The Truth about being a Work From Home Mom

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I work from home, most days. When I am not at events, I am in my office.  When people find out what I do, they always say "You are so Lucky!", or "how nice to be able to work whenever you want!?", and "how nice that you can be with your kids all day long!". 

The truth? It is freaking hard work, and it never ends. I don't work 40 hours a week. My hours don't end nor are they numbered. I am constantly torn between finishing the dishes or scheduling clients & making a deadline. I don't get a lunch break. As I am writing this, I am nursing my 7 month old baby. I am in yoga pants and I look like shit. I am exhausted from my 3 kids, taking them to school and all that goes with that, water day for my 2nd grader, appointments in between and being stressed all day because I should have sent an email out to a team member a week ago.

Is my schedule flexible? To some degree, yes. But one thing that most people don't understand is, I am NOT a STAY at home mom. I am a WORK from home mom. There is a big difference. No, I cannot chat on the phone all day, because I am working. I cannot go on play dates, because I am working. It is a funky blend between feeling so depressed because my 7 month old doesn't talk back to me and I am lonely and "Why do people call me all day?? I cant talk! Don't they know I am working?" Its a problem, and I still haven't found the solution to it.

And this whole, it takes a tribe to raise kids? Well my tribe is all over the world. Our parents and siblings are all spread out and aunts and uncles are a flight away. So the tribe in Phoenix, is at a serious minimum. Meaning date nights are basically non existent, I am trying to shoot for my blog with kids running around and I grocery shop with all three kids. 

Why am I sharing this? Because, I am in a rough season of life right now with big transitions, stressful situations and sleepless nights. Am I blessed? Absolutely. Am I thankful? You bet. I LOVE my littles and I LOVE the chaos. Is this a complaint? Not really... I just have three children, we are living in a condo, under contract on a house, transitioning my business, shooting some major things for the website, my husbands new position at work, and some massive family changes as well. We are in a busy season. We are in a season of change. And change can be uncomfortable. Right now, I am feeling that discomfort. I am itching with discontent and comparison is really the thief of joy. Which is what brought me to this post. When we mindlessly flip through Instagram, know that these are small blurbs of peoples lives. I might post a cute picture of my kids, but 5 minutes before that - they were screaming (or maybe it was me doing the yelling).

Some people might be envious that I "work from home", but its hard stuff, friends. And to be honest, I crave the consistency of a full time job (as well as the consistent paycheck). I am so thankful for my job (all of them), and love it. I honestly, do. But I want to clarify the juggling act that I partake in daily. Being a mom is a busy job anyway, but tack on "running your own business" (or businesses), and just call me cray cray.  

How do I juggle it all? What is my saving grace? My schedule. My OCD, color coded, plan sheets and a grace filled schedule. And Jesus.  But we will save that for another post....or series.

Till next time friends.... Cheers to motherhood/entrepreneur-hood.  

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End of the Year Gifts for Teachers

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Every year we love to gift our teachers with something special. We want them to know how truly special they are and what a gift they have been to us for the past year. One year we did a glam bag packed with some of my favorite make up products. Last year we did a summer basket filled with treats from World Market, a cute tumbler for summertime drinks and lots of chocolate. This year, we decided that we wanted to support a local company that we love so much. (I LOVE buying things from shops that directly support PEOPLE, students & fellow mamas!)The Shine Project came out with the most adorable apple necklace, perfect for teachers. The company employs at risk, inner city kids and helps them go on to further their education. How appropriate, right?? I feel like this gift comes full circle..... Read more about The Shine Project here. 

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And a very special thanks to ALL the teachers out there. You guys are superheros and I could NEVER do your job! lol

And a special thanks to Ashley, at The Shine Project for being so brave and selfless! You are making such a difference! 

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Kitchen Essentials | The Pampered Chef

Who grew up with their mama's using these tools?? <both hands raised> But The Pampered Chef tools seriously are the most durable and BEST tools. They last FOREVER! These are my favorite tools that I have around my kitchen....and a few of the items I don't yet have, but are definitely on my wish list! What items are your favorite from Pampered Chef? 

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Find Your Tribe...

Dress | The Tickled Pink Boutique // Use code "Jbravo" for 15% off your purchase! 

Dress | The Tickled Pink Boutique // Use code "Jbravo" for 15% off your purchase! 

Find your tribe, love them hard // 

I feel like society today strives to be independent, but independence isn't always a good thing. We live in our own houses, drive our own cars, buy our own groceries, make our own dinners, take care of our own kids, etc. But what if we shared our burdens a little bit more? What if we traded dinner with a family a couple times a month. So you knew, every other Friday, dinner was taken care of.  What if you traded kids a couple times a month. So you knew that every other Wednesday, you had a day off? Or a day to walk around Target by yourself? Or get a haircut...or even take a shower?  We have heard so many times, "It takes a village"....but the saying is so true. It literally takes a village to raise a child and I feel like right now, we are in DIRE need to bring that village back. There is too much independence, too much judgement, too much information, to much stress over organic vs non organic, breastfeeding vs formula feeding etc. (And I am SO guilty of these crappy thoughts of what I think is better - I am a strong believer in Attachment Parenting and have had such a hard time pushing myself to accept other ways of parenting #WorkInProgress). BUT it is my goal to push into my TRIBE of people, and love them hard. And I challenge you to do the same.

I am such an introvert so I have such a hard time leaving my comfort zone, and basically getting out of my jammies and into real clothes to meet up with my tribe. But My goal is to re-prioritize my schedule, and fit in a few more outings with and with out kids. Gotta stay connected, friends. 

 

Dress | The Tickled Pink Boutique // Use code "Jbravo" for 15% off your purchase! 

Image | Fiore Photography

 

 

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Simplify your make up routine...

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Keep it simple my friends....

One common misconception of being a make up artist, is people think that I am done up all the time. There is a very big difference between "Instagram make up" and "real life" make up. And seriously, stop comparing your face to these Instagram make up artists. The most common question I get is, how long does it take you to do your make up in the morning? My answer is always, 5-10 minutes. Unless I am getting ready for a photoshoot, I just do not spend any more time on my face. My time is more valuable in other places in my life. My children, my house, reading my bible, working etc. Not obsessing over what I look like. BUT, Its all about balance. Investing in your self, your appearance and how you feel is all very important. (Which I will get into more soon, another post, another day). If you sit in jammies all day with no make up, you will be less productive as if you woke up, took 5 minutes to do your face, spent another 5 minutes to put normal clothes on before you started taking care of the kids/house etc. 

So don't get over whelmed, keep it simple and keep it clean. Pictured above is my normal daily "running around" make up routine products. Simple, minimal, and it only takes me a few minutes. While I am not wild about the IT Cosmetics Illuminating CC cream, I do love the color. The pigment isn't too strong, but it has a good coverage. What I don't like about it, is it looks like I have glitter on my face in the sun. I am not down for that. So I will try their basic CC cream next time. Hoola is always a must have along with my "Love Joy" Blush from MAC. Elf brow kit is super easy and quick with an angled brush, waterproof mascara from Maybelline, and just a quick nude lipgloss. Actually, my favorite lipgloss right now is MAC's Deelight. It's GORGEOUS! Hope this helps! Email me or comment with your make up questions! 

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