February 26, 2014 - Better You, I Feel Pretty, Style

I Feel Pretty | On a Typical Day

This post is a bit of a departure from my regular Wednesday outfits, but it’s something a few of you have asked about and I thought would be fun to do.  Last week, I got this e-mail:

Alison, I love your blog, it’s really helping me find my style again!  I have to ask though, how do you find time to get ready every day?  Most days I’m still the “yoga pants mom”.  I have three kids too but feel like my days are always getting away from me.  I’d love to see what one of your typical days actually looks like.  Thanks! – Jennifer M.

Great question Jennifer.  The simple answer is I don’t get ready every day.  🙂  Even though I try to for my Daily Style Diary posts, I still have the occasional day when I wear my yoga pants most, if not all of the day.  Especially on the weekends.

But most days, I do make an effort to get ready.  Getting dressed helps me stay structured and that’s what I need more than anything.  When I started working from home a few years back, I had a VERY hard time getting into a routine which is exactly how I ended up in my mom rut.

If you’ve read my e-book Get Pretty, Kick Butt!, then you already know about the time management system I use to plan and structure my days –  the Power Hour and Kick Butt Routine.  This system has worked for me almost every day for three years and counting.  (If you want to find out more about the Power Hour, there’s a free download you can get by signing up HERE.)

Because Craig has been traveling so much lately, it’s become even more important for me to make time for the Power Hour and stick to the Kick Butt Routine.  I have to get WAY more done and have a lot less free time.

Here’s what my Monday looked like.

5:45 a.m. – Alarm goes off.  I get up, brush my teeth and grab my first cup of coffee before sitting down in front of my laptop to start my morning Power Hour.

5:55 a.m. – Sort through e-mail and open my two daily devotions.  Read both of them and write in my prayer journal.

6:15 a.m. – Get a second cup of coffee.  Visit some of my daily blog reads.  Start working through blog e-mail, answer questions from readers and respond to comments that came in over the weekend.

6:30 a.m. – Answer my personal e-mail, sign up to work concessions at Devon’s track meet and start looking through scholarship opportunities at one of the colleges he’s considering.  Check the online status of his first choice college application.  Still no decision. 🙁

6:45 a.m. – Take the fastest shower in the world and throw on an easy outfit – my green popover with my favorite jeans and boots.  I have a doctor’s appointment in Dallas at 9:30 and will have to go right after dropping Aubrey off at school.  This is my only time I have to get ready before the girls get up.

022414-green-popover 6:55 a.m. – My Power Hour is up, time to wake Ava up to get ready for school.  While she gets dressed, I make her breakfast and pack lunches for both girls.

7:10 – Craig calls to chat for five minutes.  He tells me to say a prayer that he can resolve his work issues today and head home soon.  He’s been gone for over a week.

7:15 – Devon pops his head into the kitchen to say goodbye on his way to track practice.

7:20 a.m. – Drive Ava to school.  She’s having a bad case of the Mondays and doesn’t get out of the car on our first pass.  I make a loop and drive by again, she spots her favorite teacher and hops out of the car to meet her.  Crisis averted!

7:30 a.m. – Quick Clean-up – I make the bed, wipe down the kitchen, unload the dishwasher and tidy up the living room.

7:50 a.m. – Wake Aubrey up, make her breakfast.  Finish my make-up and hair while she gets ready for school.

8:15 a.m. – Make my breakfast, a two egg scramble with red and yellow peppers and sliced avocado.

egg-pepper-scramble 8:20 a.m. – Dermatologist’s office calls to reschedule my appointment, my doctor is sick.  All dressed up with no place to go!

8:40 a.m. – Drive Aubrey to school.

9:00 a.m. – Return home with a block of time and nothing planned, dangerous combo.  Waste time on the internet for 15 minutes.

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Decide to put my extra time to better use by editing pictures and working on Friday’s white jeans post.  It’s a doozy, lots of information, but I love putting posts together.  It’s one of my favorite parts of blogging.

Loft Modern Straight 10:30 a.m. – Even though it’s supposed to be my day off from working out, I think about going for a run on the treadmill to get through my mid-morning slump.  Instead I make a to-go cup of hazelnut coffee and head out to run some errands.  Definitely more fun.

10:30-11:30 a.m. – I stop by a local spa to get Craig a much-deserved massage gift certificate.  He worked over 80 hours last week.  I go next door to Michael’s to shop for a new spring wreath for our front door.  There are no pre-made wreaths that I’m in love with so I buy supplies to make my own.

11:30-12:30 – Craft time!  I get out the floral wire and hot glue gun to put together my new wreath.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been crafty and it feels good.

12:30 p.m. – Finished with the wreath and it’s on the front door!  It didn’t turn out exactly like I planned but I like it anyway.

spring-wreath-initial 12:30 – 12:45 p.m. – Social Media Time.  Spend a few minutes scrolling through my personal Facebook feed.  Go to my blog’s Facebook page and tout today’s post, then do the same on Twitter and Pinterest.

12:45 p.m. – Lunch!  Left over rotisserie chicken on top of field greens with raspberry vinaigrette.  I’m still hungry so I have a side of veggie chips.  Didn’t work, still hungry.

1:00 p.m. – Back to e-mail.  Answer blog comments that have come in since this morning and respond to e-mail.

1:30 p.m. – Craig calls to check in again.  I send him a picture of my wreath, he says it looks great.  He’s too nice. 🙂

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. – Afternoon devotions.  I have two pieces of Dove Dark Chocolate with almonds – my daily afternoon “me time” treat.

devotions-chocolate 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – The calm in my day before the storm.  I make a quick phone call to my mom.  Soon all three kids will be home and I’ll be on the go all evening.

2:40 p.m. – Ava comes home.  We chat about her day while I go through her backpack.  She has homework to do and gets started.  Devon gets home at the same time, he has double early release his senior year.

3:20 p.m. – Time to pick up Aubrey from school.  We stop at Target on the way home for a few things that we’re out of.  She has a snack and starts her homework when we get home.

4:20 p.m. – The girls and I head to the barn for Ava’s ride.  We take the Gator out to the pasture to catch her horse, bring him back to the barn and help tack him up.  Devon is at the gym to working out.

braiding-horse-mane Braiding Clue’s mane.

6:30 p.m. – Bring Ava home from riding and get her in the shower.  She smells like the barn and so does my car.  I start preparing dinner while she gets cleaned up.  We need something quick and easy so it’s a breakfast for dinner night – waffles, turkey sausage and fruit.

breakfast-for-dinner 7:30 p.m. – Clean up the kitchen while helping Devon with a paper for his government class.  Then I get a quick shower and put on my PJ’s.

8:00 p.m. – Sit down to watch The Voice with all three kids.

9:00 p.m. – Take Ava to bed.  Craig calls to tell her good night.  We end up having a nice long conversation, our first of the day.

10:00 p.m. – Aubrey turns in for the evening.  I’m getting tired too but decide to do some online shopping for a new trench coat.  I can’t decide between this one, this one or this one.  Hard, right?

10:30 p.m. – I call Craig again to tell him good night and start to doze off.  Devon wakes me a few minutes later by being noisy while taking out the trash.  I’m just happy he didn’t forget.  🙂

E-BOOK NEWS

Book Cover Speaking of my e-book, a lot of you have asked when it would be available in another format besides Kindle.  My period of exclusivity with Amazon is over (woo hoo!) so I’m now able to offer Get Pretty, Kick Butt! as a downloadable .pdf.  It’s still available in the Kindle version too.  If you want more info on downloading the .pdf, you can get it HERE.

Next Wednesday, Aubrey and I will be back with the March installment of our mother/daughter style series featuring Kiki LaRue.  We’re looking forward to it!

It’s Your Turn:  What tips do you have for making time to get ready every day? Share them in the comments!

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67 Comments

  • You are superwoman, by the way get the stripe trench I’m going to Target today might keep an eye out for it.

  • Great post today!! I am the worst at getting ready in the morning, so the only advice I would have is to make it quick I try to figure out what to wear the night before. Sometimes I’ll get really ambitious and have my five outfits for the week ready by Sunday night. But sometimes they change!
    Oh and P.S….don’t you just love The Voice!?!?!

  • Sooo fun to see your day! You are disciplined and I love it. I have learned so much about time management from you. Thanks for giving us a more in depth look at your daily routine!

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  • Totally forgot to mention that I love BOTH Target trenches!! So fun and different!! Can’t wait to see the one you choose in a future post!!

  • These daily life posts are my absolute fave!!

  • I looooooooove day in the life posts! I think it’s so interesting to see how people spend their day!

  • I have never read Jesus Calling. I think I need to pick that up! And I am headed to Target this weekend – one of the benefits of traveling for dance! I am hoping to find that green top! Susan

  • Great post Alison! Maybe sometime soon we can fit in another lunch! 🙂

  • Good gosh, girl, it would have taken me all day to make that wreath. How you accomplish so much is impressive. I realize that I waste WAY too much time on Facebook and in my email. LOL!!! and I love that you have devotions 2x a day. I love getting a glimpse into your day-to-day. 🙂 Have a lovely Hump Day! 🙂

  • Wow! You have such a busy schedule! Planning is always key, I need to get better at it.

    xo,
    Cha Cha
    http://www.chachathefashiongenius.com

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  • Getting ready before the kids wake up is what I do too! Once they’re on the move, there is no time for anything else ; ) Thanks for sharing your day with us.

  • This is great! Thanks for sharing! I’m still amazed that you make a real yummy looking breakfast for your kids and yourself. I actually make my 9-year-old make her own breakfast during school days. My problem is that I can’t seem to put a hard stop to a task that I’m doing and before I know it I’ve spent almost the entire day doing that one thing. After reading this, I feel motivated to be more disciplined.

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  • Girl! Your days sound like mine, but throw in a full time job and it’s CA-RAZY!! I give all moms major props for being able to multi task. We are definitely the glue to our families. I agree about getting dressed and making a little bit of an effort. It really makes all the difference and green is your color!

  • This was a fun and totally fascinating read. I always enjoy these little sneak peeks into people’s lives to see how they spend their time, where they go, what they eat etc. Thanks the detailed post! 🙂 Gina
    On the Daily Express

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  • I feel like you definitely have more hours in your day than I do. I’ve always said this – moms are superwomen! I have no idea how my mom does everything she does either. It’s incredible!

    Dhruvi
    Stilettos & Sequins

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  • You have seriously inspired me to get more organized! I mean, I don’t have nearly as much time since i started going to school, but that’s all the more reason to be organized!! Thanks for sharing it all, it’s so helpful!

  • Wow every minute of your day is planned! Honestly I think that might drive me insane. LOL I can see why you do it though. Kids makes it a whole other ballgame.

    bisous
    Suzanne

  • I meant to thank you Allison for the lovely comment you sent me about time away from our husbands while they are away working. My hubby “should” be home tomorrow at 7 am from Jakarta…fingers crossed I get to see him tomorrow : ) (hopefully I remember what he looks like! ha ha!)

    bisous
    Suzanne

  • Wowza. I feel like I waste a lot of time doing a whole lot of nothing except procrastinating. And here I thought I was organized.
    I’m reading a book right now that says getting up early {before 6am} is key. I just can’t!!

  • PS – I like the second trench coat! Such a fun colour.

  • Loved reading all about your day! You are so organized and get so much done!

  • Girl, I don’t know HOW you do it- getting up at 5:45 am and managing a Power Hour before 10 am! I’m a zombie for at least the first hour I’m up, and I’m able to sleep until about 7:30! You’re super woman. 🙂

    PS- you look GORGEOUS in green!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

  • Great post! It’s always interesting too see what other people’s days are like. I am a firm believer that a full time mom is the most underpaid job. You have your hands full! Mine is filled with meetings and spreadsheets from 8-5 but after that it’s just running from one thing to another.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

  • Alison, I loved reading through your hourly timeline of the day. Mine is no where close to as packed as yours, and yet I barely find time to do a few things I would love to/want to. The scrambled eggs look so delicious right now.yum!! The only tip i use to getting ready everyday, right now atleast is, if its cold outside, how can I dress warm and still be stylish, so then I think of an outfit the night before sometimes, other times like yest, I threw on random pieces and surprisingly it was such a hit on my instagram. Surprised me.

  • You are truly an inspiration to me! Honestly, I’m embarressed to say but you got done more in 1 day than I have in the last few days (strep & fevers in there but non the less). I loved your post today! Thank you! Tammy

  • You are truly an inspiration to me! Honestly, I’m embarrassed to say but you got done more in 1 day than I have in the last few days (strep & fevers in there but non the less). I loved your post today! Thank you! Tammy

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  • What a great linkup! This was my first time to join WIWW, and I found your lovely blog! Thank you for the chance to link up with you as well – I am loving looking through all of the great blogs! I followed you on FB so I don’t miss any updates!

  • What a day! I’ve never been a morning person so I’m not nearly productive during the morning as you are. I remember busy days like that when all my kids were home. 🙂 But it isn’t so busy anymore since I only have one at home. I have been reading “Jesus Calling”, too, such a encouraging devotional!

    I personally like the yellow trench from Target! It would be great for spring! Have a great Wednesday! Hope your hubby gets to return home soon!

  • I loved reading about your day! You are so organized. I usually pick out my clothes the night before – that makes a big difference for me:)

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  • Thank you for sharing your day with us, Alison. I very well remember these days from when my children were younger. Now they are both at university and my daily schedule obviously looks totally different and I am working full time. Well, yesterday my son returned for his semester break and guess what I am doing? Laundry and cooking dinner… certain things never change 😉

    Annette | Lady of Style

  • Whew…you are one busy lady. I got tired just reading your schedule, but I am busy like that too. I read that same devotional too, if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post it a few time, LOL. It is always a great idea to do devotionals and journaling first thing in the morning. It really sets the tone for a positive day. Love your outfit and that shade of green is made for you. Wear that color often:-)

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  • KimW

    Nice to get a glimpse into your day! I am reeeeeaaaalllly hoping those white jeans will be featured on your blog soon because they are awesome and you look great in them! I really enjoy your blog and I LOVE LOVE that you offer AFFORDABLE fashion choices… thanks for that!!

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  • I am embarrassed to admit this, but, as a first time newlywed at the age of 42 and dealing with the exhaustion and pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis and working full time, I have sometimes dreamed of what it would be like to be a stay at home mom. I knew it was hard – but, I had NO idea how insanely crazy your schedule is!! If you are a married woman, with or without kids, work inside or out of the home – your life is crazy no matter what! That why it is very important to have sister friends who will love you and encourage you in your journey. thanks so much for sharing and you keep on keepin on!!

  • Holy busy Alison!! You just made me feel unproductive and hungry… haha

    Jessi
    http://www.haircutandgeneralattitude.com

  • Jesus Calling is the same devotional I’m reading right now! A friend gave it to me for my bday and I love it! ~Ann

  • Mo

    What a day! You really don’t waste much time which I on the other hand am really good at. 🙂 I like both of the Target trenches.

  • Kim Kauffman

    Loved reading this, Alison! You are one busy mama! I am up at that time too…only I usually have just put an 8 month old back to bed after eating around 5-5:30 and then our 3 year old is usually up by 6. Ay yi yi. I LOVE having time to myself in the morning to start out at a slow pace with some coffee. But I’d have to get up at like 4:30 and at this point I just can’t do it. One day! And boy are you ever productive!!! I’m amazed 🙂 Another thing I loved is that you do two devotional times! I totally need to incorporate that into the baby’s nap time. Hope you’re having a great Wednesday! 🙂

  • Wowza, you certainly had a jam-packed but very well structured Monday!! Good for you 🙂

  • Rachel

    I loved this glimpse into your life!!
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  • Jen

    Love your blog Alison! ( my daughter has same name as you same spelling!). Love the yellow trench saw it at target today but yellow scares me and we are in the dead of winter!

    Love the scarf with the green shirt. Any link. You have the best scarves! Well love everything.

    My day is very similar I felt like I was reading my schedule. I do not get up that early and need to take more time for myself!!!

    Thanks for all you do!

  • such a cute scarf and looks great with that happy green
    don’t miss a day without one of Sarah Young’s book!
    Brett

  • Oh my goodness… your day! I got tired just reading about your day! I make time at about 5ish to get ready for the day, but that’s just because I have to get up to the school and teach. lol We’ll see how I make time next year when I get to be a stay-at-home mom! Yay!! =)

  • Why is it that I like reading about other people’s daily routine? Great post!

  • Loved this post! You get so much done in a day!

  • Holy cow! You are a really busy woman! I just always assume kids will get up for school at the same time but I guess that’s probably not the case when you have high school and elementary school kids (my daughter is 2. No school yet). I’m considering getting up earlier on my days off to have more time to myself, but it’s SO HARD to do that! I need to make a conscious effort. Love that your daughter rides; I did as a little girl.
    Love getting a glimpse into another busy mom’s day!

  • Kim

    Love this post! So fun to get ideas and inspiration from other busy mamas. Insert some different kid activities and we have very similar days, I need to get up earlier though, you are motivating me to start the power hour! I usually get up at 6:40, just a few minutes before the kids, but I can see how helpful it would be to get a jump on them:). Thanks for sharing your day with us!! And breakfast – yum!

  • ADA

    That’s so good that you addressed one of your readers. I am sometimes in stretchy pants or yoga pants too. Your scarf today is so pretty & colorful, similar to the one I have on at this moment. That meal looks yummy & healthy and I love that wreath.

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  • You’re awesome. You do more in the first few hours of your day than I could ever imagine.

  • Being a mommy is such a busy life! I get ready before my kids wake up too as I have to go to work after school drop off. I love your afternoon chocolate routine! Little treats can make a big difference! 🙂

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  • Saxon

    I have a before bed routine where I decided what I’m going to wear the next day. If I leave it till the morning, I feel much more stressed and rushed. (What if the alarm doesn’t go off!) I try to do this even if I’m going to be at home all the next day. You never know when an opportunity might arise where you need to just grab your purse and go!

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  • Wow Girl! What a routine! You are so inspiring! I’ve always been a morning person but as of tomorrow I’m setting that alarm clock half an hour earlier & having my own power hour! Fab idea! Ax