What better way to introduce our newest Glitter Guide team member than with a cute birthday party? Samantha joined the Glitter Guide team in May as our business manager and we're so excited to share more about her and her family. Read on to learn more about Sam, her sweet baby boy and how she tapped into her local creative community to throw the cutest first birthday party.
Happy Birthday to sweet Rocky! How has life changed for you in the past year since becoming a working mom?
When I found out I was pregnant, I was working 60-plus hours a week for a web development and marketing firm that literally consumed my life. The day I learned we were having a baby, it was like a switch flipped and I knew I needed to make some changes. I’ve been so lucky to be able to shift into working from home since he was born. Being a stay-at-home mom was never in the cards for me because I love working, but I also couldn’t stand to be away from him, so it’s like the stars aligned. I love being able to work and utilize my skills and creativity, while also being able to kiss his little face all day.
Speaking of creativity, I heard party planning isn’t necessarily your favorite thing to do. Any tips for moms out there who want the fun party, but don’t really know where to start?
There is so much pressure these days to throw these insane, lavish parties because of Instagram and social media! I’ve always been the person who works with creatives, but never necessarily considered myself a creative force. I can handle all the logistics, but the visual aspect of it throws me! I definitely utilized all of my creative friends to help me plan Rocky’s birthday! My best advice is to call on all those amazing creative individuals out there to fill in the blanks and play to your own strengths.
Rocky’s Outfit: Rylee & Cru
Cake: Hey There, Cupcake
Where did you get the idea for Rocky’s birthday theme, Vintage Circus?
My friend Kelli Murray owns the world’s most adorable kid clothing line called Rylee & Cru, which I’m obsessed with. Rocky pretty much wears nothing else. The spring/summer line was Vintage Circus-themed, so I was able to have her take some of her illustrations to create his invitation and we just went from there!
So it sounds like you really tapped into a lot of the San Diego creative community to help plan the party! What’s your favorite part about working with other creatives in your city?
San Diego has the most incredible creative community and I’ve been so lucky to work with a lot of them and be able to call them my friends. It’s so different from other industries I’ve worked in because everyone is so supportive of each other. There can be a dozen different florists within five miles of each other, but they are all best friends and constantly collaborating with each other to grow and inspire. I love this feeling of community over competition. I truly believe it makes us all better business owners.
The creative industry is definitely booming, and a lot of that has to do with mom-owned businesses. Who are some of your favorite mom entrepreneurs?
Julia Wheeler is definitely one. She owns Gunn & Swain, Seaesta Surf and is also a killer stylist. We call her “El Jefe” (the boss) because she really does all the things. Kelli Murray, who I mentioned before, is another one. She is an incredible artist and has created a truly beautiful brand with Rylee & Cru. Sheryl Sandberg is my mega icon. Especially after suddenly losing her husband last year, I’m constantly in awe of her.
What is your number-one tip to new moms out there looking to get back into working from home?
Find the routine that works best for your family and stick with it. Whether that means having a nanny come three times per week, only answering emails during naptime or waking up a few hours early each day, keep it consistent. Your family will appreciate the stability and it will help keep you sane!