All posts tagged: motherhood

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 …

10 Must Have’s for Pumping while Traveling

Trying something new today! Tonight on the blog is guest editor, Taryn Kutches, co-founder of Parker Design, sharing her tips on pumping while traveling. A must read if you’re a new mom returning to work from maternity, travel for work or just want to get away for the weekend. I know a lot of you just entering that stage of returning to work, so I thought this might be helpful. I for one felt the struggle the first year of nursing with my son, so it turned out pumping became a regular part of my life, as it is for many of you. These tips will be life-savers, trust me! So here’s Taryn!: Are you nervous about keeping up nursing while you are away from your little one for a few days? Don’t worry, I’ve been there too. I was determined to nurse my little girl for a year. After weeks of struggles in the beginning, we finally got the hang of it and we ended up making it to our goal, but boy did I ever under estimate …

Family Photoshoot

I had the honor of doing an impromptu family session when I visited Pauline, Co-Founder of Bird & Bauble, the other day. It was actually my first family photo session. These were some of my favorites.    Thank you Pauline for letting me share some of your most tender moments with your family.  

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 …

Closer To Home – Lindsay Thomasson, Founder of Ella Lou

Happy Mother’s Day! Now that our hearts are all full from the celebrations, I’m kicking off the Mother’s Day Creators & Curators Series with a mom/entrepreneur who turned her love of travel and passion for social justice into a business which she now runs from home with her two little ones. What a way to bring far off destinations closer together! Meet Lindsay Thomasson, founder and curator of Ella Lou. I first “met” Lindsay through a mutual connection and subsequently had our first meeting/interview over the phone. Her youngest one, Olivier (14 months) had just gone down for a nap before I called.  Ahh those precious nap times! Before O started day care, I always prayed for a successful nap in order to have time to do some work or chores. In her case, it when she chose to time this interview. As I learned more about her and her business, I was most struck with how confidently she made a huge career change in favor of her family as well as her advise on balancing entrepreneurship with being a mom. Prior to Ella Lou, Lindsay was an …

A Mother’s Day Series: Creators and Curators

Mother’s Day is a big day for us. But not because we like tooting our own horns. I think its often more the other way round! We often focus too much on ways we weren’t ‘good enough’, and not enough on how far we’ve come, considering we knew absolutely NOTHING about how to give birth and care for a new living being! But honestly, it’s also day we are reminded of how lucky we are to be moms and to be grateful for the mothers we’ve had in our lives. And this year to celebrate mother’s day, I decided to do a month long series of not just one, but multiple women who embody the spirit of creativity and curation in addition to being moms themselves!  Over the last few months I’ve been learning about all these different women who started their own businesses and I’ve found at least two things in common about them. Those two things are the agency to create something and the ability to curate in such a way that is clearly their own point of view. But wait, if …

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 …

The war on post-partum incontinence is on! And the woman who’s leading the charge

  “ICON’s story is a story of self-love. It’s about being a woman first and a mother second.” -Miki Agrawal Last month, I wrote a post on ICON – underwear for women who tinkle – made by the same makers behind THINX underwear for women with periods. Both brands contribute to improving the lives of girls and women in the developing world. They were social ventures created by serial entrepreneur Miki Agrawal, who is tearing it up in the menstrual care space and now innovating her way into…urology care. She wants all of it. Last month she launched her latest ‘side hustle’ venture: Tushy. Can you guess what that’s all about? Before I get to the bottom of Tushy, lets back up a bit. I was lucky enough to catch Miki Agrawal over the phone today and did a 15 minute interview with her about ICON. She’s identifies herself as a feminist, a foodie and a serial social entrepreneur. And I would say she is doing one hell of a job. “She was named 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the World Technology …

A modern mom’s solution for tackling “accidents” (I’m not talking about the baby’s)

For the month of February I’ll be addressing women’s health and raising awareness for an issue that is not openly talked about: urinary incontinence conditions in women following child birth. I think this is an important issue because 1 in 4 women over the age of 18 experiences episodes of leaking urine involuntarily (Source: National Association for Continence). Thats a high-number and yet, “On average, women wait 6.5 years from the first time they experience symptoms until they obtain a diagnosis for their bladder control problem(s)”. I suspect one of the reasons this happens is because we don’t openly talk about it –  it’s taboo! So i’m going to open the floodgates (pun intended) and begin a dialogue about it, so if any of you are going through this, you don’t have to endure it in the dark (or day) anymore. Or if you’re thinking about getting pregnant, here’s a quick heads up! There are many kinds of urinary incontinence conditions in women but I won’t go through all of them. Instead, I’m going to focus on Stress Urinary …

My son’s turning 3 and it’s terrifying!

It’s time to write a mommy update. The last time I actually wrote about motherhood/parenting was a few months ago and with all the recent developments, I thought now would be a good time. Just a reminder: I’m never going to sugar coat my experiences. Here you’re going to get the raw and ugly sides of my motherhood experience, as well as the fabulous and sweet moments. Like the title of this post suggests, my son O is turning 3 this month and here’s what I have to say about it: I’m terrified. Why? Well, you’ve probably heard about the “terrible two’s”, but how about the “terrifying three’s”? We (my husband and I) were kind of hoping that we would skip all of that and have ourselves an easy going toddler from now until, well, forever? The two’s were actually “ok”. Sure he developed more of an opinion and he’s the pickiest eater ever, but he rarely ever pulled full blown temper tantrums at home or out in public. Nor did he outright refuse to listen …