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05 / 01 / 2017

In honor of May 14th, we rounded up a few of our favorite mamas who we know keep it real, and asked them everything from what their morning routines look like, to what’s the best mom-advice they’ve ever received….


Meet Katya Libin & Amri Kibbler, Co-Founders of heymama, Natalie Alcala, Founder of Fashion Mamas, and our very own Ashley Merrill, Founder/CEO of Lunya.

 

Katya Libin

Mama to Liliana Rae
Co-Founder and CEO of heymama

What does a typical morning look like at your house?

Usually I set my alarm for 7 a.m. and hit snooze 1-3 times. On my favorite days, Liliana will come in and wake me up with her snuggles and kisses. She loves to get in between us and lie there for a good 10 minutes before we decide it’s time to make moves! I love making everyone breakfast, it’s my favorite meal of the day. Once we nosh down, I’ll hop in the shower while Liliana reads and Craig likes to sleep in later than both of us.


What does your bedtime routine look like? (Share any favorite beauty products, please!)

My secret mama hack is to do my face masks while Lili is in the bath. She gets to see me looking like a ghost monster and I get to do double duty with my time. My new favorite obsession is Meant. I’ve been using their body soap and shampoos, all organic and the packaging is beautiful.


If you could describe motherhood in 3 words - what would they be?

Beautiful. Powerful. Exhausting.

 

Best mom-advice you’ve ever been given?

Stay consistent. If you put down the lay of the land, stick with it. Kids are so smart, they judge you by your actions not your words.

 

Who do you lean on for advice and guidance in business and motherhood?

In business, I lean on my team. I work with incredibly smart and driven women who always have such great perspectives on things. I also lean on our community at heymama, all of the entreprenerus I have met motivate me, and I know when I need them they are there! In motherhood, definitely my best friend and co-founder Amri Kibbler, my own mama, and my friends.

 

What are you grateful to your mom (or the women in your life who have made an impact on you) for?

I’m grateful to my mama for showing me what a strong supportive family is, and instilling the values I have and try to share with the family I’m building.  

 

What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?

My sleep mask! I can’t sleep without it.

 

How much sleep do you get on average?  

6 to 7 hours.



Natalie Alcala

Mama to Diego
Founder, Fashion Mamas


What does your bedtime routine look like? (Any favorite beauty products, please!) I'm a big fan of Heyday products — I love their cleanser and moisturizer. Once a week I use a mask — my favorite is Beautycounter's Charcoal Mask. When my face needs extra hydration, I lather on Shiva Rose's Rose Face Oil — it's one of my favorites and smells heavenly.


If we could grant you any Mother’s Day wish, what would that be? Give me one extra hour every day to do whatever I want. And peace on Earth.


What is the best & most challenging thing about being a mother?  

 

Best: Watching my son grow into an individual human with thoughts, preferences, and goals.

 

Challenging: We're going through the Terrible Twos right now, so just about everything is challenging!


If you could describe motherhood in 3 words - what would they be? Overwhelmed, Overworked, Overjoyed


Best mom-advice you’ve ever been given? Be present.


What do you hope your kids learn from you? To be courageous and bold, to take risks, to be a leader, to listen to your intuition, to express yourself freely, and to always speak your truth.


How much sleep do you get on average? About 8 hours. I go to sleep at 9pm most nights.


How do you feel about naps (we're talking your naps - not the kiddos)? I so wish I could take a nice long nap, but I never have the time. I do have a trick that I use when I have an event after work: lay down on your back and close your eyes for 20 minutes. Put on a timer, because you can't go over 20 minutes! That's the perfect amount of time to get a tiny power nap in, without becoming too lazy to move on with your day.




Amri Kibbler

Mama to Mari and River
Co-Founder Editor In Chief, heymama

If we could grant you any Mother’s Day wish, what would it be? I wish I could just freeze a moment - like a virtual photographer where you can smell and taste the moment. One per year with each of my kids to revisit later. (Editor’s note: Can someone please get on this idea?)


What is the best & most challenging thing about being a mother?  

 

Best: The incredible love. I think my heart grew 10 sizes.

 

Challenging: It can be pretty humbling. These little people have their own will and mind. It can be hard to guide them and teach them while allowing them to be themselves.


If you could describe motherhood in 3 words - what would they be? Love, patience, and openness.

 

Best mom-advice you’ve ever been given? Give yourself a break.

 

Who do you lean on for advice and guidance in business and motherhood? My business partner Katya of course for business, but my mom will always be my go to for motherhood.

 

Cute thing your little one has said to you recently? Mari sends me voice text that say things like ”I love you you so much, more that the sky love love love mama mama you are my soul love love blah blah I love you more that the plants more than the world do dah”....

 

How do you feel about naps (we're talking your naps - not the kiddos)?

Naps are like gold. If the little one is napping we’ll offer Mari a movie on the weekend and try to sneak off for a “nap” - literally like the best thing ever. She usually comes in and jumps on us, but we might get like 10 minutes of sleep. I can sleep anywhere planes trains cars ;)



Ashley Merrill

Mama to Vesper and Linken
Founder & CEO at Lunya

What does a typical morning look like at your house?

It starts off with me negotiating with a toddler about how many more minutes it is until he gets to wake up. I usually end up bribing him with banana pancakes (1 smashed banana and 2 eggs for the batter) so I can get a little time to wake up slowly and get caught up on emails in bed. Around 7 he and I eat breakfast and wait for the rest of the house to wake up. Around 8am everyone else wakes up and my nanny comes and I go upstairs to throw on clothes and race out the door to work. My office prep generally consists of hastily applied mascara (Youngblood), face lotion (Skin Clinical), a some kind of T shirt my fave is THIS IS MONOGRAM), jeans (love me some Jesse Kamm), and stuffing a bag of workout gear for an afternoon workout with the Lunya team.


What does your bedtime routine look like?

My work really starts when I get home. I joke that I start my "Second Shift" once I get home from the office. I generally come home as the kids are finishing dinner (around 6-ish) and we all run around a bit and make our way upstairs for bathtime, books, and bed. Around 8pm is when I generally have time to catch up with my husband. We typically order Postmates and eat in bed while we talk. After dinner I switch off with TV (Planet Earth, Scandal, This Is Us..)


If we could grant you any Mother’s Day wish, what would it be?

A day to myself where no one asks anything of me. Oh, and a full night’s sleep. And maybe for Ice Cream to have no calories. How many wishes do I get?

 

Best mom-advice you were ever given?

The days are long but the years are short. Do your best to appreciate them.

 

What are you grateful to you mom for?

For always being there. I call my mom 1-2 times a day and she is the person who can help give me perspective on everything. When I was younger I under-appreciated my mom's wisdom.  Now that everything she said has proven to be true... when she talks, I take notes.

 

What do you hope your kids learn from you?

I hope that they have a strong moral compass, and if I can play a part in shaping that then I will pat myself on the back.

 

How do you feel about naps (we're talking your naps - not the kiddos)?

I LOVE NAPS. I was just talking to my husband about it this weekend - they are literally the life force. Now that the kids are older I try to nap on the weekends while they are napping.



Happy Mother’s Day!

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