Stuck inside today thanks to winter weather ickiness?
Join the club!
Why not settle the kids in for an art project (we love Thien Kim’s kids Visual Diaries project), and then spend a little time with us meeting a mama!
Today’s mom is one of our Get Your Body Back Community leaders, but she is also a well known mom blogger in the DC Metro area where she works with a number of mom centered companies to provide social media and make connections with local parents looking for information and ways to enjoy Baltimore and DC with their families!
What else is Jill musing about these days?!
Find out here…
Home: Baltimore, MD
Owner of: Musings from Me Media and the blog, Musings from Me on Kids, Preteens, and Teens: Seizing Family Time
Meet the family: Married with kids. Three of them to be exact (ages 15, 13, 8).
Why we love her: So many reasons really! One of the things we find most useful about Jill’s site is that, as a mom to a teen, a preteen, and a younger child, she has her foot firmly in the different phases of childhood and can give advice, and share musings, on all of those different childhood experiences at once. Plus, giveaways! So many fun giveaways! She even has a Sam’s Club giveaway open right now!
Why she thinks you should read her site: I may have been a mom for almost 16 years, but I’m no expert. I write about what works, what doesn’t work, and how to make do. With college on the horizon for one kid and a wide span of ages between youngest and oldest, seizing family time is uber important. Whether it is dinner as a family, movie night, or even grabbing a frappucino with my oldest on the way to volleyball practice, I want to make every moment no matter how small count.
On Finding balance as a work at home mom
Balance?!? I have no clue how to balance work and family. Working from home is a double-edged sword. On the one hand I am home and can work around my family’s schedule, but on the other hand I have a hard time prioritizing work around my home life. I wouldn’t trade working at home for anything, but as yet I haven’t figured out how to effectively balance my work and family time.
Blogging allows me to continue the work-from-home life I began in 1996. While I would love a steady paycheck (and who wouldn’t), I wouldn’t trade the freedom that blogging affords me. I can blog, tweet a couple of giveaways, and write a business article, while still attending the school awards ceremonies and driving kids to and from doctors’ appointments.
Advice for new moms from some who has been there, many times
Relax. While you will never get enough sleep before the baby is born to make up for all the sleep you will lose after the baby is born, relax and enjoy those precious early days, weeks, and months with the baby. Write down milestones on a baby calendar. Might seem a bother to record those moments, but months later you’ll enjoy knowing when your baby rolled from front to back.
Fitting in Family Time and Building Life Memories
I’m a highly organized disorganized person. With our crazy, jam-packed schedule, we move from one packed weekend to the next. My parenting style as a result could be described as “frenzied,” with doses of good ole family time thrown in for balance.
I want my kids to know that I did my absolute best for them. I chose to be a mom. I chose to be a work-at-home mom at first, before opting to stop all work to become a stay-at-home mom. I’m now back as a work-at-home mom and wouldn’t have it any other way. I want my children to see that while I always put them first, I also carved out a life for myself as a blogger. My choice of work-at-home career, first, freelance editing and product management, and second, blogging, was the best option for our family.
Want to connect more with Jill and get an in-depth look at some of her musings?! Here are a few posts to check out…
- On rebooting your family dynamic
- On building family tradition
- On how to take a good family photo, minus the tears
Are you a DC/MD/VA mom blogger or business owner?! We’d love to feature you on our site so get in touch!
About Amanda Rodriguez
Amanda is your friendly, neighborhood T2T head blogger. She is in charge of bringing the blog awesome to Tots2Tweens on a daily basis! She is a married mom to three cool Dudes (ages 3, 6, & 9) and one baby dog daughter. In addition to making magic here on Tots2Tweens she also writes a pretty fan-freakin-tastic humor parenting blog called parenting BY dummies. When she’s not bringing the pain online or chasing her Dudes up and down a field of some sort she is behind her camera capturing memories for gorgeous people with her Maryland photography business. She also enjoys reality TV (she was even on a show once!), baked goodness, and watching other people take long walks on the beach.