I Slept 10 Hours… and I’m Still Tired [Timestamps]

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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crazy pug trying to eat a cucumber out of my hand

Hi, friends! First things first: I slept 10 hours… and I’m still tired. How does that happen!? Oy. More on this in a minute!

So, I’m blogging from bed this evening. I put Quinn to bed and then just didn’t feel like watching TV, so I grabbed my laptop and started working on this recap from the day. I’m hoping to bring back more “day in the life” content after polling followers on Instagram. I’d say a good 90% of the replies I received were related to everyday life, family adventures, and daily meals. CNC basically started as a personal online journal, so I hope that’s where it ends up in the future. Full circle, right? 🙂


Quinn slept until 7:15 AM (!!) this morning, but I was so groggy when he came into our bedroom, Mal actually ended up going downstairs with him, which meant I got another 40 minutes of sleep. I honestly can’t remember the last time I slept until almost 8:00 AM, especially after going to bed at 10:00 PM the night before. Guys, I slept for nearly 10 hours! That’s UNHEARD OF.

When I check my sleep tracker on my FitBit, I barely ever hit more than 7 hours of sleep. Usually, I’m in the 6-7 hour range, and I’m honestly impressed by anyone who can get 8+ hours of sleep. How do you do it? Do you have a tiny human living with you? Haha! Ok, I honestly love that Quinn is an early riser, and I’ve always loved our mornings together, but sometimes I just want to sleep in, ya know? I go to bed pretty early, but I still can’t make that magical 8 hours happen. Any tips or advice? Anyone else in the same boat?

Ok, I’ve rambled on long enough… let’s get going with this recap, shall we? 🙂

Driveway workout yoga mat and brooks running sneakers

8:42 AM: Woohoo, pancake breakfast! The boys eat Mal’s famous cake-like pancakes, and I enjoy Pamela’s (gluten- and egg-free) Protein Pancakes with cinnamon and maple syrup on top. Mmm! I also had an iced coffee with Nutzest Smooth Vanilla protein powder and Nutpods.

Brooks Running sneakers and a yoga mat on the ground shot from above

10:14 AM: Driveway workout! I did a running + bodyweight workout. I used a yoga mat for push-ups on my knees. FYI: My sneakers are the Launch 6 from Brooks, which are on sale at Zappos (free shipping) for just $74, and there are lots of colors available! 🙂

10:45 AM: I’m feeling kind of snack-y (and thirsty) after my workout, so I slice up a cucumber (from our friends’ garden) and sprinkle on some sea salt.

10:47 AM: I share a few cucumber slices with Murphy, who is just a tad excited!

11:07 AM: Quinn and I break into his new Kiwi Crate. This one actually includes 3 mini projects, and it keeps us busy for a couple of hours!

A big Pyrex bowl with kale salad, black beans, and salad dressing

12:14 PM: We take a break for lunch. I hadn’t done any meal prep yet for the week, so lunch was a random mix of throw-together ingredients. In the mix: kale, black beans, Banza pasta, and leftover lemon tahini dressing from CAVA. It probably sounds a little strange, but it worked! 🙂 Lunch was definitely delicious, nutritious, and super satisfying!

Pug sitting in the grass at a park in Hanover, Massachusetts

2:47 PM: Park time with the boys! It was such a beautiful day, so we headed out for some fresh air and activity at Forge Pond Park.

A white bowl of homemade kale chips with a pug on the couch

3:01 PM: It’s too hot for pugs! Murphy lays down in the grass to cool off… while Quinn takes off his sneakers! 🙂

4:17 PM: Back at home, I’m exhausted and plop my butt on the couch. I watch half of an episode of “Summer House,” snuggle Murphy, and eat some kale chips while Mal and Quinn play baseball outside. WHY am I so tired after getting so much sleep the night before?!

6:13 PM: Dinnertime! On the menu: A rice bowl made with kale, shredded red cabbage, roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted red onions, baked chicken breast, and easy peanut sauce drizzled on top. It was SO GOOD!

7:26 PM: I finish off the night with – not one, but two – rice crispy treats that Quinn made. I gave him instructions and supervised, but he did everything else. His first batch of rice crispy treats turned out great!

Question of the Day

How often do you get 8 hours of sleep?

Any advice for prioritizing 8 hours? 




  1. It must have been that type of weekend…I was exhausted yesterday even though I got a ton of sleep Saturday night. I took a 2 hr nap in the afternoon. I was bummed to be missing out on the great weather but I needed it.

  2. Oh man I slept in until 8 this Saturday and it was unreal. Usually I wake up on weekends as soon as it gets light out. My Garmin shows that I get 6-7 hours most nights. When I was single, I was terrible about staying up late, but once I started living with my stepkids, it just became natural to start winding down at their bedtime.

    Sometimes I go through stages where it takes a long time to fall asleep or I’ll wake up and not be able to get back to sleep, and when that starts happening I listen to one of Mediation Oasis’s podcasts. I fall asleep by the end of the podcast and then wake up just long enough to take my air pods out and fall back asleep.

    1. Mal listens to podcasts too as he falls asleep, but I feel like it would keep me awake. Mediation usually works for me though! 🙂

  3. I love that you got to enjoy a full Sunday with your family. When do you typically grocery shop and meal prep? I’d love to switch my schedule to #takebacksundays

  4. I missed your Instagram poll, but yes, please continue with these types of posts – I love this style! I read during the work day so I’m unable to watch your video posts, and I don’t have the time after work to watch on IGTV, so blog posts are definitely ideal to me and how I’m able to keep up! 🙂

  5. When I hit the gym @ 5am I rarely get more than 7 hrs of sleep but the days where I go to gym at 8:15 or 9:15 am I am fortunate to get my allotted 8 ish hours of sleep! Do you find that you have a set time you like to get to bed by??

    1. I’m usually in bed between 8:30-9:30pm, but I’m often awake really early to get work done before Quinn wakes up. I just can’t make it happen on the regular!

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