A Day in my Life March 2021

Come and take a peek into a day in my life March 2021. Last Tuesday I joined in with Ali Edwards’ A Day in the Life project and recorded life right now.

This isn’t the first time I’ve taken part in this project. You can see a day in the life from March 2020 here and one from February 2019 here.

Why do I do this?

I love documenting life. I love taking photos and making notes about how life looks on a day-to-day basis. Because one day I will look around me and life won’t look anything like it does now.

I am so grateful for the journals, scrapbooks, blog posts, photo books I have that give me an insight into what my everyday was like at those times of my life. I love the nostalgia and the memories that come up.

And in taking the time to document with photos and notes I find myself being more mindful as I go about my day. It helps me realise what stays the same, what changes, where improvements can be made and where I’ve been taking things for granted.

If you’ve never done anything like this I would recommend giving it a go.

A Day in my Life March 2021

A day in the life March 2021

Theme for the Day – Getting back to routine

Weather – Sunny. Low of 4 / High of 11

Wake up Time – 7am – much earlier than usual as the kiddo is back at school this week for the first time in 2021 (we’ve been home learning since January)

DITL March 2021 - Food

Breakfast – Burnt Scotch Pancakes with flora and jam and an apple. Is it time for a new toaster?

Lunch – Toasties in the new toastie/waffle/panini press with crisps and crudities. My toastie filling was cheese and pineapple which generated some interest on Instagram when I shared it!

Dinner – Pitta pizzas with tomato paste, oregano, a lot of garlic, ham, pineapple, cheese. Easy and simple dinner.

DITL March 2021 - Pen and Paper
What I did
  • Grab my phone earlier than usual to start snapping photos and do a day in the life (DITL) intro on Instagram stories.
  • Write my morning pages.
  • Cuddles with my boys then get ready for the day ahead.
  • Let the dog out, feed everyone breakfast and load up in the car to school.
  • Say goodbye to the kiddo and take the dog for a walk – feels good to be walking a familiar route from last Autumn and noticing the signs of Spring popping up everywhere (so many daffodils).
  • Head home and spend time faffing…it always takes me a while to switch from one routine to another. I need to remind myself of my cues to sit down and start work. Grateful that I spent the last few weeks working on my intentions for the year and working out what actions I wanted to take to get there. But still need to remind myself to sit down and DO the work.
  • Do some reading and journaling for 2 courses I am currently working on, sort out some payments, send some emails and do some posts/updates in groups I am in
  • Grab the reusable bags and head out for the tescos click and collect. We’ve been doing our weekly shop online and collecting it since Summer last year. Occasionally pop into a shop for a top-up of fruit, vegetables, bread and milk but try to avoid shops where possible.
  • Home to unpack the shopping and try out our new toastie maker for lunch.
  • Chat with the husband while we eat.
  • Join an accountability session with fellow freelancers. Set out to get my FTGE inbox tamed. Get my unread messages from 126 down to 15. Super pleased with that. Plus archive and sort lots of read mail and even unsubscribe from a few things that are no longer relevant.
  • Check back in with the accountability session to report on progress and cheer everyone else on.
  • Carry on sorting out my emails and actioning some things that have been on the back burner during home learning.
  • Update IG stories with what I’ve been up to.
  • Leave for the school pick up, stop at the park on the way home for some exercise in the sunshine for the kiddo.
  • Home to supply snacks and pop on Animal Crossing to do some daily jobs for 15 mins before the kiddo plays online with friends.
  • More faffing – the return to school means a lot of adjustments for me as well as the kiddo – hope to use this time between school pick up and dinner for jobs around the house and finishing anything on my to do list for the day.
  • Husband takes dog for his evening walk pre-dinner as he has a run planned for after dinner
  • I make dinner and tidy the kitchen while watching some YouTube.
  • We sit down for dinner – we usually watch TV while we eat and the current favourite is Richard Osman’s House of Games.
  • Hubby leaves for his running session, doggo is unsettled with all the routine changes and has a cry.
  • I start reading my book, the kiddo plays some Animal Crossing.
  • Time for vitamins (so grateful we linked taking vitamins with the kiddo going to bed – he pulls the tub out and reminds me to take mine!) and then up to bed.
  • Show the kiddo all my DITL photos and read a chapter of our current family read (Simply the Quest by Maz Evans – it’s part of a series which features lots of mythological gods and creatures – it’s funny and great to read together).
  • Kiddo gets tucked in and reads his own book (an Artemis Fowl – he’s working his way through a series of 8). It makes me so happy that he loves reading.
  • Decide to put my pyjamas on early.
  • Hubby has an 830pm work call.
  • I update IG stories and scroll for a while then get back into my book.
  • At 10pm I sign off from my DITL on IG stories, I write in my gratitude and sentence a day journals and get ready for bed.
  • Can’t get to sleep so end up reading until past midnight.
DITL March 2021 - Doggo
I am grateful for –

1) My pre-order of The Devil Wears Black by LJ Shen arrived and I’ve started reading it

2) Another good day at school for the kiddo

3) Life feels good today

I am proud of –

(I’ve been writing 3 things I am proud of each day in my gratitude journal since November last year – it’s part of the mindset work I’ve been doing and I recommend giving it a go to celebrate all the wins – big and small!)

1) Documenting a day in my life March 2021 via IG stories

2) Getting my FTGE inbox sorted out

3) Doing the work – lots of mindset stuff this week

No. of steps – 6,629

Today’s Self Nurturing Activity – Reading!

Currently Reading – The Devil Wears Black by LJ Shen

Bedtime – Read in bed from about 8.50pm ish. At 10pm I signed off on IG stories, wrote in my journals and plugged my phone in the office. Tried to get to sleep and couldn’t. Ended up reading until around 12.40am.

And that was a Day in my Life March 2021!

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So what do I do with all this stuff I document? I shared snippets from the day via IG stories live on the day. I’m creating this blog post (which is great for comparing previous days as I tend to use a similar format each time). And I’ve also created and ordered a photo book with photos from the day and simple captions to put on our photo album shelf.

And that’s it until next time. I may take part in Week in the Life which usually happens around May time. I will see if I feel motivated nearer the time.

You can, of course, pick any day or week to document and get stuck in but I find it helpful to play along on the days that Ali Edwards suggests as there is a community of people that join in and I find that encouraging.

Let me know if you have a go at documenting a day in your life and how you get on.

Around Here Right Now (February 2021)

I’m feeling old school right now after rummaging in my old blog archives and I want to share this post which I’m calling Around Here Right Now.

I used to love both reading and writing posts like this one. A look at life right now. And it feels like a good time to take that snapshot.

Here in England we will soon be easing out of our 3rd national lockdown. My son returns to school in March and if things go well we will start to be allowed back out into the wild again! It’s been a tough time for so many. But, for me, also a time of discovery and reflection. When you take away “normal life” you can start to see what you miss about “normal” and what you don’t. So without further ado…

Sunset and the rainbow fence
Sunset and the rainbow fence – taken last night

Around Here Right Now…

Excited to have my COVID vaccination booked in for next week (I have Rheumatoid Arthritis which puts me in group 6 here in the UK).
And for all the signs of Spring on our daily walks.

Grateful that I bought a big, warm, snuggly coat in Autumn when I could go to the shops. It’s earned its keep this winter for the daily dog walks.
The weather is feeling much more mild this week and it’s wonderful to go out without being bundled up for the first time in months.
My walking shoes were also a great purchase when the shops were open. I want to increase my walking beyond the local blocks and paths as lockdown eases and I’ve been busy wearing them in. They are so comfy.

Listening to my 39 Playlist on Spotify. I’m picking a song each month between my birthdays to create a soundtrack for age 39. I’ve done it in previous years too. It’s fun both picking the songs and also listening to the playlists (especially after the year is up).

Reading LOTS. Mostly fiction. A mix of kindle (on my phone) and old school paper books. Lots of romance (always). Books provide wonderful escapism when you can’t leave your house.

Watching New Girl on Netflix. I used to love it but haven’t seen all of them. They are the perfect length at around 20-25 minutes to squeeze in at the end of the day for a few laughs before bed.

Changing up our home office this month. Ordered a new desk (which is a sit to stand desk) and rehomed our old desk (which we bought in Palmerston North, New Zealand what feels like a lifetime ago and it came over on the boat in 2016). We had a big old sort out of boxes, books and paperwork. It’s looking good. And it makes me so happy to see all my books organised on the shelves!

Feeling mostly hopeful about the return to school on 8th March. I’m hoping it will free up some time and mental capacity to do more with my writing and the blog.

Trying to be kind to myself. Give myself grace. And not beat myself up about things I want to do but I am not getting to. It’s been such an unsettled time.

Looking forward to longer days, seeing friends, HUGS, exploring further afield, ploughman’s lunches, a meal out and time to get things done!

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How about you? What does it look like around here right now for you? Feel free to use these prompts to get you thinking/scribbling.

And if you like posts like this one check out this post from 2019 where I did something similar sharing my answers from 2010 and 2019.

Around Here Right Now Pin

Week in the Life: Sunday 17th May

We’ve reached the final day! It’s time to share snippets from a Week in the Life: Sunday.

You can see stories and photos from the rest of the week here:
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Week in the Life: Sunday 17th May

Theme for the Day – The slowest, laziest one yet!

Weather – Sunny – High of 21 – Low of 8

Wake up – Around 8am (my note-taking with details has slowed as the week has gone on!)

Breakfast – Cereal (some kind of multigrain thing, not coco pops – boo!) with milk, apple and pear

Lunch – A variation on yesterday’s picnic plate using up things we had in the fridge. The husband put it all together

Dinner – we ended up ordering in pizza – naughty but nice!

Snacks – Some of yesterday’s Rice Krispie Marshmallow squares

Week in the Life: Sunday - a doggo and his toys
What happened – Morning
  • I think it’s fair to say I’ve been throughly enjoying the slow starts lately and today was no different
  • The boys had had a bit of a tidy up before I got downstairs so I continued on after breakfast
  • Took down the Union Jack bunting from VE Day and put up some floral bunting my Mum gave me instead for a nice summery feel
  • Sorted out a basket for Reggie’s toys and he proceeded to get them all out and play with them!
  • Hubby headed off for a 10 mile run in lieu of the 10 mile race he’d been signed up for today (cancelled due to lockdown)
  • The kiddo and I dug out an old bingo set and had a practice before the weekly family zoom (where bingo was planned!)
What happened – Afternoon/Evening
  • We had lunch when hubby got home
  • He put up our new washing line – the old one snapped a couple of weeks ago and it’s been a pain drying things without the line (we have drying racks too but they aren’t that great on windy days!)
  • I grabbed a shower after lunch
  • We had the family zoom call and played some normal bingo and animal bingo (new to us and hilarious!)
  • Ended up ordering in pizza for dinner as we were feeling lazy
  • We took a walk round the big block after dinner
  • Whilst I was tidying the kitchen and the boys were upstairs the doggo destroyed one of his balls so there was quite a mess to clear up!
  • I sorted out some photos and video snippets
  • Watched a bit more Normal People – can’t decide if I like it or not – I’ve got to the point where I think I need to carry on to see what happens
  • Headed upstairs to bed
Week in the Life: Sunday - seen on our walk
I am grateful for –
  1. Watching the dog play with his toys – he seems like a puppy at times
  2. We finally cleared off all the clutter that had accumulated on one of our chairs – yay for space to spread out again
  3. An evening walk with my loves

No. of steps – 4,758

Bedtime – Just about 10pm I think

Notes & Observations about the WITL project –
  • I definitely ran out of steam today. I forgot to photograph breakfast and lunch!
  • But still managed to capture our slow, lazy Sunday
  • Feeling pleased that I managed to document the whole week
  • Now to order the prints and get the scrapbook complete – I think I’ll set myself a deadline of the end of May to call it done (as long as the prints arrive in time!)

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And that was the final day of our Week in the Life: Sunday.

If you haven’t already don’t forget to check out the rest of the posts:

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I have completed previous Week in the Life and Day in the Life projects. You can see all of the posts like this here.

Don’t forget to visit me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Week in the Life: Saturday 16th May

It’s the weekend and time for sharing Week in the Life: Saturday. We are in the final stretch now. I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into a week of our life!

You can see stories and photos from the rest of the week here:
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Week in the Life: Saturday 16th May

Theme for the Day – Family Day

Weather – Partly Cloudy – High of 16 – Low of 5

Wake up – 6.30am to let the dog out then 10am! (That’s late even for me!)

Week in the Life: Saturday - food photos

Breakfast – Home baked Pain au Chocolate (from a tin) with apple, strawberry and blueberries

Lunch – The usual picnic plate. Today withy mini scotch eggs, chicken tender things, ham, cheese, veggies and pickles

Dinner – Burger with cheese, gherkin and burger sauce in brioche bun with a massive salad – it was delicious!

Snacks – We had a go at making Rice Krispie Marshmallow squares and tried them

What happened – Morning
  • Heard the dog clatter down the stairs at 6.30am so followed him down to let him out
  • Went back to bed and the next thing I knew it was 10am!
  • Hubby won many points for bringing me breakfast in bed! The kiddo and doggo came up for a chat too!
  • I worked on some Secret Squirrel plans for a certain someone’s upcoming birthday
  • And edited Friday’s video snippets for my IG stories
  • Came downstairs to find the boys playing Minecraft. I got a tour of their pier complete with roller-coaster, amusement arcades, bar and food stalls! My favourite part was the rainbow floor in the amusement arcade!
  • Got Friday’s blog post finished and published
  • Put together a playlist for a potential guest quiz round
  • Had a later lunch – around 1.45pm after the late start
Week in the Life: Saturday Screens
What happened – Afternoon/Evening
  • Had a go at making Rice Krispie Marshmallow Squares – the marshmallow took a while to melt
  • Headed out for an hour-long family walk – heading up to see the swans again and then beyond
  • Home to try the marshmallow squares – not as good as Mars Bar Slice but a nice treat
  • I prepped dinner while hubby tackled the washing up
  • After dinner the kiddo brought out his electronic kit and the boys had a play with that and then a board game
  • I watched the latest episode of the Sewing Bee and marvelled at the sewing skills
  • Listened to hubby read some Terry Pratchett to the kiddo
  • Organised photos for this project
  • Had a go at the Normal People series that seems to be doing the rounds – watched 2 and a bit episodes
  • Took the dog out about 10.05pm and it took him until almost 10.30pm to finish his business! Luckily my phone had a tiny bit of charge left so I read a Kindle book outside while I waited!
  • Headed up to bed
Week in the Life: Saturday - photos from outside
I am grateful for –
  1. A long family walk in the afternoon
  2. Lazy, chilled weekend days
  3. Burgers for dinner – a family favourite

No. of steps – 7,240

Bedtime – About 10.50pm I think

Notes & Observations about the WITL project –
  • I’m taking less photos each day but that’s okay. I still feel like I’m capturing the flavour of life right now
  • Eager to get the project finished and have a scrapbook completed!

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Week in the Life: Saturday – DONE! Only one more day to go…

I have completed previous Week in the Life and Day in the Life projects. You can see more posts like this here.

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Week in the Life: Friday 15th May

Wow – it’s already time for a Week in the Life: Friday edition. This week seems to have gone by fast!

You can see stories and photos from the rest of the week here:
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Week in the Life: Friday 15th May

Theme for the Day – Friday Fun & Frolics!

Weather – Sunny – High of 17 – Low of 5

Wake up – 8.30am

Breakfast – Coco Pops, strawberries & an apple

Lunch – Fish finger roll with homemade aioli, gherkin and lettuce plus cucumber sticks and some tortilla chips on the side

Dinner – Quiche, baby potatoes and salad

Snacks – rice cake, Pringles for the Quiz

Week in the Life: Morning through to Lunch photos
What happened – Morning
  • Yet another slow start – that seems to be the theme of the week!
  • Downstairs to feed everyone
  • Sorting video clips from Thursday to post on IG
  • Posting Thursday’s blog
  • Starting home learning with a Body Coach workout – we did a 5 minute warm up then a 15 minute workout
  • Hubby took the doggo out while we were exercising
  • Had a go at the Friday Maths Challenge on BBC Bitesize – the final 2 questions required all family members working together!
  • Kiddo declared himself having an off-day early on and it was a struggle to get him to focus – glad that the weekend is close now
  • After some work ran a bath for the kiddo with some Epsom salts and little bath bombs
  • Wrote my morning pages at 12.15pm while the kiddo was in the bath
  • Sorted lunch
Week in the Life: Friday - heading outside
What happened – Afternoon/Evening
  • I printed out the ‘Coronavirus from a Kids Perspective‘ questionnaire and got the kiddo to complete it – this will go in the scrapbook album
  • Got on with chores – washing up and laundry while the kiddo carried on with school work
  • Got dressed in clothes that weren’t pyjamas or active wear and even put some make-up on!
  • Headed to the pharmacy on foot to pick up a prescription. Waited 20 minutes in a queue
  • I used the waiting time to start organising photos to be printed for my WITL scrapbook album
  • Popped to the little supermarket for milk that I couldn’t get at LIDLs and some marshmallows for a recipe we want to try
  • Husband headed off for a run when I got back
  • The doggo, the kiddo and I went for a walk to find the swans – we were not disappointed!
  • Watched, with a decent sized socially-distant crowd, as one baby swan was abandoned in the nest while the others swam away…
  • …and breathed a sigh of relief when the family were re-united
  • Home for dinner
  • Time for one of the favourite parts of our lockdown week – a music quiz with hubby’s running club via Zoom
  • Danced and sang our way through to a respectable score of 149 (no idea what that was out of!)
  • Let the dog out and off to bed
Week in the Life: Friday - looking for swans (we found some ducklings too!)
I am grateful for –
  1. Organising my photos from Monday to Thursday ready to print
  2. Friday Night Music Quiz with hubby’s running club
  3. Seeing the baby swans with the kiddo and the doggo

No. of steps – 9,079 – the quiz dancing definitely helps!

Bedtime – it was nearly 11pm but I couldn’t sleep so read until around midnight

Notes & Observations about the WITL project –
  • It was good to make a start on organising the scrapbook element of this project today.
  • A lovely friend on Instagram reminded me that the Project Life app has a mosaic function to get multiple images on 6 x 4 prints.
  • I will make up mosaics for each day and then order the prints early next week.
  • Over the weekend I am hoping to get some of the stories in the paper album.

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And that was a Week in the Life: Friday edition. On to the weekend…

I have completed previous Week in the Life and Day in the Life projects. You can see more posts like this here.

Don’t forget to visit me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Week in the Life: Thursday 14th May

Welcome to a Week in the Life: Thursday edition. Today I am sharing photos and stories from yesterday.

You can see the rest of the week here:
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Week in the Life: Thursday 14th May

Theme for the Day – Visiting Nanny!

Weather – Partly Cloudy – High of 12 – Low of 1

Wake up – 3am (kiddo had a nosebleed!) then a restless sleep until around 8am

Breakfast – Greek yoghurt, strawberries & pear (yay for fresh fruit!) and the last dollop of Tiptree Salted Caramel spread (whatever will I do tomorrow?!)

Lunch – A roll with ham, cheese and piccalily, cucumber sticks, tortilla chips and a piece of mars slice

Dinner – Lamb shank in mint gravy with kumara (sweet potato), carrot and brocolli

Snacks – Rice Cakes and a sneaky Twirl

Week in the Life: Thursday - a look at our morning jobs
What happened – Morning
  • After writing my morning pages I updated my video clips from yesterday
  • Then downstairs for brekkie and finishing Wednesday’s blog
  • Started school work with Maths
  • Tried a new Joe Wickes workout – the kiddo lasted for most of it and moved onto spellings while I finished
  • Break time – we sorted out laundry – folding up dry stuff and hanging up the dogs blankets that had been washed
  • I took the doggo out for a walk. We saw a dead rat and the swans were back at their nest today with 3 cygnets (yay! When we didn’t see them for a couple of days I was getting worried)
  • Home to see how the kiddo had got on with online work then he looked up a Cookie Jar Alarm as electricity is a current topic
  • I time-lapsed making lunch which was fun
What happened – Afternoon/Evening
  • Hubby came downstairs for lunch. We chatted and I caught up on Formula 1 news (side note – we are both big fans and have missed not watching it this year. There’s been a lot of announcements of team/driver changes happening this week ready for 2021)
  • Kiddo wrote up details of the Cookie Jar Alarm and did some reading while I grabbed a shower
  • A neighbour knocked on the door about arranging to have the windows cleaned. Had a quick chat with her and then the prospective window cleaner (from a distance!)
  • The kiddo and I headed out in the car. This was the first time the kiddo had been in the car since mid May!
Week in the Life: Thursday - visiting Nan!
  • We went to my Mum’s. She’s currently isolating for 12 weeks so we made plans to visit on a decent day so we could chat to her from the garden
  • Felt really emotional that this was the first time my son and mum had seen each other in person since early March!
  • Headed home when the sun went in and it got chilly
  • Worked on this blog post and then dinner while the boys x-boxed (it’s become part of the routine during lockdown – a symbol that the working day is done!)
  • Ate dinner then watched a little bit of Taskmaster then the boys took the dog out
  • I caught up on some What’s App conversations and sent some replies
  • Banged our drum and rang our cowbell for the NHS (this has been happening weekly at 8pm on a Thursday. Quite a few from our street come out and we can hear the neighbouring streets too)
  • Video-called our friends to make a team for the Virtual Pub Quiz
  • Cracked open a Malibu cocktail in a tin (and on a school night! Shocking!)
  • Got a very respectable score of 40/50
  • Time to get everyone to bed
Week in the Life: Thursday - Evening Photos
I am grateful for –
  1. The excitement and delight of my Mum and son seeing each other after 2 months
  2. A fun Joe Wickes workout this morning which gave me lots of energy to get through the day
  3. The Quiz with our friends

No. of steps – 7,901

Bedtime – 9.50pm

Notes & Observations about the WITL project –
  • Note to self – I want to capture some facts and news about the pandemic and lockdown rules to add to the scrapbook
  • Love documenting things like the swans and waiting to see the baby cygnets (which usually happens each year since we’ve lived near the river)

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So that was a peek into my Week in the Life: Thursday. Back with Friday soon!

I have completed previous Week in the Life and Day in the Life projects. You can see more posts like this here.

Don’t forget to visit me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Week in the Life: Wednesday 13th May

It’s time to share some photos and stories from a Week in the Life: Wednesday.

If you haven’t seen Monday you can find that here.
And Tuesday is here.

In this post I’m sharing what happened on Wednesday…

Week in the Life: Wednesday 13th May

Theme for the Day – Taking it Slowly

Weather – Mostly Cloudy – High of 12 – Low of 2

Wake up – Properly at around 8.15am but a few wake up’s due to husband, dog and child before then

Breakfast – Same as yesterday (my breakfasts and lunches tend to stay quite similar) Greek yoghurt, apple slices and a dollop of Tiptree Salted Caramel spread

Lunch – Poached egg, bacon, hash brown and some sourdough toast

Dinner – Fresh pasta, garlic bread and broccolli

Snacks – Mars Bar Slice

Week in the Life: Wednesday - food we ate
What happened – Morning
  • A decent sleep last night – yay! But a slow start. I heard the dog, the husband and the kiddo get up but dozed a little longer
  • The husband’s work day started early with calls starting at 7am
  • Once the first batch of calls were done – the husband headed out for a run
  • I wrote my morning pages then headed downstairs to grab breakfast then tidied the kitchen
  • We got started with school work – maths, spellings and reading plus replying to messages on the school system
  • I managed to get Tuesday’s post finished and published at break time
  • Some more school work – some of which involved the dog stepping all over the times table practice we were doing!
  • Starting to prep lunch so hubby had time to eat between lunchtime calls
Week in the Life: Wednesday - featuring people
What happened – Afternoon/Evening
  • I got dressed after lunch (Yes, I spent all morning in my pyjamas! – a definite benefit of lockdown)
  • Laid on the bed and contemplated life for a while until the dog decided enough was enough
  • I took the dog for a walk – let him lead the way again. It was very windy and there were lots of leaves & branches down along by the river
  • I collated a shopping list as we were running low on fresh foods like fruit, vegetables, bread etc
  • Found out I won a Body Shop voucher in my lovely friends raffle and had a quick look at the catalogue to see what I’d like
  • Finally stopped procrastinating and went to LIDL (local supermarket)
  • Surprised to find NO queue at LIDL – it was reasonably quiet once I was inside
  • Sighed every time someone got too close
  • Managed to pick up nearly everything on the list/that we needed
  • Realised once I got home and we’d put everything away that I’d taken no photos of the whole shopping experience! Oooops!
  • Headed upstairs to chill out & work on this post while the boys played the xbox
  • Time for dinner
  • Then the weekly excitement of putting the bins out! – The boys did it this week and then walked the dog
  • I watched the end of a Call the Midwife I started a few days ago
  • Kiddo went to bed and we watched the final episode of series 1 of Race Across the World – absolutely loved it and would recommend!
  • Let the dog out one last time and then up to bed
I am grateful for –
  1. No queue to get into LIDL
  2. Winning the Body Shop voucher
  3. Being able to take it slowly when I need to

No. of steps – 4,419

Bedtime – 10.15pm

Week in the Life: Wednesday - our dog Reggie
Notes & Observations about the WITL project –
  • 3 days in and I’m reminded why I love this project. As well as being able to document life right now it also provides me with an alternative lens to look at our daily life. I am able to see things that have changed over time.
  • So disappointed to miss out on photos from shopping and capturing the social distancing aspect of life right now but I was focused on getting in and out as efficiently as I could!

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I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my Week in the Life: Wednesday. Tomorrow I’ll be over half way!

I have completed previous Week in the Life and Day in the Life projects. You can see more posts like this here.

Don’t forget to visit me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Week in the Life: Tuesday 12th May

Welcome to Week in the Life: Tuesday. This week I am taking part in Ali Edwards’ documentation project where I document our lives through photos, videos and stories.

If you haven’t seen Monday you can find that here.

In this post I’m sharing how yesterday looked for us…

Week in the Life: Tuesday 12th May

Week in the Life - Tuesday - a collection of photos featuring Hands

Theme for the Day – Double Dog Walk Day!

Weather –Sunny then Cloudy – High of 14 – Low of 4

Wake up – 6.30am with the dog. Back to sleep until 8.20am

Breakfast – Greek yoghurt, apple slices and a dollop of Tiptree Salted Caramel spread

Lunch – Another “picnic” plate. This one included Cheese Savoury Rolls, Cocktail Sausages, crackers with pate, carrot and cucumber sticks and some wotsits

Dinner – Americano pizza, salad and halloumi fries followed by Mars Bar Slice for dessert

Snacks – Rice cakes

What happened – Morning
Week in the Life: Tuesday - Morning Dog Walk
  • The dog woke me early but the husband ended up taking him downstairs to let him out so I went back to bed
  • Woke around 820am (that would be LATE usually but is becoming more regular during lockdown – going back to school runs will be hard!)
  • Wrote my morning pages
  • Came down to sort breakfast – the kiddo had his second breakfast
  • Got stuck into home learning – messaged the teacher, made a plan and got on with some Maths
  • The kiddo convinced me to do a workout and it felt great once we did it
  • During morning break I took the dog for a walk (about 40 minutes). I let him decide where to go so we ended up walking round the city centre and back down the high street. There were a lot more people compared to a couple of weeks ago
  • Back home to help the kiddo finish his writing – he wrote a review of The BFG which he finished reading last night
  • I prepped lunch and the husband came down from a long morning of work calls to eat with us
What happened – Afternoon/Evening
Week in the Life: Tuesday - Mars Bar Slice Baking
  • We got back into some school work after lunch – a comprehension exercise set by the teacher which included some reading
  • I tidied the kitchen, washed up and mopped the floor
  • I headed out to a weekly appointment – I’m a volunteer for The Cinnamon Trust and walk an elderly person’s dog
  • The roads felt busier (they have gradually been getting busier each week that I’ve gone throughout lockdown)
  • Had a chat with the owner (from the porch keeping my distance) and then walked Ruby for around 35 minutes
  • Came home and got straight into making Mars Bar Slice
  • Started work on this post
  • Had dinner going in the background
  • Ate dinner and watched a House of Games
  • The boys took the doggo for his evening walk and I watched last week’s Sewing Bee
  • Kiddo went to bed and we watched a bit of TV (we’ve almost finished series 1 of Race Around the World)
I am grateful for –
  1. Getting back to sleep after an early start with the dog
  2. 2 doggo walks – it’s felt like a luxury to get out twice in one day during lockdown!
  3. A decent sleep last night – feeling brighter today

No. of steps – 8,534 – much better – the 2 doggo walks helps!

Bedtime – 9.30pm – I read for a while. My current bedtime read is Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and it’s fascinating.

Notes & Observations about the WITL project –
  • I enjoyed trying some interesting angles for photos today – from the kitchen cupboard and setting the phone down on the floor on self timer during our walk
  • I like looking for themes through the photos to create the mosaics for these posts
  • For my scrapbook album – I need to find an app to make 6×4 mosaics so I can get some photos sorted ready to print – I think the key will be getting as much done during this week as I can

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So that was my Week in the Life: Tuesday. I’ll be back soon with stories and photos from the rest of the week. .

I have completed previous Week in the Life and Day in the Life projects. You can see more posts like this here.

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Week in the Life: Monday 11th May

Hello! This week I am taking part in Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life project. In this post I’m sharing how Monday 11th May looked for us…

Week in the Life: Monday 11th May

Week in the Life: Monday 11th May - Morning photos

Theme for the Day – Need More Sleep!

Weather – High of 11 / Low of 2 / Windy

Wake up – 6.50am to let the doggo out. Tried to go back to sleep after but no joy!

Breakfast – Coco Pops! Not my usual choice – Hubby bought me some mini boxes with the last big shop.

Lunch – A “picnic” plate (most of our Lockdown lunches follow a similar theme). Today we had Chicken poppers, crackers with cheese, carrot and cucumber sticks and a few tortilla chips. Followed by Jaffa Cakes.

Dinner – Steak, Hash Browns and a side salad followed by a strawberry cone

Snacks – Apple, Banana and chocolate!

Week in the Life: Monday - Food photos
What happened – Morning
  • I stayed up way too late last night finishing a book. This resulted in around 6 hours sleep – not enough!
  • The dog thundered down the stairs about 6.50am so I got up to let him out.
  • Back upstairs and into bed to try and sneak in some more sleep but it didn’t happen!
  • Listened to music and tried to take fun photos while prepping breakfast.
  • Husband started work for the day upstairs in the office (box room).
  • Left the kiddo finishing his crumpets and watching SpongeBob to head back upstairs to write my Morning Pages.
  • We did a Joe Wickes workout.
  • Planned out our “school day” using our post-it note chart.
  • Checked the School class pages – the kiddo did an arithmetic test and sent it off to his teacher.
  • We set up some new spellings for the new week.
  • Had a break with some snacks followed by a 25 min blustery dog walk around the block.
  • Had a go at a Science experiment – today we made a DIY Lava Lamp – it was good fun.
What happened – Afternoon/Evening
  • Stopped for lunch – hubby came downstairs and we snuck in a little Race Across the World while we ate.
  • Back to school/work – the kiddo read to me and then he wrote a letter to a friend for writing practice.
  • Declared school done for the day which means FREE time!
  • I headed upstairs to grab a shower.
  • I laid on the bed following the shower and faffed around on my phone.
  • Thought a lot about napping but various interruptions and requests for snacks and cuddles (boy and dog) didn’t allow for it.
  • Finally found enough energy 2 hours later to head back downstairs.
  • Washed up and tidied the kitchen.
  • Started work on this blog post while the boys played on the x-box.
  • Dinner was a joint effort between the hubby and I (I did the salad).
  • We watched an episode of Richard Osman’s House of Games and then the boys took the doggo for his 2nd walk while I carried on with this post.
  • The boy headed upstairs and hubby read to him for a while.
  • We watched a bit more Race Across the World, let the dog out and headed to bed.
Week in the Life: Monday 11th May - Home Learning photos
I am grateful for –
  1. Slow starts with no school runs
  2. A windy walk to blow the cobwebs away
  3. The enthusiasm and ideas this project brings

No. of steps – 4,428k – that’s quite low (even for lockdown) – I did forget to put it on first thing and missed some of the workout steps.

Bedtime – 9.45pm

Notes & Observations about the WITL project –
  • My enthusiasm ran high today (even after a lousy sleep) – I took lots of photos and a fair few notes.
  • I started a video montage using the 1 Second Everyday app (in Freestyle mode) – not sure if I will keep this up all week but it’s good to have one day done. This features the kiddo so won’t be shared publicly.
  • I also want to create a scrapbook-style album of the week so have done some planning for that. I’ve found a 6×8 album from years ago and have ordered some extra inserts.
  • I want to make sure I tell the story of our dining table – in this season of our lives it serves MANY functions! Currently it’s being used for learning at home, all aspects of sewing, storage, games, video calls and collecting clutter!

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So that was my Week in the Life: Monday.

You can see stories and photos from the rest of the week at these links:

TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday

I have completed previous Week in the Life and Day in the Life projects. You can see more posts like this here.

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Documenting a Day in the Life – Thursday 5th March 2020

It’s time for another go at documenting a day in the life. I followed along with Ali Edwards’ Day in the Life project yesterday and I’m sharing how it went with you today.

Documenting a Day in the Life - Thursday 5th March- title mosaic

SPOILER – my day didn’t go as planned. I had intended to make notes on my pre-printed time tracker, share some life snippets on Instagram Stories and take lots of photo to share here. But I was awoken in the night by a poorly kiddo which meant a late start and my plans for the day amended. I half heartedly took photos through the day and debated whether or not to switch and record another day. But I decided to share as this is real life!

I like to use similar prompts each time so I can look at how life changes and how it stays the same over time. Let’s dive in and see how the day looked…

Documenting A Day In The Life – Thursday 5th March 2020

Theme for the Day – Poorly Kiddo

Weather – High of 7 / Low of 1 / Type of weather – Cloudy & Lots of Rain

Wake up Time – Around 2.15am until 4am with the poorly kiddo. Awake a couple more times. Then just after 7.45am.

Food –
Documenting a Day in the Life - 5th March 2020 - food pictures

Breakfast – My current usual – porridge with milk, flaxseed, apple and maple syrup. And I made bacon and eggs wraps for husband.

Lunch – Shared a cheese salad with the husband (loving the Lidl one at the moment) with some crisps.

Dinner – Vegan Satay Sweet Potato Curry – a friend recommended this recipe a while ago and we really love it. The peanuts add a delicious crunch! Great for leftovers too.

What I did –
Day in the Life - 5th March 2020 - dog photos
  • Administered medicine, cool flannels and cuddles
  • read stories
  • called school to report kiddo’s absence
  • made breakfast
  • Postponed and cancelled plans for the day
  • walked the dog in very moist conditions but luckily it wasn’t pouring yet
  • Watched Spongebob Squarepants
  • Went to Tesco’s for a top-up food shop and to buy medicine for the kiddo – it was crazy – everyone seemed to be there panic-buying!
  • Filled up with petrol in case people start panic-buying that next
  • Had lunch and watched a recorded The Last Leg with husband
  • More cuddles and medicine for the kiddo
  • Watched The Snail & The Whale (which we recorded at Christmas and hadn’t seen yet – loved it!)
  • Watched some You Tube videos about living “off the grid” (my current go to for some relaxation)
  • Listened to the Spotify playlist that the husband created for me (insert heart-eye emojis here)
  • Wrote my “Morning” Pages at 4pm!
  • Decided to sew an elastic pen holder for my Morning Pages Journal
  • Cut out fabric from scraps and followed an online tutorial badly. Pen Holder is far from perfect but does the job. I will try again when I’m less tired
  • Made curry for dinner
  • Tidied the kitchen
  • Listened to husband reading Harry Potter 7 to the kiddo
  • Tucked up the kiddo after more cuddles and medicine
  • Watched more YouTube videos
  • Tucked up in bed to read
  • And amongst all this I let the dog out many times, fed the dog multiple times and gave lots of doggy cuddles
I am grateful for –

1) Cuddles with the kiddo
2) Getting some fresh air – walking with the dog
3) The satay curry for dinner
4) Watching YouTube videos to chill out
5) Coconut oil is a great moisturiser

Activities –
Day in the Life - 5th March 2020 - Activities photos

No. of steps – I didn’t wear my Fitbit so no steps recorded (would have been fairly low other than walking the dog!)

Today’s Yoga practice – I’m not doing daily yoga at the moment and I’m missing it. I’m aiming for 4 practices a week currently.

Today’s Self Nurturing Activity – Watching some YouTube videos and chilling out to rest when I was tired.

Currently Reading – What Has Nature Ever Done For Us? by Tony Juniper – I saw it on a nature themed display at the library and decided to try it. It’s quite science-y but I’m finding it interesting – glad I picked it up.

Bedtime – About 9.30pm-ish I think.

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So a day I hadn’t planned. But good to record it all the same!

You can see my previous attempt at documenting a Day in the Life here (26th February 2019) and I also documented a Week in the Life in May 2018.

Did you take part in Day In The Life? Is it something you’re keen to do? If so I’d recommend heading over to Ali Edwards’ website.

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