A Day in The Life As a Blogger & Mama to 3
One of the questions I get a lot is how do I “do it all” as a full-time blogger and mama of three. Well, first let me tell you I definitely don’t “do it all”. Not even close. Most days I’m running around like a crazy lady in yoga pants that I’ve worn for four days straight, a baby on my hip and a cup of coffee that’s gone cold because I didn’t have time to drink it all. My husband works really long hours, he’s usually gone 12 to 13 hours a day, so I’m flying solo a lot of the time and just doing my best to get through the days. But somehow I manage to keep it together enough to do what needs to be done each day and blog in the little spare time I do have to myself. This season of life is pretty darn crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Well today I thought it would be fun to take you guys along with me throughout a typical day, so you can see what things really look like behind the scenes here at LVN. I’ve seen other bloggers share these “day in the life” posts and I always LOVE them. Maybe I’m just really nosy, but I enjoy seeing what other people do throughout their day–even the little details are interesting to me. Does that make me weird? Probably. But it’s the truth. And I hope a few of you feel the same way because that’s what we’re doing today. I kept track of everything I did a few days ago, taking photos with my iPhone and notes along the way so you guys could see what life is really like as a blogger and mama to three!
6:32am: Little Ava Pearl woke up bright and early, so I got her out of the bassinet and nursed her for about 20 minutes. The older kids woke up a few minutes later and headed downstairs to play while I finished up with the baby. Ava fell back asleep, so I laid her down and headed to the kitchen. My husband is already off to work, so I let the kids watch some toonies while I checked to make sure the day’s blog post went up without any problems (sometimes that happens!), checked email, social media, etc. All while drinking my giant cup of delicious coffee. Once I was done with that I made the kiddos breakfast and got our day rolling.
7:44am: Everyone is done eating breakfast and we head upstairs to get ready for the day. By then Ava is awake and ready to start the day. She’s pretty excited about it too, as you can tell.
8:22am: After getting all three kids dressed and ready, I rush in the bathroom to get myself somewhat put together. I have about 11 and a half minutes to get dressed and do a bit of quick makeup.
8:32am: I’m all ready for the day with a top-knot and minimal makeup. Time to nurse Ava again before loading everyone in the car and heading to school drop-off.
9:12am: I’ve dropped off my oldest at school and now it’s time to get groceries with the girls. I’ll be honest. I kinda hate grocery shopping. It generally takes forrrrrrrever when I have the kids with me, but it has to be done, so off I go to buy all the things!
10:55am: I’m finally back home from grocery shopping and done putting everything away. Then I hustle to get a roast and veggies in the crock pot. I told you guys how much I love the crock pot, right?! I use it all the time. It’s a life saver.
11:20am: I turn a show on for Allie and sit down to nurse the baby. I grab my computer and try to do as much work as I can while she’s eating. I prop up my laptop on this handy pillow and start checking emails. You’d be surprised how much work I can get done with one hand!
1:27pm: Lunch is done and it’s finally nap time. Ahhh, glorious nap time. I run around to clean the house and take photos for an upcoming post as fast as I can. The afternoon is generally when I get a lot of work done, but on this day Allie refused to nap so that threw a wrench in my plans. After listening to her bounce around in her room for about forty-five minutes, I decided to give up on her nap and I let her come downstairs with me. She played with toys and followed me around while I finished doing my photos and editing. Thankfully Ava took a good nap, so that helped!
3:05pm: Another feeding for Ava and a quick outfit change since sweet baby girl had a little spit-up thing happen. A new outfit was definitely needed! And can we just talk about how darn cute she is?! You better believe those chubby cheeks are getting lots of kisses.
3:41pm: I load up the girls and we head to school to pick up big brother.
4:23pm: We’re back from pick-up, snacks have been eaten, and now we’re all relaxing in the living room together for a while before my husband gets home from work. And by the way, this is generally how my living room looks most of the time. Don’t you be fooled by all those pretty photos!
5:15pm: My husband is home at a reasonable hour tonight (thank you Jesus!) so he takes the older two kids to the park for a bit so I can get some work done and hang out with the littlest miss. Right about now I’m feeling extra grateful for that roast in the crock pot and the fact that I don’t have to worry about dinner.
6:40pm: Dinner is done and it’s time to hang out with the kids before bedtime. And believe it or not, my oldest has to do homework 4 times a week…he’s in kindergarten! Is that crazy to anyone else or is it just me? Especially considering he’s at school every single day, all day long. Sheesh. Poor kid. I don’t think I had homework until I was in the 4th grade.
8:42pm: The kids are all in bed, so it’s time to get back at it and finish a post I needed to get done. This is honestly how I get the majority of my work done these days–lots and lots of late nights. But I love it and feel so blessed to do what I do.
10:32pm: Finally ending the day with a quick shower then it’s off to bed. I am exhausted and ready for some sleeeeeep. At least until that cute little baby wakes me up!
Well guys I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my life as a blogger and stay at home mama. This season of life is a bit crazy and I’m honestly still figuring it all out now that I have three. Some days are insanely busy and I barely have time to even put real clothes on. And other days I feel like superwoman who can do it all with time to spare. No two days are ever the same around here, but that’s what makes life interesting, right?! I’ve got a pretty sweet life and I always make sure to end each day by thanking God for all my blessings. I am one lucky lady!
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the support you guys give me every day. Big hugs from me to you! xoxo
I loved this! Fun post!
Have a great day!
precious family. you are very efficient
I loved this post. Thanks for sharing. I think it’s so important as mommas and wives that we keep it real for each other!
I completely agree Nicole!
As a working mom I totally get it!! My husband and I work opposite shifts (I’m days, he works nights) so that we don’t have to pay for daycare for our toddler. Your day looks a lot like my Saturdays and Sundays when I’m soloing it with the little man. I swear mother’s, upon giving birth, are given an extra set of invisible hands and another sense. Thank you for the peek into your life!
haha I couldn’t agree more Kate, we moms have superpowers for sure!
You’re one strong & efficient momma!
Thank you Katie!!
This was super cute and fun to see behind the scenes! Oh I remember these days when my kids were young and I know it seems daunting some days but without sounding so cliche, it REALLY does go by so quick, so just keep enjoying each day with those sweet babies! You are doing a GREAT job and I always enjoy your posts!!
Thank you so much Kim! And you’re so right, the time goes by way too quickly!
I’m a wee bit older, but I remember those days trying to get things done around the house, running errands, cooking, etc. Enjoy it because like everyone says it goes by so fast. Thank you for being honest and sharing your life with us, and that baby is adorable!!
Sarah> Beth Levenstein
Thanks so much! They are busy days for sure, but I’m so grateful for this crazy life. Thanks for dropping by Beth! 🙂
I’ve been reading your post about starting your own blog and I’m finally working on my own! Thank you so much for all of your fun and informative posts. This one from today is one of my favorites!
Oh that’s so exciting! Good luck to you Emily!
Great site! Just wondered..where did you get your kitchen table and chairs? I love your house! Thankyou
Thanks Deborah! The table and chairs are from Pier 1. You can see it here: https://rstyle.me/n/cssg8yb6hgf
Your adorable. Love your hair! Baby is precious? Gour house is so bright and cheery helps too im sure. Love that you shared your life. I remember those good old days with the littles! God bless you! Great job mama!!!
Sarah> Cynthia Carlos
Thank you so much Cynthia!
Angela @ Simply Beautiful By Angela
This was an awesome post and I think you inspired me to do one on my blog! Although most of my day is spent at my job and my blogging gets done on the train and on my break so it won’t be nearly as interesting haha! I seriously admire you and your blog so much! 😊
Sarah> Angela @ Simply Beautiful By Angela
Thank you Angela, I really appreciate that! And you should definitely do a post like this on your blog. They are fun!
LOVE this! I was literally wondering how you do it all just the other night!
It’s nice to see how “normal” your life is. (As Patsy Clairmont said, normal is just a setting on your dryer!) 😜 You do the best you can and cut yourself a lot of grace. It’s not an easy job! Baby Ava looks happy and and you have a routine that allows for flexibility that inevitably demands your attention. I agree with it’s crazy kindergarteners have homework! How did we ever grow up to be adults without it? 😬I remember having a day my 3rd baby was in and out of his car seat 19x in one day due to older two kids car pools, practices, shopping and errands, And I wanted to cry and say I’m so sorry to him. But ya know, he was our most flexible, easy going child. Low key, go with the flow. Still is and he’s a dad now…he brought calm to my life and I thank God for him. You make it look easy…but I’m sure it challenges you everyday. Thanks for sharing. Mommy’s are modern day marvels!! Blessings! PS it does help to have baby meals on the run aka breastfeeding! Lol…and it’s a blessing to have to sit down and do it from time to time to slow us down. You’re amazing!
Oh my goodness, 19 times!!? That sounds like pure torture! You were superwoman for sure Faith!
I love this peak into your daily life. You have such a great blog. It’s obvious that you love your family and pour your heart into doing what you love the most. You inspire me daily. 🙂
I enjoyed this post! Ava is getting so big ~ and you’re right ~ those little cheeks lol. I can also relate with my husband working late… and honestly my son had a lot of homework in kindergarten too! Thing is, he’s in fourth grade now ~ and only has to study and by Thursday has to write spelling words 3 times each… That’s it! I think it’s making him lazy. But what do I know 🤷♀️ But I think that’s a lot for kindergarten…. Thanks for this post, it was fun.
Ha! I’m nosy like you AND I think it’s nuts about the homework. Drives me crazy how much time they spend after school. This did start in kindergarten and has gone all through high school. Only two years left until the hush school season is over for my girl. My son already graduated and is in college (yes I was twelve when I had him teehee). I love getting post/blog notifications from you. You crack me up and are super relevant to me (even with the slight ahem age difference in the kids 😂). Thanks for sharing until next time.
I love my crock pot as well! Have you discovered the pot liners for crock pots???? Oh my goodness…game changer!! Talk about easy clean up. Thanks for the post.
I love these kinds of posts! I’m nosy too (LOL) so I like seeing how all the other moms are getting it done! Kudos to you! I wish I could shower at night – but my hair will have none of that! haha!
Love this post. Thanks for sharing your day with your readers.
Your children are beautiful. you sure are organized.
Thank You for sharing.
This is a great post. I enjoyed very much. The children are adorable. Thank You for showing us your daily routine.
You just amaze me girl~ I remember those days with 3 little ones, without the creative blogging though! Loved the picture of you with the kiddies in the living room together, just being normal like. Just reminds me that you creative people we put up on pedestal are just out there living like the rest of us but you allowed us to have a glimpse of your real deal today Sarah! Loved what you had cooking in the crockpot. That’s how you are able to do all you get done. Sweet young children you have too! Thanks for sharing.
Sarah> Rhonda S.
Aw Rhonda, you are so sweet. Thank you, I always appreciate your kind words and encouragement!
Hi sweetie, loved this post. I think all of us has a bit of nosy nellie inside. My children have their own children and are pretty much living like you. Sometimes a little hard but always rewarding. Love and nurture them unconditionally and you can never go wrong. One of the best things you can do for you family is to take some time for you. A healthy, happy mama is the best thing you can give them. Amen!🙏 P.S. crock pot …best invention EVER!
Sarah> Angela Servello
You are totally right Angela! And I need to remember to take some time for me more often. Thank you friend!
Loved this post! Brought back memories of having 4 little ones and Ava is adorable!
Thank you for being there for your kids! I love this post with real life photos. The staged photos are beautiful, but it’s a reality check to see that sometimes there are toys on the floor at your house!!
Love this post it so reminded me of myself as a stay at home mom but instead of being a blogger I had farm animals to also take care of! You have the cutest post and stories and I so love your honesty! Enjoy yourself and your family!
Your honesty is refreshing! Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your day to day “real life”! And yes… I guess I am riding the “weirdo” bus too… I like knowing how people conquer it all in one day 🙂 Ha Ha! ‘Til tomorrow sweetie!!
haha weirdos unite!! Thank you for stopping by Jami! 🙂
You are one busy mama! This blog brought lots of memories to mind when I was a mama with three little ones! Now I’m a great grandma to two little ones and another one will be here around Thanksgiving! Little Ava is growing so fast! Sounds like you know how to balance your time with your family!
Enjoyed your post! I am interested in other people’s days. Being retired I have been doing a lot of crafts lately. Love estate sales and thrift stores. A friend gave me a couple of old pieces I have to get busy on!!
Loved seeing your world. Such a full life. xx
It’s like that saying: “If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart.”
What a great reminder to end each day remembering your blessings. (And P.S. I shower at night too- it’s the only way to ensure I get a shower these days!
Amen to that Morgan!
I’m impressed with your busy routine while keeping up with your work! I so miss those busy days of little ones that really need you! Some day you will long for that life-believe me!
That was too sweet, thanks for the sneak peek!
Love the post and wow your one busy gal. Stay blessed sweet lady
Sarah! This was such a fun read! You are Wonder Woman! Loved this post 🙂
Your home looks so warm and inviting. Very lovely family.
What a great post Sarah! Thanks for sharing your day & family with all of us! I feel blessed to be able to share in your life thru Instagram & your blog…You are so much fun and share such great pics, ideas, and how to’s with us! It’s kinda weird to feel like you know someone you have never actually met but you are like a back yard neighbor & friend even though you are so many miles away! You have such a bubbly personality and it comes thru in everything you share…Thanks so much for all you do for us and for putting a smile on my face & on my heart, I look forward to it everyday! 🌹 💖 🌹 💖 🌹
Aw Sherri, you are so kind. Thank you for all the support. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and getting a little look into my day-to-day life. It’s pretty busy in this season, but I wouldn’t change anything. Thanks again for your sweet words. Hugs to you!
Sounds a bit like my days! You go mama!
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This is such a sweet post. I definitely needed to read it today 🙂 I’ve been so stressed out lately trying to manage everything and keep my head on straight. I just started a blog this past spring, had our first baby in August, and am working half time as a structural engineer … sometimes it’s so hard not to just give up. Thanks for being so open about your day-to-day. It’s nice to see how someone else handles the chaos 😉 You’re an inspiration!
Hi Sarah, I really loved this post. I am a great grandmother babysitting my great grandson from 7 AM to 12:30 PM Monday through Friday. I get up at 6:00 AM every morning just to be sure I’m wide-awake and have had enough time to function before he gets here at seven. I like to have my morning coffee in peace. Your posts are always so inspiring and I love hearing about your little family. Keep up the good work, And get plenty of rest.