This week, my younger sister, Paige, joined me on my podcast, WITH WHIT! She is a brand new mom and shared her experience of life in quarantine with a newborn. Moms or soon to be moms…I highly recommend you listen! She gives some amazing insight that I hope will help you with any anxiety you might be having.
This week on WITH WHIT, I have a very, very special guest…my younger sister, Paige! Her life does not look how she envisioned it. Four weeks before the stay at home order was put in place in California, she gave birth to her son, Wolf. My heart is with all of the brand new moms and women who are pregnant out there!
I have decided to make it a priority to schedule out some ME TIME every day during quarantine. For me, that means going outside to read a book, going on a walk, watching easy TV, working out for at least 20 min or giving myself a facial!
There is so much out of our control right now that it feels good to take charge of our daily routines by simplifying. While my skincare routine has always felt efficient, I tend to use a lot of different products because I love trying new things. I love to try new things and will continue to but it is also promising to hear that we don’t need as much as we think we do on a normal basis. Nisha Shah, a Physician’s Assistant at Moy, Fincher, Chipps Facial Plastics and Dermatology, reminded me in our live yesterday that less really can be more when it comes to taking the best care of our skin. Btw, Moy Fincher Chips Dermatology specializes in medical and cosmetic dermatology with an emphasis on acne and anti-aging treatments so she really knows her stuff.
Here is a full round up of everything I used, wore, loved, listened to and cooked over the past couple weeks! Some of these recipes and songs were so therapeutic to me. (The Best Healthy Cookies are AMAZING.) I highly recommend you check them out!
We are trying really hard to go to the grocery store as little as possible right now. That means we are working with what we got…kind of intimidating but also a good challenge. We shouldn’t be wasting what we have. This whole situation has put a lot in perspective for me, and I want to make changes now that will stick far after this is over. I was recently connected with Chef Donal Skehan and thought it would be great if he provided some quick tips and tricks for cooking from your pantry!
Like everyone else, our daily routine and schedule has drastically changed. We had Sonny on a very strict schedule which included a very precise nap and bedtime. It wasn’t difficult to get him to fall asleep, because he was always tired after school. Even though his regular routine has changed and is different every day, we are still striving to keep nap time and bed time consistent…for him and for us.
Until recently, makeup has not been a part of my quarantine routine. I was lazy and uninspired. However, I found myself grimacing at myself in the mirror every time I passed by one in the house. All of a sudden, it felt like we had mirrors everywhere! I was inspired to pull myself together a little, and I remembered that getting dressed and pampering myself makes me feel put together, empowered, motivated and brightens my mood. SO, I made a WFH Look!
As a mom, you feel an overwhelming responsibility to put your loved ones needs before your own and if you don’t you feel guilty about it. However, I have quickly learned that this is not productive for anyone. We have to take care of ourselves in order to be at our best to help others. That is self-care 101 right there. Right now, this is especially hard to do because it seems so selfish, but it is important to make ourselves an equal priority.
I hope you guys were able to find some moments of laughter and joy this weekend. The weekends feel even more welcome now. I am sensing a lot of people, like myself, feeling a need for routine during the week and maybe pushing themselves too hard. I think we need to try to release what we think is expected of us and focus more on what we expect of ourselves. So instead of judging myself for putting this kind of content out there, I am going to embrace it and share with you some of the products and music that really got me through the week. I hope any part of it lifts your spirits!