A Monday in the Life of Anne Ingwalson
The Addison mom of two runs her very own babysitters’ club
Words Anne Ingwalson
Published July 2018 DallasChild
Updated August 8, 2018
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Anne Ingwalson is a self-described “mompreneur” whose company, Sitter Sweet, provides babysitters for over 700 families in Dallas-Fort Worth. The Minnesota transplant lives in Addison with her 11-year-old son, Alejo; 9-year-old daughter, Isabella; and their cats, Marshmallow and Oreo.

6:15AM Wake up. I check text messages, emails and social media for any overnight Sitter Sweet activity. Next, I read my daily devotional on my Fellowship app. Alejo has been up for an hour— he’s dressed for school, fed the cats and is playing Roblox.

6:30AM I’m fixing breakfast—eggs, hash browns and fruit for the kids. My breakfast consists of a glass of water with apple cider vinegar and lemon and a quick bite of eggs straight out of the pan.

6:45AM Isabella is a slow riser like her mama, so I take a few minutes to make her smile as she greets the day.

6:47AM Throw last-minute laundry into the dryer. I forgot to check for clean uniforms last night, which happens more often than I care to admit.

6:50AM Time for a quick cold shower. I know, but studies show it’s really good for you! It wakes me up, obviously, but also my skin and hair feel softer. I tell the kids that if they hear me scream, I’m OK; it’s just the initial cold shock.

7:00AM Breakfast is served. My bedroom is next to the kitchen, so I run between getting ready and helping the kids get ready and pack up their backpacks.

7:20AM I fix Isabella’s hair into the style of the week. Today, we debate braids versus side ponytails.

7:30AM I pour coffee into a thermos, finish my makeup and yell at the kids to hurry up when it’s really me running late. Alejo torments his sister just by looking at her.

7:40AM Out the door and off to school. During the drive, I turn on Spotify and we all sing together. In moments like this, I take full advantage of the fact that I don’t embarrass them yet to have fun together.


The Fine Print

What she’s reading Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller

Favorite Indulgence Barbacoa tacos

What’s on her DVR This Is Us, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Real Housewives

Where she goes for retail therapy Nordstrom

Yearly destination Minnesota

Favorite movie Zoolander

Guaranteed to make her laugh Funny animal videos

Guaranteed to make her cry This Is Us

Words she lives by “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou

Favorite podcast Unshakeable by Tony Robbins

Motherhood in five words The best roller coaster ride ever!

7:50AM Arrive at Isabella’s school. I tell her I love her and will see her after her Robotics club.

8:10AM Pull up to Alejo’s school. I tell him I love him and that I’ll pick him up from his after-care program.

8:11AM On my way to work, I switch from music to a podcast. I love the ones from Ed Young and Rich Wilkerson, but my favorite podcast is Unshakeable by Tony Robbins.

8:35AM At the office, I immediately hunker down to work. I have one intern who helps me with the business side of Sitter Sweet. The company is in a big transition, so budgets are tight and many hats must be worn until I can hire more full-time staffers. I check emails and then confirm how many open shifts we have that need to be filled.

10AM I draft a few Sitter Sweet social media posts, check my email again and respond to a few requests and inquiries from parents.

12PM Desk lunch is the norm for me. I need to take full advantage of my time before I have to pick up the kids from school. I made a big batch of soup for dinner this weekend, so I slurp some leftovers while reviewing bookkeeping and budgets.

1:15PM Over the past six months, I’ve been focused on relaunching the Sitter Sweet website to offer parents a whole new experience. I talk to my web developers to check on progress and share updates about new pricing models and upcoming marketing campaigns. Then I make a note to set up a training session for all of our sitters to learn about the new web service. Trying to coordinate a meeting with over 40 college students who all work remotely is like herding cats. It’s not easy, but they are all sweet girls and do a great job.

4:45PM Back to the schools to pick up the kids. Isabella always lets me know after Robotics that she’d prefer to be at soccer or in hip-hop class. Mondays are easy for Alejo—it’s the only day that he doesn’t have any practices for band, hockey or baseball.

6PM Home again. I begin making dinner. We’re on a health kick so I’ve been making a lot of soup, but tonight I opt for something more solid: salmon and chicken tacos. While I cook, Isabella does her homework. Alejo finished his homework at his after-school program, so he watches a little TV.

7:30PM Dinnertime, shower time, snuggle time. I check to make sure that homework is done, and then we watch some TV together. The kids pick Nailed It, a Netflix show in which normal people who love to bake attempt to re-create a professional cake in an hour—the results are mostly epic fails. It’s hysterical.

8:30PM Kids are in bed reading and hopefully about to snooze. I clean the kitchen and remember to check whether the kids have clean uniforms for tomorrow. I throw some clothes into the washing machine and then head off to get ready for bed.

10PM Finally in bed. I check on Sitter Sweet activity and make sure all of the sitters are OK. All is good, so I decide to indulge in my guilty pleasure by turning on Bravo. I fall asleep with visions of Real Housewives dancing in my head.

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