BCM: If you could describe motherhood in one word, what would it be?
BCM: What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
VQ: I’ll never forget watching my oldest meet his baby sister for the first time and how sweet, gentle, and loving he was with her. I thought my heart was going to burst!
BCM: What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
VQ: Be kind–to yourself and to others. The world needs more kindness.
BCM: Congratulations on the success of Chatbooks! What was your inspiration in starting the brand?
VQ: I believe it’s important to document our family’s story and as a young mom, I used to spend hours scrapbooking all the photos I took of our adventures together. But as time went on and life got busier with 7 kids, I eventually quit scrapbooking and even printing pictures altogether. About 2 years ago I couldn’t take the guilt anymore and decided to take all of the work out of making photo books and started Chatbooks.
BCM: What tips do you have for parents who want to scrapbook and organize photos of their children for books, but just don’t think that they have the time to do it?
VQ: Download the Chatbooks app and start an ongoing series. Then connect to your photo sources–Instagram, Facebook, and/or iPhone favorites and in minutes you you will have books automatically created and ready to print! Then, going forward, take a few minutes one day a week (this is my Sunday ritual) to curate your camera roll and add photos to your books. Every 60 photos becomes a new volume in your series that we print and ship to you for only $8 with free shipping!
BCM: What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
VQ: The same! Be kind–to yourself and to others. We are all doing the best we can and none of us will ever be perfect. We need to love and lift each other as mothers. We are all in this together!
BCM: How do you tackle work/life balance?
VQ: Honestly, I don’t even try. There will never be balance in the life of a mother! I just do the best I can to be present when I’m with my kids. And each Sunday we try not to work, but just spend time together as a family.
BCM: What was the last book you read?
VQ: Still Alice. It’s about a woman struggling with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. I can’t stop thinking about how important it is to live in the moment while we can.
BCM: If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
VQ: Deciding what to make for dinner! I actually enjoy cooking but the hard part is figuring out what to make and getting the groceries. It’s a never ending chore and I’ve been so bad about meal planning and grocery shopping lately. Maybe I should try one of those services like Blue Apron?
BCM: What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
VQ: “The tooth busy was so busy last night and will probably try again tonight.” Actually that isn’t a lie at all!
BCM: What is your best parenting hack?
VQ: iPhone alarms! On more than one occasion I completely forgot to pick up a kid from school. I have to program alarms for just about everything or I get so busy working that I totally forget!
***MORE FUN FACTS***
FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCT:
MaskCara IIID foundation.
FAVORITE FORM OF EXCERCISE:
I love yoga, barre workouts, and the boot camp at my gym, but my absolute favorite way to exercise is to just get outside and up into the mountains. I’m so lucky to have the most incredible hiking right out my back door!
FAVORITE KIDS STORE:
Does Amazon count as a kids store? I seriously hate shopping but love how I can get anything I need or want with the click of a button from the comfort of my own home. And so does my 8 yr. old. I’m constantly getting random packages of things he’s ordered!
Chatbooks, of course! But Audible is a close second. I love to read but can’t manage to find the time to sit down with a book. With Audible I can listen to any book while curling my hair, folding laundry, or driving to work.
What is on your DVR?
The last thing I set to record was Barely Famous. Those Foster sisters are hilarious!