A Day in the Life

January 10, 2013

To start.  I suppose I should wish everyone a Happy New Year?  Throw out a “Welcome to 2013!” greeting, huh?  The thought crossed my mind to leave my blog in the year 2012, but I just couldn’t stand not writing.

So here we are.  A post about my day.  Because I’m sure someone out there wishes they were a little fly on my wall to see a day in the life of Better Life Bags, right?  {notice how I didn’t use the “little mouse” reference.  yuck.}

Today is your lucky day.  I documented little moments of our Tuesday here in Better Life land.  Enjoy.

Have I told you about the musical beds game our family plays all night long?  We all start out in our own beds {well, Jonah sleeps on the chair in our room, but it’s been adopted as his own bed}.  At some point Clara will wake up.  The tired mama that I am, I’ll bring her into our full size bed – which usually means Neil moves to the couch.

Jonah wakes up with night terrors almost every night.  Usually, the only remedy is allowing him to also move to the couch.  Neil then makes the hard decision whether to squish his feet up and sleep on the couch or to surrender and come sleep in the full size bed with two girls who love their sleep space.

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In either case, we make it to 7:30am.  Jonah usually snoozes until 8 or 9.

7:30 AM – I make breakfast with Clara.  Well, on TUESDAY, I did.  Cooking is my husband’s job.  I’m not good at it.

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I use paper plates lately {don’t judge unless you are willing to come over and wash my dishes.  I don’t have time}.

8:30 AM – One thing I HAVE to do every morning?  Make my bed.  Something about just doing that small meaningless task makes the rest of the day stellar.  Plus, walking by our living room turned bedroom (I didn’t tell you that we gave up our bedroom for the BLB workshop?) and seeing that white thing basking in the daylight just brings a smile to my face.  I almost don’t even notice the dirt and dust in that moment.

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9 AM – Our babysitter comes on Tuesday mornings so mama can get some work done in the office without worrying about peanut butter stains and spilled sippy cups.  It’s glorious.  And she is wonderful with the kids.  I felt guilty about it for the first few weeks, but then realized that my kids are getting such quality play time with her.  Plus, she does a load of laundry for me, too.  I know.  Lucky.

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9:30 AM – He’s still asleep.

I get dressed and start working.  Ashley also comes on Tuesday mornings to do some work with me.  I can’t believe how much work we can get done with two of us working together.  Speed demons, I tell ya.

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10 AM – She has a snack and waits for her brother to wake up.

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Because, yes.  He’s still asleep.

1 PM – Internet guy comes to install workable internet.  Thank the LORD.  Now I can go check out The Influence Network Forums!  {Haven’t heard of it?  Check it out.  I’ll see you over there.}

2 PM – Work is done.  29 bags one more step closer to completion.

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2:30 PM – Sweet peanut takes a nap, Jonah has quiet time in his room {he did finally wake up}, and I catch up on emails.  Never. Caught. Up.

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3 PM – Let’s be honest.  It’s hard to get a toddler to play independently in his room very long.  He’s out and we are cuddling on the couch catching up on Super Hero Squad.  I’m checking Instagram.

4 PM – Daddy comes home, Clara wakes up, and the chaos starts.  Wrestling, playing, attempting to get dinner cooked, clean up, and bath time.

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6 PM – Ashley comes back to clock another 3 hours in the office.  We work ALL. DAY. my friends.  I sit down to relax a little.  Sometimes I feel guilty that Ash is working while I sip wine and catch up on Parenthood.  But other times I think it’s really healthy that I force myself to stop and just rest.

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So, there you have it.  A day in the life of me, our family, and the business.

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1 Amanda {A Royal Daughter} January 10, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Your day is so beautiful, friend. You get SO much accomplished!

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2 Julie Sancken January 11, 2013 at 9:13 am

Love this post! You do a great job balancing it all, and I can tell that even in the midst of your business, family comes first. Love that about you, friend!

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3 Christine @ grateful for a coffee break January 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm

OK first of all. LOVE the new look of the blog. 2) So glad you are still blogging! 3) We can TOTALLY relate to the night-time craziness. My second (22 months) has NEVER slept through the night and gets up often. We also play musical beds. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one ;) !

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4 Rebecca January 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Will it ever end?? ;)

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5 Amy January 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I just ordered my first bag and Ashley was such a wonderful help. The immediate response and this whole process I am in love with. Thank you for all you do! I am not sure how you do it all and keep balanced. Any advice???

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6 Rebecca January 11, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Oh Amy. I don’t even pretend to do it all. I have a wonderful group of women who work with and for me. Other than that, I try to keep my priorities and make each decision based on that.

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7 Amy January 11, 2013 at 7:17 pm

What amazing support. It is apparent that you love what you do. I agree, one has to set priorities….sometimes that is easy to forget ☺. Thanks again, I am anxiously waiting for my bag!!!!!!!! I can’t wait for people to go crazy when they see it so I can direct them to you!!

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8 Paula Chaffin January 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Wow, you sound like a mom with toddlers! Boy does Clara look like you! She is beautiful!!

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9 Trang January 14, 2013 at 12:43 am

I’ve been in the search for a sturdy sewing machine to make personal things using leather, canvas, and other thick fabrics. Would you have any rec on a machine? I’ve been looking at mainly brother or singer model. I would really appreciate it. One day when I collect enough funds, I hope to purchase one of your bags and give back!

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10 Rebecca January 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Brother and Singer won’t cut it if you want to do thick fabrics. You’ll need a Pfaff or an industrial sewing machine. You MIGHT be able to get away with a Brother if you use a walking foot attachment. Just not sure!

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11 Trina | BeginnerBeans.com January 21, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Love these snapshots of the everyday! And am a secret admirer of Better Life Bags. Seriously, head over heals in love! Saving up, and just might treat myself :) I used one in my minimalist makeup bag post and linked to it–wouldn’t have been the same without it!

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12 Rebecca January 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Ahhhh you are so sweet to include me!

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13 Kelly Ann January 30, 2013 at 11:57 am

Xoxo loved this!

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