My Semi-Eco-Friendly Cloth Diaper Wash Routine (Without Homemade Detergent!)

 

My Semi-Eco-Friendly Cloth Diaper Wash Routine (Without Homemade Detergent!)

 

My Cloth Diapering Failures

Once upon a time, I did what many a crunchy mother did. I washed my cloth diapers in homemade detergent. *gasp!!!*

I know, I know. Shame on me.

After years of stinky diapers, and a few ruined ones, I have learned my lesson. I am happy to announce that I am one year homemade detergent sober.

So since many of us crunchy mamas now know that homemade laundry detergent is useless, what’s an earth conscious mama to do with all those dirty diapers?

I have spent quite a bit of time researching and testing different detergents. I have also been following Fluff Love and CD Science’s research. Between the two, I think I’ve found a detergent and wash routine that is Eco-friendly, leaves the diapers stink-free, and doesn’t destroy my washer.

The Eco-friendly laundry detergent award goes to…

I have to admit, I’m a Seventh Generation lover. Their products are way more expensive than most, but I’m willing to make the sacrifice if it means having clean diapers and a better earth. After all, I started cloth diapering BECAUSE I wanted to leave as little of a footprint as possible when it came to my babies. It would be senseless of me to cloth diaper, then turn around and use a detergent that contained harmful pollutants and the like.

I personally use Seventh Generation Ultra Power Plus on my diapers. I’ve tested a few different kinds of Seventh Generation detergents and this one has been the winner time and time again. It requires the least amount of water and detergent to get my fluffy diapers, like my AIOs, completely clean.

My Wash Routine

My wash routine is actually fairly simple. I wash diapers every 2-3 days. Included in my diaper wash are our family cloth (toilet paper substitute). Since Bitty A is eating some solids now, I swish the diapers in the toilet before tossing them into our diaper pail. That’s the only prep that I do.

When I’m ready to wash everything, I toss them in for a pre-rinse. Usually after 2-3 days, the kids and I have accumulated enough diapers and family cloth to make for a full laundry load. I throw everything in and turn my washer knob to “Rinse and Spin”. I add a half a cap of my detergent and run the rinse cycle on cold.

Once the rinse cycle is complete, I turn the temp knob to hot. I then fill the cap up completely to the #6 line and add it in. The wash gets run, no extra rinses.

When the wash is finally complete, I hang dry everything. I have a drying rack that I can use indoors if the weather isn’t permitting.

Currently I have soft water, but in the past when I’ve had harder water, I’ve added a little bit of borax to my wash routine.

How to find what will work for you

All I can suggest is experiment, experiment, experiment! It took me a while to finally find what worked for us. The first best step would be to check out Fluff Love & CD Science. Their page has been so helpful for me in my cloth diapering journey.

If you’re my neighbor and near Fort Smith, check out our local cloth diaper group, Fort Smith Fluffy Bums. The folks that run that page know their stuff! Again, if you’re local, you can also stop by Natural State Parenting Supply and Yoga Studio in Fort Smith. Jana and Sarah, the lovely ladies who run the store, know the ends and outs of cloth diapering.

How about you? What does your washing routine look like?

 

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Our Yule Traditions with Toddlers

Our Pagan Yule Traditions with Toddlers

 

 

How to celebrate Yule always seems to be a huge topic of debate for many within the Pagan community. I’m in several Pagan groups on Facebook and all I’ve been seeing posted in them lately is how you should (and shouldn’t) celebrate Yule. Some people get into a tizzy if you celebrate Christmas, some people think Pagan’s shouldn’t do the ‘Santa thing’, and some just don’t celebrate at all (party poopers).

Personally, I like Yule. I also like Christmas. I think they’re both fun and a great way to spend quality time with family. Whether you celebrate either or not doesn’t bother me in the slightest. However, I do feel that you can celebrate BOTH Yule and Christmas without tossing aside your beliefs, without squashing other people’s beliefs, and all while having a great time.

Below I have listed what my family and I have planned to do this year for both Yule and Christmas. Some of these things we have done since Big A was born and others are new traditions we have added in.

I always try to incorporate some sort of community service projects for the family during the holiday season. I feel that teaching my kids about helping others and serving their community is one of the best gifts I can give them for the holidays (I do give them presents, too). As the kids get older, I plan on changing these up a bit, but for now, while they’re toddlers, this is what we do.

If nothing else, I hope this list can help some of you get ideas for fun things to do with your toddlers during the holidays. I hope you all have a Blessed Yule and a Happy Christmas!

December 20th – Eve of Yule

  • Leave gift of homemade banana bread outside for the elves and fairies (Servicing: The Fairies and Elves, duh. Perhaps some bugs, too.)
  • Put handmade gifts under one of several of our Yule/Christmas trees. (I can get rather obsessed with Yule decorating. Just look at my Yule Pinterest board and you’ll see what I mean.)
  • Decorate the Yule Log and light candles before going to bed to welcome in the rebirth of the sun. (We place dried leaves, cranberries, and such around the log. We also leave behind some pomegranate juice in honor of Hades and Persephone.)

December 21st – Yule

  • Wake up early to watch the sun’s rebirth
  • Cook an orange-themed (the fruit) meal for breakfast. (Oranges are a fun way to represent the sun.)
  • Open our handmade gifts.
  • Go for a walk and pick up any trash found along the way. (Servicing: Mother Earth)
  • Have a Yule dinner (Usually something Cuban, like what’s found on my Cuban Thanksgiving post.).
  • Watch the sun set.
  • Read Pagan tales about the sun.

December 22nd

  • Make pine cone bird feeders and hang them up in the back yard. (Servicing: The neighborhood birds)
  • Read stories about The Horned God.

December 23rd

  • Donate used clothes and toys. (Servicing: Fellow humans)
  • Read stories about The Goddess in relation to winter.

December 24th – Eve of Christmas

  • Decorate a tree for Christmas
  • Make cider and cookies.
  • Deliver cookies to our neighbors (Servicing: Community).
  • Read stories about Santa Claus (While some Pagans dislike talking about the big guy, I don’t mind him. In fact, I think he’s rather cool. I mean, the dude loves cookies, digs the color red, is totally not ashamed of his curves, he’s one of the founders of the ‘beards are hot’ movement, AND he gives out gifts. Hello? What’s not to like?).

December 25th – Christmas

  • Spend Christmas with relatives.
  • Give out homemade gifts to relatives.

Traditions We Don’t Do

  • Elf on the Shelf… *shudders* That little guy freaks me out, that’s all I’m going to say.
  • Nativity Scene… I have no qualms with the nativity scene, it just isn’t for me. As the kids get older, if they decide they want to do one, then we’ll do one.
  • Advent Calendar… I think it’s a cool idea, it just takes far more time and planning than I have to give at the moment. Maybe it’s something I’ll incorporate in as the children get older.
  • Listening to Christmas Music the Day After Thanksgiving Until New Years… No, just no.

Traditions I Plan on Incorporating Later

  • Advent or ‘Solstice’ Calendar… I think these are really cool, but I just don’t think my kiddos would be that interested in it right now. I’ll probably wait until Big A is around Kindergarten aged to think about adding it into our holiday.
  • Food Bank Service… Once the kids are older, I would love to have all of us volunteer at a local food bank. Right now, my kids are 3 years, 2 years, and 6 weeks old, so I just can’t manage it at the moment.

 

What are some of your family’s Yule/Christmas traditions? What are some traditions you don’t do/would like to do?

 

Our Yule Traditions with Toddlers

My Cloth Diaper Stash + Diaper Reviews on 4 Brands

My Cloth Diaper Stash

 

UPDATE 03/08/2016

Now only Bitty A is in cloth diaper, since Little a decided to potty train herself. Gotta love an ambitious chica! Regardless, my diaper stash is about the same, with a few extra prefolds and covers added in. 

UPDATE 11/1/2015

Big A is officially out of night time diapering, WOOT! I didn’t think we’d ever get that bedtime routine down, but it finally clicked for him. Hang in there potty-training parents! It eventually happens! 

I don’t normally post stuff like this, but I’ve become rather fond of my little stash that I have accumulated over the nearly 4 years that I’ve been cloth diapering.

When I first began cloth diapering, I had no idea what I was doing. Big A was only a month old and his father and I quickly discovered that disposable diapers were eating away at our already tight budget.

So I sought out the kind of cloth diapers we could quickly afford on our limited budget. These are often referred to as “China cheapies”, because they’re inexpensive diapers manufactured in China. The brands I chose were KerrBear Kids (KBK) and Kawaii. Both brands were very inexpensive compared to other cloth diaper brands (roughly $8 per diaper) and they came in some pretty adorable prints. When I ordered my Kawaii diapers, I opted for one of their company’s ‘bundle packages‘, which provided me with about 12 pocket one size pocket diapers at a much cheaper rate. I spent roughly $90 on the bundle, but they offer other package deals that you can choose from.

China Cheapie Diapers

While I wasn’t exactly thrilled with these two brands, for various reasons, they have served my family and I well for the time that we have used them. I still have quite a few of the ones I originally started off with, over 3 1/2 years ago, and they’re only now beginning to show wear, despite being on a very steady rotation. Now that they’re old and have seen some wear, I use them as overnight diapers for Big A and Little a, who are both mostly potty trained, but still have some issues at night.

Kawaii and KBK compare

The picture above shows a KBK pocket one size on the left and a Kawaii pocket one size on the right.

In comparing Kawaii cloth diapers and KBK cloth diapers, I would have to say that Kawaii are my favorites. Both brands offer positives, which makes it a hard choice, but after 3 1/2 years of using both, the Kawaii’s have held up the best and have provided the best absorbency, which are both huge pluses in my book. If all you’re looking for is a cloth diaper to get you through one child, then KBK’s will serve you nicely. For me, though, I was looking for a brand that would last me beyond my first child and Kawaii’s have proven to do just that.

KBK diaper tag

Now on to the negatives…

One of the biggest negatives I have with both Kawaii and KBK is that their diapers are manufactured in China. While I have no qualms with ordering items from overseas, I do worry about the work conditions the factory workers dealt with while creating my diapers.

The next biggest issues, and this deals mostly with KBK diapers, is that they’re not made from natural fibers. When I first started cloth diapering, I wasn’t too concerned about the make or fiber quality of the diapers. I just wanted something that would last my child until he/she were potty trained and something that would help save me some money. Both KBK and Kawaii fulfilled those needs. However, as I began researching the different fibers that are used to make cloth diapers, I became more picky about the diapers I purchased in the future.

My concern about fiber came full force when I discovered that Big A had what appeared to be a sensitivity to synthetic fibers. He would get hives along his “manly bits” anytime he wore the KBK diapers, which are made of PUL and microfiber. I eventually figured out that his allergy seemed to be to microfiber. Thankfully, when I had ordered the Kawaii diapers, I ordered them in cotton, so he was able to wear Kawaii diapers for the rest of his diapering days.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive diaper that will last you roughly 2 children and is of decent quality, then Kawaii’s are my recommendation. They even come in cotton and bamboo, if you’re concerned about synthetic fibers like I am.

Now on to the rest of my stash…

diaper stash shot

Here’s a shot of a good portion of the diapers and covers that I use. I use a variety of diapering styles and methods. In the picture, the top arching row of diapers are the majority of the Kawaii’s and KBK diapers I own. I had more, but over time, I’ve sold or traded some.

The little pink one below all of my KBK’s and Kawaii’s is a Kissaluv countour fitted. It’s made out of 10% polyester and 90% cotton, so not a completely natural fibered diaper like I want, but it works great for my chunky thighed toddlers. You can find other really cute diapers and fitteds on Kissaluv’s website.

tardis hemp diaper

If you thought the little diaper on the left was a TARDIS, you were correct! I don’t normally delve into my nerdiness on this blog, but I’m a huge Whovian and have been for years! When I saw this diaper, I just knew I had to have it.

Pitter Patter Stitches

It’s a hemp AIO (all-in-one) one size made by a Tulsa, Oklahoma (semi-local for me) WAHM. Her company is called Pitter Patter Stitches. Isn’t that business tag just adorable? Anyway, I am really in love with this diaper. I’m a huge fan of hemp and I’m already sold on it being a wonderful diaper fiber. You can also follow Pitter Patter Stitches on Facebook.

The white cloths on the sides are flour sack towels. I use these like you would use flats. However, I have found them to be far more superior to the cheapo Gerber brand flats you can buy at WalMart. You can purchase flour sack towels at Amazon, Target, and WalMart. Amazon even offers unbleached flour sack towels. Most of mine I purchased used from a local lady, but you can get them for less than $1 a piece. They fit newborn all the way up to my very chunky thighed 2 and 3 year olds. These are super convenient because I can just throw them in my regular wash and not have to worry about any fancy wash routines.

wool stash shot

The blues and browns are all wool diaper covers that I made myself from upcycled sweaters. I’ve also made wool menstrual pads and wool nursing pads, as seen in the picture above, but I’ll talk about those another time. By the way, my upcycled nursing pads will be listed on my Etsy shop very soon.

These woolies are for Bitty A. Some are roughly newborn to 3 months old, while others are more medium sized.

wool longies

These little wool longies are probably my favorite. They’re made from the sleeves of an angora and cashmere sweater. Sooooo soft!

The cute little diaper with the airplane applique is actually a fleece soaker/diaper cover. You would use this over a fitted, flat, or prefold, like you would with the wool covers. This one was made by a local WAHM and I really like it. I still think wool trumps fleece any day, but it’s nice to have because it can just go in with my regular laundry and doesn’t require special washing like wool does.

Cloudy Diapers

I have a few other diapers in my stash, like this adorable bamboo fitted. Overall, I have just barely enough to get me through with a newborn and two mostly potty trained toddlers.

When I had Little a, all I had was 18 diapers that I had to use between two kids. Somehow I managed. I did do part-time elimination communication with Little a, which helped save me on washes.

If someone were to ask me what’s my favorite diapering style out of all of my diapers, I would have to say it’s the flour sack towels and wool covers. Very simple. Very old school. But it’s my favorite!

By the way, you can find more of my articles on cloth (and wool!) diapering here. You can also find my Pinterest board on cloth diapering here.

What’s you’re stash look like and what’s your favorite diapering method? 

How to Save Money on Witchcraft Supplies

How to Save Money on Witchcraft Supplies  ~Primordial Willow~

Have you looked at the cost of candles lately? And don’t even think about looking at altar supplies if you’re on a tight budget – – – they’re outrageous!

If you’re like me, a Pagan on a very fixed income, trying to keep your religious supplies fully stocked can be nearly impossible. There have been times in which I have gone months without burning incense or performing a candle ritual simply because I couldn’t afford the supplies to do so.

Thankfully, there are ways to work around your tight budget and still get all of your Witchy goodies.

Dollar Stores: I love a good non-toxic, ethically gathered beeswax candles just as much as the next Witch, but I usually can’t afford them. Instead, I buy most of my candles at Dollar General or Dollar Tree. You can usually get a variety of candle colors, shapes, and sizes all for very reasonable prices at the dollar store. I like to keep a drawer fully stocked with various colors and sizes of candles to have on hand for whatever I might need them for. At the dollar store, you can also usually find very cheap supplies for decorating your altar.

The Crystal Fox: The Crystal Fox is where I like to buy my incense. They have very reasonable prices, the people that run the shop are super friendly, and it was my favorite place to shop at when I lived in Maryland. You can order from them online, or if you live near Laurel, Maryland, you can go check them out in person! Occasionally they will run special coupons for things like 10% off your order. I usually try to watch when they’re running deals like that and order a large batch of incense.

Bulk: In my opinion, bulk is the best way to go when it comes to herbs. I get a large portion of my herbs in bulk from a local health food store. The wonderful people that run the store grow most of the herbs themselves in a very organic setting. Another place I like to get herbs from (especially unique or hard-to-find herbs) is Mountain Rose Herbs. Mountain Rose Herbs has a great selection of herbs for very reasonable prices. I also like to purchase many of my essential oils from them. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs website here*.

DIY: Most of my supplies I make myself. I make my own wands, altar sheets, seasonal decorations, smudges, oils, and more. What I can’t make myself, I try to find out in nature. Pretty much all of my seasonal decorations come from the seasons themselves. When decorating my Samhain altar, I used pine cones, acorns, pine needles, and other things that were in-season. I have several Pinterest Pagan projects pinned to my Pagan board that could help you come up with your own DIY projects. You can find the link to my Pagan Pinterest board here.

Amazon: Amazon is where I buy a bunch of my supplies. You can usually find great prices on Goddess/God statues, Pagan books, altar supplies, Witchy fabrics, occasionally herbs, and herbal candles. Usually I’ll use Amazon gift cards I’ve earned through Swagbucks* to purchase my goodies.

If you’re on a tight budget, the best thing to do is realize that you’re not going to be able to purchase the perfect cauldron, or the perfect athame, or the perfect whatever. Sometimes you have to just come up with your own thing that works best for you. And you know what? That’s perfectly okay!

What are ways you save money on Witchy supplies?



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Summer Solstice Printables for Adults and Kids

Free Summer Solstice Printables for Adults and Kids

Printables are a new thing for me to feature here at Primordial Willow, but I’ve been trying to spread my blogging skills out even further by offering unique (and usually free) products to my readers.

The printables I have made for today’s post feature a printable that compliments my Pagan Preschool Homeschool Curriculum, as well as one additional printable for all of you lovely Witches to be able to use in your Book of Shadows. Both of these printables are in the spirit of Litha/Summer Solstice, making them perfect in and out of a homeschool setting.

Below are the links to the printables (which are totally free!)…

Litha Matching Game for Preschoolers

Litha Matching Game

Litha Quick Overview Sheet for Book of Shadows

Litha Cheat Sheet

If you’re having trouble printing these, email me I will send you attachments that should work! You can reach me at primordialwillowblog (at) gmail (dot) com.

My Homeschooling WAHM Daily Routine (In Pictures)

Big A is in preschool now, so I’ve been trying to establish a better daily homeschool routine in conjunction with my daily work routine. In reality, we’re more along the line of unschoolers, but he does do a bit of workbook practice every couple of days. We don’t homeschool every day, but something productive does happen at least 3 or 4 days out of the week. Even when we’re not doing something structured, learning always abounds.

Sleepy Heads

The days end and begin with cosleeping. Both of my kids (ages 3 and 2) still sleep with me. The only time they’ve ever slept away from me in another room was when I was miscarrying Baby Arthur. Once my body healed, they were back in the room with me.

Now that their father and I no longer live together, they usually sleep in bed with me. I also have a Pack ‘N’ Play in our room that I occasionally will put one of them in if they’re being rowdy, but otherwise, the three of us (plus the little one growing in my belly) all sleep together every night.

Since I work from home and we homeschool, I don’t really have a set time that we try to get up at every morning. We usually automatically wake up at around 7 or 8, but if we had a rough night (like Little a’s late night teething fits as of late), we’ll sleep in.

Healthy breakfast for toddler

After waking up and getting ready for the day, we always try to start off with a healthy breakfast. This usually consists of fruit, protein, a grain, and some veggies (I know, I know, cucumbers are a fruit…). Sometimes we have local eggs as our protein, but often times we have nut butter on toast. Occasionally we’ll have a little treat by eating a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast.

I usually try to make a little game with our food by having the kids help me count out the grapes or blueberries that I put on each child’s plate. By having them count with me, they know that each one is getting the same amount, while also working on their counting. Win, Win!

Walk with the stroller

After breakfast and a bit of housework, we go for an hour walk. Since we’re back in the city, the kids usually chill out in the stroller while I walk. I’ll have them walk a portion of the way that’s not so traffic dense so they’re getting exercise, too.

Autumn tattoos

After our walk, the kids will do a bit of independent play while I do housework, check emails, schedule social media posts, and whatever other smaller activities I might have lined up for work that day. Sometimes the A Team gets a little carried away when it comes to independent play (like when Little a found my colored pens), but they always manage to have fun.

Strawberry Cacao Smoothie BlendAfter independent play and minor work, the kids and I usually break for lunch. Lunch is almost always smoothies, because they’re easy, they’re healthy, and this mama is way too damned exhausted to fix elaborate meals three times a day. The kids really like it when I make cacao smoothies, but I try to not make those every time, despite my love for chocolate.

Meals are always spent together. We leave the TV off, the cell phone put away, and just sit around and focus on our meal and each other. Sometimes we’ll read a book, but most times we just sit around and talk, even if I don’t always understand what the A Team is rambling on about.

Litte a Potty Training

Throughout the day, I work with the kids on learning life skills. They help me put away dishes, dust, pick up their toys, make the bed, fold laundry, and so on. Potty training also somehow manages to get done during the day. Thankfully both of my kids are pretty self-disciplined and motivated for toddlers, so they’re both great at cleaning up after themselves without being told (but we have our days…).

Little a During Nap TIme

Sometime after lunch, Little a takes a nap. Normally she’ll go off to the bedroom on her own when she’s tired, but sometimes she’ll ask me to go with her and stay there until she falls asleep. Big A is pretty much past the nap stage, so while she’s napping, he’ll work on his workbooks. If I’m with her, that’s when he gets a special treat of watching one of his favorite TV shows (PAW Patrol and Peppa Pig are his current faves).

Aaron and Autumn Unschooling

Sometimes Little a skips nap time, or just takes one later than usual. When this happens, she’ll do tot school activities while Big A works out of one of his workbooks. Usually she just colors or she’ll practice holding a crayon properly. Big A’s workbooks usually consists of letter tracing.

While Big A is doing workbook activities, I take a break from work. He’s still young enough that he pretty much needs my undivided attention while he completes the activities in the book.

Throughout the day, I’ll mix speaking in Spanish and English to the kids, so they’re both fluent in each. Neither really speaks much Spanish, but they certainly know what this Latina is saying when she’s trying to get her point across.

Big A on Puzzles

After workbook practice, we’ll sit and have a snack. Our snacks are usually something fermented, like sauerkraut. On very rare occasions we’ll have a special treat during snack, like a Pop Tart, but those occasions are quite rare. When we’re done with our snacks, it’s back to independent play. Sometimes Big A likes to work on puzzles during this time.

Little a coloring

Little a usually likes to color during independent play. Sometimes I’ll turn on the TV so they can watch one of their favorite shows. Usually I take this time to get some actual ghostwriting done, since they’re both calm and focused on their play.

Having fun

If the day happens to be a Saturday, we go out and get our shopping done and hang out with my mom. Both of my kids absolutely hate shopping, but my mom likes to make it fun for them.

Autumn and the baby

Dinner happens around 6pm on most days. We usually have something Cuban, like arroz con pollo. This is the only meal that I really try to get all Martha Stewart with. If we have leftovers from a previous night, we’ll finish them off during dinner.

After we eat, we just chill out for a little bit and have some family time. Lately Little a has been really curious about why my belly continues to grow. Usually after dinner, we’ll sit down and she rubs my belly and asks a bunch of questions in two year old speak. I try to answer them the best that I can, but I’m not sure if I have her convinced yet that she’s no longer going to be the baby of the family.

Outdoor fun

Living in Arkansas means it’s always hot. After dinner, we’ll spend a little time outside since the temperature goes down a little bit after 5. The kids love being outdoors, thus ensues more independent play.

We have a completely fenced in back porch that the kids can’t get out of, so I’ll leave the door leading to the outside open and work on cleaning the house while they play. When I’m done, I’ll sit outside with them and play with them or work on emails and social media posts. If it’s sunny, I like to sunbathe and get some much needed vitamin D for my growing little baby.

As the sun begins to set, we’ll head back inside and work on getting ready for bed. Sometimes this involves taking showers, but we don’t bathe daily. Only if we get really icky do we bathe on a daily basis. Otherwise, a good wipe down of the important areas with a wet rag is all we need.

The kids handle brushing their teeth (with supervision), combing their hair, and all the other personal hygiene tasks they need to complete before going to bed.

Before they got to bed, they’re required to put away all of their toys. I don’t like a messy house. In fact, I might be a little OCD sometimes when it comes to clutter… Regardless, my goal is to teach the kids the importance of keeping a clean space. While they’re picking up their toys, I do my best to set an example and finish up any household cleaning tasks that might still be lingering.

After the toys are cleaned up, I take the kids to bed and read them a story. They love Curious George and Dr. Seuss books, so that’s usually what they pick out for our night time reading. Once we finish story time, it’s lights out.

Little a with Mama

When the kiddos are asleep is when I get the bulk of my work done (like I’m doing right now at midnight). Occasionally I’ll end up with someone who decides they’re going to be a night owl (almost always Little a) and I have to work around them. Both of my kids have learnt that when I’m working, I need them to be quiet and respectful. They’re both good at entertaining themselves, even if they sometimes end up sitting on my lap to do so while I work.

Work usually keeps me up anywhere from midnight to well past 2 in the morning. Staying up this late is certainly not ideal (especially on the mornings when Big A likes to wake me up at 6am), but it’s what I have to do to make things work for us. I honestly really enjoy what I do and the time that I spend with my kids. Even though I sometimes feel like a pregnant zombie, having the privilege of running my own business while watching my children learn and grow is absolutely priceless.

What does your daily routine look like? 

You can find more of my pictures and day-to-day happenings over on my Instagram page

My Homeschooling WAHM Daily Routine