schedule them for the mornings), running errands, going to play somewhere/meeting up for a playdate, going on a walk with the dog or going to a park (when the weather is nice), or even just having a friend over to play, I always try to have something to do with the kids in the morning. It gets us all up and going, gets us out of the house during a predictable time of day (afternoon naps can be unpredictable at times), and simply entertains the kids.
By 12:30 my kids have completely lost it. I get home from whatever I’m doing, feed them lunch (if I haven’t already), and get them to bed…STAT! I usually have them down for naps between 12 and 1, but as they get older I can push it off a little if we’re out having lots of fun. BUT…tantrums usually ensue the longer I wait, so I am pretty rigid with honoring nap time.
My kids have quite the predictable routine with their naps: We wash their hands and brush their teeth, Hutch uses the potty, they each have their special blankets, Priya gets a bottle and Hutch gets a sippy cup of milk, and they turn on their little white noise machine thingies (see below). BUT…because of the steady routine I’ve had for them basically since birth, they are still pretty darn good nappers. They will sleep 2-3 hours on most days. If I miss something in the routine, it’s inevitable that they won’t sleep as well. So I’ve learned to do it right, and do it once!
Some days we’ll do a late afternoon activity together out of the house (we love the Aquarium in the late-afternoon because it’s nearly empty!), but most days I just have the kids play together while I get dinner ready. This time varies, depending on what time they go down for naps (and some days they simply sleep longer than others). But It’s usually 3:30 or 4 by this time.
Today I let them play independently so I can get dinner ready. Some days they totally entertain each other and play great, and dinner is a breeze. Some days, however, they fight non-stop, or they wander into the kitchen incessantly and really slow down the cooking process. Today happened to be a GOOD play-day (thank goodness!)
Click HERE for lots of meal planning ideas, and free printables to help.
Before, this is the time I would finish my deep cleaning chore for the day (see HERE). However, I now need this time at night to work on my blog. So I found a way to make a little money from my blog, and we have set a budget for cleaning ladies to come deep-clean my house 1x per month. Let me tell you, it’s the BEST $100 I spend in a month. It really frees me up to be able to surface clean and not stress about the deep-cleaning, and allows me to use my time to focus on my blog – which is a revenue source for our family. Priorities!
Some nights I’ll bring my computer to the living room so I can work and watch TV at the same time, rather than sitting all by my lonesome in the kitchen.
So that’s my day!
In going back and reading through this a few thoughts pop into my head that I want to go ahead and address before any negative comments roll in I could see people saying:
BUT…I love my “job” as a mom. It’s the best job in the world, and there are no amount of tantrums, sleep-deprived nights, stretch marks, or headaches that will ever take away my passion and love for my kids. WHEEW! So there you go!
How was YOUR day today?