Meet Noelle Bryant. Mama to two adorable little girls, Joie (2 years) and Lola (1 year), and the owner and creator behind the amazingly adorable Oh Happy Play blog. If you want some seriously adorable inspiration for baby fashion, nursery design, or just a real point-of-view on motherhood, the Oh Happy Play blog and @ohhappyplay Instagram page are must-follows! My personal favorite is the KIDspiration section as I am in the process of decorating the nursery for Baby Griffith #2!
Noelle is truly the epitome of an Inspiring Mom and I just don’t know how she does it! I recently connected with Noelle to learn about her life and just how keeps it all together. Check out what she had to share in our latest Inspiring Moms feature!
Noelle Bryant: On Motherhood, Work, and Keeping it Together
When did motherhood become real for you?
When I became pregnant with my first. We had a long journey to get there, that most don’t know about, so when we finally became pregnant it was an instant connection for me.
What is the most surprising thing about motherhood?
I was most surprised with the amount of love and protectiveness I could have over one being. And even more surprised that it could happen again when my second was born!
The scariest thing would be the unknowns, the “Am I screwing this up” moments, the constant need to remind myself of my trust in a higher being. As a mother I worry about my girls and their safety every minute of every day. I worry if I am messing them up if I happen to lose patience over something. I worry if I am not giving them enough attention or so on. But what I have learned is that we are all doing our best and our children love us unconditionally regardless. This is all just a part of motherhood.
What inspired you to start Oh Happy Play?
My girls! As a mom I always want the best, coolest new products and every time I would find one my friends would always gush about them. I would get message after message about where I found them and so on. My blog became a natural extension of that! A place where I can share my mommy must haves with other like-minded mamas like myself. Without my girls I wouldn’t have the constant inspiration. Motherhood really got my creative juices flowing and I am so thankful for my girls and a chance to share it with all of you!
What are you most proud of?
Again, my girls. But also my husband for allowing me to follow my dreams! Without my family and their support I wouldn’t have the eagerness to go on. They are what I am most proud of and my inspiration.
What has been the hardest thing about balancing your blog and being a mom?
Time! I am home with my girls and when they are awake I want to give them all the attention they deserve. Even at night when they’re sleeping I want to give my time to my husband. So the hardest thing is finding the time. When something is a passion it tends become easier to find time. I have learned to get my work done while they nap or have independent play times. I involve them in much of my work so that makes things easy too! But there could always be more time!
#MomTip: What is your best advice for mamas who are trying to make it all work?
Give yourself a break! Don’t try and do it all or all at once. Make lists! I make a list every Sunday evening for what I would like to do for the week. I make a personal list and a business list. I make them as realistic as possible then I work between the two to see which I can do cohesively. Don’t over do it!
What can’t you live without?
My lists! (ha-ha). And a good planner. I have to schedule out my week so that I can keep everything even. I make sure I get the girls out a fair amount but also schedule myself some “down days” where I can get some work done at home.
First thing you do when you put your kiddos to bed…
Eat dinner with my husband! There will come a day (and probably very soon) that family dinners will be very important but at their age I don’t think this is necessary yet. My husband and I can’t get a word in with both girls around so it is nice to have that quiet time to enjoy each other…and warm food.