An Average Summer Day in my Life ~ My Basic Everyday Routine!
My backyard, where me and my love sit almost every morning drinking coffee, smoking, and talking
Hi there, lovelies!
I hope your Friday is going well! Mine sure is! Do you ever have those days where it feels like everything is going pretty okay, and you’re feeling pretty good about yourself? We all wish for those days to occur more often than they do, but perhaps that just teaches us to appreciate the good days when they are here, and don’t always waste time looking to the future and wishing for better days. Perhaps if we spend more time in the moment, mindfully enjoying each day, hour, and minute as it comes, we will experience more good days, right?
I might have a smoothie and some exercise and fresh air shortly after waking up…
Well, one can only hope. That’s enough philosophy for me today. What got me thinking to write about my day? Simple: I’ve been reading a lot of great routine posts lately from some of the lovely people I follow, and it has inspired me to do the same. It’s fun reading about what some of my followers/followees do in their average, day-to-day lives, and I figured at least a few people might be interested in mine.
My days can change like anyone’s, I’m sure no one here can honestly say that their routines have remained the same for a whole year, or even 6 months. As such, I’ll just go ahead and call this my first “Summer Routine” post, and if it proves to be interesting then I’m sure I’ll write more about the stuff I do in the future.
So what is my routine for the average summer day? It’s really nothing too exciting or special, really I’m normal just like you!
I wake up early and without an alarm, every day! Very good way to feel refreshed and invigorated, first thing in the morning!
First things first, I usually wake up pretty early in the morning. Usually it is anywhere between 6:30 and 8:30, but sometimes (like this morning) it can be as early as 4:30 and some days when I’m really tired, it can be as late as 11:30 (but these instances are quite rare). I’ve been an early bird for quite a while, and I really enjoy it. I love waking up in the mornings, the earlier the better, as the world is just so beautiful in the wee hours of the morning. It’s so lovely and romantic, and I love being able to go out to most places in public without so many people. Plus, I have the most energy and productivity flowing through me the earlier it is… Unfortunately I tend to dip around 2:30 or 3 in the afternoon, and any hope of me doing anything that isn’t playing video games with my boyfriend, eating, or watching Netflix/Youtube is abandoned after 7p. I’m not sure why, that’s just when my body and brain are done, I guess.
Natural beauty is abundant in the morning, wouldn’t you say?
Amble Around the House Tidying Up
What I do in the very seconds after first waking up usually depends on if my boyfriend worked or is going to work. He works many different shifts. If he worked third shift the previous night, I’m usually waking up when he gets home. If he is working first that day, I’m usually seeing him off right when I wake up.
If he’s gone, I’ll usually lay in bed and text him good morning while scrolling through Insta, Facebook, and checking my email and blogs. Sometimes I’ll get up and squeeze in a quick hour at the gym before he gets home.
But honestly, he’s usually home when I wake up, and 99.9% of the time, he’s up before me (he doesn’t sleep well so he’s up late and early all the time, the poor thing). So if he’s home, I’ll usually pop right up.
From there, I’ll check my phone/iPad real quick, although I usually don’t have anything waiting for me that can’t wait til a bit later.
No, these coffees are both mine… my bf takes his black
I’ll go around the house, opening blinds, tidying up, taking dishes to the kitchen, throwing trash away, etc. I’ll feed and water the cats, and water the snake. Then I’ll start a load in the dishwasher if he hasn’t already, and I’ll start coffee if he hasn’t done so.
Then, he and I will usually sit outside in the backyard with coffee, smoking and talking. How long we stay out there depends on how hot and/or muggy it is, how late in the day it is, and how hungry we get, but we can usually stay out there anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours. It’s quite nice, and we do this pretty much every morning. I love our morning outside times, and I’m gonna miss it when it gets cold again.
What an average breakfast looks like in my house in the summer (and year-round, really!)
I’ll listen to some music while I make breakfast. When my bf is home, breakfast is 9 times out of 10 gonna be bacon and eggs, with toast or fried potatoes, some kind of fruit (oranges or berries, usually), orange juice, water, and more coffee. Sometimes I make pancakes, crepes, or cinnamon rolls, if we are wanting something more sweet instead of savory. I always add berries, use real butter, and warm the syrup. It’s just so much better that way.
If bf isn’t home, I’ll usually have oatmeal, scrambled eggs, toast, fruit salad, smoothie, or some combination of those.
Watch T.V./Play Video Games
While we eat breakfast, we usually watch Netflix, although sometimes we watch Youtube. Then, I’ll usually watch my bf play some Xbox One before I start feeling like I need a shower. I’ll also be on my iPad, getting work done or scrolling through social media to catch up, while I watch him play games or wait for my turn. Even though there is another television and Xbox in the bedroom, we like being in the same room and spending the time together, rather than being in separate rooms.
Me with no makeup, me with basic “every day natural makeup”, and one of my most used palettes
Get Clean, Get Ready
I’m usually showered and dressed by 11a or noon at the latest each day, although on some “lazy days” this can be pushed back by several hours! To get ready, I shower. I only wash my hair like once a week or every other week, so I usually just lather my hair in Garnier Fructis conditioner (the kind that works the best for me in conditioning and detangling). I comb my hair, wash my face, wash myself, and then get out to lotion up and perfume.
If I am going barefaced for the day, I’ll just do rosewater, coconut oil, and my face moisturizer. I pretty much always use tinted SPF moisturizer, unless I know for a fact I won’t be going outside at all that day. My makeup ranges anywhere from just that, to full-blown dolled up, but is usually less than that. Staples are under-eye concealer, mascara primer and mascara, face powder, and brow gel/powder (that’s my “natural, every day” makeup).
Finally I’ll get dressed, put on some earrings or a necklace, then let my hair out of the towel. I’ll use leave-in conditioner, anti-frizz serum, curl mousse, conditioning oil, and finally shine spray, then let it air dry.
All together it takes about an hour for me to get ready, which isn’t so bad, I think.
Time to Work
At this point in the day, it’s usually early afternoon or close enough to it. I’ll make a snack of some sort, a bagel or a bowl of grapes or a smoothie are my go-tos, and sit down at my desk to get some work done. I’ll usually stay here for several hours, checking and responding to emails, checking out blogs, and most of all, writing. I do get distracted doing fun stuff, too.
Some pretty basic lunches I’ll usually make
Lunch happens between noon and 3 and is usually a decked-out salad with homemade dressing and tons of protein (chicken, shrimp, or hard-boiled egg, etc.), a sandwich wrap, or something funky like a smoothie bowl, dinner leftovers, or sweet potato toast and hard-boiled egg (that’s what I’m eating today while writing this!). I eat either at the dining room table or at my desk while I’m working, although I know I shouldn’t! If babe is home, we eat together in the family room while watching Netflix, and our lunches mayyy be a little less healthy… We may split an oven pizza, or have something like mac n cheese, chips and dip, or french fries.
Losing the Will to Work
Ah late afternoon/early evening. Hello, my dear friend. It’s around 4-6p that I stop being able to concentrate on work, be it writing or otherwise. Heck, even reading emails or other blogs seems too tedious to carry on. I’ll usually taper off around this time, rounding out my (hopefully) productive and successful work day by reading over some of the stuff I’ve written/worked on that day.
Even if I managed to haul my butt to the gym earlier in the morning, the early evenings are usually when I get in my exercise for the day. Be it taking a walk around the neighborhood with bae, exercising outdoors by myself, going to the gym, or going to evening yoga class (on Tuesdays and Thursdays), 5-7p is when my body is most active.
Me and the bf have been experimenting with eating dinner a couple different ways. First, we’ve been trying to eat smaller portions and healthier foods, naturally. Second, we’ve been trying to eat earlier in the day (which, in summer, that means when it’s still light out!). Third, we’ve been trying to eat at the dining room table as opposed to in the family room in front of the television. So far, all of these efforts are going fairly well, and they are all very beneficial in how we feel after eating, as well as helping us to not accidentally over-eat. I would recommend trying some of these tricks if you’re also struggling with over-eating at dinner time!
I’m the one who cooks pretty much all the time, but bae is the one who pays when we go out or get take-out/fast food, so it is pretty even. I make spaghetti or penne with meat sauce very often, (he also knows how to make this), but other things I make frequently are burgers and fries, chicken, fried pork chops, chicken pasta, chili, nachos, tacos, soups and stews, or just your basic combo of meat, veggies, and starch (noodles or potatoes or rice). We almost always have a salad made of greens, kale, spinach, and homemade dressing, as well as buttered bread, with dinner. Dessert isn’t an every night thing for either of us, but he and I both love ice cream treats and candy. We almost always have a home-baked platter of cake, cookies, brownies, or a crumble/bars (raspberry or lemon) on the table.
We will have more t.v. and video game time usually until I fall asleep on the couch (moving to the bed later) or until I go to the bedroom and start watching my own videos and playing my own games in there. I’ll also journal or read a book during this time, especially if I haven’t had a chance to yet in the day. Later on, towards midnight or so, he’ll join me and we will fall asleep or watch a movie in the bedroom.
So there you have it! My basic every day summer routine! Keep in mind that there’s a lot of stuff I do pretty often but I wouldn’t necessarily call “routine”. For instance, I do cleaning and chores every day, but they vary day by day. And we are usually at his mother’s house down the road at least once a week, although that also varies. Plus there’s the grocery shopping and dates and other activities, but again, those aren’t routine.
So how did you guys like this? Was it really boring, or interesting to learn a little bit about me (and learn that I’m actually pretty normal)? Let me know what you think of my basic every day routine, and share any similarities to yours, down below in the comments! I’d love to hear from you~ 🙂