Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Fairfax County?
I’m from New Rochelle, NY and I moved here July 2018.
How many children do you have? What are their names and ages?
My husband and I have 3 kids- Ben 8, Teddy 6, Penny 3
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Oh gosh, I’m not terribly exciting. But I was hit on once by an old rapper from the 80’s, does that count? Haha
Is there anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
Can I thank Cabernet Sauvignon? Haha. I think I would thank my mom’s group that I joined when my second was born. Those ladies were so open and gracious, and no matter how crazy or terrible or weird that I’ve felt, one of them would always be there to say “me too” and then show up hours later with dinner in hand.
What are your favorite things to do with your kids?
My favorite tradition is family movie night. Every Friday night, we make homemade pizza and eat it on the couch while watching a movie. The kids love it, and it’s become really special family time once a week. (Though I’m not going to lie, there are often big arguments about what movie will be watched. Some sort of basketball playing dogs that save the day AGAIN or the latest superhero flick that might be too much for the three year old)
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
Yes! I actually have two businesses. We are an army family and since we move every few years, I needed to figure out work that I could do no matter where I live in the world. I created Oh Elderberry, DIY organic elderberry syrup kits that I mail around the country and sell to local farm stands and health food stores. It always makes me feel so proud that my customers purchase something that I created on my own! And I love that I can support their family’s health and well being.
I am also a consultant for Beautycounter, a female run company in California that is working to disrupt the skincare industry by creating safer high performing products and advocating for more stringent laws. The lack of regulation in the skincare industry is bonkers, but Beautycounter has set out to change that by creating their own higher standards in pursuit of clean beauty. I am so proud to advocate on their behalf and to share their products with my community.
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
I have found this community to be so open and helpful. When trying to figure out where to live, I had people messaging me with houses before they even came on the market. When trying to figure out where to sell my elderberry syrup kits, I had 35 places on my list within hours of asking around. And since my business is small (as in, just me), the businesses that I have teamed up with to sell my kits have been so amazing with their mentorship and patience, walking me through the process of how to become a vendor essentially. They’ve invited me in to do pop-ups to show their customers my product in person, and they’ve shared my business on their social media accounts. I really could not have asked for a more welcoming community!