Lindsey Carter—designer and the founder of Troubadour—is here to share a peek into her home, plus she offers us exclusive insight into her life as the mom of 2-year-old twins. Scroll on for her advice and for a couple of hints of what’s to come with Troubadour!
Describe your “typical” day.
A typical day starts with a 6 a.m. bootcamp workout, then a hurried rush to get myself and the twins ready for preschool and out the door by 8:30 a.m. Work, then pick up, back to work, then home to cook dinner and put the twins down by 7 or 7:30 p.m. I am normally falling into bed by 8:30 or 9 p.m.!
How do you stay organized?
I use a lot of lists and my iCal.
How do you find balance in your day?
With a glass of wine at night! It helps me to wind down from a hurried day.
What’s changed with your career goals now that you’re a mother?
I am more focused on quality than quantity. It has become more important to feel that what I’m putting out there into the world is special, rather than how much I’m putting out there.
How do you treat yourself and relax?
I love to treat myself by scooping up some good products at my dermatologist’s office. She has great regimens and anti-aging products.
What’s the best piece of advice you can think of for a new mother who wants to keep her career, but who also wants to be present for her children ?
There is no magical formula for balance, and doing the best you can in both worlds (at work and at home) is as good as it gets. Don’t expect it to be perfect all of the time. That’s life—how you handle it is what matters!
Which motherhood and children’s websites, blogs, books or apps do you like to read and use?
I still check in with BabyCenter! I used it while I was pregnant to track the twins’ development, and now I still check in with it for milestones and advice.
You have 10 minutes to yourself—how do you spend it?
Normally sitting down just to stop moving, and taking a second to breathe.
Don’t expect it to be perfect all of the time. That’s life—how you handle it is what matters!
What’s been the most challenging part of motherhood for you thus far? And the most rewarding?
Handling two 2 1/2-year-olds has been challenging (no breaks, falls, crying). The most rewarding piece is every day when I see them smile.
What’s next for Troubadour?
Designing limited-edition capsule collections for our online business. Making it “special” again.