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Here’s a glimpse into a day in my life as a stay at home mama of three on January 26, 2015.

8 am

8:00 :: I am up already an in the living room with a cozy blanket. My baby girl actually slept all night which is very rare and I’m well rested and excited to begin the day. All of my littles ones are still sleeping so I enjoy a very quiet, quiet time in the living room with my Bible, a parenting book and my planner. My husband joins me around 8:30 and we talk for a few minutes and pray together. Around 8:45, the kids start waking up.

9 am

9:00 :: All of the kids are up now. John David brings Cecilia to me as he’s leaving for work. I change her diaper and then nurse her. The boys start playing while I’m nursing. As soon as I finish nursing, I head to the kitchen to prepare breakfast.

10 am

10:00 :: Cecilia is eating her breakfast while I prepare the boys eggs. The boys look at Paxton’s Awana book while waiting to eat. We all eat breakfast. After breakfast, we read Paxton’s Awana lesson and go over his verse for the week. Then I start cleaning the kitchen, taking out compost and loading the dishwasher while the boys sit at the table and color. (This picture of the boys sums up their personalities – sweet, silly Weston and serious Paxton!)

11 am

11:00 :: I’m finally finished cleaning the kitchen and start the dishwasher. I get everybody dressed for the day, start a load of laundry and then we read books. (Our homeschool ‘preschool’ basically is reading a lot of good books!) After reading, I head to the kitchen to start prepping lunch.

12 pm

12:00 :: Weston is helping me prepare lunch. Most days we have simple ‘snack lunches’ (vegetables, fruits, cheese, nuts). Our lunch was radishes, celery, guacamole, apples, peanut butter and cheese. We eat our lunch and linger at the table after we’re finished eating and color some more. While the boys are still coloring, I move the clothes to the dryer and then go back into the kitchen to do some dinner prep.

1 pm

1:00 :: I’m still in the kitchen, cleaning up our lunch dishes as well as continuing to work on dinner. The boys are playing in their room and Cecilia is with me in the kitchen.

2 pm

2:00 :: I’m nursing the baby down for her nap and enjoying the baby snuggles and the quiet. While I’m nursing the boys are quietly playing and ‘resting’.

3 pm

3:00 :: The boys are watching TV and the baby is still sleeping. I run out to the mailbox to check the mail, get the laundry out of the dryer, fold laundry and start a load of laundry. Cecilia wakes from her nap and I fix the boys a snack.

4 pm

4:00 :: The boys are eating their snack (these growing boys stay hungry!) Cecilia is with me in the kitchen playing with some puzzles while I’m working in the kitchen, doing some more dinner prep. I also send some messages to several ladies, inviting them to the Mom’s Group I lead at church.

5 pm

5:00 :: I’m back in the kitchen! My days seem to revolve around preparing food for my growing family! This time I’m in the kitchen to start cooking dinner. While I’m working on dinner, my sister calls and I talk to her for a few minutes.  The boys are playing while I’m in the kitchen and Cecilia is playing with them some and in the kitchen with me too.

6 pm

6:00 ::  My husband has just arrived home! I’m still cooking dinner so he takes the boys out to the garage for a few minutes while I finish up. Dinner is finally finished around 6:30 and we sit down to eat!

7 pm

 7:00 :: We’re all still sitting at the table together finishing up dinner. Oh, how I love our family dinner conversations these days now that our boys are getting older! I start cleaning up the kitchen and John David encourages the boys to start tidying up their toys.

8 pm

8:00 :: We’re in the kitchen starting our night time routine of FCLO/butter oil and cell salts. After we take our oils, we get all the kids into their pajamas, brush teeth and I start nursing the baby. I talk to my mom briefly and then we start reading bedtime books.

9 pm

9:00 :: We’re finishing up reading our bedtime books and John David gets the boys in bed while I’m nursing and holding the baby. She is finally asleep so we put her down for the night. I read a little bit, talk to John David and then we head to bed. (We’re night owls but lately we’ve been shifting towards going to bed earlier because we’re so tired at the end of our days!)

So that’s 8 am to 9 pm in January 2015. This is a pretty accurate glimpse of our days during this season of life – we stay home a lot and just savor the simplicity of life with little ones!

A Day in My Life Posts from previous years:

January 2014

January 2013

January 2012

Reading back through these posts from the past 3 years, it’s neat to see that my days haven’t changed all that much – my children have just grown and we’ve added another little one into the mix! I know these unstructured baby/toddler/preschool days will be coming to an end this fall when Paxton starts Kindergarten.

a day in the life 6

I’m joining in with Simply Rebekah’s A Day in the Life… The link up will be on February 3!

Gold Label Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Over 3 years ago, I purchased my first jar of coconut oil just to give it a try. When I bought that first jar, I wasn’t sure how to use it but I started substituting the coconut oil for vegetable oil with wonderful results. It’s now the main oil I use in my cooking and it’s a versatile item to have in the home both for cooking and other uses!

Uses for coconut oil in cooking:

  • Replacement for vegetable {corn, canola, etc.} oils in its liquid form
  • Replacement for shortening in its solid form
  • Greasing baking pans
  • Sautéing
  • We use it most frequently making omelets {or ‘egg pizza’ as Paxton calls them!}

Other uses for coconut oil:

  • As a moisturizing lotion
  • Lip moisturizer
  • In place of diaper cream for my boys {it’s cloth diaper safe}
  • For cradle cap

I’ve tried several different brands but my favorite has been Tropical Traditions virgin coconut oil.  You can definitely tell a quality difference through the smell and texture of Tropical Traditions virgin coconut oil. It has a pleasant coconut aroma but doesn’t have a strong coconut flavor in foods.

One of the features of this oil that makes it worth the extra cost is that it is hand crafted in small batches by family producers and is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. If the virgin coconut oil is more than your budget will allow, Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a sample of this product to review and I was under no obligation to review.  I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed in this post are my own!