A Day in the Life: Balancing Business Blogging & Baby

Hello, Friends! Can you believe that this was the last full week before Thanksgiving?! This has been THE FASTEST year.
PS – I got a notification today that another one of my blog posts was published today on Elite Daily here! The original article all about the “5th Trimester” can be found here and is still one of my favorite posts I’ve written to date.
We went home this past weekend for my sisters wedding (which was amazing BTW) and I had so many questions and comments about my blog! It makes me happy because I know that people are reading and engaged with my writing.
 Two of the most common questions were: when do you blog and how do you have time to blog? Or comments of “I don’t know how you do it.” There were also comments saying that I must be spending a lot of time on it. Which is true, but I have to be very strategic about when I can work on this, and yes, I wish I could do way more. Craig says I spend more time working on the blog than I think.
I decided I’ll write about a day in the life of a working, blogging, Mom for some perspective – I know so many working Moms can relate so I’d love to hear from you on how you balance it all as well!
  I’ll start at midnight so we can include the entire day. Pretty much every week day is the same routine:
  • Sometime between 1am and 3am: Calvin is not consistent about sleeping through the night even at 9 months, so once a night, Calvin usually wakes up whining in his crib. Craig is on this time of night duty so he will go in to rock him back to sleep if he doesn’t go back to sleep on his own. I don’t feed him during the night anymore.
  • Sometime between 5am and 6am – Cal wakes up again. At this odd time of the morning, I don’t have the time or patience to rock him back to sleep. If it’s earlier than 6am, I grab him and lay with him in our bed with me so I can get just a bit more sleep. He will almost always snuggle back up and sleep for a bit longer.
  • 630-730am: wake up and feed Calvin (I am still breastfeeding in the mornings and evenings) then we “talk and play” for a bit.
  • 730-830am: Get myself ready for work while entertaining a baby. Calvin plays & rolls around in his pack ‘n play, I pack my lunch, coffee and english muffin with peanut butter while Calvin stares at me sitting on the kitchen floor, get Calvin changed & dressed while he screams because he doesn’t want me to lay him on his changing table.
  • 8-830: I leave for work, Craig finishes getting Calvin ready and takes him to daycare. My commute is 30 min.
  • 830ish-530ish: Work work work work work – meetings, calls, project work, emails, and more meetings.
  • 6-630pm: Get home from work. Craig has usually already picked up Calvin and they are both waiting for me at home.
  • 615-630pm: Feed Calvin dinner (1 jar beech-nut baby food & gerber rice cereal or oatmeal) while the other starts dinner.
  • 630-730pm: Play with Calvin/Eat Dinner
  • 730-8: Bedtime routine: bath, pajamas, books
  • 8pm: Feed Calvin then let him lay with me for cuddle time for at least half hour.
  • 8-830pm: Craig takes Calvin and puts him in his crib.
  • 830-? pm: “Personal” time – this is usually when I do all of my blogging/social media work. The end time is “?” because sometimes I am too tired to do anything and sometimes I am up until midnight.
    I am committed to continuing my blog, with some other long term goals in mind as well. At this point, I’m definitely feeling like something always has to be given up in order to balance business, blog & baby – at this time in my life, usually it is sleep or exercise! I know, I know, I’m working on it.


You can probably tell by this schedule that I need efficiency – I need things to be quick, simple and easy for me to fit everything into my day. No time for BS. I was actually looking back through some old blog posts and realized pretty much everything I support and write about is related to making my life easier and more efficient. Here are some mom hacks I live by every day!
*I only wash and style my hair once a week – usually on Saturday. The rest of the week I wear it half up, in a pony tail, in a bun, etc to mix it up and make my blowout last. I was #blessed/cursed with very dry hair that allows me to do this. I wrote about “2nd day hairstyles” here – but really they can be used for 3rd, 4th, and 5th day styles too!
*I put on the same makeup every day – watch my 10 minute every day makeup tutorial here 
*Microwaveable vegetables & bagged salads – need I say more?
*Draft settings on wordpress, instagram, facebook, outlook, gmail and other social channels are life savers! If you ever see me post something during the week, it’s likely because I took the time the night before or on the weekend to create drafts of social posts/blog posts or emails.
*Crockpot Meals! I wrote about my favorite easy meals here and here.
*The Keurig coffee maker – one quick cup that I can grab & go!
*Flossing in the shower – anyone else?
*Low maintenance hair color – I really love getting a fresh cut & color but it takes such a long time from start to finish that I can only really find time to go about 3-4 times a year. I recently had my stylist take out my blonde that goes all the way up to the roots so that the color can gradually grow out and still look okay. This allows me to go longer between visits.
*Lastly, I have become more and more open about my honesty on when I need help. It’s just natural that a lot of responsibility falls back on Mom, especially when the baby always wants you or you are still breast feeding. Lately I am very open about when I need help on ANYTHING. For example, I really dislike going to the grocery store so Craig will stop on his way home from work. It is one thing off my plate each week.
Who else’s schedule feels just as crazy as this? Moms of multiples, I don’t know how you do it!!! What are your hacks, daily efficiencies, or tips? Would love to hear about how I can cut more corners! LOL
Have a great weekend!!!KaylaSignature-02

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Let’s talk about Strengths, baby…

We spend sooo much of our life focusing on how we need to improve, what we can do better, or how someone else is better than us. Usually when we are looking at someone else’s life, it’s not even a fair comparison…no one else has your life except you. For example, looking at a 6 ft. tall blonde model’s page on Instagram and wondering why I can’t look more like her is just ridiculous…but we all do it. Have you ever seriously stopped to think about what you’re good at, and how you can take these traits to the next level in order to succeed? Maybe someone wants to be more like YOU. We all have different strengths, none better than the other. How boring life would be if we were all the same.


Next week, I’m helping to lead a StrengthsFinder training for my team at work and I’m seriously looking forward to it. Is that so dorky? We get to hear positive reinforcement for a whole afternoon! I actually like applying these types of “assignments” to get better instead of making them another box to check off the long list of daily tasks…or maybe I just like talking about what I’m good at… 🙂
The book this is based on, Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath, comes with a code that allows you to discover your top 5 strengths (out of a list of 34) based on a series of behavioral questions. I first took this test a couple of years ago on my own, and again this past July for a leadership training. I’ve actually taken both the StrengthsFinder 2.0 & the Strengths Based Leadership test by the same author, but they have the same 34 strengths. The results are creepily accurate and they really didn’t change much at all over time. “People don’t change!”

SF books

Step One – Learn what your Strengths are and the characteristics of each. I’ll go through my top 5 strengths quickly, so you can get an idea of how it works and get some examples:


“Only action can make things happen. Only action leads to performance. Once a decision is made, you cannot not act.”

If you feel like this you may be an activator as well. I rarely have a plan in place for how I am going to get something done, but once I get something in my mind I have to do it right then – I can’t stop thinking about it until I take a step towards making it happen. This is everything from a food craving to accepting a relocation assignment across the country without even knowing which state it was on the US map (I wish I were joking) to daily process improvements on the job. I will think about, or see the end goal and literally just start “doing” until it is done. I have very little patience for the details, evaluation, or analytical discussion. Just get me to the damn cookie…now. 🍪

the garden state


“Strengths, whether yours or someone else’s fascinate you. And having found a strength, you feel compelled to nurture it, refine it, and stretch it toward excellence.”

This statement right here explains exactly why I am obsessed with this topic. I can’t wait for my team to discover their strengths and be able to apply. Watching people succeed is cool, ya’ll. I don’t like talking about what I’m bad at, I take it too personal and get borderline defensive. This also explains why I’m always giving people the benefit of the doubt, sometimes to a fault, instead of dwelling on what they need to fix. You won’t find me being too harsh on anyone unless they’re on like try #3.


“When you look at the world, you are instinctively aware of other people’s performance. You need to compare. If you can compare, you can compete, if you can compete, you can win.”


Being competitive is pretty self explanatory. I feel like you either like to compete with others, or you shy away from it completely and feel absolutely no satisfaction in doing so. My friend Lauren once told me during a bootcamp class that I’m the most competitive person she knows, which for some reason, I will never forget. I totally thought this was an inner trait that I did a good job of hiding, but I guess when you wanna win, you wanna win. I remember in high school, my principal cancelled the most important dance competition of the season due to a snow storm and I slammed my bedroom door out of anger so hard you would’ve thought the house was going to fall down. I had already done my makeup and we were supposed to beat our biggest rivals that day. God, I was such a jerk back then…my poor, poor parents. Needless to say, you can tell that this strength did not come as a surprise.


“You are a dreamer who sees visions of what could be and who cherishes those visions. When the present proves too frustrating and the people around you too pragmatic, you conjure up your visions of the future and they energize you.”

#TRUTH – I feel like this explains why I spend so much time talking about the future and making sure that decisions made today will be beneficial to the future as well. I have a hard time living in the moment, but am able to see down the long windy road ahead of me, even when it’s a bit foggy. I don’t get hung up in the details of the moment but rather am able to see the “grandness” (is that a word?) and opportunities in the big picture.


“People are drawn toward those who take a stance and ask them to move in a certain direction. Therefore, people will be drawn to you. You have presence.”

Now this word – Command – just sounds scary to me…I promise I’m not going around shouting orders all day. Command is more like you are okay with confrontation and talking about difficult issues in order to get resolution. Once I have an opinion I need to share it with someone else or talk about it — I gotta be careful with that one. Yikes.
Step Two – Identify and learn the characteristics of others’ strengths. Have your team take the test. While it’s beneficial to learn and study your own strengths, it’s pointless to only learn about yourself if you don’t know how to work with others.  The other 29 strengths are:
  • Achiever
  • Adaptability
  • Analytical
  • Arranger
  • Belief
  • Communication
  • Connectedness
  • Consistency
  • Context
  • Deliberative
  • Developer
  • Discipline
  • Empathy
  • Focus
  • Harmony
  • Ideation
  • Includer
  • Individualization
  • Input
  • Intellection
  • Learner
  • Positivity
  • Relator
  • Responsibility
  • Restorative
  • Self-Assurance
  • Significance
  • Strategic
  • Woo
When I was listing out those strengths I just caught myself thinking, “If only I were a bit more consistent, responsible, or intellectual…” haha, but just because something doesn’t fall in your top 5 doesn’t mean you have zero of that trait in your arsenal.
Step Three – Keep this ‘ish in front of you. The book gives action items you can apply right away against each trait and how to work with others with strengths outside of yours. Reading once and then forgetting about it doesn’t really count. Post your strengths on your beautiful cubicle wall that you stare at all day, so you can remember what you’re good at. Put your employees strengths in their personnel file, maybe on something you open often.


I know a lot of my friends & co-workers (some shown above) have taken this test — what are your strengths? I genuinely want to know! Make sure you are actually clicked into this post (click on the top photo or access from the “Career” drop down and not just on the homepage in order to leave a comment.) If you haven’t taken it, I hope I convinced you to try it out! You could even do this with your SO or friends, outside of work.
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