Remembering the Non-mom Me

I know I'm not saying anything novel or profound here. And if not all, the vast majority of mothers out there have asked this age old question...

What in the WORLD did I do with all my time before baby??? 

Seriously. Nine months ago—er—nine GLORIOUS months ago, I would have made a Saturday to-do list with five things on it and I would have accomplished maybe three of them. And not because I didn't want to run those errands but rather I "just didn't have time." 

The horror, right? Who did I think I was?? If Mom Me saw Non-mom Me just slacking off on a random Saturday I'd...give her a pat on the back and another vodka.

Truly. I'm actually really happy that Non-mom Me didn't listen too closely when all my other mom friends were discussing birthing plans, baby food making and daycare waitlists. If I had, Non-mom Me would have huddled in a corner and put a sheet over my head. But now that that is my life, I sometimes spend Friday nights making homemade baby food. And I did make a 3-page birth plan in preparation. And daycare waitlists? Yeah, we're on six of 'em. 

Yet with all of this planning and doing comes a bit of anxiety and questioning. Is my baby sleeping enough? Which daycare should we choose? Am I reading to her enough? Can I really breastfeed for another three months? Slow your roll Mom Me! When I get all wound up with these questions, I try to step back and remind myself that I’m doing the best I can and that’s enough. And in times of deep craze, I reference some of my fav quotes: 

Have you got a friend that's a new mama? We've just launched our new mama box to give her that much-needed moment to herself, that much-needed moment to remember her own Non-momself. She deserves all of that love and support you've got to give her. After all, we all remember our own Non-mom Me. The good ole glory days of Saturday slacking have made way to the soul-filling (and gray-hair inducing) beauty of becoming the Mom Me. Wouldn't have it any other way.

the charmed root

The Charmed Root is a lifestyle box full of handpicked gift items that change each month. These items are meant to encourage, inspire and surprise the moms or girlfriends in your life. We will carefully curate a box of 4-5 items, blending together fashion, beauty, organization, décor, and so much more. As moms with young kiddos, we know that life is hard, challenging and rewarding all at the same time. There have been so many occasions when we wanted to celebrate a friend with a gift that would last longer than flowers or send a little bit of sunshine and encouragement to a friend who is going through a hard time so The Charmed Root was born. Our heart is to offer a fun and easy way to celebrate your village! Let The Charmed Root help you send the perfect gift just when she needs it the most...or indulge and treat yourself!

have less, travel more.

if you know me, then you know that i don't like to sit at home.  i love to be on the go, doing fun things with the people i love.  i enjoy long road trips or even to just get out and explore our new city (austin is such a cool place to live by the way).  especially now that my boys are a little bit older and more independent, it is pretty easy for us to pick up and go out for the day to either a park or caves for hiking or kayaking on the lake.  we love to take pictures and selfies while we are out having fun making memories!

fun times on lady bird lake with the family

fun times on lady bird lake with the family

i'm not the only one.  research shows that people are 1. spending more money on experiences instead of things and that 2. these people are happier for it.   more and more these days, we are all realizing that we have too much stuff.  the thrill of the purchase fades quickly while the memories made from an experience last a lifetime. additionally, these social interactions like grabbing dinner with friends, getting a mani with a girlfriend, spending the day at the zoo with your family, attending a concert or meeting up for a drink after work all help us de-stress and live longer, healthier lives. 

with all this in mind, we created the wanderluster curated gift box.  it is the perfect gift to give her (because giving is better than receiving) to encourage and inspire travel.  luggage tags, travel journal, tassel key chain and a zipper pouch to carry travel essentials makes the perfect gift i must say!  

happy travels.

-erin

these gifts are meant to encourage and inspire the traveler in all of us

these gifts are meant to encourage and inspire the traveler in all of us

the charmed root

The Charmed Root is a lifestyle box full of handpicked gift items that change each month. These items are meant to encourage, inspire and surprise the moms or girlfriends in your life. We will carefully curate a box of 4-5 items, blending together fashion, beauty, organization, décor, and so much more. As moms with young kiddos, we know that life is hard, challenging and rewarding all at the same time. There have been so many occasions when we wanted to celebrate a friend with a gift that would last longer than flowers or send a little bit of sunshine and encouragement to a friend who is going through a hard time so The Charmed Root was born. Our heart is to offer a fun and easy way to celebrate your village! Let The Charmed Root help you send the perfect gift just when she needs it the most...or indulge and treat yourself!

the gifting resolution

january has already come and gone. wow, how did that happen so fast?  i find myself so busy these days, wrapped up in my boys after school activities, homework, doctors appointments, volunteer commitments and all the housework that it takes to keep the family running that i just start to lose track of time.  every new year, i try to set some time aside to evaluate and see how i can make some positive changes in my life.  since it is already february, i better get started!

this year, i really want to focus on two things - showing kindness and staying connected.  i want to find new, fun ways to be kind and teach my boys just how easy it is to be kind to everyone you meet (i'm working on a 'kind valentine' project right now and can't wait to share more of that with you soon!).  

i also want to make time to stay connected - spend more face time with people and less screen time.  take the time out of my busy mom life to reach out and let someone know i care or miss them.  it's our relationships that really make life good so why not celebrate those special people on the big holidays but also just for no big reason at all.

the gifting resolution will help you do just that!  focus on showing gratitude and staying connected with gifts she will love.  we've made it super easy to remember some obvious and the not-so-obvious days to celebrate with this adorable calendar guide.  print it off and put it on your fridge as a reminder to celebrate your village all year long!  

-erin

2017 gifting resolution

the charmed root

The Charmed Root is a lifestyle box full of handpicked gift items that change each month. These items are meant to encourage, inspire and surprise the moms or girlfriends in your life. We will carefully curate a box of 4-5 items, blending together fashion, beauty, organization, décor, and so much more. As moms with young kiddos, we know that life is hard, challenging and rewarding all at the same time. There have been so many occasions when we wanted to celebrate a friend with a gift that would last longer than flowers or send a little bit of sunshine and encouragement to a friend who is going through a hard time so The Charmed Root was born. Our heart is to offer a fun and easy way to celebrate your village! Let The Charmed Root help you send the perfect gift just when she needs it the most...or indulge and treat yourself!

celebrating one year of the charmed root

it’s our one-year anniversary and time to celebrate! we've sent gift boxes to motivate, encourage, inspire and uplift for exactly one year today. this adventure started with brainstorm meetings at a coffee shop and the idea to offer a simple but meaningful way to gift the most important gals in your life. 

for me personally, as a working mom of two boys, i remember wanting to send my sister a surprise in the mail when she was going through a hard time as a new momma of three but i just kept running out of time to get it bought, wrapped and mailed. it was a light-bulb moment that set the charmed root into motion. 

soon, sporadic coffee meetings turned into weekly sessions in which we spent hours designing, planning, and organizing this new business. we have come a long way in such a short amount of time including a move from norman, oklahoma to austin, texas. we have met amazing local vendors and artisans along the way and are so grateful for their partnerships.

over this past year, we have hand-written your gift notes saying happy 50th birthday, get well soon, kick cancer’s butt, happy holidays or i miss you.  we are honored to play a small role in helping you celebrate your village. 

thank you for joining us on this journey.  we are so grateful to our own villages for their constant support and faith in us.  to celebrate our anniversary, use the code oneyear at checkout for 10% off your next box this month

-erin

erin, ashley & christa

erin, ashley & christa

the charmed root

The Charmed Root is a lifestyle box full of handpicked gift items that change each month. These items are meant to encourage, inspire and surprise the moms or girlfriends in your life. We will carefully curate a box of 4-5 items, blending together fashion, beauty, organization, décor, and so much more. As moms with young kiddos, we know that life is hard, challenging and rewarding all at the same time. There have been so many occasions when we wanted to celebrate a friend with a gift that would last longer than flowers or send a little bit of sunshine and encouragement to a friend who is going through a hard time so The Charmed Root was born. Our heart is to offer a fun and easy way to celebrate your village! Let The Charmed Root help you send the perfect gift just when she needs it the most...or indulge and treat yourself!