All posts filed under: Keeping It Real

Taryn Kutches: Co-Founder Of Parker Design Reinventing The Woman’s Backpack

A couple of nights ago, guest editor Taryn Kutches did us all a favor and shared her 10 must haves for pumping while on the go. We hope it streamlined some planning for those of you in the beautiful trenches of nursing. Tonight, I wanted to share her story with you. I’ve featured a few female entrepreneurs who left a career to pursue another, but this one is still doing both and raising a daughter. Taryn is from Norton Shores, MI, a small beach town on the west side of the state, where she lives with her husband Pete, a four-legged son Tahoe, and their daughter Parker. During the week she does the 40 hour grind as a sales engineer in the automotive industry. When she’s not at her day job, she’s sleeping, keeping up with her daughter and working hard on her passion project: Parker Design, of which she is co-founder of. What is Parker Design? A fashion brand hoping to re-think women’s fashion and positively changing the world at the same time. They’re beginning with …

The 10 Ways Why I’m Rocking Motherhood Challenge

It’s mid-week through May (where has 2017 gone??) and mother’s day has come and gone. To be honest, although it was a pretty big deal all over social media, it felt much like any other day. It was business like usual. But really, I was fine with that because I’m reminded everyday, like every mom out there, just what motherhood is all about. And don’t let the title of this post fool you into thinking that I’ve got it all figured out. It was actually the title of a challenge with the hashtag #rockingmotherhood circulating through social media, encouraging moms to share ways they’re rocking motherhood.  I was tagged by a new mom friend I met over Instagram @presentfullmama, who happens to also be a therapist. So I thought, sure, why not? At least I’ll finally have another parenting blog post! It was actually harder to come up with 10 things than I thought! Which is typical for me, since I tend to put myself down about things, but it was a much needed exercise. Get ready for some …

17 Tips On Starting Your Own Business From 9 Women Who Did It.

Today’s post was inspired by some real questions I had a few years ago when I started my blog and still continue to ask today as I start a new freelancing career. How do you start your own business? And what does it take to become successful? The funny thing is, I never asked anyone for advice on how to start my own business. I googled, I tried things, and did my research, but I never actually talked to anyone about how to start one. So I finally did. I asked nine talented female entrepreneurs in the decor, kids and fashion space, about THE best things they did when starting their own businesses. And what I learned was absolutely golden and not to mention diverse. All of them are truly inspiring and I’m so fortunate to have crossed paths with them, whether in person or on Instagram. If you’re thinking about making that leap, get ready because you’re about to get proven, solid advice on how to successfully start and grow your business from nine different women who did it. Decor …

How I Overcame Self Doubt And Decided To ‘Just Start’ Freelancing

It Takes Time To Warm Up To The Idea Of Working For Yourself For my entire life, I never thought about working for myself. I always thought I’d be working for someone else for the rest of my life. But circumstances changed. I had my son and quit my job to be a stay at home mom. It took me a few years to get over the idea that I needed to go back to work right now and it that it would have to be a full time job, working for someone else. Anything else just seemed inadequate. But gradually, I warmed up to the idea of working for myself and being a freelancer. It’s not for everyone. This post is about how that happened for me, and if you are trying to figure out your next steps in life I hope this will help you weigh your options! This was my path: About 2 years ago, I picked an area I felt I had a lot of interest in. For me it was digital marketing (I …

What’s It like To Be A Full Time Mom Who’s Trying To Re-Invent Her Own Career Path

There’s no shortage of examples of what I’m about to say. I’ve written and interviewed a number of women who fit the description in my title. They’ve been a source of inspiration for me. But today I’m going to share my own personal side of the story (a small rant) and how I’ve been trying to carve out a new career for myself while being a full-time mom. Many people might start with a few assumptions about being a blogger. But people in the business know the truth. First off, it’s a business. And like any business trying to get off the ground, it’s tough. I think I can relate to other entrepreneurs because I feel the pressures of selling something you believe in to a crowd or not even a crowd of people who don’t get it. You face a lot of negativity especially in the beginning because your hopes are so high. Add to the fact that you’ve got another full time job (24 hour one in fact), being a mom and home maker. …

She created her own online store selling sustainable children’s apparel and toys. AND she’s a new mom. Meet Maia.

Women create businesses. Women create jobs. Women have a huge impact on the economy. Women become mothers. These are some facts that have been circulating through my brain these days. Why? Because it’s time to give women some credit where its due! And today’s featured woman is no exception. She’s a full time mama and entrepreneur: Meet Maia McDonald Smith, Co-Founder of Bitte. An online store which curates modern, classic and sustainable children apparel and toys, sourced from US/Europe. I was able to get an in person interview with Maia and her Co-Founder who happens to be her own mom – Sara McDonald.  We checked in at San Francisco’s lovely Chantel Guillon, where my eye and taste buds first gravitated towards the colorful display of macarons that lay before me. Thursday morning just got sweeter #macarons and #tea by @chantalguillon on #Howard st #sf #sanfrancisco #dessert #food #desserts #yum #yummy #amazing #instagood #instafood #delish #foods #delicious #tasty #eat #eating #foodpics #sweettooth #foodie #french #womenled #parisian A photo posted by www.eatsleepplayblog.com (@eatsleepplayblog) on Mar 24, 2016 at …

Why Writing A Blog Isn’t Enough And Why I’m Building A Community Instead

  “I finally came to the conclusion that a blog, while a great media platform, is not the same as a community. And thats what we really need. It’s what we might spend 2 precious minutes of our time for.” Here’s my problem from a bloggers stand point. My blog aims to cater to newly minted moms (like myself), and quite frankly, it comes with one minor issue: Mom’s don’t have time to read blogs. They simply don’t have the leisure time to sit there and get through a single blog post. They can barely return a text some times. A text is less than 100 characters! And you’re expecting them to read those 1000 word blog posts and then leave a comment? For who? I’ll admit I don’t like commenting on posts either unless it’s asking a specific question that I feel I can answer. Reaching a mom is like trying to communicate via morse code to an alien in outer space. Aliens all just trying to keep their sh*t together. 😉 But you know what they will make time for? A play date, meeting up with …

What Keeps You Going

We’ve all been there. At some point pursuing our endeavors, whether its balancing work and motherhood, starting your own business, or being a stay at home mom; you’ll start to wonder if you’ll be able to keep all your marbles! I recently came back from a 2 week trip to Hong Kong (summary to come!) and suffered a week long period of jet lag. I’d be up – unable to sleep every night, which would make for pretty unproductive days as I would be sleeping through them. When I was awake during the day, my energy was further depleted by a needy toddler who recently began to take advantage of our shared misery time together to have hysterical screaming/crying rages. The jet lag also gave me ample opportunity to obsess over things as I lay awake at night unable to sleep. And as trite as they may sound, a lot of minor things can add up. It was very revealing at the same time. It was a good time to check-in with myself to see if jet lag was all that was …

Capturing The Essence of Christmas: Bird & Bauble

Christmas is only 11 days away, but if you’re anything like me, you’re no where ready to slow down and make space for it. To help bring the Advent season closer to people, my friend Pauline, together with her business partner Robin, created a collection of hand crafted Christmas tree ornaments. Each ornament is infused with a bible story -and when grouped together – conveys the larger Gospel story and thus the significance of Christmas. A few months ago Pauline, Amber (See my prior post about her) and I began meeting up on a monthly basis to support each other in our respective ventures. It has been really encouraging to watch her walk through the process of creating these small intricate ornaments and at the same time manage her time. Like me, Pauline is a stay at home mom to a little boy. Finally after 1 years worth of planning and executing, all their hard work was finally debuted at an annual craft fair held at her local church.  I was excited to finally see her final creations and of course purchased one of them! I loved their delicate, natural and minimalistic aesthetics. …

Leaning On Each Other – My Interview with author Shay Chan Hodges

Lets talk about motherhood and work. When I was still pregnant with O, I dropped out of the work force. My family encouraged me to. They told me that it would be better for the baby to have his mother take care of him, especially in the early years. All my training in child psychology confirmed this. It would be economically challenging but luckily we wouldn’t be without health insurance and I had help from family. So I didn’t really think twice about it. However the story doesn’t end there. I soon learned that staying at home would be harder for me than I thought. I was the type of person that needed and wanted to work, and if I didn’t, I knew that staying at home alone with a child would ultimately drive me crazy.  So after my husband returned from New York, I began to think about how to go about getting back to work, and be able to be a full-time mother to my son. Although it was tough when my husband lived apart from us in New …