Say hi to our new Mom of the Week, Amanda Vrtis. She is a self described SAHM of three, with a fourth soon on its way (Major Congrats!). If you haven’t read her blog, Saving 4 Five, then go check it out! Need a heads up on a good shopping tip, where to find that week’s coupons, or an honest review of a product? You will find it at Saving 4 Five where this Seattle, Washington native says, these allow “other moms like me [to] have somewhere to go to see if products are REALLY that cool”.
Speaking of product reviews, during this past October, Amanda did a review of Stork Craft’s Carrara 4 in 1 Crib, Aspen Combo and Tuscany Glider for PTPA, and we are thrilled that one of our most popular nursery sets was met with approval from this savy mommy shopper. Hopefully baby #4 will feel the same way too!
-Name: Amanda Vrtis
-Children’s age: 10, 4, 18 months, and 33 weeks with number 4 (due Feb 1st)
-Location: Seattle, Washington
-Occupation: Mommy Blogger
The Low Down:
SC: What has been the biggest surprise about motherhood since you have become a mom?
Amanda: The biggest surprise about becoming a mother for me was how much love I have to give. It seems endless. You see this beautiful little face and you truly believe in love at first sight from that moment on.
SC: How has your life changed since you became a mom?
Amanada: I spend a lot more time at home now. My weekends aren’t spent getting ready to go out with friends. I’m lucky if I make it past 10 pm on a Saturday night. I’m not worried about the newest boots or sweater I wanted. Now I worry about doctor appointments and school functions.
SC: What has been the biggest challenge for you in motherhood?
Amanda: Letting my kids learn things for themselves. I want to protect them every moment of every day. I have to give them a little bit of lead way, or they wont ever figure out things on their own.
SC: How do you (or plan to) manage your work life balance?
Amanda: Being a Mommy Blogger lets me balance my work and kids really well.
Although there are times where I am writing a post up, and the kids just wont let me be. So there have been a few late nights. I wouldn’t trade it for the world though. Ive been able to be home when my eldest gets home from school and have dinner with my family every night.
SC: Any advice for moms-to-be or new moms?
Amanda: As a new mom 4 times over, I would have to say “It’s ok to ask for help!” As mush as you want to do everything on your own, let family and friends help you. They WANT to help. It’s ok to take a hour away for mommy time. A happy family starts with a happy mommy.
SC: Do you have any recommendations on any baby products that you can?t live without and that every mother should also have?
Amanda: I think as a first time mom you think you need all the latest and greatest baby products, but that just inst the case. Babies just want mommy close. I would say that baby wearing is a great way to get things done around the house. If you don’t like the idea of baby wearing, I find that a portable bassinet or Moses basket is great to be able to move baby from one room to another with you.
-My guilty pleasure is?
-My biggest influence as a mother is?
My own mother for sure! She did so much raising my brother and I on her own. She taught me so much about being a mom and life. If used a lot of what she taught me in raising my own children, as well as some things I’ve picked up along the way.
-My favourite beauty buy is…
Bubble bath! I love a good bubble bath and I like lots of it!
-If I was stranded on a deserted island, I would need to at least have?
-Favourite place to take my child/children to:
I love taking the kids to the woodland park zoo. I love their faces as they see the animals. Plus it’s a great workout!
-Top children’s store:
For furniture, StorkCraft for sure! Their pieces are so well priced and look like the high end furniture!
For clothes, I love a sale. So I don’t really have a preference on where I get them as long as they are on sale. I’ve been known to pick stuff up from Value Village. Babies grow so fast, there is no reason to spend a whole pay check on cloth they will only fit in for a month.