This post is sponsored by General Mills. All thoughts are my own.
Hi friends! I’ve been asked quite a few times to break down our daily routine and also share some tips on how we pass the time as just us girls so I thought I would do that in today’s post! To be quite honest, it it just now has become a lot easier to watch them by myself. Now that Scarlett has transitioned fully to two naps a day (she’s 8 months old), her schedule is much more predictable, and I can mesh it with Annabelle’s really well. So here it is hour by hour!
8am: Wake up. I usually go into Annabelle’s room to wake both her and Doug up because if she wakes during the night he just goes and stays in there! I don’t mind since I don’t notice;)
9am: Have breakfast as a family. We rotate between oatmeal, eggs & sausage, pancakes, and French toast. *Thursdays Annabelle has gymnastics until 10am
9:30: Doug goes to “work” aka a coffee shop/library
10:00-11am: Scarlett’s first nap of the day. If I watch them solo, I will let Scarlett fall asleep in the car on the way to the park and stroll her around with A. Annabelle is so nice and usually whispers to not wake up her sister (counting down the days until this doesn’t happen anymore!).
11am-12pm: We do some kind of outdoor activity. We rotate between two different parks, the library, or errands.
12pm: Lunchtime aka picnic at the park! Even though it’s been so hot, I would 100% rather be out of the house with both of them than stay inside. It helps the day go by faster, and everyone is in much better moods if we are outside! Plus, they both sleep easier and longer. We usually take sandwiches, fruit, and veggie sticks.
1:30pm: The girls both go down for a nap in the car on the ride home, and I sneakily transfer them both to their beds (using black out curtains and a white noise machine)!
3:00pm: Wake up and snack time! This is what we like to switch up daily, but lately we’ve been buying Yoplait’s Go-Gurt, and Annabelle thinks it’s a special treat! I love buying things that surprise her, and obviously, she was thrilled to see the Frozen packaging on the front! It feels like such a Mom win, especially when I whip these out of my bag when we are running errands. Anything that can occupy my toddler for a couple of minutes is a lifesaver! Yoplait has a variety of different on the go and back-to-school snack options like their Dunkers or Core Cups that are perfect for helping busy Moms create “little wins” throughout their day! We also freeze the Go-Gurt on hot days, and she eats them like a popsicle (of course Scarlett had to have a taste!). You can find them at Wal-Mart for incredibly affordable prices! Yoplait helps me have Big Little Wins as a mom!
4:00pm: Start making dinner! I usually put Scarlett in a bouncer while Annabelle helps me as she stands on her stool. We pretty much have the same thing every week: Tacos/Burritos, Spaghetti, Salmon/Rice/Broccoli, Hamburgers, & eat out twice. (Although these meals sound unhealthy, I make them super healthyJ)
5:00pm: Dinnertime as a family!
5:30pm: I wash up the dishes (which I prefer because I’m faster;) and Doug plays with them in the backyard.
6:00pm: We all take a family walk outside and let Annabelle run around to burn off extra energy.
7:00pm: Doug bathes them, brushes their teeth, and we read books.
8:00pm: Bedtime! They both usually go to sleep by 8:30pm
And that’s it! I’ve never been huge into routines until I had children, but let me tell you it’s been a lifesaver especially with two kids. I thrive off the structure in knowing what’s coming next and planning out special activities to do with them throughout the day. To some people, it may seem boring and mundane, but I actually look forward to taking them to new parks and finding different activities to experience with them! Being a Mom is the best! What do you do with your kids outside of the house? I’d love to hear!
*This post is sponsored by General Mills, but all opinions are my own.