Happy Holidays! For our final Piñata Mama blog of the year, we are featuring Lena, a passionate holistic nutritionist and savvy entrepeneur. This mama runs her business and blog, Holistic Wife Happy Life, from home while raising four boys! Find out how she balances work (and play!) below.
Name: Lena Schwen
City: Alexandria, VA
Occupation: Business Owner
# Kids: 4
Green Piñata: What would you do if you had a day all to yourself, with no kids?
Lena: I love my kids, but I would sleep in until I wake up on my own, and then meditate before doing some pilates or yoga. I would go get a massage, facial, pedicure, and manicure. I am all about taking good care of myself, but these things in particular rarely ever occur in real life. The most I can get in is a hot shower, but not every day.
Green Piñata: What's the one thing that helps you stay sane as a parent of little ones?
Lena: Meditation. I do a minimum of 3 minutes per day. Even a few times throughout the day when anxiety is high, I'll tuck myself in the closet or even in the bathroom and be still. I close my eyes, put my hand over my heart, and breathe in "let" and breathe out "go." I use aromatherapy coupled with meditation for the best results.
Green Piñata: Tell us a little bit about Nico. What are some of their likes, dislikes, and interests?
Lena: Nico is the sweetest little baby boy, and the last of my four children. He loves to wrestle, jump, and climb with his bigger brothers.
Lately, he hasn't been into coloring books. But, when they're all coloring at the table, he does like to break everyones crayons. We're working on that!
Green Piñata: What does a typical day look like for your family?
Lena: My husband is an attorney and I have a business I run from home. We both get the three older boys ready, and then he takes them to school in the morning. The baby, (I know he's two, but he'll always be the baby!) gets up around 9am. I feed him a delicious breakfast, usually a smoothie or an omelette, and then we go and play. Sometimes we go to the indoor play areas at the mall, or outside to the park. After, we'll go home for lunch and a nap. While he's down for his nap, I sit at my desk and have health & nutrition consultations with clients in need of support. When Nico wakes up, we go and get his big brothers from school. After school, the boys all sit at the table for a snack. Afterward, they usually go into our play room and act out some super hero story and I can hear them laughing and playing. On occasion, they'll fight over who gets which cape, but for the most part, they play pretty well together.
Green Piñata: What is yours, and your little one's, favorite part about Green Piñata?
Lena: Nico's favorite part about Green Piñata is that it is all his. He hides his box in the closet, and only pulls it out if his brothers are out of the house. He calls it our "secret box!" It's the sweetest thing! My favorite thing about Green Piñata is that it's something only he and I do together. It's our special play time.
Green Piñata: How do you make the most of your Green Piñata experience with Nico?
Lena: Nico and I make the most out of our time playing with Green Piñata by talking aloud about our adventures and being imaginative with each of the toys he gets sent to him. This kind of quality time is rare for us, so we cherish every moment.