Mother's Day Spotlight

To celebrate Mother's Day this year, we're highlighting a few mom-owned businesses we love. We asked each participant about life as a business owner and mom. Read along to receive encouraging, heart-felt advice, fun relaxation tips and other mom-owned businesses to check out!
KATIE CORLEY
@katiecorleyart

What advice you would give to a new mom?

"Soak it all up! It goes so fast. Kenny says it best, 'Don't Blink.'"

What is your favorite way to relax?

"Relax? What's that?! Haha. I really do try to take my mind off of work by working in the yard, going to the beach, and antique shopping!"

What other mom-owned business has inspired/encouraged you?

"I am inspired by so many! I attended The Southern Coterie conference, which I highly recommend, and met so many amazing women! Mary @mrssouthernsocial, Megan @meganstokes, and the girls @willowparkboutique, have been so encouraging and helpful in helping me grow."

 

 

LINDSEY & BLAKELY
@willowparkboutique

What advice you would give to a new mom?

"Give yourself some grace! It’s not easy being a momma - we are so hard on ourselves. Just love on that sweet baby and don’t forget to take care of yourself!"

What is your favorite way to relax?

"We love to be pampered! It is so important to treat yourself and take care of yourself, so you can take care of the rest of the family!"

What other mom-owned business has inspired/encouraged you?

"There are so many! We adore The Orange Iris, Jana Fleming Art and The Sercy Studio but there are SO many more! And we love it when these sweet friends post, “shop closed” or “checking out” to take time to spend with family! It’s all about balance and all of these women aren’t afraid to take family time when they need it!"

 

ELISABETH FARRIS
@elisabethandbutter

What advice you would give to a new mom?

"Take care of yourself so you can take care of your baby. Give yourself lots of grace. Enjoy the snuggles and don’t stress too much about a schedule because babies don’t keep! Lastly, there is no better mama for your baby than YOU. I’m trying to remind myself of these things every day."

What is your favorite way to relax?

"Lately I’ve been reading when Robert goes down for the night, and it’s my favorite way to wind down from the day!"

What other mom-owned business has inspired/encouraged you?

"Love Lucy is one of my favorite mamas to follow on social media. She has 4 precious kids and inspires me in all things home, organization, paper, and children."

 

ANNA CLAIRE COLLIER
@bornandraisedstudio

What advice you would give to a new mom?

"By God’s perfect design, children don’t remember anything before the age of three. You’re going to mess up and it’s going to be hard so just focus on loving them and forget the rest because they will."

 What is your favorite way to relax?

"Favorite way to relax - drinking wine in my bathroom closet while I’m “taking a bath” so nobody bothers me."

 What other mom-owned business has inspired/encouraged you?

"My friend Mary Tyler, owner of Mags & Mills who is one of the hardest working mommas I know! Her line is the cutest!"

 

MARY VIRGINIA COLVERT
@celebratebirmingham

What advice you would give to a new mom?

"Soak it all in! There isn't much better than a baby!"

 What is your favorite way to relax?

"Hiking or a spa day."

 What other mom-owned business has inspired/encouraged you?

"Kathleen Varner @kathleen_varner"

 

 

CAROLYNE KONTOMITRAS
@shop_bijou_bham

What advice you would give to a new mom?

"Rock your babies, they grow fast! A piece of advice a friend gave me that I love to pass along is that things you used to do one way can still be done, but they may just look differently."

 What is your favorite way to relax?

"As soon as she is in bed, I head straight to a hot bath!"

 What other mom-owned business has inspired/encouraged you?

"Hard to narrow down! Linen Michael - Angel Lewis, Ragan Stone Travel - Ragan Stone, Blueroot - Jennifer Ryan, Shop Hudson Carter - Kensey Hudson, Amano - Lynn Ritchie, Swaddle - MacKenzie Whitt and so many more!"

 

 

KATE STEWART
@baublestockings

What advice you would give to a new mom?

"You've got this. If something you think you "should" be doing is making you unhappy or stressing you out, reevaluate."

 What is your favorite way to relax?

"Watching movies with my kids, phone off."

 What other mom-owned business has inspired/encouraged you?

"@helmsiebaby owner Sarah Howell was my very first customer and always takes my calls which usually involve needing encouragement or guidance!"

 

 

STEFANIE & JACKLENE
@hunterblakedesigns

What advice you would give to a new mom?

"Enjoy everything about the newborn stage! Those first few months can be such an adjustment, but it's also some of the sweetest time and goes by so quickly! It is natural to think of all the things you could be doing around the house or the number of errands to run, but give yourself some slack and enjoy the time. Don't feel guilty for a second about watching a TV series or napping during the day. Also, give yourself some grace. We promise behind every perfect photo of a mom and newborn, there is spit up on mom's blouse and multiple shots of baby crying :)"

 What is your favorite way to relax?

S: "I am a major coffee and morning person. One of my favorite things to do is sit on our back patio or formal living room drinking coffee early in the morning before the kids get up. It is my "zen moment" before the madness of the day begins."

J: "Yoga really helps me relax and take some time to slow down. If I can't get to a yoga class, I love putting on some essential oils and watching a new show with my husband."

 What other mom-owned business has inspired/encouraged you?

"This is a hard question because there are so many! To name a few- Weeize towels has brought such a great product to the market, we love everything Lyndsey Zorich sources for her store the Avenue, Sweet Caroline Designs comes up with the most unique designs for paper products and Lake Pajamas are the coziest."

 

MEGAN & CLAIRE 
@shop_childrensedit

What advice you would give to a new mom?

"Stay away from google!"

 What is your favorite way to relax?

"Does taking a solo trip to do Target pick up count?!"

 What other mom-owned business has inspired/encouraged you?

"We are inspired by so many mom owned businesses around the world but are blown away by the ones right here in the Birmingham area. As we speak, I am enjoying a meal by Nourish! There is nothing better than having a healthy meal available on busy nights! We are so inspired by Mary’s ability to be a mom of three while providing prepared meals to families so moms can spend more time doing what they love!"

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