A day in the life of a busy mum

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

A Day in the Life of a Busy Mum

This post is sponsored by Nissan Pathfinder

As you know I have been given a Nissan Pathfinder Ti 4WD to drive around for a few weeks, to then share with you some of it’s fabulous features.  But rather than writing a car review I’ll share my thoughts on the car via a variety of fun posts. Last week I shared with you my top tips & ideas to keep your car organised and next week how to tame the kids in the car.

A Day in the Life of a Busy Mum

I have shared with you previously A Day in the Life of The Organised Housewife, this was on a weekday a few years ago, however I thought you may enjoy following a day in the life of a busy mum.  I chose a Sunday as I am not ‘The Organised Housewife’ on the weekends, I am a mum, busy running around with the kids and preparing for the following week of school. The Sunday I decided to photograph was extremely busy, not a regular relaxing Sunday. A big thank you to my Miss 11 for photographing most of it for me.

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My days lately have been starting around 5am, I have been naturally waking up early.  I quite enjoy the early mornings, as I get some quiet time to myself. Usually on Sunday mornings I write out my meal plan for the following week, along with my grocery list while I eat breakfast. Breakfast is granola, with plain yoghurt, banana and raspberries.

A Day in the Life of a Busy Mum

I already had a good idea of what I was wanting to cook this week so my meal plan didn’t take long, everybody was still sleeping so I made myself a cuppa and watched one of my favourite TV shows on Netflix, Jane the Virgin, ooh it’s so funny.

A Day in the Life of a Busy Mum

I can’t sit still very long, one episode is enough, everybody is still asleep so I make some bliss balls, I had some dates in the fridge and the remaining ingredients are always stocked in the pantry.

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Before I do the weekly grocery shop I like to wipe out the fridge and take stock of what fruit and vegetables I already have. I like to do the grocery shopping on a Sunday so we have fresh food for the kids lunches and weeknight meals.

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Kids are up, we have a cuddle on the couch and the kids get breakfast for themselves.  I go have a shower and get ready for the day. Meanwhile, as I am getting ready my girls come in and do their hair too!

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I do love this time with my girls…. for now it’s just straightening and braiding hair, they are growing up so fast.

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Now I’m ready to go grocery shopping! I have a very busy day ahead of me and planned to get to the grocery store right on opening time, no lazying around this morning.

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You know me, I’m no fashionista, I wear basic makeup, foundation to cover my freckles along with mascara and brow pencil…. I always forget to put on lipstick.  I keep some in the centre console of the car for those moments when I realise I have forgotten to put some colour on my lips. See what else I keep in the console here. Automatic light in the sun visor… how clever!

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Shopping done, heading home!

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Once I get home I quickly put away the groceries.  One thing I always do after my grocery shop is cut up my fruit and vegetables, this saves me so much time when it comes to cooking dinner through the week and I also find they stay fresher longer. I usually cut up fruit too, however I am rushing to get back out the door, so today it’s just vegetables. If I didn’t take a few minutes now to cut up the vegetables I probably wouldn’t do it through the week, they would just sit in the plastic bag I purchased them in, which is when I find they sweat and spoil quicker.

A Day in the Life of a Busy Mum

I’ve left hubby and son at home, and the girls and I are now heading to my nieces 4th birthday party. Our Nissan Pathfinder has dual zone automatic climate control which is great as each person in the front can have it set to a temperature they feel comfortable with.

A Day in the Life of a Busy Mum

The kids have their own climate control in the back, allowing them to choose their own temperature and fan settings.

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I like music on in the car, I enjoy singing and bopping along to the tunes. I have no idea what songs are called these days, I thought it was a clever feature that the car is telling me what song is playing on the radio.

A Day in the Life of a Busy MumI would have to say my favourite feature in our Nissan Pathfinder is the Blind Spot Warning.  I am a very observant driver, but as I’m a shortie I struggle to get a good view out the side of the car when looking over my shoulder to switch lanes. The Blind Spot Warning turns on a warning light (you can see the orange light below, near the mirror) if a vehicle is detected in the blind spot area and sounds a warning tone if you indicate to change lanes. Love this especially when I am travelling along a very busy highway.

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My niece, the birthday girl, we spent a little time with her to celebrate her birthday.

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Today is also another special day, my angel mum’s birthday, so we picked up some flowers and visited her resting place.

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My mum loved soft serve ice creams so we had lunch with one of my brothers and my Dad , followed by a soft serve in her memory.

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Next we headed to BCF for Miss 11 to pick up a birthday present for her brother’s upcoming 13th birthday, she’s so sweet!

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Now we head home!  I find the Pathfinder smooth on the road, powerful enough for me when entering the highway and a very easy turn on the steering wheel.  There is very little road or engine noise no matter if driving slowly through the streets or fast along the highway.

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I got a phone call on the way home, when your phone is connected to the car’s bluetooth it makes it really easy and safe to receive and make phone calls, with buttons to answer and hang up the call on the steering wheel.

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Now we are home I want to spend some time with the boy, we were tossing up whether to play a board game or ride a bike…. we chose bike ride!  I am really enjoying riding my bike with the kids, I honestly feel like a kid again following them around the streets.

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Ironing…. school uniforms…. has to be done, I do it while catching up on some TV.

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Quickly whip up a batch of Honey and Carrot Muffins for afternoon tea and to have in tomorrows lunch boxes.

A Day in the Life of a Busy MumI don’t usually do housework on a Sunday, you’ll notice there was no washing done this morning as I declare Sunday’s my day off!!  But I do look down and see the cat must be moulting so I quickly sweep the floor.

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While I am waiting for the muffins to cool I sit down with the girls and watch an episode of Pretty Little Liars with them and quickly type up tomorrows daily task newsletter.

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Miss 11 begs me to go play badminton with her… I’m buggered after such a busy day, but I can’t say no to this face.

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As I come back inside I put on a load of washing ready to put out the next morning.

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Then…. I go have a shower and strategically think about what I am going to do next…. I’m sharing my secret with you here ladies and gents.  I’m buggered, it has been a long day, but there is still so much to do. I could make dinner (but I knew at the beginning of the day it was a very busy day so I planned to have BBQ steak and salad, an easy dinner which hubby can cook) or I could pack lunch boxes to have ready for tomorrow, but instead…… I sit on the couch and relax for half an hour (me time!!) whilst hubby makes dinner.

A Day in the Life of a Busy Mum

Then after dinner, I say “right, you wash the dishes and I’ll make lunches”, delegate!! Typically whoever cooks doesn’t have to clean up, but I was tired and really didn’t want to do dishes and make lunches.  See my thinking there, I could have made lunches while he was cooking dinner, then I would have felt compelled to washed the dishes too, but when would have I got in that 30 minutes me time, I wouldn’t have. He had a very busy day too, out in the garden, fixing the pool, clearing some of the garage and he fit in some ‘him time’ earlier that afternoon. I have a very loving hubby!!!

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Kids lunches are ready for them to pack in their school bags in the morning and I also sliced up some fruit for me to snack on while working too.  I have been packing lunches the night before as I am finding it saves me time in the morning, I spend the mornings doing some housework, washing, cleaning etc. The lunchboxes I used are available here.

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Then it’s time to relax for the evening, together we sit in the lounge room and watch TV! I slept very soundly this night, it was a big day.

What is the one task you like to do on a Sunday?

This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group and run in accordance with my disclosure policy

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42 comments

Janet February 24, 2016 - 2:21 PM

Kat you really are organised, thank you for sharing your day with us, it was great to see how your day is planned out to be ready for a week of kids at school, I am a new school mum, so this really helps.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 25, 2016 - 1:01 PM

always happy to help Janet, hope this gives you some ideas you can adapt 😉

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Simone W February 24, 2016 - 2:23 PM

See my problem is that I just don’t feel like doing anything on the weekends, then am all flustered on Monday morning. I do need to get myself a bit more organised, thanks Kat, will take a few of your pointers and give them a go.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Just try and add new things into your sunday routine one step at a time and you’ll get there 😉

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Jo February 24, 2016 - 7:49 PM

What a busy day, no wonder you collapsed on the couch! I prefer to do my grocery shopping on a Friday so I don’t have to spend my weekend doing it, but then find I’m always doing laundry on Sunday’s…so guess there’s always something to be done on the house! We like baking on Sunday’s too for the lunchbox 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 25, 2016 - 1:02 PM

Friday’s is a good idea… it’s actually driving me a little crazy lately doing shopping on a Sunday. Saturday’s are now busy with sports, and I do want to just relax a little more on a Sunday so I might look into ordering online.

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Amy James February 27, 2016 - 10:06 PM

I was about to suggest that. As a full time working mum, with a bub on the way, I swear by online grocery shopping. I also do my meal plans for the week and then put an order in to be delivered Friday evening so I have plenty of food for the weekend and to prepare for school lunches.

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Patricia Quinnell February 25, 2016 - 7:15 AM

I never thought of cutting up veggies I am going to do that today brilliant ide

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 25, 2016 - 12:59 PM

saves me so much time 🙂

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Mary February 26, 2016 - 10:20 AM

Hi Kat, what containers do you use to to store your cut up fruit and veg? Love this idea!

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Caroline February 25, 2016 - 8:47 AM

Hi Kat, thanks for sharing. I need to start cutting up my veggies on the weekend. Are those containers tupperware? Thanks

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 25, 2016 - 12:59 PM

Yes they are old Tupperware FridgeSmarts

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Sonya Mackay February 27, 2016 - 8:56 PM

Unfortunately you can not get these Tupperware containers any more. The new variety is not a patch on the old ones.

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Jodie Elphick February 28, 2016 - 7:52 AM

For older tupperware styles, people are always selling them on ebay for reasonable prices

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 29, 2016 - 11:28 AM

great tip thank you Jodie.

lyndsey February 26, 2016 - 10:13 AM

Hi Kat,
Loved this post!
Do your apples go brown once cut up or do you put something on them?

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Nicole @ The Builder's Wife February 26, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Sundays are the day of relaxing for us, it’s the one day I don’t do too much at all, the only exception to this is when I play in the garden or catch up on some blog writing. It is roast day in our house though, but generally The Builder does that. xx

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MS Barb February 26, 2016 - 12:28 PM

I live in the US, so I had to look twice at the Pathfinder, because you sit on the RIGHT side of the vehicle, & I sit on the right–so I kept scrolling through your pictures–you use your left hand to touch the screen & console…I’m curious…Are you left handed? I am, but have learned to do so many things right handed–touching the screen on my vehicle, reaching for doors, etc. Do you feel like you’ve had to learn to do some things left handed! THANKS for sharing your (busy!) Sunday with us! I enjoy your posts!

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MS Barb February 26, 2016 - 12:30 PM

I goofed! I sit on the LEFT side of my vehicle!

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emma February 29, 2016 - 11:13 AM

I think it comes naturally because the console and screen is on the left, we dont know any different as we have always driven on that side as i assume you have…so it just happens.

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Melissa @ All Around Oz February 26, 2016 - 1:08 PM

You should come on a road trip with us 🙂 We will often try and shoot off somewhere for the day on Sunday….if not you will find me ironing work and school uniforms too!

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Country Mum February 26, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Hi Kat
Your Sunday sounds a lot like mine! I do my Groceries on Sunday morning, then we have lunch and do something together as a family like take the dog to the river, or go on a picnic.
I make sure I have some ‘me’ time in the arvo reading the Sunday papers or browsing on my laptop.
While making dinner, I whip up a batch of cakes or biccies for the week, and do the kids lunch boxes, including cutting up fruit; (haven’t done veges but a great idea)! I do all my washing Friday arvo and Sat morning and then ironing Saturday arvo.
And yes I collapse into bed Sunday night!

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Carole February 26, 2016 - 4:49 PM

Thanks for sharing! I try to get as much as can ready for the week on a Sunday too. The weeks I can’t, I feel out of sorts 😉
Love these lunchboxes. Will probably order them. Anecdote: when I quickly looked at the price, I thought it was for 1 box. I thought it was a bit steep!

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Yvonne February 27, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Wow, as I sit here reading this I feel exhausted. Organisation Queen that is you….I have started a monthly menu planner. Knowing what produce is available for that month helps. I have maybe a chefs surprise or blank space once a week. In case of specials in meat etc.so I can still change it or if we have a night out or takeaway. I plan on doing one every month and then use for the next year. More salads in summer, winter soups and casseroles etc. So far it’s working great. I have the month in my management folder, I just get the week and write it on my whiteboard. So easy to know what you are cooking.., family love it as well, only thing is if I swap meals/days, they get upset as they have set their mind to what we are having lol

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 29, 2016 - 11:32 AM

Yes we find we eat more casseroles in winter, thanks for sharing your tips Yvonne 🙂

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Peggy February 28, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Hi Kat

I get my fruit & veg delivered to my house on Friday afternoons – they have a phone app which is awesome!

I love the idea of cutting & storing fruit & veg for the week. Just wondering should I store them in airtight containers or containers with breathing holes?

I’ve stored them in Glad storage bags before but they don’t seem to last….any suggestions?

Thank you!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 29, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Yes your right there are some fruits and vegetables which need to breathe more than others, I find brocolli is one of them. The benefits of the fridge smarts is that you can choose to open/close one or two vents, allowing air flow if needed. However, I was using the Howards VacSeal containers, which don’t have a vent system and didn’t find a problem with the vegetables sweating.

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Annelies February 29, 2016 - 6:56 AM

Thanks!!
My eldest has started school this year and I have to admit this past month has been hell!
I have realised from your blog that it is my fridge and lunch box organisation that is letting me down. She only has two lunch boxes as she likes the Nude Food bento boxes (and they are expensive!) but at least that means I can do two on Sunday, two on Tuesday etc. Also I need to think pre prep for dinners. Summer means salad for us but that does not mean I cannot pre prep the salad veges.
Thanks Katrina!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 29, 2016 - 11:26 AM

It’s all about the planning ahead Annelies that will be able to help you create less chaotic mornings for you. You may also like this blog psot, about simplifying dinner prep: https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/organising/kitchen-organising/12-ways-to-simplify-dinner-prep-before-witching-hour/

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Penny February 29, 2016 - 6:53 PM

Quality time in bed with my husband

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Brandy March 5, 2016 - 1:36 PM

Sounds like you Sunday’s are very full. I would plan crockpot meals for that day. Then no one is “making” supper. Also I was just wondering why your children don’t make their own lunches?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 8, 2016 - 7:38 AM

Great idea Brandy, I love the slow cooker meals through winter. Well funny you say that, my kids have now just recently started making their own lunches the night before, I need to blog about it!! I was making them as I just enjoyed doing it for them, but I have been time poor of late so they have started to help me out. I do actually miss doing it for them.

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Brandy March 9, 2016 - 3:05 AM

I use my crock pot even all year long. I love the drop it in and not worry about method of cooking.

Here kids make their own lunches in hopes of less of it getting wasted. Not that always makes a difference 🙁

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 10, 2016 - 6:10 AM

I love the slow cooker too, actually we have used it during the warmer months for frajitas, or pulled meats to add to breadrolls.

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Joanna August 5, 2016 - 7:14 AM

Whoa you make me feel tired and so lazy! I hope you’re not that busy every Sunday! Everyone needs some doing nothing time! By the way I use system Tupperware as its BPA free, but not sure if you get it there? X

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 8, 2016 - 6:49 PM

I make sure I sit down for at least an hour on a Sunday afternoon, legs up reading a magazine, it is one of my favourite times each Sunday 🙂

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Angela August 5, 2016 - 1:39 PM

Kat what do you put in your sandwiches that is still fresh the next day?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 8, 2016 - 6:51 PM

Angela this post may help you, preventing sandwiches from going soggy. https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/lunchbox-ideas/healthy-school-lunch-ideas/

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Jaqueline August 5, 2016 - 9:31 PM

I have the new Tupperware fridge smart containers and didn’t find them very good. Do you wash your veggies before you cut them or wash before you cook them

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 8, 2016 - 6:53 PM

I haven’t tried them yet, I still have the old kind, I like them, except I don’t like that they don’t nest into each other well when not in use. I wash my veggies before I put them in the containers as when it comes to time to cook I want to have the process as easy as I can. I love just picking up handfuls or already precut veggies and putting them into my jug to steam.

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Melody August 9, 2016 - 5:48 PM

Hi Kat, I love your blog and have been following it for over a year now! I have just given notice to finish up my full time job in child care to focus on my health! With three children I am hoping to be able to organise my life better while I have time off! What fruit and vegetables do you pre-cut?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 11, 2016 - 10:52 AM

Love that you are making time for yourself Melody. The main 3 products I always precut are watermelon, brocolli and cauliflower. If I have time I will do up carrot and capsicum as well.

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