A New Year + A Day in the Life

So you know when you do something for so long and then take a break and then have a hard time getting back into the swing of it? That’s currently where I am with blogging.

I took some time off during the holidays and planned on getting back in the routine of it all on January 1 – because New Year! BUT it’s been a little harder than I thought to jump back in. And I think that’s because I’m currently at a standstill of where I want to take my blog. It’s been such a big part of my life for the past decade+ and I’m at the point where I’m not sure where I want to take it next!

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So for now, while I figure things out, we are easing back into it with a readers request and something I thought would be a fun way to start off 2019 – with a Day in the Life! I always get requests to do these, and it’s been a while, so here we go!

I’ve done a bunch of Day in the Life posts over the years, it’s always fun to share a little play by play look into my day. Here are a few of my favorites:

A Day in the Life with Two Under Two / A Day in the Life as a SAHM {with a 6 month old}/ Another Day in the Life / Coffee Chat + Life Lately

So let’s get to it! Here’s how I started my week this week, bright and early on this past Monday morning, 7 days into 2019!

6:28am – I wake up to hear the boys giggling downstairs. Only recently did they start sleeping through the night and staying in their beds until our morning clock wakes up – we got this one second hand – and on the amazing days they do, it feels so good to be able to wake up, do a quick change and head downstairs to find them watching a show together. #goals

6:45am – While the boys watch Blaze or Paw Patrol or whatever Nick Jr. show that they are into at the moment, I make myself some tea. I am doing a modified Whole30 for the month of January – so coffee is out for me. On the Tea Train – choochoo!

7:00am – Let Jackson out + I then start getting the boys breakfast, pack Brooks’ snack for school, organize his book bag and see what else is going on. I also am a creature of habit and love turning on CNN on my iPad in the kitchen every morning while I have my tea. I like watching the news {albeit depressing some days} feeling like a human and seeing what’s going on in the world.

7:30am – My mom arrives! She comes and helps me two days a week with the boys, with house stuff and anything + everything in between. She’s a saint and I wouldn’t be able to get anything done without her, so it’s amazing. She chats with the boys while I run around the house gathering all the dirty clothes from various levels, run downstairs and throw a load of laundry in.

8:00am – Time to get everyone dressed and read for the day. Brooks goes to school on Monday, but Graham doesn’t so getting him out the door is a little bit of a priority, but I try to get everyone ready together. Brush teeth, potty, change, shoes on, hat on, let’s go! It takes a while, especially with two!

8:30am – Brooks and I are off to school! Since my mom is over, she stays at home with Graham, which is amazing – depending on the weather, Brooks and I walk, drive or scoot our way to school. Today we walk + chat.

8:45am – Drop Brooks off, walk back home.

9:00am – Back home. Make myself breakfast. Diner Breakfast from the Whole30 book – sweet potato, pepper, onion, sausage + over easy eggs. It’s delicious and keeps me so full all day. Takes a little bit to prep, but it’s so worth it!

9:30am – Switch laundry, turn on dishwasher, vacuum + surface clean the first floor.

10:00am – Check my emails. Attempt to plan out my week online, which hasn’t been going well lately, see paragraph at the top of this post. Map out any scheduled posts for the week, make sure I have photographs I need for the posts + socials.

10:30am – Get Graham a snack. While my mom is here with me on the days Brooks is in school for a few hours – we toggle between doing house work and keeping Graham entertained. He enjoys his solo time with mommy + gaga – and on the days my mom doesn’t come over, it’s nice to snuggle up with him, watch some shows, play with his toys and just chill.

11:00am – I have to pick up Brooks in an hour – those 3 hours at school go way to fast every time. Switch laundry, put away laundry, run to my neighbors house to take some quick photos for the blog + other side projects.

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12:00pm – Pick up Brooks from school. We chat about his day, what he did, any projects he’s working on, favorite songs and more. He loves to chat and he loves his school!

Between 12 – 4 every day is usually very different. Some days I pick the boys up from school and we head out to ChickFilA for lunch {because the boys love their play place} and run errands in NJ. Some days we go to the Please Touch Museum, Franklin Institute, Adventure Aquarium or somewhere fun for a little afternoon adventure. And some days we just come home and chill, which is what we are doing this week!

The boys both have Soccer Practice each week, Swim School once a week and I just signed them up for a Ski School in February – so aside from school, they’ve got A LOT going on! We like to stay busy. But we also like our chill days.

12:30pm – Since this is one of those chill days, I let them have a little extra screen time. The boys got the Nintendo Switch from Santa – which they are obsessed with – so they are having a grand ol’ time playing Just Dance and Mario Party and The Incredibles 2! I prep lunch while they play.

1:00pm – Switch Break + Time for lunch! Since I had such a big breakfast, I haven’t been having lunch most days on the Whole30 – I just haven’t been hungry! I usually have some tea and grab an apple if I’m starting to get hungry in the afternoon, and on days when we are out and about, I always pack celery with sunflower butter and it’s been amazing!

1:30pm – The boys finish lunch, I clean up and then it’s time for a little arts + crafts! Earlier in the week I rearranged and reorganized a little art area for the boys in the kitchen, so they can easily grab their favorite go-to things themselves. It’s filled with PlayDoh {we love this Star Wars set}, Mad Mattr {which I’m currently obsessed with!}, Lite Brite, Water Wow books, Wipe Away Books, Scratch Art, crayons, coloring books and more. They pick their favorites and play for a while.

2:00pm – The kids are still entertained even though they’ve changed their arts + craft activity 57 times each. <insert eye roll emoji here> So while they are happy, I leave the kids with my mom and take Jackson for a walk.

2:30pm – The boys are playing a game with Gaga – Otrio – a new one from Christmas, I highly recommend! Graham is a little young for it, so he normally veers off and plays with his new Ninja Turtle Lair {from Santa} Both boys are entertained, so I sneak away to finish putting the laundry back, empty the dishwasher and figure out if I need to prep anything ahead of time for dinner.

3:00pm – It’s not too cold today and when the weather cooperates, we try to get a little outside time in whenever we can. Today is a good one, so we take the scooters and make our way over to a playground for a little bit. Got to get that energy out while the suns still up!

4:00pm – We get back home and since my mom is still with us, I head upstairs to take a quick shower while she plays with the boys before she leaves. Shower, wash, rinse, repeat – the most relaxing 30 minutes of my day!

4:30pm – Gaga leaves {I miss her already!} Time for a movie while I make dinner! Tonight’s feature film is Smallfoot!

5:30pm – We take a break from the movie and the boys have dinner. They eat + listen to music while I prep the adults portion of the meal, which I will eat with Charles when he gets home.

6:00pm – Bubble Bath time for the kiddos! Followed by a quick rinse in the shower {Brooks loves it} and getting changed for bed.

6:30pm – Daddy’s Home! Hugs + kisses for Dad along with a little check in on how the day went. The boys then get to finish their movie while mom + dad sit down for a hot meal. This is a new thing for us in 2019 – doing my ‘modified’ Whole30 I’m cooking at home so much more, so we have more meals together that we are both eating and enjoying. It’s super nice to sit down and have a meal together, something we didn’t do a great job of in 2018, so I’m happy to set the next year on the right foot and create this habit. Tonight’s dinner – Chimachurri Beef Kabobs – they were DELICIOUS!

7:00pm – Charles takes the boys upstairs for a little playtime with dad, teeth brushing, potty visit {one last time before bed}, books and goodnight. They are usually down between 7:30 – 7:45 most nights. Not too shabby. I get to clean up dinner and any other mess that reoccured since my last clean up session in the morning, We have the boys pick up their toys and such, I just like to tidy at the end of the day.

7:30pm – Check in on my computer with emails, browse social media and see what I missed. I usually have CNN on my iPad while I’m cooking or cleaning in the kitchen too. I also managed to prep some food for my meals tomorrow too, along with finishing prepping this post.

8:00pm – It’s chill time! FINALLY! Pour myself a glass of wine {part of my Whole30 non compliancy} and turn on Walking Dead. I’ve been obsessed for the past month or so and I JUST got to the final season. Love it so much. Not sure what I should watch after this – any suggestions?!

9:30pm – I usually get through a Walking Dead episode or two before calling it. Most nights I’m in bed between 9:30/10. I’m trying to go to bed earlier and have plans for doing a little reading in bed – just need to figure out what to read!

And there you have it! Monday’s are usually my clean/organize/laundry + prep for the week days, so they are usually pretty chill, which I don’t mind! The rest of the week is normally filled to the brim and especially after busy weekends, we use Monday as a day to regroup!

Should I add more Day in the Life posts to the lineup? What else do you want to see in 2019 on the blog?! Send me a message, a comment or hit me up on social media to let me know! I’d love to hear from you!

Cheers to 2019!

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  • Reply Patty January 10, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Wow – this all sounds familiar to me some 30 plus years ago! Love to hear about your day, stay at home moms need some love for all their patience and hard work!

  • Reply Lauri January 12, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    What a busy day! Your mom sounds great 🙂
    Curious why coffee isn’t allowed on your Whole30. I have done it a bunch of times and always had coffee.

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