Day In the Life-Insta Story Style

Hey Hey!

Hope you guys had a GREAT Easter weekend!  Last Wednesday, I shared a photo every hour-ish over on my Insta Stories and thought I’d add it here as well.  I got lots of messages about things so I’ll be sure to answer any questions-just in case you’re wondering too.

5:00 a.m.
My day started at 5:00 a.m….up and at ’em to get it all done!

Someone commented they thought this was an arm with a sleeve tatoo.  Can you see it?  ha!

5:30 a.m.
The very best way to start my day…with my Bible, Bible Study, coffee, and a straw.  😉  I just recently started this Bible Study on Ruth…this study does a great job of tying in other parts of the Bible throughout the book of Ruth.  This study is 10-15 minutes per day and looks at Ruth verse-by-verse.  I’m enjoying it but if you’re a Bible scholar, I don’t know that you’ll be challenged enough with this one.  Does that make sense?

6:00 a.m.
Work, work, work…

Someone asked what I’m doing on my computer so much when I’m working…great question!  I’m blogging-I try to stay a couple days ahead but when I’m busy it just doesn’t always happen. Also, I’m working on vacations for Mix and Match Travel clients.
7:30 a.m.
The kiddos and I were walking out the door for school drop-off and the gym.  My sweatshirt is old from Athleta-I got it back in the fall.

8:00 a.m.
Pit stop at the gas station to ensure we ACTUALLY would make it to the gym.

8:30 a.m.
I dropped these besties off at the gym childcare so I could get my workout on.  Shay had a speaking thing on Wednesday morning so Madeley hung with us for a bit.

8:45 a.m.
TOUGH workout class…other than Monday, I hadn’t been to the gym since before Spring Break.  Needless to say-I was STRUGGLING!

 9:45 a.m.
Narci and I snuck out a bit early because I was driving the struggle bus and she was being supportive. 

10:00 a.m.
I went to grab the girls and they were in yoga.  Cutest thing ever….huh?

10:30 a.m.
Lucky for me, Madeley and Britty like a breakfast taco as much as I do.  We drove through Hat Creek for an early lunch.

11:00 a.m.
Got dinner in the slow cooker…we were having Cheesy Chicken Chipotle Tacos.

11:30 a.m.
I showered, got ready, and dropped Madeley off right before Britty and I drove to speech.  On this particular day it was cloudy outside so I dressed all cozy and the second I went outside I realized it was way too muggy for a sweater.

The bracelets are from Kinsley Armelle.

12:30 p.m.
Getting some work time in while Britty works too.

1:15 p.m.
I had kindergarten lunch duty…Bowen appears like he wasn’t happy to see me.  Lots of you guys commented about his late lunch.  Yes, kindergarten eats late but they have a morning snack so it holds him over.

2:00 p.m.
I got Britty down for a nap, managed to get a little work done, and then went into the pantry to grab a healthy snack-came out with the box of cereal.  #majorfail

3:30 p.m.
I grabbed the big kiddos after school and we headed immediately to Nixon’s hitting practice.   We typically have dance after school and Bowen had a baseball game later that night but we were expecting MAJOR storms so pretty much the entire city shut down at 4:00 p.m.  A family night at home was perfectly fine with me!

4:30 p.m.
I was organizing my office and stumbled upon this book, The Mother-In-Law.  If you guys haven’t already ordered it, DO IT NOW!  SO GOOD!  It releases tomorrow!

5:30 p.m.
I got dinner together…roasted okra was our side {along with a salad}.  
Lots of questions about this side dish…

*I literally dump two bags of frozen cut okra onto a big baking sheet.  Turn the oven on from 350 degrees to 400 depending on how much time I have.  I spray with a little olive oil spray, add whatever seasoning I like, and then put it in the oven.  I usually sprinkle garlic salt and pepper on ours.  I bake it for 20-30 minutes and the last couple minutes I broil it to get it a little crispy.

*WHAT DOES OKRA TASTE LIKE?-was a major question I got in my messages.  If you have a good explanation of this, PLEASE comment!  I told them-I don’t think it tastes like another vegetable?  Seriously-help me out with how to answer this!

*My very favorite way to have okra is fresh from the garden and fried!  A couple things-I don’t have a garden so no access to homegrown okra PLUS I can’t afford to buy an entirely new wardrobe {after eating tons of FRIED okra :)}….so I started roasting it and while it’s not as tasty as frying it, it’s really good!

8:00 p.m.
Everyone was showered and ready for bed.  Since the storms were delayed and supposed to hit around midnight we made pallets on the floor for the kiddos.  They slept in our room-just in case.

I used the word, “pallet”, which just means blankets on the floor to make a little cozy bed.  Someone asked what that meant and she said that she would have just said we put blankets on the floor.  ha!  Is the word, “pallet”, a northern word, southern word, country word?  Have you heard that word before?  Growing up in Missouri, I think our area got a little from the north and a little from the south, so let me know…do you know what that word means?

That wraps up a Photo-Every-Hour.  Have a Happy Monday!

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  1. 4.22.19
    Christi said:

    I've lived in Georgia all my life (and so have several generations of my family) – we always called it a pallet. So, I definitely don't think it's a northern word. 😉 My family loves fried okra, but we only have it in the summer. I'll have to give this roasted version a try! xo

  2. 4.22.19
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Those girls doing yoga just makes me SMILE!!!

  3. 4.22.19
    ajayhawksgirl said:

    haha We use the word "pallet" in Kansas too for a blanket-bed on the floor! When we travel people always look at us crazy if we say it.

    Fried Okra– YUM!!! I'm an extremely picky eater and I love this stuff. Honestly, you can't really taste anything besides the breading on the outside and whatever seasoning you put on it. What I notice most is the crunch on the outside and the soft okra and it's little ball things inside! Sounds gross but it's delish! I've never eaten it before but usually pick up a back from good ole Church's Chicken when we eat there!

  4. 4.22.19
    Anonymous said:

    I love a day in the life post! How fun! The picture of girls doing yoga is the cutest thing ever! And, listen, anytime I can be supportive and leave early, you just let me know. Hahahaha

  5. 4.22.19
    Kathy Olson said:

    I love fried okra, too, but have been making it the same way lately to get my okra fix.
    I grew up saying "making a pallet on the floor", also. My husband is from Minnesota and had no idea what I was talking about. lol

  6. 4.22.19
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I would totally say "pallet"! And I've never had a Hat Creek breakfast burrito. I feel very deprived.

  7. 4.22.19
    Angie said:

    Pallet is definitely a country thing, I think. Maybe a Southern thing. Maybe both! Ha
    I'm in Alabama, really southern. 🙂 I know it's a word my grandparents and parents used…so I definitely use it.

  8. 4.22.19
    Sara and Steve said:

    I’m in Kentucky and we for sure say “pallet”!! Lol

  9. 4.22.19
    Jenny h said:

    I’m from South Dakota and had no idea what a pallet was 😂😂 but, I like it! I always call it a nest! Like, “let’s build a nest on the floor!”

  10. 4.22.19
    Lee Family said:

    Alaska/Seattle girl here, the only time we say the word "pallet" is to bring "pallets" of wood in the back of a truck to a bonfire. Otherwise it's a "bed on the floor" 🙂 We live in NW Arkansas now though and it didn't take long to develop a love for fried okra…'s delish!

  11. 4.22.19
    Melissa @ Finding My Mojo said:

    I’ve never tried okra before but it looks like I need too! Sounds yummy! I’ll represent the north here and say nope, never used the word pallet to describe a bed on the floor 🙂

  12. 4.22.19
    Kelly Henderson said:

    I grew up in Arkansas saying "pallet" but my hubby grew up in Memphis, TN and thought I was insane the first time I said it. We also called sleepovers "bunkin' parties." Keep in mind, I grew up about 30 miles from Memphis but our vernacular was a shock to my suburb dwelling hubby. Ha.

  13. 4.22.19
    Megan said:

    South Carolina girl here, and we always said pallet growing up. We always were so excited when we got to make a pallet on the floor and fall asleep to a movie.

  14. 4.22.19
    Laci said:

    Tennessee girl here born and raised and pallet is what we call it too! I have been eating roasted okra for months now and I can't think of a word to describe it besides yummy! I love sheet pan dinner/sides!

  15. 4.22.19
    The Gittings Family said:

    California girl here. When I read "pellets" I thought it meant you laid down wood. Ha! Definitely not a word used in So Cal.

  16. 4.22.19
    Becky Cowen said:

    I'm a Texas girl and most definitely know what a pallet is for sleeping!

  17. 4.22.19
    Natasha said:

    The first time I heard someone write about "making a pallet to sleep on" I thought they were sleeping on those wooden frames. It sounded sooooo uncomfortable 🙂 We just make a "bed on the floor." I'm from Canada, if that helps.

  18. 4.22.19
    TSB said:

    Colorado girl living in the Bay Area. I've never heard pallet used that way before.

  19. 4.22.19
    Carrie said:

    From the north east and a pallet is one of those wooden thinks Pinterest people like to make into all sorts of things 😜. But my MIL is from Georgia and she uses the word pallet. 100% not a north east thing. But of course when we say hoagie in the south people have no clue what we mean. We also have an area here that calls lollipops “ taffy” and I just think that is bizarre!!

  20. 4.22.19
    Wendy said:

    I'm from Southeast Tennessee, and I've always said making a "pallet" on the floor, too!

  21. 4.22.19
    mcp said:

    OMG–I am so glad to know that other people said "pallet", too! My sister and I (WV girls) used to LOVE making pallets when we were growing up! 🙂

  22. 4.22.19
    C. said:

    Love your blog!
    I am from Stanislaus County, CA. My dad , my granddad were Peach farmers. Growing up ona Peach ranch you learn to work early and hard.. You as well learn to drive the forklift and these “pallets” are flat wooden crate like flat carriers for “ lug- boxes”. These lug boxes carried Alberta peaches ( the soft peaches you slice and place atop cereal)…. these could not be crushed as they would be too damaged en- route to the cannery. So…. the pallet had “fork-lift” ability to slide and to pick- up and lift it onto a truck ( usually carrying only 2 tons of fruit to the local “slab” )——( local weight station where your load of fruit was graded and placed onto a semi – truck to be taken to market or cannery).
    Anyhoo I can see or visualize your pallet of sleepers…. on a flat floor cozy -cute – safe!
    Btw…. I love my AM Devotional time. The best way to begin the day with my maker- my Lord…. my Jesus.

  23. 4.22.19
    Trina said:

    I’m from Wisconsin and we do not use the word pallet for blankets on the floor. A pallet is a flat wooden structure used to transport things.

  24. 4.22.19
    Crystal said:

    PA girl living in TX & have never heard pallet used in that way…
    When is hear “okra” all that comes to mind is “slimy” 😬. Is this not the case when it’s roasted? I LOVE roasting veggies, but have steered clear of okra b/cod past experiences with it. I’d love to hear so I out from some okra expedites out there!

  25. 4.22.19
    Unknown said:

    North Carolina girl here and have always made pallets on the floor.

  26. 4.23.19
    Becky said:

    Pallet on the floor is truly Southern and so is fried okra, cream corn, fresh tomato, and cornbread!

  27. 4.23.19
    Tracy said:

    I’ve lived in southern Illinois my whole life and have always used the word pallet to describe a pile of blankets in the floor.

  28. 4.23.19
    Ashley Byars said:

    I'm also from Southern Illinois and we say "pallet" as blankets on the floor:)

  29. 4.23.19
    kmmelhorn said:

    I am so glad you explained what you were referring to when you said pallet. I'm from Pennsylvania and the only thing called a pallet in our neck of the woods is a flat wooden structure used for transporting – they pile products on top and then shrink wrap it for when it is on a truck or train. We also refer to it as a quantity too – you can buy a pallet of mulch or a pallet of bricks if you need larger quantities for stuff like that. People re-purpose them to make all kinds of things like coffee tables or bookshelves. They make the best campfires too. But calling a pile of blankets a pallet is totally new to me, so I can confirm not northern jargon. But I am totally going to make that a thing in my house from now on – my kids love sleepovers in mom and dad's room.

  30. 4.23.19
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    I'm from GA and we say pallets all the time! It's a Southern thing for sure!

  31. 4.23.19
    Misty S. said:

    I live in NW Tennessee. About an hour and a half away from where you grew up! Everybody eats fried okra and makes pallets on the floor around here. LOL I have been roasting okra for the past few years and absolutley love it. SO close to the taste of fried. We do the same roasting technique on the grill too.

  32. 4.24.19
    Sherry Kenney said:

    Fun post! I say pallet, too! Off topic….but a question about your earrings. I have the smaller version and when I got them home and tried them on I feel like I hear them moving and clinking. Do yours do that? I’m wondering if I would even notice it after a few minutes of wear.