Happy Friday! I’m excited to introduce you to the next guest blogger in my series, #FabMoms – Lindsay Eidahl of My Creative Days. Lindsay loves finding frugal and creative ways to decorate her home, and create fun crafts or activities to do with her kids. And seriously, how cute are her kids? You can also find My Creative Days on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Who calls you mom and what’s his/her/their age?
Landen (10) and Gabrielle (8)
- What do you do? (SAHM, business owner, blogger, full-time/part-time employee, etc.)
I am a blogger at mycreativedays.com and I also watch children in my home.
- What does a typical day look like for you? (And the word typical should be taken with a grain of salt – I know they’re hardly ever typical)
Run, work, after-school activities, write, read, bed. This sounds so simple and straightforward – they are not always like that, but sometimes they are.
- Any advice on how to “juggle it all”?
You just have to do what you can do. Make your priorities and stick with those. Right now, our schedule is more hectic than it has ever been and I really don’t like having something planned every night, but we are getting through it. Don’t try and keep up with anybody else. You need to do what works best for your family. I like to keep things organized and scheduled which really helps me juggle everything. If I didn’t, everything would be a hot mess!
- When was the first time you really felt like a mother?
From the very first time I held them.
- What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?
Letting go. At every stage they go through, I have a hard time letting go and letting them do more on their own. It is sad when they don’t need mom for certain things anymore.
- What’s the most rewarding thing about being a mom?
The laughter, the hugs, the fingerprints on the wall, the homemade gifts and cards, the kisses, snuggle time…… the list could go on and on.
- What’s the funniest/most shocking thing that has happened to you since you’ve become a mom?
I can’t believe how much I say and do things that my mom did!!!
- I wrote a post about “mental snapshots” that I’ll always remember, even without a photo. I know it’s hard to choose one, but what is your favorite moment, or “mental snapshot”, with your little one(s) so far?
Our family vacation to Disney World a few years ago. We still talk about it today.
- What has been your best baby product purchase so far and why? What age is it appropriate for?
I still use baby wipes for a lot of things. They are great for getting stains out of clothes, taking make-up off in a pinch and for wiping off sticky hands in the car.
- What’s something new you have learned about yourself after becoming a mother?
That I need to work on patience and letting my kids do more for themselves.
- What do you do to unwind/relax when you have some rare time to yourself?
I like to run in the morning when no one else is up. It is the only alone time I get in the day.
- What is your favorite outing, to date, with your little one?
My daughter and I like to get pedicures and my son will ride his bike while I run sometimes in the summer.
- I have a running list of Whine & Dine Restaurants that are family friendly in San Diego. What’s your favorite restaurant that you frequent with your baby/kids/family and in what city? Why do you dine out there?
We don’t dine out that often, but when we do, we keep it simple with places like Panera and a couple of local restaurants in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where we live.
- 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” (and assuming she is willing to hear it :))?
Don’t compare you, your child or your husband to anybody’s elses. Everyone has a different situation and nobody is exactly alike so trying to compare them is like comparing apples to oranges – they just aren’t comparable.
If you know a #FabMom who would be perfect to spotlight in this series (or if you are a Fab Mom yourself) please email: firstname.lastname@example.org –