Hello, lovelies! I was asked about our daily routine, so I decided to document a day in our life. Of course, not every day is like the one in this post, but it’s a basic template I try to use. As our three-year-old gets older, he’s needing more of certain things: more reading, more outside time, more learning activities. He has a way of keeping me on my toes! And I’m never bored, let me tell ya!
So, this is our basic daily routine, including homeschool, preschool activities, playing outside, and lots (LOTS!) of cleaning and chores.
Get Up, Exercise, & Get Ready: Around 5:00am
I usually get up between 3:00 and 6:00am, depending on how fast my thoughts are going. Ever since I started seriously blogging, my mind is always buzzing with new ideas! It’s been really fun for me and I’ve found it to be a passion. I would recommend to any stay-at-home mom that you find something you’re super passionate about and DO IT every single day! It will really help you be a joyful, happy mom.
So when I get up, I read my bible and drink coffee and put my makeup on. Of course, putting on makeup isn’t necessary, but it’s something that gives me a boost because I feel more human! Then, I walk on the treadmill while I work on blog stuff like editing photos & videos. It’s amazing how the time flies when I’m working & walking on the treadmill. I literally can’t wait to get up and start working every morning.
I also use this time to respond to instagram messages and write blog posts. This part of my daily routine dovetails well with my fitness goals, too, because I’m working on getting 15,000 steps in every day. Because, fitness. 😂
Breakfast & Cleaning: 8:00-10:30am
It’s hard to rip myself away from blog editing (because I love it so much) but I put my phone on do not disturb as soon as the kids are up. I don’t want to be distracted while I’m trying to spend time with them. We eat breakfast and I clean the kitchen. Cleaning is a huge part of my daily routine. It’s probably how I spend about 80% of my time when the kids are up.
Preschool Activities: 10:30-12:00pm
Grey is officially in preschool homeschool this year (yay!)! So, I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas on how to engage him in education that’s right for his age and development level! He’s been eating it up! It’s so much fun. We do a lot of reading and activities like search and find, letter matching, and sensory play with his rice bin. Sometimes I’ll have him watch a bible video if I have something important I need to get done. If it’s a Bible video, I still consider it “learning,” but I try not to use that unless absolutely necessary (or if we’re sick).
Lunch is usually something quick & healthful. I’m not doing a ton of cooking right now because I’m focused on creating content. But sometimes I’ll get a wild hair and cook a bunch of stuff to freeze. (Good Housekeeping Cookbook comes in clutch!) Lunch is also usually the time I use to prep food for future meals. I’ll cut up some veggies, make rice and beans, and portion everything into containers. If Grey is taking a long time to eat, I’ll continue chores while he finishes his food (sometimes he takes forever!).
When I made the video of this daily routine for YouTube, I was shocked at how much we do in a day. If you videotape your whole day, you’ll be shocked, too! I feel like I knew we did a lot, but actually watching it all was something else.
Before we go outside, I like to finish cleaning from lunch & put stuff away, and then get the laundry out of the washer. I have to admit that I’m not really a naturally clean + organized person. My brain is chaos, so my surroundings usually are, too.
But because I like to have a clean space for taking photos and doing home tours, I have to be disciplined in keeping the house nice. Plus, we all enjoy our home so much more when I keep it clean! I believe we all create best when we have a clean space in which to do it.
You can be organized, too, trust me! Once you find a passion and realize living out your passion depends on you keeping things in order, you’ll be amazed at how motivated you are!
We go outside for a bit most days, as long as the weather is good. Grey is to an age where he reallly enjoys climbing and playing with his toys in the yard, so it gives me a little time to just rest (or hang laundry, if needed; and if I’m honest, it’s always needed!).
We have plans to make a tree-house project for the kids in the near future. Stay tuned for updates on that! That would be a nice summer project.
After spending time outside, we usually have a little snack – we all need it by the time we come back inside. I’m usually starting to feel super tired by this time.
This is usually between 2:30 or 3:30pm. Many mornings, I find myself racking my brain to come up with new activities we can do that don’t involve phones or screens. I tell myself, “just make it to naptime.”
If we start watching something earlier in the day, it’s much harder to turn the TV off. Grey is usually a good boy about it, but I feel badly giving it to him and then taking it away after a short while. I’ve found it to be much better as a treat after a long day of learning and playing.
The exception to this rule is when we’re sick! All bets are off when that happens! I’m sure it will be easier when the baby is bigger because the boys will be able to play together.
Reading & Naptime 3:30-5:00pm
Reading is a big part of our daily routine. It has really improved Grey’s communication skills, so I’ve stayed motivated since observing his growth.
We started reading faithfully a little over a year ago and it’s been so fun to see him grow with it! He absolutely loves opening up books and he’s even starting to memorize the stories.
We got into the habit of going to the library every week a few months ago. We started taking a huge stack of books home and going through the books at home. Then he got super sick (winter germs, much?!). I assumed it was a result of dirty library books. As you mamas know, dealing with sick kiddos can be so hard.
So, I decided to focus on building a library of books for us at home. That way, we can read to our hearts’ content without worrying about late fees , replacement fees, OR terrible sicknesses!
Pre-Dinner Movie 5:00-6:00pm
Because Grey doesn’t nap much anymore, I have to have something we can both look forward to in the evening before dinner. I usually have more steps I need to get in (15,000 step challenge, baby!), so this is a good time to get back on the treadmill and work.
At around 6:00 we usually have dinner. Then, if I’m not too exhausted, I will fold laundry and do some more cleaning.
We spend time with Papa and then he starts getting the kids get ready for bed. While he’s doing that, I either work on blog stuff or do a weights work out (if I didn’t do it earlier in the day).
So that is pretty much what we do every day! Thanks so much for joining us and make sure you watch the vlog! Love to everyone!
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