5 TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME WITH KIDS

Truthfully, I’m not sure where to begin this blog post. Since coronavirus has broken out all over the world, many of us have found ourselves quarantined to our homes. Millions are expected to become extremely ill, freedom as we knew it feels like it has vanished overnight and everything else has quickly started to feel so trivial. But, in the spirit of trying to inspire and keep our minds in as positive a place as possible, I’ve been trying to think of some ways I may be able to help in even the smallest of ways.  So, as someone who has always emoted through writing and through creating, I’m excited to share tips for working from home today while you have kids in tow.

CORONAVIRUS: HOW ANXIOUS SHOULD WE BE?

Los Angeles blogger, RELish By Arielle wears a striped sweater and black vintage jeans from made well

We snapped these photos a few weeks ago when Sadie and I had a date at the beautiful Beverly Hills Hotel. It was a couple of days before I went back to work from maternity leave and I remember feeling so nervous!  At that point, I hadn’t been away from Sadie for more than an hour or two here and there and I was trying to wrap my head around what our new normal might look like. Looking back, it’s crazy that at this point, coronavirus was not yet a household name and that so much has changed in just a few short weeks. Likewise, along with rounding up our outfit details today, I’m sharing some ways our family is protecting ourselves against this scary virus in case this info helps any other anxious mamas out there.

MUST-HAVE MADEWELL BASICS

Los Angeles Blogger, RELish By Arielle wears a Madewell button-down shirt

Just as temperatures started to drop over the weekend here in Los Angeles and I pulled out ALL the cozy sweaters, LA decided to hit us with another almost 90 degree day.  While I’m definitely not complaining about the beautiful summery weather here, the schizophrenic temps are not always easy to keep up with outfit-wise.  Since Madewell is my go-to store for comfy basics throughout all seasons, I’m sharing where to snag my favorite must-have versatile pieces of the moment for fall. The best part? Many of these pieces are currently on sale for 30% off an already discounted price using the code “ORDERUP.” These basics are perfect for layering (if LA ever allows us to get there!).

TARGET BABY OUTFIT INSPO

We can’t believe Naiya will be turning one on August 30th–especially because our baby with all the leg rolls is already fitting into 12-18 month clothing! Naiya has been growing so quickly, I’ve had a hard time keeping up with stocking her closet. I keep folding up her 6-12 month outfits to store away and can’t believe how quickly time is going. I totally ugly cried a few nights ago watching videos of Naiya on my phone from every month of her life so far. Phil came downstairs and probably thought I was a nut. This parenting thing is so crazy emotional! How have Phil and I been parents for almost a year? Then again, it feels like a lifetime at the same time. 

THE ONE THING THAT’S MADE ME HAPPIER THIS YEAR

Finding time for yourself when you’re a full-time working mom is so much harder than I ever could have imagined.  A few months into going back to work after maternity leave, I often feel like I’m running on fumes and a little too much caffeine.  I’ve realized that almost all my time at home and at the office feels like it’s devoted to others.  This is usually completely fine and doable–until every few weeks, it hits me.