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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Busy Day Giveaway~Target Gift Card

UPDATE: This giveaway ended on November 11th. The next giveaway will be held on black Friday.

Thank you for your lovely comments regarding my 1000 post milestone. I hope you entered yesterday’s GIVEAWAY.

I know how busy most of us are. Today I am sharing some of my favorite time saving tools. Even though most of us would like to do this:

In writing about the many, many projects I have created over the years the question I am most often asked is:“Do you sleep?”  I do. But my day begins early. I don’t set an alarm clock so the time varies. One day I might rise at 4:30 am. On this particular day I was up at 5:15. My day Decor To Adore 006-001

On this day as I waited for the teakettle to boil I fed two demanding dogs and then put away the clean pots and dishes leftover from the previous night’s dinner party.

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5:30 am Tea in hand I found a cozy chair. I like to study in the early morning quiet. Today is “Art and Myth in Ancient Greece”. While I read I take notes for an essay paper due later this week.

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At 7 am I toddle back into the kitchen to make breakfast for whoever wants it.Today is cream of wheat, raisin toast and juice. I will eat later.

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7:20 Dishes are done. Beds are made. A lost shoe is found. The husband is kissed goodbye. Laundry is started.

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At 7:30 Sweet Guy’s lunch is slipped into his backpack and he is sent out the door on his scooter. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I often follow on foot with my two furry friends.  (Tuesdays and Thursdays have me in the car on the way to school.)

But it was Monday, so we walked until 8 am.

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Upon my return I reheat breakfast and turn the computer on. I set a timer and scroll through my personal and work emails. Notes are made. I scroll through my favorite blogs. Before I know it 30 minutes have passed. It ALWAYS ends too soon. All  comments to my own blog are saved. On Saturday mornings I devote two to three hours responding to each and every one. I wish I could respond daily, but time marches on.

8:30 am Into the bathtub, then dressed and even a light application of mascara and lip gloss.

9 am I gather up my notes and begin to write an essay paper. On average I take three classes a semester. School is not easy for me. In order to get the grades I want I have to devote several hours a week to study. Of course quick breaks occur to toss the laundry in the dryer, sweep the floor and scratch a dog. He’s also an excellent proofreader. :)

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11:30 am Lunchtime! It’s leftovers from last nights dinner. While I eat I scan Sunday’s newspaper ads and cut out the coupons. All are filed in the coupon binder. A grocery list is created based on sales/coupons and what we are out of.  I often multi task so that I can fit all that I need to do into a day. 

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Noon. The Fashionista has recently moved back home. She recently completed an internship and is now actively looking for a job.  We made the recent decision to put the condominium she was living in, while attending ASU, on the market. At this point we are still trying to cram the contents of her former two bedroom apartment into one small en suite. We try to work on storage solutions. Gasoline and matches are mentioned. (kidding)

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12:30 pm. Time for errands: today’s list includes returning books to the library, picking up the dry cleaning, running to Joann’s for supplies for two upcoming projects and picking up a clients dining room chair seats from the upholsters.

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2:30 pm. Home again. A quick scan of emails, I reorder some business cards and edit some photographs taken of a project that was done over the weekend. I also quickly scan through the afternoon blog offerings on Feedly.

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3:15 pm . My boy arrives home. We make an afterschool snack and talk about his day.

3:30 –4 pm Homework. More multitasking in the form of simultaneously doing research for an upcoming blog post.

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4 pm Hot gluing a masterpiece. Pictures taken of said event for an upcoming Thanksgiving themed post. (I generally work on posts two weeks ahead of schedule.) 

4:30 pm The next days schedule is checked and I make a mental note as well as a post it note of an orthodontic appointment. All laundry is put away. The table is set for dinner and other small chores are completed.

5 pm Prepare for an early dinner. On the menu: pork chops with apples and an orange juice glaze, green beans, carrots and scalloped potatoes.

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6 pm Dinner is served. The entire family is at the table. Prayers are said. Our days are discussed. 

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6:30 pm Dishes are washed, school agenda is signed and lunches are packed for the next day.

7 pm Mr. Décor and I head over to my design clients house to install the chair seats. The Fashionista watches over her brother. I normally do not work past 5 pm but since the upholster was two weeks late my client is understandably anxious and I always aim to please. The room is really coming together. We finish fairly quickly, stop for gas and return home by 8 pm.

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8:15 pm My book bag for tomorrow’s classes is set by the door. Clothes are laid out. Faces washed. Teeth brushed. Kisses all around.

8:30 As usual there is NOTHING on tv. So I settle for Netflix on the laptop. I am currently working my way through 87 episodes of “All Creatures Great and Small”. It’s British, happy, hopeful and features beautiful interiors and landscapes. The best kind of show to help prepare me to count sheep at 10 pm.

I often use Pinterest for quick décor and craft inspiration. If you follow even just one of my boards (or perhaps all) then leave me a comment telling me which one and you’ll be eligible for a $20 Target gift card (winner to be selected on Nov. 11th). It’s a favorite time saving store of mine.

Which DTA Pinterest board do you follow?

Laura

 

79 comments :

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Goodness Gracious Laura,
Busy day! But it was fun reading how you laid it all out. I know about adult kids moving back in too, not easy.
Of course I follow all your boards and have forever!
I like the looks of that show your watching, I need to look into that.
Hugs friend,
Cindy

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are one busy lady!!!!! Loving watching how your day flows!!!! And I follow all your boards! :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You day sounds a lot like mine most days. I am such an early riser too. I follow all of your boards. Hope you have a supe day. Hugs, marty

Rita C. said...

Laura, I follow all of your boards. I can remember being 16 hr a day busy like you are right now, but I always trusted it would pay off, and it did. It's obvious you've got the organizational skills to pull it off successfully - best wishes.

Auntie Em said...

That is one busy but productive day. No wonder you accomplish so much.
I loved that series 'All Creatures Great and Small'. Have you watched 'Born and Bred'? You might enjoy it when your other series is finished.

Enjoy your busy day and thank you for taking the time to share a few moments with us as well! :)

My Cottage Charm said...

You and I, my sweet friend, are cut from the same cloth. :) I have never ever even owned an alarm clock.
I follow all your boards.....but of course you probably already knew that. :)

Becky said...

I follow you on fb, and I follow your blog. Now I follow you on Pinterest. What fun!!

Syd said...

I couldn't pick just one board so I'm following them all. Keep up the good work.

Patty Antle said...

It's amazing what we accomplish in a day! You are a busy lady! I am following all of your pinterest boards to keep up with your great ideas!

Go Green said...

I admire how organized you are and how much you accomplish each day! I often wish there were more hours in the day! I follow your Pinterest boards and my favorite at the moment is Home for the Holidays. It inspires me to create something different, often using what I already have at home.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

You are busy and organized but that's how you accomplish so much!!! I am following all of your boards. Can't wait to have a good look at them!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Ok, I just got up and now I am tired! Woo! What a busy day!
I follow several of your boards.

Linda said...

I look at your boards but I don't follow because I don't to Pinterest - just one of the things I eliminated once because of being too busy. ;) So technically I'm not eligible for this giveaway and that's okay, I'll comment anyway.

You're very busy. I'm not really -I feel like it at times, but I purposefully do not overschedule or get involved in too much because I'm not happy then. I'm one of those that's always saying everyone is in too big of a rush. I'm the person driving slowly on my way to work because I'm never running late, and I like to take my time in case there's a good sunrise to photograph. I just don't like rushing. Life is rushed enough. So, I'm pretty good at taking things slowly and enjoying the moments, which for me, revolve around homemaking and my family, and I'm not too career minded even though I do have a paid job.

Love, Linda

Mary Steinbrink said...

I love your blog and I follow all of your boards! Thanks for celebrating with all of us!

black sabeth said...

i just ADORE your proofreader

joyce said...

I just followed your Tablescapes Board on Pinterest. I think a handsome vignette on a table, mantle, or console draws the eye and gives us something pleasant to dwell on.

kari jasus said...

i follow all your boards but i like rustic design best

kellyr78 said...

I Follow all your boards on pinterest(Kelly Saver)
kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

Mami2jcn said...

I follow all your boards.

http://pinterest.com/mami2jcn/

Thanks!

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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JC said...

Follow all your boards, love the Nautical Niceness one, great ideas.

Mari said...

Wow your a busy little bee...lol...
Thanks for dropping by and your kind comment, I love pinterest :) I follow a couple of your boards, but if I have to pick a fav it's Christmas ;-)

Please count me in on your great giveaway ;-)

Hugs~
Mari

JACLYN said...

Following all your awesome boards - jaclynfett

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I follow all of your boards. I also am tired just reading about your day. I thought I got alot done in a day....HA! You run rings around me. But then I am WAY older than you. That's my excuse and I'm stinking to it;):)

Elena said...

I follow all of your boards

pinterest.com/elena8

elena150980@yahoo.com

freebiequeen15 said...

I follow all your boards - pinterest name freebiequeen15

freebiequeen15@gmail.com

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

You are very organized and have long days! WOW~
Don't wear yourself out!
Warmly,
deb

Jen said...

What a busy day! But you handle it so well and keep your schedule so organized. Sounds like you have a full plate right now.

I already follow all of your Pinterest boards. I so enjoy what all you have to share!

Jen

GSGreatEscaper said...

I follow all of your Pinterest boards! Loving the Christmas houses today and re-pinned the hot British actors for my DD's delectation.

Give Tristan and Siegfried my love...

Sara said...

I follow all of your boards-lionssara

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I follow them all Laura...I give you credit for all that you do♥

Tammy's in Love said...

We got hooked on Netflix with Foyle's War! Your day was fun to read thru; no kids at my house anymore but the bonus round (grand-littles) will be here again in January when the newborn is 4 months and Mama goes back to work!

Jamie Leigh Martin said...

I've followed you on Pinterest - JamieLoveSweeps.

AnnaZed said...

I follow you on Pinterest where I am Margot Core (all borads). I think I like Nautical Niceness best though. I want to make a nautical themed day room out of a grim brown not much used day room in my house.

margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

Ruffles and Relics said...

goodness that makes for a long day! I follow all your boards:)

chedeb5353 said...

Love your blog and I follow all of your boards. Debra chedeb5353@hotmail.com

Lisa Brown said...

Follow all your boards as http://www.pinterest.com/lisalu24/

and liked "let them eat cake"

jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pinterest is something I don't do yet. But I do follow your wonderful blog! I know that doesn't count for this, but I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy it.

xo

Sheila

Karena Albert said...

Dear Laura I follow all of your boards; faves are Tablescapes and I've gone to the dogs!! My son and DIL have a pair of Doxies as well!

xoxo
Karena
Feature:"In with the Old" Jennifer Boles

Barbara F. said...

Hi Laura, I love Target. Thanks for hosting this fabulous week of giveaways. Congratulations on 1000 posts. I follow your cleaning tips, laundry room and Easter Boards. xo

Heather Sebastian said...

I follow all of your board! Cheers! :) (kaizenfashionproject)
heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

P2 Family said...

I follow all of your boards. Good stuff!

Melaney R said...

i follow all of your boards on pinterest as @shhmelaneyann

Carol said...

Hi Laura,
I'm following all of your gorgeous Pinterest boards!
Carol

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

I follow all your pinterest boards Laura!

Deanna Michaels said...

Just followed all of them!

Jennifer said...

Following Walls that Wow!

Grammy Goodwill said...

I follow all your boards as Patricia L. Thanks for the chance to win this gift card.
I've decided that multi-task is a bad word and am trying to slow down and "be in the moment" more. It's hard to change my ways though.
(I loved the jack-o-lantern cookie, by the way.)

Jennifer I. said...

Thanks for another great giveaway opportunity! I am following your scrapbook board. And target is one of my favs too!

Mihills Family Blog said...

I follow your boards about things you've made and organization ideas. Always looking for inspiration!!

Doodlebug Road said...

I follow Storage Ideas and Things I've Created.

Marianne said...

As long as you have something to do in your spare time...

Shayna Arrington said...

I followed all of your boards, but the Ryan Gosling "hey girl" board definitely gives me the most smiles. While I love a good craft and some wow-factor home decor, he's got nothing on them :)

Carrie from Carrie This Home said...

At the end of a busy day I also love to browse Pinterest for some inspiring ideas! I'm now following all of your boards--the "Walls With Wow" one might be my favorite! Thanks for sharing the opportunity to win a $20 Target Gift Card! I'm hopping over from Giveaway Directory. I'm giving away a beautiful personalized sign & I'd love it if you'd enter!
http://carriethishome.com/2013/11/personalized-signs/
Thanks!!

Jessie said...

I follow all of your boards! I particularly love the "hey girl" board!

jess.alora[@]gmail[.]com

Kathy Bruner said...

I like all of your boards, but the one I'm into right now is the "Out of Africa" one. For some reason, that one sticks out in my mind--maybe because it looks so exotic and tropical, like a vacation paradise!

Michelle J. said...

I follow your "Movie I Could Watch Over and Over" board!

Laura R said...

I follow all of your boards @mommy2kidsnc You are so busy! I hope you get a brake every once in a while!
mommy.2kidsnc(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tabitha said...

I already follow all of your boards on Pinterest as kluckingbear. Thanks!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I follow your crafts board! Love finding new things I can hopefully make. I'm lauren becker on there.

lauren51990 at aol dot com

Emilee said...

I follow all of your boards.

emileenreynolds@yahoo.com

True Agape said...

I followed all your boards! Can't wait to see all the great stuff you post!

Nancy said...

Home for the Holidays : )

Emily said...

Rustic Designs! Love it!

Sarah Grace said...

I followed Party Ideas and Movies I Could Watch Over and Over.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Whoa! Laura! You are SO busy!
You know that I pop in and out of your life! I have followed all of your boards for a couple years!

Congratulations on your 1000th post!
w/L

Tanya Bright said...

That's busy but it looks fun! I follow crafts, home for the holidays and yum under brightbird

openid said...

Laura,
Stop the glorification of busy! (I had that on my Facebook page last holiday season.)
I wish you could bottle and sell your energy in your Etsy shop!
Congratulations and THANK YOU for all your posts.
Your Friend,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com

openid said...

PS. I stalk I mean follow all your pinterest pages!

Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com

stoneleafandcompany.com said...

I follow all your boards now! Especially love the "Hey Hey Good Lookin' board - I have posted several of those kitchens myself. I also found the Hey Girl board very entertaining.

You may get this post twice - if so, you can feel free to delete one. It didn't look like my first on posted.

Jessica said...

I follow all of your boards!

jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

Maria Elena Dominguez said...

I follow on Pinterest
My favorite board is "let them eat cake"

Maelena1990@hotmail.com

Maria Elena Dominguez said...

I follow on Pinterest
My favorite board is "let them eat cake"

Maelena1990@hotmail.com

Jen M said...

Following your boards on Pinterest :-)
manor4@att dot net

Toystory said...

I am following "let them eat cake" as baking is something I never get tired of doing.

Dee said...

I follow all of your boards as DeeG131. I love the Rustin Designs one!

:)


deeg131 at gmail dot com

SolDucky said...

Following all as magpiedpiper!

Heidi said...

I'm now following all your boards, but my favorite one is the Hey Girl board :)
colorvibrant[at]gmail[dot]com

daysease said...

I love that quote... and... i agree.