Tell me a little bit about yourself:
Hey there! My name is Hannah and I’m from Ohio. I started dating my (now) husband Tom when I was 17 and he was 19. We got engaged when I was 18, got married when I was 19 and had our beautiful daughter Charlotte when I was 20. Talk about a domino effect! Haha! Usually when I tell people that they say, “So…you planned it that way?!” Yes, we did! My husband Tom and I are both old souls at heart and both feel so much older than we actually are. Sometimes I still feel like an excited, rowdy 15 year old but most of the time I feel like a 40 year old mentally. I think my best friends would disagree because I act like I’m 10 when we get together. But don’t we all? Ha!
Anyway, I love taking care of my daughter and our home all day. But I also knew that I wanted something more for myself. I tried my hand at making YouTube videos weekly but it became too much for me as my daughter was 4 months old at the time and I couldn’t always set up a camera, do my makeup and get a video edited. I was also still adjusting to life as a new mom. I actually looked at other YouTubers who had blogs too and thought, “Blogs seem really boring. How do they have fun writing a blog?” But then it hit me! It was the perfect solution for me! I love to write, I can type and type and type all day without being too loud and waking Charlotte up from her nap (like I was when I was making videos), and I love taking pictures. I thought, “How did I not think of this before?!” So now I am the proud mama behind mrsandmommy.com! Other than my amazing husband and our beautiful little 8 month old, my blog is my passion. I love to inspire, help, and encourage others and I definitely use my blog to do just that.
Describe your mommy uniform:
Oh boy, people. My “uniform” varies like crazy. Some days if Charlotte is content and letting me get ready I’ll do my makeup, hair, and even wear a cute dress and flats! Other days? My hair is up in a messy bun (not the cute kind), I’m wearing a t-shirt, pajama pants, and slippers. My teeth might not even be brushed until 1pm. (Mamas, you know what I mean.) Most days around the house I wear leggings or some black sweat pants, a cute sweater and my moccasins.
What is your strategy when getting dressed for the day?
When I’m getting dressed, that is, if I’m getting dressed, I usually think, “What can I wear that I won’t mind getting spit up on, dish water splashed onto, or mashed peas rubbed all over. Usually I’m really good about staying clean throughout the day, but when it rains it pours as they say! I would love to say I wear a tulle skirt and vintage heels to vacuum my floors but I can’t. I like to look cute but also keep things realistic. So think less Macy’s and more Old Navy.
What is your favorite clothing item?
My favorite clothing item is probably my nautical shirt from Charming Charlie!
Describe your cleaning/organizing routine:
What I Aim For:
What Actually Happens:
It takes me 3 hours to do 10 dishes in the sink because I wash one, then Charlotte wants a snack so I run to the cupboard to get cheerios for her while she’s playing in her high chair. Then she notices me there again and wants me to pick her up. I try to distract her. She cries until I rummage through my drawers and try to distract her with a measuring cup. Success! I get one more dish done. She drops the measuring up and starts to cry. There is a foul smell coming from her diaper so now I take her to the changing table. I try to put her back in her high chair but she’s cranky from teething so I try to coax a frozen teether into her mouth. Success! I get one more dish done. She drops the teether and starts to cry.
Repeat until all dishes and housework are done. Haha!
Truthfully that doesn’t happen every day. Some days she plays quietly on the floor for an hour and I’m able to get everything on my list done! It just depends. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. ☺
What is the one household chore that you wish you were better about?
The bane of my existence is laundry…
Haha! Okay it’s not that bad. But I really dislike it. The washing and drying is okay but folding it and putting it away is like my kryptonite. I delay it and delay it and then, shoot, I need that sweater and it’s crumpled up in a ball at the bottom of the laundry basket. Guess I’m wearing a different one…
The laundry may not be done but I do feel that one of my strengths around the house is decorating. Others may not have the same taste as me but I really like the way I’ve set things up.
What give you the most “mommy guilt”?
I feel guilty about doing things for myself when I could be doing something for my husband or daughter. I can’t buy a $3 shirt from Goodwill without thinking that I’m destroying our budget or that I could have spent that on a pack of baby wipes. Even working on my blog feels like a waste of time usually. Don’t get me wrong, I love my blog and I’m so passionate about it. But I think of it as time that I’m spending on myself/something I love to do instead of playing peek-a-boo with Charlotte. My husband has to remind me sometimes that I need to do things for myself. When I want to go to dinner with friends or family I usually start to think of how selfish I’m being by leaving him with Charlotte. “What if she screams the whole time? I won’t be home until past her bedtime and she won’t sleep unless I’m there. I should just stay home.” Tom has to basically shove me out the door and demand that I have fun. (Thanks, Babe!) I guess that’s why God chose women to be mothers though. We would walk to the ends of the earth for our babies, so not going out to El Rancho Grande for the evening because Charlotte has a runny nose seems like nothing to me. I am getting better at telling myself that if I never carved out time for myself to be alone or time for my husband and I to be alone, I would go crazy. I now take advantage of Tom’s help more often and run to the store on my own or let him take her out somewhere while I stay home and get things done on my blog.
What gives you the most “mommy pride”?
Seeing Charlotte smile. When she is happy and smiling I could not ask for anything more. I think, “Hey, maybe I am doing something right after all.” It’s the most rewarding feeling on earth knowing that she has that smile on her face because I have taken care of her. She’s my own, little, personal, tiny human that I am responsible for. That smile is an indication that her dad and I are doing an alright job. Her happiness means more to me than my own life!
Have a wonderful day!
My name is Hannah and I'm a lucky wife to Tom, and mama bear to two sweet girls - Charlotte & Rosalie. Coffee, lipstick, sunshine, and dresses are some of my favorite things! I love to blog about God, motherhood, "wifeyhood", food, health and much more.
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