Although you might think you know the Instagram stars you follow, there's a lot that goes on behind the scenes of a highly-edited feed. Such is the case for Sarah Stage, a model with 2.3 million Instagram followers and two children: James, 2, and Logan, three months. Also known as "Six-Pack Mom" for maintaining her abdominal definition throughout two pregnancies, the 33-year-old, who plans to return to full-time modeling soon, recently shared her daily routine to shed light on what life is really like when you're a social media star and raising two young kids:
7:30 a.m.: Although my husband Kris leaves for work at 6 a.m., I sleep in until James wakes me up for breakfast. He wakes up baby Logan, too: Kristopher and I co-sleep with Logan, as we did with James, particularly since the baby needs to nurse every three hours.
Almost every day, I'll make us both toasted Ezekiel bread, scrambled eggs with almond milk, plus whatever fruit is in the fridge. Today it's raspberries – but first, coffee! I use a Keurig and add vanilla creamer.
8-10 a.m.: Mornings are a mad shuffle! James goes to an early pre-school program two to three days a week, and I give him a bath before dropping him off. I also pack a diaper bag for James and one for Logan, change their diapers, walk our chihuahua, Maria, and breastfeed Logan for 15 to 20 minutes. During daytime feedings, I almost always multitask. Sometimes, I'll talk on the phone or do online shopping, but this morning, I check my e-mails and scroll through Instagram, which I check sporadically throughout the day. I try to respond to comments from my followers, but also see posts from my friends and family.
10 a.m.: James and I split an avocado as a snack before I take him to school. I bring Logan for the ride.
10:30 a.m.: Logan falls asleep in the car, so when we get home, I use the break to do a workout from my fitness guide. We turned our garage into a home gym, but I've been exercising in my living room, where it's warm enough for Logan to sleep comfortably.
I typically work out for 45 minutes about every other day – no more, since I'm usually sore and like to give my body a day to rest and recover between workouts. On weekends, when Kris is around to watch the kids for an hour, I'll sometimes attend a Pilates class. Today, I just do some arm exercises using 10-pound dumbbells and several sets of squats and lunges.
Now that I've recovered from my C-section and can go back to working on my abs, I do lots of planks and crunches.
Every so often, I record home workouts to share with my followers but generally don't take selfies during them. Even though I try to post at least once a day, I don't feel pressure because no one is forcing me to do it. I'll often use a random photo or take pictures with Logan or James with a caption related to what I'm going through at the moment. Sometimes I just use an emoji and call it a day.
Right after exercising, I blend a smoothie with protein powder, a banana, some strawberries, and almond milk.
11:15 a.m.: I shower and perform my daily skincare routine: First, I wash my face with Skinmedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, then exfoliate with both Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant and Olay Thermal Crystal Polisher. Right after my shower, I apply PCA Skin Nutrient Toner, PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum, PCA Skin Eye Gel, and Glycelene Rejuvenation Cream. It seems like a lot, but it takes less than two minutes and is totally worth it because it keeps my skin clear and hydrated.
Since I have lash extensions and recently got my eyebrows microbladed to cut down on my getting-ready time, I spend just five minutes on my everyday makeup routine: I apply IT Cosmetics CC cream, and Kevin Aucoin or Tarte concealer on my under-eye circles. On my lips, I use MAC liner and Chanel lip gloss, and on my cheeks, I apply Stila cream blush. I put L’OrÃ©al mascara on just my bottom lashes. When I have extra time, I also contour using Sonia Kashuk bronzer and use Honest beauty balm to highlight my cheekbones, then draw a cat eye using Urban Decay liquid liner. I always finish with Glycelene mist for an extra glow.
After primping, I get dressed for a lunch meeting with a new agent. Although I've only taken a few jobs here and there since Logan was born, I really want to get back into modeling. I plan to go back full-time in a few months.
1 p.m.: I pack up Logan and head to Aroma Coffee and Tea Company in Studio City for the meeting. Although he sleeps a lot, so I can get away with bringing him, doing work when he's around puts additional stress on me: I'm always hoping he won’t be fussy, have a diaper explosion, or spit up all over the place.
For lunch, I order a chicken salad with avocado and hard-boiled eggs, with dressing — balsamic today – on the side because I hate soggy salad! The roll that came with my salad was too hard for my liking, so I didn't end up eating it. If we'd been at one of those restaurants that served bread while you wait for your food, I definitely would have had some – I love carbs.
Logan slept through most of the meeting – I got lucky this time! – but woke up hungry, so I breastfed him at the table.
2:30 p.m.: On our way home, we stop at the grocery store – I stock up on food about every two days so fresh produce doesn't go bad. Shopping with a stroller is easier than you'd think, since you can throw items in the basket beneath the baby carrier. Kristopher texted me he's craving tacos, so I buy lean ground turkey, avocados, cilantro, onion, organic corn tortillas, and garlic to make a recipe from my nutrition guide. I also grab some bananas, a lemon, and chicken breasts for breakfast and lunch for the next couple days.
3 p.m.: I unload the car and stock the fridge before nursing Logan and checking my e-mail.
I get a lot of messages with questions and requests for advice from women who've purchased my fitness e-books, and I try to respond to them. I also get business inquiries, which I forward directly to my manager to handle. Logan isn't on a distinct sleeping schedule yet, but he sleeps through most of the afternoon, waking up every three hours to eat.
3:30 p.m.: I pack Logan into the car to pick up James from pre-school. On our way home, we stop at a nearby juice bar called Nekter. I get a ginger lemon juice shot for me and an apple carrot orange juice to share with James.
4:30 p.m.: James naps for an hour, and I use this time to do some laundry, load the dishwasher, and clean up around the house – it’s always crazy with a toddler and a newborn. While folding clothes, I snack on an Oh Nuts! pistachio cranberry bar.
5:30 p.m.: Once James wakes up from his nap, it's playtime. Usually we'll go out in our backyard, but I'm finishing up the laundry, so we play inside with his toys. I try not to be on my phone a lot when I'm with my kids – particularly since James always needs my attention. He has a lot of energy and is very active! Although he enjoys taking photos after he's napped, he don't understand anything about social media yet.
7 p.m.: In the summer, Kris sometimes barbecues or uses our smoker, but for the most part, I do most of the cooking. Tonight, my recipe takes about 15 minutes – you just chop the veggies and sautÃ© them in a skillet with ground turkey until it's fully cooked. I top the tortillas with fresh tomatoes, avocados, onions, cilantro, jalapeÃ±os, and lemon.
7:30 p.m.: Kris comes home, and we sit down as a family for our taco dinner. When I crave sweets afterward, I can't resist Trader Joes' dark chocolate squares with salted caramel. I also love frozen coconut bars.
Because Kris is away from the kids all day, he likes to bond by reading James a book and putting him to bed.
It's a good thing, since I'm always so exhausted at the end of the day! Sometimes, I'll take a bath and sneak in a glass of Champagne or wine – I wish it was every night, but I don't always have time to treat myself.
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