Dominique is a 30-year-old, Stay-At-Home Movin’ Mama residing south of Boston with her husband and three kiddos [2 girls @ 8 & 4; 1 boy @ 22 months). Outside of being on nonstop Mama-Duty, Dom loves to play soccer, cook and do crafty projects at home. We asked her how she’s Living Well today, and here’s what she shared…
How do you typically start your day?
I typically start my day when my alarm clock AKA my son cries until I wake up and nurse him. Then, I immediately make coffee and we’ll hang out and watch some of his favorite TV shows or read books that he likes.
If the girls don’t wake up on their own, we go upstairs and my littlest jumps on them until they finally get out of bed. I fight with them both usually to pick out their outfits for the day, which ends up in piles of clothes everywhere…because they think they are teenagers already. Then after I finally get everyone ready, I make them a nice, quick breakfast, and we’re out the door to bring my oldest daughter to school.
What’s your most effective workout been since you’ve had children?
Definitely running with my double stroller. My kids enjoy it, and I enjoy it. Some days when I’m more energetic, I’ll try to sing funny songs or make it extra entertaining for them so it’s fun for them, too. We also have been “racing” where I try to do some sprints and they chase me at our local field, then we all do planks together. I want my kids to see that working out is an important part of life to stay healthy.
What are your top must-have wellness & beauty products right now?
I invested in a Nutribullet RX, which is awesome for juicing or blending smoothies for not only me, but the kids as well!
As for beauty products, my regimen is few and far between these days (what are these beauty products you speak of?). The other day I actually attempted to look like a human being for once, and my two youngest children were trying to do the same, and my makeup ended up everywhere. But, I absolutely LOVE:
- Trilogy Rose hip oil on my face
- Clarisonic facial brush
- Josie maran exfoliating cleansing powder
- Origins charcoal mask
Can you share a few best practices for healthy eating as a new mama?
I honestly can’t share too much here, because I love food way too much…I of course try my best to eat healthy but I never deprive myself, you only live once!
Some of my healthier choices lately include:
- Hard boiled eggs for a quick snack
- Trader Joe’s Almonds
- Almond butter on banana or apples (or a spoon)
- Cauliflower recipes, especially for pizza!
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
I’d like to thank my mom for helping me get through parenthood so far. She’s always given me the best advice on all things relative to being a mom.
Has losing the baby weight been harder or easier this time around than before?
I have never found it easy to lose the baby weight! Some people say breastfeeding helps you drop pounds fast. I found that it made me a bottomless pit and constantly hungry. Of course, now having 3 kids it’s even more difficult. Finding time for myself to get in a good workout or actually even just sit down to eat a meal is much more difficult, plus the extra chicken nuggets and cheezits are always calling my name!
What is the one thing you never had that you want for your kids?
When I was little I always wanted a tree house. I’m sure if we had a place to put one, my dad would have built it. My parents always did what they could to make our childhood awesome and I’m forever grateful for that.
Finish this sentence: Being a Mom has made me…
REALIZE WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT!