Life As A Freelancing Mom | My Mompreneur Morning Routine

Guys! I just created two new things for you to check out!

I made an Instagram @littlemomlosesit where you can follow my fitness and wellness journey! 🙂

In the same vein, I created my OWN FB “Group Moms Losing It”, for other bad ass mamas who are living or transitioning into healthier lifestyles after baby. 

I figured it would be a really nice place for all of us to share our goals, experiences, recipes, fav exercises(all that BS) and keep each other motivated. So if you think that’d be fun, I’d love you to join.

Okay, let’s get on to the blog…


Hi Gang,

It’s been a little over a week before I weaned Jake off of breastmilk (I’ll get into those details in another post) and to be honest…

I feel really good.

I’m starting to not even feel guilty for admitting that, too.

Even in just this first week without pumping, my emotional and physical wellness have improved. Even though it was hard, with tears and a lot of meditation involved, it was still the best choice for my family.

That being said, today’s post will talk about my morning routine as a freelance copywriter and first-time mom.

It’s taken me 7 months, but I finally feel like I have a decent grip on how I plan my day to be productive as a business owner and as a loving mommy. I wanted to share my mompreneur morning routine in case someone might find it helpful or interesting.

Make My Bed

You’ve heard this one a trillion times before, and so did I.

But it does work. Every morning, regardless of what’s going on (short of an emergency, of course), I make my bed.

It isn’t always perfect, but at least I make it presentable.

I first heard the phrase: “Done is better than perfect” a few years ago.

And it actually really changed the way I view handling tasks like these. That added dose of productivity adds up and helps start my day off with a little “win”.

A small accomplishment that I can “check off” my to-do list.

Workout

So this is a new one since I stopped breastfeeding. My energy is a bit low, so I’ve been just trying to fit it into my day and not necessarily first thing in the AM.

However, in my defense(*excuse*), I’ve worked lots of late nights this week, so I plan to head to bed earlier in an attempt to be a morning person.

*blegh* Self-care is much harder than people say it is.

Anyway, I’m trying to lose some post-baby pudge, but I’m not gonna go nuts. I’m mainly focusing on changing my diet, and only working out for 30 mins 5-days a week. I actually love working out, but it’s one of those habits that I can easily fall in and out of. I’m excited to have the time to do it again.

Meditate

I’ve been meditating at least once a day (usually before I start my “workday”) for about three weeks.

I really love it. I really recommend it. Especially in these 2020-ass times, it’s been an enormous help in keeping me grounded, cope with any anxiety, and learn how to focus.

I only practice my meditation for 10 minutes at a time, but it’s an essential part of my day.

Get Dressed

*slow clap*

Listen, when you work from home… and have spent the last 5 fucking months in quarantine because POS grown adults are too selfish and stupid to wear a fucking mask

Getting dressed is actually something that requires effort. Especially by me, as I lack style.

I heard one of my idols, Tarzan Kay, talk about how, even though she works from home, she always gets dressed like she’s going somewhere.

She said it built her confidence and made her feel good, and I really thought that was a great idea.

Since I have a messy 8-month-old, I’m not wearing anything “cute” right now, but I always make sure to change out of my PJs and into something I wouldn’t be embarrassed to go out in public in.

It’s another one of those “self-care” things that help these abnormal days feel a little normal-er.

Plan Out My Work Day

I use Trello to help me organize what my workday will be like. I create a board/card for each day of the week, then create a “check-list” inside each card.

Each entry on the list is a project and an estimated time-block I devote to it. It doesn’t always match up, being that I’ve got a precious little bean to love and care for, but it’s helpful for sure.

Just having everything organized and easy to “check-off” alleviates my anxiety and helps me focus.

I use a free online app called “Toggl” to track my time and stay accountable. It lets me get a realistic idea of how long a particular project will take and make sure I set a boundary for when to stop.

My current schedule usually consists of a 6-hour workday, 4- 5 days a week. But I really try to stick to 4-days because I want to devote the other days to Jake and other hobbies.

Taking that break is CRUCIAL for me to do my job effectively.

Don’t get me wrong, running my own business means that I’ll work my fair share of late nights.

However, setting a plan for the day lets me say: “I’m done” without stressing that I forgot something.

Drink 40 Oz Of Water

I have a 32 Oz Contigo (I only mention the brand because it’s my favorite) water bottle that I fill up and finish before lunchtime. I don’t allow myself a cup of coffee until I drink at least 32 oz of water. I don’t worry about those last 8 oz, because I know between lunch and dinner I’ll drink that and then some.

Drinking enough water is a hard habit to form, but it really makes me feel better and will help with my weight-loss goals.

Look In A Mirror & Compliment Myself

Old Kenz would’ve found this lame… new Kenz still kinda does. But that’s all the more reason I make myself do it. 

Once a day, I force myself to stand in front of a mirror (which has always been a struggle in itself) and tell myself one or two things I did well that day.

I’ve always been self-deprecating (as most of us are), but I realized how unhelpful that was in every aspect of my life.

Most importantly, I don’t want Jake to imitate that behavior. So, to teach him to love himself, I am learning to love myself.

It’s a rocky relationship, it’s gonna take time, but I’m not gonna give up.

Follow A Strict-ish Waking And Feeding Schedule

I work hard to keep Jake on a predictable sleeping and eating schedule. Jake wakes up between 7:45 AM and 8:15 AM, and we immediately change his diaper and eat our breakfast.

Then, Jake plays with his toys and watches Disney Jr. while I start my workday until it’s time for his nap around 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

He’ll usually sleep until 12-12:30 PM, giving me a substantial chunk of time to focus on my work.

We immediately eat lunch (I also break my fast because I am doing Intermittent Fasting). 

Afterward, Jake plays and enjoys Puppy Dog Pals while I work.

His second nap is up in the air, but he usually goes back down between 2:30 PM -3:00 PM and will sleep anywhere from an hour or more.

My husband is usually home before Jake wakes up, so they’ll enjoy some QT while I finish any work I have left.

I try to be done by 3-3:30 PM, but that doesn’t always work out.

Now, this schedule came with effort and age. The older Jake got, the easier it was. In his early months, I could barely put him down (obviously), so don’t stress yourself out if you have less time than you like. 

What’s important is that you be a mommy and enjoy all of that good stuff.

The rest will work itself out.

That’s Pretty Much It

Yeah, it’s nothing groundbreaking, but I’m a routine girl, and having this schedule works great for Jake and me. 

Sleep-training is the only way I made this work

If you’re considering sleep-training and want some insight into my own experience and little-to-no-cry sleep-training techniques, you can check them out here.

I also have blogs about 5 Survival Tips For Mompreneurs and Work-From-Home Moms and 12 baby products that helped me survive Jake’s first 6 months. So check those out if you want!

I send you a plethora of good vibes in this trying time. 

And remember:

Black Lives Matter

Wear A Mask

Vote

Stay Safe, stay sassy

-Kenz

8 Organizing Tips For New Moms

Hello There!

You’re friendly neighborhood noob mom here! I hope that your start of 2020 has been fantastic, and with a budding new year, we’re all rearing to improve some aspect of our lives for the better.

Some of us want to drop that last ten pounds, or clear out the clutter we’ve been compiling in our basement!

Well, if you’re a new mom in a new decade (like myself), doing any kind of spring cleaning feels overwhelming. When you bring home a new baby, you’re often desperate just to make sure you have all of the necessities in arms reach.

If you’re anything like me, my first week or two was baby supplies everywhere, dirty baby clothes in a pile, and far too many dishes in the sink.

Frankly, I’ve mentioned previously that clutter and a lack of organization can actually cause me more anxiety than not. I tend to be someone who finds peace and relaxation in cleaning- and especially in knowing there’s a place for everything. Clutter, almost literally, makes it impossible for me to relax.

This post is for those of you who, like me, need a bit of organization in your life, but could use a few quick tips to get you started.

Welp, I’m here to try and lend a hand, fellow noob mom, and so I would like to share with you my…

8 Organizing Tips For New Moms

We’ll talk about products and tactics that have helped me keep my house(and my mind) neat and tidy(almost- I am still a new mom with very little time lol).

Anyway, let’s get it started!

Set Up Multiple Stations

So, one of the most significant contributors to an organized lifestyle is convenience. It’s much easier to stay neat when you make it easy on yourself. When it comes to baby stuff, for example, you’re much less likely to put baby clothes in a hamper if it’s close by, instead of only upstairs in the baby’s room.

With that in mind, my first suggestion is to set up at least two “baby stations” in your home. Like, one upstairs, and one downstairs, for example.

Personally, I have all baby-related necessities in:

  1. Jake’s room
  2. My Room Under His Bassinet
  3. Family Room

In the Family Room, I simply purchased one set of 3-tier plastic drawers from Target, and I stored diapers and wipes in one drawer, extra outfits, and accessories in the second; and finally supplies like pacifiers, gas relief drops, diaper rash cream, etc… in the last.

Just the stuff I know I am most likely to be using often enough that running up to Jake’s room would be inconvenient to do 20 times a day.

By having these drawers, I’m able to use my supplies and put them right back in the drawer without having to put in too much extra effort.

I also have a hamper for dirty clothes, and a diaper genie in my family room and my bedroom, too.

Define A Specific Area In Your Kitchen For All Baby-Related Feeding Products

I mentioned the wire countertop storage drawers I ordered in my “C-Section” blog, and they were PERFECT for storing all of Jake’s eating accessories.

However, I also made sure that the area I set these drawers up had enough room to make sure I had a bit of extra room for any additional products that wouldn’t fit in the drawers like distilled water and formula.

I also emptied out a specific drawer close by that I store my extra breastfeeding accessories.

Having all of my baby’s feeding accessories in one place makes the, incredibly convenient and easy to reach, while also stored in a spot that doesn’t make my eye twitch from an over-cluttered countertop.

Make A Breastfeeding Basket

I actually need to take my own advice on this one a bit better than I have been. Regardless of whether you’re pumping, breastfeeding, or both, it’s an excellent idea to set yourself up with a little breastfeeding basket that you can keep all of the things you need to have in easy reach.

For example:

  • Water Bottle
  • Easy-To-Eat Snacks
  • Tissues
  • Burp Rags
  • Daily Vitamins(to help you remember to take them)
  • Phone Charger
  • More snacks(I get super hungry from pumping)

Basically, yet again, just anything that you would like to have on-hand when you’re hands are full with a baby, or you’re tied down to a breast pump.

You can get yourself a nice bag or basket that you can store closeby without having to have all of your supplies lying around.

You can also make sure that you “restock and replenish” your basket right before bed each night; that way, you don’t have to worry about trying to get all of your supplies together with a hungry, angry little baby wiggling around in your arms.

Take That Extra Step

I know pretty much all of my previous organizing tips were entirely about helping you avoid any extra effort, but this one is a bit different.

Think of this tip as a “why do tomorrow what you can do today”. If you finish a bowl of cereal, do your best to get up and bring it to the sink- because, eventually, your coffee table could be a smorgasbord of all of your snacks and meals.

If you’re getting dressed, take the extra minute just to tidy up your bed. It doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, I once heard the phrase: “done is better than perfect,” and it really resonated with me. I find myself repeating it in those moments when I’m tempted to neglect a small task that is inconvenient but not impossible.

Hence: even if you don’t have the time or energy to wash the cereal bowl right then and there… at least it’s in the sink and not on the coffee table.

Keep 2 Diaper Bags

Excessive, maybe… but there’s nothing more ass-clenching than being a new mom and realizing you’ve forgotten the diaper bag as your baby has shit all over themselves in the middle of the mall.

A really great way to always be prepared is to create two diaper bags, and keeping one in your car, and one in your support person’s car.

I even have a diaper bag for long trips and one for quick trips!

Keep A Journal

Now, I’ve never personally been a big journaler; and that’s mostly because I choose to paint or draw instead. Even so, I think journaling is an incredible way to relieve stress and help you work through any sticky shit in your soul!

But, if journaling isn’t your thing, then my advice on this tip is just to find something to help you declutter your brain.

It may seem impossible to find a moment to yourself, and when you DO finally get the baby down for a nap, you’re compelled to either scramble around trying to tidy up or get that well-deserved nap.

By all means, take that nap… HOWEVER, I truly recommend you make more of an effort to set aside some of the baby’s naptime for your emotional organization over home organization. 

Even if it’s just fifteen minutes of journaling, or painting, or meditation – HELL, even if you just feel like sitting down and watching youtube… just make an effort to do something that helps you decompress.

HELL, find a NEW hobby like journaling or painting! Being a new mom means a lifetime of new things- why not take a chance to take on something just for mom?

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of Journaling, and how to get started, then I emphatically recommend you visit my friend over at Paper Thoughts

They are an incredible resource for anyone who would love to express themselves in a creative and therapeutic capacity.

But their work is especially beneficial and geared toward educating children about healthy coping skills!

paperthoughtsprogram.com is full of resources and prompts to get you inspired to write!

Create A Cleaning Routine With Your Partner

Considering the fact that you’re reading this blog, it is very likely that you like things in order. There are very few ways of maintaining an orderly day that is more reliable than creating a routine.

When you create an easy-to-follow cleaning routine, your household can be ahead of any messes each day. After all, it’s better to tidy as you go, than to be faced with a day’s worth of dishes(back to the cereal bowl idea).

If you want an easy sheet to introduce to your family organizing routine, check out my… 

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    With the new decade in full swing, a cleanse can sometimes be the best medicine. Not to mention, you itty bitty baby is going to grow far too quickly! 

    A great way to keep organized is to get rid of as much unnecessary clutter as possible. Take a few hours throughout the day(as you have them) to go through your closet during nap time, or when the baby is relaxing, and sort through your old clothes to figure what you really need to keep.

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    This not only lets your air out your environment but do some good by donating your quality items that others might need.

    It’s a win-win, guys!

    Goodness knows we need a lot of goodwill to be spread around in these turbulent times.

    I hope that this list of organizing tips have been helpful. If you have any cool organizing advice for your fellow moms, mention it in a comment below!

    L 2 Mom is all about supporting each other, so don’t be afraid to chime in if you think of a super cool tip to share!

    Anyway, have an awesome rest of your day, and if you have been enjoying the L 2 Mom blog, then please be sure to share it with your friends!

    Talk To Ya Soon!