As Rejuevenate’s resident blogger, I’m usually writing about cleaning tips and their products, but thought I’d switch up the tone for this particular post. As a stay-at-home mom, I’m constantly picking up messes and since I have OCD about cleanliness, I always have to have my home clean. Not to say that working moms don’t like to clean or don’t do it because they do their share, it’s just that I’m crazy about cleaning and actually like to do it. So being a stay-at-home mom, I’m allowed to really give my home the attention it needs, especially since I have five kids and things get really messy around here.

But being at home allows me to do more than clean – it allows me to spend time with my children in ways I never thought possible. Sure, I had a career before my children, but once I had my second child, we couldn't afford childcare and our family would actually be spending my entire paycheck on adequate care so it wasn’t worth it for me to work. It’s a scenario that happens to many women and what drives them to become stay-at-home moms. But over the years, I’ve learned that being a stay-at-home mom is what I do best and even though it took some time getting used to in the beginning, I wouldn't have it any other way!

Each day is different and even though it’s a stress position, it’s still one of the most meaningful jobs I’ve ever had. And I definitely wake up thinking up going to the office. I have to mentality prepare myself for the day ahead just as I would if I was working outside of the home. You’ve probably read so many blog posts on how being a stay-at-home mom is the hardest job of all, but I try not to let it get the best of me. In the beginning, it was hard trying to figure out how to get everything done and try to be the best mom, wife and person I could be, but know I’ve learned you just roll with the punches and take it each day at a time.

No matter how much you try to organize and schedule (I like to keep a cleaning schedule to make sure everything gets done), there are days when nothing on my list gets done…but I’ve learned to be okay with that. Being a stay-at-home mom has allowed me to get closer to my kids and really be hands on in all aspects of their lives. My husband and I have a great relationship and now blogging has made me feel as if I’m still a professional. It’s the best of both worlds now!