A Day in the Life

I thought it would be fun to document a day in our life. How narcissistic you’re (maybe) thinking that I would think you would think reading about our day would be interesting. But! When other bloggers do these posts I always find them intriguing (maybe it’s a mom thing, wondering how others spend their days) and I always get the casual question from people who aren’t home with their kids (or maybe they don’t have kids) as a genuine curiosity “what do you DO all day?” So, I thought I’d go about our random mid-week day, take some notes, and write a post about it.

A Day In The Life

5:10am We hear M crying through the monitor. We’ve just been away for the long weekend where he slept in our room and was used to waking up early, seeing us, and screaming until we got him up, which we did so no one else would wake up. Since we’re home we ignore his mild cries and he sleeps for another hour and a half.

7am Everyone is up! My husband is dressed for work and on toast and milk duty downstairs as I change M’s diaper, encourage Z to only bring a few stuffed animals downstairs, and generally try and wake up.

7:10am Husband is off to work, kids are eating toast and milk and watching Doc McStuffins, their latest obsession. I pour coffee and go about packing snacks, waters, etc… for a full morning out of the house.

7:55am Sneak in a few work emails before we have to go upstairs and get sunscreen (first) and clothes on (second) on the kids and me.

9:00am Out the door! Miracle. It only took about 50 mins today to get everyone covered in sunscreen, dressed, and shoes on and we’re off to Baby Boot Camp class that’s about 22 minutes away so we’ll have just enough time to load up the stroller and wheel over to where class starts at 9:30.

10:40am BBC is over and the kids are playing with their friends for a couple minutes while I load the car. Z has to use the bathroom so thank goodness I still have her travel potty in my trunk because there are no bathrooms at this BBC location. Make mental note to clean travel potty, yuck…

11:00am On time for Z’s weekly speech session. She goes with her pathologist to work on s, sh, ch words while M and I hang in the lobby. We each do our own thing for a good 40 minutes (me on my phone, he plays with the fun toys in the waiting area). Suddenly he needs a snack and notice he needs a new diaper (stinkaroo). Luckily I thought that would happen and brought a spare diaper and my travel wipes in with us.

12:15pm Back in the car to come home (always takes longer than I think it should to get out of the office, walk to the car, strap each kid in their seat).

12:30pm Lunch prep, the kids are starving. Z wants raviolis (frozen from Trader Joe’s, you just cook the amount you want, they’re great…and filled with spinach) but we’re out so she settles on….soup. And it’s like 90 degrees out, ha!

1pm M neeeeds his nap so I bring him up to his room. He’s wild until the last minute then gets a paci in his mouth and collapses – and gets snuggly, one of the best moments of the day while I sing him a little lullaby, lay him down, and he waves through the slats of his crib saying”buh-byeee” in a tired yell.

3pm I’ve spent the last couple hours working while Z does her best version of “quiet time,” which means she periodically does her own thing while chit chatting away, asking questions, making conversation (aka, not very quiet). I finally allow some iPad time so I can get some actual quiet, she is thrilled. So am I.

4pm M is still sleeping.

4:15pm We want to meet a friend at the next town’s weekly farmer’s market but she already left. I decide to wake M and hop in the car anyway. I let my husband know and he decides to meet us on his way home from work. Z is oddly quiet as we leave the house. We swing by the pick-up spot and grab our first CSA box of the season!

4:25pm Z falls asleep in the car. For a girl who doesn’t want to take naps anymore she sure does need the sleep! We drive around with the windows down for 20 minutes so she can sleep and then meet my husband when he arrives after fighting through traffic to get there. I realize I have not mentally transitioned to summer yet – it’s so hot and I’m wearing shorts on leather seats (very sweaty).

5:15pm The farmer’s market is a bit of a bust (too early in the season for them to be selling much beyond kale and lettuce) but we snag a loaf of bread to eat with our steak tip salad for dinner. And take the only photo of the day (see above).

5:30pm Dinner prep is a nightmare. M screams and cries for “uppies” the entire time if I am making dinner (as opposed to my husband, he never screams at his ankles). This is the case tonight and I cannot stand it one more second. He always calms down once I can hold him and then, finally eat dinner. He’d prefer to do dinner at 5pm every night but we usually aim for 5:30 because 5 is just. too. early. Poor M.

6:15pm Dinner is done and now we’re on to baths and bed, honestly one of the wildest moments of the day. M splashes around like a mad man and Z just wants to lounge and play with bath toys for hours. We finally get them out, dried, in jammies, hair de-tangled, teeth brushed, 15 minute show watched, 2 books read, and…..in bed! It always feels like running a marathon while doing serious negotiation. I hate bath night.

7:15pm I work for an hour more and then collapse on the couch to watch the new season of Bloodline and scroll through Instagram. In bed by 10:15.

Five Fabulous Finds

I’m always calling these blog post series a new thing (most recently “on the hunt”). So here a five recent finds that I’d love to share with you:

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Waterproof Birkenstocks for kids. I’ve always been a devotee to Saltwater Sandals for my kids but for this summer they just weren’t cutting it for my little guy so I hunted and researched for new options. I wanted something practical, waterproof, comfortable, and stylish. There are SO many options that fit every bill but the stylish one, ha! Although I guess that’s the only subjective quality I listed so to each his own. But, I love the look of these Birks. I’m a fan of them for myself if you recall, so I knew they’d be good for his feet and since they’re plastic they’re totally waterproof for spray parks, puddles, and the like. They’re hard to find for kids but I found them at Famous Footwear (and linked to them above).

2. Tan Towel Self Tanner. With shorts season suddenly upon us I thought it was time I find a good self tanner (nothing worse than legs in shorts that haven’t seen the light of day in months!).I found these Tan Towels had great reviews raving about the fact that they exfoliate as you self tan. It’s essentially a wet nap wipe that you use on whatever you want to have a bit of color and in an hour or so the tan shows up. It’s just a hint so you don’t look orange or anything. I wash my hands immediately following application and have no odd-color-hand problem either. Get these!

3. Minimal Off Shoulder Top in Crepe from ASOS. Off the shoulder tops are just SO in season right now and if you have any nights out planned for the summer I suggest you get one! I bought this one and just love it. The fit is a little boxy but that makes it pair well with a pair of skinny jeans or white pants. Here it is in blue and it comes in plus size, too.

4. Shoes by Dune London. Anything you can get on Amazon Prime is a friend of mine. I always need things at the last minute urgently. I was looking for sandals for M (see #1 on this list) and somehow came upon these fabulous Dune London Lemins Espadrille Sandal that were reminiscent of the J. Crew bejeweled sandals from a couple summers ago that were super pricey and sold out super quickly.

5. Nike Lightweight No-Show Socks. I love these socks! I had been looking for good no-show socks forever that actually stayed on my foot and these are just the best. I usually get them in white but this bright, colorful image was more fun to share!

Healthier Banana Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

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As I wrote about last week, I’ve eliminated all added sugar (for the most part) from what I eat but occasionally you just need a muffin, right? And if I want something sweet like a muffin, I might as well bake them using an all natural sweetener like honey instead of white sugar so at least I’m on the healthy side of a treat…plus there’s only 1/4C honey in this entire recipe making 12 regular size and 4 mini muffins.

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I headed out of town with a couple friends over the weekend for a little girls bachelorette party weekend. I decided to make some muffins for not only us to eat while we were away but as a little leave-behind treat for my kiddos. After some recipe research, I came across this great recipe for Skinny Banana Chocolate Muffins on Ambitious Kitchen and decided to try it. I liked the use of honey in place of white sugar, the use of Greek yogurt for added protein, and of course using whole wheat flour instead of white flour – all much smarter options to make these a healthier muffin choice in place of your standard banana muffin.

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I followed the recipe for the most part but did have a few edits:
– I only had regular whole wheat flour so I used that in place of the whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour the recipe calls for.
– The recipe calls for almond milk but I didn’t have that on hand so I used regular cow’s whole milk.
– I thought dark chocolate would be better in the muffins and used large dark chocolate chips.
– Also, just make sure to use ripened or even better over-ripe bananas to add to the natural sweetness.
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My kids gobbled them up (and so did my friends, actually). These were so good there was only one left by the time I wanted to take another photo for the blog.

Where Have You Been?

I feel like the title of this post needs to be said in a mean mommy tone with a finger shaking and pointed right at you, ha!

Hello! I haven’t blogged since the day before the first day of this year, oops. Honestly, so much has changed since then but then again everything is still the same. I have so much to share, recipes to urge you to make, and a few new fashion finds to mention…but for now I thought I’d give you the top 5 reasons (excuses?) to answer the question: Where Have You Been?

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5. Our winter was so mild we were actually sad about how little snow we had (and how poor the ski conditions were!). We were able to be out and about as usual, no winter slow down here!

4. I’ve lost 15 pounds! Sort of on purpose – I kick-started the weight loss doing that crazy 21 day fix program which worked but was a nightmare when I was living through it, I’m not going to lie, but obviously if you follow their plan, you will see results. But mostly the weight loss was a way of life change of how and what I eat (and how much, let’s be honest) and I’m happy about it nonetheless.

3. Speaking of weight loss I have also given up added sugar (I should probably dedicate an entire post to this). In 2015 I gave up sugar in my coffee (which I never thought I could do) and when I started the 21 Day Fix I decided to give up sugar while I was at it. Since 1/1/16 I’ve had sugar a handful of times (including one of these bad boys). I miss it, but I feel so much better now without sugar that I think I’ll stick with it. I know this is where a lot of the weight loss comes from because when you don’t eat added sugar you are also basically giving up all processed food (crackers, cereal, energy bars, bottled salad dressing, etc…) and focus more on whole foods. And that made me lose even more weight after the 21 Day Fix was over.

2. I am officially a Baby Boot Camp Instructor. So. Much. Studying (oh the anatomy I had to learn…)! So. Many. Exams (including a practical that I had to do over webcam, pretty humiliating…)! But now that it’s over I can say it was worth because I love it! And when you get a text from your mom friend saying she can’t walk down the stairs because her quads are so sore fromĀ  your workout – success!

And the number answer to the question: Where Have You Been?

1. Styling children’s clothing! Remember when I told you about my new job at Mac & Mia? Well, bam! No time left to blog. Any spare time I spent blogging is now spent getting, styling, and retaining customers. And I love every second of it! In fact, here is a link for you to get a box of clothes for your kids and get $20 toward your first purchase. And use code JESSJ to be styled by me.

Where have you been? I have so many posts planned in my head, I hope to be back here soon!

 

52/52

I thought it was appropriate to have my final weekly photo of my kids on the final day of the year – that was a fast one! At dinner last night we talked about what New Year’s Eve is and what our favorite memories of 2015 were. And when asked what she’s most excited about for 2016? Z said fireworks. =)

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She and I are both obsessed with our new chalkboard pens and chalkboard strip on the basement door.

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He is obsessed with his age appropriate race track (actually we all are!).

 

It was such a good year! I hope you enjoyed my weekly photos, I am debating whether or not to do it again in 2016…