A Day In My Life

Good Morning All!! Well right now it’s about 8:47 in the morning here in San Diego and I’m sitting here in my living room with y 3-year-old son. He’s watching Clifford and I’m here, having mommy-time. I thought I’d give you a glimpse into a typical day in my life. So here’s what today looks like for me.

6:45 am: I woke up and took some chicken out of the freezer for today’s dinner then got ready to take my daughter to school. We walk to school so it’s a good way to fully wake up and also a good time to spend some time talking to her and give her a little bit of my undivided attention that sometimes I can’t give her during the day. Today we talked about how she’s excited about 6th grade and she’s ready to get her fundraising started for 6th grade camp. She’s seriously a good sales little woman. We also talked about how she wished the sun would be out and I told her I like cloudy days like these and I also mentioned she’s getting better and better at doing her hair. We got to school and I walked her to her classroom and said goodbye.

coffee7:45 am: I walked back to the cafeteria for the “Coffee with the Principles” meeting they were going to have. This is a great way to get more into what my daughter’s school is up to and also to get to know the principles and some of the teachers in her school as well. Oh, and you can never go wrong with a cup of coffee and cookies at 7:45 in the morning and raffle for a prize. I walked home afterwards with no prize in arms ha ha, but a better understanding of what is going on in my daughter’s school.

8:30 am: I got home and my son was already awake and in my bed with his daddy. Daddy is off from work today
so there are a few things we’re taking care of. I bring him to the living room and we hang out for a little while before daddy & sister wake up. My daughter always sends my son a little snack from her school’s cafeteria in a little lunch bag so this is the time he will open it and eat it. This is also the time where I can read him a book to him or play something with him.

Banana-Oat-Pancakes 29:30 am: My husband wakes up around this time on his days off and we make breakfast together. Today we will make my famous (and delicious)
banana-oatmeal pancakes since I have about 4 bananas that are about to go bad. Once breakfast is ready my husband and son will eat and I will go nurse my daughter. After she’s done, I will have my breakfast then clean-up the kitchen.

 

10:30 am: We just purchased a car off Craigslist but it needs a few repairs. One very important one is the Air Conditioning system! With temperatures reaching past the 80s here in San Diego and with 3 kids in the car, we definitely need this fixed asap. So my husband will be taking the car down to Tijuana to get that fixed for a better price.

Laundry11:00 am: I will start by putting a load into the washer, and while that gets going I will clean my room and my bathroom. I will probably cut up a green apple with peanut butter for a snack for my son and me and take out a Gerber for my baby girl. Then I will put the load into the dryer and start washing another load while the first one finishes drying.

12:00 pm: I will get to dusting the living room and sweeping the floor and then fold the dried clothes and put the washed clothes into the dryer. At this time I will wash the potatoes and get them ready for the oven, then wash some broccoli and steam it.

playdoh1:00 pm: I will get the Play-Doh out for my son and sit him in a high-chair to play while I nurse my daughter for the second time. Can I just say Play-Doh has been a life-saver for me when it come to entertaining my son. He literally will spend a good hour to two hours playing with it!! I love this stuff! Anyway, once I’m done nursing I will put baby girl down for her nap and finish up cooking the chicken breasts I thawed earlier and I will also be making lentil soup.

2:15 pm: If my husband is back from Tijuana, he will stay with the kids while I go pick up my daughter from school, or he will go himself, but if he’s not this is the time I will start prepping to go pick her up. I’ll have my son put on his shoes, brush his hair and teeth and get myself and my baby girl changed (If we’re not already). I’ll put the kids in the stroller and off we go.

3:00 pm: I’ll be back home by this time and will put my baby girl in her swing, my son will go play in his room and my daughter will go change and start her homework while I finish up serving dinner. When I’m ready to serve I will call her to set the table and I will serve, we pray, and enjoy our food. When we’re done, my older daughter will clean up the table, put any clean dishes away and go do her homework. I will finish cleaning the rest of the kitchen and sweeping the floor once again.

MOVIEATHOME4:30 pm: I will play a movie for my son so he can watch while I nurse my daughter for the third time. My older daughter will get ready and make herself a snack so she can  leave for a church event she has.

6:00 pm: I will make another snack for my son, maybe ham, cheese and crackers. Then I will sit him down to play with play-doh for the second time.

8:00 pm: I will nurse my baby girl again and let my son use the tablet in the meantime. My older daughter will arrive from church and get ready for bed.

9:00 pm: I will serve the kids cereal and send my daughter off to bed. I will brush my son’s teeth and get him to bed while my baby girl is in her crib.

10:00 pm: This will be wither mommy-time, or mommy and daddy time.

relax311:30 pm: My husband heads off to the gym and I catch up on my Bible reading, spend time with the Lord in prayer and sometimes I will work on my devotional from my Bible Study at my church. This is the fuel that keeps me going and keeps me sane. I don’t function the same when I don’t keep myself checked with God. After this if I still have energy in me and if I’m not sleepy yet I will watch TV for a little while until my husband comes home.

12:30 am: My husband will return from the gym, take a shower and then we’ll go to sleep.

So this is basically it for my typical day. Of course you all probably know that the day changes often with my 3 kids. They have their own schedule and could care less about mine haha.

Anyway I hope you all were able to get a small glimpse into my life as a mom. I’m thinking of doing a video of this to post on YouTube. What do you think?! Thanks for stopping by  ✌🏼️😉

xoxo

Jenni C.

I’m [Blank] because…

Hi all! I wanted to share some facts with you about me and that way you can get to know me a little bit better. I haven’t been blogging for too long so I figured I would share more about myself. I hope you continue to visit and interact with me and my blog. Thanks for the support and enjoy!

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I’m weird because…

  • I sleep with socks on.
  • I wake up at 4am every morning.
  • I can’t sleep with my hair down.
  • I make soups on the hottest days of the year.
  • I always have background music when I clean.
  • I turn my radio down when I’m about to park.

 

I’m a bad friend because…

  • I don’t call enough.
  • I have trouble making it to get-togethers.
  • I take long to reply.

 

I’m a good friend because…

  • I genuinely want the best for my friends.
  • I always enjoy the time I spend with them.
  • I pray for friends.

 

I’m sad because…

  • I wish I had more time to spend with my kids.
  • I lack patience.
  • Sometimes I let little things take away my happiness

 

I’m happy because…

  • I have a God that loves me.
  • I have an amazing, loving family.
  • I mostly get good night sleeps.
  • My son is finally potty-trained.
  • Fall is approaching.
  • I have a washer and dryer at home.

 

I’m excited for…

  • My kid’s future.
  • Drinking coffee after I stop breastfeeding.
  • The food during the Holidays!
  • Family time this winter.

Update

Hi all! So I’ve been MIA for a little while now, but I’m back and here to stay. Let me give you an update on what’s been going on. I was struggling to juggle it all together and in all honesty just didn’t make time to blog. I’m in the end stages od potty-training my toddler and that has also taken up a lot of time. The hubby went back to work a few days ago and I thought I would be going crazy staying at home alone with a 2 month old and a 2 year old, plus having to make trips to take my 10 year old to and from school and the housework/cooking thst goes along with mommying, buuuut surprisingly I’ve been keeping it together very well. I’ve also managed to fit in some gym time or workouts at home! I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself. God has given me the emotional strength to keep it all together on my own. So that’s what’s been going on, but I’m back and balancing it all as well as I can so I will make time to blog again! I will be sharing on my potty training experience and on my fitness journey experience soon so stay tuned and come back! Thanks for stopping by!

Jenni C.

Chocoflan Recipe

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Hi all! I’ve been MIA loosing sleep here at home with my 1 month old! It’s been very tiring and my sleep cycle is all over the place but I think we’re getting the hang of it now! I want to share with you the recipe that I use to make my delicious Chocoflan! Here it is:

For the Flan

3 Eggs
1 can of La Lechera milk
1 can of Evaporated milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
100 grams of Philadephia cream cheese
Liquid Caramel

 

For the Cake

1 box of Chocolate cake mix (just follow the instructions on the box)

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven at 350F

Place eggs, milks, vanilla, and cream cheese in the blender and blend

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In a different container prepare the mix for the  cake

Spray your cake mold with PAM or butter spray, then add the caramel as desired

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Pour the flan mix about half way into the cake mold

Pour the cake mix evenly over the flan mix in the cake mold and cover with aluminum foil

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In a bigger container (oven-safe) add water to fill about a third of it and place the cake mold inside

Place the whole container in the oven for one hour and a half

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Take out of the oven and let cool then place in fridge for 1-2 hours

Then cut, serve and enjoy!

I hope you all like this recipe and try it too! Let me know how it comes out! Thanks for stopping by!

Friends in Christ


Psalm 100.1


So since I had my daughter I haven’t been attending church due to our breastfeeding schedule. I’m still trying to figure out how to slowly get her to drink from the bottle, but need to pump enough milk to even begin that. That’s a whole other blog post in itself lol. Anyway, I downloaded this app on my phone called “She Reads Truth”. This app is mostly an interactive devotional app for women. It also includes the full bible for easy access. I started doing a devotional from the app because I was beginning to feel like I was missing out since I don’t attend church on Sundays. I felt a little left out and I still think it’s too soon for me to go with my daughter and leave her at their daycare. Now don’t get me wrong, their daycare staff is amazing, but I just don’t feel ready yet.

So back to my devotional… I contacted a friend of mine, who is also a believer, and told her about this awesome app that I found. She went ahead and downloaded it and I asked her to start a devotional from the app with me. We would read it and work on it during the day and interact via Messenger before we went to bed. We started it on Sunday night and I have to tell you the Holy Spirit was definitely there. I’m so grateful to have such a willing friend. Lord knows I needed the devotional time so He made all of this possible. The study we are doing is on Psalms. It reminded me to be thankful at all times for He is amazing and loving and deserves all of our praise and glory. So that is what we did on Sunday night. We praised Him and prayed for each other to be able to continue this devotional every night. I can’t stress enough the importance of having the support of sisters in Christ that stand on the same rock as you do. It has been a blessing for me to be able to lean on her through hard times and to have her there as a prayer warrior for me. I just wanted to share that with you all. So how often do you reach out to friends that have the same beliefs as you? Is this something you find helpful? Thanks for stopping by!

Jenni C.


 

How I currently organize my life


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Hi everyone! So up until mid March I was using my iPhone calendar as a planner. It has worked great even now, but I wanted to find a place to jot down all the meals that I would be cooking for the week, shopping lists and more. I found this amazing print-out online at www.thegraciouswife.com and that’s what I’ve been using ever since! It’s awesome and so colorfully cute! This planner has literally saved me. Here’s a link to it!

Home Management Binder – FREE Printables

As far as my cooking schedule…Now that I’ve got every meal of everyday of the week written down, I don’t struggle trying to figure out what to cook when the time comes. And even if I don’t cook the meal that I had written down for that day because I don’t have the ingredients, all I have to do is look at another day’s meal that includes ingredients that I do have and cook that! That right there is priceless! Then I just write down the things I was missing in the Grocery List it comes with and take that with me on my next grocery run.

I still use my iPhone calendar as a back-up, but this Home Management Binder is my go-to-planner everyday! I hope this is useful for all of you! It most definitely was for me! Share with me what you use to organize your life. I know it can be hectic being a mommy, but I would like to hear your ideas on organization! Well thanks for stopping by!

Jenni C.

 

 

 

At-Home Newborn Photo Session

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Hi everyone! As I’m sure not many of you know, I used to do some photography work on the side. I worked with Portraits, Maternity, Smash-Cakes, Quinceañeras, Engagements and Weddings. I wasn’t getting much work in my later days and it sorta died out. I still have my camera and some equipment that I kept. I was looking at some YouTube videos yesterday on how to photograph a newborn at home. All the tutorials said that the best time to photograph a newborn was between 5 and 10 days! My daughter is almost 3 weeks old, but I really wanted to at least attempt to take them. She doesn’t have many “deep sleeps” during the day so I knew it would be a challenge. So I set up my room and took some photos. She looked adorable.

Here’s how I did it! I ran 2 heaters to make my baby nice and warm even with only a diaper. I grabbed a boppy pillow and set it on the bed. I set a large cardboard box on my bed and leaned it on the wall. 08I took a white blanket and stretched that over the bed on top of the boppy pillow and pulled up over the box. Next I put my baby on top of the boppy pillow and posed her and kept my hands on her until she fell asleep. My husband grabbed the diffused light and turned it on and I took the pictures. It took us about 30 minutes which I thought it was not bad considering it was the first time I do these types of photos. And we pretty much ended up in sweat because of the heaters lol!

My husband took a small video of the ordeal and I’ve linked it for you all to see! Have you ever tried to take “at-home” pictures? Please tell me how it went! Thanks for stopping by!

Jenni C.