We’re here at Pottery Barn Broadway!

Come by and treat Mom to some good-for-the-body skin care products! We’re here (1965 Broadway & 67th Street) from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday and we’re ready to share our love for all-natural beauty care. See you soon! Or, shop online at http://www.NaturallySusans.com

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[MOMPRENEUR SERIES] Featuring Jewelry Designer Loella Medina

This Mother’s Day, we’re taking the opportunity to recognize some Mompreneurs that we’ve met along our journey. Somehow, they find a way to balance their entrepreneurial workload while being full-time Moms. We’ll be introducing them to you throughout this Mother’s Day weekend and we asked them to share some tips for fellow Mompreneurs.

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We often find Loella making jewelry at her booth when we’re at events. But when she visits our booth, she loves sharing videos of her kids dancing and singing, giving us a sense of her home life…filled with bright smiles and joyful laughter. That’s the happy place we always want to be. It’s obvious that Loella’s family is her priority yet you’ll find that she pours as much love and attention into designing and making her beautiful jewelry as well.
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Introducing: Loella of Loella Medina Jewelry

Q: Please describe your business.

A: I design and handcraft jewelry.

Q: How long have you been running your business?

A: 7 years next month!

Q: What inspired you to start your business?

A: The idea of being free to make my own decisions and my own schedule is really what pulled me into starting my own business. I always knew I wanted to have flexibility to be available for my kids so starting my own business seemed like the perfect solution. When my children were younger and would get sick more often, I knew I could stay with them all day long taking care of them and snuggling them back to health without worrying about having to call out of work. So the big leap of faith I took 7 years ago has been well worth it in that sense.

Loella Medina Jewelry

Q: How do you balance the responsibilities of being a Mom and running your business?

A: I currently work from my home, and the lines between home life and work life get blurred a lot. It is difficult to detach from work when it is so accessible. I have started to take summers off to spend quality time with the kids, we go on park adventures, museums, the zoo, etc. I take my mind off my business for a few weeks and come back with renewed energy. Also, I do not do this crazy parenting stuff alone; my husband and I always divvy up school trips, we always attend school conferences and events together, etc. We are also very grateful to have a lot of help from our families. My husband is very invested in seeing me win, so he is always up for lending a hand during set ups at retail events and being my “salesman”.

Q: For current and future Mompreneurs, what advice would you give them?

A: There is definitely a lot to juggle, and that’s okay. Always follow your instincts; start with why and your path will become more clear.  And don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Q: What’s your secret to staying healthy and beautiful?

A: Sleep and moisturizer. 🙂

Learn more about Loella and her work by following her at:

Special thanks to Loella! We’re grateful that you’re part of our journey! 

Join Us at Pottery Barn this Mother’s Day Weekend!

Sunday brunch plans with Mom…we’ve got you covered! With some food for the body, of course 😊. Join us this weekend at Pottery Barn on 67th and Broadway as we celebrate Mom! We’ll be there from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday so come by for some skin-loving treats.

Or, shop new gift packages on our website at http://www.naturallysusans.com/gifts

[MOMPRENEUR SERIES] Featuring Artist Amanda Newman

This Mother’s Day, we’re taking the opportunity to recognize some Mompreneurs that we’ve met along our journey. Somehow, they find a way to balance their entrepreneurial workload while being full-time Moms. We’ll be introducing them to you throughout this Mother’s Day weekend and we asked them to share some tips for fellow Mompreneurs.

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Our earliest recollection of meeting Amanda was about three years ago at Artists & Fleas in Brooklyn. She had such a beautiful booth set up with the most adorable little cork buds (they’re little plants growing out of bottle corks). Needless to say that her booth was one of the most popular! It’s not until we asked to feature Amanda for our Mompreneur Series that we learned of her second business that she’s been managing for 15 years! And, we knew that a Mom with two businesses definitely has sage advice. Amanda is one of the sweetest individuals we’ve ever met. 
Amanda Newman

Introducing: Amanda of Amanda Newman Art (and Corkbuds!)

Q: Please describe your business.

A: I do custom artwork such as chalkboards, murals and signs for restaurants, businesses, weddings, etc.

Q: How long have you been running your business?

A: 15 years!

Q: What inspired you to start your business?

A: I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. Even when I was younger and the rest of the world tried to tell me that you can’t make it as an artist, I knew that I would have to because I couldn’t picture doing anything else. In retrospect, I’m sure part of my inspiration was to prove everyone wrong!

Amanda Newman Art

Q: How do you balance the responsibilities of being a Mom and running your business?

A: For the first year of my daughter’s life, I thought that I could work from home while also taking care of her. I think it is a common misconception that this is possible – I’ve rarely met any moms who were able to make this work full time! I guess looking back I did “make it work” but it was not enjoyable and I would not do it again that way. It was not fair to my daughter or my business because I was never 100% attentive to either one. I was fortunate to have a solid client base at that point and most people were very understanding that my availability was not as flexible as it previously had been. When my daughter turned one, I was finally able to put her in daycare full-time and it’s made a world of difference. Now I try to be strict about only doing work during work hours while she’s at daycare, and then I can give her my full attention in the evening when she’s home. A person who works 8 hours a day at full capacity is just as productive, if not more so, than a person who works at half capacity (i.e. also momming) 100% of the time.

Q: For current and future Mompreneurs, what advice would you give them?

A: Don’t try to do it all. Being a stay at home mom is a full time job, and running your business is a full time job. If you try to do both at once, you’ll never be happy, healthy, or do your best work. Of course there are times when you’ll have to “do it all”, but in the grand scheme of things I think it’s so important to schedule out your days so that you are giving 100% to the task at hand. You don’t want to be reading to your child but really thinking about the client who just emailed you with an issue. Treat your business like all the “9-5ers” treat theirs – it can wait until tomorrow. People can tell if you’re not fully invested in something (i.e. talking to a client while trying to feed your child). If you don’t take your business seriously nobody else will and your career will always be viewed as a hobby. Being serious does not mean working 24/7 – it means being fully present during the hours that you are working. Another piece of advice – take more vacations! And enable an automatic vacation response for your emails. I promise your business will still be there when you get back.

Q: What’s your secret to staying healthy and beautiful?

A: I go running every other day. I plan the time into my schedule and consider it a necessity of life. It gives me time to clear my head and gives me more energy to tackle the rest of life.

Learn more about Amanda and her work by following her at:

Special thanks to Amanda! We’re grateful that you’re part of our journey! 

[MOMPRENEUR SERIES] Featuring Painter Hannah Lowe Corman

This Mother’s Day, we’re taking the opportunity to recognize some Mompreneurs that we’ve met along our journey. Somehow, they find a way to balance their entrepreneurial workload while being full-time Moms. We’ll be introducing them to you throughout this Mother’s Day weekend and we asked them to share some tips for fellow Mompreneurs.

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About two years ago, we met Hannah at a pop up event at West Elm on the Upper West Side where we were showcasing our work, side-by-side, and we’ve kept in touch ever since. She’s an amazing painter and now Mom to an adorable baby boy.

Hannah Lowe CormanIntroducing: Hannah of Hannah Lowe Corman original paintings

Q: Please describe your business.

A: I am a Mindfulness Painter, which to me means that my process of creating is a mindfulness practice and the resulting paintings tend to be serene and meditative.

Q: How long have you been running your business?

A: I started selling my paintings in early 2016, but I’ve been creating art since childhood.

Q: What inspired you to start your business?

A: When I moved to New York, I knew that I wanted to work for myself in some capacity, but I wasn’t sure how. I got connected to a group of artistic female entrepreneurs, who inspired me to believe that I could turn my passion into a business. Making art has always been a part of me – it wasn’t necessarily something I even thought about as a “thing I do”. So while it was totally natural, it actually wasn’t at all obvious to me to start a business around painting, until that light bulb went on that yes, indeed this is a viable career path.Hannah Lowe Corman Art

Q: How do you balance the responsibilities of being a Mom and running your business?

A: It’s definitely a challenge. I’ve had to strip down my business to the absolutely essential. With a 9 month old, I have zero time for extraneous Facebooking, video-watching, email editing, etc. I paint or work on my website during my son’s naps (which may be 45 minutes, or, if I’m lucky, 90 minutes. I write emails and think about social media after he goes to sleep at night. When he’s awake, I try to be fully present with him, whether that’s feeding him, playing with him, or just watching him play solo. Do I sometimes multi-task and scroll Instagram when he’s awake? Yes, of course, I’m only human, but I try to notice when I’m not being present and snap back to what’s in front of me.

Q: For current and future Mompreneurs, what advice would you give them?

A: I felt very overwhelmed with work and baby at first because I was so accustomed to doing everything I could in my business. It wasn’t until I realized that half of the admin stuff I was doing wasn’t actually advancing sales that I felt okay letting it slide. Sometimes I get that creeping feeling that I SHOULD be learning about Pinterest or beefing up my SEO, but then I allow myself to let go of these “should” thoughts and just focus on the essential day to day activities. I’m sure one day in the future I’ll have more time to dig into other topics, but for now I’m enjoying living outside of the online world. So for current or future Mompreneurs, I’d advise boiling down your business tasks to the absolute essentials. By letting go of things you feel you ought to be doing but aren’t really necessary, hopefully that will give you space to be present with your children when possible. I also like to think about (and be grateful for) all the aspects of my life and business that are exactly what I want; sometimes we get caught up in pushing and growing that we forget that we’ve actually created a lifestyle that we’ve wanted and that we should take advantage of that ~ whether it’s flexibility of our time, or not reporting to a boss, or being able to pick up our kids from school ~ notice what you already have and not what you are still striving towards.

Q: What’s your secret to staying healthy and beautiful?

A: Oh man, sometimes I don’t feel healthy or beautiful. On the days that I look and feel my best, I’ve gotten solid sleep and I’ve had a lot of water.

Learn more about Hannah and her work by following her at:

Special thanks to Hannah! We’re grateful that you’re part of our journey! 

Get your Matcha on!

Naturally Susan's Matcha Seaweed MaskOur Matcha Seaweed Facial Masque (a.k.a. The Green Monster) is an NS Fan favorite! Packed with the finest quality green teas, Spirulina, and Chlorella…chlorophyll-rich ingredients deep cleans, purifies and detoxifies your skin. Promote circulation, skin cell renewal, and fight free radicals (anti-aging). It’s skin-loving goodness for your face! Shop online at www.NaturallySusans.com!

Mother’s Day is almost here!

Mother’s Day is almost here and we remembered these NS Fans that visited us at Chelsea Market. Mother, daughter, and their friend returned after brunch for some skin care goodies before traveling home. They had a great time reconnecting in NYC and we were so grateful for meeting them. Happy Pampering 💕! #gratitude #MothersDay

(This photo also reminded us that it was not too long ago that we were still wearing our Winter coats 😊!) #MotherNature

Eczema [BEAUTY TIPS]

IMG_20140321_182708After several years of not knowing what the skin irritations were, it finally made sense. It felt like the pieces of a puzzle fell into place when a dermatologist made a proper diagnosis. It was eczema. An inflammatory skin condition that can be triggered by contact with environmental allergens, certain foods, and even stress.

With eczema, the affected areas on the body can become inflamed with dry, scaly red patches. And, symptoms can include unbearable itching! Scratching could feel great, but it’s best to refrain from scratching since that could break the skin, leading to infection and deeper scarring. If your skin is prone to hyper-pigmentation at the slightest blemish, you know how important it is to avoid scratching.

If you experience skin irritations and you’re unsure what it is, first and foremost, please consult a medical practitioner for a proper diagnosis. If the diagnosis is eczema and depending on the type of eczema, your physician may prescribe a hydrocortisone cream to relieve the inflammation, itchiness, and to help promote healing. For us, we used a topical medication that helped, but at the same time we researched preventative measures and natural remedies for the near and long term if it recurred.

While you may not be able to avoid eczema especially if it’s genetic, here are some at-home remedies that we found helpful in managing some forms of eczema, alleviating some symptoms, and to promote healing.

  • Stay hydrated. We’re often so busy that we forget to hydrate and our skin was screaming from the dryness! Well, we heard it loud and clear. So, drink ample amounts of water to stay hydrated from within. Alternatives to water are flavorful beverages like coconut water, chamomile tea and Rooibos Tea, which are hydrating and have anti-inflammatory benefits. Also, these beverage options are non-caffeinated so they’re perfect to drink throughout the day.
  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! With eczema, the skin cell barrier is compromised, so it’s difficult for the skin to retain moisture. Regular and frequent moisturizing can help keep moisture locked in and prevent the condition from reoccurring or worsening. After showering or bathing, pat the skin dry and moisturize immediately. We found it helpful to moisturize in the morning and evening before bedtime since our bodies lose moisture during sleep as well.
  • Exfoliate. The last thing you may want to do is exfoliate, yet this helps to get rid of the dry, dead skin cells so that moisturizers and treatments can more effectively absorb into the skin. A sponge or soft loofah may be ideal since you want to be gentle. In some cases, blister-like bumps can form in and around the affected areas so it’s even more important to get a proper medical diagnosis to rule out any bacterial or fungal infections since you wouldn’t want it to spread.
  • Stay calm. Stress can trigger eczema. Meditation, yoga, long walks, listening to your favorite songs, and engaging in your favorite activities can help to take your mind off of the itching and irritations and alleviate stress.
  • Use gentle all-natural body cleansers. Soaps and fragranced body washes can irritate and cause or worsen flare-ups. It’s best to choose fragrance-free body washes that also calm and add moisture to the skin.
  • Take a soothing bath. Draw a warm bath and sprinkle some oatmeal into the bath to enjoy a relaxing soak. Or, use a body wash with colloidal oatmeal to soothe the skin. Avoid taking long hot showers which tend to dehydrate your skin so be cognizant of the water temperature and the length of your shower.
  • Monitor your diet. Certain foods can trigger skin irritations including nuts, shellfish, dairy, gluten, and sugar. We kept a daily food diary to identify potential food triggers. We had already significantly limited dairy and shellfish from our diet, so we focused on managing our sugar intake.

The most important take-away is to consult a medical practitioners for a proper diagnosis. While eczema and other skin conditions can feel embarrassing, remember, you’re not alone. According to the National Eczema Association, 3.6 million Americans suffer from some form of eczema. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants until the eczema and scarring eases are not the most fun especially during the heat of Summer, but remember it’s temporary. Identifying and addressing the triggers that can cause your outbreaks are important in managing flare-ups. Know the causes, symptoms, and treatments that work best for you and it will help you in the near and long term. So, remember to listen to your body, and your body will thank you for it.