I love learning from and being inspired by other moms, so I'm kicking off with two new series, where I'll be asking pregnant and other moms their tips, best products, advice etc.
This week, I'm featuring Kate Kearney, working mom of one-year-old Carter, and super-fit woman who is training for her second Half Iron Man.
Here Kate answers my mom-related questions:
Tell us a bit about yourself.
By day I'm an account director at a global digital agency. It's manic, fast paced paced and I'm about one bad brief away from signing up for daily botox! I do love it though and I thrive in the high-paced environment of deadlines and stress.
I also freelance write for www.joburg.co.za. My blog is definitely my outlet though. I live in Douglasdale in our "forever home" that's taking forever to renovate. I'm constantly torn between spending money on a faulty geyser of paying for my childs' education.
My hobbies include pinning everything on Pinterest and never making it, party planning, cooking, photography and exercising – I'm currently training for my second Half Iron Man in June. I'm married to Barry who is MD at another digital agency. We are very proud parents to Carter (human child, one) and Rupert and Bella (fur children, four). I am a bit of a social media slut and am on Facebook (www.facebook/rupertapproves), instagram (KateNicoleKearney), Twitter (@KateKearney) and write a blog (www.rupertapproves.com)
What's always in your handbag?
Burts Bees lip balm, 35 lipsticks that never get used because I'm always applying lip-ice, till slips and cash back coupons that I swear I'm always going to use in time but always expire before I do, a wallet full of cards and never cash, a makeup compact, hair clips, baby related stuff like feeding spoons and dummies, deodorant, perfume and business cards of people I'm probably never going to call.
What are the beauty products you’d take with you if there was a fire?
Mitchum, BB cream, full-cover foundation with SPF, mascara and lip balm. Ironically, if there was ever a fire, it would be because I left my GHD on while applying said makeup products. This mum-dumb is real.
What are your nappy bag staples?
Wet wipes, Cheerios and raisins, a bottle of water, several changes of clothes and suncream. As a rule I keep the nappy bag full at all times, so it's always available last minute. often that rule backfires and when we get to our intended destination we realise there's an old bottle of formula in it, clothes three seasons too small and the wet wipes have been left open and resemble dryer sheets…
What’s in your cubbyhole?
My car cubbyhole is probably the only mess-free area of my car. It contains my user manual and service book. It's truly a miracle. The rest of my car looks like a clothing and food store exploded in it.
What’s in your lunch bag regularly?
Salad, tuna, yoghurt, repeat. I should be much thinner than I am as I consider salad to be a treat. I could eat it all day every day. Now that it's colder though I eat a lot of soup and comfort food.
What are your favourite tips/products for making you look like you’ve had a great night’s sleep?
Clearly none, because most days I'm greeted with a "Shame, you look tired" comment when I get to work. I'm one of those unfortunate people who wear a bad night's sleep like a badge.
The only thing that works is applying a full face of makeup – I'm talking the matric dance works. That and lashings of overly priced mascara.
What’s always in your fridge?
A kilogram block of Gouda, yoghurt, salad ingredients, several plastic containers of unidentified leftoivers and 18 jars of chilli.
What are your best parenting websites/resources?
Rattle and Mum (aaaaw, thanks Kate. Your hamper of perfume and cosmetics is on the way :)) and Google. Jokes aside, I don't really have any go-to parenting websites. I find them all to be the parenting version of Cosmopolitan magaizne – 'How to happy in 10 steps' is replaced with 'how to get your baby t sleep in under 10 minutes'.
If they aren't 100% honest and truthful then they can't be trusted. I rely a lot on friends and am part of an award winning number of Whatsapp groups (although some of the moms tend to be more neurotic than helpful!). I gauge my parenting on three things: Is he sleeping, is he eating and is he happy. If yes to all, then I reckon I'm doing a good enough job.
What are the best baby products you couldn’t do without?
Epimaxx cream (helps with everything from dry skin to eczema), cloth nappies (to be used for anything except actual nappy'ing), Ackermans baby (because who has money for expensive clothes), jogging prams, muslin blankets, honey dummies (hideous, but oh so effective) and small tupperware (to house anything from formula to snacks to shells to leftovers).
If you'd like to be featured in either the pregnancy or mom series, please comment below, or email me here. I would love to feature you!!!!