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A Day in Our Life : Summer Edition

Jun 20, 2014

If you are like me Summer hits and you are like what am I going to do all day with the kids?  I actually love Summer and having no real schedule, but the days can be so long!

I always love seeing a sneak peek in others lives so I thought I would share a day in our life. It has been awhile since I did one of these posts, last time I only had Sterling this time it’s juggling two kids

6-7  \ Wake up with Frances and feed her a bottle.  Now that school is out Sterling has been sleeping later which is nice.  I get a little one on one time with Frances.  After I feed her I proof read my blog and post it.

While I feed her I sip my hot lemon water.  I have basically given up coffee and just drink this in the morning now.  I read it has so many great health benefits. Plus is starts the day off right by re-hydrating my body.

7-7:30 \ Three days a week I go on a run before Matt leaves for work, this way he can watch the kids because running with a stroller is hard!!  I have a 3 mile loop I do, I run a mile walk about a 1-2 minutes then run another mile.  I am still obsessed with these Zella Tanks, I ordered two more and they are all I run in.  They don’t ride up at all and are not too tight.

Zella Scooptank on sale!  | Shorts | New Balance Shoes

8-9 \ Get back from my run and I feed Frances and Sterling breakfast,  he is always up by then.  I also fix Matt and I a quick bite.  Lately we have been into hard boiled eggs, veggie sausage, avocado, and fresh heirloom tomatoes.  It is such a tasty and filling breakfast.  I have been trying to cut back on my processed foods and my beloved cereal falls in that category, so this is a new breakfast I am loving.

9- 10:30 \ I put Frances down for her morning nap, turn on a TV show for Sterling and then I have a chance to get showered and cleaned up.

10:30- 1 \ This is when I take the kids out to run errands.  Today we went and picked up my new contact lens, signed up for Fall Soccer for Sterling,  and hit up Trader Joes.  Then I try and squeeze in an activity that is fun for Sterling. I usually let him choose either the park, library, chick fila, pool etc.  He chose the library today.  It melts my heart that he loves the library so much because I am a huge book lover.  The library is such a great free activity.  He plays with the toys while I chill with Frances and read a magazine.  Then we pick out a few books and DVDS to check out.

1- 3:30 \ Get home and put away groceries and then I put Frances down for a nap.  She usually naps about 2 hours. Then Sterling and I eat lunch.  His go to is PB and jelly,  he loves it and wants it everyday!  I made a salad today with leftovers from the Farmers Market.  I try to eat salads most days for lunch. 

 Sterling just recently stopped napping but I do still make him have quiet time.  He can sit in his room and play with toys or the IPad.  This usually lasts about 45 minutes then he is bored.  During that 45 minutes I quickly empty the dishwasher, start a load of laundry, and work on my blog.  If I have time I will start dinner prep too.

3-4 \ Frances usually wakes up and is ready for another bottle.  After that I play a quick game with Sterling, today was Memory.  Then we all usually stroll around the block.  Frances rides in the stroller and Sterling rides his scooter.  If we have time we walk to the park near our house but sometimes we just loop around our block.

4-5 \ Get back from our walk and I put Frances on her play mat with toys and let her and Sterling play while I start assembling dinner and get it started cooking.

5-6 \ Bath Time.  Most nights I do bath time solo because Matt usually doesn’t get home til 7 or so.    I have a plastic bath for Frances I still use that kind of hinges over our tub so I can bathe her and Sterling at the same time.   I have been loving this line of bath products called Weleda my friend and fellow blogger Jess recommended, I swear they have helped with Frances’ eczema.

6-7 \ Dinner for Frances Moon,  this week she is eating avocado, banana and butternut squash.  I feed her around 5:30-6.  Usually at this time I let Sterling watch TV til Matt gets home.  This is  when I pour a glass of wine if I am drinking that night (which is most nights haha).  I sip it while I finish cooking dinner and wait for Matt to get home.  Many nights we sit on the front porch and wait for Daddy.

7-7:30 \ Feed Frances her last bottle and put her to bed.  Then Matt, Sterling and I sit down and eat dinner together.  I really think it is important to sit down and eat as family so we always do this unless Matt is working too late.  I made one of my all time favorite recipes Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Meatballs.  They are so good.

8-9 \ Get Sterling read for bed, brush his teeth and then Matt and I each read him a book.  After that we clean up the dishes.  I usually work on my blog for about 30 minutes.  I try not to work on it at night while Matt his home but during the Summer I have a hard time getting it all done during the day since Sterling is out of school and no longer naps.  Matt and I really don’t watch much TV, but lately we have been into Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown show on CNN.  We may watch an episode of that and then get in bed.  It is also on Netflix if oyu have never watched it, it so interesting!

9-10// We get in bed and read and lights are always out by 10.  I love going to bed early.  Currently I am reading The One and Only by Emily Giffin and I am really liking it.  I always love her books.

Go to bed, wake up and do it all over again:)  I would love to hear any ideas you other moms have for Summer activities!!


Lastly, local friends don’t forget about the Pixie Lily Sample Sale tomorrow morning!!  Seriously the cutest baby clothes around!!  Now is the time to stock up and trust me the prices are amazing at these sample sales!!

Pixie Lily Sample and Seconds Warehouse Sale

Saturday, June 21st

8:00 am – 12:00

Layette and Toddler

BYOB Bring Your Own Bag

48 Society Street (corner of Anson and Society)



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  1. I love this! Sneak peeks into others' schedules fascinate me! Thanks for sharing – your kids are adorable, and your love for them (and Matt) is so obvious throughout this entire post! xo

  2. Shannon Rice says:

    Love this post. I'm a first time mom to a 6 month old, so I love seeing how others organize their day — especially those with experience, like you! Thanks so much for sharing a glimpse into your day to day. Have a great weekend!

  3. Lindsey says:

    I love these types of posts! Always cool to see how other moms handle the summer.

  4. Ashley says:

    We have been crafting like crazy! You've probably seen on IG, but I can't say enough about the Alex brand kits. They come with every single thing you need, and are $8-$10 on Amazon. I also just joined Kiwi Crate. We can kill an hour + in the afternoons doing crafts!

  5. Marychris says:

    Love this. You really seem so hands on….something that I can work on. Also, I need another baby after looking at Miss Frances 🙂

  6. Steph says:

    This is great! I have a 2 year old and another due in a couple weeks, so it's very helpful to see how other moms do it!

  7. Your little ones are adorable…and I can only imagine how exhausted you are at the end of the day! I love seeing peeks into your routine though!

  8. Emily Amy says:

    You are so healthy! I would love to know what brand of veggie sausage you eat in the morning. You've motivated me to be more committed to eating salads for lunch ;).

  9. 17 Perth says:

    We have that same little frog! Eliza loves it! We watch a lot of Anthony Bourdain here too. He is hilarious. Loved seeing your day. Always so interesting to see how other people spend their time!

  10. beth cleary says:

    sounds like a perfect day to me!

  11. Christina says:

    love this. i love that sterling loves the library!! makes me happy. keep him reading! chickfila being on the list of activities makes me happy too. i've given up coffee for tea bc i can't handle the caffeine. even decaf makes me jumpy. so the tea i had this morning was Tazo Passion flavor. i think you'd like it!!! contacting you soon about some jerky. stay tuned sister!!

  12. Oh, I just love this!! I love seeing how other mamas spend their days with kiddos!! Your recipe looks amazing and there is just something about enjoying that glass of vino while cooking dinner. Great job mama!! What a happy little family.

  13. Leigh Cline says:

    Love this post! I have a 19 month old and my day feels similar. How do you fit in cleaning? I hate clutter and do a good job of keeping the house picked up, but never seem to find the time for dusting, vacuuming, etc.

  14. that has been my exact breakfast of choice lately too! Love the peak into your day, your kids are beyond adorable!

  15. I need to give up my coffee and try this hot lemon water. The mozzarella meal is still on my to do list and the kiddos are darling! You give me baby fever!

  16. Lucy says:

    We have music class every Monday and I am in a summer book club/bible study on Tuesdays which offers childcare for my daughter. Win Win! Wednesdays, she is usually worn out so we stay at home in the AM and go to the pool after nap. My husband usually meets us there after work and we just eat dinner there. Thursday or Friday, we go to the zoo first thing in the morning before it gets to hot and then back to the pool!

    My husband and I are addicted to No Reservations. It's so good! And pretty funny too.

  17. Thanks for sharing about your day! Sounds a lot like mine too! My kids love coloring with sidewalk chalk and that's often a good activity in the late (cranky) afternoon. I want to do some scavenger hunts both inside and outside this summer too!

  18. I loved this post. I am so nosy and always love to see a glimpse into other peoples days. I love your blog so fabulous. Would love for you to check mine out.

  19. I love hearing about your day! I was dying to know how you fit it all in! You have such a busy day. I need to start running in the am too before the hubs leaves for work because by the end of the day I am done! Your kids must be so good at entertaining themselves. We are still working on it with my 16 month old. I have to admit that sometimes we turn on the TV so I can get stuff done! I have been blogging at night lately and it definitely takes time away from the hubs, so that needs to change. We love Anthony Bourdain's shows and may have watched every single episode 😉

  20. Nancy Hunt says:

    I love your blog. I remember when my children were little that the days seemed so long, but time passes so fast and then they are grown. You have such a healthy attitude about life and what touched me today more than anything, was that you wait on the steps for your husband. Your children will have that sweet summer memory forever in their hearts.

  21. Nickie says:

    Really enjoyed reading this. It is inspiring me to try to get my act together in the evenings. I've never really enjoyed cooking but I know my evenings would go a lot more smoothly if I would plan a few week night meals on the weekend. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Taylor says:

    I read One and Only over the honeymoon and liked it – I have read all of her books, it wasn't my absolute favorite of hers, but was much better than the last one I thought (the one with the adoption story girl from chicago/mom in NYC…. that was my least favorite of hers!)

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  24. Nat says:

    I love reading other people's day in the life posts- I love to see how people juggle it all- especially since I'm having 2 in a few months.

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