My daughter Sofia. She is allergic to certain phosphates found in processed cheese and some food flavorings. When she started a two-day-a week pre-school, I found myself struggling to come up with fresh lunch ideas. Soon, she began asking for packaged lunches filled with ingredients she couldn’t have. So, I found myself making lunches that looked like what her friends were eating, but made fresh in my kitchen. I became known as the “mom who made fun lunches” around her school and when other parents asked me to email them recipes… I knew I was onto something.
How do you juggle working from home and running a business with three kids?
Honestly, I have help. A few days a week and while my oldest two are in school, I hire a part-time sitter to come to my home and care for my infant. This way, I am twenty feet away, I get to feed him and kiss his little heiney at diaper changes. Another advantage of working from home is that I get to pick up my kids from school, take them to all their activities, and be present until 8pm when dad takes over at bed time. I tuck them in, kiss them good night, and I’m back in the office for a few hours. I schedule everything and limit the after-school activities my children participate in. I’ve surrendered to the reality that I will not get it all done in one day so I’ve become more realistic with my expectations and deadlines.
My daughter will tell you pizza night. I make pizza dough Friday mornings and let it rise in the fridge all day. The kitchen island is transformed into a rolling, kneading, and pizza making station. I have a thick pizza stone in my oven and at 500 degrees the pizzas come out like at a brick oven restaurant.
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