I’m so excited to share this with you all, it’s my first collab with one of my blogger friends! Jennifer over at The Balancing Mom is hosting a monthly series where she is introducing other bloggers and Instagrammers on her blog! Such a great idea and she can bring so many of us together! I’m so happy to be a part of this! She’s such a great blogger friend and her motivation and drive is so contagious! In today’s post you’ll be able to learn a bit more about Jennifer in the SuperMOM Spotlight Q&A!
After you’re done reading you can head over to her blog and read my answers and connect with Jennifer!
Who calls you mom and how old are they?
I have 3 little ones: Violeta (11 yrs), Brandon (4 yrs), and Paulette (1 yrs).
What do you do?
I work part time at a Doctor’s office. I go to church every Sunday. I enjoy taking professional photography on the side. I’m a YouTuber (The Balancing Mom) and a Blogger at www.thebalancingmom.com. I’m usually home by 6:30 pm and spend time with the kids and my husband, Derick.
What’s your blog’s URL?
What does a typical day look like for you?
I take my 2 older kids to school (walking distance, which is great), come home and watch a couple of episodes while I sip on my coffee. My 1 year old wakes up and I make breakfast for both of us then clean around the house, blogging, running errands. Then I pick up my son, and start getting ready for work (easy, I wear scrubs). I drop the kids off with my sister and head off to work. Come home and serve dinner, then work towards bedtime routine, which includes showers, clean teeth and prepping for the next school day.
Any advice on how to “juggle it all”?
Making lists. Literally writing everything down. I even write down “Take Shower” in my lists. LOL! I also use a planner (paper) and set alarms on my iPhone.
When was the first time you really felt like a mother?
When my son was born. It was magical.
What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?
Feeling guilty when you have to go to work, or when I know I messed up as a mom. Not having a Manual For Moms (haha), and not being able to protect my kids from pain.
What’s the most rewarding thing about being a mom?
When I see my kids eat the food I make and completely devour it because it’s so delicious. I always stare and think how blessed they/we are to have food on our table. Also seeing how much they love and protect each other.
What’s the funniest/most shocking thing that has happened to you since you’ve become a mom?
OMG, let me share with you the booger story. My 11 year old, Violeta, and I went to the store. She was about 5 then. We were in line to pay and there was one person ahead of us and one behind us. Violeta looked at me and loudly (as children speak) said “Mommy you have a big green booger right here (pointing to my nose)”. I tried to act cool and just said “That’s fine, I’ll fix it when we get home”, but I was beside myself with embarrassment! Of course the person in front of us and the person behind us heard.. One of those moments that I can laugh at now, but not when it happened. haha
What has been your best baby product purchase so far and why?
Aquaphor for diaper rash… wonderful, just wonderful. It is quick and effective and nice and cool to soothe baby bum pain.
What’s something new you have learned about yourself after becoming a mother?
I was never a “kid person”, and always feared that when I became a mom I would remain the same.. God had other plans for me though. When my son was born, I felt so much mommy love towards him, it was the love I feared I’d never feel!
What do you do to unwind/relax when you have some rare time to yourself?
I’ll take a long shower at night after kids are in bed. I also go out with girlfriends, usually to a 24HR coffee house close by to unwind, or just read read read my Bible.
What is your favorite outing, to date, with your little ones?
The kids and I loooove going to IKEA. Seriously. We get there, eat from their restaurant, then I take my son to the childcare they have and finally take a walk through the store. Even if we don’t buy anything, I always leave very inspired and so does Violeta, my 11 year old.
What’s your favorite restaurant that you frequent with your family and in what city? Why do you dine out there?
Buffalo Wild Wings in Otay Ranch. They provide iPads for the kids which is nice, and the TVs are always loud so if my kids are yelling, the customers on the table next to us wont mind!
Pretend your best friend is pregnant and about to have a baby. What’s the most important piece of advice you would share about “motherhood”?
Always trust your Mother Instinct. It’s real, it exists.