How Not To Lose Yourself as a Stay-At-Home Mom

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It can be really easy to lose yourself as a stay-at-home mom if you’re not careful. It can creep in really slowly and then all of a sudden, you look in the mirror and find that you hardly recognize yourself. You know how I know? Because it has happened to me. Staying in pajamas all day was a “thing” and I barely made it to the vanity to brush my hair in the mornings. By the end of the day, I just would feel terrible about myself because I was still in pajamas from the night before! It doesn’t have to happen to you though, and I’m going to share just a few tips on how NOT to lose yourself as a stay-at-home mom.

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Set your schedule. One of the biggest things you can do for yourself is get a planner (I have this one) and get a schedule set up. For me, this is what keeps me sane. Don’t just shove that planner in a drawer, actually use it and refer to it daily. When you can set a schedule for yourself you’ll be able to make time for all the things you need to get done. I work from home (and am LOVING this book from Sarah Harnisch right now), so I plan time to do business when Addie naps or once Mathew is off work. We also schedule time for her different therapies, doctor appointments, and whatever else we need for the week.

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Get Stephanie’s outfit:

Sweater / Bottoms / Necklace / FitBit

Take some time for fitness. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again- fitness is important. I made sure to schedule working out 3 times a week with Camp Gladiator, and sometimes I even have the time to go 4 times a week. Scheduling time to workout isn’t easy. You have to want to do it, and you have to force it into your schedule, especially if you’re busy. Many workout facilities have childcare options so you can bring the kids along, and 1 hour of your day is going to get you in the mood for focusing on your tasks for the day. Try finding a local workout program or gym near you, or even YouTube some fitness vloggers like Blogilates or Kayla Itsines.

I’m all about wearing workout clothes that can double as athleisure because I’m usually running errands after working out (groceries anyone?) I’m a huge fan of prAna because they’re comfortable for working out, their clothes are sustainable, and I can just throw the sweater on top of my workout tank and do what I need to do for the morning. Everything is made from organic cotton or hemp, so they are amazing for moisture wicking.

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Take a moment if you need. The struggle is real when it comes to being a stay-at-home mom. Between kids having their needs, your spouse having his needs, and you having your own needs- more often than not, everyone else’s needs usually get met before your own. It can be completely overwhelming to never get to leave your “job” at the end of the day. When I get overwhelmed, I love to get my Young Living essential oils out and do an “oil intervention” to just clear my head. Check out the video below to learn how to do it yourself!


I love oil interventions because it only takes 1-2 minutes to do, and I am back to being the level-headed person I need to be for my family, for my business, and just for my day in general!

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Make time for friends. I don’t know about you, but one thing that always brings me back to my “old” self is hanging around with friends. It is so important to keep up with your friendships during this stage of life so you don’t lose yourself! I love grabbing coffee with friends, inviting them over for some monthly essential oil DIY projects (where we all bring snacks, we chat for hours, and we play hilarious games), or getting dinner! Friends are such a key part of life and really can keep you grounded when you’re not feeling yourself. When Addie was in the hospital for 10 months, I was the world’s worst friend. Of course, I had a good excuse, but now that she’s been home almost 2 years, I am redeeming myself by seeing my friends as much as I can!

These are just some of the tools I use to stay true to myself while I’m a stay-at-home mom. How long have you been a stay-at-home mom? What are some things that make you feel better about yourself and about your day?

Addie’s First Haircut

The other day, after a LONG day of doctors appointments, Addie got her first haircut! Well, her first REAL haircut.

You see, if you don’t recall or are new around here, Addie had a craniotomy in February of this year. We thought they were just going to cut some of her hair so they could make the incisions, but they ended up shaving the entire top of her head and left the back with all her hair. She looked silly, but her hair was still fairly short, so we didn’t make a big deal about it. After all, hair grows.

As time went on and we got admitted to PICU, her hair grew out into a mullet. Addie is not the “rocker” type, so I really wanted to make sure her hair was nice and even for her birthday. The thing is, it can be complicated taking Addie places because of all her equipment, and it’s not exactly “worth it” to go out for something that will take 5-10 minutes. Thankfully, I have a sweet hairdresser, Jessica (aka Jessi), who graciously said she would come to our house to give Addie her haircut. We were so grateful because not only did it save us time, but Addie can’t be around so many fumes.

We decided to Periscope the whole thing, and I gave Mathew free reign of my phone/camera to film while Addie had her haircut. I wanted to share the video with you all and I hope you enjoy it!

We would LOVE if you gave us thumbs up, wrote sweet comments, or subscribed to my channel. I’m still working on it, but I hope to have more of our Periscope videos up as we take them!

New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits…

..chinese food makes me sick…” Ok it doesn’t really, but does anyone remember that song from LFO?! I think it was called Summer Girls.

Random, I know.

I went to visit my sister, Arlene, last week for the New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men concert. It was AWESOME. I stayed Thursday through Saturday and had a blast. I’ll let the pictures and video do the talking though.

NKOTB concert- The Package Tour 2013, Houston

Top: lunch with my niece Taylor, selfie before the concert, and hibachi before the concert.
Middle- me, my sister, and her friends Heather and Margo
Bottom- Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees, and hanging out at the concert


NKOTB concert- The Package Tour 2013, Houston

All NKOTB. They put on one HECK of a show!

I have videos of NKOTB but they’re on my actual camera. I’ll have to upload them for y’all soon! Friday I ended up joining my sister and her friends for some Bunco. I’d never played before and I definitely feel like it’d be an awesome game to play for a blogger meet up. You have to move tables as you play so it definitely forces you to get to know people! We also saw White House Down that afternoon, which I totally recommend!

Bunco night on Friday (my first time), a crazy cat at the Bunco hostess's house (apparently he hides under the couch from the dogs this way), and me with my White House Down ticket (did you see on Instagram that Channing Tatum liked my picture?!)

Bunco night on Friday (my first time), a crazy cat at the Bunco hostess’s house (apparently he hides under the couch from the dogs this way), and me with my White House Down ticket (did you see on Instagram that Channing Tatum liked my picture?!)

Saturday morning I woke up bright and early for breakfast! I am definitely a breakfast person but I was even more so because I got to meet up with some of my favorite bloggers- Michelle (whom I met for the first time that day), Meg, and Whitney! We went to Grand Luxe Cafe and I had a great time chatting with the gals. I got the most amazing chicken and waffles, and got the most baby fever ever with Miss K and little Baby Apple.

Meeting up with my fave Houston bloggers- Michelle, Meg, and Whitney!

Meeting up with my fave Houston bloggers- Michelle (with baby Apple), Meg (with little miss K), and Whitney!

Seriously I had the best time ever last weekend. Between spending time with my sister, the concert, and hanging out with my blogger friends, I can’t imagine that 3 days could get much better than that!