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A day in the life: 5 minutes with Masha Theone

Life might take you to different places but love brings you home.

A day in the life: 5 minutes with Masha Theone

We LOVE following Masha and her sweet family on Insta, so we reached out to her and asked for a little glimpse into her day-to-day life as a stay-at-home-mom. And can we just say, we're still swooning a little bit over these snapshots. Thanks for sharing mama!


My mothering mantra can be summed up as:

Life might take you to different places but love brings you home!

On a normal day our home life looks like:

Pretty much as you would imagine it: a messy house, a very active two-year-old boy and a very demanding 4-month-old baby girl. Two exhausted parents at the end of the day, but I wouldn't have it any other way! Life without them wouldn't be the same.

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7AM

Wake up call from our son's room, calling at the top of his lungs for his mama and daddy.

9AM

Everyone has been fed, dressed and is ready for the day. We kiss our boys goodbye and wish them a wonderful day as daddy goes to work and Riccardo to nursery.

12PM

The house is quiet, I've done some laundry, made myself a sandwich, baby girl is napping and I am having some me time.

3PM

I like to take her out to the park around this time. It's so beautiful during fall, the sun goes down early and everything is covered in golden light, crisp air and fallen leaves! Oh it's just the best.

6PM

We go to pick our big from nursery, his dinner is ready and waiting for him at home. As soon as comes in he gives us kisses and asks for food and cartoons, bless him! In the meantime Veronica has her bath and massage and is ready for bed, which is around 7pm.

9PM

The house is going to sleep , there are two babies sleeping peacefully and me my husband would normally watch a movie and talk about our day.

If there's one thing I make sure I do every day:

I try to put some make up on everyday, but I do have days when I am so tired that I don't care.

My go to outfit that makes me feel amazing:

You are going to laugh but it's jeans and a shirt preferably with buttons because it's easy to breastfeed, I also try to buy dresses with front buttons for the same reason.

I keep my adult brain alive by:

Trying to go out with a friend once a week and have some adult conversation , also watching the news some days to keep track of what's going on in the world.

My trick to keeping my house somehow clean is:

My mom always told me that it is not only about cleaning but maintaining the house, too! There's no point in cleaning very well if there's no discipline to respect a clean environment. It's been 12 years that I have been trying to teach my husband the same concept, still trying though!

Jokes apart to be completely honest I don't have a trick but I have a lady that comes and helps with cleaning once a week. Since having children we don't go out for dinners and drinks so we decided we could use those money on getting some help with the cleaning and ironing!

On the hard days I remember:

What my wise grandmother once told me:

“My only wish for you is that you never know what war means, if you are lucky enough to not know this you are blessed!"

I always keep that in mind... there are people in the world that go through serious heartache, wars and loss, so what's a hard day?

When I look back at this time in my life I hope to say:

I want to say that I was a good mother and wife, I want our children to be proud for being part of this little family of ours. I am sure that when I look back one thing I will remember for sure is the way we loved them, selflessly whole-heartedly and unconditionally!

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This year many of us have a tighter budget than usual given (looks around) everything that has happened. Coupled with the uncertainty of what Halloween might look like, many of us are reluctant to spend money on brand new costumes that our kids will outgrow by next year. I get it. But I also know that many, like me, love Halloween so much. I thought about skipping the celebration this year, but that just feels like too big of a disappointment in an already disappointing year.

That's why I started looking into alternative costumes—something my kids will be able to wear once the clock hits November, and maybe even hand down to siblings and cousins in the coming years. At the same time, I'm not a DIY person, so I wanted outfits that didn't require any sewing or hot glue. Last year I attempted using one to build my son's Care Bear costume, and of course, I burnt my hand.

So with some creativity (and the brainpower of my colleagues), we came up with these costumes that are both fun and practical, made with items that your children will be able to (and want to!) wear year around:

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

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"You're going to be hungry," I say, realizing immediately that he could care less. I can feel my frustration rising, and even though I'm trying to stay calm, I'm getting snappy and irritable. In hindsight, I can see so many opportunities that fell through the cracks to salvage this morning, but at the moment… there was nothing.

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