Liz Eldridge works with Inspired Start, a company transforming the way parents introduce common allergens into their kids’ diets. We spoke with Liz about her work with Inspired Start, living in a tiny home with a preschooler and a toddler, and the parenting hack she’s leaning on to survive life with a threenager.
Congrats on your work with Inspired Start! How did you get involved with the company?
I feel ridiculously fortunate to have crossed paths with the Inspired Start team at a Boston baby expo. We instantly hit it off chatting about parenthood and allergen introduction— a concept that was newer to me, as with my three- and five-year old, I was told to hold off introducing common allergens until after age one. I had a lot of questions and they had a lot of great answers! I was so intrigued to find a company in the baby world that was doing something that has never been done before.
You’re a tiny home dweller— which, with a toddler and a preschooler, is no small feat! What’s surprised you about family life in a small home?
It isn’t half bad! It takes some clever storage concepts and a dash of minimalism, but it really works for our family and allows us to be in a community we really love. I recently came across a saying that I feel rings true to our space constraints: “Love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate. Where you eat and sleep so close together, you can’t help but communicate. And if we had more room between us, think of all we’d miss.”
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
All the chores? Cleaning is one of my least favorite things to do. Cooking, I don’t mind. But cleaning, ugh.
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
I really enjoy acupuncture, but I haven’t been recently. I should really make some time for that again!
What is your best parenting hack?
It really depends on the day. Distraction has worked well with the newly minted threenager we’re living with. Hysterical about not having your favorite doll nearby?! Hey, look at that awesome bird!!
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
When two minutes actually means 20 minutes.
If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
Everything feels right in the world when I catch a glimpse of my children loving or supporting each other.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
Be true to yourself, always. Treat others with kindness and compassion. Be thankful and grateful for all that you have, and give to others whenever you can.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
We’re all just doing the best we can. Give yourself grace and give others grace, too. This job is so challenging and we all could benefit from some extra support and understanding.
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
This is a hard one and I feel like I’m still trying to figure it out on the daily. Some days it’s easy, and other times it’s catching up on a quick email before pickup or catching up on all the emails after bedtime. I’m so incredibly thankful to work for a company that is so understanding of what the mom/work life really is and supports me through the daily struggle.
What was the last book you read?
Favorite Beauty Product:
Glycolic acid and the green Korean scrubby mitts are amazing!
Favorite Form of Exercise:
I wish I had more time for this but I’ve struggled finding a way to squeeze in this self-care in over the past few years. The best it gets these days is riding my bike while pulling 90 pounds of children behind me in a Burley (which doesn’t happen often) OR a slow hike (because kids).
What is on your DVR?
I don’t have cable, but I do have a ton of documentaries cued up in my Netflix.
I’m always checking Dark Sky and Waze. HA!