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Summer is my absolute favorite season, but it is also an insanely busy one. With our short summer months here in Wisconsin, we try to pack as much outside fun into it as possible–which means that often times we aren’t home much during the day. Because everyday feels like a fire drill as a WAHM I try to do a few things the night before to help set me up for the most productive day. It’s hard sometimes to muster the energy to do it–especially, when all I want to do is crawl into bed at 8:30 PM; but, taking the ten minutes to sort everything out the night before makes all the difference in the morning when I have to kids running around underfoot like tornadoes. And I am not kidding when I say tornadoes–Jack is a serious force of nature to be reckoned with, his destruction knows no boundaries 😉
Our days are busy these days between swim lessons/ pool time, trying to squeeze some workouts for me, their naps (often in the stroller), work, errands, and play time. We are constantly on the go, and to keep up my energy I always make sure to have pack vitaminwater in my bag. That way when I am out and about, and running ragged I can get vitamins, electrolytes, and zero blah. It helps keep my hydrated and my energy up which is so important on those hot busy summer days especially when I am in the sun all day outside! I know I love peering into other people’s lives, so here is a diary of what we did yesterday:
7AM Jack amazingly slept in–miracles happen (he is usually up at 5:30)
7:30 Breakfast for the kids, B comes downstairs, I pack E’s lunch/ breakfast and E leaves for work after walking Ella
8:00 While the kids eat, I empty the dishwasher and put stuff away, start a load of laundry
8:30 Play outside/ water the plants. I let the kids play outside on the porch while I harvest the cherry tomatoes, pick basil from our garden, and water.
9:00 With some work deadlines, I know I am going to have to resort to TV this morning to occupy the kids so I turn on a program and get DIYing. Both Jack and B are in and out of the room, and I can watch them play in the family room and watch TV while I work in the kitchen. I photograph and finish up writing. I am embarrassed that they watched over an hour today but it happens when Jack won’t nap.
10:30 Time to start getting ready for the pool–I give the kids an early lunch/ snack and walk over to the pool. I grab my pool bag and we go!
11:00-12:30 Play at the pool. On the walk home Jack ends up falling asleep so we walk home, and I quickly change into my running clothes and bring B a doll to play with in the stroller.
1:00 My time to workout. Jack sleeps in the stroller and B hangs out. B then falls asleep in the middle so after finishing my run, I push the stroller for an additional 1.5 hours listening to podcasts and house stalking. I love seeing other people’s houses and have some serious crushes on my route!
3:15 Everyone wakes up. Time for a snack and to come home and play inside
5:00 Time for dinner–I make an early dinner for the kids because I have a preschool board meeting at 6:30 that I will take them to. 5:45 E gets home but has to mow the lawn. He says hello, takes Ella out, and then starts mowing–it will take 2 hours tonight because he has to bag it and we have 1/2 acre.
5:45 I clean up the dinner dishes and the kids play some more inside. The house looks like a disaster at this point, but it’s ok I remind myself.
6:15 leave for board meeting with kids in tow. Everyone is happy though to head to school and get to play!
8:30 return home with the kids just in time for bedtime (albeit a bit late for Jack!) Two tired kids ready to zonk out, and so am I!
9:00 After everyone is down, it is time for me to get myself ready for tomorrow and then finally put my feet up! Even though it’s the last thing I want to do, I make sure I do the following three things:
3 THINGS TO DO THE NIGHT BEFORE TO MAXIMIZE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
1.) Write out your goals and schedule for the next day
This one seems so simple but it is the most important! There is a reason experts always say this is their number one tip! I always have a running list of things to do and a calendar in my head, but writing it out helps me avoid the overwhelm! It is way too easy to forget stuff in my head, and having everything swirl around there makes it so much more overwhelming. Writing out my goals/ schedule also helps lay out the day in terms of what has to happen when. On a typical day if B has a swim lesson at 10:30, then I know Jack will have to go down for a nap at 9:00, (and because that is unlikely to happen whenever we have a deadline and the only way I can guarantee a nap is if I run,) I know that I will have to leave for my run at 9:30, drop the bags off at the pool on our way, and make sure to pack snacks for the kids.
2.) Lay out clothes
All you moms know how long it can take to get a toddler dressed (especially an opinionated one!) So the night before, I quickly grab a pair of undies, socks, a skirt (no shorts for Miss B!), and put it right by the stairs. That way in the morning, I can just grab it on my way downstairs and don’t need to send B up to get clothes. I also set out a pair of shorts and a tee-shirt for Jack at the same time. We keep all of our pool clothes in the laundry room so they are always ready to go. All of our pool stuff stays together, so I can easily grab their swimsuits, floaties, goggles, pool toys, and towels all at once.
This way in the morning when I need to make sure everyone goes potty, has milk, has eaten, needs something else…at least we are prepared for the day! We like to walk everywhere we can in the stroller, so I always have my vitaminwater!
3.) Keep Hydrated to Maintain Energy
Anyone that has ever been hangry and thirsty can relate to this one. The kids aren’t going to have a good mom if I don’t take care of myself and maintain energy. So I make sure to throw some snacks in for the kids and some vitaminwater for me!
Make sure to pick up a 20-pack of vitaminwater at your closest Sam’s Club. Find a club near you here! It is a great and affordable way to stock up and with a 20-pack I don’t have to run out as often!
Alright mamas, time to spill! What are your top tips for getting it all done in a day? Between keeping the house clean, working, and being a mom it is hard to squeeze it all in but it is doable!