All posts tagged: featured women

Ash No, Founder of SF Rugs: Turning A Little Bit Of Nothing Into Awesome Sauce

It’s Monday and I’m already feeling drained and overwhelmed for the week ahead. But it’s important to put my mind and heart at ease, knowing that running your own business takes time and many many attempts to get it right. Nothing great was built over night. And these are just some lessons I’ve learned from Ash No, Founder of SF Rugs. She’s an incredible woman with great tenacity, inventiveness and resourcefulness. All the makings of a good entrepreneur. She got her start in entrepreneurship by selling candy and cd’s in high school. Since then she has started 5-10 companies. It is my pleasure to share my interview with her. A side note: I’m thrilled and honored to know that she and I share the same love for HBO’s “Silicon Valley”. When did you start your first company and what was it? My first “business” was in high school. I sold candy and CDs in high school and had two part time jobs. I didn’t care at all for high school. It was never a priority …

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 …

Galentine’s Day Is…

A thing. Things sure have changed and I like it. A few years ago, Valentines Day was a day to be celebrated by couples (lovers for the most part), but this year I was introduced to Galentine’s Day, a holiday that Amy Poehler’s Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope created that occurs every year on Feb. 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. As Leslie herself explains on the show: “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year.Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” I loved that. And I think this sudden new wave of feminism; the women’s march and women’s issues in politics, brought a timeliness to Galentine’s Day and to celebrating gal pals and girl power. I swear it was a bigger deal than actual Valentine’s day to the dismay of my poor husband. Say good bye to traditional notions of V-Day, and welcome the …

Pauline Canteneur On How The Young French Live In San Francisco

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is the people I meet. Last year, through Clementine, the young fashion designer turned toy store owner I had met through Pascaline, my French network grew from zero to making up most of my current friends. Perhaps we shared a similar narrative of coming to the United States to seek education, work and life. Or maybe our shared love for art, culture and exploration. No, it must have been our sense of humor or quirkiness! Whatever the reason and although our cultures and histories were worlds apart, I found it easy and quick to form a friendship. So much so I wanted to write about two of the girls who left a lasting impression on me the first time we ever met. Pauline and Charlotte. I met Pauline and Charlotte on a freezing fall evening at the opening of the Minnesota Street Project. Pauline, a poised young 20 something native of the North Eastern part of France, who instantly impressed me with her ability to ride a bike wearing …

From Upcycling Thrifted Tee’s Into Newborn Hats, To Widely Adored Baby and Kid Brand – Meet Amy Richardson-Golia, Creator Of June & January

For those of us who understand what the term ‘nesting’ means, I’m about to share the story of one woman who took it to the next level. When you were pregnant, do you remember what you did? You may have been working up until your due date like a lot of women I know, you might have been making space in your home (or moving into a new home!), getting all the baby supplies you’ll be needing, or just trying to find a comfortable position to sleep in every night. I was certainly getting a little restless and anxious about it but I had no ambition other than to just get through it. This eventual founder of a well-known baby and kids brand, did something unique with her pregnancy time – she started sewing new-born hats out of hip thrifted T-shirts for her not-yet-born son and friends. In the winter 2010 during her first pregnancy, designer Amy Richardson-Golia started a side project from her kitchen table in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, which quickly grew into the now widely …

The Instagramer You Need To Follow…For Your Kids – Meet Loren Casas, Founder of Little Soul

I’m excited to share my next mom/entrepreneur on the series #Creator&Curator, who I think naturally embodies the spirit of creator! I ‘met’ Loren on Instagram and instantly fell in love with her feed. You could say it was love at first sight 😉 So I ‘followed’ her and when I had the idea for this series, I knew I had to reach out to her for an interview. She was busy but she agreed! But first, let me explain why I fell in love with Loren’s feed and why she is the Instagrammer to follow. If you go there (@thomasalm3ida), you’ll not only see really adorable photos of her son Thomas, you’ll find all the different creative projects they do together, almost on a daily basis. And when I mean creative, I cannot even begin to explain to you how creative I think this young mom is! What I love most about her is that every project is something both parent and child can appreciate. She shows us how you can help foster creativity and learning in your child without paying an arm …

November Feature Story Giveaway – Lean On and Lead

Eat Sleep Play Blog’s Feature Story Giveaway – “Lean On and Lead”   Thanks for reading my post Leaning On Each Other! Now you’ll have a chance to read the book. This is one of my favorite giveaways so far because it is so enriching! Mothers or soon to be mothers, would really gain a lot by reading this and joining the discussion. And it’s not a hard read at all. You can just read individual stories one at a time rather than trying to power through it. It’s also my 3rd giveaway since I started actively writing in this blog in August, and I’m very thankful to all my collaborators and supporters. So I wanted to add something special to the mix:  This beautiful Swarovski Pen that contains 160 sparkling crystals in the body. It symbolizes beauty, inspiration and empowerment through words!   Good luck! And if you don’t happen to get the book this time, you’ll get another chance to get the book for free by subscribing to the Lean On and Lead Newsletter. Subscribers will …

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 …