Blending Work and Family During COVID-19 | Day-In-The-Life of a Working Mom

Life has changed dramatically because of COVID-19. As a mother who works from home, making the necessary changes to implement social distancing while balancing work and mom responsibilities is proving to be challenging. However, like all entrepreneurs, you find ways to make things work and learn how to adapt quickly to ensure success. This video is an extended version of several Instagram stories that were made for a project with SHEMEDIA for their “Moments With” series: The “Moments With” IG story series features real, inspiring moms as they take us through how they manage the work/life balance in a “day in the life”-type Instagram story.

From morning routines to funny conversations with kids, this takeover will give audiences a glimpse into the lives moms across the country and what they do to manage the challenges of our current situation every day. I had so much fun creating this that I want to share it with you in hopes that it will impact other mothers (even in the tiniest ways). It’s important to acknowledge that we are all in this together. #covid19 #socialdistancing #workfromhome

Video Transcript

Speaker 1 

Hi, my name is Debbie Savage. Good morning. I am so excited to be partnering with SHEMEDIA with their “Moments With” series. And today I’m gonna give you my behind-the-scenes of my life, my work life balance at home. Meet our new friend or Craigslist find. A treadmill that costs us only 50 bucks. So yes, it’s from 1989 but it still works like a charm. So we’re going to do cardio and it’s going to be a legs day and I’ll take you through it.

My Handsome Handyman: Fixing our new “used” treadmill we purchased from Craigslist. It broke the day after filming this video. Bummer! We ordered a new running belt and it is supposed to arrive this Thursday. So, grateful Albert will fix it for me. I need to exercise during this “social distancing” period.

Fitness at Home

Speaker 1 

What are you having for breakfast, Elijah?

Speaker 2 

Pizza. This Is my second slice.

Speaker 1 

Wow. Reece, say hi to all my friends. She is our cute little rescue dog. I just finished my workout. It was intense. It was good. I’m sweating bullets. I am glistening. As you can see, I am working out in a fasted state. What do you think I should do, Reese or clean up and get a little bit dolled up for you? I have my apron on – it is one of my favorites. I look like a little candy striper from when I volunteered at the hospital as a team but any way. I am starving. I am sure my kids are starving and so we are going to start on lunch right now. Here is where I cook the delicious meals on that plugin burner. I also bake things in this little mini oven. Okay.

Though our new home gym is simple it is perfect. We have always wanted a garage gym. I love that my son and dog will join me on my workouts. It is so motivating and fun to have little workout buddies.

Speaker 1

I am heading up to the study hall where school is in session. Elijah is playing video games for just a little while and Emi is studying and Chloe is studying. Right, girls? Hello Reece. Say hi to my friends. She’s cuckoo loco. So this is the state of affairs in my home office. It is not too glamorous right now. I was going to clean up but I thought I’d give you a real sneak peek into how my office looks. It is three o’clock and I finally got a chance to sit down and work and I haven’t even taken a shower yet so it’s kinda gross. But I do have a new Instagram post up and I’m just trying to pat myself on the shoulder because I had huge aspirations today to finish a beauty video tutorial, crank out a blog post and work on other projects that I have in queue in the pipeline.

Prioritize your health! I am really focusing on eating healthy and staying hydrated. This is such a critical time to take care of your mental and physical wellbeing. Here are some of my favorite health and wellness supplements that help me bridge the gap.

Supplements to Try

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But I just didn’t get around doing it. And it is, it’s a huge struggle working from home and with the whole entire family at home and managing that together as a team. It ain’t easy, but again, my family comes first and um, I know everything will work out in the end just so I’m a show you my cute Instagram posts and then I am going to actually head into the shower and meet you right back. Here is my Instagram posts for the day. And if you are new to content creation, there’s a lot that goes behind it. I would say caption takes most of the time. But I’m really proud of this picture because I took this photo all by myself. I put a camera on a tripod, pushed the self timer, and just hope that that magic moment came and it did. I hope you guys like it too after an amazing shower and taking the time to do my makeup. Makeup is amazing. As simple as it is, it can just get you in the best mood and I am not letting this look go to waste. So I am going to feature this look and a campaign that I have going on and I can’t wait you.

This is a sample of work I created for my client Madame Gabriela Beauty Lipstick Collection for their “New York 1PM” lipstick.

Current Beauty + Accessory Favorites

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It is evening time and before I go I thought it’d be fun to show you the state of our kitchen remodel. What do you guys think of this floor? I love it. Here is our guest bedroom. Here is the walking closet. I have to tell you, my husband is doing everything and I love him so much. This is the guest bathroom and it’s just totally coming together. And my husband Albert is working so hard. We had this new staircase built and we love it and moving into our family room or my little boy enjoys watching his little YouTube videos. Here, is the kitchen. This is a chandelier that has traveled with us throughout many homes and here is the kitchen. It’s got two double islands. This is going to be our pantry. Two double ovens and it is coming together. But as you can see, this is a work in progress.

This is our fancy dining room. Half of our home (specifically our kitchen) is under construction. We have been enjoying warm cooked meals there.

Home + Office Must-Haves

Speaker 1

Okay, so this wraps up my entire day. I am going to sign out and enjoy the evening the rest of the evening with my family, but, um, I had so much fun. Thank you. SHEMEDIA for inviting me to be a part of the “Moments With” series. It was so fun to share my work life balance at home. I wouldn’t call it balance, and it’s okay because it’s really all about prioritizing and just being present in what ever you are doing. I am sending lots of love, peace, support, and protection to all of you and have a great day. Bye.

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  1. March 28, 2020 / 11:53 am

    These are certainly interesting times. It really is hard to balance it all! I enjoyed reading about your daily routine.

  2. Katrina kroeplin
    March 28, 2020 / 8:58 pm

    It’s def not easy having everyone home. I’m used to having my own time while dan is at work and kids are at school etc. these are great tips.

  3. March 28, 2020 / 9:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing about your life and it’s important to stay positive during the outbreak. Glad that everything is in check and we could still get some work done!
    – Knycx Journeying

  4. March 28, 2020 / 11:02 pm

    This is one thing I love about these difficult times, because we can work from home, and that means we spend more and more quality time with our family. <3

  5. March 29, 2020 / 12:36 pm

    I used to think working from home would be so fun, but now I see how hard it can be trying to first not get distracted but also help out with the family, hope you’re doing okay and not stuck inside as long as feared

  6. March 29, 2020 / 6:48 pm

    Blending work and family could be a challenge these days for many families with little ones. I’ve worked from home for over 10 years, empty nester so it’s no different to me.

  7. March 30, 2020 / 2:06 am

    Nnnniiiicccceeeeee….I love how you have shown some of the realities of working from home. It’s not as easy as many think it to be!

  8. Lily
    March 30, 2020 / 11:37 pm

    I am definitely prioritizing my health right now. I am stocked up on so many food and supplement essentials

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