[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.

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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! 

[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. 
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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!

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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! 

At West Elm in DUMBO..this is where it all began.

Tomorrow marks exactly one year from when we first popped up at their beautiful new venue. Thank you West Elm DUMBO for partnering with us! You’ve made our journey even more amazing!

Our Pampering Station will be set up at West Elm DUMBO tomorrow, Sunday, November 19th, from 12pm to 5pm..just in time before our December holiday season begins. So, come by, grab a cup of coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company and shop West Elm‘s wonderful selection of home decor and gifts for the holidays. And, we’ll have our skin care treats ready to help your skin stay moisturized and protected this Winter season. We’ll see you tomorrow!

And, in collaboration with West Elm LOCAL, we’ll be donating a percentage of our sales proceeds from our Pop Ups to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks for your support!

Fast Forward to the end of the evening when we were so excited to present our first donation for St. Jude to West Elm DUMBO ! Such an amazing year it has been so far and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Our best wishes to you for a wonderful holiday season!

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Our facial steamers and bath soaks just got a travel upgrade!

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They’re now available in an air-tight, travel-friendly, zip-top pouch! Use what you need…zip it up…and bring it with you to wherever your travels take you! These jetsetters will debut with their new travel-friendly outfits on Friday, November 17th, at Pottery Barn Flatiron! We’ll be there from 3pm to 8pm, so come get some for your carry-on bags!

And, in collaboration with Pottery Barn Flatiron, we’ll be donating a percentage of our sales proceeds from our Pop Ups to St. Jude to help find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks for your support!

We’ll be at Pottery Barn this Weekend!

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Our Pampering Station will pop up in Pottery Barn on 1965 Broadway at 67th Street, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Come by and get some skin-hydration in before and after Sunday’s NYC Marathon! Our Avocado Moisturizers are great for runner’s needs…that’s testimonial from a marathon-running NS Fan!

And, in collaboration with @potterybarn, we’ll be donating a percentage of our sales proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

See you soon!

We’re Collaborating with West Elm for St. Jude…

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In collaboration with local West Elm stores, we will be donating a percentage of our sales proceeds from our upcoming West Elm LOCAL Pop Ups to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Our donations will help in finding cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases and will help provide financial support to families so that they can focus on treatment and care for their children. Shop us at our upcoming West Elm Pop Ups and join us in supporting St. Jude’s mission.

Our upcoming West Elm LOCAL Showcases are:

WEST ELM Chelsea

112 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 12:00pm-5:00pm

 

WEST ELM DUMBO

2 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 12:00pm-5:00pm

 

We look forward to seeing you!

It’s Charity Tuesday and our donation this month includes more food for the body. (Read more about the inspiration for our monthly donations…https://naturallysusans.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/we-were-inspired/)

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