Meet the Mom – Lauren M. | Palm Beach Moms
Name: Lauren Manaker
Where did you grow up: West Palm Beach!
Tell me about your kids: One daughter-3 years old named Hannah.  She thinks she is the next Gwen Stefani.
Favorite things to do with the family locally: Palm Beach Zoo to ride the train. over.and over.and over…. ūüėČ
Best family restaurant: The Girls so we can get some awesome pizza and the kiddo can run around
Ideal family vacation spot and why: We love going to Saint Simons Island in Georgia.  It is so laid back, the beaches are awesome, it is super kid-friendly, and and the food is amazing!!
What’s your ‘day job’? I just launched a virtual nutrition support company last week!¬† It is called Nutrition Now and I am 100% focused on infertility, preconception, prenatal, and postnatal nutrition.¬† I am a registered dietitian and a certified lactation educator-counselor and love working with this population!¬† I am trying to cater to the busy women who may need my services and offer quick nutrition “audits” as well as traditional nutrition counseling.¬† Check it out at¬†www.NutritionNowCounseling.com
What is something that makes your life easier/better/more fun? My girlfriends! And Bravo TV.
How do you balance your ‘day job’ and motherhood?¬† Like most moms, I have learned to survive on less sleep than I ever thought possible!¬† I have to be very conscious of being “in the moment” with whichever hat I am wearing.¬† When I pick my daughter up from school, that is her time with me to play and do what we need to do….phone is off and I am in the moment with her. ¬†When¬†it is time for me to work, I am not answering my phone if it is a personal call, TV is off, and I am 100% focused on work.¬† My yoga practice helps me maintain this focus.
Who inspires you and why? My grandfather.¬† He is 97 years old and still is contributing to the medical field and making people’s lives better.¬† His passion is ingrained in me and I hope to carry on the torch and impact people’s lives through nutrition.
What do you do for self care? If¬†I¬†don’t¬†make it¬†to¬†a barre class or yoga AT LEAST 3 times a week, my husband knows the¬†repercussions so it is a priority for both of us that I go.¬† I also have a standing monthly dinner-date with 3 other women where we always overstay our welcome at a local restaurant and gab away.
What did you wish you knew but no one told you about being a parent? If you think you are over-doing it with taking pictures/videos, and keeping mementos, you¬†aren’t and TAKE MORE!¬† I think back to when my daughter was a baby and am having a hard time remembering details already!¬† I wish I had¬†more videos of when she was starting to speak or walk to remember those moments.¬† I was so enveloped at the time that I never imagined I would forget anything!
Anything else you want to share? I was a Delta Gamma at UF and was in the same pledge class as the owner of this blog :).

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