My Mom Life: Jessica Herberger

I've admired Jessica Herberger from Experience Events for a while now for her incredible style, and you may remember her from the Summer Issue of Mamatoga Magazine, where she helped me put together a perfect tea party for Lev's birthday. Many thanks to Jessica for taking part in the My Mom Life Series. To read more from the series, click here. If you would like to take part, drop me a line at xoxo jh4What is your typical schedule like during the week? There is NO typical-especially during the summers.  Josh & I have a meeting every morning and review the day, the week and the coming weeks- we have an ever evolving calender.

What do you find tricky about your current set-up/schedule? What would you change if you could? Phone calls are almost impossible during the day! Thankfully my husband goes in to work late at least once a week and I can stack the morning with scheduled calls.

What do you like best about your current set-up/schedule? When we aren’t in event setup mode all I need is a laptop and a phone to run the business-I get to travel around a lot with the kids and just take work with me.

jh1 jhDo you have time for yourself? Not much honestly-but I am really ok with it.  It is a season of life and right now we are in the thick of it! Working from home with three kids makes for an unorthodox schedule so I catch moments when I can and am so thankful that I get to do what I love surrounded by those I love.

What advice would you give to other moms about how to balance work and life? Throw out any notion of superwoman! Also everything you say “yes” to means you are saying “no” to something else (usually family time).

Do you ever wonder how other women manage the juggle? Do you think people are open about it? I think everyone is really trying to keep their head above water-you have good days (or sometimes weeks) and bad ones.  Some people are just more honest about it than others.

jh3 jh5What are some of your top must have products for the parenting part of your life? Right now my favorite tool is my hand held mini food mill-the baby gets whatever we eat and it makes quick work of making “baby food”.

What are some non-mom must haves? my iPhone-we have a love hate relationship.

What is one thing you’ve realized/learned about motherhood that no one ever told you before you had kids? You have to think about or deal with food. All.The.Time.

If you had an extra hour in the day you would spend it…? Reading! Either a great magazine like Sweet Paul (editor's note: I LOVE Sweet Paul!) or a fantastic book that isn’t work related.

Do you find it hard or difficult at all to stay connected to friends/people in your life now that you have kids? Do you find there is any gap or gulf in between you and the friends/people in your life that don’t have kids? Any tips on how to stay connected to those people?  I have learned that people come in and out of your life and that’s ok.  There are a few people that have seen me through the years and they are very precious.  I learn from all my friends and even if they are in my life briefly I think there is value and then sometimes it is best for everyone to move on to new friends

Is there anything you find yourself doing as a parent that you swore you would never do before you had kids?  of course! But no need to divulge publicly ;)