Jennifer, COO of Hip Mommies, a Canadian distributor of eco-conscious baby and pet goods, lived a minimal life while travelling through Asia BF (before kids). Now, as a mom to 3-year old Edie, she only has room in her life for meaningful items and well-made, multi-functional products. Here’s how she and her fam are living a life with less.
If you’re a lover of the simple things in life, you’ll fall for Fancy Gray Designs. Founded by husband-and-wife team, Lydia and Alan, Fancy Gray Design is a modern line of jewelry focused on timeless and simple design, but at friendly (read: affordable) prices.
Queen Books is what happens when two besties get together to do something wonderful (hmm, we at Love, Mom can relate). Co-owned by Alex Snider and Liz Burns, the pair recently opened their bookstore in the bustling ‘hood of Leslieville in Toronto. With many independent bookstores shuttering their doors, it’s a bold move.
Jane Son is an architect who became a free agent soon after giving birth and made easy sacrifices so she could afford to find more magic hours with her new babe. Let’s be clear though—she still gets courted to work on major commercial and residential projects and now she’s launching CASSON Hardware, which will bring ultra-modern fixtures to minimalist design buffs. Here’s how she manages to keep her head in the game while her heart is at home.
A little over a year ago, Micah Cameron was the women’s wear fashion director for a major department store, then she made the bold decision to recharge her career while she was pregnant. Today we’re at her mews-style home with her son Marlon Wolf and catching up about her other love child, Frankie’s Surf Club, a lifestyle and online shop that’s just a few months older than her babe.
“After I went through my divorce, I fell in love with my kitchen again,” says Anastasia Bogner. “I started going to farmer’s markets and really started taking an interest in what I’m putting in my body. When you’re a mom, you have to look after yourself and when I became a single mom, I became even more mindful of being healthy and full of energy for my daughter.” Here’s how she’s making clean eating an every day joy.
When we sat down to talk with creative agency owner Kathi Z, she was refreshingly unedited about being a momboss and how there’s no shame to find help to make it work. “I want to see Ivanka Trump show us her support staff. It’s bullshit that she’s makes it look like she’s doing it all on her own. And why is everyone bashing Sophie Trudeau for having a nanny? She’s busy. She needs help and WTF is wrong with that.”
Have Baby. Leave behind fashion industry gig and sell apartment in Brooklyn. Take family hiatus for 5 months to Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Scotland. Move back home to Toronto. Open a Moroccan rug store and get cozy in a rental until the new condo is ready. This isn’t a millennial-minded bestseller. This is Miriam Zittell’s unconventional trajectory since having her daughter Zelda a little over 2 years ago.