Keeping It Real ~ How Does She?

The number one question that I am asked is
“how do you do it?”
“It” being the creative things that I post, recipes that I share and classes that I teach.

This is something that weighs heavy on my heart.

I began blogging four years ago to share my passion and inspire others.
I never, ever, ever want someone to feel inadequate or like they need to measure up to some invisible super mom check list.


I am NOT a super mom, woman or wife.
I have multiple areas of my life that I need to work on.

What I AM is someone who:
has creativity in her DNA
always multitasks
is driven to accomplish great things and
wants to inspire and encourage others 

This verse jumped out at me this week
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11

I want to build YOU up.  I want to encourage YOU.  I want you to feel like YOU can do it all!

Please, please, please lets not compare ourselves to each other.  Each one of us has a God given talent that may not be showcased on Pinterest or shared on Facebook but that is valued.  

CELEBRATE YOUR INNER AWESOME


Random video of the boys being awesome… just ignore the swearing mmmm k?


Okay with that said I am going to share with you a very detailed “how I do it” schedule of my day to day life.    

But first some background.  I consider myself to be a work-at-home mom.  I have had a number of different “jobs” as the boys have grown.  Currently I hold these “jobs”:  mom, foster parent to a child with special needs, program instructor for our city’s recreation department, etsy shop owner, blogger and very part time sales associate at the Children’s Place clothing store.  These jobs allow me to work at home or around Darcy’s schedule so that we have never needed childcare.  

Second it is important to understand what makes me tick.  I come from a long line of naturally gifted artisans.  My grandma {who is almost 88} still creates pottery every Monday.  I am blessed to have a family who supports and inspires me.  Creativity is in my genes.  I am always multi-tasking.  Whether it’s crocheting while watching TV/going out for coffee or baking while doing a craft with the boys, I always have multiple things going on.  Crafting, baking and blogging is easy for me, it comes naturally and blends in with day to day life.  I am DRIVEN to create.  It is what makes me happy and relieves my stress.

WEEKLY stuff:

  • I try to do one BIG chore each day {vacuum or mop or bathrooms or dust etc.}
  • I usually have one “home day” without meetings, work or playdates.  These are my most productive days and I might get three craft projects done, test out a new recipe AND do a bunch of chores.
  • A family day is super important to us so I plan something each week that we can do as a family {hiking, skating, board games, special outings etc.}
  • Most of my blog posts for an entire week are written in one evening and then scheduled to go live the next week.
  • We grocery shop once a week / two weeks {I hate grocery shopping meh}
  • I teach on average: two mornings per week {spring/fall}, two-three evenings per week {fall/winter/spring} and one day on the weekend {every two weeks}
  • Darcy does at least 50% of our laundry and dishes, I do all of the cooking


DAILY routine:
{on “good” day}
7:00 am 
Wake Up
Feed children
Dress children
Put on a cartoon
Shower
Get dressed 
Do hair/make up
Make beds
Make school snacks/lunches
Empty dishwasher
Check Facebook/ Emails
Have Breakfast
8:30 am
Assist children putting on outerwear
Load in the van
Drop off at school / preschool
9:00 – 11:00 am
If the boys have preschool then I run errands, try to schedule meetings/appointments or go for coffee.  Other mornings we might have a playdate with friends or a function at church.
11:00 am
Pick up at preschool
Play at the park and home for lunch
12:00 pm
Lunch
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Self Directed Quiet Activity
The boys used to nap during this time but now I encourage them to choose a quiet activity that they can manage on their own {preschool activity books, colouring, reading, quiet play, watch a movie, build a fort with sofa pillows…}.  This is my “work” time.  I often tell them that “momma is working”.  During this time I might be:  returning emails, making phone calls, baking, crafting, taking photos for blog posts, scheduling classes, prepping or planning for courses etc.
If it is a super nice day I might skip out on work and go to the park with the boys instead.
Put a load of laundry in the wash and load the dishwasher.
2:30 pm
School pick up
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Prepare dinner, sweep floors, feed dog, clean up toys, tidy sofa/living room/hallway/kitchen, work on craft projects, unload school backpacks, set up an activity for the kids {board games, puzzles, lego, hot wheels etc}.
5:00 pm
Dinner
5:30 pm
Bath time for the boys, set out pjs, fold laundry, load and run dishwasher, clean up toys, check email / Facebook / instagram.
6:30 pm
Quiet time, bedtime snack, tidy boys bedroom, prayers and tuck in.
7:00 pm
Boys bedtime
We stay in the room until one of them falls asleep {usually 15 minutes}
7:00 – 9:00 pm 
Tidy kitchen, tidy bathroom, finish baking or crafts, assist foster child in bedtime routine
9:00 -11:00 pm
Quiet time with Darcy while watching TV/crocheting/blogging

DAILY routine:
{on a “bad” day ~ maybe once a week?}
Get repeatedly woken up before 7 am.
Feed the animals a Granola Bar for breakfast
Put on yesterdays clothes
Shove hair in a hat
Dress the animals and forget to have them put on ginch
Seriously consider taking up coffee drinking
Throw some life saver pizza puns and miscellaneous packaged goods into lunch/snack bags
8:30 am
Drop off at school
9:00 – 11:00 am
Run around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Drive by the Tim Hortons drive through longingly.
Ask self “why am I not drinking coffee?”
11:00 am
Pick up the animals
Straight home for lunch because mommy forgot to eat breakfast
12:00 pm
Quiet time with a movie 
Momma rests in a vegetative state with iPhone attached to palm
May nap, view emails, blog, craft but is unlikely without coffee or sleep
Might load dishwasher or laundry
2:30 pm
School pick up 
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Plan the lamest dinner ever, ask the animals to pick up their toys, feed the dog because he keeps tripping everyone, repost and share every “tired momma” quote on Facebook, ask the animals to pick up their toys
5:00 pm
Lame dinner
5:30 pm
Bath and bedtime routine
7:00 – 11:00pm
Second wind kicks in.  
Try to catch up on all of the stuff that was abandoned during the day.

One of my goals this year is to share the crazy, funny, not so super moments.  Like the crunchy lasagna that I made for dinner the other night.  I didn’t know that lasagna could crunch!  I want to keep it real and celebrate the every day successes.  I want to encourage and build up every single person that I encounter each day.  

You all are so amazing, supportive and inspiring!
I value each and every one of you.

{{{GIANT virtual hugs}}}

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4 Comments

  1. Alicia says

    i love a peek into other mama’s days. i get this question a lot…how do i do it all?? the answer is “i don’t.” none of us do…we can’t. we can’t compare ourselves either. it’ll drive us nuts!! thanks for the insight.

  2. Little Golden Birdie says

    This was a great post! I’m like you- crafting, baking, and creating bring me balance and relieve my stress. With three kids ages 5 and under I always feel like I’m not doing EVERYTHING I want to do/should do. But I do my best. I love being home with my kids even though I have a lot more days where I stay in my yoga pants with bed head than I probably should. Your blog is awesome and always leaves me feeling inspired!

  3. Sky says

    Didn’t have the chance to comment previously, but wanted you to know that I love this post! I love your plea to not compare or judge and it’s fun to see your peek into real life. My non-productive days look quite different then a good day too! I always feel comfortable here in you space- thanks for being so awesome and sharing it so well with all of us!

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