Like Heidi, today’s SpitfireMom is a new addition to the two tot club! Reichel Broussard is the chic behind Copy Cat Chic, a lifestyle blog that highlights style and interior design focused on lower budgets and highest style. It’s that site we all need when we see a drool-worthy room with a price that makes us weep. Copy Cat Chic offers alternatives, smart approaches, and resources, tells you where to save and when to splurge. Room redos, shopping tips, and Reichel’s sunny personality abound!
Reichel describes being a full time work-at-home mom as a lesson in how to focus and says she works harder on her blog than she ever did working at a traditional full-time job. She adds that it’s probably because she actually enjoys what she does!
While her newest addition, Conrad, is still very much a newborn, she also has a daughter. Adorable Arden goes to preschool from 9-3 every weekday, giving them time together in the morning, afternoon, and evening. After dropping her off at preschool, Reichel usually takes some time to run errands around town since she’s already out and about. Then it’s time to head home, grab a quick bite to eat, and then work at the computer for the rest of the afternoon. After picking up Arden from school, they come home and have play time before starting dinner, so it will be ready by the time the Mister arrives.
Here’s what Reichel had to say about being a SpitfireMom.
How does being a mom influence your work?
I’ve found that being a Mom really opens up a whole new network of opportunities, networks, and friends when you’re a blogger. It’s so great to have this major thing in common with other moms. It definitely helps connect women online. I found I developed a more personal relationship with my blog readers after having Arden. It’s been great getting to know the mommy readers of my blog.
I’m not a multi-tasker. I fully admit it. So before Arden was in preschool I really struggled with time management. There was never enough time to get the work I needed to get done. And the mommy guilt would kick in because I felt like I wasn’t devoting my full attention to Arden when she needed it.
Do you talk about your kids with clients or potential clients?
I don’t really meet with clients very often so this isn’t a huge issue. I’ll bring up that I have a daughter if it seems appropriate, but if the conversation never gets there then I don’t force it.
We know a SpitfireMom like Reichel has tips to share, so we asked for her best time saving trick:
I know it’s not a big secret, but now that Arden’s old enough to watch T.V. it’s been a real lifesaver. I can get ready in the morning while she’s watching her favorite show and munching on breakfast. It’s so nice being able to get dress and brush your teeth without a toddler hanging on your leg!
What’s one thing you haven’t figured out?
I still find dinner time hard. I’m not a big dinner eater and my husband is. I would be happy just snacking, but I think it’s really nice to have a sit-down family dinner at the dining table. So I struggle with meal planning and time planning when it comes to dinner. It really helps when I have time at the beginning of the week to go through my recipes and plan what to make at least three or four nights that week. And then leftovers make a great lunch or dinner the other nights.
And, if you’re a mom entrepreneur and just found out your expecting, Reichel says:
Congratulations and welcome to the welcoming world of mommyhood. Find your fellow moms. The community brings a whole new level of understanding and support. And take advantage of the birth of your first baby and join a mommy group. The bonding and friendship that develops are priceless.
Reichel, congratulations on Conrad. He’s precious! We look forward to seeing your SpitfireMom-ness with two and you know Heidi’s taking notes!
Heidi & Julie
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