May is here and time for our monthly feature with Monica mother of two and mom blogger. the bad mom club is the name of her blog if you get a change stop by for a visit. My favorite part of her blog was the photography article. Now lets find out about Monica.
1. What is your family fun thing does your family enjoy?
Living in Florida we enjoy going to the theme parks and the beach. When we don't have time to make the drive out there we like to swim in the pool or go to a park nearby. We also read a lot. So we make frequent trips to the library. I think it's really important to show them a love for reading early on. And of course, we love watching movies together. Especially Disney movies. :)
2.Do you have a favorite recipe that your children like?
Sometimes it's hard to find something my picky 6-year-old will like. One dish that I like to make and that is super tasty and full of veggies is my chicken stir fry. I usually buy a bottle of teriyaki sauce and pour that onto sauteed veggies like zucchini, broccoli, and green beans. Along with diced chicken breast. And serve it with a side of white or brown rice.
3.What is your biggest challenge as a parent?
Finding the time to get everything done. Right now I have a full-time job and I manage two businesses. I want to spend time with them but then I also have to make sure we have money coming in for the bills. I try to make the time I can spend freely with them quality time. I've been getting better at juggling everything that needs to get done. My most important advice is to not let what needs to get done stress you out. Why worry constantly about the dishes or the laundry while you're out running errands or grocery shopping? It will get done eventually, it's better to just let that stress go and enjoy your day.
4.,Do you believe in being a stay at home mom or being a Career Mom?
I believe in both. Every family is different, every person has different beliefs about how they should raise their children and manage their family. They both have their own sets of challenges and I have experienced both first hand. When I was a stay at home mom I had a bit more time for myself but I had to really budget with being on one income. Now that I'm a working Mom I don't have a lot of time to do everything at home but I have some extra income and I have been able to pay off debt and save. Now that my blog is taking off and starting to make an income I am hoping that in the near future my blog will be my career and I can be a work at home mom. I think that would be the best of both worlds.
5.Do you still have time for yourself?
Not really, but I make time. No, I don't go to any fancy massage place, or get my hair and nails done (although I really would like to). I just make a little extra time for me to put my makeup, fix my hair nice, put a face mask treatment on, go to the gym, or take a bath. Some days I feel defeated and don't make the time. But since my main job as a mom is to take care of my kids, I have to take care of myself first. When you feel good, and feel good about yourself, it radiates out to others. And that inner happiness is what is important to share with your children. After all, they will follow your example.