I skipped last weeks #MOBCRUSHMONDAY because I was in Hawaii! :) I decided to do some important self care and take a few things off my plate. This weeks #MOBCRUSHMONDAY is all about powerhouses who built huge brands and huge followings. I am so impressed by these women and their drive! *Reminder*- do not make fun of typos, these are a fun little post I make each week to highlight MOBS I love- they are not perfect- but they are heartfelt. [Just like me].
Hearing Liz's story was such an incredible experience! Sseko was founded to offer a way for young women in Uganda to attend University, they began with one simple product- the ribbon sandal. They expanded to other offerings like handbags, scarves, and accessories. In addition to their original mission, they have gone on to employ women in East Africa to end the cycle of poverty and create a more sustainable economy. Sseko also offers a direct sales model so others may have the opportunity to have their own small businesses, and get involved on a global level. Every Fellow is paired one-to-one with a woman in Uganda, how amazing is that?
Liz is my forever #MOBCRUSH because of all she is doing to empower women. Her down to earth personality is also pretty high on the list too! She is so funny, and her Instagram is full of vulnerable insights, and behind the scenes moments. I hope to have her join us at next years #MOBCON as a speaker!
If you are interested in joining Sseko, I definitely recommend joining Cassie's team! She is awesome leader. You can check out her store and learn more about the opportunity here.
Monica does a great job of building her brand and hustling, I see her shirts everywhere and worn on some of the top mom bloggers. I am so impressed with her drive, and of course, obsessed with her designs.
My last two crushes on this weeks list are two genius mama focused brands. Every single MOB needs to have these products in their [hopefully Sseko] handbag.
I got to test out Mommy Wipes- and let me tell you they are the real deal. I packed them in my suitcase for traveling, added a few to my glove box, put one in my purse!
I used one to clean up coffee- because #MOMLIFE and it worked like a dream. I was shocked that even though it was strong enough to clean up coffee, it was still gentle enough to use as a makeup remover wipe, AND to clean up my baby nephews face after a meal!
You owe it to yourself to buy some, these are a MAMA MUST HAVE! [The first to make my new Amazon list- "Aria's Picks".
As busy MOB's we need a clean, sustainable energy source to get us through the day. We also need easy access to superfoods to keep our bodies going! That is where Supermama comes in. They have an energy line, lactation line, even a "Chillax line" which I hear is a "Xanax" in a tea bag- sign me up!
In addition to having a killer product, I again am crushing hard on the branding. TOP NOTCH packaging, intentional social media presence, awesome website, and focused brand. LOVE IT.
Buy it today and let us know below what your favorite brand is!
Thank you for reading! Please follow all of the incredible women on Instagram, check out their websites, and support their businesses!
Happy Monday! I am loving these MOB Crush Monday posts. I have so many MOBS in line to highlight and I am so excited to share all of them with you. Let's jump in. Friendly reminder- there may be typos ;)
First on the list is Bunny Knots Co. Bunnies are adorable hand-tied headwraps for littles. I cannot even take how stinking cute these are. Britt Rainer is a serious hustler, she runs the entire show on her own. Production, social media, sales, web...all of it. Which is no small feat, considering her HUGE following. The bunnies sell out with in days...sometimes hours of a restock.
The MOB Crush began because of her GORGEOUS Instagram. I am a real sucker for good branding and a carefully curated media presence! The more I followed, the more I realized what a true MOB Rockstar Britt really is. She collaborates with a lot of fellow MOBS and is open to partnering with "mama-minded" brands. "Does not matter if you have 500 followers or 5million followers." which I totally dig!
The photos above were actually taken by another long time MOB Crush- Rebecca Rizzo Photographics. Becky's images are so breathtaking and captivating. When Becky joined the alliance, I had to pinch myself and double check that it was THE BECKY RIZZO!
Speaking of PHOTOGRAPHERS!OMG...guyssss....
The Capes & Crowns Foundaiton - If you are in the alliance, you should recognize this name. Our tribe is fiercely invested in this organization and their mission! Capes & Crowns Foundation was founded by a talented photographer, Kylie Cole, in an effort to providing photo shoots at no cost to children who are dealing with serious illness, special needs and trauma. Their empowering sessions are unlike anything you have ever seen. Check out this video- but grab the tissues first.
I have been a supporter and fan of Capes & Crowns since the first fundraiser gala in 2016. After years of hustle, heartbreak, emotion, and passion they are growing rapidly. National tours, dedicated teams, sponsors, attention from celebrities! It has been magical to witness.
When I first met Kylie she was a one woman show, working around the clock for the babies who needed empowerment the most. I still do not know how she accomplished all that she accomplished on her own. Fortunately, a team stepped up after witnessing first hand her passion and love.
My #MOBCRUSH is not just on Capes & Crowns! [I could write a novel about all they have done and all the ways I crush on them]. My #MOBCRUSH is also on all the different MOBS that make this team the powerhouse that it is. The women pictured above that dedicate their time, heart, and energy to making this organization thrive. The women who showed up to help Kylie take this to the next level, even though they are already balancing their own families and businesses.
Halsey Hendrickson- Halsey was the first to step up and has since been the perfect side kick and part of the dynamic duo! True definition of super women. Halsey dedicated her talents and her life to this. Traveling the nation with Kylie to bring joy!
Stephanie Young Photo- An insanely talented fine art and fashion photographer. Stephanie has a heart of gold, fiery sense of humor, and a drive that just won't quit!
Janel of Sugar Suds- A creative maker of bath bombs and luxury self care items. Janel was a recipient of a Capes & Crowns empower session and has been dedicated to their success ever since. She wears so many hats, so it is amazing to see her give so much the organization.
Amanda Strong of A Strong Design- Amanda is a graphic designer and systems manager that has completely transformed their website, online systems, branding, and marketing. So appreciative of what she was able to bring to the table!
Karina Tobin of Ktobin Video and Noonday. Seriously, I do not know how Karina does it. Karina has a Noonday business where she is consistently in the top ten of sales in the entire country. On top of this she is a full time teacher and a super talented videographer. You can see her talents on their Youtube Channel. *Hint Subscribe*
Please show your support to all of the women who make up this dream team. Follow their social media, support their individual businesses, and support the mission they hold so dear to their hearts.
Want to get more involved? You can sponsor their upcoming Orlando Tour- where they will be seeing 200 kids in just four days! If you are not able to financially sponsor, please consider sharing the link and inviting all of your friends to LIKE them on Facebook! If you own a business in Orlando, consider donating food, massages, facials, coffee, or wine! I can only imagine how emotionally and physically draining these sessions are. Keep them replenished and recharged. <3
My last MOB Crush on this weeks list...
Pop Awards PDX
The Pop Awards is a new photography contest, gala and benefit that honors female photographers. It was founded by blogger and photographer Sarah Sharp. Sarah is a mover, shaker, and change maker. She saw a lack of representation in the community and set out to do something about it. I love
watching Sarah disrupt the industry, especially as a woman of color taking charge, and showing up space.
I have no doubt that this award ceremony will be the "Oscars" for photography. When I heard of Sarah and the Pop Awards, I just had to get involved. I am really proud to be a judge and to be sponsoring the event with The MOB Nation.
If you are in the Pacific Northwest, you will definitely want to attend this event. November 10th at The Ace Hotel, Downtown Portland.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about these amazing women. Leave a comment below! :) <3
Mobbin' up Reno!
Another amazing tour in the books! The Reno leaders Ti and Kayla, took me around the city to see some pretty amazing hot spots. If you do not know these incredible women yet, you need to! Ti owns Advanced Health Chiropractic and Kayla owns KC Medical Management. These lovelies are both Reno natives and HUGE powerhouses. Definitely connect with them if you are in the Reno/Sparks area. [Ti@themobnation.com Kayla@themobnation.com]
If you follow us The MOB Nevada on Instagram- you may have seen the stories at all of the different stops. I fell in love with the city and I cannot wait to be back.
The staff was excellent, well trained, and amazing with this kids. When we walked in story time was going on. Story time, small craft, and healthy food! Plus delicious coffee for parents and care givers! What is not to love?
The owner, Ellen, was a doll. You can tell she has poured her heard into this venture. I sincerely hope you all support it, and spread the word.
The Lucky Childe is great for birthday parties, play dates, vendor events, and more! We even hope to host MOB Meetups there soon. To stay up to date on their events and their official launch please follow them on Instagram.
Kayla was most excited about the selection of gluten free options.
It was clear this is a neighborhood hang out, everyone that walked in was greeted like family. This is the perfect place to bring your laptop and get some work done. They even have a small resource area for small business owners!
If you have toddlers- they offer toys and books for them to play with at the table. The toys are sanitized after every use.
It was hard to leave, we could have stayed there all afternoon enjoying mimosas. We finally ventured across the parking lot back to The Nurturing Nest.
How incredible is this place? RENO, you are so lucky to have such a community hub dedicated to parenting, birthing, and families. WOW.
The boutique is packed full of every single thing you could possibly want for your baby and toddler. We all went on a shopping spree! My haul is pictured below.
In addition to having a gorgeous boutique, they also offer classes and workshops. Nurturing Nest is also the home to Bright Heart Birth Services. Bright Heart offers Doula support, placenta encapsulation services, and birthing education.
These women are dedicated to this community and have such heart for the mamas. They are for sure a must visit and must support. Keep them in mind next time you need a baby shower gift! Follow them on Instagram to keep up to date with all they offer:
Simple Ice Cream Sandwiches offers build your own DONUT ice cream sandwiches. Are you serious?
Visionary is a vision board workshop bar- offering "Drink and Dream workshops". I cannot even handle how rad this place is. Vision Boards are my obsession and I teach workshops so I was in LOVE. I am hoping to hold a workshop here very soon!
The detail in these shops are second to none. Every inch of the spaces are filled with cool art, random decor, and collectibles. Even the bathroom is cool.
When I returned this trip the only thing I had on my Reno bucket list was Junkee. I dedicated two hours to just shopping in this space and enjoying all of the ridiculously-rad elements that make this store my FAVORITE ever.
I had no idea it was Mom-Owned the first time, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out. The owner, Jessica, is now my forever #MOBCRUSH . I will probably end up writing an entire blog dedicated to her for #MOBCRUSHMONDAY .
If you are into thrifting, junking, antiquing, this is a MUST visit. It is worth a trip to Reno JUST to go here. Seriously, out-of-towners, make your next vacation to Reno. Stay at Circus Circus and visit this shop! It is right next to Visionary and Simple Ice Cream Sandwiches too. BECAUSE IT IS OWNED BY THE SAME POWERHOUSE WOMAN! Gahhh!!!
I got this amazing yellow skirt- which I wore to the MOB Meetup!
Our group had a wonderful time, everyone said they would definitely be back. They went up and beyond for us. You gotta love a space with kind owners!
Follow them on Instagram, to watch for news of their official opening. Final Draught will be offering deliciously crafted sandwiches, draft beer, bottles to go, and growler fills. The space is HUGE so it is perfect for corporate events, parties, birthday dinners, and meetings. The atmosphere is still intimate enough for ladies night out or date night.
Thanks for the fun time RENO! I will be back in a couple of months! I will also be headed to Bakersfield, San Diego, Honolulu, Palm Springs and Dallas soon.
If you have a business you would like me to tour, please DM me on Instagram.
Angela is a certified health coach for the young, old, and the expecting. Her main focus and passion is helping kids and families be healthier by offering private coaching and workshops that help people get on the path to better health. She is also open to teaching in Eugene-area classrooms to show kids the importance of proper nutrition, exercise, and reduction of technology in a fun, accessible way.
Her certification is through the Sears Wellness Institute, started by Dr. William Sears. That program uses the L.E.A.N. Method, which stands for Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition. Angela enjoys showing families how to be healthy on a budget. “I am able to get most of my clients on a path to healthier living for less than $50 a month. I feel good about making healthy options accessible to everyone,” says Angela.
She was inspired to start her business when her seven- year old daughter was diagnosed with severe ADHD. “Her dad was treated for it as a child and had a bad experience with medication, so I looked for other ways to help reduce her symptoms. After a lot of research and implementation, her symptoms improved. After about two years, her tests showed no signs of ADHD,” Angela explains.
The experience gave Angela the confidence and understanding to help her son, her husband, and herself improve their health and reduce the need for medication. She began using her knowledge to help friends and family with health problems. When she learned Dr. Sears had started a school, she jumped in and learned everything she could.
Angela says, “I believe very child has a little bit of ADD. It's called being a kid, but 1 out of 8 are being treated or are misdiagnosed for it and the numbers are increasing. At least 1 in 3 kids has a condition that is considered life changing, and it is my job to help educate parents and kids on how to reduce the risks and symptoms – just like I did for my daughter.”
She says Dr. William Sears is a mentor and was excited to meet him at a Juice Plus conference and at the Bellies, Birth, and Babies Expo.
Her biggest struggle is having confidence and finding new clients. Since joining Toastmasters and the MOB Nation, her confidence has improved. Since her focus is on education, she sometimes finds it hard to make the jump from sharing information to making a sale.
She advises new business owners to not give up. “They say it takes 3 years for a business to fail or succeed, but the average owner quits after the first year when they see they are spending more than they are making. Networking and building relationships is key. And as a business owner and with a degree in Management, I believe that any business owner should either know how to work the books or find someone who can. I have seen way too many businesses fail or struggle because they don't understand how it works, she says.
Despite her challenges she loves working for herself because she can set her own scheduled and put her family first.
Her best referrals are parents, teachers, health providers, therapists, and others in the health and wellness field who are interested in adding a nutritional aspect to their work.
Angela says she loves being a part of the MOB cause of the opportunities to network, make friends, and learn from experts who can help her improve her business.
Angela offers MOB Alliance members 20% off all services and free 1-hour consult.
You can find Angela online at:
It is that time of the week again. I am excited to share with you this weeks picks for #MOBCRUSHMONDAY.
After typing this up and thinking about what truly makes me crush hard on these businesses, I realized that I have an unintentional theme again.
Mamas making movements, changing lives and making the world a better place.
Slumberkins is definitely accomplishing all of the above!
[Photos from Website].
The Slumberkins story is amazing as are the two creators Callie Christensen and Kelly Oriad. Kelly and Callie used their backgrounds in psychology and education, to create toys that teach children important lessons and life skills. Each insanely adorable creature comes with its own positive story geared towards self-worth and inclusion.
These mamas made their debut at a small craft fair in Vancouver Washington. Each of their items was hand sewn, by them, in their own living rooms. They quickly gained a huge following and avid collectors of all ages. [Yes, it is okay if you want to buy one for yourself].
They have since appeared on Shark Tank, where they stayed true to their concept and brand. They did not get a deal, but remained positive every time asked about the experience and let us all know- BIG THINGS were on the horizon. WOW! BIG THINGS indeed. Rapid growth, new characters AND a new partnership with The Jim Hensen Company! [Yep- THAT Jim Hensen].
I have MOB Crushed hard for quite a while, not just because of their inspiring story, meaningful products, or impressive growth. Slumberkins is also on #MOBCRUSHMONDAY because they are so down to earth and dedicated to helping other Mom-Owned Brands succeed. They often collaborate with smaller brands and provide education to mamas just starting out. We were lucky enough to have them as guest speakers at a MOB Meetup last year. I love watching them grow and cannot wait to see what the future holds.
One. Hundred. THOUSAND. Ounces. I am currently drinking a Coconut Lacroix, and trying to picture over 8,300 of these.
In addition to this, she also runs a page dedicated to helping breast pumping mamas find the best products and resources.
This woman lives up to her goddess title for sure. One of the things I love most about her is that she is SO connected to the women on a personal level. I once heard about her spending HOURS responding to every single Instagram DM she had, to provide links, resources or just emotional support. I also just find her vulnerability and realness as she documents her journey so inspiring. What a champion for moms and babies everywhere!
I encourage every Mom-Owned Businesses to get involved with this woman. If you have products you think she should review, get in touch with her. One ounce at a time also has sponsorship space available on her website to support her mission.
My last MOB crush for this week is Radiant Beautiful Things
I own the "Every Mother is a Working Mother" pin and will soon be ordering more. The Etsy Shop is filled with gorgeous designs showcasing powerful and important messages.
I mean, seriously, look at these! [Photos from Etsy Shop].
As a warrior, survivor and daughter of a "Queer Mama" these speak to my heart! Give them a follow on Instagram and join the revolution mamas!
That is all for this week. Please show some love on the Instagram post and in the comments. Please let me know, who is your MOB crush?
Every Monday, I will be sharing my MOB Crushes and bit about them. I have a lot of them, because like I said, I am OBSESSED with powerful women living out their dreams.
This weeks post has a pretty common theme. Bad ass maker moms that are unpologetically themselves and attracting a huge following of moms LOVING their vibe. Brands that do not hold back and are 100% real. I love it.
When I first opened my brick and mortar in 2011, the one that led me create The MOB, I struggled with being authentic. I was not sure my voice would be "accepted". Even as an artist and creative who empowers people to express themselves, I still struggled on my branding/social media presence. [And of course- I did not always attract the right types of customers and missed out on some rad potential clients].
I wish I found these mamas back then!
Pipsticks - Maureen, the founder, girl after my own heart right here. She is my #MOBCRUSH because I am obsessed with stickers AND I always wanted to have a biz like this. A sticker of the month club? Yes, so much yes.
Drawings by Nicole MAN! NICOLE! Change Maker, Artist, Weird Mom, Visionary, Creative Genius. This woman is a champion and cheerleader for the mamas. Her designs feature the nitty gritty of motherhood- but in a way that make's it sexy and rad AF! I dig her. Her work is important, I feel like her art will save a ton of postpartum mamas. #Mombod love.
*side note* The weird mom club glasses are perfect for the days you have had no sleep! Cover up the bags, throw on some lipstick [like mine from my girl Katie with Arbonne] and you are ready to take on the day!
Pipsticks and Drawings by Nicole are featured in my IGTV- my first ever IGTV videos, dedicated to these rock stars! Unboxing the deliveries!
I posted a GIVEAWAY on the MOB Nation Instagram. Win the book AND a little surprise from my next #MOBCRUSH Bee and Mae. Do not want to wait for the giveaway to end?
Use code MOB10 for 10% off "The Weird Mother Book".
Amanda of Bee and Mae created an entire movement. "Mothers are magic". I love this and her execution of it. Other designs in her shop like; "pretty good mother" and "mediocre vibes" speak to my soul. We are magic- but we are not perfect. Some days all we can be is "pretty good". The struggle is part of the magic. With this brand, we are not only accepting of the struggle- but proudly wearing it on our chests like badges of honor! Bee and Mae's Instagram celebrates magical mothers of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and lifestyles.
Honey and Rose I will be honest- I get a gangsta vibe in this Motherhood shirt. Motherhood IS the toughest hood- and we are a powerful gang. Definitely blasted Bone Thugs in my Jeep with this bad boy on when it came in the mail. I MOB crush on Honey and Rose because like mentioned in this Instagram post, Stephanie made the brand as a way to have a creative outlet as a Stay at Home Mom. It is so important to keep your identity as a mother. Find something that is just for you- hobby, business, art, WHATEVER. It may have just started as a hobby- but her brand is gaining traction and blowing up.
The Dreadful Stitch Kori is actually an alliance member and I will not lie, I squealed like a school girl when she joined. This mama is truly one of the most creative and talented individuals I have ever met. She had to be included on this list of kick ass, original, maker mamas. My daughter, Keilani, has two custom made dolls from The Dreadful Stitch. The detail and intention poured into these masterpieces is second to none. I almost had to unfollow her on Instagram, because I found myself wanting EVERYTHING she made.
Hopefully you are now crushing hard on these MOBs. Check them out, follow them on social media and enter to win the GIVEAWAY!
Danielle was inspired to start her Halisi skincare and deodorant line as a way to improve her own health. “I have an auto-immune disease that really took a hit on me in my 30's. I started making sure I was eating clean and only putting healthy things in my body. Then I had a weird issue with an unknown lump under my arm that no doctor could figure out. I started doing my own research and realized it was caused by the aluminum in my deodorant,” she says.
She realized that what she put on her body was just as important as what she put in it and tried the natural deodorant options available in stores. She quickly realized none of them worked. “At one point I even said, ‘I smell like apricot sweat!’ I got to work immediately trying to find out what was needed to make my own deodorant. Everyone thought I was nuts and I would smell horrible, but I finally figured it out,” she explains.
Danielle’s friends and family began asking her to make deodorant for them. She also expanded into creating other skincare items based on their needs. She launched Halisi on her daughter’s birthday, August 20th, 2016.
A mother of five, ages 1 to 14, she loves to cook, sew, bake, and create. She says, “For years people would tell me to go into business selling one thing or another, but none of them felt right to me. I really struggled with finding out the perfect career path for myself after taking so many years off to be a stay at home mom.”
Danielle is self-taught, and says that instead of a mentor, she looks at the big companies making claims about what their products do, then looks at their ingredient lists, researches active ingredients, and is determined to make the same things, but without the any of the harsh and toxic ingredients.
She says her biggest struggle has been being taken seriously. “I've definitely had my share of side eyes when I tell them what I do! I think some people just expect that if you're making skin care from your home it can't be good or that you should have extensive degrees. But they can't see the hours of research and effort that goes into everything I do. I am just fortunate that those who buy my products are believers and tell their friends,” she says.
Danielle’s advice to someone considering their own business is to make sure it clicks! “I spent so many years creating gifts and custom craft projects for people and they were always so insistent that I do it for a business, but it wasn't right. Don't force it but work hard to get where you want to be!”
Her ideal referrals are looking for better, healthier options when it comes to their skincare and personal care items. She also loves to hear from clients who have received amazing results and want to share it from the rooftops. “Being able to have someone with access to any products they want choose mine and then tell people about it is amazing,” she says.
Danielle loves being a MOB member because “Not a lot of people understand the balance, or should I say, struggle, that comes with being a mom first and a business owner second. Work doesn't stop when the kids need you and vice versa. I've done work while sitting in bleachers, wearing a baby, and taking sporadic photos of kids in the pool so having people that can empathize with you is such a blessing,” she says.
“I don't get to clock out of any of my jobs and many people outside the MOB just can't relate to me. Having a tribe who get you is such an amazing feeling.”
She loves working for herself and being the boss. "I make the schedule, I make the rules, I make the products. The entire company is about me being able to control every aspect of it. I went in to healthcare in college and was so excited to help people. But doctor politics and unhappy patients really wore me down. I didn't want to work for or with people who had questionable ethics and I just wanted to make people happy,” she explains.
Danielle says the MOB community was the thing she didn’t know she needed. She was a member for a year before jumping in and participating. “I’m saddened at the missed opportunities, but there really is no better time than the present to dive head first into this wonderful community! A friend told me she added me, and I thought it wasn't the place for me since my business was so new and little. The reality was I didn't need a successful, booming business to be a part of the family. There were so many other mom's just like me who needed help and encouragement,” she explains.
MOB Alliance members receive 20% off her products.
You can find Danielle online at:
Hi friends! Aria, here! I had a blast with our friends at San Diego Mom's Blog. We toured around Point Loma and North Park to visit some great Mom Owned Businesses.
Niki and I both purchased items from See Saw for our kiddos. It was hard not to bring one of everything home for my daughter. I fell in love with the art supply section and the chalkboard wall.
See Saw is right next door to, Wee Gather . Wee Gather had a camp going on, so we were unable to stay and play in their Mini Play Home. The door was open when we walked by and the sound of children's laughter was pouring out of the space. Wee Gather and Mini Play Homes been on my MOB crush list for quite a while, so even just the small peek inside made my day!
We then made our way to the North Park location of Communal Coffee [Another MOB Crush]. I want to move back to San Diego, just for this coffee shop. I actually visited both locations on this last trip and both are gorgeous. The North Park location shares space with Native Poppy . Between the fresh flowers + journals + coffee + colorful walls- I WAS IN HEAVEN. I would be there EVERY DAY if I could.
We ended the tour with dinner at Waypoint Public . Waypoint is definitely on my top ten list of family family restaurants. The food is amazing, cocktails are creative and there is a kid's area! The MOB Nation has officially sponsored their "Cub Space". We provided toys from Discovery Toys and books from Renee's Book Corner. Your kiddos can play in the enclosed space or bring one of the busy boxes to your table! You can learn more about both of these alliance member partners on our member directory.
Thank you to everyone who made our fun day possible. I cannot wait to do it again. If you would like to be featured, send us a DM on our MOB Nation Instagram. Until next time. -Aria :)
Although she lives in the small town of Elko, Nevada, Brittney Stefanic hasn’t let that stop her from growing her business nationwide.
“I am excited to be bringing my pediatric sleep consulting services to my rural community because parenting can feel isolating, no matter where you live, but especially when you feel disconnected from goods and services that are available in other places. The parents in Elko County are no different from parents in Denver, Salt Lake City or Scottsdale in that we all deserve breaks during nap time, time to decompress after the kids are in bed, and uninterrupted sleep during the night,” she says.
Shortly after launching her business, she was featured in the Elko Daily Free Press with a business story “Pediatric sleep consultant ‘tucks in’ to Elko”. She is excited to bring what some may consider “big city amenities” to her town and beyond.
Brittney understands the challenges of being a parent and the extra challenges that come from living further away from services others may take for granted. “If you have the privilege of living down the street from a Trader Joes, Starbucks, Nordstrom Rack, and Chipolte, consider yourself lucky! You can grab yourself a delicious iced latte, or even a burrito, and receive my consultation services from the comfort of your living room. I might be jealous of your every day conveniences, but I won’t let that stop me from supporting you and your family in reaching your sleep goals,” she explains.
Brittney’s focus on sleep comes from personal experience when her son had a stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Utah hospital as a newborn. “I didn’t realize it at the time, but while he was growing and developing in his tiny little hospital incubator, he was learning amazing self-soothing habits because he could not always be picked up as soon as he got upset. In addition to saving our son’s life, the nurses in the NICU were also helping our son learn one of his very first skills — how to become an independent sleeper! We capitalized on his NICU-initiated skills and followed the advice of our (AMAZING!) pediatrician to learn more about infant sleep in order to help him to continue to grow and develop.”
Inspired by her son’s sleep and wanting to continue at home, she read blogs and books and searched the internet for more information. “My son was still so tiny that I knew we needed something gentle, and I wanted something that fit us. Luckily, I found great reviews about Dana Obelman and The Sleep Sense™ Program,” she says.
Britney implemented ideas from the Sleep Sense Program with great results. “My husband and I had no idea how lucky we were! As first-time parents, we just assumed that all 12-week-olds were sleeping 10 hours through the night. Come to find out, that is NOT the case. As I chatted with friends, some with children as old as early elementary school, I realized that babies, toddlers and young children are often not taught the skills necessary to “sleep through” an uninterrupted night,” she explains.
Britney found herself touched by photos found on Instagram’s #sleepbabysleep. She knew she wanted to bring those tired moms and babies a good night’s rest. When she received an opportunity to apply for The Sleep Sense™ Consultant Training Program she says it just felt right. “I’m sure you’ve had times in your life when an opportunity presents itself and you just can’t turn it down. Well, for me, this was one of THOSE moments.”
As you can hear in a recent episode of Moms Who Know podcast which I am featured on, “a good night sleep is possible, even as a mom” no matter where you live or how old your kiddos are!
Britney now helps families, from newborns to toddlers, bring sleep back into their homes! “I believe that this path is the perfect blend of my science background, my desire to educate, my ability to relate, and above all, my passion for supporting others during a challenging time in their lives. I’m excited to be starting here, taking this risk and trying something new. After all… great things never come from staying in one’s comfort zone,” she says.
She says one of the biggest struggles in her business has been finding balance. “It is hard to juggle the social media calendar, client needs, marketing attempts, vending at events, being a mom, cooking dinner, maintaining a clean house, being a good friend, making time for myself, and getting my own SLEEP!”
Britney advises new business owners to manage their calendar from the beginning. “On the days you plan to work on/for your business, outline what you hope to accomplish each hour. Use different colors, stickers, app, planners -- anything that works for you. Time management is about to have a whole new meaning,” she explains.
She says her ideal referrals come from well-rested former clients who know, first hand, how effective her techniques are. “An ideal client can live anywhere in the world but they are READY for a change in the sleep habits of their family. I love working with the friends/family of my happy clients because the trust is already established, and people know that I'm not just a "sleep wizard" aiming to trick their kiddos into sleeping well.”
Brittney is excited to be a MOB because she loves the support and being part of a community that understands the growth and challenges that come with being a mom-owned business.
She loves working for herself and being in charge of her time. “I know if I have a trip planned, I will be able to book clients for later in the month, or if I have extra childcare available one week, I can support more families than normal! There is definitely something to be said about being your own boss,” she says.
She offers MOB Alliance members a 20% discount on any customized sleep package!
You can find Brittney online at:
www.brittneystefanicsleep.com – where you’ll find helpful blogs
We're so exited to bring our style of networking for women to San Diego! Aria, the founder and president of the MOB Nation, recently traveled to San Diego for the official launch of the #SandiegoMOB.
Stayed at Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Not just a great space for travel but for locals too since this Sheraton offers pool passes and memberships. Hoping to have mom play dates here! Cannot tell you how amazing it was to do two meetings, a zoom call and send out over 25 emails, all while sipping on a Mai Tai pool side.
I had a blast with Ashley Jacobs from CBS8. We spent the morning visiting with Mom-Owned Businesses. I am so grateful to her giving me the opportunity to highlight so many amazing women.
The call time was 5AM. I worked with the BEST Makeup artist who had to be at my hotel room at 3:30am. Daniky Makeup is owned by Nichole, a young mom, bombshell, and talented artist. I highly recommend working with her.
Ashley and I are started out at Mint Studio and highlighted three of our San Diego MOB Alliance members:
-Jessica of Sweetly Striped Boutique. Adorable online shop with comfy and stylish clothes. I am wearing pants from her shop as well as the cutest silver slides in the news feature.
-Jessica of Let's talk Scents Young Living Oils. Jessica definitely saved the morning with her "Awaken" oil.
-Gin of La Buena Vida Studio . Hand-stamped jewelry like the #MOBLIFE cuff I am almost always wearing. Gin also offers Sip and Stamp Workshops.
Mint Studio is the most adorable space. There is so much intention and heart put into this studio.
In addition to their retail space, they also offer space for events, parties, workshops and networking events. They are HUGE supporters of women in business and the community. Check out their events Calendar for more information.
After Mint Studio, we took off to Pedego San Diego, an electric bike shop right on the bay. They thought it would be a good idea to have me, the clumsiest person ever, ride an electric bike on live television. It went okay- but I guess if I did fall it could have gone viral. So...
Pedego has been a huge supporter of The MOB, so I was thrilled to have them featured too. They do a ton of fun stuff with our friends at San Diego Mom's Blog, including Sip and Rides with SD Coffee Moms!
We met up Amy, founder of Moms on Maternity. Moms on Maternity! is one of our community partners, and I'm such a fan of what Amy is bringing to moms in San Diego! Amy's newest project is launching MOM DREAM BOX, which features several MOB businesses. We also talked about the meetup we were having that evening. Most of the time was honestly spent riding around and giggling.
That evening was the Meetup at Waypoint Public.
Waypoint Public was amazing to work with - Bekah the events manager was so helpful and attentive. They have a great space in the back called "The Bear Den" and they can offer events, AV set up, and the whole nine yards.
This place is AMAZING to bring your kids. Small play area, kid friendly open atmosphere, great food and delicious cocktails. Definitely a five star rating from us!
I had a great time meeting amazing women and celebrating the official launch of the Mom Dream Box! We welcomed four new alliance members that evening: Teal Willow Designs, Positively Zen Jen , Golden Solis Airbrush Tans, and Shaklee with Anna. Trust me you want to know these rockstars! Find their profiles on the directory: www.themobnation.com/member-directory
We heard from San Diego Moms Blog about advertising options and how to partner. If you live in the area, sign up for their newsletter asap and if you are a business owner, I highly recommend advertising with them.
Event photos from the incredibly talented Camila Badaro Photography.
The next day I had back to back meetings and then had a chance to try Cafe 21. I stumbled across this restaurant on accident, the one we originally intended to go to was closed.
SO GLAD that we found this space. WOW! One of the best restaurants I have ever been to. The atmosphere, music, food, decor, service. Then to find out it is Family Owned and that the main chef is a MOB!
Definitely going back when there is more time and I have a bigger appetite.
My friend and I shared the happy hour, when you go let the server tell you what to get. They know their stuff. We also shared a mimosa flight which was INCREDIBLE. 1000000 stars!