Camila Alves McConaughey is organizing her family via old-fashion scheduling.
The Women of Today founder, 38, and her husband Matthew McConaughey share children Levi, 12, Vida, 11, and Livingston, 8.
In addition to a full house, the couple shares multiple adopted pets and reside with Matthew’s 89-year-old mother, Kay.
With a full house and the pandemic shifting how their home functions — Camila had to get on top of their schedules for their health sakes.
“I think that the thing that really has helped us is the concept of really understanding, okay, what are our priorities and really set straight,” she tells PEOPLE while chatting about her gift guide for Amazon Handmade.
“The kids have their priorities. The kids have their schedules and their duties are written down and put it on the refrigerator for every child.”
Camila adds, “Matthew’s mom has her duties, he has his, so we kind of create a little bit of infrastructure, because we’re not having the outside world. We can’t have that right now. Matthew’s mom is 89 years old and we have to be really careful with everything that we do.”
“And those schedules have been extremely, extremely helpful and the whole family pitched in,” the entrepreneur shares. “Everybody’s got different duties and different things in their schedule. That has been really, really helpful. And really, the thing that’s been helping us get through this time, is finding ways to help others.”
One of the ways Camila has helped others is through her collaboration with Amazon Handmade.
“As a woman in business myself, I think it’s very important to support other women-led small businesses. I’m very excited to team up with Amazon Handmade to support those women makers for International Women’s Day,” she tells PEOPLE. “It was a very natural collaboration. And, you know, I grew up doing handmade things. My first business was all handmade handbags, right? So, I understand the challenges and what it takes. It’s a really big deal to be able to do this with Amazon.”
Camila also says her kids have also had a lot of joy from the items on her gift guide.
“I love to cook with the kids. One thing that we go through a lot in my household is [oven] mitts because you know, we would burn them every so often, especially the kids,” Camila says with a laugh. “So, you know, I added some of those polka dots and fun ones, you know that everybody can, can use it. And it’s really cool.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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