How Do You Find Time?

No Seriously, this is mainly directed to the mama’s out there.. specifically stay at home moms who don’t use childcare… but how do you find time in the day to get anything done? With to little ones on different schedules, I find it hard to get anything done during the day.  I wake up every morning with big plans and great intentions but most of my day look is planned around a time with they hopefully both nap and whatever errand we have to run that day and than filled in between with play time, diaper changes and feedings and by the time the day ends I have found i haven’t accomplished much else.

I want our days to be filled with meaningful entertainment and activities for the kids, my house work getting done and being organized, exercise, getting blogs posts done, uploading youtube videos and getting my personal work done as well and maybe reading a few pages of a book.

My biggest struggle I find is that Bennett is at an age where I can’t really leave him alone in a room , cause he now not only climbs on everything but gets into EVERYTHING no matter how childproof  I make it and our home is small. So we don’t have a dedicated play room, where i can throw him in and not worry about anything happening. Owen is 3 months old so my ability to do stuff his based on his attitude and his schedule. AND even if I get a miracle of them napping at the same time, i usually just want to have ME time and once Andrew gets home, I just want to have time with him ( he works 6 days a week… so the few hours a day we get together mean a lot)

I had started a plan to wake up at 6-6:30 AM and go running before the kids wake up. That way Andrew is still home with them. BUT I find myself wanting to sleep in if Owen woke up at 5AM or a few times during the night. I like my sleep and I am a night owl. So today I decided to start a new plan. Instead of going back to bed after taking care of Owen in the morning. I am going to wake up and start my day. That means I may wake up at 3AM or at 6AM and anywhere in between. BUT I will NOT go back to bed. I will wake up and start working, clean whatever needs to be cleaned or organized and workout/go for a run.  Now.. sleep is important but I can either nap when the kids nap or if I have to get up super early go back to bed before the kids wake up.

SO Mama’s i need to know HOW DO YOU DO IT?!  I know it is possible. I know it can be done… but How do you find the time?!  My plan my be crazy and I may fail at it.. but I have to TRY something new, cause the current system I have isn’t working.

 

 

 

 

Weekly Re-Cap: #2

 

Welp, first off I am late to getting this posted! So way to go me! But to be honest, this past week is sort of a blur to me…

Sunday, Andrew and I had planned to clean out our Garage. We had recently acquired a whole bunch of my childhood boxes, which ended up taking up a while bunch of space. So my goal was to go through all of the boxes and sort them or throw stuff away and then make space in the garage for everything.  We woke up that morning and I made my delicious Gluten Free Pancakes. and we started to unload the garage so I could go through everything.

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Unfortunately, half way through the process of cleaning I got some very sad and serious news. Nothing that I plan on sharing at the moment; but something that definitely put a slight damper to the day.  We decided to run some errands and just hang out and process for a moment. Then I continued with the cleaning process for a short while and mainly just organized the garage so we could get stuff when we needed it. We will be having another clean out day pretty soon though.

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The rest of the week I was in a real funk. I tried to get work done, but really just couldn’t muster the energy up to do it. Besides getting workouts in, I cannot remember most of the week. This is what I can remember though…

Tuesday, Owen turned 2 Months old! Which is a shock to me, but it also feels like he has been here 6 months already. It was also National Have A Coke Day so I celebrated just that on Instagram. Also, I think this was the day that the first prototype of one of the shirts we will be selling on the new website arrived too!

With Owen turning 2 months old we had his 2 month Old check up where I was pleased to find out he is gaining weight again! Even if he is still in the 1% percentile. The doctor didn’t seem too worried about his breathing/sleep issues ( i’m still convinced he has mild sleep apnea or something similar) and she confirmed what I suspected that he does have a flat head on one side, but he doesn’t need a helmet at the moment. Besides that… everything looks good.

On Bennett’s end we attempted to begin Potty training, but really I set myself up for failure on this aspect because I really didn’t give myself several days where we are JUST home to prepare ourselves. I am not pushing it, but he is wearing pull-ups, with some naked time and he has sat on the portable potty we have (something I wanted to avoid but felt would work best with Bennett) but doesn’t like it very much, he will in a worried tone say “YAY!” but he hasn’t sat on it willingly yet. To bribe him we give him hot wheels, which he enjoys. BUT i have cleaned more pee AND poop off the floors than I would like to admit.

Friday, we watched my little brothers baseball game (they won) and then we went to dinner afterwards which was nice and Saturday, we went to watch Andrew’s cousin play softball. She absolutely killed it, even if their team lost and afterwards we had pizza at their place. It is always nice getting to spend time with them; since both Andrew and I only met that side of the family 2 years ago and Andrew’s youngest cousin is only a year older than Bennett. So they get to spend time together playing and that was a wrap up to our week and nice way to end it since it had started with such bad/sad news.

 

Rental Home Reno. : Painting the House

Almost a year ago, Andrew, Bennett and I moved into the home we currently live in and it is a unique situation. The home we live in and rent currently is my first childhood home. It is the home my Dad and Mom bought together, that I came home in and learned to walk in. It is the home that my Dad moved into when my parents divorced and I spent a few days a week at and it’s the house that for almost a year I lived in with my ex-husband before we got divorced and that I lived in by myself coping with that divorce.

Living in the Bay Area, prices for homes and rent are pretty ridiculous, little over a year ago our little family of 3 lived in Mountain View,CA in a cute newly renovated Duplex, that we LOVED. However, once when our lease was up the owners decided to increase our rent. We were sad, but we were planned on renewing our lease, despite the fact that it would make us really tight on money. And then my Dad offered up this house; we weighed the pros and cons… Pro it was a house, Con is what an older home, Pro it has a huge backyard, Con we hate the city its located in, Pro the rent is waaayyy cheaper, etc and ultimately it just made sense for us to move there.

Even though it is my technically “my” home we are still renters which means we can’t just fix it up whenever and however we’d like. However, at the beginning of the year Andrew and I made a list of things we would like to improve with home and hopefully we would get approval to do said things. We do plan on living in this house for 3 more years and the first item on that list was to get the exterior of the home painted.

So over a month ago, we had mentioned this to my Dad and about a week ago he texted me to let me know to pick out colors. It was a little out of the blue and we were getting it all done in a few days time frame. So it was a little rushed and we didn’t get to buy samples to try out beforehand. I was going purely off of what I saw online. Which is difficult. This was also a miscommunication on my Dad’s part. He thought since we had asked about it, that we had already tested colors out.. but i digress.

You see, you have NO IDEA how excited I was for this project the color of our house prior to getting it painted was a faded yellow, with faded greenish blue shutters. and peeling white trim. On top of how the landscaping of our front yard, it was just kind of made us embarrassed to have people over….

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For inspiration of course I looked on Pinterest. I knew I wanted a navy-ish exterior, true white trim, a colored door and with the shutters I wanted natural wood stained shutters.

 

So, unfortunately my idea of naturally stained wooden shutters…Which I would want to be the color of the door in the middle photo above; was nixed. AND my original options for a colored door (See below) were nixed.

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For the exterior, Andrew and I debated between two colors from Sherwin Williams.. Naval and In the Navy. Since Andrew doesn’t really give too many opinions when it comes to this kind of stuff. We went with his pick of In the Navy.  The next day was paint day (just the exterior) and after he finished and we saw the final result.. we were a little shocked.

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Although, the photos don’t do full justice to the problem, the home was very BLUE. Not a navy color but BLUE and on top of that there was a mistake and the color was done in a gloss, so we had a very blue and shiny home.  So after a day of discussion we decided to switch to our original color choice of Naval and definitely NOT with any gloss or sheen.

After making the switch and seeing the final product we are both VERY happy with the final results. Every time I drive up to our home, I fall more and more in love with it. There are still a lot of things we need to do. Like the porch needs a new color, all the shutters need to go up, and we need to do landscaping in our front yard, but it never ceases to amaze me what a little fresh paint can do for a home.

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Bennett’s Room Before Baby Owen Arrives

The room that is always the most “finished” where we live is always Bennett’s. This is his 3rd bedroom! Although, I always feel like it is never completely finished. There are always design ideas popping through my brain.

However, when we moved into our current home, I had already had in mind the fact that we were trying for baby number two. Bennett got the biggest room in the house (technically suppose to be the master) and Andrew and I took the smaller room. So, when designing his room and doing the layout of it. I kept in mind that some day this room would also double as the nursery.

Although,  Baby Owen won’t be living in this room for a few more months after his birth. We have our baby shower this week and I want to start getting his side of the room ready. Mainly, for storage purposes. So, before we do that. I wanted to capture Bennett’s room as it is now. Before he has to share it.

A little description/back story. Bennett’s Nursery theme was Camping/Mountains. I choose the theme because I knew it was a theme that he could grow into for a few years. (Check out his nursery tour here) Although, with his obsession with cars, baseball and Curious George at the moment.. who knows this Mama might cave in to a change within the year.

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If you want a more in depth look at the room head over to our youtube channel (here)