Sipping with Moms ~ Ilana Austin

We’re back with another mom who we know is rocking all things mom life. We *met* Ilana via Instagram and are so happy to have connected! Sip along with us and meet Ilana Austin!


Photo of Ilana and her little prince! ❤

How many kids do you have and what are their ages?

3 – ages 7, almost 5, & 6 months (on August 1!!)

What is your 9 to 5?

I’m an executive recruiter @ PepsiCo & absolutely LOVE it!

Describe motherhood in three words:


MyBAB: we so agree!

Picture this – you’re home alone, what series are you binge watching?


MyBAB: Yes, we love Friends too! 

We love discovering new beauty products, which are your favorites?

I’ve just discovered Younique’s daily moisturizer & bronze powder – spf included in both!

MyBAB: we’ll have to check these out! 

Where is your happy place?

At a pool, in the heat, with my kids laughing or sleeping and a cold cocktail!

MyBAB: save us a seat at the pool and a drink! We could also go for a nap. 

What is your most loved item in your closet right now?

My ripped camo shorts….which my husband calls my hooker shorts!

What is your drink of choice?

Coffee, water, Champagne, or a proper French martini
The people who love me the most sent Veuve when my son was born – they know what I really needed!

MyBAB: we like the way you drink! cheers! 

We know mom time is precious, what do you like to do when you have some me time?


Since we focus on Chicagoland – kids activities, family fun, and date nights, what are your go-to places for each?

Date – anything sushi. Roka Akor, Tanoshii, Arami
Kids – emerald city theatre, super soccer stars, Barnes & Noble
Family – Eataly, the 606, weekend festivals!

What is something you are working on?

Trying to be more patient with my family! And trying not to care that being a mom is holding me back in corporate America.

MyBAB: we love this! 

As a working mom, how do you balance it *all*?

I certainly don’t think I do! But I keep my head above water (most days) by: rarely showering, relying on my husband to help with kid duties & cooking, outsourcing help (carpool, groceries, laundry, etc.), and waking up at 5am so that I can get a full hour of uninterrupted work done!

MyBAB: We too rely on our husbands and outsourcing – though we’re jealous of the laundry outsourcing-sign us up! 

Where can people find you?

Insta -@ilana.austin

Thanks to Ilana for letting us get to know her a little bit more!

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