With Mother’s Day right around the corner I thought it would be a good time to share how I balance blogging and being a mom. I mean this is something I think so many of us try to balance as a good majority of women are mothers and have a career but I wanted to share how I personally try to find that balance.
I do not have a traditional job at all. Ever since taking that leap into blogging full time my entire’s family life has changed. The hardest part to finding balance blogging is not having a job where I work 5 days a week from 9-5. I work everyday and my hours are all over the place. It’s serious hustle. That has been the hardest adjustment on all of us. It’s very hard to shut off but I have found ways to incorporate Summer into what I do on a day to day basis.
Luckily for me Summer was raised loving to shop. Sounds silly but since she was a baby I brought her shopping with me and she was never one of those kids to have a meltdown in a store. As she grew she started to love picking out her clothes together. I’ve mentioned in prior posts that Stage Stores has always been one of our go to retailers for not only dressing me but dressing Summer also. Stage Stores has a variety of clothes for spring and summer at such a great value.
From well known brands with reasonable price tags I am always able to find clothes to fill Summer’s wardrobe. Her entire outfit head to toe is from Stage Stores but the best part? She picked it all out herself. After a busy day of working we will often sit down together and scroll through all the kids fashion and she will pick out what she likes. Flippy shirts are all the rage right now!
I will also let Summer help me pick my clothes. Much of my day is picking out clothes that I will feature in content and Summer loves to scroll through Instagram and point out which outfits are her favorites. So what do we do? We choose together! I’m working by choosing outfits and she helps me decide what to choose and style together. Honestly this girl will have a blog by the time she’s 12 LOL.
Stage Stores has women’s fashion for the office, for the gym, for special events and just for the everyday. You can bet Summer helped me pick this tee and baseball cap out! And my sneakers? Also from Stage Stores and a must for the mama on the go! This tee would make the sweetest Mother’s Day gift too! Stage Stores has tons of great items for your Mother’s Day gifting.
And of course when I can get campaigns that allow me to have Summer in them I jump all over those opportunities. It’s funny because each campaign we do together always seems to bring us closer and honestly I will have those photos to look back on. Any chance I get to weave Summer into my work I do. Whether it’s being in my IG stories with me or being alongside me and telling a story for the blog or IG it’s a way for us to bond and it makes work not feel like work. To date this blog post here might be my favorite with Summer and I.
Of course there are those times when I just need to shut off and give her my undivided attention. Summer had been begging me for a picnic in the park for the last few months. Sometimes it’s just the simple things in life that will make our kids happy. It doesn’t have to be a big spectacle of going to an amusement park or somewhere fancy and expensive. All little girls love picnics right?
Do I have it all figured out? Absolutely not. It’s a work in progress to find balance blogging and feeling like I’m a good mom. There are more days that I feel that I fail but I also know I’m trying my absolute hardest to balance both blogging and being a mom.
The other day I had to leave the house early for an appointment and Summer stayed home with Erik. When I came home she told me that she put on my pjs, my slippers, took my mug filled it with water (pretending it was coffee) and came and sat at my desk and watched her Ipad. She said she was pretending to be me. It made me cry a bit as I immediately thought this poor kid just sees her mama working all the time, but then it hit me. She’s sees me working all the time but she also just wants to be like me. I’m realizing that she is modeling hard work and is that a bad thing? Absolutely not.
So cheers to all the mamas out there just trying their hardest to balance it all. Momming ain’t easy. Do I wish we had more playdates? Do I wish we could take everyday to go on a bike ride? Of course I do. But these are the sacrifices we make to have successful careers. I can’t do it all but I promise to always make time for picnics. I promise to always read a story before bedtime. I promise to be a strong woman you can always look up to.
This Mother’s Day celebrate all the strong mamas in your life. Head to Stage Stores and create a picnic basket for them so they too can carve out time for their kids and give them my T-shirt as a reminder of the lucky mother that they are.
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