This Is How I Do It: What It's Like To Be A Work-At-Home Mom of FiveCasi Densmore-Koon
I get one very simple question all the time, How do I do it? And I always shrug my shoulders and laugh it off. I just do it.
When you don’t find me writing for Babble, Disney Baby or contributing to Tori Spelling’s website, ediTORIal, I am usually found hustling through my day-job–a.k.a. my 24-hours-a-day job–as editor of cupcakeMAG. But cupcakeMAG isn’t just an online magazine or a blog. I offer many different services as a publicist for small business, too. I am constantly working. Constantly. Because, well, I am a mom of five under 10, too, and three of my little ones are under 3. As you can see, my days are jam-packed like no other. And I do it all from the comfort of my home, which honestly can be the very hard part at times.
Sure, I don’t necessarily have to get dressed or shower but I somehow manage it all while raising five kids and tending to our four dogs and let’s not forget Mr. Darling. How do I do it? Well, I honestly couldn’t tell you. But, I thought sharing a few photos of my day would give you a little peek into my crazy, hectic mom-prenuer life.
Click through for 16 photos of what it’s like to be a work-at-home mom of five.
Prepare Ahead 1 of 16
There is something I learned early about being a work at home mom--your days don't always go as planned. You don't always get a full day of work between doctors appointments, carpool lines and other things that take you off schedule. I always prepare for my day ahead the night before. I pack the diaper bag, lay out uniforms for my older girls and make sure everything is together for the morning rush.
Grab Your Coffee 2 of 16
Staburcks. I drink a lot of it. I am not going to lie when I say it gets me through my long days. After all, my office hours are all over the place. While I get a lot of working done during the day, most of the work is done between 11 PM and 3 AM. Prime office hours right?
Organized Desk 3 of 16
An organized desk is a must. I couldn't be able to work without everything I need in front of me--Naked Juice and lipgloss included.
Do What You Love, Love What You Do 4 of 16
Being your own boss, working from home, running a biz--it's not for everyone. If you don't love what you're doing, it's not worth the craziness of working from home. You truly have to love what you do to make it work. Raising kids is hard enough. Working from home with those kids--it's even harder.
Grocery Shopping 5 of 16
I usually fit Costco in during the day when my kids are at school. Sometimes, I am even on a conference call while I am there. Shhhh.
Lots of Snacks 6 of 16
My kids snack a lot so I am stuck in the kitchen most of the day. Preparing snacks in baggies ahead of time can really help, too!
Order-In 7 of 16
If I don't prepare my lunch, I will forget to eat as I frantically answer emails and tend to things online. A tip for those who are working from home is to prepare your lunches as you prepare lunches for your kids. Otherwise, I found the closest deli that delivers the best chicken Caesar salads.
Milestones 8 of 16
I am thankful that even through the long hours, I don't miss many milestones. It was so nice to take a day to spend it with Grayson when he turned 1 .
Thankful for Help 9 of 16
My sister watches my youngest ones three days of the week--it's a dream. I love getting pictures of their lunch and from throughout the day. It makes me feel so great that they are in the best hands. Those days generally run smoother than others, but, sometimes, I'm still running someone to the doctor's office and spending 45 minutes in the line getting the older girls from school in the afternoon. I make that time work for me by writing thank you notes or answering emails. Regardless, as a work-at-home mom, your days are just never-ending.
Photo Shoots 10 of 16
Whenever I have to do a photo shoot, it's so nice to not have to go anywhere. Over the summer, we really took advantage of our yard and it made the perfect background for the many features and editorials I had do.
Lay Out Your Clothes 11 of 16
I really try to get dressed. I promise you. However, sometimes I may be wearing pajamas pants during my Google Hangout. You can't see under my desk right? Still, I love clothes and accessories. I am a fashion junkie. So, laying out my clothes the day before, when I do it for my kids, really helps me get dressed the next day. Plus, it's a win-win for a picture on Instgram.
Leave the House 12 of 16
If you can, every once in a while, try to leave the house. I can't stress how much it helps! I am lucky enough that I have a Starbucks two minutes away. It truly can refresh you when you're overworked and exhausted!
Soccer Mom 13 of 16
Yep, that's me! The Soccer Mom. Soccer practice is another great chance to catch up on phone calls and those never-ending emails. If you're lucky, you might even be able to fit in some exercise while walking around the field a few times. Grayson loved watching his sister practice and I enjoy the semi-downtime.
Working Through Dinner 14 of 16
Last month at cupcakeMAG I launched our very first online + print issue. I can't tell you how many nights we had to do carry out because I was hustling through dinner. Usually my husband cooks and I clean up because, well, I am just not a fan of cooking. It's OK to order a little Chinese and call it a day.
No Sick Days 15 of 16
I've had a lot of health problems this year, so, this weekend, when I came down with a head cold and had a to-do list a mile along, I was really down. Moms don't get sick days until they are admitted into the hospital. This is something I've learned to cope with and make work but, gosh... wouldn't it be nice to have some paid leave? It just doesn't happen when you are your own boss.
Wouldn’t Trade It For The World 16 of 16
While being a work-from-home mom is hard, I wouldn't trade kisses on the beach for the world! I've learned to balance it all and somehow still sleep at least six hours a night.