5 Things I Do When the Kids Are at School, And You Can Too

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Now that the kids are back at school, how do you focus your day around YOU? Here are 5 things I do with my alone time and you can too #ad #NatureMadeGummies

One of the things that was most challenging to me this summer was getting everyday things done.

And I don’t mean for the kids. For them, I was razor-organized with camp schedules, birthdays, birthday parties, summer checkups, dental appointments, and weekends away from home. It was building my own life that suffered. Last year, Scarlet was in second grade and had three after school programs. And with having the option to enroll Des in full day preschool until 3:30, I couldn’t believe what I accomplished every day! It goes to show you that when I get time to myself after years of baby and toddler days, I can do more than I ever imagined. And I’m here to tell you what it’s like now with two in school.

I can tell you that Nature Made® Adult Gummies are my jam right now, and you’ll see why below!

Here are 5 things I do now that the kids are in school, and you can/should too!

1 – Every day, I focus on my wellness routine. Boy, that really slipped by the wayside this summer. While I was used to regular running/walking/hiking at the dog park, it wasn’t just the kids being home that stopped my consistency. It was the heat and humidity! Not to mention, I love to eat ice cream daily in the summer and I’m sure I wasn’t drinking enough water. Fall is a GREAT time to turn the page and hit the reset button. I use Nature Made® Adult Gummies to start me on track.

I love checking out the variety in the vitamin aisle of Walmart:

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So as you see, that’s how I start my days and end my days. Getting on track with food, nutrition, exercise, water, and sleep are the most important tasks on my to do list, and I love finding products that help me achieve my goals.

2 – I focus on my work routine. Embarrassingly enough, there’s a marked lack of routine in the summer. This would be fine if I took it easy, or if my industries took it easy (well, photography does) but in fact, I generally go full speed ahead. I tried to work only in the early mornings or late nights, so I could have long and lazy summer days, but often there was terrible overlap. I adore my time now to figure out my new work schedule, and how to best tweak it and learn from it.

3 – I schedule appointments, meetings, tuneups, haircuts, and even shopping! Yes, I schedule errands.

4 – I work on my downtime the best ways I know how – whether that’s a coffee shop, a library, a bath, a personal photo shoot.

5 – I work on finding my own mojo. I read an article about productivity and input vs. output. I love to do a solid stride of three hours of work in the mid-morning until lunchtime. This is a unique opportunity to find your own hits and misses.

Looking to change up your weekday routines? I’d love to hear what you do every day during the school year.

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

So, which variety of Nature Made Adult Gummies are you most excited to try?

Where Do We Go From Here?

I have said it here in so many ways – but I have always had a natural disasters phobia.

It’s sort of ridiculous. Not that I have it, but that we don’t all have it, really. It’s ridiculous how many times I’ve had to face my phobias – through earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes – but some phobias are fun to meet and beat, and others probably never will be. Unless the success of NOT having a panic attack is fun for you. It’s always fun for me to overcome.

I don’t like to lose control, or to have never had it to begin with. Roller coasters are (mostly) controlled. Hurricanes are not.

I have quivered my way through my share of disasters, and I have slept through some too. I guess it depends. When you’re me, and you’re already working through so many issues and fears within the frame of your own life, it’s sort of staggering to work through your own issues against the backdrop of uncertainty and enormity. You know what I always do, though? I rise to meet and beat and defeat. And when it’s so much bigger than me, and it’s always bigger than me, I’ll never stop trying.

Now is the time, and it’s always been the time, and it won’t be the last time either.

I wrote this post over six years ago, after my town was hit by Hurricane Irene:

There are reasons I live in New England.

1. Moose
2. Real maple syrup
3. Greenery
4. Vermont Cheddar Cheese
5. Feeling somewhat safe from the apocalypse

We have proven over the last few months that we do get tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes, and sometimes all of the above around the same time. And I’ve probably proven to you that I’m an anxious person. I do fairly ok in these situations.

I’ve been through four earthquakes, that I know about. I didn’t even notice last week’s 5.8er but I probably would have had I not been distracted. Before that I slept through one in San Francisco that Cassidy noticed. Before that I experienced one at work in San Francisco, staring dizzily at my fork clinking on my plate of quiche, not quite realizing it was an earthquake until after it had passed. And before that, there was a minor, minor one in Jersey when I was in college and I woke up with a start at 3:00 am and watched my old clay figurines shake on my desk. Why I woke up with a start to the most minor earthquake of my existence yet slept/distracted myself through three bigger ones? Who knows.

I’ve been through a rare New Jersey tornado, huddled in my grandparents’ basement.

I’ve been through a strange tropical storm in New Brunswick, NJ that canceled two days of classes, when not even snow had ever canceled college classes. Only September 11th and this strange tropical storm canceled classes.

I’ve been through a few major blizzards, but they never seemed strange because they always happened in places that expect to get blizzards. Blizzards are probably more deadly than anything else I’ve been through, but I was the least scared.

I’ve been through the nearby explosion of a gunpowder plant – a deadly explosion that took place on a painfully sunny day in the summer. This was way before the days of internet, cell phones, and social media, and no one knew what had happened for over a day. The rumor was that it was a sonic boom, which we all took at face value until we learned the truth.

Now in our age of over-information, we sat glued to the news, Facebook and Twitter for the last several days. We bought bottled water, filled the bathtub, gassed up the car, took out extra cash, charged our cellphones, and sat and braced for the worst. It may have seemed like overkill, but I guess after Hurricane Katrina, it’s better to take these precautions.

My town, Northampton, put up a flood control gate for Hurricane Irene right at the bottom of our street. I admit I thought they were being silly. Of course, they knew what they were doing. Last night we watched the news and watched “Doctor Who.” I was nervous. We went to bed tentatively glancing out the windows and listening to rain, and then woke up nervously today to discover that New York City had made it through and the storm was coming for us next.

I won’t downplay anything. New England is fairly safe and our earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes (but not blizzards!) are rarely very bad, but I know a lot of the east coast took some hits. I know those hits are still coming. We didn’t even realize our own town had had much of a storm until we left the house. To us, it was a fairly normal rainy day. We suffered no damage up on the the hill of our street. Then the storm passed, the sun even came out and we went exploring.

This is the other side of the gate at the bottom of our street. It seems that the bottom of the street got hit a lot more than us. They were right to put up the gate. We just didn’t know until we knew. This water is dangerously high.

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We even played outside with the neighbors. The sun was shining and the air was crisp and fresh and unexpected.

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They don’t even really know what has happened, but we do.

I’ve had a heaviness in my heart and a sick feeling in my stomach all day. The horror stories of Vermont, a place of heavy meaning to me and also a place I’ve always associated with safety (despite the horrendous blizzard I survived there). Seriously, Mother Nature means business. No matter how minor the natural disasters I’ve been through were, they were still disasters. Yet, I was never very scared before, except for the tornado incident but that’s another story. Mainly, I was not yet a parent. As a parent, all bets are off. I will never laugh at the over-preparation and I will participate as much as possible. I am forever humbled by this experience, and we didn’t even get hit! We could, in the future. And I bet we will.

May you all lie down safe and dry tonight, and always.

I’m linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday or #FTSF. This week’s topic is “When it comes to natural disasters…” And there’s time to write yours. Come link up with your spin on the matter: HERE.

What would you say?