I have all these things I want to share with you… but none of them are large enough of a post in themselves so I figured I’d plop some good advice all into one bog post in short little snippets. People often ask me how I get it all done. I don’t. Ever. BUT I do get a lot done, even with two kids. Here’s how:
1. I typically am up before everyone else. Usually 4:45 – 5am. I bet you are groaning inside aren’t you? 🙂 I’ve been like this since I was little, I’m sure my parents’ groaned every time they heard me the way I do when Elle wakes up so early. 🙂 I typically check email and Instagram on my phone quickly and then head downstairs to read by Bible and do my Bible study (right now it’s Ann Voskamp’s 1000 Gifts) or prepare for teaching Sunday School. Elle usually wakes up at 5:15ish so either AJ or I will bring her into our bed and she’ll almost instantly fall asleep again. I then will go back downstairs and finish what I’m working on and then plan out my day. It makes a world of difference to have the day planned out with lists before everyone else is awake at 6:20ish. It would never be as organized otherwise. (This photo was taken while reading one afternoon… typically I don’t eat cookies for breakfast, although, let’s be honest, sometimes I do have them first thing in the a.m.).
2. I remember people telling me they couldn’t even find time to unload this dishwasher after they had kids. Here’s what I’ve found works for that: run your dishwasher every night right before bed. I get AJ’s coffee, breakfast and lunch ready to go for him to take to work and then let the kids sit down to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at 7:30am. Typically they are ready for breakfast then which means they eat and watch Mickey while I unload this dishes, make my breakfast and usually have time to answer an email or two. Why do I even mention the dishwasher? Because if I don’t do it then the sink just piles up with disgusting dishes throughout the day and it stresses me out.
3. I do things like laundry and vacuuming and cleaning out the car with the kids. I get them involved. I never, ever want my kids to not know how to do chores so I let them in on the action. They help pour the soap into the washer and dump the clothes in. They help vacuum the car or at the very least, play in the car while I vacuum it. I’ve got them baking with me and the other day they “helped” scrub the kitchen floors (first time I’ve ever done it with them and they LOVED it but I have to watch them like a hawk because they try to jump into my soapy bucket).
3. I’m not the greatest at keeping up with current events… and every year I wish I was better. And then a great blog reader tipped me off to this free email called The Skimm. I get it in my inbox at 7ish every morning and in 5 minutes I can read the headlines and know the backgrounds on the major world events. And it’s dumbed down for people that don’t have a degree in International Relations. You can sign up here.
4. I make a roast chicken every week. It’s about $10, I buy Perdue’s All-Natural ones with a pop-up timer and we get two meals out of it PLUS I boil it down to get three giant yogurt containers of broth (each one of those all-natural ones at the grocery store costs me $2.50ish so I’m saving moula by using all parts of the chicken). And if you think I make it look this glam every week you’d be wrong but it is the easiest meal in the entire world and it does come out with perfect skin every. single. time.
5. I’m giving away this gorgeous little ornament I picked up at Home Goods. Pop on over to the Facebook post to comment for a chance to win. Are you as in love with mercury glass as I am?
That’s all for now with the most random blog post ever. 🙂