Household Ops: Laundry

The daily grind.

Being a stay-at-home mom who is also responsible for a business requires things to operate pretty efficiently. It helps that I’m very Type-A and efficiency might as well be my middle name. If I can shave 90 seconds off a frequent task/chore, I WILL do it.

This may seem counterintuitive but I truly believe that my ability to rock the efficiency game is because of my equal ability (and desire!) to be lazy. So I go, go, go putting in extra effort here and there all for the grand prize, which is complete and utter laziness for a predetermined set period of time. I also have a really hard time fully relaxing when a specific chore/task on my mind is incomplete.

So, I’m bringing a little series to the blogosphere. A peak into my world. Household Ops…one specific chore at a time.

Let it be known, laundry is my absolute least favorite domestic chore. I hate everything about it. But, it exists and must be conquered. And, as I’m sure all of you mommas fully understand, letting the laundry spiral out of control only makes it worse.

So, here are my tips for staying on top of the bane of my existence: Laundry.

  • #1 ONE load every single day

I know you’ve heard it said before. But it’s truth. Just do it. One small to medium sized load every day (washer to dryer to folding to put away) is manageable.

  • #2 Kids laundry is done together (no separating colors, one kid at a time)

A hamper in each child’s room. Toss it all together (one kid at a time) in the washer on cold and DONE! No sorting through a clean pile of laundry to figure out whose clothes belong to who.

  • #3 Stop ironing! Just stop

I may be speaking blasphemy here but I haven’t ironed hardly anything since before my oldest was born and I couldn’t be happier. If you or husband require crisp, ironed work clothes just dry clean them. We use one of those dry clean super center places and it’s very affordable. It’s worth the few bucks to save my sanity. There’s several of my husband’s shirts that don’t require dry cleaning but do wrinkle easily so I pull them from the washer IMMEDIATELY after the cycle is done and I hang them to dry. And I dry everything on the permanent press setting. There may be a wrinkle here and there on our stuff but I guess I just don’t care. Maybe that should be tip #4: stop caring so much! LOL.

Side note: overcrowding the washer can also cause excessive wrinkles. Following #1 will help minimize this since the loads are never that large to begin with.

  • #4 Get the kids involved

There will come a day when the kids’ laundry will be their own responsibility. So, start with age appropriate tasks today to get them involved. My 2 and 4 year old carry their own hampers into the laundry room and put their clothes in the washer. My 15 month old isn’t there yet but he watches and is learning from big brother and sister every day. Now, having a 2 & 4 year old be responsible for getting their laundry to the laundry room and into the washer doesn’t sound efficient, does it? Well, it’s not. It them probably about 10 minutes to do this. But, when I’m able to get dressed and do my makeup without 3 kids at my ankles, in those 10 minutes….that IS efficiency in action.

  • #5 Cut yourself some slack

Not every day will go as you planned. You’ll skip days because you’re too busy. You’ll skip days just because you don’t feel like doing laundry that day. Some days you’ll need to do an extra load…or two. Sometimes, you’ll forget about the clothes in the washer for hours or even days at a time. Sometimes you and/or your kids will live out of the clean clothes in the laundry basket because you haven’t mustered the energy to put them away. It’s all normal and it’s ok.

These small adjustments have helped my home run efficiently and I hope they help you too.

If you have any tips of your own please share!!

Until next time mommas!

~ Erica

New Normal, Ever Changing

Pedicures? Reading a book? Getting my oil changed? Planning my soon-to-be 4 year old’s birthday party? Blogging?

All things I’m currently wishing I had more time for.

I feel like I have so much insight, wisdom, encouragement and advice to share with fellow mommas. I just want to know the best way to share it. Then I remember I have this blog. Why am I not using it more? Because blogging is intimidating. It’s time consuming. Is anybody actually reading it?

Also, where do I start with all of this. I don’t know want to give the impression that I have it all figured out. I REALLY don’t! But one thing I have figured out is that just as I perfect the “new normal”, it changes. The kids get older, the family’s needs change, the schedule gets tossed around and we are back at square one.

So let’s recap. In May of 2017 I had my 3rd child that put me in the 3 under 3 club. Currently they are almost 4, 2.5 and 15 months. Boy, Girl, Boy. Rory, Sydney, Reince.

The question I get most often is “how do you do it?” To be honest, I never really know how to answer this because I know that as much as it’s a question, it’s also an expression of somebody’s admiration towards me. I, like most of society, post my highlight reel on social media and that’s what pretty much everybody sees. So, it appears that I’ve got it all figured out….but I don’t. So, I want to be real with all of you.

First, Erica Weddings is still in full operation. However, I’ve become pretty detached from the day-to-day operations and working with the clientele. Prior to baby #3’s arrival, I passed off full day-to-day management duties to one of my Associate Consultants who is now the Primary Consultant for the business. I stay in contact with her regularly to oversee the financial aspect, marketing/branding, etc and I do the monthly payroll. I have 3 kids who are all still very LITTLE and they require my full attention every day. So, for this season of life, this is how it has to be. And I’m ok with that!

Second, some days I slay this stay-at-home mom gig. And, others, it’s an epic fail. Case in point, I was up at 5:45 this morning, went to the gym, took baby to a well-check, all 3 kids are napping simultaneously, kitchen sink is clear of all dirty dishes and I just moved a load of laundry from the washer to the dryer. WIN! Also, I noticed a sticky mess under the kitchen table a few days ago, undoubtedly from some toddler spill that I didn’t see, and I have yet to clean it. For no reason other than I just don’t want to. FAIL!

Third, my love for my children is endless. I can’t imagine my life without them. They bring me so much joy, excitement and laughter. I’m blessed beyond measure. BUT…..there are some days I just don’t like them very much. Maybe it’s a day where one or all 3 of them are being more challenging that normal or maybe it’s a day where my mojo is off and I’m more irritable than usual. Regardless, these days come….and, thankfully, they also go.

So, while the mompreneur aspect of the blog will pop up from time to time, there will be a shift to more focus on the usual everyday, stay-at-home mom grind stuff because that’s my current reality.

I’ll wrap up this post for now, but just know that more momma wisdom and encouragement is coming your way.

I’ll sign off with a picture of my crew.

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Until next time mommas!

Shame On Me…I Know!

It’s been entirely too long since I last posted. What can I say? Life just gets crazy sometimes. So crazy, in fact, that since my last post over a year ago documenting Little Man’s 2nd birthday party I both found out I was pregnant AND had said baby…that baby is now 4 months old. Our Muscle Man was a surprise at only 13.5 months younger than Baby Girl…YIKES! If you’re doing the math in your head then you are figuring out that that is 3 kids under 3 years old. Little Man just celebrated his 3rd birthday so it’s not technically 3 under 3 anymore but it was that way for 3.5 months.

Why the nickname Muscle Man? Well, that’s because he was not slight at birth. He was a whopping 10lbs 15oz. YIKES!! Yes it was a natural birth…not a c-section. However, my saving grace was that the labor was only 90 minutes and he was out in 3 pushes…praise the good Lord above!

I’ll get back in the groove of blogging regularly but for now I’ll catch you up with some pics….

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Pics taken exactly one year apart. Pic on left was my due date carrying Baby Girl and Pic on the right was around 34 weeks along with Muscle Man.

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Reince William Scott born on May 5th, 2017! #reincerhymeswithpints

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Little Man and Baby Girl meeting Muscle Man the day we brought him home from the hospital.

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We had to say goodbye to our precious Kinsey girl this past July. She was a part of our family for 12.5 years.

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Current pic of Baby Girl (almost 18 months old). Yes, we know she is seriously the most beautiful little girl you’ve ever seen!!

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Current pic of Little Man (3 years old).

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Current pic of Muscle Man (4 months old). Been in 6 month clothes for over a month and about to move up to 9 month clothes in some items.

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Most recent full family photo taken at Little Man’s 3rd birthday party a month ago.

I’ll post again soon. I’ve got some updates to share on the mompreneur side of things as well 🙂

Until next time Mommas 🙂

~entrepreneurmomma

Little Man Turns 2

I’m not one to get super emotional. And when it comes to my kids getting older, I may get sentimental, but overall I love watching them grow up, learn new things and discover the world.

I certainly can’t believe that Little Man is 2 years old but I’m thrilled nonetheless.

We celebrated his birthday this past weekend with a PJs and Pancakes party. This party theme was 3-fold…

  1. Little Man loves pancakes
  2. Wearing pjs means I don’t have to put near as much time and energy into my appearance for said party
  3. It was a breakfast party which meant it didn’t interfere with nap time. <—-winning

After his 1st birthday I swore I’d go simpler for future birthday parties. Well, that was a nice thought. It really was. But completely unattainable for this loves-to-be-the-hostess-party-planning momma.

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Not gonna lie…got the idea for the food spread and kraft paper tabletop art from Pinterest.

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Mmmm….cake. That is, indeed, a cake.

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Little Man in his personalized pancake party pajamas. Because, why not?

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Happy Birthday Little Man!!

Until next time Mommas 🙂

~ entrepreneurmomma

Mompreneur Tale: Volume 2

It’s been a while since my last, an inaugural, Mompreneur Tale post. What I’m about to tell you happened a few weeks ago but it’s a great tale to tell, nonetheless.

Baby Girl, thankfully, is still little enough to be able to tag along with me to meetings sometimes. She’s content in her stroller and takes a bottle easily – this makes things easy when childcare plans don’t always pan out.

I had an afternoon of planned site visits with a mother-of-the-bride. Now, I’ll stop here for a moment. I always PREFER to be childless when meeting with clients for the sake of professionalism, no distractions, etc. But, in this case, I just didn’t have a choice. Plus, I’ve worked with this mother-of-the-bride before on her other daughter’s wedding a couple of years ago and she’s just wonderful. She loved having Baby Girl tag along.

I should also note that Baby Girl is to the point where she only poops once every 2-3 days. Furthermore, I can’t ever smell it and she doesn’t really have any typical “baby poop behavior” to alert me that a diaper change is in order LOL. Do you see where I’m going with this? Of course you do. I’ll continue…

Through 4 venues and car rides in between, Baby Girl stayed in her car seat and was just clicked in and out of her car base and stroller. I squeezed in a bottle feeding during this outing too. At the very end of our last site visit I decided to give her a little break from the car seat so I pick her up. Immediately, I felt it: poop blow out!!! It was on her shirt. It was on her pants. It was now on my arm.

Now I did what any professional woman would do in this scenario. I pretended the poop wasn’t there and I held her in a way that nobody could see the poop. So, while my client and the venue coordinator fawned over Baby Girl’s cuteness I was fiercely and speedily working out a plan in my head to get her back into her car seat without anybody seeing the poop all over her back side or the poop on my arm for that matter. Don’t ask me how I did it. I’m not even sure, if I’m being honest. But, somehow, I did it.

I finally ended up back at my car in the parking lot. My client was standing right there as we were discussing some details. I had no choice…Baby Girl needed a diaper change…BADLY!! I apologized to my client for having to do this but I was going to have to change this nasty diaper in front of her while we talk. She, of course, was just precious and totally understanding. After all, she is a mom herself 🙂

This diaper, you guys!! Let’s just say I kept my cool but I was going through an obscene amount of baby wipes and I had to take off all her clothes. It was bad. Like, really bad! All the while, I’m talking caterers and color scheming over my shoulder with my client.

This was just…one of those days!

To top it all off, Baby Girl had to ride home in the buff. At least her pretty headband managed to not get any poop on it. At least there’s that.

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This was a Mompreneur Tale for the books! I’m just thankful for wonderful clients who love having my babies around.

Until next time Mommas 🙂

~entrepreneurmomma

Behind the Scenes

This morning I made a post on social media showcasing my master multi-tasking capabilities. While the actual act of the said multi-tasking was real (submitting my company payroll report while simultaneously cooking Little Man’s breakfast), it dawned on me how misleading social media can be and how I am so guilty of posting things that make it look like I have it all together – things that make me appear to be some unicorn version of a wife/mom/business owner/domestic engineer who has every aspect of her life running so smoothly and according to plan. In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth.

So, here’s the ugly truth….

  • My office is a disaster area!! It’s been so messy for so long that I’m simply overwhelmed at the thought of cleaning/organizing it. So, I just ignore it instead and beg every guest in my home to just not look as they walk past.
  • I’m on week 3 of a consistent workout routine and it’s painfully obvious how out of shape I am. I have such a long way to go and I get easily discouraged because of that. I remember the days, sadly it was long before kids, when I was going to the gym 4+ times a week and having a blast doing spin classes, yoga classes and such. There’s no way I could make it 10 minutes in a spin class right now.
  • I drink too much diet coke.
  • My kitchen floors have not been cleaned since 2015. Gross!
  • I have no idea what I’m making for dinner tonight. 3 hours and counting to figure it out.
  • I’ve procrastinated on my 2016 revenue/expense reporting for my business. As in, I haven’t done any of it yet! I’ve got a long project ahead of me whenever I get the motivation and energy to tackle that.

…just to name a few.

I’m not perfect. I’m enormously imperfect.

My hope is always to be better in my business, at home, as a wife and as a mom. Every day is a new day to make the decision to try to be better. Some days I do better than others. As of this moment, my office is still a mess, I got my workout in, I drank too much diet coke for today, kitchen floors are still dirty, I’m about to make plans for dinner and the business accounting stuff is pushed to another day – so, today is just so-so.

Until next time Mommas 🙂

~entrepreneurmomma