How to Create a Weekly Plan for a Stay at Home Mama

The first year of becoming a stay at home mom, my life just seemed like a really long never ending day, that kept repeating itself.

It was seriously all a blur.

When I had a full time job I was really great at scheduling my work out and remembering what needed to get done and how long I’d have to do it or if I needed to pick up the pace.

So when it came to doing the same thing at home I dropped the ball and I found my life feeling chaotic and out of sorts on a daily. It would really make me feel like I had no control over anything.

Until I recently listened to the Jenna Kutcher Podcast: EP: 207, where she talks all things batch work and how it can essentially help free up more time in your schedule.

Instead of half-done, or 99% done, it sets the stage for focused work that is wildly efficient.

As a stay-at-home mama I feel like batch work could really help me organize my day so things are much less frantic and up in the air.

I know life with a toddler can be a bit whatever way the wind blows type of lifestyle but for J and myself structure and routine have been a much better way of life.

I have always been a planner but never great follow through. I would get my months set up in advance, and then something would happen or I would get discouraged and out the window it went.

Last year as I was browsing the shelves for all things planning and I came across the simplest weekly planner and started writing things a week at a time.

I created something similar, you can click here to download.

First, I’d plan our dinners then I would start penciling in activities like go to the zoo, take a walk to the park, meet my mom for breakfast, and etc.

Just having a week of planned of dinners felt like the largest weight lifting off my shoulders.

HelloFresh has also been a great way for me to take the burden of figuring dinners, pinning recipes and getting all of the necessary ingredients with a toddler at the grocery store off of my plate. If I know we have a busy week coming up I’ll schedule a delivery of HelloFresh.

Here is a link for $40 off your first box

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Sometimes dinner didn’t go as planned and we ate out or we didn’t make it to the park because it rained too much, but it was nice to wake up with a feeling that we had a place to be and a day ahead of us to conquer.

I even put something as simple as make coffee just so that was something I remembered to do for myself.

I want to start implementing certain tasks designated on certain days of the week, like this chore chart I was playing around with.

As a #sahm it is really difficult to lose your identity and what value you hold in the house when you seem like you never change out of your PJs and never talk to anyone remotely close to your age.

Batch work is essentially focusing on one task at hand for a shorter period of time rather than fitting in smaller increments of the same task over a longer period of time, essentially working hard not smarter and longer.

Today I came home, set a timer for 30 minutes and I tidied up our kitchen, turned on our robot vacuum and then proceeded to get J down for this nap.

Normally I would space things out all to be done in one day like wash the dishes, catch up on laundry, make the bed, schedule bills, etc.

But I found myself either missing a task that was very important or I’d get overwhelmed with everything on my plate in one single day and end up not accomplishing much of anything at all.

I once found myself asking in a mom group, how do I avoid not having to clean every single day. And the response was “you will always have to clean something, every day.”

It is better to clean one thing a day than clean a bunch of things one day and be burnt out or only a clean house on one day.

If I were to break down my daily cleaning tasks I’d have less to clean in a shorter period of time.

So a typical schedule may be this:

  • M: clean all the bathrooms, take out trash

  • T: tidy upstairs, fold blankets, and clean up Jaxon’s room

  • W: Wash and Fold Laundry

  • Th: clean refrigerator, take out trash

  • F: Mop the Floors & Vacuum, tidy up our master bedroom

  • S: Clean the stove, microwave and kitchen cabinets

  • Su: Figure out groceries for week ahead, and plan activities.

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Do you think batch work is a tool you can utilize to focus and execute tasks better?

I Made Meatloaf

You guys!

I. Made. Meatloaf.

Okay, this may be a very small accomplishment for most people out there but for me it is HUGE!

If you know me, you definitely know that I didn’t grow up hanging out in the kitchen with my parents and boiling rice, wasn’t my forte.

Growing up, I had a easy bake oven and I loved it.

I loved being able to throw something I mixed together into a “oven” then tossed it into the microwave — as sad as that sounds. But the best part was when my brother would enjoy them as well. He would always encourage me to make cakes because he always loved eating them.

My parents both shared the responsibility of cooking in our house, but my dad was the main cook in our household.

My dad would get home earlier than my mom and so he would stop at the grocery store, pick up whatever it is that they were cooking and get things started. My mom would get home and help him in the kitchen and then we would eat.

On occasion I would help cut up some things at times but I was too “slow” for my dad and he would just usher me to the side so he could finish cooking.

When it was time to be a wife and cook things on my own, I was happy that I lucked out and married a guy who grew up in a household of cookers and loved to cook himself.

But then he found a job that required him to work nights and the responsibility of cooking fell on me, I knew making sandwiches wasn’t going to get me too far or him for that matter.

I was a horrible cook, besides cutting up “seasoning” onions [that was an issue in itself], cilantro, and tomatoes. It was possible that I could potentially kill you with a meal.

I couldn’t even boil rice y’all and to this day I absolutely hate cooking rice on the stove top, I honestly prefer to do it in a rice cooker.

If you follow me on social media you are aware now-a-days, it is a bit different and I have come a long way since my burnt rice and easy bake oven days. I have upgraded to an actual oven and I am decent in the kitchen.

I love finding new recipes on Pinterest and while this may show my age, I really love getting new cookbooks as gifts, or things I steal from my friends [with their knowledge, of course].

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New Year, New Me?

Probably not.

If I am being utterly and completely honest, this year was like fitting 5 years of growth into one year and it was fucking brutal.

I feel like this was one of those year's that prepares you for the best years of your life. You appreciate things more after struggle, and loss. You bend when you should've broke and you get back up.

Something great is coming, I can feel it. I don’t know what it is but it is going to be good.

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Christmas Outfit Ideas for the Busy Mom

Happy Almost Christmas Babes!

Christmas is literally next week! I can’t believe it! And soon enough the year will be over and it will be on to the next, 2019 here we come.

If I stuck to my plan for once that means I am actually done with all of my Christmas shopping possibly minus a couple of gift cards.

If not, I am running around like a crazy person hoping that I am able to get a few last minute things while the stores are full of people and I am going crazy. Lord, help me.

I have devised this plan I will have to tell you guys about next year in case the next couple of weeks don't go as plan. I have a way to start getting some of my blogging stuff done and it is all thanks to a little smart planning and thinking.

We shall see.

I just wanted to share with you a couple of easy go-to mom OOTD’s for Christmas Day, look I am all about looking fab and chic but if I am being realistic I just want to be comfortable and look cute.

I think I want to start a tradition with E for us to do once nice dinner before the holidays, it gets pretty crazy and I feel like I always need some down time and also an excuse to wear a cute outfit that doesn’t involve converse or vans.

But if you have to chase little one’s and still want to remotely look styled and cute, here are a couple of outfits I styled.

Enjoy!

Young Living Mint Facial Scrub

Alright ladies!

As you know I am a pure advocate for skin care, because I absolutely love baring it all and not wearing makeup most days.

I am incredibly lucky that, I don’t have a lot of breakouts or acne spots unless it is that particular time of the month. 

Lately I have been trying to make my skin care routine as clean as possible so that I avoid putting harsh chemicals on my skin, because I feel like a lot of our health issues aren’t just reliant on what we put in our body but on it as well.

When it came time to have J we had a long struggle of years of fertility issues, taking clomid, doing IUI’s, IVF in Mexico which all failed and then in 2016 we finally were pregnant after I believe almost 6 years of actively trying with fertility. 

I had finally given up and wanted to take a break before we saw doctors again, and then a couple months later found out we were pregnant.

I figured I should start looking at all the things I am putting in my body, having in my environment [airborne, etc.], and using on my body.

You start to evaluate a lot of things in order to pin point what is causing issues in your life, and while a lot of what we put in our body effects us, on occasion what we put especially on our skin can as well.

I haven’t talked much about it on here, but I am a distributor for Young Living Oils and without going into a long rant in this post oils has helped me a lot with emotional, mental, and physical health.  I can’t even begin to say enough great things about it.

So a couple of orders ago, I picked up the Young Living Mint Facial Scrub.  I absolutely love scrubs because I feel like it helps a lot get rid of things on the surface that face wash doesn’t. 

The scrub has this minty refreshing tingly sensation as you apply it and leaves my face incredibly smooth as well, just like a babies butt.

This isn’t something you can get at your local drug store, but through myself or another YL distributor.  I went from using St. Ives and I know that this isn’t a brand that I can compare to any other quality skin care line but it worked for me for years and now I have decided to change over to the YL scrub.

It was brought to my attention after a reader saw my IG post on this scrub that, scrubs both in skin care aren’t essentially great for every day use.

I have not done a ton of research on skin care and I am no where near a professional in the matter, I am just stating what I use on my skin that helps me keep my skin free of acne scars, and dead skin cells.

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Stop being comfortable.

Stop being comfortable.

I have been doing a lot of work on “me” this year because an incredibly shitty situation left me feeling sorry for myself and I needed to get out of feeling this way. I have never wanted to be one of those people who felt sorry for themselves, I have always wanted to be a strong independent woman because I was raised that way.

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