A Day in a Parenting Blogger’s Life – Odd Socks and Lollipops

Welcome back to my blog series. I hope you all survived the storm Doris. We had a few broken down trees in the area and it was bin day yesterday which meant the estate looked like a mess. Thank god the weekend is close.

Today I introduce you to Jenni who blogs at Odd Socks and Lollipops.

First of all, tell me a bit about yourself.

I am Jenni, I am a 31 year old mum of one. My daughter is 3 years old. I have fibromyalgia and joint hypermobility syndrome and blog about our life in general. I live with my daughter Boo and my Danish husband.

How many times were you woken last night?

My daughter slept through last night.

Do you co-sleep?

No

What time do you normally wake up?

About 6.30am

How much average sleep do you get a night?

I am not sure, my illnesses mean I am up lots in the night due to them. But probably 5 or 6 hours.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

Have a good morning hug from my daughter.

Tell me about your typical morning routine.

We get up and get dressed. Then we go downstairs and we have breakfast together before my husband goes to work. I then get Boo ready for nursery, if she is going, and then take her to nursery.

When and how often do you prepare the family dinners? Give us a few examples what you would cook.

We have a family dinner together every night except Tuesday and Thursday – those nights it’s just my daughter and I as my husband is at university until 9pm. We have all sorts of things, my daughter’s favourites are lasagne and pasta based dishes.

What’s on the menu for lunch?

My daughter has a hot lunch at nursery on the four days she goes so I grab a sandwich those days. Other days we love having boiled eggs and soldiers!

What activities have you got planned for the day for the kids?

We go to the library it the afternoons after my daughter gets home from nursery, as we love reading together. We also do lots of jigsaws and we love painting and drawing, and my daughter loves playdough at the minute. My daughter goes ice skating on Saturday mornings with her daddy, and they go swimming most Sunday mornings too.

Do you generally eat dinner together as a family or get the kids fed first?

We all eat together (except when my husband is at university then he eats later)

What do you do after dinner?

We all load the dishwasher together and then we play games or do jigsaws until it’s time to start the bedtime routine.

What is your bedtime routine?

My daughter has a bath, and then we brush her teeth and we read her a story in our bed. Then she goes into her own bed and I turn her groclock on. We then sort her teddies out (she had about 7 of them she ‘needs’ in bed with her each night)  I tell her another story  and then she goes to sleep.

Most importantly, when and where do you normally blog in those 24 hours? Do you have a schedule?

I blog when my daughter is at nursery and then in the evenings once she has gone to sleep.  She is usually asleep for 7pm so I blog for an hour then. One of my blogging goals for the year is the reduce the time I blog to only when my daughter is asleep or at nursery.

And I thought my two year old was extreme with her teddies. She has four teddies that need to come to bed with her. It’s not a problem but it can turn into one when she is going to creche in the morning because they are not supposed to have any teddies unless they go for their nap. Thanks for giving us a day into your life, Jenni.

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A Day in a Parenting Blogger’s Life – Blondie Mommy Stories

It’s FRIYAY!! I actually can’t wait for the weekend to start. I was off sick at the beginning of the week and I don’t think it’s still not quite right. I’ll have a busy weekend ahead though because hubby is going on a mini trip. But on Sunday afternoon I am going for afternoon tea with my friend. Have to tick off my afternoon tea bucket list after all.

Today we are going international. It’s Oana who lives in Romania and blogs at Blondie Mommy Stories.

First of all, tell me a bit about yourself.

Hi everyone! First of all, I want to tell you how happy I am to take part of this Blog Series. Thank you, Janine!

I’m the mother of a 4 year old boy and live in Bucharest, Romania. I found motherhood so challenging, that I tried to be a parent in my own way, making it easy for me (at least trying).

How many times were you woken last night?

None.

Do you co-sleep?

I’m not a big fan of co-sleeping. My son never slept with me or my husband. As a newborn, he slept in his own crib in our bedroom, and since five months old he sleeps in his own bedroom.

What time do you normally wake up?

That depends… If it’s a weekday and my son needs to go to preschool my alarm clock is set to 7:45 a.m. My son needs to be until 8:45 a.m. at preschool, since at 9:00 a.m. they serve breakfast.
In weekends (or in the day that he’s sick with flu, which happens a lot) I wake up when he wakes up. Around 9 a.m.

How much average sleep do you get a night?

6-7 hours. And that’s because I stay up late at night.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

I hit the Snooze button.

Tell me about your typical morning routine.

I wake up after hitting the Snooze button for at least three time. I wake my son up, and begin my morning marathon. Brushing teeth, getting dressed and driving to preschool.

When and how often do you prepare the family dinners? Give us a few examples what you would cook.

I cook dinner almost every day. Sometimes, I cook something that we can eat for 2 days.
I’m kind of new to kitchen… As my husband used to say, “I’m not getting along with our kitchen”. So I try and cook simple dinners, but I also try and cook some sophisticated meals.
I love cooking duck breast with orange sauce. I just love it since I’ve eaten it at the restaurant. It’s pretty easy to cook, since it must lay several hours in the oven.
I also want to try and cook some chicken breast with peaches and cheese. I’ve seen this somewhere, and it just appealed to me.
The easiest recipe, and the one that my son just loves, is spaghetti with tomato sauce. Pretty simple one, right?

What’s on the menu for lunch?

I cook lunch only for weekends and when my son is staying at home and not going to preschool.
Usually our lunch consists of some kind of soup and something else… I don’t always cook the second dish.

What activities have you got planned for the day for the kids?

I do a lot of puzzles with my son. He just loves them. He also loves Lego and, most importantly, cars. I’m on the way of teaching my son to play by his own. He’s searching for constant attention and doesn’t like to play by himself. So, I can’t do anything else, when I’m with him.

Do you generally eat dinner together as a family or get the kids fed first?

We always eat dinner together. I like to teach my son what family really means, and this includes eating together. Of course, there are some occasional exceptions.

What do you do after dinner?

Play or watch TV. We usually eat one or two hours before bed.

What is your bedtime routine?

Sometimes we read a story, but not always. I like laying down with my son until he falls asleep, hugging him. After he falls asleep, I gently get out of his bed, trying not to wake him up and go to my blogging and freelancing routine until 12 p.m. or 1 a.m.

Most importantly, when and where do you normally blog in those 24 hours? Do you have a schedule?

I don’t have a schedule. It’s one of my 2017 goals to be more organised. I try and blog while my son is at preschool and when he sleeps. Sometimes, also when he’s awake, since I try and teach him to play by himself, because mommy has to work.

Thanks Ooana. I can relate to the constant attention. My first born was really independent from a very young age but my second is the complete opposite.

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A Day in a Parenting Blogger’s Life – Amy Treasure

Happy Friday everyone. Friday means it’s time to feature a parenting blogger again with a day in their life.

Today it’s Amy from Amy Treasure. I am following her blog for quite some time and got some great blogging tips off her blog. Over to you Amy.

First of all, tell me a bit about yourself.

Hi! My name is Amy and I am a 36 year old mum of three. I’ve been married to Justin for 11 years, our three children are: Lewis, 17, Holly, 16 and Rose, 3. I’m a full time blogger and freelancer and we live in Bristol.


How many times were you woken last night?

Twice which is actually not bad going for us!

Do you co-sleep?

Not intentionally anymore but we did until Rose was 2. We have tried (and failed) to get her to sleep in her bed all night and it is inevitable that there will be an extra body in with us 9 times out of 10!

What time do you normally wake up?

6.30am because we have to leave the house by 7.30am to do the school run. On a weekend I would happily
languish until gone 9am (if my children let me!)

How much average sleep do you get a night?

6 or 7 hours.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

Make a cup of coffee

Tell me about your typical morning routine.

Up by 6.30am, have a coffee with my husband. Wake the kids up. Let the smallest watch tv in our bed. Do my make up and get dressed. Get smallest dressed while checking middle daughter is getting ready, by this time my oldest, Lewis, will have left for work with Justin. Us girls then usually grab breakfast which is usually toast or fruit and take it into the car. Holly gets dropped to the bus stop where she normally has to make a run for the bus (while Rose and I cheer her on from the car!) I then take Rose to school and on a good day I will be home by 8.45am.

When and how often do you prepare the family dinners? Give us a few examples what you would cook.

I love to cook! I cook fresh every night, could be anything from a homemade curry to a more simple pasta dish. Last
night we had crab linguine but I didn’t tell my older ones it was crab until after they’d eaten it because I knew I’d face objection! They actually all really enjoyed it. We tend to eat out on the weekend though or will have something easy like a pizza.

What’s on the menu for lunch?

I’ve got pesto pasta today.

What activities have you got planned for the day for the kids?

Well my oldest is working today, Holly has college and Rose has school. On the weekends we do things like go to the beach, the park, soft play or museum for the youngest if it’s raining.

Do you generally eat dinner together as a family or get the kids fed first?

I try and make sure we all eat together.

What do you do after dinner?

Homework then a bit of tv time and before long it’s time to start getting ready for bed.

What is your bedtime routine?

Same every night for the youngest: Bath, book, bed which is my husband’s job. The older two sort themselves out
which is nice!

Most importantly, when and where do you normally blog in those 24 hours? Do you have a schedule?

I blog during the day and try and stick to ‘office hours’ unless I have a deadline and then I can be found burning the midnight oil! I do have a schedule but tend to prioritise work in order of importance.

Thanks Amy. Sounds like a very organised mum.

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A Day in a Parenting Blogger’s Life – Mummy Fox

Good morning to you all. I hope your week wasn’t as stressful. Thank God it’s Friday. I can’t wait for the weekend to start. It should be definitely longer than two days. Saturday we have Chloe’s party planned with great cousins. So tonight I’ll be busy baking. Fun fun fun.

Continuing on with my blog series “A Day in a Parenting Bloggers Life” I have Amy joining me who blog at Mummy Fox.

First of all, tell me a bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m Amy and I write the parenting and lifestyle blog, Mummy Fox, which is about my life as a Mummy Fox to our little boy, Alfie 2, and being a wife to Mr Fox.

How many times were you woken last night?

Last night was actually a good night for us! Alfie was tired and went to bed late, but fairly easily. He woke once when we moved him from our bed to his Paw Patrol Readybed (We are staying at my parents!) He didn’t wake up nearly 8am. Major lie in for us!

Do you co-sleep?

We try not too, mainly because our bed is not big enough for my 6”3 husband, me and a sideways sleeping Alfie! But he will often end up in our bed if he wakes in the night or will not fall asleep in his bed. For a better night sleep we always try to move him.

What time do you normally wake up?

This really depends on whether it’s a work day or not. It’s currently the Christmas holiday so Alfie’s been going to bed later and getting up later. Think 9pm – 8am instead of 8pm – 6.30am. We tend to always wake up when he does.

How much average sleep do you get a night?

8 hours sleep a night is my ideal, I’m grumpy if I don’t get enough sleep. But with a toddler in the house, that’s not always possible!

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

My husband is amazing and will always go down and make me a coffee. Alfie is at the age now where he understands what Daddy is doing and will say “My make Mummy coffee too!” and go to help Dan.
I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve this, but Alfie will also say “Daddy take me downstairs breaktfast time, Mummy stay in bed!” Any parents dream, I know!

Tell me about your typical morning routine.

I’m a very laid back person. I don’t wear make up and I hardly spend any time doing my hair or getting ready. I will get up, shower, dry my hair and get dressed. All in the quickest time possible! The more time in bed the better for me.

When and how often do you prepare the family dinners? Give us a few examples what you would cook.

Dan and I share the cooking. He makes simple, quick meals and I make the more complicated, harder recipes that are generally tastier! Dan will happily make a pasta bake or Fajitas and I’ll make a Chicken, Bacon and Leek Pastry Pie or a Roast Dinner.

What’s on the menu for lunch?

Christmas Dinner take II. We had Christmas Dinner at Dan’s parents so now we are having a second at my parents. So a turkey dinner with all the trimmings!

What activities have you got planned for the day for the kids?

We have a gingerbread house that we’ve still not built that I’m sure Alfie would love to eat the sweets from and generally get hyper from! I would like to get to the local park and just have a run around and a kick-a-bout with the boys!

Do you generally eat dinner together as a family or get the kids fed first?

We try to all eat together, and we will today, but we don’t sit at the table together at home enough. It is something I am going to try to do more in 2017!

What do you do after dinner?

Pots are cleared and sorted and then its play time. On a work night we eat pretty much as soon as we get home. So then we need some play time with Alfie before the bedtime routine.

What is your bedtime routine?

Our bedtime routine is so hit or miss. It has changed over the last few weeks and is generally chaos at the moment! Alfie will have a bath, get his PJs on and then have a story, in the story corner, before going and getting into bed for another story. What happens from there is chaos. He has taken to climbing out of his bed over and over and over and crying… It’s not a fun time in our house. If you’ve got any tips send them my way!

Most importantly, when and where do you normally blog in those 24 hours? Do you have a schedule?

I tend to blog when Alfie is napping in the day or in the evenings, I work full time so I can’t do much in the day, unless it’s on my lunch break. It’s hard fitting it all in but once I get going I can write for England!

Thanks for that Amy. If you can help Amy with a bedtime routine, you are more than welcome to comment below. From our perspective I can tell you we have the same bed routine every night. They both go to sleep okay but I find Chloe, the youngest, in our bed a lot during the night. She is still in her cot bed so can’t go anywhere.

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A Day in a Parenting Blogger’s Life – Mummy To Dex

Welcome back. I hope you all had a good week. It’s nearly the weekend. We have no plans but hubby is going to a gaming event on Saturday so me and the kids might bake. It is Chloe’s second birthday next week so a trial would be good.

Today I have Nicola joining me on the blog. She blogs at Mummy to Dex and she is mum to adorable little boy Dex who recently turned eight months old.

First of all, tell me a bit about yourself.

I’m Nicola, I’m 30 and live in Liverpool with my husband and seven month old baby boy, Dexter. I’m currently on maternity leave but will be returning to work in 2017 as a Post Office branch manager. I blog over at http://mummytodex.com and have been blogging for around three months now. I love cooking, watching box sets and spending time with my family.

How many times were you woken last night?

Last night was a good night, I was only woken up at 5.30am to replace Dexter’s dummy. Dex recently moved into his own room which also coincided with his first common cold. I’m not sure if the numerous wakes during the night are down to him feeling rough or feeling lonely! I’m hoping it’s the former but we shall see as the days go on.

Do you co-sleep?

We used to co-sleep but, as I said, we recently stopped. We used to have the cot bed pushed against our bed with one side down. Invariably, Dex would end up in bed with us because he started rolling at 12 weeks. I worried that he was being unnecessarily woken up every morning by my husband’s alarm so we made the switch to him being in his own room at the beginning of December. He has started sleeping in a lot later which has been nice during the school holidays.

What time do you normally wake up?

I wake at 7.30am, just before my husband leaves for work. He is notorious for not being able to move around a room without making a racket, especially during these dark mornings. During the holidays, we all sleep in until gone 9am!

How much average sleep do you get a night?

According to my Fitbit I average around four hours a night. I don’t go to sleep until at least midnight as Dex usually has a feed around then. It’s useless trying to get an early night and have my husband do the feed, as he just makes too much noise. I wake at least once to go to Dex and then get up at around 7.30am. I’m hoping to improve on this in the new year.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

If I hear that he’s awake, the first thing is getting up to make Dex a bottle and make myself a cup of tea. I then feed Dex in bed and pop him in his activity centre while I drink my tea. I need that cup of tea before I can function in anyway. If Dex is still asleep, I creep into the kitchen, do a few chores; make a cup of tea and return to bed to read my phone. This is the moment that Dex will decide to wake up!

Tell me about your typical morning routine.

After Dex has had a little play in his activity centre, he usually needs changing. I don’t know if it’s just my child, but the activity centre and jumperoo make him poo! I strip him down and plonk him in his high chair while I make some breakfast for us. We spend about 45 minutes eating and then depending on how tired he is, he either has a bath then a nap, or goes straight down for a nap. The nap lasts 30-90 minutes, giving me time to do more chores and/or get ready for the day. By the time he wakes up, it’s the afternoon. No wonder my days seem to just pass me by!

When and how often do you prepare the family dinners? Give us a few examples what you would cook.

I cook a family dinner six nights a week. We have Friday nights off for a takeaway. I cook everything from scratch. Mostly, I make dinners at around 4/5pm when Dex is having a last minute nap or playing in his jumperoo. The majority of things I make (curries, stir fries, pasta based dishes) take less than half an hour to make. We got a slow cooker for Christmas so I’m looking forward to preparing a few meals of an evening and letting them cook overnight or during the day. Our favourite meals are chilli chicken gnocchi, cheesy chicken and chorizo pasta, chicken fajitas, courgette and prawn pasta, chicken curry and spaghetti bolognese.

What’s on the menu for lunch?

I make things like pinwheels, sandwiches, pasta and omelettes. Lunch is one of the hit and miss meals because Dex is really only on two meals a day at the moment. (Very occasionally I manage to squeeze in three meals.) If he does have lunch, I usually skip a meal at tea time instead.

What activities have you got planned for the day for the kids?

Dex is still really little so we either go to a baby class at our locals children’s centre or do little activities at home. We play with his toys, read books, sing songs, listen to the radio, practise tummy time/crawling or go for long walks up and down the waterfront next to our house.

Do you generally eat dinner together as a family or get the kids fed first?

It entirely depends on what we have to eat. Mostly Dex will eat with us as he is baby led weaned so he just has a little of whatever we are having, however some nights it’s nice for my husband and I to be naughty and have our dinner in bed watching a film! On these nights, we wait for Dex to go to sleep at around 7pm and then either order something in or make a quick meal in the kitchen before retreating to the boudoir. This is one of the benefits of Dex being in his own room. We can slob about in bed and not worry about waking him.

What do you do after dinner?

After dinner, Neil does bike training four nights a week so he gets on with that while I watch some TV or listen to the radio. It’s my opportunity to do some blog work on my phone: pinning on Pinterest, interacting on Twitter, writing drafts on my WordPress app and Stumbling on StumbleUpon. The nights that he doesn’t train, we watch TV together. We love a good box set-we’ve just finished Scandal.

What is your bedtime routine?

After Dex has had his tea, we put him in his jumperoo for half an hour or so to wear him out. Then we all go into his bedroom and turn the lights out. We were given a singing night light for Christmas, so we put that on and give him his bottle. By the end of the bottle, he is rubbing his eyes, so we quickly change his nappy, put on his sleepsuit and Grobag and put him in his cot. He is very good and goes to sleep by himself with minimal fuss. Very rarely, I have to go in and replace the dummy a few times, but he is getting better since I bought him a Sleepy Tot just before Christmas. He now finds it easier to reach out and find a dummy.

Most importantly, when and where do you normally blog in those 24 hours? Do you have a schedule?

I blog as and when I can. It’s usually when Dex naps during the day, I can get about an hour’s worth of blogging in then. Most of it is done on a Saturday when my husband gives me a few hours to myself. During the week, my husband uses the laptop for his bike training so I do what I can on my phone, but all the tweaks and fine touches have to be done on a Saturday when I can have the laptop to myself. It would be nice to set up some sort of schedule in the new year, especially for when I return to work in May.

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