It’s impossible not to swoon over Lauren Roberts’ mid-century beach home…or her lifestyle for the matter. Mother to Max, 5, and Charlie, 3, Lauren is a modern example of our kind of stay-at-home mom. The kind of mom that boogie boards at the beach with her kids or makes them fresh chicken noodle soup when they aren’t feeling so hot. Honoring the highs and lows of parenting and practicing patience in between, this California native shows us how to keep things simple, meaningful, and light.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT MAX?
Max dances like nobody’s business. No, seriously, he’s got moves. He has a wild and curious spirit. He’s fearless and strong but equally sensitive. He’s a good friend.
TELL US ABOUT CHARLIE?
Charlie’s a foodie who can appreciate a good cheese plate. He’s 3 and drinks sparkling water and chamomile tea which makes me chuckle every time. He’s lovingly loyal and an expressive-kid who knows what he likes and what he doesn’t!
FAVORITE ROOM IN THE HOUSE?
It’s a tie between the kitchen where I enjoy cooking and the bedroom where major family snuggle sessions go down.
I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD…
learn so much from my little people. I truly feel like they are my teachers.
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY WHEN IT COMES TO DECORATING?
I like visual ease, color and I love the character and the feel of a lived-in home with pieces and objects that reflect who you are as a family. Home decor is a labor of love that takes time and money. Most of us don’t have an expendable budget when it comes to decorating. This may work in your benefit as you are more intentional with purchases.
If you are coveting a look try and achieve it on your own- frame your child’s artwork, reupholster your grandmother’s club chair, hit up local flea markets, scour eBay. Be creative with what you’ve got and get rid of what you don’t need. When you edit what enters your space it becomes more thoughtful and working within your means is a must!”
HARDEST PART OF BEING A STAY-AT-HOME MOM?
Practicing patience around the clock and giving myself and my children grace.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE KIDS?
Have a quiet meal with my better half or a loud meal with my girlfriends.
FAVORITE KIDS READS?
I like to keep a tidy home. I’ve found the easiest way to do so is by removing clutter and things without value, but that doesn’t mean that my kids are on board with my mantra of “less is more”. In fact, they seem to be little hoarders of some sort so I struggle with finding a balance. One thing that has been helpful for me is to give my kids places all over our home where their messes are contained in woven baskets, wooden crates and metal bins. With toy storage in close proximity, clean up feels less daunting for everybody. Less pressure to constantly be picking up helps me be more present and less stressed about the mess that comes along with the territory.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL SUMMER DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU GUYS?
Pajamas then bathings suits. A whole lot of cruising. Reveling in simple pleasures like outdoor adventures and trips to the beach. I’m always looking for fun activities to do with my boys that incorporate the necessary tasks of day-to-day life at home. Running errands becomes a chore with kids so I try to make it an adventure by shopping local farmers’ markets. They are an affordable, organic option and a total treat for the senses. We all enjoy being outdoors, interacting with the farmers, sampling and then gathering our favorites. I find that my kids are more inclined to try a new ingredient if they see where it came from and helped pick it out. It’s also helping them develop a positive attitude towards cooking as they love lending a hand in the kitchen.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
We live at the beach, and I’m a mom to two boys so most of the time we are running around barefoot with salt in our hair. These days I’m living in flowy dresses and flats. I love that I can throw one on and instantly feel feminine and relaxed all at the same time.
GO-TO FAMILY MEAL?
One of my family’s favorites is chicken spinach parmesan meatballs. These meatballs freeze well so I usually make a double batch and save one for later. It’s a hearty, healthy, crowd pleaser in our house.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’D LIKE TO PASS ON ABOUT MOTHERHOOD?
Don’t take yourself or your children too seriously, ever. Find like-minded friends to do life with–that will make all the difference.