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Tell us about you, your children and where you live
Holly Baker - I have a fun and playful 3 and a half year old named Wren. We live in Edmonton.
What do you do?
My job would best be described as jack of all trades, but if I have to pick one besides wife/mother it would be blogger and decorating/renovating maven. I love my job because it is something I am insanely passionate about but have the flexibility to work when I please or have time, or even include my child in. On average I work 40 to 50 hours a week.
Do you have help? (incl childcare, housework, personal assistant)
I have a wonderful extended family that not only help with child care from time to time (usually an hour here or there throughout the week) but they also help me immensely with whatever project I am focused on at the moment. Right now I am renovating and selling a townhouse and they have made countless trips to the dump and Home Depot for me!
Photography. In a sense it is a critical part of my job as a blogger, but I find it to be a really absorbing hobby as well (although on the pricey side!). It is so rewarding to capture your family’s special moments.
Extracurricular activities for you?
I love grabbing a coffee with a friend or spinning if I find a free moment.
Extracurricular activities for your babe/children?
We have done many family centered dance/music classes at J’adore Dance but with our first year of preschool starting in September I am a little nervous to enroll in anything new. Once we establish our new routine I look forward to getting her back into dance because she loves it so much.
What does a typical family day look like to you (Saturday/Sunday)?
We always hit the park for an hour or two and grab a treat after like ice cream or a donut. We LOVE heading to the splash park on a hot summer afternoon. Then we usually try to all do one project around the house together whether it is big like renovating a bathroom or small like washing the car.
Who cooks dinner?
Usually me! I am slowly learning some new meals but I am not all that creative in the kitchen. We also rely heavily on preassembled meals at places like Sun Terra and Simply Suppers, because it is still ‘homemade’ we just didn’t buy the ingredients.
How does the grocery shopping get done, by whom, with the kids, and do you use coupons?
Everyone who knows me that the one place I hate to shop is the grocery store. HATE IT. I don’t even know why. So I usually have my husband pick up whatever we need on his way home from work for little things, but Wren and I also make one big trip every week or so for the basics. I would love to be better at using coupons but I rarely remember where I put them and usually don’t have time to flip through flyers for them.
How often do you buy something for yourself?
Way too often! I am a treasure hunter by nature. Thankfully my job allows me to easily sell items when I have had my time with them!
Do you exercise and if so, how/when do you fit the time in to do that?
I spin at home 3 to 5 mornings a week. I don’t set aside a time but once I am on the bike I try to reach a distance goal I set for myself. I am lucky because Wren likes to hang out with me and dance to the music as I spin!
Marie Antoinette, or any movie by Nancy Myers (It’s Complicated, The Holiday, etc.)
Favourite nookie song?
I’m blushing! ‘Speechless’ by Beyonce. It just has such a smooth vibe, I listen to it in the car when I’m having a hectic day.
Favourite beverage special coffee, cocktail?
I am a Café Mocha addict. I really need help with it now that I have a Keurig actually.
Favourite pair of shoes?
Flip flops. I know they are bad for your feet but I love how fast I can get out the door! I also cherish a pair of Chanel ballet flats I bought but am scared to ruin them so I save them for evenings out or meeting up with friends. But I would wear them everyday if I could!
‘Cannot leave home without it’ item?
My iPhone. I hate that answer, but it is crucial my contractor can reach me if necessary (usually several times a day) and I can try to stay up to date with my emails.
Thank you for sharing with all of us, Holly! Thanks for being an Urban Infant reader!