In partnership with Lalo.
As a working mom of two little ones (2 and 4 years old), people tell me I’m “in the thick of it.” The truth is, I think parenting is hard no matter how old your kids are, and whether you work or not. We’re all just looking for little hacks here and there that make daily life a little bit less…hectic.
Along my journey, I’ve found two huge keys to success: planning and outsourcing. Taking the guesswork out of your day eliminates so much stress and gives you time back, too. This is where Lalo comes in. The brand’s amazing products – from a high chair that encourages stress-free mealtime to the play kit that sets kids up for independent play to a new bathtub for safe and fun-filled bathtime – make life so much easier. Here’s a peek into our daily routine, with Lalo as the star of our household.
7:45am - My older daughter’s night light turns purple, so she pops out of bed and goes into her sister’s room to say good morning. My husband and I stay up late, so we’re not the kind of people who wake up to “seize the day.” I grab my phone to check a few work emails, then throw my hair in a ponytail and go get the kids.
8:00am - Breakfast time! I’m still tired, obviously, so it’s cold brew for me. The kids help pick out what they want to eat, usually frozen waffles or yogurt and berries. I buckle Lucy, my two-year-old, into The Chair and use The First Bites Tableware to make her a plate. Ellie, my four-year-old, sits next to her at the table using The Big Bites Tableware, and they happily eat for 10-15 minutes while I prep their lunches.
8:30am - The next hour is a blur as we pack lunches and my husband gets them out the door to preschool while I commute to the office.
9:00am - 5:00pm - The kids play happily at school while I work away :).
5:30pm - We all get home, and the girls need to chill out for a bit, so I set them up at The Play Kit with some Giant Coloring Sheets on top. These coloring sheets are pure genius…they fit perfectly on the table and attach to the bottom with special stickers, so there’s no way my little one can rip it off (she’ll still try, though). The Play Kit is the perfect space for independent learning for the girls as well – its the main hub for reading and exploring their growing world in our house. This chill time around our Play Kit usually buys me at least a half hour to prep dinner – or if I’m lucky, my husband will get dinner going and I’ll pull up a seat to color with the girls. One day when Lucy is out of the high chair, we’ll have a full set of chairs around the kids table, because the high chair actually converts into a play chair. So cool.
6:00pm - Dinnertime! We’re back at the table and Lucy is back in The Chair. There are many reasons to love this high chair, but here are a few of my favorites: First, it’s beautiful. So many people I know put their high chair away when it’s not in use, but who has time (or space) for that? This one is gorgeous and blends right in with our decor, so we leave it out all day. Second, it’s soooo easy to clean. Usually I’ll just grab a wet cloth and wipe it down. Literally couldn’t be easier. Lastly, it’s safe. I’m often running around during mealtime getting them seconds, cups of water, etc. and I feel pretty comfortable leaving Lucy at the table as long as she’s buckled in. There’s no way she can stand up or god forbid, fall out when I’m not looking.
6:45pm - We’re in the home stretch to bedtime, but first, it’s time for a quick bath. We recently got the Bathtime Full Kit, and even though my kids are a bit older, they’re still obsessed. I only wish we had it when they were little babies – the infant seat is awesome and so secure. They get into the “big kid bucket” together and use the cup to wash each other, and I benefit immensely from the Knee and Elbow Savers (my joints are getting old, you know?). I appreciate the Spout Cover, too, because it keeps the kids from bumping their head on the spout and looks chic enough that you barely notice it. We all share a bathroom since ours is the only one with a tub, so these things matter.
7:00pm - Time for diapers, jammies and books. We let each girl pick out a book, and try to read together as a family every night. Then Lucy’s off to bed and Ellie gets to stay up a little longer for extra cuddles. We usually tell her a story or two and talk about her day.
7:30pm - Kids are asleep, and there’s not much to do around the house since Lalo products practically clean themself. I spend about 5 minutes organizing bath toys, throwing the silicone tableware in the dishwasher, and putting crayons back in their bag. That’s it…the house is ready for tomorrow and I spend the next few hours catching up on work, watching TV, scrolling Instagram, and drinking a glass of wine.
It’s a simple routine, but one that works well for us on busy weekdays when both my husband and I spend most of the day working. Mostly, I’m grateful for awesome products that take the heavy-lifting off of my plate – a high chair that’s easy to clean, a play kit that keeps the kids entertained, and bath accessories that eliminate bathtime battles. I can’t wait to see what Lalo comes up with next!