My Imaginary Perfect Mom Life (vs. The Real Thing) (PHOTOS)

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Julie Ryan Evans | Jun 20, 2013 Being a Mom

zen womanI'm guilty of leading a double life -- the one that I'm actually living and the imaginary one that I live only in my head. In the latter, I'm an organized, calm, working mom on the go who does it all with the Enjoli commercial music as the soundtrack to my life. My reality is ... well, it's easier if I just show you.

Inspired by the hilarious Pinterest board "My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler," I thought I'd show you my imaginary perfect mom life ... and the starkly differing reality. See if you can relate.

How is your imaginary mom life different than your reality?


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  • My Kids' Imaginary Playroom


    Pottery Barn Kids comes to me for inspiration, I'm so organized. All of the toys stay in the adorable little bins and containers, and no one would ever spill paint on the rug.

  • My Kids' Real Playroom


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    All those cute bins and crates are in there somewhere.

  • The Imaginary Food I Serve My Family


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    It's all fresh, locally grown, organic, and nutritious. No sugar, and lots of kale (kale is a recurring theme in my imagination). Gwyneth Paltrow is so proud of me.

  • The Real Food I Serve My Family


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    They do have brown rice now, you know.

  • The Imaginary Way I Dress


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    I'm a hip, happening, well-accessorized mama with cute, current clothes. My white pants never get a speck of dirt on them, and my hair is always perfectly coiffed (Yes, I say "coiffed" in my imagination.).

  • The Real Way I Dress


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    God bless Lululemon and whoever invented the ponytail.

  • My Imaginary Children


    They are sweet little angels, who never fight. They keep their clothes clean, say "yes, m'am," and go to bed before they're even asked.

  • My Real Children


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    They behave more like this.

  • My Imaginary Mental State


    I am Zen. I am calm. I never raise my voice, and I truly cherish every moment with my beautiful children.

  • My Real Mental State


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