My Daily Routine as a Work From Home Mom

A big thank you to Chicken of the Sea for partnering with me on  this post about my daily routine as a work from home mom. All opinions are my own.

Earlier this year I posted about all the ways I make a full-time income from home, and ever since then I’ve gotten  a lot of questions about how I make it all work. As it turns out, there are many of you who feel the same way I do about wanting to do it all – work from home while being more present for family.

I’ll be honest – it’s been a nutty year of trying lots of new things and trying to balance it all, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. (…Unless being independently  wealthy was on the table…then I’d totally take that.)

Today I’m sharing my daily routine as a work from home mom – which, as you’ll read, changes every single day.

What does my daily routine look like?

4:00 a.m.: Alarm goes off. Nope – not a typo!

I get dressed, make myself look (somewhat) presentable, grab a quick cup of coffee and head to my office to prepare for the first appointment of the day.

4:30 a.m.: Begin my morning side hustle: teaching ESL classes online. I love this work because it it’s fun and stress-free, and gives me the consistency I don’t always have with freelancing and blogging.

7:30 a.m.: Help my kids with the last of their morning routines, like brushing hair, signing forms, and packing lunches. My Daily Routine as a Work From Home Mom

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Lazy Mom’s Guide to Halloween Dinner

This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc.  but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Can you feel that? The chill in the air is already creeping in, and so are the Halloween decorations in every store I visit. As you’re well aware, I’m not a big fan of fall, but the holidays of the fall and winter seasons sure make the nip in the air a whole lot more tolerable.

While I do love delighting my kids with a fun themed meal every Halloween season, I don’t always have the same zest for pulling off the details.

Today I’m sharing my lazy mom’s guide to Halloween Dinner. I’m including three, super-simple ideas for pulling off that cute themed dinner, without the prep.

That’s right: if you’re decidedly *not* a Pinterest mom, this post is for you.Lazy Mom's Guide to Spooky Halloween Theme DInner | Five Marigolds

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Southwest Breakfast Scramble Meal Prep

The Southwest Breakfast Scramble is perfect for prepping healthy, high-protein breakfasts, all week long

A big thank you to Nellie’s Free Range Eggs for sponsoring this recipe, Southwest Breakfast Scramble. All opinions are mine alone.

School’s been back in session for just a few weeks, and we’re already on the struggle bus. Despite all of our planning and the best of intentions.

We passed right through the optimistic honeymoon phase – where lunches are prepped the night before, mornings run smooth, and projects are completed well in advance, instead of at the last minute.

We lingered in that happy place for about a week before reverting right back to where we ended school in the spring.

The crazy is real.

But.

I have been doing one thing right: meal prep.Southwest Breakfast Scramble Meal Prep Recipe

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Creamy Lemon Vanilla Ice Cream

The Right Amount of Tart & Sweet for the Perfect Summer Treat

A big thanks to GiftsForYouNow.com for sponsoring this Lemon Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe. All opinions are my own.

As the saying goes: When life gives you lemons…make a creamy, homemade Lemon Vanilla Ice Cream. Just the right amount of tart and the right amount of sweet for the perfect summer treat. Serve it up on a sugar cone, or in a glass of lemon-lime soda for a refreshing summer ice cream float.

Creamy Lemon Vanilla Ice Cream | Five Marigolds

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Deviled Egg Pasta Salad

The Flavors of Deviled Eggs and Pasta Salad Take Your Favorite Summer Side Dish Up a Notch.

A big thank you to Nellie’s Free Range Eggs for sponsoring this recipe, Deviled Egg Pasta Salad. All opinions are mine alone.

It’s finally feeling like summer here in the Midwest: school is out, and temps are finally heating up. That means we get to escape to the great outdoors, to enjoy meals on the patio and schedule picnics and potlucks with friends. Recently, I experimented with a new side dish that our family is loving lately – Deviled Egg Pasta Salad. It combines the creamy, rich flavor of deviled eggs with the crunchy goodness of your favorite pasta salad.Deviled Egg Pasta Salad | Five Marigolds

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Marshmallow Vanilla Birthday Milk Shake

Marshmallow Birthday Ice Cream Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweetenYourSummer #CollectiveBias

It’s been awhile since I shared some recipes, and this week will be filled with them! Today’s recipe is inspired by the upcoming month. We have a lot of family birthdays in July, and in this household, Both Eve and I have our special day.Marshmallow Vanilla Birthday Milk Shake

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Ham and Cheese Brunch Bake

light and fluffy egg bake with crunchy hash browns, Melted cheese and fresh tomatoes.

A big thank you to Nellie’s Free Range Eggs for sponsoring this recipe, Ham and Cheese Brunch Bake. All opinions are mine alone. 

Do you ever mysteriously forget about a recipe that you totally love? Only to rediscover it and over-celebrate its return to your life by having  it weekly?

Just me…?

Well, that’s what happened to me with the recipe I’m sharing today. This dish has it all: fluffy eggs, crunchy hash browns, melted cheese, crunchy green onions and fresh tomatoes. It’s an amazing explosion of flavor.Ham and Cheese Brunch Bake Recipe

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Kid Friendly Honey Bread

Easy, Kid Friendly Honey Bread Recipe

Today I’m excited to share one of our family’s favorite recipes: Kid Friendly Honey Bread. I’ve been meaning to share this on the blog for, like, years, but just never got around to it.

Yes, the recipe is called kid friendly because my kids love to eat this bread. But, more importantly, this is a super easy recipe that your kids can make with you.Honey Bear After School Snack | Five Marigolds

 

 

 

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Chocolate Caramel Banana Bread

 next level Banana Bread with Chocolate and caramel

This shop, Chocolate Caramel Banana Bread, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DelightfulMoments #SplashOfDelight #CollectiveBias

Lately I’ve been trying extra hard to make desserts and breakfasts from scratch. Less processed cookies, treats and cereals = more homemade goodness. Today I’m going to share the amazing  recipe we made over the weekend: Chocolate Caramel Banana Bread.

It’s as good as it sounds.

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Easiest Sugar Cookie Icing Ever – Dippable Royal Icing

Frost dozens of Cookies in just 5 minutes with “Dippable” Royal Icing

I’m feeling like a genius these days.

I was dreading frosting dozens upon dozens of my famous vanilla almond cut-out sugar cookies I make each Christmas.

While the result looks and tastes delicious (and totally worth the effort), It’s a long process and I was feeling lazy this year.

Always one to look for the shortcut, I decided to simplify my royal icing recipe a bit to see if I could make a  simple, “dippable” icing work. No sifting powdered sugar. No bottles or icing bags.

To my delight, not only was I able to ice a dozen cookies in one minute, but it tastes even better than the other recipe I used to use. Score!

Dippable Royal Icing recipe frosts dozens of cookies in minutes

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Sugar Cookie Oatmeal Bake

the Breakfast Bake so good, it could be dessert

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DelightfulMoments #CollectiveBias #Cbias

A big soft, warm sugar cookie. For breakfast.

That’s what was on my mind as I woke up to a ridiculously cold house after the first cold snap of the season.

Something about that first taste of bone-chilling Midwest cold puts me in that winter holiday sort of mood.

Which is why I decided to kick up my morning oatmeal with a little something extra.

Sugar Cookie Oatmeal: it’s as good as it sounds.

All the hearty and healthy goodness of my regular oatmeal, but even more sweet and delicious.

To prepare this breakfast goodness, start  with a cup of rolled oats, and mix in a mashed banana and 1-2 tablespoons of almond butter.The breakfast so good, it could be dessert. This Sugar Cookie Oatmeal has all the hearty, healthy goodness of oatmeal, but even more sweet and delicious.

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Easy Game Day Crowd Pleaser

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Today I’m going to share one of my favorite fall recipes: White Chicken Chili, made in the slow cooker.  It’s a family favorite, not just because of the rich flavor of this cold weather comfort food, but because it’s a cinch to make. Made with just a few simple ingredients , this recipe is a guaranteed crowd pleaser!Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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Honey Bear After School Snack

Celebrating National Honey Month

This post is sponsored by the National Honey Board, however the content and opinions expressed are my own.

Last week my baby started Pre-Kindergarten. Time is going fast, and I’m determined to savor these golden moments I still have with her at home with some special, 1:1 time.. Since she is getting to be such a big girl, I thought it would be fun to have a special tea party with her, letting her make a new recipe, a Honey Bear after school snack, all by herself.

You see, she is so excited to go to her bumblebee themed classroom a few 1/2 days per week,  and lamented on the first day she didn’t have a bee costume to wear 😂

Then, this weekend,we were especially excited to have guests who just started bee keeping. We enjoyed all their stories and pictures, and even got one of their first bottles of honey as a hostess gift. As a result, the kids are pretty sure we should start beekeeping, too (um, no.).

So, it felt especially serendipitous when I received a golden box of goodies from the National Honey Board to inspire us to celebrate National Honey Month with some honey, beautiful party decorations and easy, kid-friendly recipes.Honey Bear After School Snack | Five Marigolds

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AVOCADO TOAST SANDWICH

Simple “slice’ sandwich for lunch on the go

This post was sponsored by Sargento as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Today I’m going to share a delicious meal I’ve found myself making on the regular this summer: Avocado Toast Sandwich.

I’ve been trying to eat a little healthier lately because, well, swimsuit season. But, this sandwich is so good, you’ll make it even when you’re not trying to be good. Plus, it’s great for picnics and on-the go lunches…which is great, because it feels like we’re always on the go.

AVOCADO TOAST SANDWICH: Simple Sliced Sandwich | Five Marigolds

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Beer Cheese Burgers with Onion Rings

Father’s Day, His Way

Everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and that is especially true for for dads. This Father’s Day, skip the tie and give him grown-ups gift he can really appreciate.

Dads can be so hard to shop for, and all the dads in my life proclaim they “have everything they need.” So, this year year my husband is getting a DIY Man Crate designed to help create the recipe I whipped up just for him: Beer Cheese Burgers with a side of Cheese Fries.Beer Cheese Burgers with Onion Rings | Five Marigolds

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