I’m excited to announce my new She-Spires content series, dedicated to featuring women that I find badass and inspiring. I’ll be chatting with them about all the ways in which they live their lives to the fullest.
To kick it off, I’ve recently stumbled upon Marissa Hermer, a mom who does it all and has one hell of a cookbook, An American Girl in London, and an awesome blog, MarissaHermer.com.
How do you start your day?
My alarms go off (Max, 5 years, Jake, 3 years, and Sadie 1 year) at 7AM and we all head downstairs for our morning breakfast. While the kids are eating, I’ve gotten hooked on drinking what my kids call Swamp Water (Green Vibrance – Vibrant Health) followed by a CLEAN Daily Shake and a cup of Fortnum & Mason English Breakfast Tea (I got hooked in London and can’t seem to shake it).
Favorite ways to move your body?
We moved to Los Angeles 6 months ago and being in this exercise-focused city makes us all think more about the way we move. I’ve also been pregnant for what seems like forever – and now finally I’m able to exercise freely – SO in an attempt to get back into shape after all the kids, I’m weightlifting twice a week, pilates twice a week, and long run along the beach on a Sunday evening. (That and chasing after the little rugrats constantly a thousand times a day).
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
When I am feeling overwhelmed, I either take myself out on a jog OR if I’m not doing it myself but my husband suffers the effects of my stress, I will get sent out on a jog. An hour run always does the trick and I come back having had a sweat – and all is right in the world again.
What are you currently reading?
I always have the current The Week next to my bed – our nation’s political current events are more dramatic than any summer beach-read – and my pile of parenting books (currently reading simultaneously ‘You’re Not the Boss of Me: Brat-Proofing your Four to Twelve-Year-Old Child” by Betsy Brown Braun, Your Six Year Old: Loving and Defiant by Louise Bates Ames, and He Hit Me First by Louise Bates Ames.
What is your go-to simple recipe?
I love having a batch of my Chicken Patties in the fridge – always an easy lunch or dinner for the kids and a snack for Matt or me. SUPER easy to make – I just toss an egg, a slice of bread, an onion into the blender for a quick whizz, and mix that up with a packet of chicken mince – and a quick fry of little patties later and TA-DA! Everyone is happy.
I also love to keep some lasagne rollups in the fridge – again, just roll up whatever veg (zuchinni, carrots, eggplant with mozzarella and ricotta) into lasagne noddles. Easy to freeze or pop in the oven for a lasagne treat.
What does nourishment look like to you?
I love a weekend at home with the family and good food. Our week days are pretty busy with work and kids’ activities and Matt and I are out a lot for dinners with friends – so we always look forward to our weekends where stick around the house in our pajamas until noon, cook family meals with our farmers market hauls, and go to bed early to catch up on sleep. After a family weekend, I’m always feeling reconnected, nourished and recharged – and ready to take on the next week.
What are some simple things you do for self-care/ MeTox-ing?
I have a drawer that is my Me-Tox drawer – filled with my Sunday night rituals (but of course it gets opened anytime I need a little Me-Time – a bag of Epson salts for a hot bath, a pile of Sarah Chapman facemasks, and a body brush for a dry-detoxing invigorating brush down. I also look at my calendar and book in a date night with my husband – with three young children and work, sometimes date nights get lost in the shuffle – and I find that whenever Matt and I have some time alone, I feel completely recharged.
What is your favorite cause?
As a mother of three young children, any children’s charity is dear to my heart.In Los Angeles, we’ve been able to donate our old baby equipment, toys, and clothes to Baby2Baby which serves low-income children in the city.
Three things you’d bring on a deserted island?
My Spotify playlists, English Breakfast Tea, and my Birkenstocks (even though my husband hates them and I try to fight it, I can’t stop the secret obsession – and if I’m on a deserted island no one will tell me they are ugly…)
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t judge people. You never know what kind of battle they are fighting.
One thing you can’t live without?
My Lock & Co sunhats. I love my Mom-hats – wide-brimmed hats that keep the sun off my face. I’m always in the pool with the kids or at the beach – and living in LA means I appreciate my hats!
When you are working what is your biggest vice you have to avoid?
After a long day of work, I tend to want to unwind with a glass of red wine – but for some reason after the birth of Sadie, even 2 glasses of red wine gives me a terrible hangover in the morning (which is a punishment of the highest order as I need to be on top of my game at 7AM with the morning chaos of a house of children) – so if it is red wine, I have to stick to one.
What’s your favorite date night?
Bottle of rose on the beach or a walk in a new neighbourhood to discover a new restaurant.
If you could live anywhere where would it be?
I’m one of those ‘home is where the heart’ is type of people – I really think I could live anywhere as long as I’ve got my people around me. Right now we are in Los Angeles, and it is perfect.