By Dawn at Stork Craft
Happy New Year from Stork Craft Manufacturing to all the caregivers and parents out there!
We’re going to start off the New Year by featuring Mandi, a self described “Former kindergarten assistant teacher turned SAHM to a beautiful baby girl”, and fellow blogger. You can find her blog here: http://www.sweettinyblessings.blogspot.com/.
-Child’s age: 12 months
-Location: Westminster, CO
-Occupation: WAHM – Independent Distributor for Shaklee
The Low Down:
SC: What has been the biggest surprise about motherhood since you have become a mom?
Mandi: I never knew what unconditional love was until I became a mom. I never realized I could love so much!
SC: How has your life changed since you became a mom?
Mandi: I am now a role model for my daughter, so I knew I needed to make some changes. I eat healthier, exercise and live a “greener” life. My life now revolves around my daughter.
SC: What has been the biggest challenge for you in motherhood?
Mandi: Shortly after giving birth, both my daughter and I became very ill and were hospitalized at two different hospitals. I contracted an E. Coli Infection and my daughter contracted Bacterial Spinal Meningitis from Salmonella. Not being able to take care of my own baby was the biggest challenge of motherhood!
SC: How do you (or plan to) manage your work life balance?
Mandi: Fortunately, I work from home and can create my own schedule. I usually work during her naps and after she goes to bed at night.
SC: Any advice for moms-to-be or new moms?
Mandi: Always listen to your heart and your intuition. There are so many different opinions out there, but only you can make the right choices for you and your family.
SC: Do you have any recommendations on any baby products that you can’t live without and that every mother should also have?
Mandi: Well, I’m a little biased. But I can’t live without the Shaklee Baby products and multivitamins, as well as, their safe cleaning products.
-My guilty pleasure is…
-My biggest influence as a mother is…
My mom. I don’t know how she raised 3 kids as a single, working mom. She made so many sacrifices for us.
-My favourite beauty buy is…
I love massages and pedicures!
-If I was stranded on a deserted island, I would need to at least have…
My family. I couldn’t imagine life without them.
I love authentic Mexican restaurants.
-Favourite place to take my child/children to:
I enjoy taking my daughter to the park. The joy on her face when she is swinging is priceless.
-Top children’s store:
I don’t have one particular store, but I love stores that offer organic and safe toys and clothing.