Are you an Urban or Suburban Mama, where do you live?
I’m a suburban mama. Our boys were born in New York City, but we moved to Austin, Texas in 2018. We really want that ride your bike door-to-door childhood for our kiddos. We’re not far from downtown, so we love the balance of the friendly neighborhood, but the urban rush is just a short drive away.
Tell us about your children?
We have two boys born 24 months apart. Kane is 4 and Arlo is 2. They are 100% BOY—full throttle energy, super speed, in the mud, jumping off furniture. They love being outside, creating art projects, playing dress up with super hero costumes, dancing, and each other. Their mutual adoration is something to be admired.
Tell us about your typical weekday?
Day to day it varies as Kane is in Pre-K full-time, and Arlo is in preschool part-time. We used to have nannies, which was vital when launching our companies, but I now carry the daily responsibilities with a few trusted babysitters who help me out when I have meetings or appointments during times when the boys are home. My husband travels extensively for work, so I also rely on our childcare team to lend me a hand when mama needs a night out with the girls, or a solo trip to the movie theater. I’m big on solo trips to the movie theater!
I try to follow a block schedule. The mornings are school drop off, personal appointments, exercise and taking care of our dog, Rocco. Afternoons are fast and furious work at the computer. I am co-owner of two companies – Ounce Water and Go Get It LIFE — plus an independent sales consultant for two health and beauty companies – Rodan and Fields, and Young Living Essential Oils. The evenings are dinner, family time, and bedtime. After the kiddos are settled in their beds, I set out their clothes and lunches for the next day, and finish picking up around the house before I settle in for some quiet couch/ TV time.
Some late nights are spent catching up on work depending on deadlines. Although, I’m pretty determined for at least an hour of time to relax with a book or favorite TV show.
Do you have help?
I had nannies for three years, and now it’s just me and a few trusty babysitters. For various reasons, I am currently most comfortable making the professional sacrifices to go without full-time childcare. I have three sitters that I trust and rotate as need for work or personal appointments that coincide with the boys being home.
Who cooks dinner?
Me! I love to cook, but certainly have found that elaborate meals are best saved for the weekend. That was a tough lesson to learn.
My life is divided into two categories: dad is home v dad is traveling for work. When he’s home I have way more bandwidth and love the 30-40 minute recipes offered by meal services such as Hello Fresh. We have a mix of Vegan – Pescatarian – Picky Toddler diets to follow, so I’ve found some specific meals that work well for everyone.
When my husband is not home I am lucky to have two great local grocery stores that offer healthy and a variety of healthy options that help me in preparing a healthy, well-balanced dinner in less than 20 minutes.
When the day is really trying, we order takeout. Friday night is our pizza and a movie night. We’re all tired from a fun week of learning and playing, so Friday is our fun night to order pizza, lay down towels on the living room floor for a picnic (to protect the rug, Ha), and watch a family movie.
How often do you buy something just for you?
Fairly regularly. I used to not, but after my second child, Arlo, was born I got a lot better at recognizing my personal needs. Whether it’s a yummy coffee, new book, supplies for all my DIY at-home projects, or a self-care item like a movie ticket or manicure. I need that little something that’s just for me.
Do you exercise regularly and if so, what and how do you fit it in?
My personal goal is running twice per week, and gym twice per week (I participate in a high-interval training similar to a CrossFit workout). About four days of exercise per week is what my body can handle, and what my schedule allows. This is certainly an area that I compromise first when one of my boys is sick, or I have work to catch up on, or Rocco needs some extra attention. I am very mindful to balance my diet when my exercise is down for the week.
What clothing lines or stores do you like to buy for your children?
Target’s Cat & Jack line is a household favorite for the boys, and I live for a good online sale from GAP kids. I’ll order our holiday festive gear from Etsy shops (I do silly holiday shirts with coordinating pants for the boys). From time-to-time I will come across little boutique clothing stores via Instagram where I will order some unique shirts or pants. The boys styles definitely center around a hip-hop / skater boy style, with a little prep splashed in.
I’m totally obsessed with…
Tacos! I’m a MAJOR foodie! So trying new restaurants or food trucks here in Austin is a big deal to me. I’m also very into natural care for our family, and love to make all my own home cleaning, skincare and wellness products. I’m always mixing and creating.
Three things in my purse right now are…
- Thieves hand sanitizer.
My favourite drugstore buy is?
Revlon Voluminous Mascara. I’ve been buying this for 20+ years. I’ve tried all the super expensive mascaras throughout the years, and time and again, I come back to Revlon… blackest black is my shade.
My guilty pleasure is?
Tacos again! And soft chocolate chip cookies. Yum Yum.
Thank you to Meghan Rossi for taking the time out of her day to let us know “How Does She Do It.”