Next in our Moms We Love series is April, a self-confessed “modern hippie mom” who homeschools her two boys while expecting her third and running a business. We’re not sure how she does it all, but we love her authentic and uplifting take on marriage and motherhood.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m April! I’m a wife, mom of two boys, and am currently about 6 months pregnant with our 3rd child, who is our first baby girl! I’m also co-owner of Dwell Tea Co., an organic loose leaf tea company. I love being creative and enjoy expressing that in many different ways, whether through graphic design, art, homeschooling, running my business, or making sourdough bread! I refer to myself as a “modern hippie mom” and love all things relating to natural and holistic living.
2. You started homeschooling your boys during the pandemic. What has the experience been like?
Homeschooling my boys during the pandemic has been an adventure! It’s the best decision my husband and I could have made for our family. I’m not the best at creating a strict schedule and am more of a free spirit. However, homeschooling teaches me to be a better parent, establish a rhythm, and have grace for my children and myself. We use a curriculum for most of our subjects, and homeschooling has enabled the boys to spend time doing whatever they enjoy most.
3. You also run a small business on top of being a homeschooling mom. How do you do it all?
I’m not even sure! The beautiful thing about both is that there’s a good amount of flexibility with running your own business and homeschooling so, it enables us to create a schedule that works for our family. As I said before, I’m not the best at sticking to a strict plan, but I’ve made more of a rhythm that we follow daily. I’m constantly working at perfecting our scheduling though. I’m thankful to have a great husband, my business partner Ash’leigh because as they say, “it takes a village,” and mine certainly makes balancing all of these things easier.
4. What does bedtime in your household look like?
Bedtime for us is, again, a rhythm rather than a routine. My husband and I alternate nights putting our boys to bed and try to do the same things every night. After family time, the boys brush their teeth, take baths, get into pajamas, and head to bed. We always have a bedtime story. On my husband’s nights, he likes to read to them, whereas I use audible for bedtime stories because mama is tired! They usually fall asleep during storytime.
5. What is one thing you have learnt from the pandemic?
Although the pandemic has altered the lives of basically everyone around the world, ours has been impacted positively. My husband is working from home every day now; we’re homeschooling and able to spend a lot more time together. We also spend a lot more time outdoors in nature. The pandemic has taught me to slow down, enjoy my family, and be flexible.