Meet Rachel! The Mom Behind Little Rock Moms Network

Hey y’all! I’m Rachel, the mom behind Little Rock Moms Network and your first Meet A Mom!

I was born in Nashville and grew up all over the South in Tennessee, Texas, and South Carolina. After high school I trekked 600 miles to Arkansas to attend Harding University where I met my husband freshman year in an economics study group (the only good thing that came out of that class). After college we moved to Little Rock, the hubby’s hometown, where I’ve worked in retail management.

In 2017 we welcomed our sweet little man Beckham to the Haynes family, and he has turned our world upside down every day since.

What are your favorite things to do with your kiddo?
I love to do anything creative with him. We have a blast doing crafts, painting, dance parties, and making up songs. Currently our number 1 activity is creating block towers/cities for our dinosaurs to live in and especially tear down!

What’s your least favorite mom job?
By far it is unloading the dishwasher! Nothing builds up faster than dishes, but putting them in the dishwasher makes the kitchen look shiny and clean… putting them up on the other hand is the bane of my existence.

What is your best mom hack that makes life easier?
Double sheeting the bed. I always put 2 sets of mattress covers and sheets on the bed; it makes for an easy clean up that doesn’t disrupt the night sleep for any accidents.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I don’t sweat. For real, I can’t sweat.

What are your favorite things to do in Little Rock?
With my little guy, we love to get out and do activities whether it’s the zoo, the Museum of Discovery, or the park. Anything that gets us out and moving you’ll find us there. With the hubby, we love to go see a show (theater or movies we love both!) or go out to eat! Really just being able to spend some one on one time with him that doesn’t revolve around things we have to do.

Self-care is so important as momma’s who give so much, what’s something you do just for yourself?
I really take time to try to get my workouts in. It’s a time to focus on my mind/body connection and not have to think about everything. I also take time for a ladies Bible study every week. This allows me a time to really refocus my priorities and connect with other women and discuss how to handle day to day life.

When parenting gets hard, what’s something you tell yourself that gets you through?
To give myself grace. There’s room to mess up and learn and that’s how I become a better parent to my little guy. No one is perfect and that’s okay.

What’s the best piece of advise you’ve gotten from another mom?
My mom always reminds me that nothing is going to look as good/turn out as good as it did in my head. I dream big, and when I want to do things I like to go all out so when the result doesn’t measure up I can be hard on myself. So this always reminds me that just because something doesn’t turn out how I thought doesn’t mean it’s not great!

What are your future plans and goals?
Well in the short term I’m shooting towards getting my son’s room transitioned into a toddler room and completing potty training. Long term I’m really looking forward to growing our momma community here in Little Rock and making great connections with more parents in the city.

That’s me in a nutshell! But if you want to know more, drop a comment and I’d love to connect with you!

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