Stork Craft would like to welcome Rachel as Stork Craft’s featured mom of the week. In this interview, Rachel offers some great product reviews and pointers on how to look for the best baby product deals. She also proves that balancing mommyhood, being a wife and making time for herself to write isn’t always easy, but with a bit of organization, determination, and a sense of humour, it can be done! You can keep up with her on Twitter (http://twitter.com/roasted_beanz), and also her revamped blog at www.roastedbeanz.com. Everyone, meet Rachel: Writer, blogger, savvy shopper, coffee connoisseur, and best of all, mommy!
-First Name (Surname is optional): Rachel
-Child’s age/Name: Isabel Eden, 3 years & Otis Graham, 5 months.
-Location: Detroit, Michigan
-Occupation: Writer. Blogger. Stay-At-Home Momma! J (Best job EVER!)
SC: What has been the biggest surprise about motherhood since you have become a mom?
Rachel: That there is a hidden clause that you will never go to the bathroom alone or uninterrupted until they move out. Seriously, the lack of me-time is unbelievable.
SC: How has your life changed since you became a mom?
Rachel: It has changed in every beneficial way possible. I had 5 years of waiting, planning, hoping, and loss before I achieved my first successful pregnancy. Babies are called the miracles, but motherhood can never be taken for granted either. Being a “Mommy” is worth the hard times.
SC: What has been the biggest challenge for you in motherhood?
Rachel: Knowing when to ask for help and/or not feeling guilty for accepting it.
SC: How do you (or plan to) manage your work-life balance?
Rachel: It’s hard. So I try to never procrastinate, and always plan ahead. If I have time to do something and the mind to be aware of it, I do it right then or have it scheduled so that it can’t be ignored. Because the first thing to be put last is any time for what Mom needs done. And especially with working alongside social media, there are a lot of distractions that can keep you from getting your work done as well. Thank goodness for coffee, family, and a strong work ethic!
SC: Any advice for moms-to-be or new moms?
Rachel: Amazon Mom. At this time, I see there are occasionally wait-lists to join, but it will upgrade your Amazon account for FREE and as you continue to buy baby products, the term can be extended for up to a year. The bonus? Combine it and use Amazon Subscribe & Save as well. All Amazon coupons apply to your subscription for further discounts, two-day FREE shipping to your door, and huge discounts on everything from baby food, products, clothes, and diapers. Save yourself the trip to the store or running out of something important right when you need it. I buy a lot of organic or all-natural products, and the deals I find on both those and conventional items are as good or better than I can get in-store.
Money and Time are the greatest stressors of motherhood. So find where you can save it, and it will make your life that much easier.
SC: Do you have any recommendations on any baby products that you can’t live without and that every mother should also have?
Rachel: Stork Craft Glider and Ottoman! Seriously, you have to have a glider. We had one with my daughter and loved that we could rock and comfort her to sleep. When our second baby came, we were in the middle of moving and still do not have one. Let’s just say you really develop some muscles standing up to rock your 15-pound, fussy 5-month-old for 45 minutes.
Other useful items that make our home happy? Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment, Sam’s Club brand baby wipes, Little Tummys Gas Relief Drops, Hylands colic/ teething tablets, and the Adiri Bottle. And if your baby only takes to the Soothie pacifier? Do yourself a big favor and buy a WubbaNub.
-My guilty pleasure is…
Starbucks. I am absolutely addicted to the Iced Venti (no-whip) Pumpkin Spice Latte’s. I don’t think of it as just a $5 drink; it’s a thirst quenching, me-time hideout with on-demand adult-sentenced conversation. And hey, the bakery & breakfast menu ain’t too shabby either. LOL
-My biggest influence as a mother is…
The women in my life. All the mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc. I’ve had the honor of knowing some strong, independent ladies that could write their own books on what they have lived through. When it gets tough, it doesn’t get easier knowing that someone else had experienced more difficult events then you. It gets better, because you realize you’re not alone.
-My favorite beauty buy is…
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. I am never without it!
-If I was stranded on a deserted island, I would need to at least have…
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. And I suppose survival tools, sun screen, MRE’s, flare gun, and a radio transmitter may come in handy.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Longhorn Steakhouse.
-Favorite place to take my child/children to:
The park! Fresh air, playgrounds, trails, open fields, and water sprinklers in the summer all come together to make the best memories. We also like going to the library, zoo, and apple orchards.
-Top children’s store:
The Children’s Place and Carters are my staple stores. Quality clothes, great designs, and superb sales!