When I was about to become a parent for the first time (actually exactly around this time 6 years ago!) I ripped a page out of a magazine that listed 30 essential things you needed to have before baby came. I had nothing. Most of it was medical related and so I marched over to the pharmacist and in near hysterics, explained that I was having my first child in a week and was so overwhelmed and had nothing on the list and felt so unprepared and I don't know what a nasal aspirator is etc. etc. etc. He kindly looked at me and said, "I have three kids and I have never used half the stuff on this list. You're going to be fine."
I think it's easy to get really overwhelmed in any new circumstance, especially as one as uncharted as parenthood. It can be a daunting experience, raising a human being, let alone more than one. So now as a slightly more experienced mom (I now know what a nasal aspirator is! I have never needed to use one!) I share my top tips on how to have kids and stay sane, whether you have one, or what can feel like a dozen like my soon to be 5 : )
1. TREAT PARENTING LIKE A PROFESSION
I invest a ton of time becoming a better business owner, learning social media strategies and going to conferences to better my craft. How much do I do to become a better parent? I have written on this topic in the past and while it might not be in the form of a course, I think it's important to actively sharpen the saw as Dr. Covey would say on parenting strategies. And I'm talking beyond parenting strategies like discipline or sleep habits- things like cooking healthy meals, learning new juicing recipes, and other practical household tips as well.
2. INVEST IN YOUR HOME
I talked a lot about this in my presentation this past weekend at The Baby Show– your home is the stage where your memories are made. And of course as an interior design pro I am going to argue the value that beauty will bring to your life. But beyond physical beauty, invest in a well organized home. With soon to be 5 kids (6 if you include my husband) I simply don't have time to waste searching for things. I really just want to get back to living life and loving my family- so to help you out read my posts on Interior Design and decluttering and getting your house finished in 48-hours.
3. KEEP PERSPECTIVE AND REMEMBER TO LAUGH
Parenting for sure can feel like a marathon at times but perhaps you could think of it like a series of sprints. There are hard periods, of which I have MANY stories, but they pass. EVERYTHING PASSES. Remember to laugh because parenting can also be quite entertaining.
4. HAVE A LIST OF QUICK MOOD ELEVATORS
For the times that feel like THEY WILL NEVER PASS, have super quick emotional pick me ups. It might be a song you love on your iPhone, an inspirational quote that refocuses you, or take a peek at a few tips I have from this post on running on empty.
5. TELL YOUR SPOUSE YOU LOVE THEM MORE
This strategy is my favourite. Tell your spouse you love them. You think they are hot. You appreciate them. Do it often, and more than you think.
What tips do you have for staying sane while parenting? Love to know in the comments below.
Today was another fun day sharing products that will save you a ton of time so you can get back to living life and loving your kids. You can watch the clip here. Here's a round up of some of the products I shared today with Antony Robart on Global News at Noon- who by the way, if you want a good cry read this article he wrote on parenthood here. Perhaps I am a bit hormonal but seriously- it's a sweet one!
Baby Brezza Formula Pro– conveniently makes the PERFECT bottle- as in perfect temperature, perfect consistency, no clumps, no globs. Whether you choose to formula feed for health, nutritional supplement, or other reasons this makes making a bottle pretty darn convenient!
Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker– Again, hello convenient! So awesome- another one step product where you steam AND puree food in one product. I honestly cannot believe I have been a mother this long and have not know about this product. Pretty amazing.
Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwhich Maker– this is as cute as it is convenient. I spend WAY too much money on breakfast sandwiches on the run. Now that I have this product I make restaurant quality (if I do say so myself) in the home. Layer your ingredients and in 5-minutes it's done.
Budget Binds Window Treatment Consult– While I love shopping for window treatments, my children don't see it as much fun as mommy does. So bring them to you. Budget Blinds will do in-home consultations where they will bring samples, take measurements and quote. While their name has budget in it they have got some pretty luxe offerings as well- from custom drapery to colour blocked cordless blinds great for kids' rooms. They bring all the options- you get to stay home.
Toy storage that matches your decor- instead of neon buckets consider finding interesting storage pieces like this kinda random but kinda cool chicken cage I found at HomeSense. Kids toys can get stashed but the piece still feels decorative and less of an eye sore.
And this didn't make it into today's segment but I mentioned it in my CHCH segment earlier this week so I thought I would include it here:
Whirlpool® Duet® 5.2 cu. ft. I.E.C.* Steam Front Load Washer with Load & Go™ System– This is mega convenient as it allows you to fill the detergent to do up to 12 loads, abd reminds you when you need more. And if you fall asleep at story time and forget to unload the wash it has you covered- its unique venting system allows you to dry a small load in the same unit. Pretty brilliant.
I'll be sharing more tips and tricks and systems for staying organized so you can keep you house looking beautiful- and you feeling sane- at the Baby Show this weekend. Don't forget to use the code LISA15 to get $3 off your ticket online. Hope to see you there!
Is anyone else SO EXCITED spring is here? It's still a little on the cold side in Toronto but the non -30 temperatures are so welcome. With sunnier times ahead I am totally in spring mode- so on CHCH this week I shared a few of my favourite streamline your life, decrease the clutter and just get back to living products that I am in love with right now.
Click here to watch my CHCH segment and stay tuned tomorrow as I'll be on Global News at Noon sharing more streamlining tips with Rosey Edeh.
Happy spring cleaning and streamlining!
I'm so excited to announce I will be speaking at The Baby Show, March 28 & 29, 2015 at the Direct Energy Centre. I'm going to be speaking on the topic of living with kids- conquer the clutter and keep your home beautiful!
Having just finished my own house in the extensive adventure that was our #canningreno, I have first hand experience that it's totally possible to have beauty, function, and multiple small kids.
If you feel like you can't keep up with clutter, are overwhelmed by mess, and really want to create a beautiful home for your family, my presentation will give you practical tips you can implement as soon as you go home.
I will be speaking at 4pm each day on the main stage. In addition to the presentation, I'll be demo-ing products / offering complimentary design consultations at the following booths prior / after my talk:
Saturday, March 28, 2015
3pm – 345pm –Graco booth #216
4pm – Main Stage
4:30pm – 5pm – Budget Blinds booth #410
Sunday, March 29, 2015
2pm – 3pm –Graco booth #216
3pm – 345pm – Budget Blinds booth #410
4pm – Main Stage
So bring your design questions and photos of your space and I would be happy to provide some design tips! Fun bonus- enter LISA15 at checkout to receive $3 off online ticket purchases. Buy your tickets here.
Thanks so much to The Baby Show for having me at the show this year- can't wait and hope to see you next weekend!
I LOVE the part at the end of an interior design project that involved pulling accessories. It's these little touches- trinkets, picture frames, vases, cloches- that make a space feel like a home. Here are my favourite spots to shop for accessories in Toronto.
1. Chapters Indigo
Their collection of products is always so carefully curated. You'll find gorgeous cloches, marble serving trays and a great selection of frames and art prints. My favourite part is that it is kinda a one stop lifestyle shop. Meaning you can grab a great cook book, the perfect dish to serve it on, a mug with your initial on it and a cozy blanket to curl up with a tea in your new mug after cooking a fab meal. And if you need a new purse, scarf, meditation headband- you'll find that there too! Can't make it into the store? Their online shopping is really convenient and boasts brands you won't see in the store like Jenny Bird jewellery.
2. Elte / Elte Market
If you have money to burn (like $400 on a pillow or $80 on designer coasters) Elte is the place for you. Super inspiring / aspiring, Elte is like wonderland for us designer folk. Shop for unique table top items and luxe luxe luxe textiles. Elte Market, it's edgier sister store around the corner also has great accessories at slightly more moderate prices points ($175 per pillow, fab clearance section). I just picked up a fabulous black mirror that now sits in my daughter's room.
3. Home Sense
If you enjoy the thrill of the find (although truthfully it's less thrill, more luck / edging off other shoppers for that piece you want!) Home Sense is great. You have to hunt, sometimes go to multiple locations when you want a pair of lamps or pair of pillows- but what they've got its great. The buyers have an eye for the high end but source at really accessible price points. I love Home Sense for pillows and interesting- but economic- tabletop accessories.
4. Addison's Inc
It is actually thrilling to step into this store. Run by the ever charming Jim Addison, this place is a destination for prop stylists and designers alike, but for your home there are all kinds of vintage goodies to explore and give a home to. Antique signs, vintage cabinet hardware, vintage puppets- curious little oddities abound in this downtown Toronto treasure trove. Be careful not to get locked in the 100 year old Don Jail cell that Jim has set up in the back.
5. Love the Design
Christine Flynn, photographer and curator of this Summerhill shop is the cool girl you wanted to be friends with in high school. She brings her hip sensibility and ahead of the trends eye to her shop with vintage pieces and vintage reproductions. Come here for reproduction apothecary bottles, monogrammed wood cheese boards and her original photography.