Octopi Community Mothers Featuring @laurenelizhansen

by / Jan 22, 2020

Mother’s Day is May 10th, and we want to celebrate all the amazing Mothers in our Octopi Community. Mothers are doing more now than ever. They are our teachers, our personal chefs, our sources of entertainment -- the list goes on and on! We want to celebrate these amazing women who do it all. Introducing our Mother’s Day series, where we celebrate our strong SENREVE Mothers. First up is Lauren Hansen, a mother of two and a SENREVE Ambassador. 

What are 3 lessons you’ve learned after becoming a mother?
1. I'm stronger than I ever knew!
2. Everything is a phase.
3. There is no greater love than the love you have for your children!

Lauren posing with her two daughtersLauren with her daughters, Margot and Ella.

What has changed in your life since you’ve become a mother?
Sleep! Haha! But seriously I could stay in bed all weekend before having kids and that is no longer an option. But as I said above - everything is a phase and I’m stronger than I ever knew! My life has changed in so many ways for the better! There is so much joy in raising little people. My girls make me laugh constantly, and it’s so much fun. I definitely have a better perspective on what’s important and what’s not worth worrying over in life.

Lauren holding her newborn babyLauren with her newborn, Ella.

How do you continue to empower other mothers?
My mission and the purpose of my blog is to help moms get back to themselves. After I had my oldest daughter, Margot, I was totally thrown for a loop. It took me 18 months to really feel like myself again and I realized I wasn’t taking care of myself! As a working mom, I definitely found some helpful tips and tricks to make life go a little smoother and I love sharing that! I love to share routines to help you get through the workweek, fashion tips to help you find what you’re looking for, and skincare tips to help you feel your best. Those are all things that helped me get back on my feet. I hope that by sharing I can help other mamas feel like themselves again!

Margot posing outdoors with her daughter

How has COVID impacted your daily lives? 
I’ve been home with my girls and focusing on blogging for almost a year now. One of the things that helped us transition from working outside the home was keeping to a similar routine. We still got up at the same time each day and got out of the house to keep us busy. Obviously, we aren’t getting out of the house much these days! It’s been tough to keep the girls busy and not drive each other crazy. Some days are more successful than others in that regard! I’m sure a lot of mamas out there can relate to how emotionally draining this time has been. 

Lauren posing with her two daughters by a window Margot meets her little sister, Ella for the first time!

Do you have any tips/tricks for other moms during this time?  
Sticking to a loose schedule has helped me feel productive. Every morning we try to do something creative, something educational, and get some outside time. Then it’s lunch and nap time. In the afternoon we do some more learning, more outside time, clean up, and screen time. It’s not super rigid but it’s been helpful to have a daily routine.
Sometimes you have to chuck the schedule out the window. I know I go back and forth between feeling really productive and feeling really exhausted from the stress of this situation. When I start to feel like I have to really listen to my body and take care of myself. Maybe I need to do a face mask or nap while the girls are napping. You can’t pour from an empty cup and you don’t need to feel guilty about taking some time for yourself. 

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day this year? We’re sending our deepest gratitude and support to all of our Octopi Community Mothers. Thank you for your dedication, sacrifice, and unconditional love. We hope you have an amazing Mother’s Day.