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.
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 sauté them in a skillet with ground turkey until it’s fully cooked. I top the tortillas with fresh tomatoes, avocados, onions, cilantro, jalapeños, 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.