Friday Favorites guest post

Friday Favorites: A Day In The Life…

September 18, 2015
Happy Friday, guys! Here’s a question for you: does anyone else love reading “A Day in the Life” posts? I think it’s so interesting (and yes, probably totally stalkerish?) to see how others go about their day-to-day. So while I’m busy making new friends at the Influence Conference this weekend, Michelle from Grammie Time is here to give us a glimpse into her day-to-day, along with some of her all time faves!

Hello Ember Grey readers! I’m Michelle from Grammie Time. I’ve read many “A Day In The Life” posts from other bloggers and I decided to add a twist to mine. I’m not only sharing a typical day of mine with you, but a few of my everyday favorites too. So let’s get this day started. It’s… 
5:30 a.m. – My body is an automatic alarm clock. I’ve never needed one to wake up. I stretch a bit to get my body in motion, read my daily devotion, check email, social media and read a few blogs. In that order. Oh, depending on when my old girl Molly decides to stumble out of her warm doggie bed, I take her out to do her business. (She is 13 years and still going strong!) 
6:30 a.m. – I’m up and heating my morning cup of warm water with lemon juice. Some folks drink coffee. Me, lemon water. I prepare breakfast (here are a few of my favorite breakfast recipes), make lunches, feed dogs, and watch a bit of Good Morning America. I have a huge crush on George Stephanopoulos! 🙂
7:30 a.m. – My morning beauty routine for the day is quite simple: wash face, moisturize face and apply the only two makeup products I use – this lipstick and eyebrow pencil. My skin favorites are: 
8:30 a.m. – I’m off to work to teach little tikes. I teach transitional kindergarten. These energetic littles keep me on my toes and give me something to smile about everyday. 
2:30 p.m. – Arrive home, letting two “happy to see me” little pups out to do their business and get a bit of regular exercise. Then it’s exercise time for me. I’m out the door for my power walk and workout. Without my regular workouts, this grammie gets pretty cranky. My favorite walking shoes are by Brooks. Best shoe ever!
4:00 p.m. – My afternoons consist of checking email, preparing lessons for the next day, writing and happy hour! Hey, in some parts they have afternoon tea. At my house, a glass of wine. Some days, it might just be a hot cup of tea. It’s really about taking a break and having down time. Whether it be with family, friends, or time for yourself. If you’re at work, a simple “break” to regroup and recharge. 

6:00 p.m. – Time to make dinner, eat dinner, clean up after dinner and plan for next day’s dinner! Sharing two of my favorite must haves in the dinner department: Balsamic Vinegars and a good Olive Oil. 

7:00 p.m. – The evening ritual begins. A hot shower, blog reading/writing, and watching my favorites on television. (I can’t wait for the new fall shows to begin!) Dancing with the Stars anyone?!
9:00 p.m. – UNWIND time! This is where I begin ending my day. Usually with a cup of chamomile tea, lavender oil on the bottoms of my feet and a good book. And last, ending with a grateful heart – thanking God for three things from my day. 

10:00 p.m. – Lights out.
I remember when I was in the season of raising children and a day in my life was completely different. Now, I’m in this new season, having more time for myself, and I realize how short life really is. We shouldn’t rush the time we’re given no matter where we are.
Thanks for spending the day with me today!
*Today’s post was a guest post, written by Michelle from Grammie Time as part of the Go The Distance ad spot. This post was written specifically for Ember Grey readers.

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  • I love this! A day in the life’s are so interesting. Yours seems super fun and relaxing.

    • Thank you Jess for visiting with me today. Not everyday is fun, but I do try to relax some each day.

  • This was fun to do Emily! Thanks again for having me. Enjoy the conference.

  • What a fun read! I love getting a glimpse into another person’s life!

    • Yes, as fun as it was writing it, still a stretch for me. I felt ordinary and said a few times to myself, “who the heck cares.”

    • I do too 🙂

    • Smiles to you Michele – with one L! 🙂 This was a tad out of my comfort zone to do, but then I’ve been doing many things lately out of my comfort zone.

  • Sounds like a fun life 🙂 I agree that we shouldn’t rush things too much and enjoy the moment.

    • Well, it is not fun everyday. To keep my sanity, I need the afternoon R & R for sure. I wish I had practiced it more when I was raising my girls.

  • Our mornings sound so similar! I love waking up naturally, early in the morning, and having some quiet time to get rolling! And quiet afternoon time is so crucial. It’s so nice to have a moment to relax and unwind after a day of go-go-go!

    • I gathered they were from your Instagram. Happy you stopped by Katie.

  • This is so funny: when I saw your link over at the Faith and Fellowship blog hop, I thought, “I love ‘day in the life’ lists.” Then I click over, and the first thing I see is “Here’s a question for you: does anyone else love reading “A Day in the Life” posts?” So, clearly, my answer is “yes!” 🙂 Love it! Thanks for sharing a day in your life…as a mom of 2 busy t(w)een girls, it sounds quite lovely. But teaching kindergarten has got to be one of the hardest, most important jobs in the world. So much potential, just waiting for your wise and loving touch. Blessings to you!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Elizabeth! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed Michelle’s post!

    • Teaching K has its moments. Children in the classroom today are very different than even say 5 years ago. Many more challenges. But, I do enjoy it and will continue until I can’t do it anymore. Sweet words and how I appreciate them.

  • Kristi Woods

    Hi Michelle. I’m visiting today from Counting My Blessings, and what fun it is! Maybe my head is in the sand, but daily life blogs are a new entity to me. What a great way to share your favorites and to encourage different habits…easily and with pictures. Love it!

    • It is new to me too. This is my first one. Happy you enjoyed it.

  • Hi, Michelle! I’ve never heard of “A Day in the Life”! But how fun this is! I enjoyed reading about your day. In my running days (which I wish I had back), I loved Brooks shoes, too. Love the color of yours! My husband and I have begun to experiment with quality olive oils … eager to check out the ones you suggested! Have a blessed day! (Visiting from Counting My Blessings.)

    • I never did either until I began reading some. Of course, I tried to scale it down a bit instead of every hour like many do. Brooks running shoes, I will wear no other now. I bought them when I broke my foot last summer, hooked ever since. Goodbye Nike! I use Young Living Essential Oils. I read them on another blogger’s site and then began doing my research on which ones are truly authentic oils. I love this brand. You can find them online.

  • Love that you set aside “me time” each day! So important and crucial to our sanity I think, lol!

    • Yes, it is important. I wish I learned it earlier though. No doubt about it, our sanity depends on it.

  • That sounds like a great day! I love that you squeeze “me” time, exercise time, prep time, and work time into the day without being stressed out or rushed. Sounds like you’ve figured out this whole 24-hours thing 🙂

    • Since I have time for “me time.” I’m quite spoiled. Wasn’t always the case during child rearing days. Time management comes pretty easy for me. It’s the being flexible when it doesn’t go according to plan that I need to work on.

  • Loved reading about your day, Michelle!

    • Thank you Laura! Now it is your turn to write a Day In The Life.

  • Holly

    Love, love, love how thankful you are! Maybe one day I can join you for afternoon happy hour and soak in all your wisdom!

    • I’m pumped to see your smiling face here. 🙂

  • Rebecca Diemer-Mclellan

    I guess I’m a stalker too because I love to read these mundane things about the daily lives of other people too. There is a rhythm and joy in daily life that I find enjoyable. Thanks for sharing.

    • Glad I’m not the only one! 😉

    • Mundane things about daily life, you said it perfectly. I’m sure many would love to read about a celebrity more than me so I thank you for stopping Rebecca.

  • I love hot water with lemon! The best morning drink ever!! Also that breakfast looks delicious!! Off to check out her recipes!

    • I hope you find some you like. Thanks for stopping Angela.

  • Sounds like a good day to me! Visiting from Latisha’s TGI Friday.

    • Most days are good! Yesterday had its moments. Thanks Donna.

  • Sounds like my dream day lol