Dr. Heavenly Kimes, star of Bravo’s Married to Medicine, is a woman with a lot on her plate. In between her roles as a dentist, author, relationship expert and entrepreneur, Kimes still manages mommy and wifey duties. We were curious to see how the reality star works her mom magic while finding a balance to conquer work, play and life.
Q: You and your husband are both doctors. What’s your secret to managing the two-working-parent household?
We have to break it down into priorities. I work three days a week, part time, as a dentist. I kind of skip lunch, so I’ll be home when the kids get home from school. My husband, he takes one day off a week, so we make it work. And we have a nanny who works part time to make sure the clothes are washed and the kids get to school and back. We kind of work it out; we manage it based on priorities.
Q: You seem pretty ambitious, but how do you make sure you don’t overextend yourself?
My husband keeps me grounded. He is not really interested in the reality TV thing. He comes to support me. And he tells me to limit it so I don’t do too much.
Q: You’re also active on social media with your fan base, but how do you keep it from seeping into your personal life?
My kids have social media accounts, the older ones, and they are private accounts. So it’s basically their friends, so they interact on a friendship level.
For me on social media, I just never respond to the negativity. I’ve done it maybe twice, and it doesn’t pan out well. And I just think it’s best to block the
people who are negative and support the ones who support you. It’s really me on social media, and if someone has a genuine question, I’ll answer it. But if it’s something negative, which we all get, I’ll just block them or ignore.
Q: Every busy mom has her go-to meal for those nights when you want a fast, simple dinner without sending for takeout. What’s yours?
I like to do quick meals. I love to do a crab boil when you just put the crabs in there, the shrimp [in there], just boil it, and it’s done. So I do a lot of seafood and things that are easy to prepare. You just pretty much boil it up, and just come back to it.
Q: After your 75-pound weight loss a few years prior, you’ve successfully managed to keep the weight off. How? And did your whole family have to make that lifestyle change too in order for you to remain successful?
Sometimes if I prepare stuff everybody in the house will eat the same thing. You know, I have three kids, and sometimes I will eat healthy and they will eat something different. I can’t eat what they eat. But I do encourage them to [eat healthy]. I just keep good stuff around, like fruits and vegetables—just keep them readily available in the refrigerator or out in the open so if they grab a snack it is something healthy.
See Dr. Heavenly on Bravo’s Married To Medicine on Sundays at 9/8c
Words: Nina Hemphill Reeder