My Morning Routine

Hi all, how’s your Wednesday night going? I’m sitting in bed trying to blog while my 5 month old and 3 year old are playing and trying to grab my laptop! I need a trip to the grocery store right about now because every mom knows that’s “mommy-time”, “me-time”, amiright?!! Anyway, today’s been busy for me. My daughter performed a dance at her school and it was in the middle of the day so I’m still recovering from leftover things to do around the house. Well enough of my ranting. Here is a video I made to give you a small glimpse into my home and what my mornings typically look like. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know if any other videos you would like to see in the comments and thanks for stopping by!

xoxo Jenni C.

 

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.

5 ways I De-stress

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Hi all today I want to share with you how I de-stress myself every few days or just whenever I feel like I need it. Sometimes I feel very overwhelmed with life and with my long list of things that need to get done. I tend to get stressed more than I would like to, but I’ve realized that every few days I need to have some “me” time and relax. Here are 5 ways that I do that.

1. Connecting with God
This is the most important one of all! I try to at least once a week detox myself from the negative emotions in my heart or thoughts in my head that are toxic.The best way to do that is seeking God and his peace. I pray to Him and ask for peace in my heart. I thank Him for all he has done for me and the lessons he’s taught me. I try to connect with Him through reading his word or doing a devotional or praying in private. Spending time with him is vital to my sanity. I always have peace in my heart after time with the Lord.

2. Taking a long shower
Now I’m not talking about an everyday quick shower, but a long spa shower. I usually just jump in the shower in a rush and in all honesty I don’t shower everyday. I just can’t with my 3 kids running around. My husband gets home around 8pm, I serve him dinner, and start our night routine which is putting kids to sleep, cleaning, nursing my baby girl, etc. So all in all my “me” time is really scarce. So when I schedule a long shower, it really feels like I’m in a spa. I put some
music on and run the water while I prep my pjs. I jump in the shower and take my time. When I step out of the shower I’m able to put my hair treatment on, brush my hair, even braid it  sometimes haha. I put my lotion and face cream on and let my skin absorb it. I get dressed and by this time someone already needs me. Either my son has to use the restroom, baby’s fussy, School papers need to be signed. So when I’m out the door it’s straight back to reality, but feeling refreshed and most definitely de-stressed.

3. Running errands alone
On the days that my husband is off from work I try to get out of the house and run all the errands that I didn’t run all week. So during the week I plan my “to-do” list and have it ready. I leave the baby fed, and my toddler fed as well and off I go. I try to stop by and treat myself to a decaf coffee or some sort of drink just for me. I drive and start working off of my to-do list. Something about driving around listening to music with the windows down just relaxes me.

4. Listening to really loud music
When I have cleaning around the house that I’ve put off for a few days and I finally get to it, I’ll blast Pandora and just start cleaning from the living room to the dining room to the kitchen. Listening to music makes a difference for me when it comes to cleaning. Also my toddler will start dancing along to the beats and that definitely brings a smile to my face. By the time I’m done I feel relaxed.

5. Watching a romantic or funny movie
It’s very rare that I’ll sit down and watch a movie all the way to the end. When I do, though, I try to choose a romantic movie. I’m just a sucker for romance and all things love stories! So that’s my first choice of movie. If I can’t find a romantic one, then a funny one will be my second choice. I either end up feeling funny or feeling appreciative of love. Either way, it de-stresses and relaxes me!

These are just 5 of the ways that I de-stress, but let me know what your techniques for de-stressing are! Or let me know if you’ll be trying these out and if they worked for you. Thanks for stopping by!

Jenni C.

The Last Thing That Made Me Cry

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Hi All. This post is actually not that easy for me to share, but I want to be real and I want you to get to know me, the real me.. I’ve cried many times in my life, I’m an emotional person and not only have I cried when I’ve been sad, but also when I’ve been mad, and happy, and frustrated. Well, you get the idea. I hate doing it, but after I do it I feel relieved. I see it as my way to release that knot that I have in my throat! Does anyone else feel like that?

Anyway, the last time I cried was about a week ago. My 2-year old son and I are really close. I stay home with him everyday so we spend a lot of time together. Even though we’re practically attached at the hip, he enjoys spending time with his uncles, aunts, and grandparents. I let him spend some time with my mom at a birthday party and as usual checked in with a phone call. My mom told me he was fine and having a great time at the party. I was busy at home, but started to miss my son. It just feels different when he’s not around.

My mom ended up bringing him home at around 9pm. When I opened the door to get him, he was half asleep and half crying because he did not want to come home. I thought that as soon as I carried him and soothed him he would calm down and go to sleep. I mean, he didn’t see me all day, he must really want to spend time with me, right? Wrong! I tried to take him from my mom’s arms and he was not having it! I’m talking about kicking and screaming! I had never experienced this with him so I did not even know how to react. I took him forcefully and practically ran to his room to put him in his bed.

When I lay him down and tried to sleep next to him he was just pushing me away. Like I mentioned before, I had never gone through this with him so it was all new to me. I tried and tried to soothe him by rubbing his back, and head, but he was not interested. By this time my mom had already left and my husband came into my son’s room. I signaled him to take over the situation and I walked out of the room. All I wanted was to hug my son tightly and for him to hug me back. I went in my room and started crying. I was pushed away by this little boy that I love so much and it really broke my heart.

My husband was finally able to calm my son down and get him to sleep. I had to realize that he wasn’t acting like himself and that he was tired and sleepy and just wanted nothing to do with anyone. I had to accept that it was not personal, even though it felt like it was. Now my husband had to calm ME down and get me to sleep haha. Anyway, this incident has been repeated already but I’m happy to record that no more tears have been shed on my end! Has this ever happened to you mommas out there? How did you get through the first time?

Thanks for stopping by!

Jenni C.