I’ve been a stay at home mom for half a year now, and I still don’t know what the heck I’m doing! I feel more overwhelmed now, than I did working full time! To be fair though, I do have by LuLaRoe business so it’s not like I’m not working at all, I’m just able to stay at home with my kiddos and work! It’s been difficult to find the balance between that, but I hope to get it all figured out eventually. Now that Kid 1 is in preschool, it’s starting to feel like we have somewhat of a schedule. These are the 10 things that allow me to survive the day, or week, since I don’t use all of them every day!
First and foremost I have to have coffee. When I worked outside of the home, I was a one cup a day kind of person, and sometimes I didn’t even finish that cup. Now I’m on a three cup a day spree, although it takes me all day long because they end up in the microwave at least a dozen times, no exaggeration. Now that I don’t have my consistent schedule of in bed by ten and up by six I find myself relying more on my caffeinated companion to help me make it through the day.
Books have always been a constant in my life. Although they’ve not always been at the forefront, like during my late high school and college years. My kids are finally getting to the point where I can do a little reading during the day and not have to worry about them dying when I look away for a second. I didn’t do a whole lot of reading for myself when my kids were in their baby stages, I didn’t realize how much of it was embedded in my identity.
Leggings are pants and you won’t convince me otherwise. I live in my leggings, partly because I’m a LuLaRoe consultant, but mostly because they are so darn comfy. And they look a lot cuter than the sweat pants I used to wear!
4. Dry shampoo
I don’t know what in my life before dry shampoo. Seriously, how did I do it? I have super fine and thin hair, and it gets that greasy look hours after it’s freshly cleaned and it is SO EXHAUSTING to wash your hair every day. I mean showering is a luxury that I don’t get to enjoy as often as I’d like. Don’t judge.
This little guy is my BFF! This fits perfectly in my crazy mom schedule. No time for breakfast, lunch, dinner. No problem! Fruit smoothie or protein shake to the rescue.
Since I have kids I don’t get to watch tv. No that’s not true I do get to watch tv, but it’s usually some program on Disney Jr. or one of the dozen kid’s movies we have. Thankfully the DVR has allowed us to keep up with our favorites. Jason and I were all about getting up early on the weekend and watching the last episode of Game of Thrones. Plus I have like the entire first season of This is Us to watch, I will get to it one day.
7. Apple Watch
I’ve had my watch for four months now. I was one of those people that wanted one but couldn’t justify coughing up the money for one, I mean seriously what was the big deal with this thing anyway? I got conned into getting one when I went in to upgrade my husbands iPhone 4 to a 7. It was time. Now that I’ve had my watch, I can’t be without it! It’s so nice to not be on my phone. I try really hard to not be the mom that is one her phone every five seconds, but at the same time I struggled because a main party of my business is online, so I need to be available. My watch is a life saver!
8. Kroger Click List
I wish I had this luxury when my Kid 2 was an infant. The only thing that could top this is home delivery, but I’m okay with pulling up and letting them load my car. This saves me hours of my life, not to mention the anxiety of dragging my kids around the grocery store for two hours. My kids are actually really well behaved, but it’s still such a load off of my mind! It’s a $5 service and honestly I’d pay four times as much.
9. Amazon Prime
That whole home delivery thing I mentioned above, I get a little bit of that with Amazon. I mostly use it for the essentials that I can never remember. Laundry detergent, trash bags, paper towels. I just started doing the subscription service they have now too. One less thing that I have to worry about.
How did I ever cook supper before Pinterest? I can’t even remember. Maybe all those cookbooks that are now collecting dust in my kitchen. Pinterest is good and evil. Good, of course, because it’s such a great place for information and evil because it’s such a good place to guilt yourself into thinking you suck as a mom. You know what I’m talking about.