Babies, Beauty, and Finding Balance | Maz Halliday from Caffeine and Fairydust

Babies, Beauty, and Finding Balance | Maz Halliday from Caffeine and Fairydust

Yay! Finally – it’s time for another Beauty, babies, and finding balance post. Beauty, babies, and finding balance is a weekly series that will give you a glimpse into the lives of fellow working moms – whether they’re employed fulltime and work in an office from 9am to 5am, or if – like me – they work for themselves and from home.

I’ve reached out to several women who inspire me and I’ll be sharing their stories with you every week in the hopes that you’ll find someone that you relate to, or that you stumble upon a nugget of wisdom that helps you in your daily life.

Today, I’m really excited to be sharing Maz’s story. Maz is an award-winning parenting and lifestyle blogger, who also happens to co-own a digital marketing agency, on top of being mom to two (almost three!) gorgeous kiddos. Read on for a little glimpse behind the scenes of Maz’s every day life…

THE BASICS

Name: Mariza, but everyone calls me Maz

Age: Turning 30 in August this year!

Occupation: I co-own a Digital Marketing Agency called Driven Social. I also blog about parenting and lifestyle over at Caffeine and Fairydust.

How would you best describe your work life? (Eg. work-at-home-mom, work full-time from an office, etc) Work-at-home-mom

How many children do you have, and what are their ages? My eldest is 8, my second is 4 and the last little one will be making his debut in April this year.

What does your average workday look like?

Oh wow, this is a tough one. It is so hard to find balance and to stick to set hours. For a while it was really hard to not let work interfere with “family hours”, but I think I have finally found my groove. I wake up at 6am to give the kids breakfast and get them ready for school. At 7:30am my husband does the school run and I head back to bed for an hour (I have been so tired throughout this pregnancy). I wake up again at 8:30am, have breakfast and coffee while planning the day ahead. I start work at 9am sharp, working through my to-do list according to my priorities for the day, I also allocate days of the week to specific tasks that need to get done. I finish at 1:30 to get my kids from school and the rest of the day is spent with them & doing household chores! If I could not get to everything before they get home, I stay up late to do it at night – but I left corporate to be able to spend more time with them and be more present, so I never work while they are awake and at home.

Where do you work during the day? 

I have a little office at home.

How do you handle childcare? 

It is the biggest challenge for me. It is just my husband and I, we have no support system here so it is all on us. Unfortunately that means that not much gets done when one of us is sick. We do the best we can, but I don’t know how I would have coped if I did not have such a hands-on guy by my side. 

What do you like most about your current work-life set up? 

I actually feel like I can watch my kids grow up for the first time. I always felt like I was missing out. The behavioral changes have also been drastic, both have grown emotionally & improved in so many ways since I have been working from home. I feel free…

What do you find most difficult when it comes to your current set up? What would you most like to change?

If I don’t work, I don’t make money. I find it extremely difficult to get used to not having a set monthly income and budgeting accordingly. I am sure this would become a little easier once Driven Social has grown a bit – but it is really hard. My biggest stress and worry is always finances.

How do you fit time for your friends or social life into the equation?

I have not figured that one out yet… I honestly don’t even know if it is possible. I try check in with friends over Whatsapp every now and then, and I make a point of speaking to my mom every day – but physically meeting up for social stuff… honestly I have been the worst friend.

How do you make time for your marriage?

I know it is so cliche, but my husband is my best friend. Making time for him is easy, and vice versa. We have movie nights, we lay in bed talking for hours before going to sleep and we try to spend some quiet time together before waking the kids up in the morning. We are always navigating around each other during the day as he works from home most days too – and a simple kiss on the cheek or pat on the bum is enough to help get through the day. We don’t get to go on dates due to the zero support structure, so it is the little things that count.

What about ‘me-time’? Do you manage to carve out some time for yourself? 

Sundays are “my” days. Has been for many years. My husband gets Saturdays! On Sundays I put on my favourite face masks, soak in the tub, wash my hair, do my nails, watch my favourite trashy TV shows or read. What is absolutely awesome is that my daughter has now started joining me – she does not get the face masks yet, but we just chill together and pamper ourselves.

What does your daily beauty routine look like? Is this something that’s important to you?

It really is important to me. If you look good, you feel good. Even if you just look good to yourself. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, I try do as much as possible to make myself feel good about myself. I wash my face every morning, and on the days I know I won’t see anyone I give my skin a break from make-up. I always wear a great anti-aging day cream with a good SPF. Before bed I cleanse, exfoliate, and use a good night serum.

What one beauty product do you always have in your handbag?

Oh my, there is more than one. I always carry hand cream with me, I also always carry lip balm (I cannot stand dry hands or lips). I carry a good neutral lipstick, mascara and a small bottle of perfume with me for emergencies.

What one thing (whether it’s a product, a hobby, a podcast, a life mantra or motto, book, or even a person) keeps you sane as you navigate this season? 

My vision board. It is my guide for when I feel lost, it given me hope, makes me happy and it creates positivity. Amazing things happen when you use the power of positivity to your advantage!

What one piece of advice would you offer to moms who find themselves in a similar space or life stage?

No feeling lasts forever. You are the master of your own fate, but what you want is never going to fall into your lap. Work hard, but remember why you are doing it – don’t work so hard that you lose focus on why you started this in the first place. Check in on your goals and your path at least once a month. It is so easy to lose your way in entrepreneurship. 

A big thank you to Maz for sharing a little glimpse into her life as a work-at-home-mama with us! As a fellow WAHM, I learnt so much from this post and reading through Maz’s experiences has helped me feel less alone – which ultimately, is exactly what this series is about!

If you’d like to stay updated on what Maz is up to (I’m getting ready for all the baby spam come April!), head on over to her blog, here, or show her some love over on Instagram or Facebook.

I’ll be sharing another mama’s story next week, so be sure to come back next Monday for more! And if you’d like to share your story with my readers, please pop me an email (chereen@forthebeautyofit.co.za) and I’ll be in touch! 

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