Gin & Zin

Interview with Kristy- On loss, flying solo, and growth

My name is Kristy Romney. I am a 32 years old and new to the world of being a stay at home mom. I used to be a store manager of one of northern California’s busiest drive thru stores for the past 5 years until last year when I was given the opportunity to be a stay at home mom and run my own business with Rodan+Fields skincare company.

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Tillie’s Mom~ Adventures with Breastfeeding

Meet Casey~

I’m a playful yet practical, outspoken yet introspective, courageous yet cautious gal who loves making things with my hands, planning parties, playing strategy games and drinking red wine (preferably a good Malbec). Read more

Meet Sara- Expectant Mama and owner of Little Hippie Threads

My name is Sara Brenner, and I am the mom of an energetic almost two year old boy, as well as a little girl on the way! I was a single mom with my son for the first few months of his life and actually had him in a single moms maternity home, which was an amazing experience!

 

After having my son, I moved to Arizona and quickly met my now, husband while working out at the gym. We got married shortly after and now are due in July with our first child together!I’d have to say my biggest strength as a mom is not taking things too seriously.

I am by far one of those moms that just lets my son “do”. I don’t get worked up very easily because I know kids will be kids, and your child will try to eat dog food one time or another! ;).

When I’m not being a stay at home mom, I love being able to have date nights with my hubby. Anything from going out to a nice dinner, or just eating pizza by ourselves in the car.

Before I had my son I had a few different jobs, my favorite one though was being a nanny! Since having my son, I’ve tried to go back to work, but I’ve realized I don’t like it as much anymore haha! I did work for a little while but my husband has been incredibly supportive of me staying at home. Once both kids are in school though, I plan to go back to school to be an esthetician!

I have 10 weeks left of my pregnancy! Thankfully with both of my pregnancies I was never sick, and didn’t really show until about now. Now that I do have a bump it’s been funny to see people’s response when I say I’m due in July; up until this point people just thought I had a beer belly!

I’ve always loved screen printing, and experimented a little in high school but nothing too seriously. What made me want to start this time around is actually just to make my son clothes, but then realized it would be more fun to see others in them too. It was a hobby that turned into a business! I’d have to say the first time I considered myself a hippie would have been when I turned into a mom. We’re very free spirited at my house (besides my husband, he’s a total preppy boy lol!). I’m a total believer in just letting things be; we also do a lot of natural “holistic” remedies. We aren’t too involved with rules and such, I think just listening to your child’s needs and basing things off of where they are in their childhood is good enough.

I usually try to get all my work done in the morning, and be at the post office by the afternoon that way we both can have a nap haha! Also, I like to reserve night time for family time.

I’m a pretty open book! I love talking to others about my time in the maternity home because I think I really grew up while I was there. Someday I hope to open one myself! Plus living with 6 other pregnant ladies sure gives you a lot of stories to tell lol! With my son, I would literally go to Walmart while I was hungry and buy everything on the shelves, but this time around I haven’t had much of an appetite! Your second pregnancy definitely goes by a lot faster when you’re running after your first child all day (and running a business). The busier, the better!

Check out Sara’s Shop:

Etsy Shop Little Hippie Threads

On Instagram @littlehippiethreads

Thank You, Sara!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Rebekah~ Teach your children well

Meet Rebekah~

I am a quirky, tree hugging, beautiful hot mess, mother of 4 busy kids aged 16 -2 years old. I am a business owner, healthcare worker and wife. So balance is something I strive for daily. I find involving my kids in almost everything I do not only teaches them but I also get to spend quality time. We are learning together the fundamentals of life.

My biggest strength as a mom is not caring what people think of my parenting style.

When I am not with my kids I enjoy trying to work on myself. Whether a Piyo session or cooking class or 10 minutes in my bedroom to meditate.

Interview~ Teach your children well

You mentioned that learning the basics with your kids was something you are very passionate about. What got you started on this journey, or did it just happen out of necessity?

The more I researched what is in our foods and products we use, I started to see a correlation in our declining health. I wanted to know as much as possible where my food was coming from and I came to the realization that I would have to do the majority of the steps myself. My husband and kids built some garden boxes and we started with broccoli and cauliflower. From there I wanted to know the different processes of preparing food to make it most beneficial for our bodies. I have also been able to replace our chemical filled cleaning products with natural things. It’s fascinating to find that the plants you took for granted in your back yard have so many great uses.

What are some of the most memorable things your parents taught you growing up? Did you learn other skills from other adults in your life?

The most memorable thing my parents taught me was to do what is right despite what others say or do. My mom is truly my best friend. She continues to teach me how to not only be a better mother but a better person. My dad always makes sure my mom knows he loves her. It is very powerful for a daughter to see.

I learned how to genuinely treat people with kindness and respect no matter who they were from my Grandpa Craig. This lesson I try to instill in my children every day.

What are some of the basics you’ve ventured into with your children?

Baking is our big focus lately. My family loves to eat and I want to find delicious and healthy flavors to encourage a love for real foods. It’s hard to find a recipe that doesn’t include sugar and still taste sweet.

Growing up we always had a tomato garden and it was the one thing that carried over into my adulthood. I never was able to do a full garden but always had one cherry tomato plant in a planter so the kids would have something they could go pick themselves. It warms my heart to see my kids enjoy the simple pleasure of picking their own food.

We have tons of blackberry bushes on our property and every year we all look forward to picking them. We have some recipes saved for jams and pies we are going to try next summer. 

Have you seen more growth or independence emerge in your children from these alongside lessons?

Yes, I have noticed a definite independence emerging. The 3 older kids don’t come to me when they are hungry now, they will go to the cupboards and make something themselves. They come and ask if I need help any time they see me pulling things out in the kitchen.

I’ll call that a major WIN!! What do you plan to tackle next?

Finding and connecting with our true selves. Learning to control our thoughts, actions and emotions despite what might be going on in the outside world. 

My website is www.reba483.nerium.com 

Instagram is www.instagram.com/reba_nerium

Thank you for this opportunity 🙂

Reba, you are a light in the world, and we are so thrilled to hear about your family, which sounds like a solid team unit! I’ll bet that broccoli is good and ready right about now!

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