Inspiration

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Morning Bus Stop: MLM Label: Pardon My French Tee, Stella McCarthy: Oversized Square Glasses, RMS Beauty: Lip2cheek-Beloved, Anthropologie: Swirled Symmetry Mug, Sundry: Classic Stripe Sweat Pants, Fujifilm: Instax 210 Instant Photo Camera, Bop Basics: Drawstring Bucket Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs: Farrow Watch, and Converse: Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 Sneakers.

Afternoon Pick Up: Anthropologie: Selenelion Pendant Necklace, Hatch: The Cami, This Works: Perfect Look Skin Miracle, Charlotte Tilbury: Matte Revolution Lipstick – 1975 Red, Monika Strigel: Transparent Neptune Lace iPhone 6 Case, Citizens of Humanity: Avedon Skinny Maternity Ankle Jeans, S’well: Angel Food 9oz Water Bottle, Tory Burch: Square Kerrington Baby Bag, and Dolce Vita: Demy Suede Wedge Booties.

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Little Ladies: Caramel Baby & Child: Baby Girls Navy Blue Polka Dot Dress, Carlomangno: Girls White Knee Socks with Back Bow, Mayoral: Baby Girls Soft Cotton Leggings, Bloch: Baby Girls Beige Patent Leather ‘Cha Cha’ Shoes, Peach Ribbons: White Grosgrain Bow Hair Clip, Oeuf: Boatneck Top-White,  Bobo Choses: Star Tights, and Mini Mocks: Flamingo.

Little Gents: Laranjinha: Boys Grey & Ivory Checkered Layered-Look Shortie, Early Days: Navy Blue Leather ‘Robin’ Pre-Walker Shoes, Falke: White Cotton ‘Family’ Knee High Sock, Nununu: Circle Patch Shirt, Nununu: Woven Biker Jacket, One + In the Family: Isaac Pants, Bonpoint: Thursday Trousers Slate Green, and Project Five: Dark Brown Leather Moccasins.

Us mama’s need to look cute for back to school too! When we roll out of bed for drop off, here are a few ways to spice up our look. Pick up of course, we are looking a little more on point;) I couldn’t resist picking out some items for the little ones too. Especially since my little sweet is starting her first day of nursery school in two weeks!

Would love to know what you are rocking for back to school!

You can shop this post by clicking on the links, the images above OR looking under my wish list!

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RAILS: Long Sleeve Maternity Shirt, Sam Edelman: Petty Suede Booties, Urban Decay: Naked, AG Jean Secret Fit Belly: Ankle Length Skinny Jeans, Samantha Warren London: Hirtus Pouch, Jen Garrido: Rain-Smudged Petal Journal, Hatch Collection: The Twilight Jumper, Stella Maria Baer: Selenelion Moon, Mini Mocks: Native, and Tuk Tuk Anouk: Laurel Dress.

It will still be warm here in New England well into October but I am already dreaming of sweaters and jeans! I thought it would be fun to start a new series of things I am craving right now. How gorgeous is that painting from Stella Maria Baer?! AND those sweet moccs I just got in the mail for Wesleigh and they are the softest leather. Now I just need to get the rest of the items on my list;) What are you craving this September?!

Currently in FASHION

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Back to School Fashion

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September Craves

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Family Travel to Nantucket

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Being a present parent and a productive writer is the hard, but achievable, balance I am striving for. I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say raising kids comes first, and so sometimes I have to say no to a really amazing project or that “I can’t” to a killer business trip. If I don’t keep that equilibrium that I love, I am just not positive and happy. Here are my best tips to be your most productive self while freelancing and being a mama.

1. Set Boundaries: Planning a career while raising children means that you are going to have to set boundaries. Working on your own time means that you need to be more clear on exactly what that means for you. For example: when you are working, you are working, period (see #3 for scheduling!). When you are with your children, you are being mindful, present, and in tune. This takes major practice and work on your part but you need to be present with work and with your family to be the most productive you can possibly be. Both parties deserve your undivided attention. Establishing boundaries may also mean something as small as silencing your phone on Mondays or not taking conference calls before 12pm. Whatever your boundaries are, make sure you stick to them!

2. Have a Schedule: It doesn’t need to be rigid, but it does need to be clear. For example, I work first thing in the morning, during nap time, and then late at night. The times fluctuate, but they usually fall somewhere between 7-8:00am, 1-3:00pm and 8-11pm. Notice that when my kids are home or awake, I am absolutely NOT working. I have to be a mindful parent, it’s so important to me. You need to be clear about your schedule, but also have wiggle room for life, children, vacations and of coursegirlfriends!

3. Be Productive: This seems like a no-brainer right? OK, well, it’s not that simple! Being productive means that you have boundaries, a schedule, and a plan-but MOST importantlyyou are PRODUCTIVE during these times. This is why I allow for some schedule wiggle room in the afternoon, because if I am going to web surf during the hours of 1-3 while the kids are at school/asleep, then this is not using my time wisely (I really sound like a mom here don’t I?). If I need that extra energy then I take that nap. I might have to put more hours in another time, but that’s OK. You may not have time to rest, but you CAN take that lunch break, go outside and enjoy some fresh air. Here is the best explanation about being productive by the amazing Marie Forleo, watch here.

4. Have a Dedicated Work Space: This could be at your kitchen table, a home office, a desk in the basement, it really doesn’t matter where it is, as long as it exists. I have a home office but that doesn’t mean I produce better work. The important take away here is that I have a desk, it’s quiet (well during nap time), I have all my supplies present, and I can sit there and work whenever I can. Having a space of your own is important for your brain, it lets your body know that when I am here I am productive and creative. Which leads me to #5…

5. Mix it up: Hit up a local cafe to people watch and get your creative juices flowing. The best type of work happens with a cup of coffee and the buzz of a cafe. Staring at your work space for months in a row is not going to get you fired up to produce. Get out there and find a local spot with great WiFi!

I hope these tips help you to be the best freelancer and creative you can be. Remember if you get stuck, tap into your tribe. Meet a friend or colleague to bounce ideas off of. Also, comment below, I would love to hear how you work!

Photo by Cambria from Cambria Grace Photography