Mindy Lahiri is our kinda momma. She’s funny, she’s sassy, she’s smart as hell, and she loves her kid more than anything. Plus, her closet is everything we imagined we’d be wearing as adults.

We’re celebrating this fierce professional mama by sharing some of our favorite Mindy moments. Enjoy!

In this video for Variety’s “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors”, Felicity Huffman and Jennifer Lopez sat down and chatted about being working moms and how men just don’t struggle with “mom guilt.” There’s almost too much greatness in one interview, if we’re being honest. Watch these two badasses have an awesome, real, totally unfiltered conversation about motherhood.

The series airs June 12 and June 19 on PBS SoCal.

It’s raining here and I’m not sure about you, but thanks to an over all busy weekend, I’ve been eyeing my bed all day. Now that I’m snuggled up in it watching The Good Wife (OMG can we talk about Jeffrey Dean Morgan on the cast this year?!), I’m remembering the days that it was so much easier to blow off work and life in general… way back before we had kids or had other responsibilities like mortgages and car payments.

So does calling out to your boss (even if they are 5) seem like a good way to start your week but you can’t come up with a solid reason? Choose one of these… shoot…bookmark it and the next time you need a mental health day, come back and pick another! Just don’t hate on me if you jinx yourself…

1. Holiday Candy Hangover

Not that kind of hangover. Unless you really did party like you were 22 and are still recovering because while you can party like you’re 22, you sure as hell can’t recover like you are.

2. Anything Gastro Related

No one wants to think about another person’s belly or butt issues. And they surely don’t want to risk getting whatever it is that you have.

3. Oral Objection

So you snuck into your kid’s candy stash and now you just chipped a tooth on that hard piece of candy. Way to be discreet, Mom. If you don’t want to go that far and have to explain why your teeth look the same as they did on Friday, an abscessed tooth should do it.

4. Plumbing Issues

Kids will flush anything down the toilet… so will teens. And who hasn’t been there with a mop, a bucket, and a shop-vac?

5. Migraines or Sinus Issues

Thank the Lord the only time I had migraines it was when I was pregnant with Sydney but it was enough to make me wish for them to never return. I’m sure your boss will agree.

6. Flu Shot Reaction

It’s the time of the year when we’re all getting flu shots and it’s not uncommon to have an adverse reaction to it.

7. Blame the Kids

Hey.. you have them, use them. I mean, what kid isn’t a walking petri dish this time of the year?

The one thing that I learned early on in my days of working is that if you’re going to call in sick, it’s always much more effective if you do it from your bed, under the covers. Works like a charm every time.

This post was originally featured on Kristen Daukas’ blog, 4 Hens & a Rooster. Featured image via.

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Lorelai Gilmore is not only one of the best TV characters of all time, but she’s insanely relatable to single moms everywhere.

Here is a day in the life of a single mom, as told by Lorelai GIFs. May she forever reign as one of our TV mom heroes.

1. When one coffee in the morning just isn’t going to cut it.

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Pump that sh*t right into our veins. 

2. When you realize you actually have time for a shower.

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The first shower in days, might we add.

3. When your kid is having a temper tantrum because they don’t want to go to school.

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And of course this temper tantrum is going to cause you to be late to work.

4. And then you are late to work and your boss spots you pulling in.

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How do they always know?

5. When you take a call from your kid’s teacher and your coworkers throw you dirty looks.

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Guess how much we don’t care?

6. When it’s not even 10am but you already need that fifth cup of coffee.

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It’s exhausting being both mom and dad, and coffee is the only one who truly understands. Coffee=life.

7. When your annoying coworker asks you the same question, again. 

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We’re trying really hard to hide the steam coming out of our ears.

8. When your kids ask you why you’re so tired and you tell them you feel like death.

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We’re too tired to explain how actually tired we really are. How many times have we said tired in that sentence? SOMEONE GET US A NAP, PLEASE.

9. When it’s finally the appropriate time to enjoy adult libations.

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This is honestly the only necessary beverage besides coffee.

10. When you’re too tired to cook and the universe punishes you for it.

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No one has to know about this…

11. When your day has been so long that you just give into the sweet tooth.

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These are words we live by.

12. When your kids refuse to help you do the dishes.

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And we’re about two seconds away from losing our sh*t.

13. When your kid has a meltdown because they don’t want to take a bath, they and act like it’s the end of the world.

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Just serving up some of that realness for dessert. They need a little perspective.

14. When you bestow your motherly wisdom onto your child because they’re upset.

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Because honestly, sometimes that is the best medicine.

15. And finally, when your kid surprises you by not being a little brat.

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Lorelai Gilmore totally gets us, and we love her for it.

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What is your morning routine like? If your mornings are like those of many other moms, you are flying by the seat of your pants from the time your feet hit the floor until you walk out the front door (probably at least a few minutes late, right?).

Mornings don’t have to be so hard. I simplified my own morning routine so that I can get ready for the day in a stress free way. There is no need to rush through your morning routine haphazardly when a little time management is all it takes to start your day in a smooth and productive way.

1. Pick out what you will wear the next day from undies to shoes. Do the same with your children. Every person you are responsible for in the morning should know what he or she is wearing the next day before going to bed at night.

While doing this on a nightly basis is a great start toward an easier morning routine, work up to picking out clothing for the week on Sunday evening. I began doing this when I returned to full time work and it’s a sanity saver, for sure!

2. Make lunches the night before. Let preschool aged and older children help to make their lunches. Never spend your precious morning time making lunches. Once you get used to make lunches every night, start planning lunches for the week on Sunday night so that you know exactly what’s going in the lunch bag every day.

3. Plan your breakfast the night before. Know what you’re having the next morning so that you can adjust your wake up time if making breakfast requires more time than usual.

Again, planning a weekly breakfast menu is a great idea for streamlining your morning routine. The ultimate way to lessen breakfast-making minutes is to cook large batches of your family’s favorite breakfast foods and freeze them.

4. Write your morning routine down to the minute and turn getting ready into a game. I have been known to attempt to beat my best time at getting ready in the morning. As you will see in my morning schedule below, any time I save is time I give back to myself and the things that I enjoy doing, like blogging.

5. Make the next day’s to-do list before bed. This simple step will allow you to rest better, because you won’t spend the night going over the next day in your head. Dump the next day’s tasks on to paper or into your favorite to-do list app and be done with tomorrow until tomorrow.

The Morning Routine

Before you can streamline your morning routine, you need to know what’s taking too much time and what’s not getting enough attention in the morning. For a day or two, record how long certain morning tasks are taking to accomplish. Decide which tasks are a priority. Remove the rest from your morning routine.

Here are my tips for a stress-free morning routine:

1. No electronics until you’ve showered, gotten dressed, made breakfast, etc. Once everything is done, you can sit down with your breakfast and check emails or watch the news.

2. No phone calls at all, unless there is an emergency. Do not talk on your phone while you’re getting ready in the morning. Also — and this could be a tough one — No. Social. Media. Unless you get ready quickly and have time to spare!

3. Get up earlier. Just do it. Start with 15 minutes earlier, move up to 30 minutes. Eventually you will have time to incorporate meditation, scripture reading or your favorite spiritual practice into your morning routine. This will benefit you all day.

4. Put your keys, work bag, children’s backpacks, etc in the same convenient place every day. You should be able to grab and go within seconds and know that everything you need it already in your bag and that the children have what they need in their backpacks.

5. Don’t wash and dry your hair every day. If you have a hairstyle that requires a lot of time in the morning, you have two choices — change your hairstyle or get up earlier. Stop letting your hair make you late.

6. Set a goal time for leaving the house. It is very important that you write down your morning routine to the minute. At first, estimate how long it takes you to shower, make breakfast, get dressed, etc. Write out a schedule. You can adjust the schedule if you find that something takes more or less time than you thought. Write the schedule based on your desired time to walk out the door. (Help your children to make a morning schedule, as well.) See below for my morning schedule.

My Stress Free Morning Schedule

My children are home schooled and I have their lessons and assignments planned by the week. I don’t have to get my children out the door quickly in the morning, but the trade off is that my evenings are packed. I save time in the evenings by getting a lot of work done in the morning before I go to my job.

5:30 am — Get up, shower, get dressed, play a “brain game.”

6:00 am — Start breakfast, unload dishwasher, care for pets, do any dinner prep that is needed.

6:20 am — Gather my things (which are already in one place, remember!), put on my shoes (I put my shoes for the next day under my desk each evening for quick access), put my lunch bag with my work bag.

6:20 am — I’m out the door on my way to work.

I have my morning routine simplified so that I have a whole hour to sit with my breakfast and coffee while working on my blog before going to my full time job if I decide to get up early enough to do so. I’ve also moved the meditation time that was once listed above to the evenings before bed because I find that it helps me get a better night’s sleep.

The things I did with that hour before implementing a stress free morning routine included washing and drying my hair, deciding on an outfit, making my lunch, wondering what to make for breakfast, looking for my shoes and a hefty dose of muttering under my breath.

I wrangled my routine into submission and you can too!

This post was originally featured on Allison Goines’ blog, Our Small Hours. Featured image via.

If you follow politics closely, you were probably familiar with the first Democratic Debate that took place.  One of the most buzzed about issues and a hot button topic was paid paternity leave. 

As recent research explains:

In order for women to ever have a fair shake in the workplace—I’m looking at you, gender wage gap—paid leave needs to be viewed as crucial for women and men. This is something that should make sense by now, and if candidates looked at millennial fathers for a hot second, they might get it, too. (via.)

While some of us are gripping our hair with anxiety over the rapid speed at which times passes (when did millennial fathers become a thing?!), this is a very important conversation to be had. It’s daunting and frightening how little companies are implementing paid work leave for parents, and how nonexistent it is for fathers.

The pressure men feel is real: Eighty-eight percent of fathers in their 20s and 30s say it’s important to be a ‘perfect dad,’ outnumbering the 78 percent of moms who feel the same way. And in order to be this A+ father, it’s reasonable to assume that men, you know, want to be around when their children are born and need policies that enable them to do so. (via.)

Unfortunately, new fathers are going up against outdated work policies, harsh judgements from older bosses and CEO’s, and the argument that paid work leave will hurt small businesses. This is backwards thinking, and harmful to the American family.

Roughly 80 percent of today’s new dads were raised in the 1980s and ’90s, a time when the number of working women grew to more than 57 percent of the female population, making a two-income household the norm.

In college, these same men were (and are) outpaced by women, who earn more bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. By the time they are ready to have a family, ‘these guys fully expect that their wives are going to have jobs, that they will probably work full-time, and may not be able to take off for long periods of time,’ Brad Harrington, Ph.D., executive director of the Boston College Center for Work and Family, says. The result is a groundswell of men fighting for their right to parental-leave policies.  (via.)

Ouch. Moms, let’s face it – our lives would be a lot easier if our husbands were taught (from the beginning), that their role in the household is essential. It’s 2015, not 1950. Men are no longer the sole breadwinners of households, and moms are no longer the only parent a child should bond with. The American family dynamic is evolving each year, and with it so should the workplace.

As it stands, the Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees only 12 weeks of unpaid leave for eligible workers, making the United States the only industrialized nation without paid maternity leave, and trailing behind the 70 countries that offer paid leave to fathers(via.)

Oh, cool. Those statistics are not FRIGHTENING AT ALL. But seriously, the more we talk about this, the closer we get to change. Parents deserve paid leave. End of story. And there seems to be some form of a light at the end of the tunnel.

A national solution is still unlikely for the time being, although paid leave is sure to remain a major issue in the upcoming election. ‘The polls are overwhelming on this,’ says Ellen Bravo, executive director of Family Values @ Work, a nonpartisan network advocating for family-friendly workplace policies. ‘There is such high support across the political spectrum and across all demographics. It would be very difficult for whoever else is in the race not to address it.’ (via.)

For the full article and how you can get involved with the change, check out GQ.com.

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