When it comes to striking the right work-life balance, devoted mother of two and successful TV presenter Andrea McLean has it covered.
Whether it’s getting the kids ready for school, prepping for the next episode of Loose Women or figuring out what to make for dinner, the 48-year-old mum has become an expert at juggling her professional and personal life.
Andrea lives in Leatherhead, Surrey, with her fiancé Nick Feeney, teen son Finlay and young daughter Amy – and family life can get pretty busy.
And while she is no stranger to multi-tasking, she still welcomes a helping hand every now and again.
To make her life easier and ensure that she gets enough ‘me time’, the Scottish beauty uses the Tesco Same Day Delivery service to help with her food shop.
We spoke to Andrea to find out more about her job, family life and why this new shopping service has been such a huge hit in her home.
Describe a typical day on Loose Women...
I’ll usually take the 7am train into London, and prepare for the morning meeting at 8:45am – often that means breakfast on the go.
We’ll talk about the day’s news stories that are grabbing people’s attention. I spend an hour in hair and make-up, do a script read-through and create a promo for This Morning.
We’ll have another quick run-through and then bang! We’re on air! An hour later it’s all over and we’ll have a post-show debrief.
Then it’s on the train home so I’m there just after the kids finish school. Usually it’s a case of getting through the door and starting on cooking tea!
What do you enjoy most about working on Loose Women?
It’s the light and shade. Sometimes it’s incredibly emotional and we cover heavy, important topics, but other times the girls are laughing until our sides are splitting – it’s ridiculous! I think it really sums up our friendship.
What’s the hardest part about juggling your career and being a mum?
I always want the house to run smoothly. My son Finlay recently left for his Duke of Edinburgh award and it was like, ‘Have you got everything? What about your thermals?’
With Amy I have to check whether she’s got her violin or PE kit for school. And then there’s worrying about what everyone wants for dinner. Thankfully Tesco has lots of variety for the whole family.
Do you have to prepare lots of different meals for your family dinners?
It’s a variation on a theme, rather than a totally different meal for everyone. If we have chilli, Nick will have it with brown rice, I’ll have sweet potato. Amy might have it with spaghetti and Finlay has a mountain of chilli with pasta!
I like using the slow cooker and throw meat into that while I’m at work. The kids also enjoy stir-fry, which is a quick and easy way to give them plenty of vegetables.
Is it hard finding the time to shop for your groceries?
In the morning I’m literally running out of the door with no time to do a big shop, and when I get back from work the kids are already on their way home from school.
The Tesco Same Day Delivery service is a complete life saver: I order my shop on my tablet on the way to work and the website remembers what I ordered last time, so it’s really quick and easy.
If I order by 1pm then by the time I get home, my groceries have been picked and packed and they’re delivered after 7pm.
It helps me look really organised and allows me to claw back some time to myself.
How do you like to unwind in your spare time?
Does drinking wine and watching telly count? I practice that regularly! At home, I’ll do some yoga or watch Modern Family – that’s my ‘go to bed’ programme.
It can be hard to make time for ‘me time’ as a busy mum...
Yes, but I strongly believe that a happy mum is a good mum. That’s why I try to delegate more. By using the Tesco Same Day Delivery service to get help with the food shopping, it means I can relax in the bath for 20 minutes without being disturbed. It’s vital to make time for yourself.
Is it hard to eat healthily?
Once you have all the right ingredients in the house, it’s easy. I’m dairy intolerant, so I prepare my own food and bring it in to work.
At the moment I like making up little mason jars of bircher. But my real guilty pleasure is dates – the super squishy ones – with a bit of peanut butter on top.
It tastes like a proper pudding but you can pretend that it’s healthy!
All the products featured in this shoot are available at Tesco. With the Tesco Same Day Delivery Service you can order by lunch (1pm) for delivery after 7pm nationwide*.
Delivery is available from 6pm in London postcodes. To give yourself more ‘me time’, visit tesco.com or get further info on Tesco’s social media pages on Facebook @tesco and Twitter @tesco.
This article is produced in partnership with Tesco for ok.co.uk
* Excluding ROI and Isle of Man
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