Peluzzi Organica

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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As a newish parent, I’m finding that there is so much to be cautious with when it comes to the safety of my little cub. He must be supervised at all times, he can’t have honey, car seat drama, and the list goes on. I’ve been given information on how to keep my baby safe over and over again, but there is hardly any mention of products that we use on our children daily. It is easy to assume that the products we grew up with and see at stores are not harmful, in a perfect world, right? This weeks mom boss has created a line of products that are kind to our bodies, our babies, and our environment. Peluzzi Organica has something for everyone in the family. Estela Peluzzi is the lovely mom boss that we can thank for these delicious products. I am amazed by her story and am super thankful she has shared it with us. My favorite part of featuring you wonderful women is hearing the stories that drive you.

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Also, just an FYI, the baby showers these days are all about the babies and not so much the mommies anymore…why not gift your next momma to be with some at home, spa-grade pampering??? I absolutely love all of my products and use them frequently for a mommy recharge. Some of our favorites are the coffee & cacao scrub, sea algae & mint scrub, and the gentle baby oil.

Meet Estela as she shares her pregnancy experience and inspiring story.

I was born and raised in Southern California, love the sun, beaches, mountains, and the desert. I grew up with natural healing remedies which is how natural wellness and healing was instilled upon me.

During pregnancy, I suffered from severe depression and anxiety due to other pre-existing conditions. On my first pregnancy, I almost had a miscarriage and had postpartum depression after both pregnancies. I was prescribed many different medications for years which worsened and developed new symptoms. As a result, I could not breastfeed and care for my children as I lovingly wished. Although my husband was loving and caring he thought at the time that the doctors would find a medication that would help me. After years of taking different medications, my mental and physical health was deteriorating until I decided to take charge naturally.
Concerned about my well-being and especially for my children’s and knowing the innumerable health benefits of breastfeeding I wanted to compensate. So I began to learn about nutrition and natural ingredients which led me to carefully study plant-based nutrition, natural ingredients, herbalism, and natural wellness. After making many changes like having a regular exercise routine to gradually adopting a conscientious lifestyle I noticed positive results.
After careful and continuous research I was appalled by how inferior U.S. standards are and how conventional and many so-called “natural” food and personal care products are viscously affecting humans, animals, and our environment so I decided to also take charge. Combining my creativity and innovative skills with my knowledge I began creating our own toxic-free plant-based food, household, and personal products with superb results.
I wanted to share with others my findings and experience so Peluzzi Organica was born! Due constant exposure to toxicity I created natural formulas to restore natural beauty, wellness, and body’s natural balance using plant’s nutrient properties and ingredients. We use minimal natural processing with solar-infusion to extract plant’s nutrient properties. I do not use preservatives, water, synthetic, petrochemicals, perfumes, and zero toxic ingredients only concentrated plant goodness in each product where a little goes a long way. I am currently working on new-mama, mama-to-be products, and more baby products for clean and pure loving care.
Estela’s motherhood tip:
A baby and a mother is born along with maternal instincts, strength and new concerns. I found it that we only learn to be a mother when we become a mother ourselves, but we can always enhance ourselves by educating, taking care and nurturing ourselves to grow each day in order to do the same for our baby.
It is a wonderful privilege and also a great responsibility, however, I feel motherhood is not fully recognized as it really should be. Ask for help if you need to, plan quality time for yourself and lovingly celebrate, enjoy, and bond each day and moment with your baby because they grow up so fast!
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Stunning Mom Boss, Estela.

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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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KnitWhits Couture

MOM BOSS MONDAY 

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My stud wearing his Bob Marley romper from KnitWhits Couture

My husband is a musician and music is a big part of our everyday life. We have been playing our favorite tunes for Q since I was only 5 months pregnant. We recently took him to his first music festival and plan on taking him to so many more. If your family is in love with music the way ours is, you have to check out KnitWhit’s Etsy Shop!  This week’s mom boss turns your favorite band tees into the cutest rompers for your kiddos. She’s even making some awesome products for you moms out there so be sure to stop by and take a look. Amelia’s story hits close to home for me, as we both experienced our loved ones dealing with cancer during our pregnancies. Such and inspiring chick. Thanks for sharing your story, Amelia.

How KnitWhits Couture started

I grew up around artists of all sorts. Hands on artists.  My father is a self-made Chef who cooked for the likes of Mr. Pierre Trudeau (former Canadian Prime Minister). My mother went to sewing school, painting classes, and always loved crafting. My grandmother loved to crochet. I spent years sitting by her side on the sofa entranced in watching her hands move so quickly as she worked on my “wedding” blanket-bed cover. So I was always surrounded by creative energy.

I was the one you would see mixing colors in art class and not paying attention to direction, but instead wanting to do my own thing.  I went to college, became an aesthetician, and makeup artist. I worked in Ottawa, Canada for a few years and later moved back to Kingston, ON. I started my own business doing freelance and home spa parties.
Fast track from then to now: Married, had two amazing boys, decided as a family I would stay home with my babies. My mom became ill with breast cancer, (she is now a 5 year survivor). Within the same year, my mother in law was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma cancer and passed away months later with us by her side.  This changed everything. My life would never be the same. To say this was a dark and depressing time is an understatement. I began to craft anything and everything on Pinterest to focus on something other than the dark memories of cancer and what it had done.
On my birthday I received a sewing machine and automatically took to it. Sewing everything! My curtains that needed hemming, my pants, cutting up my kids clothes so that I could re-piece them, making scarves, etc, etc…Before long, people were asking me to make things.  After planning and getting back on my feet again, KnitWhits Couture came about! KnitWhits came to mind as inspiration from my nutty mom and mother in law. When those two got together and laughed and joked, knitwhits!
A struggle you experienced and have overcome during pregnancy
Hearing of my mom’s breast cancer at 3 months pregnant not knowing what the next day would hold, I struggled with trying to be the best mother, while having the strength for my husband and family during this time. I had a toddler and newborn to care for while dealing with my mental state. I was trying to keep it together while my mom went through chemo and radiation, losing her hair, and being bed ridden.  Soon after, my mother in law started the same process, with full force, and not one minute to look away.
From woman to a woman, from a mother to a mother, I knew her fight was real. Her need to live was never stronger. Being by her side in her last months, I gave up breast feeding. I gave up embracing the little milestones and those early memories of my toddler and second born baby. I wanted to fight with her to get her better so that she could enjoy being with her grand babies again.  I don’t regret anything. I cherish the memories I have and it molded me into what I am today. I am proud of my family and all that I am blessed with.
A couple years later I lost my grandmother to Dementia. The crocheted blanket she made for me is filled with memories and helps me during difficult times till this day.
Let’s move on from all the sadness. Through all this, there have been many many ups and successes.  I have an awesome husband who believes in me, two boys aged 5 and 7, who are so loving and wonderful!I am on year 4 of being in business and have been running ever since. I am so blessed to be doing something that I love so much and look forward to seeing what the next 4 years bring!
I have recently expanded into women wear…specifically ponchos and beanies. After all, mama needs some styling too!
Amelia’s motherhood tip
Take one day at a time and smile when you look at your babies. Tell them there is good in this world, whether it’s for a short time or longer.
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Amelia with her beautiful family.

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Super fit? Or Fit-ish?

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I’m totally ok with being FIT-(ish)!!!

Before my pregnancy, I naturally had a pretty active lifestyle without even trying. We love being outdoors and the ocean is our favorite. Not until I was pregnant did I decide to top off my active lifestyle with a workout routine. This was mostly due to the Gestational Diabetes. So, shout out to you Gestational Diabetes! You kill-joy party pooper! At the same time, I’m thankful. It really helped me change my lifestyle for the better. After I gave birth to my wonderful gentle giant, I thought I was going to be able to whip it back without any issues. WRONG. Here’s the thing. I actually slept part of my pregnancy and those hormones gave me a boost, making me some type of freak of nature. I labored hard and birthed harder, so I thought I would be back to my pregnancy strength in no time! I surfed some days out of the summer after Q was born, but lost a lot of my confidence and skill. The reality is, there were so many factors and obstacles for me, it was frustrating that I was unable to be where I wanted to be, physically.

I thought, “Hey, I was on a diabetic diet for nearly 9 months. Why not do it again?” So I decided to cut down on carbs. It was easy and it felt good. On top of this, I added a workout routine to my schedule, mixed with breastfeeding and very little sleep. Talk about needing a chill pill. It started to become too much for me and even affected my milk production. I learned that it wasn’t wise to just get up and change my eating habits without realizing how my body would react or how it could affect my baby’s food source. My milk production did not stop but it did decrease significantly. I was pumping 9-12 extra ounces a day and it went down to 4 oz, sometimes even less. Now in retrospect, I should have given my body enough time to catch up on rest and allowed for more healing.

I was too concerned about staying fit, not educated enough about the birth process, and what it really meant to “heal” before going full force again. Through my research, I found a Birth Fit group here in San Diego.  We get to bring our babies, meet other moms, and really focus on strengthening those muscles that may have been weakened through our motherhood journey. So as much as I would like to be a super “fit mom,” for now, I am okay with being “fit-ish.” My focus now is to strengthen from within, slowly, carefully, and efficiently.  I don’t know if you have seen my kid, but he’s only 4 months and weighs 19lbs, so I need to get fit the right way in order to keep up with him.

As of now, I welcome carbs. I try my best to stick to the healthiest forms and I’m not hating it. I actually feel thinner than when I was avoiding them, which really shouldn’t matter but it’s definitely a plus. I take long walks with the baby in the morning, a couple of baby and me yoga classes from home (Youtube videos), and have just started the postpartum mini-series at Birth Fit San Diego. My milk production is exactly where I want it to be. My baby is clearly eating well and now I just need to take it easy and strengthen slowly. The rest will follow. The point of this post is, it’s ok to chill. Listen to your body. Exercise is great but it doesn’t have to be aggressive, so if your body needs more time, give it that. For the time being, as long as my family and I are healthy, I’m okay with starting from scratch, and instead of being super fit, I’m owning that I am “fit-ish”.

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Birth Fit San Diego – Keirsten

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Simply Love YYC

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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Mustache leggings by Simply Love YYC

As mothers, how many times does the thought of being unable to conceive cross our minds? To be honest, for me, hardly ever. Until I met this amazing woman along my motherhood journey. When I asked to feature Ann, I found out that she had yet to have children and is on a journey of her own. She has opened my eyes and made me even more aware of one of the many struggles women have to face, not to mention one of the most difficult. I have since become more appreciative of those who continue trying to conceive no matter how difficult the journey becomes. The motivation, love, and commitment you have is the foundation of motherhood. I have the utmost respect for those that are trying to conceive, and I want to thank them for being a constant reminder to never take my family for granted. Just because Ann does not have her bundle of joy yet does not make her any less of a MOM BOSS, so thank you, Ann, for sharing your story with us.

Ann Rocha the Mom Boss behind Simply Love YYC

I started my business as a distraction.  My husband and I have been trying to conceive for two years now and I started up Simply Love in an effort to create a distraction.  When you are trying to have a baby everyone tells you to relax, take a holiday, forget about it because it will “happen” when you least expect it.  To be honest, in our situation, it will not be able to just “happen”.  Unfortunately, in January I had to have surgery to remove one of my tubes and some endometriosis.  Following that we started IVF.

In my true nature, I love to be busy!!! I had been working on my business for a while and I thought there was no better time than the present.  Most people would not choose to start a business with all of that going on, however, for myself I felt like life had to go on and things are always going to come up and why should it stop me from following my dream.

I have always been able to sew.  I took lessons as a young teen and followed fashion through high school, at one point I wanted to go to design school.  I didn’t go to design school, however I continued to enjoy sewing and designing.  I have made grad dresses, flower girl dresses and gowns for all occasions, plus just about any project I could get my hands on.  I have made them with patterns and designed my own.  I have always wanted to start up my own company and I thought why not start up a company doing something I love.  Simply Love is all about Baby Clothing.  I use organic knit fabrics created with low impact dyes.  I chose to use organic fabrics with low impact dyes because I feel strongly about what you put next to a babies skin.  I feel with all the pollutants out in the world we should be most cautious about what we are putting right next to the delicate skin of a child.  I chose baby clothing because….well babies are cute!

Ann’s pregnancy struggle

As I mentioned above we have been struggling for over two years now.  We have had surgery and we have unsuccessfully completed a round of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).  We have unfortunately not overcome infertility and unfortunately many people struggle with this.  In the United States 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility and in Alberta (where I am from) 1 in 6 struggle with some form of infertility.  Infertility is more common that people think, its just not something people talk about.

We have been very open with our story because we feel that it is something that is not openly discussed and wanted to bring some light to the area.  The great thing about being open is we have lots of love and support from family and friends, the downside is it hurts.  People don’t understand about infertility and are uncomfortable with it, they often say things that are meant to be nice and helpful but they are really hurtful.  My best advice for people who know someone struggling with infertility is to listen, it helps to have someone just listen and not give any advice and be there for when it gets hard.

Ann’s tip for those with Motherhood goals

Enjoy the journey…not always as easy as it seems, but enjoy every moment of your life and live it to the fullest.  I honestly believe everything happens for a reason and we are not given things we cannot handle.  It may not seem easy or fair all the time, however, we need to have faith that it will work out.  You have to have a positive outlook.  Not every day will be easy or sunshine and rainbows, however you will make it through.  Pick yourself up and continue on your journey.

 

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Super inspiring Ann Rocha from Simply Love YYC

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Born Free and Me

MOM BOSS MONDAY 

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Baby Q rockin’ his Panda Party Raglan from Born Free and Me

Do any of you other Moms out there get bored with the same old, boring, repetitive prints to dress your little one in? Well, I found a Mom Boss that wasn’t impressed with what kid’s fashion had to offer, so she was inspired and created some pretty awesome stuff for our littles!  Can you even believe the cuteness of this Panda Raglan outfit from Born Free and Me?! Being this cute should literally not be allowed! Okay, so you already know that I meet amazing Moms doing what I do, but I mean come on! This week’s Mom is a SUPER Mom Boss! Keep reading to find out what her other WORK is! Like creating kid’s fashion or being a mom wasn’t already enough…

This week’s Mom Boss is Jules from Born Free and Me

I started Born Free & Me whilst on maternity leave with my first baby, Evangeline as I was fed up with a wash if baby pink florals and Disney themed clothes. I wanted my brand to be fun and playful letting our littles be little.  Like every mum working from home, you try and squeeze as much into nap time as you can and then work away when they’re tucked up at night (or at least that’s the theory). So in between the constant demands of mum life, various tantrums, bouts of teething and sleepless nights, you just kind of get on with it.
My day job is a doctor. I graduated in 2010 and I’m a junior pediatric doctor. When I go back to work this time round, I’ll be working on the neonatal intensive care unit which looks after the extreme prem babies as well as those with serious medical/ surgical conditions in the region. I LOVE IT. That being said, I wanted to find a way to reduce my hours at work so I could be home more with my babies and watch them grow up, so I started a business. It’s so different to everything I’m used to doing but I have enjoyed every minute of it and have found some really kind people who totally get that. I know I’m not the only mama out there trying to make it happen!
A pregnancy struggle Jules has experienced
My pregnancies have been pretty plain sailing I have to say but run into problems with repeated mastitis whilst breastfeeding. I had to be admitted to hospital first time round. (I’m actually sat in the waiting room at the doctor’s surgery waiting for some antibiotics as I type!) Regarding mastitis, I’ve had multiple bouts of it, which mostly I’ve been able to sort out myself (lots of hot/cold compresses and hours spent glued to a breast pump). Glamorous I know. I’ve always chosen to carry on feeding each time it’s happened. I guess I wanted to decide when to introduce formula milk rather than feeling forced to do it. And despite the booby drama, I actually really enjoy breastfeeding my babies. I’ve ended up in hospital twice (once with each baby) because it got so bad. Miles is 5 months old and I’ve started to introduce some formula milk during the days and feed him at night.
A motherhood tip from Jules 
Tips for mums would be to let yourself off the hook if you’re still in your pajamas at lunchtime, your house is a mess or you can’t remember the last time you washed your hair! Just be proud of yourself for making a small human and that they’re alive and well at the end of every day!
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Doctor, Mom Boss, and Creator of Born Free and Me  – Julie, with her adorable son.

 

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Sacred Legacy Arts

MOM BOSS MONDAY

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My beautiful locket made with Mom’s ashes by Sacred Legacy Arts

My sweet baby Q was a wish that my mother made before she passed away. Although I was not ready to start a family, it happened (unplanned) and I couldn’t be more grateful for this beautiful son of mine.  Every time I look at him, I see her and am reminded of how much she wanted me to have a child. Cancer took her from us in April of this year, only 2 months before Q was born. On many occasions I find myself imagining the joy he would have brought to her during her final days.  During my pregnancy journey, I met a remarkable Mother who creates special DNA keepsake jewelry for loved ones to keep their memories close. The necklace I am wearing is made with some of my mother’s ashes and it brings me so much comfort to be able to keep her so close to me at any given time, in such a beautiful way. If you are looking to have a special piece made I highly suggest reaching out to this mama. There are so many beautiful pieces to choose from and there are even keepsakes for you breastfeeding mamas out there! I’m so thankful that Kelly from  Sacred Legacy Arts has taken the time to share her story with us.

Kelly and the story behind Sacred Legacy Arts

I (Kelly) started Sacred Legacy Arts in December of 2014, right after my second son was born.  I was looking both for a creative outlet to give me something to focus on while wrestling with postpartum depression as well as searching for a way to truly honor and manifest a symbol of my birth and breastfeeding journey with both of my children.  I was in the middle of dealing with low supply while fighting to breastfeed my second child.  We needed to use an SNS feeder because I just was not producing enough and my son was losing too much weight.  I wanted to find a tangible, creative way to honor our struggles and triumphs and my experiences as a mother.  That’s when I began experimenting with jewelry making and creating DNA keepsakes.  To me, it just seemed so natural and perfect to fulfill the longing in my heart of what I was looking to manifest.

Sacred Legacy Arts was originally named Ollie & Jai (after my two sons — Judah and Oliver) and was in the beginning a side hobby for me as a SAHM.  As I practiced my skill, it gathered interest from friends and family and I began creating for others.  I soon learned that this was more than just a hobby for me.  It was a therapeutic outlet for both me and the people I created for.  The DNA keepsakes I created were more than just jewelry.  They were tangible expressions and sensory stimulating tools for honoring memories, struggles, and celebrations.  People expressed such joy and fulfillment in being able to have a part of their story casted into wearable jewelry for them to carry and see.  This is when I began branching out and offering my art to others… when I realized just what a positive impact this art form could have on people’s lives.  As the identity and mission of my work began to unfold, I rebranded into Sacred Legacy Arts — describing my work as “tiny time capsules of wearable art [created] out of the most precious, sacred moments of your life.”

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Memories of my mother that I will always have close to me. The Crystal Point is another piece made with my mother’s ashes. 

SLA has since grown into my full-time job.  I work approximately 35 hours a week and am the sole designer and creator of the jewelry.  In May of 2016, I hired my first part-time assistant, Beth, who is both my personal friend and the best employee I could ask for.  Beth is very much an integral part of Sacred Legacy Arts and she is just as much a face of the brand as I am.  To me, she is much more a partner in SLA than an “employee.”  She handles all of our social media and email communications and is responsible for checking in customer’s inclusions for processing and packaging completed jewelry for shipping.  Beth has had her own profound experiences in motherhood from exclusively pumping for her first baby and being a milk donor (she donated approximately 40 gallons of her breastmilk to babies who needed it!)  to then going on to having a second child who she was able to nurse for over a year and counting. (She is a warrior mama, I tell you!)

Sacred Legacy Arts has grown very quickly into being one of the largest DNA keepsake design companies in the world.  We’re very blessed to have an international reach and to create some of the highest volumes of keepsakes seen worldwide.  Before becoming a full time jewelry designer, I had actually been a social worker previously for six years.  Community development and “doing work that matters,” is critically important to my values.

When Sacred Legacy Arts shifted from being just a “hobby,” to my “vocation,” I vowed that I would found a company committed to making a difference in the world.  We’re involved in multiple projects in an attempt to “give back,” and be mutually supportive to our local and global community.  Ten percent of every sale through SLA goes to a local maternity home for expecting mothers.  This maternity home is an empowerment center who, while giving these women a place to stay, equips them with the education and resources they need to reach self-sufficiency through stable housing, education, and employment.  We’re very proud to be a regular supporter of their mission.  We also strive to partner with as many small businesses as possible for our jewelry supply.  Well over half of our metal jewelry settings come from other small businesses like us versus large wholesale corporations and many of these small business metalsmiths have their own philanthropic endeavors that we are able to help sustain by purchasing from their shops.  For example, many of the copper pieces we’ve featured have come from a women’s empowerment workshop in a Mexican village that teaches vocational skills to the women in the village along with educational and life skill opportunities that help lift these women out of poverty and into self-sufficiency in a dignified, empowering way.  We’re always looking for these kinds of connections to keep the ripple effect going.

Sacred Legacy Arts is also well known for our design collaborations with other artists.  One of the best ways we are able to offer worldwide exclusive, unique designs to our customers is through collaborating and using the artistic vision of other jewelry designers in other material mediums.  Some examples of this include our exclusive tree of life wire wrapped design from Maid in the Woods and our hand casted solid gold ring from Anueva Jewelry or our DNA meditation mala in partnership with Blue Moon Holistics.  Not only does this give us a very unique edge to our design collection, but it helps other small businesses just like us to broaden their reach and influence to our customer base as well as theirs.

One of the biggest lessons I have learned in my life, but especially in motherhood, is to just “let it be,” and to let go of your expectations.  So many times in life, without even realizing it, we gather all of these expectations.  What our children will act like, the kind of support we’ll receive from a partner, how you’ll behave and interact as a mother, what you’ll accomplish, what your relationship with your children will look like…. All of these things are shaped from our life experiences of what our family life was like, what we witnessed within our community, and what we’ve decided we want to repeat or avoid.  But when reality doesn’t line up with our expectations (as it often doesn’t), it can be so hard to face that disappointment.  We get clouded with self-doubt, with comparison, with jealousy or feelings of failure — even resentment.  All of these things hold us back from being able to grow and develop within the actual circumstances that we find ourselves in.  But when we release these expectations from our heart, it frees up the space we need to blossom into who we are within the life that we are living and to see the beauty in what is versus what we thought it would be.  My advice to all of you is to release those expectations, breathe, and just let it be.

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Kelly (on right) and her assistant Beth of Sacred Legacy Arts 

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