Let me gush for a moment. Catherine, funny, smart, and STUNNING (might I add) is the kind of person you want to be around. Her Instagram (which you’ll want to follow. trust.) is a place of positivity, and somehow makes being a mom of three look effortless.
After having her first, she launched Weelicious in answer to her fruitless search for easy, fun, and healthy recipes that kids and adults both wanted to eat. From original cooking videos and recipes, plus, the authoring Weelicious: One Family, One Meal, Weelicious Lunches, and the Smoothie Project Cookbook (out January 2020), and the launch of One Potato, an organic, family-friendly food company solving the problem of what’s for dinner, Catherine is one busy powerhouse! We found a moment to hang on a recent trip to LA, chatting all things hectic days, free time (or lack thereof), plus the highs & lows of parenting.
One thing you wish you could tell your pre-kids self?
Life goes fast, so try to enjoy the moment and know that everything will work out as it’s supposed to.
What does 7 am in your house look like?
I wake up at 6 am so I can get a bit of work done and leisurely make breakfast. Every morning I whip up smoothies for our entire family packed with fruits, vegetables, and protein. If the kids are still hungry, I make them a piece of toast with avocado or nut butter. While they eat, I pack lunches, snacks, and we chat before heading out the door to start our days.
What does 7 pm in hour house look like?
Busy! Dinner time was getting later and later between work and the kids’ schedules. Therefore, we recently committed to dinner on the table by 6:30 pm, and it’s made a world of difference getting everyone to bed. We always eat dinner as a family as a way to relax, connect, and share our day.
An unexpectedly awesome aspect of parenting?
One of my biggest wins has been learning to turn difficult times into teachable moment for us all to grow. For example, Gemma will protest and throw a fit about washing her hands after dinner, even though she wants dessert, because in our house, no dessert until hands are washed and plates are cleared from dinner. When she finally calms her body, we are able to sit to talk about her big feelings, and if she’d only washed her hands faster, she could feel happier and get a treat sooner. Any time my kids aren’t at their best and do something they regret, I try to turn it into a calm, teachable moment.
An unexpectedly NOT awesome aspect of parenting?
With five people living in one home, it’s easy to feel like an assistant to my kids with picking up after them and fulfilling their every need. Therefore, I’ve learned to empower my kids by teaching them to get water when they’re thirsty, make their beds, and even make food when they’re hungry so I don’t feel like a short order cook.
What do you always find time to do with your kids every day, no matter how busy you are?
Reading or playing a game. At bedtime, every night, my husband and I take turns reading or playing a board game for 20 minutes with each kid to make sure they each get one on one time with us.