In this series, we dive into one busy day of a dynamic individual to understand the rituals and routines that foster their success (plus the small, unplanned moments that keep life interesting).
Here, LA-based Lizzy Mathis, multihyphenate host and founder of the lifestyle brand The Cool Mom Co. spends some time “interviewing moms doing cool shit” for her podcast in between a full day of meetings, cooking and quality time with her husband and three kids (ages 10, 7 and 4), and squeezing in some much-needed R&R for herself.
6:00 a.m. — I woke up and did a morning meditation for 20 minutes. This is something that’s pretty new for me. My mom passed and I felt like I was going through a transition in terms of stress and feeling a little overwhelmed with emotions. A friend of mine was like, “You should really start meditating.” And I didn’t really think anything twice about it. I think it just calms me. It helps me find perspective before I start my day. It gives me a little bit of peace before the hectic.
I’m actually doing a course on an app right now on how to meditate. It’s a seven-day course that basically teaches you how to clear your mind and to be okay when things do enter. To understand that it’s just part of the process.
6:20 a.m. — I responded to emails for 20 minutes. If you catch me in the morning and your email happens to be on the top, or I know that I have to respond back to something, then I’m going to try to get it done in that 20 minutes. I know for my sanity, there’s no way my email inbox will ever get to zero. I’ve become at peace with that.
6:40 a.m. — I did my morning stretches and workout for 30 minutes. I’m trying to incorporate more yoga and pilates into my morning routine. Besides the benefits of the obvious (you moving your body and being active), I think it’s also connecting mind, body and spirit in one place. It’s just a form of self-care.
7:15 a.m. — I woke up my three kids to start getting them ready. I also cooked breakfast for them. We usually have something quick and easy; this morning, we had sourdough toast and scrambled eggs. My husband and I had avocado toast on sourdough.
8:00 a.m. — I rushed out the door after everyone was dressed and ready for the kids’ drop-offs.
9:00 a.m. — I arrived at my content studio to meet the team and prepped for our podcast shoot. We’re banking episodes now so that when we come out, we can make sure we’re weekly. Moms are the through-line—moms who are really inspiring and can speak to the transition from career or pre-kids to now having kids.
The Cool Mom Co. came into existence because when I was pregnant and I was a new mom, there was no space that I felt like I could look to where there was an intersection between being a woman and motherhood. All the sites that I saw were heavy one way or the other—either you were just a woman and it was all about style and beauty and your career, or it was just strictly about motherhood and everything from breastfeeding to bottle feeding to diaper changing. There was nothing that met me in the middle, where it still kind of brought in who I was before I had kids and who I am now as a woman with kids. I really wanted to create a space that was diversity-driven and that really showcased women of all ethnicities and backgrounds who could see themselves in the site. Specific to that “cool mom.”
9:15 a.m. — I had a team meeting regarding tasks and production.
9:45 a.m. — I was in hair and makeup while I took calls.
10:30 a.m. — I shot two podcast episodes for ‘The Cool Mom Co. Podcast.’ We look for guests who are exemplary of what a cool mom represents. All moms are cool moms in their own right. That’s what the site is making sure we highlight. We just think that in motherhood, you shouldn’t lose who you are. It’s beautiful because everyone’s journey is so different. There’s been moms who are super into wellness, moms who have modeling backgrounds, moms who talk about traveling. There’s one mom we talked to the other day who’s basically changing the landscape of the restaurant industry. And she’s doing it with three kids under three. For me, the coolest thing you can always do is be true to yourself.
1:30 p.m. — We took a break for a team lunch. Today, we had salads. I love a good kale caesar.
2:30 p.m. — Back in the office for an editorial meeting for The Cool Mom Co. and other upcoming projects in the works, including a home renovation show I’m executive producing with my best friend Jessica Alba, which is geared toward parents. We’re both very passionate, obviously her with the Honest Company and me with The Cool Mom Co., about the parenthood journey. That’s something that we’re in heavy production with right now.
4:00 p.m. — I took some scheduled Zoom calls.
5:00 p.m. — I had a final check-in with the team to approve edits.
6:00 p.m. — I met the family at home and prepped for dinner. Tonight, we had baked lemon and herb halibut, sautéed butter cabbage and crispy garlic potatoes. One of my kids’ favs!
I love to cook. My favorite magazine in the entire world is Bon Appétit. I could literally read Bon Appétit every single day. I was raised by a mom who was an amazing cook, a home cook; we cooked a lot and rarely ordered out. She knew how to flip a chicken 17 ways. I work in a similar manner and always try to put a healthy spin on it.
6:30 p.m. — We ate dinner together as a family and we talked about our day. My daughters designed and made their own sneakers at design camp today.
7:00 p.m. — Family time! Tonight we walked around the neighborhood together. I think it’s just so easy to get caught up in our schedules. We’re all just so busy now. It’s just the reality of how we live and how our day to day is. And so between my husband and myself (and obviously the kids even have their own schedules now), we all get so busy. But I remember being so excited to come home and talk to my mom about my day. (And my mom was a single mom of three kids—she was busy.) I really want that with my kids and my husband. Sometimes that’s through an activity; sometimes it’s just at dinner; sometimes it’s taking a walk; sometimes it’s going out for ice cream. Whatever it is, I just want that family time to really shine through in their childhood, because that’s where I feel like foundations are made.
8:00 p.m. — Got the kids ready for bed, read books to my little one (my son is obsessed with reading LeBron’s book I Promise) and then it was lights out.
8:30 p.m. — I caught up on a few more emails and spent some quality time with my hubby. We watched Married at First Sight. I think, and honestly I am very serious about this, marriage is the hardest relationship you will ever have in your life. It’s just because it takes a conscious effort to always factor in the other person and to understand that this relationship created the other relationships you have. Your relationship between your husband or your partner created the relationship you have with your kids. That’s the first importance in our home. We really try to nurture that. Communication is super important to us. If we have the time in the evenings, it’s important for us to use that time once the kids go down to reconnect.
10:30 p.m. — Self-care time! I did a quick 10-minute meditation to zen me out for sleep. It’s more of a wind down. Sometimes I think that’s what I need. I need a little bit of focus on who I am and to just let things happen in life. I’m finding peace and giving myself grace.
This as-told-to piece has been edited and condensed for clarity and was conducted in August 2022.