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I have been thinking lately about the “balance” between being a mother and a freelancer. It seems like there is never time to do everything. Recently, (the past year) I made the most conscious effort to put family before anything work related. Here’s what happened, work has lagged a little behind-but honestly not by much. Am I happier? Heck YES! I feel like I have been giving my family 100% and it feels great. No, I haven’t made a ton of money this year. And yes, I could have blogged more, taken on more clients, wrote more guest blog posts, shot more sponsored posts but really I am not sure it would have mattered a ton.

What I do know, is that I went on a ton of family trips, spent time with my beautiful children, drank wine on my patio with my husband and read more lovely books than I can count. So I have to say, life is pretty amazing. With that said, I am always striving for a balance, not a perfect one (there really isn’t such a thing) just one that works right now. Isn’t everyone? Here are my new five mantras to fit in some studio time this fall…

1. Set boundaries on business hours: I wrote about boundaries last week on how to be a better freelancer and I stand by my wacky business hours! I work when the kids are sleeping. Period. If I am working while I am with them, then I am ignoring them and it’s just not the type of parent I want to be.

2. Unplug from your business and plug into your life: Social media has been amazing for me in the blogging and business world. However, if I am trying to edit an Inta what am I missing out on? SO MUCH! Get out there and live! Take tons of pictures, but share them later and not in real time. Stressing over what to say, share or not share is never as fun as living in the moment.

3. Let go of perfectionism: Nothing is perfect, you can only do what you can and what brings you happiness. People aren’t perfect and that is what makes them wonderful. If I don’t blog on a Thursday or show up a little late for pick up, it’s not the end of the world. Everything will be o.k.

4. Get focused and establish a routine: My routine so far has been working. However, we have another little on the way and that is definitely going to get all muddled. I am not sure how it will all work out, but Luke will be back at school and Wesleigh will be at nursery school two mornings a week so that gives some wiggle room to establish a new routine. Just because you get organized, doesn’t mean that your routine is set in stone. It will change and evolve.

5. Cultivate your tribe and support system: You can’t do everything alone and neither can I! I have an amazing family and group of friends to count on. I also have some amazing colleagues I can send work to when I am on maternity leave. You better believe I will be calling on them! Your family tribe and your work tribe are those you can count on for support, but also that you return the favor when they are in need.

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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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September Craves

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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?!