Fab or FAIL: Testing Pinterest Hacks Pt. 1

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We’ve all seen those amazing Pinterest hacks that seem too good to be true. I mean, could a bowl of ice water instantly cure a migaine? Can I make pretty labels for my kitchen using just plain old scotch tape? They all sound amazing and would save us tons of time and money but who has the time and energy to try these out without knowing if they’ll actually work? I’ve decided to put these life hacks to the test!

 

  1. Ice water for migraines

 

This is the orginal hack that I saw on Pinterest that gave me the idea to start testing other hacks. As I was brainstorming ideas for my next blog post, I developed the worst migraine. I searched Pinterest for a remedy (doesn’t everyone do this…?) and found this hack. According to Pinterest, if you have a bad migraine, soak your hands in a bowl of ice water. Open and close your hands a few times and your migraine will be gone! Sounds easy enough, right?

 

VERDICT: It worked for a few moments but came right back…

 

I was really bummed about this one because I suffer from chronic migraines and would love a natural remedy but this was not it. Moments after removing my hands from the ice bath, my migraine came back and was as painful as ever. And the worst part: not only did my head hurt, my hands hurt too!

 

  1. Removing permanent pen marks (hand sanitizer and tooth paste)

 

I’ve seen this hack pinned on Pinterest so many times! So it has to work, right? First I tried removing permanent pen marks from a shirt with hand sanitizer. I also decided to try removing permanent pen marks from the wall with toothpaste.

 

VERDICT: Yes to the toothpaste and a BIG no to the hand sanitizer.

 

I was very shocked with this one. I really thought the hand sanitizer was going to work but it did absolutely nothing! The mark was still extremely dark, I let the hand sanitizer soak on the shirt for a few minutes, and I washed it and still nothing! I was pleasantly surprised with the toothpaste! I started with the tiniest mark inside my closet (just in case it didn’t work) and I used my Colgate Optic White toothpaste and a cheap electric toothbrush and it worked! After a few moments of scrubbing, it came right off! No sign of the mark at all!! This is definitely one to remember!

 

  1. DIY pretty labels

 

I think I was the most excited about this one. I pinned this one recently and was dying to try it out! It seemed far-fetched to me but it works, it would be the cutest and easiest DIY for your kitchen! So what I did was I printed out what I wanted my label to say in a cute font. I cut it out to a smaller size and placed a strip of tape over the label. After trimming it a little, I placed it in a bowl of water and let it soak for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, I slowly scrapped off the paper backing and let it dry until the tape was sticky again.

 

VERDICT: Sadly, it didn’t work…

 

Everything went smoothly until I started removing the paper from the tape. As I peeled back the paper, the ink barely stained the tape! And if you rubbed it a little, the ink would wipe off completely! I tried a few more times (I soaked it longer, I used different tape, and I changed the font to a thicker/darker font) and it did the same thing every time! Super bummed about this one.

 

  1. Nail polish in the fridge

 

I found this pin randomly when I was looking at nail art. According to the pin, if I leave my nail polish in the fridge for 15 minutes, the nail polish will go on smoother. I didn’t think this made any sense at all. I’ve been to many different nail salons and I’ve never seen them refrigerate their nail polish…

 

VERDICT: I think it worked!

 

I’m not sure if I’m just hoping this worked or I subconsciously tried harder to paint my nails nicely, but I swear it works! The nail polish looked slightly thicker but it went on super smooth and I swear it dried faster! It could be my imagination on this one but if you have 15 minutes to spare, give it a try!

I hope you guys enjoyed this new series! There are so many fun Pinterest hacks to try and I’m excited to test them for you guys! Are there any pinterest hacks that you’ve wanted to try? Leave ideas in the comment section below so I can include them in Fab or Fail part two! 🙂

Why I Stopped Doing The Keto Diet

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I’m sure by now everyone knows about the keto diet. It’s the amazing diet that allows you to eat bacon and cream cheese and lose weight without exercise. As gimmicky as it sounds, I did lose some weight while I was on it. You might be asking yourself why I would quit this diet and trade it in for working out 5 days a week and watching what I eat. I was extremely happy with the weight loss but for me, this diet had its consequences.

  1. The food

I love avocados and bacon, so this was a dream diet for me. But was it too good to be true? I would eat salads topped with some bacon and avocado for lunch and dinner. They tasted amazing but I always felt a little sick. I chalked it up to the Keto flu so I kept trying to push forward. By the time I finally decided to quit keto, I had lost a significant amount of weight but I felt disgusting. I always felt a little nauseous and I had the worst migraines. Lots of people enjoy the foods on Keto but it definitely wasn’t for me.

2. Exhausted

I’ve never been more exhausted in my life! I followed keto very strictly, kept a detailed record of my diet and watched my macros. The weight fell off quickly but I was too tired to really enjoy it. There were tons of articles on Pinterest about this and I tried the remedies that were supposed to help but it never worked for me. The people I knew in the instagram keto community were amazing and they gave me lots of suggestions but my body just couldn’t adjust.

3. Am I in ketosis?

This was on my mind all the time! Am I doing this right? I feel horrible so maybe I’m doing this wrong? Just like everyone else, I used ketosis strips. After tracking for a while, I started noticing that they weren’t reliable. Then I read that people were using meters and testing their blood. That’s where I stopped. I’m not going to stick myself everyday to test my blood.

4. Cheat days

After 2 months on the keto diet, I needed a cheat meal. I was in the middle of summer and watermelons were everywhere! I finally allowed myself to eat watermelon. A lot of watermelon. The next day, I gained 3lbs. From that day, I promised I wouldn’t cheat again but it did get me thinking. What if I decided to splurge and eat a piece of cake or sushi? Would I gain tons of weight from one meal like the watermelon did? It took me a week to lose the watermelon weight so I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose the weight after a legit cheat meal. I know keto is more a lifestyle change than a diet but could I commit to no cake and sushi for the rest of my life? The answer is NO!

5. Lifestyle change

After 6 months, I had lost 17lbs but I felt miserable. I felt sick, exhausted, and beyond annoyed. How can I live without fruit? Or sushi? How can I live my entire life worried about food? Besides feeling horrible, I was becoming completely obsessed and not in a healthy way. I was always so worried about going over my carb limit, I was worried about not eating enough healthy fats, I was worried about my weight, I was weighing myself constantly… It was a nightmare.

Keto is definitely not for everyone. My body definitely wasn’t made for this diet but I did learn a lot from it. After 6 months on the keto diet, I gained back 8lbs in the first week but the weight finally started coming off again. Now I workout 4-5 days a week, eat balanced meals, I try to add more fruits and vegetables into my diet, and drink tons of water. Lots of people really love the keto diet and some (like me) aren’t made for it. Living a healthy life, maintaining a healthy weight, and making good choices are the key so do what works for you! Have you tried the keto diet? I would love to hear about your experience! 🙂

8 Tips For Living a Healthy Life

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Over the past few months, I’ve been striving to live a healthier lifestyle. Trust me, it hasn’t been easy and I’ve wanted to quit a few times but I’ve stuck with it and I love it. After surviving the first few months, I’ve come up with 8 tips to help make the transition a little easier for you!

  1. Have a plan

No matter what your goal is, you should always have a plan. Whether your goal is to lose weight, start exercising, or just to start eating a bit healthier, you should write everything down. When I started my healthy lifestyle journey, I started by writing down my goals: lose weight, go to the gym, and eat cleaner. After my first month, I sat down again and added to my goals. Incorporating more veggies into my diet and going to bed earlier every night were a few things I’ve added over the months. Your plan might change as you go so sitting down and adding to your plan is a definite must. Just remember, failing to plan is planning to fail.

  1. Understand that changes doesn’t happen overnight

Gaining weight, neglecting fitness, and bad eating habits didn’t happen overnight so don’t expect overnight results! In the beginning, I would weigh myself everyday (sometimes multiple times a day). When I didn’t see the change I expected to see, I’d get discouraged and want to quit. It took a while to realize that persistence and time will yield results. If you feel amazing, you’re probably on the right track. Eventually you’ll see the numbers change on the scale but the first thing I noticed was my clothes started to fit better and I had a lot of energy!

  1. Small changes make a difference

If you’ve never been to the gym, don’t start your healthy lifestyle journey expecting to be able to run 3 miles on a treadmill 7 days a week. Small and manageable changes are the changes that will help you stick to your journey without becoming discouraged or burning yourself out too quickly. I started going to the gym 4 days a week and I would use the stationary bike and treadmill. I went from biking for 25 minutes and walking on the treadmill for 25 minutes to now biking 7-8 miles 5 days a week and doing strength training at home.

  1. Don’t starve yourself

Starving yourself will not lead to long term weight loss!!! This is something I had to learn the hard way and it’s not fun. When I originally decided to get healthy, I stopped eating breakfast; I was intermittent fasting 16-18 hours a day, and skipped dinner almost every night. I had massive migraines, I had a hard time concentrating, and any weight that I would lose would come right back (sometimes even a few extra pounds)! The biggest tool that helped me understand my body and caloric intake was My Fitness Pal. Besides tracking your calories, My Fitness Pal also breaks down how many calories you should be eating daily and also tracks your macros.

  1. Get moving

For a healthy body and mind, exercise is extremely important. Lots of people think eating healthy is enough, but trust me it’s not. When I started my healthy lifestyle journey, I completely dreaded working out and thought eating healthy would get me results. I was always tired and lazy but after I started going to the gym, I feel amazing and see results much quicker. I know a lot of you will say that you don’t have time to workout or the funds to pay for a monthly gym membership but there are many ways to get active! Some things I like to do is go for walks with my family, find workout videos on YouTube and try them when you have some time to spare (I like to work out after my kids go to bed or first thing in the morning) or searching on Pinterest for at home cardio workouts. Live in an apartment or somewhere you can’t jump around? Pinterest and YouTube has tons of quiet cardio options!

  1. Portion control VS Eliminating

When it comes to a healthier diet, should you eliminate things like sugars and carbs or should moderation and portion control be the way to go? For me personally, moderation and portion control works best for me! I’ve tried cutting out carbs and sugars but my cravings always got the best of me and I would binge. Instead of completely depriving myself, I eat my sugary and carb heavy foods before lunch. I don’t eat a bunch of candy bars for breakfast and bowls of rice for lunch but I eat greek yogurt, fruit, and granola for breakfast and I include a serving of bread or rice with my lunch. No more crazy cravings and it will make sticking with your healthy lifestyle much easier!

  1. Don’t obsess over the numbers

Stop freaking out over the number on the scale and start measuring your success by the way you feel. Like I said before, I used to weigh myself multiple times a day and be disappointed when I didn’t see the numbers that I wanted. That would always lead to me choosing to basically cut calories (which usually ended in disaster) or completely binging and setting myself even further back. If you feel better and have more energy, you’re doing great! Give it time, forget the numbers, and stick to your plan! If you really need to weigh yourself, try weighing yourself once every other week.

**Remember to weigh yourself at the same time of the day! I like to weigh myself first thing in the morning.

  1. If you cheat on your diet, accept it and move on

So you go to dinner with friends and have pizza, maybe a few drinks, and dessert of course. Should you add an extra hour at the gym or skip meals to make up for the extra calories? Definitely not! Should you feel bad because you didn’t stick to your diet? Nope. Everyone deserves to let loose and enjoy every now and then! One meal won’t destroy your progress just like one workout won’t yield instant results. If you stray from your healthy lifestyle, just accept it, and start over again!

Living a healthier life is a lot of hard work and takes a lot of dedication but its worth it and can be a lot of fun. Once you start seeing results, it can be addicting! It won’t be easy and there will be times where giving up sounds like a great idea but you’ll be happy you stuck with it. I hope my tips help you guys through the first few months of your healthy lifestyle journey! Do you have any other tips or tricks for living healthier? Leave your ideas in the comments section below! I’d love to hear from you guys! 🙂

How I became a morning person in 5 easy steps!

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I was never a morning person. I used to hit the snooze button until the very last second and rush around my house like a crazy lady. By the time I got my kids to school, I was exhausted all over again and completely overwhelmed. I knew there had to be a better way to do all of this without feeling miserable every morning. After a lot of trial and error, I figured out 5 easy ways to go from miserable to morning person!

 

  1. Prepare the night before

It’s hard to be a morning person if you wake up knowing that you have a lot to do in a very short amount of time. So why not plan ahead? Small things like picking out your clothes, laying out clothes for your kids, making sure back packs are packed up and ready to go, and even meal prepping breakfast for your family will save you tons of time in the morning. When you wake up knowing you’re prepared for the busy morning, it’s easier to wake up smiling.

 

  1. Wake up earlier

Don’t hit the snooze button! Waking up earlier doesn’t sound like a great way to be a morning person, but trust me it makes a huge difference. I went from waking up at 6:10am (the same time I have to wake up my kids) to waking up at 4:15am (that may sound a bit extreme but you’ll understand why when we get to number 3). I feel much more energized throughout the day, I’m awake and ready to go by the time my kids get up, and I’ve noticed that I’m less forgetful (no more forgetting to pack my sons snacks).

 

  1. Go to the gym

This is the reason why I wake up at 4:15am. I go to the gym 4-5 days a week before my family wakes up. It’s the best time to workout because the gym is pretty empty and there’s no traffic! Another reason I prefer to workout in the morning is that I can get my workout out of the way early. Having to make time in the middle of the day to go home and get ready all over again is annoying, so I try my best to avoid it. It will be rough if you’re not used to waking up that early in the morning (or if you’re not used to working out at all) but you’ll feel amazing after your workout!

 

  1. Eat something good

After a nice long workout, you need to eat something. Don’t start chowing down on donuts or skipping breakfast completely! Eat something nutritious and full of protein! One of my favorites is greek yogurt topped with fresh fruits (I love bananas and berries but you can top it with your favorites) and a little granola (Bear Naked Fruit and Nut is the BEST). You can also prep this the night before by putting your yogurt in a mason jar or small container, throwing in your fruit, and popping it in the fridge. You can top your yogurt with the granola right before you eat so it stays crunchy. You’ll feel amazing after munching on your healthy breakfast!

 

  1. Have a plan for the day

This is the most important step! Planning your day ahead of time will keep you on schedule without completely overwhelming you. The best way to do this is to use a planner or apps like Planner Pro to keep your day organized. Before I started using a planner, I relied on my memory and small notes I would leave myself (and eventually lose). Knowing what to expect and being able to mentally plan and prepare ahead of time helps relieve any stress and anxiety. A lot of the stress I used to have in the morning would come from not knowing what I should do first and issues with time management. Save yourself the headache and get yourself a planner.

I’m not going to lie; all of this goes completely out the window on Sundays. Give yourself a break when you have free days. I always allow myself one day to sleep in a little and recharge for the busy week ahead. Is there anything you do to help make your mornings easier? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

My Travel Bucket List♡

It’s always been a big dream of mine to travel and see the world. I know one day i’ll be able to visit all of these places (and hopefully more) but for now, i’ll just keep dreaming and planning for the future! Here are the top 4 dream destinations on my travel bucket list♡

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  1. South Korea

 

South Korea has been on the top of my travel bucket list for years. From the music (I love Kpop), to the amazing street foods, and the shopping, Seoul is definitely a dream destination for me. I love watching YouTube bloggers and one of my favorites is Simon and Martina (Eat Your Kimchi//Eat Your Sushi). They lived in South Korea for years and have tons of videos documenting life in Korea. After watching a few of their videos, you’ll be ready to book your flight! I’m so ready to try fresh warm hotteok (I make hotteok for my family all the time and it’s AMAZING! Maybe a future blog post?), explore Myeongdong’s shopping district, and visit as many cat cafes as possible!

 

2. Santorini, Greece

 

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I’m pretty sure everyone has seen pictures of Santorini, Greece. The crystal clear water and the gorgeous white and blue buildings that surround the bay that just scream Santorini. Not only does Santorini look like a dream, its packed full of fun activities and once in a lifetime experiences that everyone should enjoy if you have the chance! A few things that i’m excited to do is see the Santorini sunset (google it, it’s perfect), do a wine tasting at the Santo Winery (sampling 18 different wines and cheeses sounds pretty amazing), and take a greek cooking class or two! This would definitely be a dream vacation!

 

3. Bora Bora

 

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I grew up surrounded by gorgeous beaches my entire life so adding Bora Bora to my list of travel destinations is a little strange… but there’s a very good reason: the over water bungalows! These rooms are right over the water and have glass floors so you feel like you’re floating! You’re also surrounded by gorgeous mountains and crystal clear water. What’s not to love? Besides the obvious (snorkeling and swimming), you can enjoy unique shopping (tahitian pearls are a must), one of a kind spa experiences, and amazing seafood!

 

4. Japan

 

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Japan is the number one destination on my travel bucket list. Remember the Youtube bloggers from South Korea that I mention before? After living in Korea for many years, they relocated to Japan! The have so many videos of life in Japan and they’re posting new ones every week. How can you not want to adventure through Tokyo, visit the Ghibli Museum (TOTORO!!!), eat delicious foods, ride the Shinkansen bullet train, go shopping at Harajuku’s Takeshita street, and adventure through the streets of Tokyo in go carts like in Super Mario!

 

Check out Simon and Martina on Youtube!

https://www.youtube.com/user/simonandmartina

**Photos courtesy of Pexels

October Favorites♡

October is one of the busiest months for my family! Between Halloween, both of my kids birthdays, and holiday prepping, our schedule is jam-packed! So for the month of October, the theme for my monthly favorites is self-care. These are items that made my busy days a little easier and now I can’t live without them. There are six must haves for the month of October that you must try ASAP!

  1. The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer+Finisher By Estee Lauder

I’ve been a MAC Cosmetics addict since high school and I needed a change. After chatting with the sweetest Macy’s beauty department worker, I left with the most amazing foundation ever (more about this amazing foundation in a future blog post. This stuff is so amazing that she needs her own blog post) and a small free sample of the Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finisher. I should have known that this product was amazing because the worker threw in three small samples and said everyone needs this stuff. She wasn’t wrong! After scraping every last drop out of the sample container, I had to purchase the full size! Not only does it smell AMAZING, it helps keep my make in place and flawless all day. It’s great not having to worry about constantly fixing my makeup. The best part: I was finally able to downsize the amount of makeup I carry in my purse!

  1. C9 Champion Black 4” Boy Shorts

When gym is life, you need these shorts. These C9 Champion shorts aren’t only cheap ($16.99) they’re durable, and extremely comfortable! What I love most about these shorts is that they don’t stretch out (so pulling them up over and over again won’t be an issue), they’re not too thin (so you don’t have to worry when bending over or doing squats), and they make your butt look AMAZING! I own 5 pairs and I’ll definitely be adding more to my collection.

  1. Tory Burch Jelly Mini Millers

Tory Burch Millers are my go to sandals. I wear them so much that I have a permanent Tory Burch tan on my foot! In Hawai’i, fall/winter means one thing: RAIN. I love my Millers and didn’t want to ruin them as I trudge through the rain so I purchased the Tory Burch Jelly Mini Millers. No more soggy sandals or damaged Tory’s! I’ll be honest; nothing will ever replace the original Tory Burch Millers but when it’s raining outside, these are lifesavers.

  1. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum

I love October but my hair is not a fan. Between the humidity and my busy schedule, my hair doesn’t get the love and attention that it deserves. I usually enjoy using hair masks and I (usually) never leave the house without deep conditioning, Moroccan oil, flat ironing, and styling. All of that went completely out the door this month! I picked up Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum from Target because my hair needed some major attention ( it was also less than $5 and it had good reviews!) After washing my hair in the morning, I put a little of the serum in my hands and run it through my hair. Best. Stuff. Ever. No more frizzy hair and my hair looks like I actual put in some effort! Definitely repurchasing!

  1. Michael Kors Jet Set Tote

When I say my schedule this month was hectic, I wasn’t exaggerating. I was constantly on the go from 4am until I went to bed at 11pm. From running errands to shopping for party supplies, I was rushing from place to place and had no time to stop at home. This meant packing up everything I needed before I left in the morning and making sure I didn’t forget anything. In the beginning I used multiple small bags and I would always forget things or I would only pack the essentials and need to make extra trips home for things I needed. Recently I switched back to the OG Michael Kors bag: The Michael Kors Jet Set Logo tote! This bag is a few years old and has been sitting in my closet for about two years! I’m pretty sure they don’t make this bag anymore but this thing is amazing! Its dual side pockets on the outside is perfect for quick access to your phone and there’s a zippered middle pocket that fits my Macbook Air perfectly! This bag does weigh a ton after I’m done filling it but it’s very sturdy and well built. You probably have this bag somewhere in your closet so go dust that thing off and give it some love!

  1. Dark Chocolate Chunk Kind Bar

Of course I had to add at least one snack to the list! There have been many occasions where I’m rushing around and have no time to grab breakfast or lunch. If you opened my purse or gym bag right now, you’d definitely find a few snack bars in case of an emergency. One of my absolute favorites is the Dark Chocolate Chunk Kind Bar. I’ve tried so many flavors of Kind bars as well as most of the snack bars offered at Target and these are one of the best. It’s not too sweet and they kind of remind me of a grown up version of a Chewy bar. I’m the self-proclaimed queen of snack bars so trust me when I say that these Kind bars are the best! You can thank me later.

Stay at home mom to working mom: 5 things I wasn’t expecting!

I was in my final year of college and I had my life planned out. I thought I knew exactly where I was going. Once I found out that I was pregnant, I put school on hold (well, more like I quit) and dedicated the next 6 years to my kids. I enjoyed every minute being with them but in the back of my mind, I was afraid. What will my kids think of me? Would I ever amount to anything? What could a college drop out with extremely limited work experience do for a living?

After tons of soul searching, taking a phlebotomy class then deciding that it wasn’t for me, going back to the drawing boards, moving to Arizona, then coming back to Hawai’i, I finally decided to pursue a career as a realtor.

It’s been two years since making that decision and I’m proud to say that i’m a licensed realtor and have been working for a little over a year. Balancing my job as a realtor as well as my job as a mother and wife isn’t easy! I knew it would be difficult and I thought I prepared for it but there were a few things that I wasn’t expecting…

1. Mom guilt

I dedicated my life to two kids for 6 years and now that they’re both in school, I have freedom that I haven’t had in years. Why do I feel guilty? My kids are both in school, my husband is working, and I still feel like I shouldn’t be enjoying my quiet time. Is it guilt because I’m not with my kids every moment of the day anymore? Maybe it’s because I can’t stop thinking about all the milestones that I might be missing while we’re apart? I know many moms haven’t had the luxury of being able to stay home with their kids full time and probably think I’m being a big baby but the separation anxiety is REAL.

2. Always on the go!!

Before the kids, I was always on the go! I would wake up at 5am to get ready for school, go to classes all day, hang with friends until midnight, finally got to sleep at 2, woke up at 5am, and did it all over again! I never needed a nap and I always woke up in the morning feeling well rested (with 3 hours of sleep). After having my kids, I was always exhausted! I wanted to nap all the time, I had no motivation to do my hair and makeup unless it was a special occasion, and I was content with staying home all day and hanging out with my boys. Fast forward to today and I’m full of energy again! I never want to be home if my husband and kids aren’t home, I’m constantly on the go, I wake up at 4am to go to the gym almost daily, and I enjoy doing my hair and makeup even if I have no plans that day. Part of me thought that after my kids went to school, i’d be home enjoying the quiet in my home office. Instead I pack up my computer and paperwork and find places to sit and work!

3. Finding a job is complicated…

So, I never had a legit 9-5 job before. Before my kids, I worked briefly at a small Korean restaurant, a hotel gift shop, a few months part time at CVS, and in the beauty salon that my mom owns. That’s it. Getting a job before kids was easy! I could work anytime, overtime, holidays, etc… Now it’s a nightmare to find an employer that understands that I need to drop my kids off at school by 7:45 (so no early morning shifts), pick my kids up from school by 2pm (so no late afternoon shifts), and I need to be with them at least until my husband comes home at 6pm. I’ve tried looking for part time work before starting in real estate and it was nearly impossible!

**With that being said, there are many opportunities for stay at home moms to work from home! I’m currently working on a blog post about that so stayed tuned!

4. You get lonely

After being with my kids every minute of the day for 6 years, it can get lonely when you find yourself with hours of child free down time. I miss the sounds of my kids giggling and playing together when I’m home alone. I catch myself zoning out, wondering if they’re having fun or if they’re missing me too. (Let’s be real, they’re probably having the time of their lives with their friends while mommy counts the minutes until I can pick them up!)

5. Working weekends

As a realtor, weekends can get pretty busy. From showing houses to visiting open houses in my neighborhood, weekends are jam packed! I try my best to leave Saturdays open for family time or I try to schedule work for later in the afternoon so we have some time together but it’s still difficult to get used to. My kids are used to me leaving on weekends but it’s always sad to have to say goodbye.

Being a full time mom is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. I miss being home with my kids everyday but it’s a part of growing up which I knew was inevitable. Finding work and balancing life can be difficult but it’s worth it in the end. As moms, we easily forget about ourselves and put all of our time and energy into our families. The most important lesson I’ve learned is to roll with the punches and make it work! As much as we all want to plan everything out perfectly, life with kids and working full time can get hectic. So just take it one step at a time and enjoy the ride!