I try not to write about myself much, but I’ve gotten several requests for a post about what a typical day looks like for me and how I fit all the things I suggest into a day. In reality, there is no “typical” day at our house with four kids, but this is what I generally strive for… Please don’t think I am by any means perfect at sticking to this routine everyday. There are many days where a lot of things don’t happen because we spend most of the day outside or go on an impromptu field trip.
My house is not usually perfectly clean, there are usually strange smells or messes (thanks potty training) and the kids usually find something to get into that I had forgotten we even had… but we do our best. The book “A Mother’s Rule of Life” has been tremendously helpful in my ability to find an stick to a routine.
My “Normal” Day
6:00-8:00 am: Wake up. Time varies based on when kids wake up and demand food. Shower, brush teeth, spray on magnesium oil and use plain coconut oil or lotion bars for moisturizer. If I put on make-up I use homemade organic makeup.
If I don’t have time for a shower, I use homemade dry shampoo and DIY beach waves spray and throw on some homemade deodorant. Since everything is homemade, my bathroom counter is filled with glass jars filled with homemade products. Not fancy, but it works:
-Unload dishwasher from night before, prepare breakfast and drink a glass of water.
8:30 ish- Breakfast – usually consists of eggs of some kind and favorites around here are Eggs Baked In Avocado, Breakfast Pizza, Ham and Egg Breakfast Bowls, Egg “Oatmeal,” or on days when we have time, Eggs Benedict. I have an addiction to salmon (which I have no desire to recover from) and this is one of my favorite breakfasts lately (or lunches or dinners)…
Breakfast also usually includes a cup of coffee or tea with healthy fats blended in and my vitamins (I love this kind of coffee). On days when I don’t take all of my vitamins, I make sure to get in probiotics and Fermented Cod Liver Oil (I won’t miss a day… I notice a difference immediately).
9:00-11:00: Morning chores with the kids and school work for the day…we can still do it in this short amount of time since the kids are so young and benefit more from hands on learning outside anyway. Basics usually include laundry, sweeping, and bathroom cleaning (with microfiber to save time) in between teaching reading, math, and science (all other subjects are taught hands on at this age). About once a week, we double up on school and do errands the next day during this time.
11:00-12:00 ish: Gardening outside with kids.
They help some but usually spend more time playing with him:
We’ve struggled a lot with pests this year because it’s been so warm, but the sweet potatoes are thriving (and taking over the garden). Which is great, since my kids can easily put away 1-2 in a meal…
The squash and melons haven’t fared quite as well, and the cucumbers have already died… (if anyone has an organic remedy for cucumber beetles that actually works, please share!)
I love working outside and getting some Vitamin D and some good barefoot time (reasons gardeners live longer)… plus the herb garden makes it smell wonderful…(excuse my goofy looking feet…)
I sometimes try to squeeze in a kettlebell workout in the sun, or just lay on a blanket and read in the sun. Since starting a real food, high nutrient diet, I don’t burn easily at all and feel so energized by this time in the sun.
12:00-12:30ish: Come inside and get lunch or snack ready. Usually consists of some form of salad topped with leftover meat from a previous meal:
1:00-2:30 ish: Nap time or quiet time for kids and my work time/cleaning time. This is when I usually try to write blog posts, work on stuff online, etc. This is my oh-so-fancy “home office” (kidding…) And about my house not always being clean… my desk almost always falls into that category. Yes, I was on Facebook… it’s for work
2:30-5:00 ish- Getting the house clean(ish), folding laundry, and playing with kids. I also usually make any needed household supplies during this time or do regular kitchen jobs like brewing kombucha or water kefir, making cleaning supplies, etc. Here are a few of my reference recipes.
And here’s my checklist that I use to make sure everything gets done: Natural Cleaning and Organizing Checklist
5:00-6:30 ish: Prepare, cook, and clean up from dinner. It’s usually something from my recipes list, most often a stir fry or something equally fast, cheap, and easy. Hubby and kids usually spend this time outside- they play and he tends his backyard vineyard (he makes his own wine and beer).
6:30-8:00 ish: Bath, evening chores, and getting the kids ready for bed. Family prayer/rosary time and kids (hopefully) in bed by 8 p.m. They sleep in completely dark rooms with soft gregorian chant music playing. (They’ll be in trouble if any of them are called to monastic life as chant puts them to sleep instantly…) Since we optimized sleep, they sleep a lot better and don’t wake often, with the exception of the potty training toddler and the nursing 1-year old.
8:00-10:30ish: Work time (most often) or time relaxing with the hubby if we are able to get work done in time. I also try to squeeze in some reading to meet my new-year’s resolution of 2 books per week in 2012. I’ll also sometimes exercise during this time if I didn’t get to earlier in the day.
Right now, I’m working on re-reading Gut and Psychology Syndrome and reading How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, Hypothyroidism: the Unsuspected Illness, The Whole Soy Story, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, and Deep Nutrition (not pictured).
I spend some time on my Rumble Roller to relax my muscles before bed… It’s a great self massage and regular foam rollers didn’t do a thing for my back (where I store stress…)
10:30 ish: Brush teeth and go to bed. I’m a total sleep snob, which stems from the fact that with 4 kids in 5 years, I haven’t had a solid night sleep since 2006. When I do sleep, I optimize it by making sure I don’t drink caffeine after noon. I also sleep on an earthing mat (which I LOVE) in complete darkness (we use blackout curtains) and with nature sounds white noise (we cover the alarm clock and all lights). We also try to keep the temperature around 67 degrees.
My days are usually punctuated with changing many of these and wiping many bottoms:
We can’t even get cable where we live (and probably wouldn’t if we could) so we don’t spend much time watching TV, with the exception of sports and the occasional movie night with the hubby on the weekends. It’s been a huge time-saver not to have TV and the kids spend more time
making messes playing instead.
For the most part, while my days can be tiring at times, I don’t feel like they are that difficult (except for the never-ending questions… I’ve read that the average pre-schooler asks 400+ questions a day, which means I’m answering 1200+ … that’s a lot of talking!). I have so much respect for moms who work, get kids dressed and to school daily, or even manage to have a clean house all the time… I’m a work in progress!
What is your normal day like? Any tips for being more efficient or getting more done with little ones at home? Please share your best advice!