Name: Amanda Simkin
Children & Ages: Logan, 3 and Mason, 2
Hometown/Current Location: Chicago, IL
Quick Bio: I am a thirty something woman raising two rambunctious little boys in Chicagoland. While taking a break from teaching, it is my goal to explore my beautiful hometown through the eyes of my children, devouring the delicious sights, eats, and adventures in the most beautiful city in the world. You can follow along with us and our adventures in Chicagoland at www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com
Q: What is your “go to” snack/toy/show/trick when your kids start to fuss?
A: Books! I hide tons of different engaging books all over the place to try and get them to chill out while we finish a task, whether driving, shopping, eating out, etc.
Q: How do you balance being a Mommy and keeping your sense of self?
A: I would go insane if I didn’t have a supportive husband who encourages me to hire a babysitter, go out with the girls, indulge in reality TV, and hide in the bathroom when need be.
Q: What is your favorite piece of advice to new Moms?
A: Relax. Seriously, just relax. No one has all the answers. Ask for help, read some books, but overall just trust in yourself. You are an amazing mom no matter what.
Q: How do you incorporate fitness into your daily routine?
A: I run around after my boys–does that count?!?
Q: What’s your most memorable Mommy moment to date?
A: I hate doing laundry. I absolutely hate it And of course, it all falls on my shoulders because I stay at home. One day while folding laundry, my oldest son took my bra, declared it a “booby box,” and then danced around the house while wearing it and singing a song about boobs. I always think of this fun story every time I dread doing laundry as a reminder to find the fun and joy in everything, even something as lame as laundry.
Q: As a Mommy what is it that you feel you do “right”?
A: My boys have been saying please and thank you both correctly and meaningfully sine they have been about a year and a half old. I love that they are polite little boys (most of the time) and hope they always remember their manners as they grow older!
Q: Share something you have learned about yourself since you became a Mom.
A: That my body is amazing and grew two healthy baby boys without totally exploding. I am very petite, and I had HUGE babies. Thankfully I never toppled over.
Q: Describe your “Haute Mom” (fashion) style!
A: I may not shower every day, but I always put on at least a little makeup and some type of jewelry in order to make myself feel special. It’s amazing how powerful a statement necklace can be!