Momma Feature- Lauren | Kelowna Mother's day Sessions

Lauren originally came to me as a client, with the most amazing and fun photo shoot concept- a portrait session of her and her husband's vintage Corvair. Not only is she one hot momma, she is also the mastermind behind Perspective Event Design and we just wrapped a fun styled shoot we'll be featuring soon! Here's what Lauren has to say about motherhood:

First off tell me about your munchkins (age, stats, awesomeness): Fredrik aka Freddie, 18 mths, he's a trouble maker, has a wicked temper, but is so loving and loves to be a goof. Grace, 6, Loves being dramatic and off in the clouds, is incredibly caring and sensitive towards the world around her, and has always been incredibly independent.

What's the most surprising thing you've discovered about motherhood? Motherhood has helped me be ok with my insufficiencies. It has taught me that it's possible to be confident in not knowing everything. You go into parenthood thinking of all the things you will teach your kids, and really they end up teaching you so much more, as long as you're willing to learn.

What's your go to trick when all else fails and everything is falling apart? My best trick for dealing is distraction, it's always a great method. But mostly stepping back, taking a breath, and calming myself down first helps everyone else to do the same. Reminding myself that whatever is happening now is a beautiful mess and I will look back at it later, and laugh. That I am blessed to be in that moment. (Not that I always remember do this, but it works great when I do)

How do you relax at the end of the day? Sit with my husband, no matter what he is doing at the time. Being able to even just sit in silence together helps me to unwind.

Do you have any family rituals you've incorporated into family time? Our family is so scattered and sporadic that rituals are hard to keep. Constants are laughter, goofiness, and all together mess.

What's your go to beauty routine? A decent amount of time in the shower. I don't do much for beauty these days for many reasons! I have really been working on who I am to those around me so I can improve for myself, and be a living example to my kids. To me confidence in who I am rather than what I look like is important.

What's your go to, need to throw clothes on and get out the door, wardrobe staple? The first thing I see that is decent and clean. Usually consists of a skinny pant, longer tank top, and a loose cardigan sweater.

What's the best advice you received as a new mom? No one knows your child like you do, and you know what is best for them, no matter what anyone else says.

How do you balance your life/work and life as a mom? I still have yet to figure that one out, and if anyone could pass on advice I will take it gladly! I do always make sure that my priority is at home, my husband and kids take precedence over work.

What are your favourite mommy-time rituals? My morning shower, it helps me get a good start on being present for the day.

Anything else you'd share about being a mom? I have a lot more motherhood ahead of me, and am looking forward to learning and laughing along the way. I know that no mom has it all together and finding the support system of other moms who realize that and are willing to admit it to others is so important. It helps us all as moms to support each other and be able to focus on what is really important, our families.

Thank you Lauren!