Today’s IN HER SHOES featured lady is Danika from Gorgeous Shiny Things and the amazing company, O’verlays! I simply adore everything Danika puts her hands on. I think she loves color and pattern play just as much as me and she is not shy with a paintbrush. I’ve been lucky enough to use Overlays in my projects and I can’t wait to use them in my own home as well. I think you will really enjoy her day!
Hi Effortless Style Readers! I am Danika from Gorgeous Shiny Things.
Welcome to a day in my life. The majority of days you can find me sitting here
in my office for most of the day…
(I tried to make it look all carefree and glamorous for you)
but this is the rest of the story…
I am an early riser. If I want to get things done I need to be with kids.
My husband and I have been getting up around 5 AM lately to do “Insanity”.
(Sounds crazy dirty right?)
We have been doing the “Insanity” workout videos (the ones you see on the infomercial) for about 6 weeks now in attempts to lose the winter layer we put on and shrink my “office chair” butt
(see above photo).
I will spare you the pathetic images of that.
We entertain ourselves by doing voices for all the people in the video while we workout.
Once that is over it is all about COFFEE!
I’m an addict. Drink almost a full pot myself. Bad.
Then we catch an amazing sunrise in the back yard and see our little turkey friend “Anna”
(my youngest named her) strolling through the yard.
There is usually a big flock of them that come through, but lately it is just this lonely little one.
By now it is close to 7AM. Time to wake the kids.
They are not early risers on the weekdays, but for some reason like to get up before sunrise on Saturday and Sunday. We usually drag them out of bed and they quickly run to the couch or our bed and try to fall back to sleep. They are very dramatic about the whole having to wake up thing. The second picture is an older one, but it shows one of them pretending to sleep at the breakfast table… Classic.
Lunches packed, kids dressed and fed we head to school and do drop off.
It is now almost 8:30 and I go home and start laundry, pick up a bit and then head “to the office”.
This is where you can find me most of the day. I have two desks. One for CAD, the other for everything else. I run the custom department at O’verlays, so first thing I do is check emails and do quotes. I then work on mock ups and designs, get files to our shop to be cut, etc. I then try to go through my regular email and squeeze in a blog post- but unfortunately not today…
Cheryle, my business partner, comes over at 9:30 and we have a meeting about sample kits and talk biz. My niece Ashley stops by at 10:30 to run. We have a 5K coming up. She has been a good girl and training, while I haven’t. The “Insanity” videos are plenty in my mind.
We run, I suck wind. I am pooped!
I shower, start working on adding some more storage to my office and then it is time to get Joe from Preschool. I can usually get some projects done with just him home. I finish hanging my cabinets and start painting them, he does some “crafts”
and then we bring our seedlings we started to the garden to plant….
By now it is time to get Thomas from school.
We walk down the street to go play at the beach, start homework and go to Karate class.
I finish my IKEA cabinet hack, unload a dishwasher, make dinner and grab a glass of wine and try to catch up on emails…
(Two days a week I have a sitter that comes in the afternoon from 1-5,
so those days are work focused and I get tons done. Thank goodness for babysitters! )
7:30. It is time to wind down. My husband plays with the kids before bed. I actually sneak right into bed at this point because I am exhausted. I click on the tube to get my dose of reality TV and I hear little feet running down the hall…
The kids always have way more energy than us, and try to convince us that they should be able to stay in our bed and watch TV. Joe even grabs the remote and changed the channel to one of his shows.
That is short lived. 8:30. My husband carries them back to bed and it is lights out!
I am already asleep at this point!
And then it is Groundhog Day all over again.
Thanks so much for inviting me over Camila and letting me share my day!
Whew! I’m exhausted no wonder Danika crawls into bed at 7:30pm. I think I would have to do the same. Plus how sweet are her boys! Love the fake sleeping at the kitchen table. My sisters and I do that to our parents all the time when we don’t want to do something. 🙂 Thanks Danika!