Monday, August 29, 2011

Mummy Monday with Melissa Moss

Hello! It's time for another Mummy Monday. Today I'm really excited to be introducing you to one of my favourite artists Melissa Moss. She is a full time Mum & very successful artist whose paintings have been bought by Susan Sarandon no less! I've followed her blog for a while now and she really is an inspiring lady who followed a dream.

Enjoy! :)

A day in the life of Melissa Moss

7:00 Sam (who turned 4 in July) wakes up. I can hear him on the monitor. He looks at his Star Wars books and tells very animated stories to himself.

8:00 I usually get up around this time. For the past 6-9 months Sam is able to entertain himself in the mornings for about an hour. To get this extra hour of sleep has been amazing. I have much more energy throughout the day.

8:30 - 9:00 I fix breakfast for me and Sam. Sometimes we tell a story over breakfast or read a book but then sometimes we just sit in silence while I am still waking up.

9:00 - 10:00 I check emails and try to get a little work done while Sam plays. My husband usually gets up around this time and plays with Sam so this gives me some time.

10:00 I try to get out of the house by 10:00 with Sam. There are several things we do during this errands, go to botanical gardens, the library, the park, the pool or visit with friends. We're usually out of the house for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.

12:00 We get home and make lunch. If the mosquitoes aren't too bad we'll sit on the porch and eat our lunch.

1:00 - We'll read some books if Sam wants to. If he wants to play I can check email and work a little.

2:00 - Sam doesn't nap anymore but he does have "quiet time" which is about an hour (longer if I'm lucky). He'll play by himself in his room but after an hour starts to open his door and say "Hello?" This means he is finished with quiet time. I try to get some work done during this time but sometimes I'm too tired and have to take a cat nap.

3:00 - Sam usually has an after quiet-time snack.

3:30 - This is the time that's the hardest for me. If I don't take a nap I get really tired and coming up with stuff to do in the afternoon is difficult. Sometimes we'll run errands or take a walk before dinner. And sometimes (though I don't like to admit it) I'll let Sam watch an episode (or 2) of one of his favorite shows. This gives me more time to get some work done.

5:30 - We start thinking about and cooking dinner.

6:00 - We are usually eating dinner around now.

7:00 - We give Sam baths every other night so on the off nights we try to go for an after dinner walk around the neighborhood.

7:30 - Sam cleans his room and we read books until Sam's bedtime.

8:30 - Sam is in bed.

9:00 - 9:30 - Sam is asleep.

9:00 - 11:00 - If I'm not completely exhausted this is when I will paint. Having a deadline helps me get motivated. But a lot of the time I will just sketch in front of the TV. It's very difficult for me to just watch TV and not feel guilty about it.

11:30 - I'm in bed reading my book.

12:00 - Lights out. My brain is usually spinning so it takes me at least a half hour to fall asleep.

You can find out more about Melissa here:

For more information as to why I started Mummy Monday please click here. And if you would like to take part send me a message :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mummy Monday!

It's time for the next installment of Mummy Monday! Today I'm introducing Belinda Fireman- a very talented artist who I met online on an e-course. As you'll read Belinda has a son and twin girls- she's certainly got her hands full and I was amazed with what she achieves in one day. Her work is such a breath of fresh air, I love how her pieces seem to radiate joy & happiness. Please read on :)

A day in the life of Belinda Fireman

I'll choose Wednesday, because I do something for myself that day:

5:42 Wake up and change into exercise clothes.
5:45 Meditate for 10 minutes.
6:10 Drive to the gym .
6:25 Exercise.
8:00 Pick up kids (twin girls and a boy) at home and drive them to
8:30 Back at home with my son. Take shower.
9:00 Play with my son or bake. Some days I go to the chiropractor at
this time.
11:00 Lunch.

11:30 More play or some errand.
12:15 Gather paints and my son's school things.
12:30 Drive to school.
12:45 My son goes to preschool.
1:00 Paint at school. There is a parent room where I can do this,
which is great for the winter days when I don't feel like
driving back home!
Once every 3 weeks I have a session with my life coach at this
3:00 Pack up paints.
3:15 Pick up my son. Hang out outside while the kids play on school
4:00 Drive home.
4:15 Make supper.
5:00 Eat supper.

6:00 Drive to karate lessons (for my daughters).
6:30 Girls start karate lesson while I play games with my son.
6:45 Hubby arrives to take over with the kids. I drive to my
weekly dance.
7:15 Help set up for dance.
7:30 Greet people (and take money) as they arrive for dancing.
7:45 DANCE!
10:00 Drive home.
10:15 Eat snack. Talk with hubby.
10:45 Get ready for bed.
10:50 Read until falling asleep.
11:00 Lights out!

You can find out more about Belinda and her work here:

For more information as to why I started Mummy Monday please click here. And if you would like to take part send me a message :)