day in the life…

i always want to be a fly on the wall on other people’s lives, to see how they really live!  i took a regular day about a month ago and tried to record the daily goings-on so you could get a peek into my days!

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6:30 – roll out of bed and into the shower.   i don’t think i opened my eyes until i was out of the shower!

6:45 – dig through clothes on closet floor that i haven’t put away yet from our last trip.

6:50 – climb back in bed with laptop, soon joined by a child.  reply to a few emails, print out grids (lesson plans) for today’s homeschooling.


7:00 – out of bed, all 3 kids up.  breakfast.  COFFEE.  christmas music is on.  of course.

7:30-9 – reminders of chores, etc.  write paychecks.  order fabric.  blow dry bangs.


9 – start homeschool.  kids start on independent work: handwriting, phonics. i prep work for cutting.

9:30 – grammar with the girls (first language lessons)

9:45 – get a phone call.  discipline 2 arguing children while on the phone, trying to not let the caller know whats going on.  its called the silent yell.

10:00 – help girls write letters to family members, gracie finishes first and takes a break.  silas gets out of a time out and finishes his handwriting.  i work on a couple emails and name tags for the stitch market vendors.

10:45 – get a delivery for new straps for market totes!  help silas with math, gracie does math wrap ups, lily finishes more independent work.

11:00 -12 – read story of the world (learn about hinduism and buddhism) and read d’aulaires’ book of greek myths.


12:00 – kids make lunch while i zone out for a bit.  think about napping…

12:00 – market vendor stops by for a few minutes.  help gracie find a greek vase picture and print it out so she can write about it.

12:30 – eat lunch lily made for me (quesadilla).  sean comes home from morning appointment.  fireplace fixer guy stops by to fix the loft fireplace. work on emails and blog post.

1:00 – let kids each have a piece of candy.  candy drama ensues.  so hard to start school again!  have kids clean up messes they made.  now they are all hungry again. getting themselves fruit.

1:15 – more candy drama.  candy bag gets “thrown away” (or hidden).  everyone in a time out.


1:20-1:45 – i took lily out to do math while the other 2 stayed in their rooms.

1:45 – finished math with lily – no tears or yelling = HUGE success!  other kids can come out of their rooms.  but they don’t.  lily decides she wants to do more math!

1:45 – 2:20 – i work on emails, a guest stylist project, etc.


2:30 – help silas with phonics, reading


3:00 – head to fred and betty’s to finish window displays with the kids

4:45 – home, dread doing dinner.

5:00 – home, neither sean or i want to make dinner.  i stay home to veg for a bit while sean takes the kids out to pick up greek take-out.

5:30 – eat dinner

7:30 – kids in bed, head to the playroom/studio to start work.

8:00 – midnight-ish – work on blog posts, reply to emails, finish prepping fabrics.  watch several episodes of “the good wife” on hulu while i’m working.  bed time.


  1. 1

    I loved this post – any ‘day in the life’ posts make me happy. So pleased that you are reading about other religions – it is so important to know about all faiths – it was one of my favourite lessons at school.

  2. 2

    your kids sound exactly like mine! and oh the candy drama! ha ha. thanks for sharing your day lindsey!

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    Rose D. Frenchtown, NJ says:

    I love the “silent yell”!!! Hilarious!

  4. 4

    What a packed day! I love it :) I giggled so much at your ‘silent yell.’ I don’t know how many times I’ve had to do that!

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    What a fun post! It’s always neat to get a glimpse into someone else’s everyday : ) I love your blog so much, girl! Do you mind me asking what main curriculum you use for homeschool? How long have you been doing it? We just started recently with our boys and it has been a hard road to transition everyone. I’m trying to be patient till we find a groove that works for everyone.

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      hey jaimee!
      we actually do a hybrid school: the kids are at a private classical school 2 days a week and homeschooled 3 days. the school has created a curriculum of their own, mostly literature based, and they provide us weekly guidelines of what we need to teach each day. i really have the best of both worlds!
      we’ve been homeschooling like this for 5 years (on our 6th year). every year has been hard, but this year is getting significantly better. last year i finally realized that just because something is hard doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it. homeschooling on any level is hard (on us and the kids!), but it is so worth it for us! and finding a groove can be hard, and our “groove” tends to change year to year or even mid year, but you’ll find your stride and what works and what doesn’t. be patient and go easy on yourself!

  6. 7

    Thank you for a refreshing, honest, and real look into a day with a family!

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    the “silent yell”= a language known only to mothers all over the world :)

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    As a homeschooling mom, I know how great a success it is to make it through a child’s challenging subject with no tears or yelling….since they’d never act that way in school, people might think it’s crazy to have it happen at home but your truth about the good and the bad is reassuring. Thanks!

  9. 10

    My mom used Story of the World when I was a child as well! I loved that series!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! <3

  10. 11

    Loved this. I’m impressed with how fast you can regroup. When I try to answer an email or something in the middle of working with kids, I get sucked in and an hour or more might pass before I wonder where all the children went.

  11. 12

    The voyeur in me loves little peeks like this into others’ lives too. Thank you for sharing your immensely busy day with us. You handle so much!
    Happy New Year!!

  12. 13

    I LOVE THIS POST!! Last week I was inspired by you to join the Life Rearranged InstaFriday link up. Isn’t it amazing that we can peak into other people’s lives. What’s missing from Instagram is the play by play, this was a fantastic hour by hour.

    I can’t believe you manage to have your kids in bed at 7:30. In Italy we don’t even eat dinner before 8:30 and my husband is usually home at 8!

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      wow, that is amazing! somehow we’ve managed a pretty regular early bedtime, but on our vacation we’ve been on, the kids haven’t been eating dinner until 7:30 or 8 and going to bed around 9 or so. apparently we were on italian time!

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    I love “day in the life” posts! Also, the “silent yell” made me laugh. My mom used to do that to me (who am I kidding, she still does) and I do it to my husband pretty often. I have always been interested in home schooling, so it was definitely interesting to see how the day plays out! :)

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    Wow! Midnight to 6:30? I am more of a 8pm to 5am sleeper… I try to stay up until 9 or 10 for my husband though! :D Thanks for sharing. It’s always fun to see how others do things.

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    Haha, I loled at the silent yell. I really want to try do one of these posts, it would be a lot lazier than yours though seeing as it’ almost midday and I’m still in bed!

    Corinne x

  16. 18

    That sounds like my dream day! A day I’ve dreamed of for over 30 years.

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    LOVED this post. I always wonder about others’ days, and would love to be a fly on the wall also. THanks for sharing. Would love more of these posts. Makes it all so real, instead of just the happy, perfect stuff that so often we post about. LOVEDj the “silent yell”! Would love to see that in action! Thanks!

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