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Here's How She Does It

Ever wonder how today’s moms make it through the day. Do they have some secret tricks that they’d like to share with all of us who are trying to get by? While every mom is different and every situation is unique, one thing is true — we’re all in this together. This regular feature from The Pickup Line asks moms questions about the little things that get them through their day and beyond. Find your inspiration here!

Meet Liz Vaccariello...

Liz is the Editor in Chief of Parents magazine and the Meredith Parents Network. She's the mom to fourteen year-old twin girls --- Sophia and Olivia. While she commutes to NYC, she resides in South Orange, NJ with her daughters and husband Steve. Here's how she does it...

Your biggest pickup line pet peeve

Fast cars. These are children, people! Nothing’s more urgent than their safety.

Your best mom hack

Simplify your life in whatever ways you can. I have an office uniform (shift dress) so wardrobe and dressing don’t take me too much time or thought. I pack the same lunch for myself every day for 20+ years. (The girls get variety, I don’t ☺)

Your lunch packing strategy, if any...

See above.

When is your me time?

Exercise and my commute. I use the train to read for pleasure… or think.

After the kids are in bed, I...

Watch all the amazing television that’s out now…. Dramas like Ozark, Bloodline, etc. I’m good for one episode, then I fall asleep too.

When I dream of an escape, I picture...

The jungles of Costa Rica with the girls and Steve. The sounds of the monkeys, the beautiful birds, the fun and adventure in an exotic place (that’s also only a 4-hour direct flight from Newark).

Shower time? AM, PM — never???

Weekdays it’s PM before bed. Weekends it's after the morning workout. Shower is also a main “mom escape” for me.

Your mom philosophy in one sentence...

Fuel every decision (and as many moments as you can) with love.

Mom vice...

The Bachelor

Love this vice -- we couldn't agree more! Look for more "Here's How She Does It" features coming soon on The Pickup Line!

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