OK so this is my life.  

I get LOTS of requests asking how I do what I do.I’m honestly not sure why that is intriguing to people, but I if you want to know, I am here to share. I’m truly not that exciting. When other mom’s ask what I “do” and I tell them their eyes glaze over! LOL!

 In fact people in our area have no idea what I do, or how big stamping really is. Heck most of our family doesn’t even realize how huge this hobby is to me. If you don’t stamp you just don’t “get it”. KWIM?

People are always wondering how I fit what I do into one day. I’m not totally  sure! LOL! I just have a “system” and it just works for me. I am pretty organized, and I think that helps. I take one afternoon a week and give the house a full cleaning. By staying on top of it throughout the week it doesn’t get out of control.

Also I have an ear piece so when I talk on the phone I can either workout on the elliptical machine (blogger-cise) , or should I have to, clean or something like that, I am hands free. Its all about multi-tasking.

As far as the creative stuff goes, honestly the more you stamp and get creative time on a regular basis, the easier things just flow. I can’t explain it, it just works for me. My brain is so crazy with ideas that I don’t need a ton of time to get done what I need and want. I whip stuff together in under 30 minutes often, usually because I already have a stamp plan!  

So here is my TYPICAL day.

6:30 – 6:45 wake up/shower/makeup/hair . My hair is super long and curly. Just wash, brush, hair products, scrunch and go!

6:45 – 7:15 make coffee, make bed, fold laundry, empty dishwasher, feed dog, feed cats, quick clean bathroom and glass tables/mirrors

7:15 – 7 :45 get kids up out of bed. Dressed, teeth brushed, hair done, make breakfast. Pack lunch/snack bags

7:45 – 8:10 get kids off to school

8:10 come home. Let dog out

8:15 – 8 :30 do blog post. If long winded add 15 minutes. OK so Im usually at this a half hour! LOL!

8:30 workout 40 min-1 hour

9:30 throw in more laundry, go stamp till 10:45. Toss Laundry in dryer.

!0:45 – 11:15 go pick up Noah & Amber

11:15 -12 :30 return home. Maybe run a quick errand. Begin to cook lunch and check emails

1:00 – 2:00 pm Afternoon craft time with kids.

2:00-2:20 vacuum, maybe fold laundry, and get snack ready for when Alexa gets home.

2:20- 3:00 Alexa home. Let her do craft and finish craft with the other 2. In the meantime Im talking to her about her day, and other stuff

3:00- 4:30 Mommy stamps!! OR has to run around to sports/meetings/ appointments. Maybe go for a walk with the dog

4:30- 5:00 Do my Fake it routine or if Im not cooking stamp till 5:30! LOL! Kids also doing craft in my room.

5:00- 5:30 cook dinner

5:30 – 6:00 eat dinner, then clean up, feed dog

6:00 6:30 homework or other school related thing. Read stories

6:30 – 7:00 Bath, brush teeth, clean rooms/house from any mess made during the day

7:00 – 7:30 Snack time

8:00 get kids off to bed.

8:00 – 9:00 do whatever I need to do that didn’t get done. Like cleaning, take and edit photographs of projects, maybe blog for next day……………….sketch ideas, whatever.

9:00 – 11:00 Jay and I watch our TV shows that we saved.

11:00 bedtime.

If I have to go to the store or food shop, maybe have an appointment, then you can cut out the part where I stamp. Or I just move my schedule around.

So that is what a “typical day” looks like, when all three kids are in school. Alexa is M-F 8am to 2 :20. Noah & Amber go for 3 hours . Amber only on M-W-F. Noah M-F.

During my time non stamping, I have a notebook handy so I sketch ideas for what I want to do when I get to my stamp room. I especially make sure to have a notebook/pen in my pocketbook so while Im out, if an idea strikes I can jot it down. Does this sound totally insane, and like my life revolves around stamping?

Yeah, I think it does. But you know what? That’s OK! Stamping is TRULY enjoyable to me. Its my sanity. The little corner in my life just for ME  I believe its helped me cope with lots of things, and allowing myself that GUILT FREE time makes me a better everything, to everyone.

My kids even point out cool fabrics and say “Hey mom that would make a nice card” LOL! It gets their brains thinking creatively too. They have their own kit of supplies so they can stamp whenever they want, and not use mommy’s stuff! LOL!

 I TRY to stamp daily, but that doesn’t always happen. Only in a perfect world.

BOTTOM LINE: Its all about a “system” and staying organized. I have lots of to do lists!! This keeps me on track, and motivated.

With family staying here, some of my schedule is wiped clean, like stamping, and filled with appointments and whatnot. More so than I thought it would be. I’m hoping things settle down SOON!!

So that is really all there is to my life. Not as exciting as you may have thought, but that is how I get it all done.

I hope that helps you see Im just like you! I juggle the house, the kids, the husband, working out, and stamping/design work, and a million other things into one day at a time. You can maybe make a schedule and fit something you want into it. Maybe it won’t work that way everyday, and the allotted times may not be exact, but if you have s system you can fit more in one day than you thought 😀

Thanks for checking in.

I am sure we would all love to hear a tip or trick to how you fit something into your day. Or how you keep the kids busy-while you get some MY TIME in!!!