Petit Mod

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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Classic High Tops from Petit Mod

Since I’ve started this IG/Blog thing, I’ve come across a lot of women, a lot of Mom Bosses if you will. There has been a handful that I have become so fond of over the last year and today I share one with you. Her name is Jenny and she makes your littles the cutest shoes ever. When I asked to feature her, she was concerned that her story would be too sad for the readers. While her story is sad, it is also very inspiring and I’m glad she decided to share it with us. Jenny’s story is a great read and reminder to be thankful for what we have each day, what we don’t have, and to always keep a positive light in life. Not only is she a breath of fresh air, she is amazing at what she does. After you meet Jenny and read her story, don’t forget to stop by her shop and check out her beautiful collection of little shoes.

Jenny is this week’s Mom Boss and her biz is Petit Mod

Hi there! My name is Jenny Thompson and I’m the one woman show behind Petit Mod.  I manage, design, hand trace, cut and sew high quality leather baby shoes while I chase around my 3 kiddos. Levi is 6, Everlea is 3 and Finn is 1. I probably would have gone crazy long ago if it weren’t for my amazing husband Graeme who keeps us all in check! Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little better. I hope I can share something that will be insightful or helpful in some way!

I’ve always loved to create things. I couldn’t stop if I wanted to. I HAVE to make things. I love before and afters and anything DIY. A few of my favourite things to work on are vintage furniture re-finishing, home renovations, and I’ve always loved to sew.

After having kids, my creativity was focused on making things for them. But if I’m honest, it’s not just for them, it’s for me too! I needed a way to feel connected to other moms without having to go for play dates all the time. I’m a bit of a homebody. So it was just a matter of time before I ended up opening an Etsy shop. I’m not entirely sure what made me stop at shoes though. Something about making a tiny pair of baby shoes is just so satisfying…and cute! I can’t get enough of them!  When my daughter was almost 1, I decided I wanted to create a modern version of a soft soled shoe for her with trendy prints but using durable leather. I came up with a design and it wasn’t long before people were commenting on my daughter’s shoes.  I began selling them through Etsy and they seemed to be a hit! Eventually, I decided I wanted to try my hand at leather moccs and shoes. I took a risk and purchased a used industrial sewing machine, had it fixed up (which was a story in its own) and began designing some new patterns. It’s taken me months and months of tinkering with my designs, sourcing the best leather, heck, just learning how to use my beast of a machine! I even took some time off in the summer to take a government run program which included creating a business plan, registering my business and applying for a grant – which I was approved for! All while trying to be a half decent wife and mom to my 3 babies and amazing husband. I was able to re-brand and re-launch in November and I’ve been having the most fun figuring out this business! It’s my release at the end of a long day of mothering! I love this stage of my life, no matter how challenging it is, and I’m enjoying getting to know so many other inspiring mommies along the way.

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My bub just as happy as can be in his shoes from Petit Mod.

Jenny’s pregnancy struggles

A struggle I’ve had to deal with during pregnancy is such a loaded topic for me, as I’m sure it might be for many, many other moms. I don’t even really know where to begin. I’ve had a few significant struggles, but I guess I’ll start by saying that I’m a mom of 3 living children, but I have had 4 babies and consider myself a mother of 4 through and through.

Her name is Thea Rosalie and she was born still at 40 weeks and 4 days into my pregnancy. After a beautiful and uneventful pregnancy, at 3 days past my due date, I, along with my husband and 16 month old son, were getting anxious to meet our sweet new baby girl. As I went about my day, getting acupuncture and doing a little last minute dress shopping for our new arrival, I noticed that I hadn’t felt any movement from her that day. Long (LONG) story short, we ended up in the hospital, with my husband, doula and midwife by my side as I was induced late at night. After a very quick 3 hour labour that was full of a rollercoaster of emotions – fear, hope, longing, sadness, laughter, love, anxiety… you name it – we were blessed to hold our precious angel as she lay still in our arms. The cause of death was evident. A true knot had formed in her umbilical cord which had cut off her supply of blood and oxygen. She was glorious. From her dark down covered head to her cute little toes. 7lbs 14 ounces of perfection. And we had to say goodbye. She wasn’t ours to keep in this life, but since that day the experience of her has changed me forever.

Through this experience, I have learned so much. I have learned to embrace life, rather than fearing the inevitable.  I have learned firsthand the beauty that can accompany death. To some, “beauty” may seem like a far stretch. But I don’t think so. It brings a change of heart, a greater appreciation for what we have, a love so deep that not even death can break the bond, a greater understanding of others pain, and so many more blessings.  Our hearts are at peace with Thea’s passing. I won’t pretend that my next 4 pregnancies after losing her (2 of which ended in miscarriage) were as magical as my first 2, they were very challenging on an emotional level. But with the births of my 3rd and 4th babies came such healing, gratitude and so much love and light.

Jenny’s motherhood tip 

Mamas, WE ARE STRONG! Our love for our babies is fierce and unfailing and pure. This journey of motherhood is the hardest, most devastating, fun, baffling, educational, growth inducing, pride inducing, GUILT inducing, exciting, boring, exhausting, ETC, journey ever!!Embrace life and ride the waves with glory girls! 

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Stunning Mom Boss, Jenny Thompson

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Nixi Lauroo

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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My bubba snuggled up on one of Nixi Lauroo’s ultra soft burpees.

Each week I have the pleasure of featuring a Mom Boss and each one of them has been simply inspiring. I love to hear the stories of how the love for their children, mixed with their creativity, talents, and passion, have led them to be the mompreneur they are today. Nixi Lauroo has the most adorable essentials for your littles and they are all hand made by a busy Mom from New Hampshire.  Kate, the founder of Nixi Lauroo is sharing with us some of the struggles she faces as a mom and what it’s like to run a business full time. My family and I are in love with her great quality products and I am sure yours will enjoy them too. A big thanks to Kate for sharing your story with us!

This week’s Mom Boss is Kate and her business is Nixi Lauroo

If it weren’t for my son, Nixi Lauroo definitely wouldn’t exist the way it does today! I studied fashion design in college and moved straight to California after graduating to pursue my career as an entrepreneur and fashion designer in the Bay Area. While I was there, I started a little company making women’s clothing, did a bunch of runway shows, and had a lot of fun learning & living—and that was really fun for about six years! At the end of the day, I got homesick and moved back to my home state of New Hampshire, and still dabbled in designing for a bit, and even designed and made a wedding dress—but honestly, I was burnt out. I opted for more corporate or more “stable” jobs in the fashion industry, and didn’t realize how much I missed creating until…surprise! We were expecting, and that was the last thing I was expecting! I was all of a sudden in “baby mode,” and dusted off the sewing machine. I started making baby blankets, swaddles, quilts, and much smaller clothing….and it dawned on me how much I MISSED creating and designing, and hey…sewing for babies was so much fun. The rest is history, as they say. I rebranded my company and started sewing baby things, first to friends, then online, and eventually took the plunge to do this full time. Nixi Lauroo officially turns one in November of this year, and I couldn’t be more proud! This has been a very long journey for me, but if not for the twists and turns, we wouldn’t be the Nixi Lauroo that you know. I feel like everything worked out the way it should have, and we settled into a niche that truly feels like home now.

Kate had a smooth pregnancy so she shares her some struggles she faces as a mom…

I’d be lying if I said I only have a few struggles as a mom! Becoming a parent is a huge learning curve, and I’m still figuring things out all the time. One of my biggest struggles is finding balance in my work life and home life, which I know a lot of moms struggle with too…since I work at home right now, it’s even harder to manage. I feel A LOT of guilt quite often when I’m home but not really home, or need to send my son to Grammy’s so I can concentrate, or when I’m sewing and can’t come play Dinosaurs right now, or on my phone or computer too much—things like that wear on me a lot. The perks of working from home are amazing, don’t get me wrong! The guilt that comes with them I never expected.
Kate’s motherhood tip:
If I could offer any tips as a mom, I’d tell other parents not to compare themselves to other parents, or their children to others. It’s not fair, and comparison really can be the thief of joy. You are always doing the best you can, and your little one is learning and growing in their own way, so just enjoy the ride and try not to stress out too much about things you can’t control!
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Nixi Lauroo’s Kate and her absolutely adorable son, Liam.

Nixi Lauroo’s Social Media

https://nixilauroo.com/

https://www.instagram.com/nixilauroo/?hl=en

www.facebook.com/nixilauroo

Shop Azalea

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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Mom Life Is The Best Life Tee from Shop Azalea 

Well, we made it to the 1-month mark. The three of us, my son, my husband, and I just trying to figure things out with no prior experience. Sleepless nights, never-ending diaper changes, and the list goes on. It has been such a ride so far and we are all learning so much about one another. There are times when I wonder if I will be any good at this mom thing, and then I remind myself that I am doing my best and it’s all a learning experience. A very challenging, yet rewarding learning experience. I have decided to take extra time off before going back to work so that I can be more present in the Mom life. I want extra time to bond with my son and focus on our new little family.  This Live Well Mama blog is my current outlet that allows me to share my experiences with mommies-to-be and new moms like myself. I have been lucky enough during this journey to have met another awesome Mom Boss who inspires me and I would like to introduce to you! Her name is Katina Cairnes. She is a mother to a beautiful little girl, and she shares her story with us from beautiful Hawai’i. Don’t forget to show some love by commenting and visiting the links below!

This week’s Mom Boss is Katina Cairnes and her business is Shop Azalea. 

After I became pregnant I decided I wanted to be a stay at home mom. I had my daughter Elena and 16 months later I was feeling like something was missing. I knew that I wanted something of my own that could contribute to our bills but I didn’t want to give up being home with Elena. I honestly had no idea what I could do from home or what I even wanted to do. I started doing some research on how to make your own online store, bought some books, and just went for it.  I was lucky to have full support from my husband as we had no idea if this would work or not. We are still so new but have had so much support and love from everyone that I just know that I made the right decision. I have always had a love for clothes and fashion but haven’t always had the budget for what I wanted. My mission is to make women feel comfortable and beautiful not only in their clothes but in their skin as well and to do so at a reasonable price.

A pregnancy struggle that Katina experienced:

My husband and I had just been stationed in Hawai’i when I found out I was pregnant. Being thousands of miles away from our families and not knowing anyone was not what I had in mind for when we decided to have a baby. I was so excited but so scared at the same time. I am an only child and had never been around babies so I knew absolutely nothing. Those 9 months were really hard for me. Not knowing if I would be ready when she came or if I would be able to do it on my own when my husband would have to leave on a deployment. Even though my family was so far away there were always there to support me. Every struggle of being a new mom that I overcame made me feel so strong and confident in what I was doing.

Katina’s Motherhood tip:

Something I say to most mommies is just to enjoy the little things. It’s so hard these days to separate ourselves from our phones and computers (which I am totally guilty of) but I find that when I do those are the times that I am really able to enjoy life with my daughter.

Check out Shop Azalea’s Links below: 

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Shop Azalea owner , gorgeous Katina and her beautiful family

 

 

Mama Bird & Co.

MOM BOSS MONDAY 

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I’m no longer your active PREGO, I’m now a Mama Bird, trying to figure it all out. I’m learning that Coffee is the new Sleep, that you can’t have enough nursing bras, and that even as exhausted as I am, I love being a Mom to my baby bird. I’m meeting so many experienced Moms and they are showering me with support as I enter the next part of my adventure. They are Mom Bosses and they inspire me daily. This week’s Mom Boss is Tori Tinnon. She’s a super Mompreneur, has a beautiful tribe of her own, and one of my favorites that I have crossed paths with so far. I’m so pleased to be part of her Mama Tribe! She’s got some simple yet effective tips for other Moms out there and her energy is hard to ignore. Give her story a read and be sure to stop by her shop, there’s something for every mom out there.

This week’s Mom Boss is Tori Tinnon and her business is Mama Bird & Co.

Mama Bird & co. just launched May 1st, 2016. I’m a mama of 3 (ages 13, 9, and 15 months) and a serial entrepreneur. You can take a look at my bio here to see the various companies I’ve started over the last 20 years. I run a PR/social media firm by day (Social Communications) and Mama Bird & Co.is my fun and creative outlet that gets the whole family involved. I’m the “mama bird” and the “Co” = company would be my littles and my hubby. We design tees together and my husband Tom and I screen print at night (by hand) in our studio in Austin, Texas. We like to get the kiddos to bed then we spend time together thinking up new ideas, screen printing and filling orders, etc. I’ve always loved having some type of online shop so Mama Bird & Co. fulfills that passion and I get to get creative all while spending time with my family. I also love all the mamas I have already met along the way via Etsy and Instagram.

A pregnancy struggle Tori experienced: 

I honestly had very smooth pregnancies with all 3 children. I was very blessed with 3 healthy kiddos. My last little bundle (Olive Pearl) was a complete surprise for us. I was also 43 at the time and that was considered to be “high risk”. The pregnancy was wonderful though and after being an all BOY mama for years we finally got our little girl. She’s a real feisty little firecracker too. She already rules all the boys in this house! I loved being pregnant and tried to enjoy every milestone along the way…be nice to your body and it will be nice back to you during and after pregnancy.

Tori’s motherhood tip:

My tip would be let go of perfection and just ENJOY your crazy chaos because it really flies by. Be sure to take 30 minutes to 1 hour a day too (some how some way) for YOU. It might be a long warm bath, a yoga class, coffee on your patio, a hammock or anything that relaxes…but make time for you! You know the old saying “If Mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy”…well, it’s true. Be a happy mama so your children always remember that about you. Take the time to really soak it all in…

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Check out Mama Bird & Co.’s Links below:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mamabirdandco/

Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MamaBirdAndCo

Little Laughing Ducks

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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Custom made, 100% organic newborn coming home outfit by Little Laughing Ducks

My husband and I are obsessed with the ocean and anything that has to do with it. So I had to have this outfit when I saw the sea creatures! While corresponding with Little Laughing Ducks, I found out that one of the owners, Candy, has 11 children. I can hardly wrap my head around 1 child, let alone 11! I asked Candy to share her story with us. Don’t forget to show your love by leaving a comment and checking out her Etsy store!

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Project Baby Bump

MOM BOSS MONDAY 

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Jezreel Cruz – Project Baby Bump

During my journey I have been meeting so many inspiring women that are entrepreneurs on top of being moms. There are so many awesome stories out there.  How could I not share them with you? So here we are with MOM BOSS MONDAYS.  Every Monday you will meet a new mom, hear their stories, and see their products. They will share with us some of their pregnancy struggles and motherhood tips! The purpose is to know that we are not alone and to learn from each other. I’m all about women who inspire one another, so check out their work and leave them a comment!

This week’s #MOMBOSS is Jezreel Cruz and her business is Project Baby Bump. Check out this excerpt from her website.

“During her 15 years as a Registered Nurse, Project Baby Bump founder Jezreel Cruz always had the desire to launch her own business, though she didn’t know what she wanted to do.  Finally, her passion for fashion coupled with memories of shopping for maternity clothing during her two pregnancies led her to the idea of transitional fashion for maternity and beyond.  Her new venture came to be in January 2016, as she now balances an e-commerce business alongside staying fit, managing the home, spending time with her husband, Jeremy and raising their two children, Jayden and Mia.  The usual for a Mompreneur!

Through her experience, Jezreel found that maternity clothing generally lacked trendy style and was unwearable or unflattering to wear after delivery.  As a woman undergoes many changes with her body throughout the motherhood process, Jezreel saw the practicality of fashion that transitions as women undergo these changes. Project Baby Bump specializes in chic maternity wear for the expectant mother that fits her changing body throughout all stages of pregnancy, through delivery and beyond.  With styles that are just as fashionable with or without a baby bump, new moms can dress practically and confidently, feeling beautiful when they need it the most.

Having come from simple and humble roots in the Philippines, Jezreel experienced the struggle of poverty growing up.  With the gracious help of a Christian couple from the United States, Dave and Gail whom she endearingly considers her second parents, Jezreel was able to attend college and earn her BSN degree in 2001. She used this opportunity to immigrate to the US in 2005 for a better future pursuing a profession in nursing, although her nursing career was never her passion nor true desire for her life.  Today, as she lives her dream of running her own business, it is Jezreel’s ultimate desire to come full circle, helping needy children to receive a good education, leading them to a brighter future.  Project Baby Bump believes that our children’s education is the foundation for a better tomorrow.”

A pregnancy struggle Jezreel experienced:

During both of Jezreel’s pregnancies she struggled with morning sickness which caused her to be very nauseated. She was vomiting all day for a 5-6 month period. Both pregnancies led her to the ER on multiple occasions for medical attention. To help her cope she had to take combinations of nausea medications, antacids, vitamins, and participate in lots of exercise. Other means of coping were avoiding strong scents, drinking ginger tea, sucking on ice cubes, and eating less flavored or bland foods. Wow, what we go through for our babies!!!

Jezreel’s Motherhood Tips:

No matter how prepared you think you are to have a new baby, you’ll encounter many things you never expected. Involve your spouse/partner in caring for the baby because if you try and handle it all by yourself it will drain you. This may lead you to feeling depressed and helpless. Be sure to secure childcare or reliable baby sitters early, as it will be very difficult to look for a trusted one when the time comes.

Check out Jezreel’s line and social media!
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@Livewellmama wearing the Black Convertible Sleeve Jumpsuit from Project Baby Bump