Owning a small business and having 3 kids...or just having 3 kids...or just having a kid...wow it's a lot to say the least! But isn't life meant to be busy, constantly changing, spent surrounded by loved ones? Some days are easier than others, some nights are better slept than others, some days I think I look and feel better than others. But I'm so grateful for the ride I'm on, my kids, my husband, my customers, my friends, and my family, or the customers who have become my friends and often feel like my family.
I work more than I don't work and even if I'm not physically at the store I'm often doing something behind the scenes for the store or website; answering an email, ordering or reordering something, setting an item up, taking a picture, promoting, planning, etc. I honestly would not recommend retail to most people, even if it's just online or just part time. Being a family owned business in 2018 means I get to compete with Amazon, Target, Walmart, along with all the other online only businesses. So don't forget that when you order from me or walk into my store there isn't a conglomerate or giant warehouse filling your order or helping you in the back. We are a mom and pop store trying to make it. Retail is a roller coaster but we value uniqueness, personal service, and the ability to shop online and in a physical space. Need help? Just email or message us and we will gladly do so!
Being a parent is no small feat and so often I think we get trapped in the day to day kid caring business. The inevitable cleaning, wiping of noses, butts, you know the drill...then its the activities you want them to do. The playdates, dance class, soccer, gymnastics, swim lessons, and BIRTHDAY PARTIES! You claim you will get to that special project or task and it just gets buried in the mundane of parenthood. Stay at home or working parenthood options- both are so hard!
This is just a reminder that you aren't forever caught in the weeds. Each season has its purpose. The best thing you can do for you and your kid(s) is to take a little ME time. Easier said than done but a short workout, trip to shop (sans kiddos), go on a date night, whatever it is you have earned your recharge moment so make sure to take it.
It's going to be here sooner than you know it. Halloween can either be super hot or freezing cold in Dallas,TX. Which means no matter what you have to keep the weather in mind UNLESS you are doing a fun indoors only event.
LIttle Hipster was 4 months old for his first Halloween and we went with a classic for his costume, Yoda. Preceding Halloweens he has been:
-Charlie Brown (Snoopy's house was handmade and pulled in his radio flyer wagon with the theme song trailing with us)- we even made it our Xmas card it was that cute!!
-Dwarf -this was with other little friends and we made the outfits including tees (beards were pinned to), belts, hats, and pick axes
-Jake and the Neverland Pirates
Other fun baby ideas I've seen:
-Mad scientist pulling a wagon of potions with dry ice
-Donald Trump (that hair though) in a fancy toy kid car
-Astronaut pulled in a space shuttle
-Lobster in a pot
-Baby in Bjorn and dad dressed as guy from The Hangover
-70s/80s rock band like KISS with giant star makeup on their face
Girl costumes tend to be limited to:
-tv show character
Family costumes are always a win win and honestly we have yet to do it! Really we have only sibling matched and dog coordinated because our furry friends are kids too!
Happy Costume Hunting!
I have always struggled with my career in merchandising. Simplified what do I do for a living? I buy and sell stuff. I don't save lives as a nurse or doctor, fight for justice as a lawyer, teach children the fundamentals of learning, or save animals as a vet. I have always loved all the parts of my career except the part about self fulfillment; understanding my purpose on earth. But in this honeymoon phase of our brick and mortar store it came to me that I'm more than just a shopkeeper; I'm a counselor of people. While my job is selling stuff I don't just do that. I talk to grandmas, moms, dads, grandpas, aunts, uncles, kids of all ages. But I don't just talk about the unimportant things but the bigger than life things. In connecting with my customers I have started to build relationships, share stories of heartache and joy, share learnings and ask questions.
Owning my business means I don't have much to hide. I'm a mom, wife, daughter, friend. My kids are often peeking around the corner or out in the open for anyone to see. People see how I parent, how I nurture, how I teach and in turn I see that from others. This sense of community is like none other. It's not a mass market, warehouse, impersonal thing. It's the old fashion mom and pop shop. The one you want to drop in to say hi. The one you bring your kids by because oftentimes they too enjoy it.
So I say dig deep, evaluate your purpose, and you too may find understanding where you least expected it.
I'm so excited to be expecting but man oh man subsequent pregnancies are just different! Showing sooner, gaining weight quicker, and overall tiredness because you are busy chasing around your other kids!
Good thing I have a great stash of maternity clothes, if one can even call maternity clothes great, haha. I think I pulled mine out around 14 weeks because why fool anyone? I didn't want to live in yoga pants and just wanted to be comfortable when my regular clothes starting getting a little snug. I also pulled out my body pillow earlier than I can remember because again, why not?
Since we have 1 of each gender I've been in no rush to buy baby clothes or decorate a nursery although it is in the back of my mind I can't wait forever. Those bins where I stashed Little Hipster's baby clothes will need to come out. The crib we packed up after Hipster's Sister demanded a "Big Girl Bed" at 2 years old will need to be pulled back out along with the bouncer, bassinet, and infant car seat! I will say I will be buying some new baby toys, burp cloths, baby carrier (like a Tula), a Milk Snob nursing cover and a take me home outfit. I might even personalize a lovie or blanket for him (oh yes its another boy if you didn't catch that earlier)! And the take me home outfit I have in mind is of course one we will be carrying soon. It will have been almost 6 years when this guy is born to when I accrued all the baby boy stuff I have and lets just say I have learned what will be used and what won't! I know what styles I like and which ones I don't!
I failed to mention I think Braxton Hicks start earlier too when it's #3...but I also know for me a full bladder irritates my uterus and causes it to happen along with the times I'm dehydrated so really there is no winning because I've either got to pee or I need to drink more water! The joys! And mom brain/pregnancy brain which probably never fully went away is for sure back.
Aside from my growing belly, exhaustion, soreness, and mom brain I can negate that with the joys of feeling my baby move around inside of me, the times my son comes up to talk to baby brother/aka my belly, bigger boobs (hey I'm human!), and the conversations that start with other pregnant moms who come into the store! Babies are a blessing and no matter what I might complain about I'm grateful for the gift of pregnancy, even the third time around!
What a journey we have been on. Opening a brick and mortar store has always been on my radar, a lifelong dream of owning my own boutique. I grew up doing reports on other small business owners, went to college learning and working on business plans, business competitions, and just kept dreaming. I carved my path of learning in the corporate world and when I was ready to cut the cord I started HipsterBaby.com.
I am so grateful for the amazing people I've met along the way, not always expecting the kindness and willingness to help that I have so often received. So many people who gave me a chance helped me get to this point. While I loved having an online only store I felt I was limiting my potential and greatly missed interacting with customers.
If you are ever in the Dallas area you need to come stop by! We are in a very unique shopping center in Richardson,Texas full of amazing restaurants & shops (Frankie's Mexican Food, Shady's Burgers, Marcus Cafe, Pearl Cup Coffee, Sweet Firefly Ice Cream, Slate Event Space, Sway Dance Studio, Beyond the Door women's apparel, home decor, and gifts, as well as Kumon tutoring, The Playdate & Co children's indoor play space, and so much more!). It honestly couldn't look & feel any more quaint!
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I know you saw me when I reprimanded my child for jumping off the couch at home.
I know you saw me when I disciplined my child for dumping his toys on the ground and didn't clean them up.
I know you saw me when I yelled at my child for crossing the street and not looking both ways.
I know you saw me when I taught my child lying is not acceptable.
I know you saw me when I revoked television privileges for disobeying.
I know you saw me when I reminded my child to sit still and listen during church.
I know you saw me when I iced my child's bumps and bruises.
I know you saw me when I rocked my child to sleep when they were sick.
I know you saw me when I cried worried my child would never be listen.
I know you saw me when I nursed him in public and was asked when I was going to stop.
I know you saw me when I prayed I would one day be a mom.
Kids are kids.
Life is full of noise.
If you don't have something nice to say don't say anything at all.
Stop being a bully.
Do unto others as they would do unto you.
Help instead of hurt.
Love instead of hate.