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Hi Friends! Are you staying healthy? It seems like everyone is getting over a cold. Jordan is still sick. Poor guy. Tuesday night we finally finished decorating our tree, despite Jordan not feeling well. Phoenix is mostly leaving the ornaments alone. He keeps trying to take the glittery ball ornaments off of the tree, so I’ve had to remove a few. I’m working a total of three more days for the rest of the year, so I’m taking advantage and checking a few things off my to-do list.
I wanted to give an update to my cleaning and home management post from last week. After reading through your comments I began to rethink how I structure my day. To be honest it’s really hard for me to muster energy when I get up for work at 4 am (sometimes earlier!). But I don’t work everyday and I’m rarely working for the next few weeks. SO, because I much prefer to go to bed early and wake up early (not 4 am early) I’m going to wake up before Phoenix and shower and get ready. I am productive when I am dressed.
Getting up earlier than your kids isn’t always possible. When I first went back to work I closed two days (getting home at 10:45 and feeding Phoenix still 1-2 a night) and one early morning a week. That was not the season to get up any earlier than I needed too. But after hitting publish on that post I reminded myself my work/home situation is changing and it’s time for a shake-up. Phoenix is (mostly) sleeping through the night. Getting up an extra 30 minutes won’t alter my overall sleep totals that much, but it will drastically change how I start my day with Phoenix.
Here are the three practical steps I’m taking to add more order to my day.
- Get up at 5:30 during the week.
- While Phoenix eats dinner (even when he’s done and antsy to get out) quickly put his toys away. We keep a small amount of toys downstairs, so this task literally takes 60 seconds.
- Do not begin dedicated evening television, blog work, or reading until 8. Utilize post dinner time for a quick clean up/prep Phoenix’s lunch/my own work prep, etc. Jordan’s work life is flexible, but also random. Sometimes he works really late or has an event to attend, sometimes he’s home at 4 pm or doesn’t start work until 10 am. Regardless of whether he’s home I need more structure to my evening hours. I started implementing this policy and I’ve already seen a major difference in my productivity.
Onto the links!
I’m lacking motivation in the kitchen, so I put out a call on Twitter for dinner ideas. Jordan suggested Paleo Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon & Apples. We love Brussel Sprouts and anything roasted so I immediately added the ingredients to my grocery list. We’re not paleo so I roasted small potatoes and instead of bacon we ate chicken sausage. The apple adds a nice touch.
As you all know I love podcasts. Even as a kid I listened to audio books. I glean a lot of information through listening. Emily mentioned Karen Stubbs’ podcast, Wire Talk, and I’m instantly hooked. It’s similar to another favorite, Risen Motherhood, except Karen goes in to the practical. Podcasts are the new parenting books, am I right?
Phoenix loves pancakes. I started buying Trader Joe’s buttermilk pancake mix to make on Sundays, but this whole wheat pancake mix would be really easy to put together and enjoy for several weeks!
I don’t need to own many novels, but I love cookbooks. Even though I mostly use the internet for recipes I enjoy flipping through cookbooks. Cookbooks also make great gifts. I add The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods to Kate’s list.
Happy Weekend, all!
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