Friday, July 17, 2009


I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I need to mention it again. I love the blogging world and everything it has bought to me. It helps me express my creativity, it gives me a huge amount of support when I’m totally freaking out about working on my own, and most importantly it gives me a wonderful group of friends all over the country!

One of my favorite parts of the day is logging on and checking out if I received any comments on a post. I love seeing that people enjoyed what I took the time to put together. It makes me want to continue to do it even more. Another huge plus to comments is that it helps me learn about other blogs that I may not know about it.

A while back a Ms. Kate from California started commenting on my blog. Now you know I love a good DIY project and from time to time I’ve done some, but Kate puts me to shame.

She has done it all and blogged about it all. So if you ever have a question on a DIY project she is the perfect go to person. Not only is she amazing with home projects, but she is a wife and mom as well along with also having a small law practice.

Whew I’m tired.

I loved hearing about her day and I’m sure you will too! Kate, next time I’m in Cali I’m looking you up!!!!

So, sit back, relax and enjoy!


7:45 Awake to kicking three year old who snuck into my bed at some point last night and I was too tired to return him to his rightful place.

7:50 Make coffee ASAP. Nothing happens until I’ve had my Peet’s coffee in my favorite coffee cup.


8:00 Make breakfast for groggy children. Bring coffee to Mr. CG who was up late last night watching “Fourth and Long”, his new favorite TV show.

8:30 Kiss hub goodbye, then start my first load of laundry. I write my To Do list of errands for the day. Have a bit more coffee, water the plants in the courtyard, and then clean the kitchen.

9:00 Sit down momentarily at laptop to check emails and read blogs. Immediately interrupted by request for cartoons. Request is rejected with a reminder of how many toys questioning child has in her room.

9:30 I’m an attorney with a tiny law practice, but have only client right now. I return his phone call and set up a future court date. I usually go to the gym on Friday morning, but I have too many errands today. I help make beds and get the kids dressed. I notice my son has again dumped all his toys out on the playroom floor. Grrrr.


10:00 Make a mid-morning snack for the critters, then take a quick shower. On a non-court day, my beauty routine is quick: hair in my daily pony tail, sunscreen, tinted moisturizer, and lip gloss. I dress in my capris and a tank top. I’m always bare foot in my home.


11:00 Throw on my Sketchers, and I’m out the door to return some bedding at Target, then a stop at the hardware store for more paint. The kids insist on one of those giant blue carts with miniature steering wheels, so I am forced to haul them around in those humongous carts. In between my errands, I return a few emails. I love my iPhone and I couldn’t live without it.

12:30 Home for lunch with the kids. PB&Js for them, falafel for me. I am really into Greek food lately. I’ve made the same lunch for three days straight: falafel (from Costco) with cucumber yogurt dressing over mixed greens. It’s so good!

1:00 Put the 3 year old down for his nap. My five year old can have a movie after we practice reading a few books.

2:00 Another load of laundry, then out to my “shop” in my garage to mix paint for the staircase revamp. I didn’t like the original color I chose because it was too dark, so I am blending my newest quart of paint with some white to color match my wallpaper treatment.

2:30 Finish taping off chair rail and molding with painter’s tape. I repaint the wall up the staircase with the lighter color.

3:15 Take a break with some lemonade with my daughter outside – we play a game called “Make This Face” where I give her an emotion and she makes the face. I think she’s better than most Hollywood actors at communicating with facial expressions, but I’m a little biased.


4:00 My 3 year old son is awake now, so I drive both kids to back-to-back swim lessons. A make a quick stop at my PO Box to pick up my mail.

5:30 Home to start dinner for the kids, and fold laundry. On my laptop, I check my blog, and make comments on other favorite blog posts.

7:00 On many nights, we take a family walk around the neighborhood, and afterwards I write a new article for the following day. But tonight is date night! I greet the babysitter and hurry upstairs to primp.

7:45 We drive 20 minutes to downtown Sonoma and splurge on one of our favorite restaurants. With dark jeans, I am wearing my new summer date night shoes – these lovely white peep toes from the nearby Nine West outlet.


8:00 A lemon drop cocktail for me, then a glass of sauvignon blanc with dinner. Mr. CG has oysters. I have the sesame encrusted salmon. We talk about our week, and we vow to finish the trim on the staircase this weekend. My peep toes are just comfortable enough for one quick stroll around the Sonoma plaza after dinner.


11:00 Home to relieve the babysitter and watch our favorite Friday night show “The Soup” on E. I catch up on a few more blogs while cracking up at the show in the background.

12:00 I grab some water and my new copy of ‘House Beautiful’ and go upstairs. I check on the children and tuck them in, then we’re off to bed. Mr. CG is reading ‘Lindbergh’ while I peruse my new magazine. I barely make it to the monthly paint colors article and I’m ready for sleep. Zzzzzzzzz.


Wow what a fun day! How cute are Kate’s kids! Omg too adorable for works. Plus a husband that watches the Soup and 20 mins away from downtown Sonoma.

Sign me up! Kate, if you ever want to switch lives for a week I’m totally game!

A big thank you to Kate for participating!

I hope you all enjoy the lovely weekend. We are having a hot day here in NY and since my IL’s are in Scotland for vacation their pool is all by itself. So, I’m off to make sure it has some company.





Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love reading this series! Her shoes are fabulous - gotta find a pair like them!

July 17, 2009 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger charlotteannette said...

Wow, I am totally jealous of Kate's life! That is where i see myself in 5 years...Kate how do you make the uber-small law practice work?? I am with a firm now and would really like to be my own boss--how long were you in practice before you made the leap?

July 17, 2009 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger C said...

I'm a big CG fan too, so it was great reading this! She's a busy woman! And I LOVE those shoes!

July 17, 2009 at 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it! Her little on making faces is so adorable. And I love the shoes! :)

July 17, 2009 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Lauren Jade said...

Love the shoes! I live about 30 minutes from DT sonoma, well not right now since I'm at school but I grew up there and LOVE it. I took my boyfriend home to see where I grew up in NorCal and He LOVED Healdsburg which is very similar to Sonoma. I love these in her shoes!! And now I Reaaally want to go shoe shopping.

July 17, 2009 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

sounds like a great day & am SO jealous of the date night!!! also makes me realize how BEHIND I am on laundry... such a great mom and i can't handle her daighter's pics!!! hahahah too funny

July 17, 2009 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger ms. less is always more said...

whew! what a busy and fun day! Hers is a new blog read for me... off to explore it!

July 17, 2009 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger nkp said...

Phew, I feel as if I've run a marathon after reading that! No, wait, that was Kate. What a chock full day. With three kiddos of my own I can relate to the busy-ness, but unfortunately I rarely get that much accomplished. Go super mom!

Happy weekend Camila!

July 17, 2009 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I wish I had an ounce of her "with-it"ness! Thanks for featuring a woman who balances it all with what is clearly a lot of panache!

July 17, 2009 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Tamstyles said...

I enjoy reading these...reminds me i need to do bring my interviews back...keep up the great work.

July 17, 2009 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Centsational Girl said...

I accept your offer to switch lives. Now we're in contract. I'll trade my laundry for a day in NY anyday, anytime. Just tell me when to book the flight.



July 17, 2009 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

What a busy day, man I just got tired from reading that all! Love your daughters faces, so cute and I love your new summer shoes- I'm going to have to find myself a pair now!

Hope you both (Kate and Camila that is) have a great weekend!!

July 17, 2009 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Lynett said...

Gorgeous kids! Love her schedule! Hope I can be that kind of mom one day!

July 17, 2009 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Your House and Life said...

I love this breakdown of a REAL day with kids underfoot. Love the blog!

July 17, 2009 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Yansy said...

I look forward to Fridays to see which fabulous lady you have chosen, For the In her shoes post.

Kate sounds like a fabulous lady, her kids are adorable.

I hope you are enjoying your day by the pool. Don't forget to stop by to enter my giveaway, for your chance to win one of two lovely glass paperweights.

Have a wonderful weekend!

July 17, 2009 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger MiriamR said...

I wish I got so much done in a day! Thats amazing. Thanks for this article it give me inspiration to try getting that much done in a day myself.

July 17, 2009 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Re:Fresh Design Studio said...

Great post-I love reading these! Kate's blog is a regular for me so it's fun to hear about her day. I can only hope that I will get that much accomplished when I have little runs running around!

July 17, 2009 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger The Goods Design said...

This was fantastic!

July 17, 2009 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I love this lady—and man are her kids adorable! Thanks for featuring my favorite DIY maven.

July 17, 2009 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Yolanda (the callipygian chronicle) said...

Much admiration for Kate and what she does at CG. Alas, my days are NO WHERE near as productive. But it great to see what it takes to accomplish what she does in a day.

July 17, 2009 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Design Esquire said...

Great post! I love Kate's blog, and her daughter is adorable! I can't believe how much she packs into one day.

July 17, 2009 at 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kate's daughter's facial expressions are hilarious! I agree, she is quite emotive!!

July 17, 2009 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Terri and Bob said...

I have just discovered Kate and she is so cute! Your blog is adorable, too. My daughter is a PhD candidate in textiles... you might find her blog interesting...

July 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger lupismore said...

Kate truly gives me hope.. i'm staring my own little family and i hope i can keep up with the job, the kids and still have time for projects and patience for the husband jejeje

July 17, 2009 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I've loved CG's amazing DIY transformations since she debuted earlier this year - I'm so glad you featured her here today!!

~ Liz

July 17, 2009 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Kate is a good one to feature, great choice, Camila! I just adore her blog and all the projects she features too. I'm amazed that she gets all that done with 2 little ones. And the shoes, I love the shoes!

I should have showed some rockin' shoes when I was featured, instead of the cross trainers I sported. Oh well, it was the truth!

July 17, 2009 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Frugal Fine Living said...

Wow, what a busy girl. I love the shoes!


July 17, 2009 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger The Cockrells said...

I love these day in the life entries; what a great idea! I love CG, too, and yes, her children are gorgeous! i think her daughter must be an actress in the making, hehe!

July 17, 2009 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger paula said...

I just love this series! Have a wonderful weekend.

July 17, 2009 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger PS~Erin said...

What a great "In Her Shoes"! Can't wait to go read her blog.

And I totally agree with you on the whole blog community.

Have a good weekend~

July 17, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Great fun! Kate has one heck of a life. Now I am craving those shoes & oysters! Have some great pool time!

July 17, 2009 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hi there! Your blog is new for me. :) I'm a regular reader of Kate's blog. Yours is so cute!! :)

Kate, if you are reading this:
1. You reminded me how behind I am on laundry!
2. The "Make this face" game is priceless. She could win an Oscar! I am so trying this with the 3 year old. :)
3. Date night in Sonoma??! I am so jealous.
4. Seriously. Those shoes are fabulous!

July 17, 2009 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Girl, I'm worn out reading!! You are fab. And your kiddos are adorable. :)

July 18, 2009 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger ivy said...

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July 18, 2009 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Just found your blog and so glad I did! What a fabulously fun look into a day in your life. Love your date night shoes!

July 18, 2009 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Freckles Chick said...

I *heart* Kate. It's amazing how she finds the time to always leave sweet comments on my blog, considering her full schedule. She handles it all flawlessly. She's Super Woman!!

July 19, 2009 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger said...

I love Kate! She's one of my all time favorite bloggers and SO inspiring. It was so much for to learn more about her. Love those shoes too...

July 19, 2009 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Bungalow Home said...

Always enjoy seeing how someone lives their day--I am exhausted just reading about her day. I love the fact that she makes time for her adorable children. As an interior designer, business owner, wife and mother of a 2 year old I admire her work/family balance. and I love a gal who can't get enough coffee and to do lists.

July 19, 2009 at 11:15 PM  
Blogger Fifi Flowers said...

Quite a busy day... it sounds familiar but with older kids!

July 20, 2009 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Virginia Janet said...

Really a very buy day.!! I love your white high heel shoes. Look beautiful with blue jeans.

July 27, 2009 at 5:52 AM  

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