I can’t believe another weekend has come and gone. We had the best time enjoying our city. We’re so used to taking the boat out, which we obviously love, but spending a weekend on land was just what we needed. Since Lanier was out of town, watching the Panthers unfortunately lose to the Saints in New Orleans, I took advantage of some girl time, lunches out, golf cart rides with the kids in tow, and I even managed to make it to church with all four (we weren’t on time, but hey, it’s better than nothing). With all of that being said, we did miss him while he was gone. We’ll be excited to see him later today!
As many of you long-time followers know, I used to post a series (usually on Mondays) answering readers questions called “How I Do It.” I started the series after receiving so many emails asking how I did certain things, as a mother of four. Those “How I Do It” posts included everything from topics about laundry and naps to discipline and what to feed a one-year old. Obviously, most of those past posts are outdated now, but if you were a fan then, you’re in luck! I’m bringing the posts back, and plan on updating each of my past posts with how I’m doing things now, since my children are older.
I know all of you know that I put myself out there each and everyday, when I post to SSP. There are critics, which I completely understand. I know not everyone has the same views or opinions as I do, and I don’t expect you to have the same exact ones as I do. That’s why with every ‘How I Do It’ post, even the ones in the past, I preface them by saying this is how I do it and not how you and everyone else should do it. If you’ve got a better way to handle certain topics, by all means, do what works for you. I’m sharing because I have readers who ask and want to know, and while I love fashion and giving styling advice and sale info, I’m also happy to help as a mother too. And no, I’m not perfect, even the advice I give, it doesn’t always work for me, every time. So I feel like these posts encourage me to be a better mother, wife, friend, etc. when I can work on these topics too, and will hopefully help you too!
So to start things off, I thought I’d share our latest daily routine with you. I’ve just recently started using my dry erase calendar in the kitchen again, and I’d always thought it was helpful for me. But the other day, I heard Wheeler reading one of the dates to Effie and got so excited about an up-coming party she saw.
Our Daily Routine
6:00-6:30am – Children wake-up and get clothes on for school
6:30-6:45 – Breakfast, pack lunches, brush hair, etc.
6:45-7:05 – Take girls to school (they can be there as early as 6:50, the tardy bell rings at 7:20); the boys always ride with us, even though I could leave them with Lanier – they love saying help to the carpool helper and crosswalk helper every morning
7:10-7:30 – Come back home and finish getting boys ready for school
7:45 – On a good day, I take boys to school at this time, they can be there as early as 8 or as late as 9.
8:30-12/2 – Work-out, clean the house, do some laundry, pick up groceries, etc. I say I do this until 12 or 2 because some days the boys have after school activities like art or karate, and they stay longer on those days. But today, they’ll be home by noon.
12 – Pick up boys from school
12:15 – Eat lunch, put boys down for naps
2 or 3 – Depending on the day, if the girls have an extracurricular activity, like today they have piano after school, then I’ll leave around 2 and pick them up at parent pick-up. Their bell rings at 2:15. If they don’t have an activity, then I let them ride the bus home. I wasn’t a huge fan at first, but after much begging and pleading on their part, I finally gave in about a month ago. And of course they love it!
3-5 – Homework, snacks, down time to play, read books, etc. Because all of my four are so close in age, they’re really good (most of the time) at playing together. Whether it be legos, dinosaurs, train tracks, kitchen, Barbies, etc. they’re surprisingly all still really good about wanting to play with the same things. As for tv, they only watch PBS Kids, Disney Jr or Nick Jr. I usually like when they watch PBS Kids the best. Even Wheeler will still watch Sesame Street and I love it! We do have iPads, but I use them as a last resort. They always seem to get way too into them and at that point I usually hide them for weeks and weeks on end. I can’t remember the last time I pulled them out. The girls play on the computer sometimes too. My rule is that they can only play on the computer if it’s educational. Their favorites are ABC Mouse, ABC Ya, myON and a new one called Smarty Ants which helps them study their spelling words.
5-6 – Dinner (mac and cheese, spaghetti, grilled cheese, etc. It’s never anything fancy, but if I can get all four to eat something and enjoy it, then that’s what I’m fixing)
6-7 Bedtime prep (in all honesty, I’d put baths/showers in there (obviously) but they don’t take them every single night; so since they took them last night, and if they don’t get too dirty at school, I probably won’t bathe them again tonight)
7-8 – Prayers, song and lights out. The girls’ room has a bunk bed and Logan and Vaughn have separate rooms. Although for the past few months, they’ve been sharing a bed. They switch off each night whose room they’ll sleep in. It’s actually been pretty nice because if they play instead of go to bed, then I tell them they’ll have to sleep in their own beds and not together, and that usually quiets them down.
8-11 – If we didn’t eat dinner with the kids, then we’ll eat a late dinner. We hang out and catch up on shows too. As many of you probably already know, we only have one tv in our house. We have room for more, but we’ve always done it this way. Thankfully, we have a lot in common, so we usually both agree on what shows we watch. And yes, that includes sports too. I also have my laptop out too, but rarely actually work on it. I almost always put it off until the morning.
Many of you ask when I find the time to blog. I usually work on it after the children go to bed or in the morning before the children wake up. I used to have time in the afternoon, while the children napped, but those days are over now. If we’re around on the weekends, they’ll still nap (like they did yesterday, yes, even Wheeler, my 8-year old still naps), but that’s only if we’re at home in the afternoon. More on that on a later ‘How I Do It’ post.
So that’s a start on ‘How I Do It.’ If you ever have any suggestions on a certain topic, don’t hesitate to comment or send an email. I’d love to hear from you!
You Want This Top
This top was a hit on IG over the weekend so I wanted to share it with you. I plan on wearing it a lot this season. Love the length and it has side slits too. Fit is true to size. It comes in four different colors (I already have three of the colors) AND it’s only $16.94! Order this one quick if you’re interested. It won’t last long! I paired the top one with these jeans and the bottom one with these jeans. These heels are great. Have had them for years; they fit true to size. But I plan on wearing this top with flip flops and flats too. Super versatile.
Hope y’all have a great start to your week!