Kathleen is a 24-year-old, first-time Mama to a beautiful baby girl who is now 4 months old, residing in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with her husband. Kathleen is a full-time mom, and an Executive for Young Living Essential Oils, who loves nothing more than snuggles with her little one and coffee dates with good friends. We asked her how she’s living well today, and here’s what she shared…
How do you typically start your day?
Typically I start each day with the same routine. After grabbing my daughter, I head downstairs to let my two pups out. Once all 3 of my girls have been fed, I make myself a latte using my espresso machine (seriously the best thing I’ve ever bought since becoming a mom). Then, I start my oils diffuser and sit down to answer all my emails and messages for work.
What are some of your best practices for balancing nutrition as a busy new mom?
Definitely meal prep and making sure I have tons of easy, healthy snacks on hand at all times. I try to grocery shop when I’ve already eaten, so that all the food options in my house are being fresh and healthy.
What has been your most effective outlet for stress relief as a new Mom?
If we’re being honest, essential oils and scheduling down time for myself have totally changed my life. We are a pretty “all-natural” family and these two combined really make me feel like myself again.
I am a night owl, so once my daughter goes to bed around 8:30PM, I take the next few hours to get back to my “to-do’s” which makes me feel more organized. I often end up doing laundry and household chores at midnight, so that when I wake up in the morning, my home is tidy and clean and I don’t feel anxious.
I love to diffuse citrus oils when I’m working around the house because they always help with my energy and productivity and the scent is such a fresh bonus.
Finish this sentence: “Being a Mom has made me…”
So much more myself then I ever thought was possible. We waited a really long time for my daughter, and every day I feel grateful to spend my days with her. I’m very lucky to work from home, so it’s been so much fun to experience every part of her life. She makes me want to work harder than I ever have, and live healthier than I ever have, because I don’t want to miss out on anything!
What are your top must-have wellness products as a Mama?
Did I mention, I’m kind of an essential oils freak? I LIVE for my diffuser and apply Frankincense oil on my wrists every day to keep me grounded and relaxed.
Another thing I really love is water. Is that a wellness product? I hope so, because being a mom is so much work, and breastfeeding takes a lot out of you…so I constantly have my stainless steel tervis by my side filled with ice water to stay hydrated.
What’s your favorite healthy snack on-the-go?
My brother-in-law is so intentional with the foods that he eats—he made me these energy bites once, and I now eat them constantly. They are SO easy and filling, and great to grab out of the fridge when your crunched on time with a baby.
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup of your choice of nut butter
- 1/4 cup honey, 2 tbsp chia seeds, splash of vanilla
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips. (I have started to add flax seed meal now that I’m breastfeeding) I mix all of this up and roll into small bites and store in the fridge!
What’s some candid advice you’d like to share with a fellow New Mama?
Find some Mom Friends! I know that sounds silly, but they make all the difference. They are the ones who will text you back at night when you’re worried, or encourage you to get out of the house for a walk at the park when you are stir crazy, or stuff your purse with granola bars to make sure you’re eating.
My main circle of Mom friends has truly made me feel like I’m awesome every day, and every mom deserves that!