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local momma inspiration - tiny fancies

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Ruthie here!

We are so excited to feature TWO more local mama's who INSPIRE!!!

This week we are featuring our friends and local mama’s Holly and Cari who own Tiny Fancies. We sent them a few questions we hoped they would look at and it was SO fun reading their responses on life/balance/motherhood. #love

We had a BLAST last weekend at our summer pop-up shop! Read below to get to know them a little more!!

Holly:

THE BASICS

How has your life changed?

My priorities definitely have shifted and it has caused me (or forced haha) to not be nearly as selfish. Its great that I would like to sleep an extra hour but what I want and what my child needs don't always match. Being a mother really forces you not to think about only yourself, you have a little bundle of joy that depends on you!

What’s the hardest thing about being a mom? 

Balance! It was hard before to keep all the plates of life juggling before adding a baby, now having one just makes it a hundred times harder but more important. Making sure that I don't get absorbed in the daily tasks of being a mom and business owner and missing all the little moments is important. A child is ALOT of work, but making sure that the work doesn't cause me to miss out on the joy of her life and the everyday adventures we have is top priority.

What gives you the most joy as a mom? 

Her pure excitement for life! Every time she jumps in her crib when I come to get her or she laughs and kicks her legs when she sees her daddy... those moments bring me so much joy!

What’s one thing that keeps you sane? 

Fellow moms!! There is nothing like friends who you can talk to who understand exactly what your going through. Cari and I have been each others sanity many times because our girls are so close in age that we experience many of the same changes at the same time and we help each other through.

Let’s talk about how you take care of yourself, i.e. how do you find balance?

Balance is hard. Some weeks I feel like i've got it and others I don't. For me I focus on quality over quantity. Because I do run two businesses she cannot have my undivided attention all day. I have two set times every day that I give her undivided attention and we have quality play and learning time together where she has my 100% attention no matter what for those times. Then during the middle of the day when I am having to get work done or want to get my hair done I don't feel guilty leaving her with a babysitter or letting her have her alone playtime in the pac-n-play while I get stuff done.

Favorite thing to do in Nashville with your family/ Favorite kid friendly spots? 

We are big picnic people! We keep a blanket in our car and every weekend we find a park and some food trucks and enjoy an afternoon outside together. Sevier Park is definitely one of our favorites!

Favorite kid friendly place to eat? 

We LOVE Rosepepper Cantina in East Nashville. Its loud enough that you aren't worried about your chatty child interrupting other people as well as their food is excellent! I love the fiesta bowl and their margaritas are the best. They have a great kids taco that my little one will devour too.

LAUGHS AND GIGGLES

Do you ever order off the kids menu? 

All the time!! Especially at Bar Taco and Chick-fila

Does going to the pool count as bath time? 

Oh no! Mostly because of the sunscreen. I personally hate sleeping in sunscreen, so I make sure to wash her off before you goes to sleep.

Why are kids sticky? 

Snot, snot, drool, fruit juice and probably more snot.

How many legos have you stepped on?

Not legos but those squeaky, rubber animals! She has a tub of them and they always magically appear EVERYWHERE!

REAL TALK

Who is your greatest influence? 

Oh definitely my mom! I had the best childhood and she did such a great job raising my sister and I. I owe so much to her and she is now such a great Mimi to my little babe.

Best piece of advice your mom gave you? 

You do your best and God will do the rest! Moms can put so much pressure on themselves to be the perfect parent but it's impossible. So I just to try to do my best but I know that my little girl is a child of God and He will take care of her and watch over her way better than I will. So when I get stressed about if I am doing all the ten thousand things the mom blogs are telling me I should be doing, I take a deep breath and remember that to she is in great hands.

Cari:

THE BASICS

How has your life changed? 

"Babe, let’s go to a movie. It starts in 15 minutes.” Yeah, that does not happen anymore. Kidding, but really. I’ve learned that each day may be a little different. It is indeed possible within the same 5 minutes to sit and stare at your baby in awe of being blessed to be her mama, and then immediately think what in the world am I doing and why can’t I just get 1 minute to use the restroom. It’s forced me to increase my patience. Most of all, now that Ivy is 1 and is watching my every move, it’s remembering that every single thing I do is being observed - no pressure. Date nights are not as often or easy, but boy are they good when they happen. I’m so in love with a tiny human more than I ever thought was possible, but I’m responsible for more than I’ve ever been before.

What gives you the most joy as a mom? 

Hearing her belly laugh sends a joy deep down that will immediately fix any bad day. Watching those first milestone moments happen like saying a new word, crawling, walking - those are the sweetest moments that I think only parents can really grasp how special and full of joy they really are. She’s been a major mama’s girl from day 1, but the past couple of weeks she’s started to go nuts with excitement when her dada walks in the room, and that is just the best little sight.

What’s one thing that keeps you sane? 

Play dates! Mamas need adult time! As a SAHM, it’s easy to go too long without having those adult conversations, but making an effort to fit them in the week is so important. Having a good circle of mama friends is key to building each other back up and leaving better than you arrived. It’s like a restarter for my soul. Watching the babies “play” together is pretty cute too!;)

Let’s talk about how you take care of yourself, i.e. how do you find balance? 

That’s probably been one of the hardest things about mamahood for me. I’ve always enjoyed staying active and exercising, but I haven’t done the best job since Ivy was born. I’ve found our (almost) daily walks are a must for us because I’m not only getting fresh air and being active, but she’s getting outside and seeing new sights, which has quickly become her favorite place to be. I usually use her morning nap to get myself ready, do a few minutes of devotion, and then scramble around starting chores or going through emails before she gets back up. Using nap times wisely is key.

Favorite thing to do in Nashville with your family/ Favorite kid friendly spots?

I think I mentioned once or twice that Ivy likes to be outside…so for us it’s the zoo, or simply any park around town. Our hobbies these days have to be pretty strategic with my hubs working M-F and so much going on all the time, so we try to plan fun little outings. Our current favorite spot is the Centennial Park play ground because we have a little climber on our hands who has just discovered she loves sliding and adventuring through the play place - I’m not as ready for that as she is. You can’t beat grabbing lunch and hanging at the park though.

Favorite kid friendly place to eat? 

The Pharmacy in East Nashville and Coco’s Italian Market (whoop whoop to The Nations!) are two of our favorite quick dinner spots because right now we love being sitting out at The Pharmacy and on the patio at Coco’s. It’s pretty certain we’ll get an hour or more of her sitting still in the highchair if we are outside, so that is always an extra plus!

LAUGHS AND GIGGLES

What’s your most embarrassing mom moment/ mom fail? 

We were vacationing at the beach when Ivy was around 4 months and out to dinner one night when I sat Ivy in my lap, only to find that she had just covered me in poop. I had to get up, quickly leave the restaurant, and go back to the condo to clean both of us up…thankfully we were in walking distance. And thankfully, we’ve grown out of that stage!

Do you ever order off the kids menu? 

Food is something I take seriously, so no, I stick with the big kid meals;) However, my little eater is now ordering off the kids menu, and I’m not sure I’m ready for that…why do they grow so fast?!

Does going to the pool count as bath time? 

Ideally, I would say yes, but bath time is one of Ivy’s favorite times of the day, so we usually only skip it when we’ve been out too late. We will see how I feel about this answer mid way through summer though.

Why are kids sticky? 

Let’s see…they eat with their hands and pick up WHATEVER is in sight. And then there’s drool. And snot.

REAL TALK

Who is your greatest influence? 

My mom is my greatest influence by far. She taught me everything I know about being a mom, and watching her be a woman of faith and strength growing up has left me dreaming to be half of the mom and woman that she is. She’s proven to become to the best Grana, and I love watching her and Ivy’s sweet little relationship grow.

Best piece of advice your mom gave you? 

“Pretty is as pretty does.” I also saw that printed recently in Draper James, but I’ve been hearing it since before I can remember. It has always stuck with me, partly because we joke with it, but it is very true. I want my daughter to always remember that the most important beauty comes from within, and her actions so speak so loudly. As a girl mom, it is so important to instill that advice into her, and pray she takes it to heart. 

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