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Ever wonder what a day in the life of a homeschool blogger looks like?
Each day is going to vary. Even for the same homeschool blogger, no two days are the same. Some days we spend a lot of time teaching and just a little blogging. Some days we don’t send much time homeschooling, but spend hours and hours blogging – this is mostly weekends and summers. Other days are packed full of both.
I heard a slogan once that feels very appropriate many days – “Teach all day, blog all night”. That pretty much sums it up.
I love seeing how other homeschool bloggers organize their time, so I thought I would share a day in my life. I kept track of an entire day to see what a typical day looks like.
Day in the Life of a Homeschool Blogger
6:30 – 8:15 Blog
I woke up a few minutes before my Fitbit alarm went off this morning. I am definitely a morning person, so this isn’t too surprising. As soon as I had a cup of coffee in my hand I got to work. I usually try to cross off a few blogging tasks done while my house is still quiet and my attention is sharp.
This morning I:
- Checked yesterday’s stats
- Finished writing and published a new post
- Edited a few photos
- Emailed a vendor about a potential collaboration
- Jotted down a few notes for a Facebook live
I ate breakfast and drank my coffee while working in my office. My new office is one of my favorite features of my new house.
8:15-8:45 Booked a flight
My parents graciously offered to stay at our house with Hannah and Ben and our dog so Paul and I can get away. Being on the same coast as the grandparents definitely has a few perks! After a bit of deliberation, we decided to fly to Vegas for a few days in August. Yesterday I researched different flights and this morning I managed to book a nonstop flight to Vegas that was actually at decent times.
8:45 -9:45 Get the kids ready for the day
At this point in the morning, Hannah and Ben were awake. We have somewhere to be this morning, so I needed to remind them to get ready. While they were getting dressed, eating breakfast, and brushing teeth I packed a bag with sunscreen and water. I also threw a load of laundry into the washing machine and vacuumed the upper level of our house.
I usually clean in small chunks of otherwise wasted time.
9:45-11:30 Science in the Park
One morning a week we meet up with other homeschool families for science experiments in a local park. The kids enjoy conducting messy experiments and playing with friends while the moms chat about all things homeschool related. Today the weather was perfect so I let the kids play on the playground until they started getting hungry.
Quick and easy lunches are a must during the school week. Today I made gluten-free grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. The tomato soup is really just diced roasted tomatoes and a little fresh basil. I make it in my Vitamix because it purees the soup until it’s smooth and creamy while also heating it up.
After lunch I switched the laundry to the dryer and answered a few blog emails.
We are winding down our school year and are left with just the basic subjects – reading, writing, grammar, science, history, and math. We don’t even do all of those every single day any more. Today we worked on grammar, reading, and math. Hannah and Ben rotate through working with me and working independently.
Another week or so and I’m going to pronounce our school year finished. Usually we wrap up at the end of May, but I wanted to squeeze in a little more instructional time due to our cross country move in April.
2:30-3:00 More vacation planning
With our flights booked and grandparents travel plans confirmed it was time to reserve our hotel room. I researched flights so my husband checked into hotels. It will be just the two of us and we don’t need anything super fancy. We are just happy to have some one on one time!
I promise that I don’t do this much vacation planning on a typical day, ha ha.
3:00 – 3:30 Bake a cake
My daughter’s birthday was only 2 days away so it was time to start getting ready. She wanted a tall drip cake this year so my plan was to bake all four layers one night and decorate them the next.
I just used a simple gluten-free cake mix this year in the interest of convenience.
3:30-4:30 Meal Prep
I missed having a freezer full of prepared meals, so I took advantage of a few free minutes to prepare a few extra meals. The FreezEasy plan helped me get simple main courses into the freezer fast. In only about half an hour I prepared three dishes. Then I cleaned up the kitchen from all of the cake baking and freezer prepping.
4:30-5:30 More blog work
The kids were happily doing their own things, so this was fa good time to do a little more blog work.
I filmed a Facebook live (my first!) explaining the FreezEasy system of freezer cooking. It felt really awkward and like I was talking to myself, but hopefully that will get easier with time.
I didn’t plan on working this evening, so I tied up loose ends by responding to Instagram and Facebook comments.
I had already spent so much time in the kitchen, but still needed to cook dinner. Burgers and sweet potato fries sounded like just the easy meal I needed. We bought a ton of sweet potatoes at the farmers market a few weeks ago and I’m trying to use them up.
Even though we are all home together all day, we still try to eat dinner together as a family. I know that will get harder as my kids get older and involved in more activities, so I’m savoring it now while I can.
6:30-7:30 Clean up…again
I really don’t like having a messy house, so I try to do a quick tidy every evening after dinner. I make my kids help, so it doesn’t really take too long.
We cleaned up the dinner dishes, took out the trash, folded the laundry and put it away, and swept.
7:30-8:00 Hang out with my kids
My kids go upstairs at 8:00 every night. It isn’t their bedtime. They have their own loft area living room they can hang out in or they can do wahtever they want in their bedrooms. 8:00 is just when they have to be upstairs. This lets my husband and I have some quiet time to ourselves each evening. I love being a mom, but I also love being a wife.
It helps the kids unwind and start to relax so that when I turn out the lights at 9:30 they go to sleep.
This was a busy day and I was exhausted so it was the perfect evening to do nothing. I need a recharge evening every once in a while. I literally laid on the couch watching HBO with Paul. I used to feel guilty ‘wasting’ time like that until a good friend put it into perspective for me. Done in moderation, it isn’t wasting time. It is giving myself the chance to rest so I can accomplish all of my goals the next day.
By 9:30 I wasdefinitely ready for bed. I read for a few minutes until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Then it was time for lights out!
I color coded this day (blue = blogging, green = vacation prep, orange = school, and red = mom life) to see visually how I spent most of the day. It is easy to see that the majority of this day was spent on standard mom tasks. Every day looks different though.
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