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The first time I was introduced to Dana Gordon was when I was staying at a hotel in Florida. She was having a trunk show in the hotel gift shop and  I loved her jewelry. I bought my first pair of her earrings. Fast forward to a few years later and I met her at a dinner with mutual friends. I always wanted to reach out to interview her, but I was a little intimidated because I wasn’t sure what she was going to say. I’m so glad I finally decided to reach out to her and when we sat down to talk to it was instant camaraderie. I loved reading her thoughts on running a business and motherhood, and I know you will too. I hope after reading this you are encouraged to reach out to people who you want to get to know!

1.What is the best thing about being a mom?

The love you give and the love you get. After a long day at work, there is nothing better than coming home to my kids and seeing them at the back door smiling and jumping up and down to see me. The love is so intense and so sweet.

2. What is the hardest thing about being a mom?

The “balance”. I hate when people say managing it all because its a daily struggle we all share. I think balancing all the different parts of yourself as a wife, daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, boss, and mom is the hardest part of being a mom.

3. What habit do you hope to pass down to your kids?

Honesty. To know me is to love me. I am honest and truthful in every way.

4. What habit do you hope to not pass down to your kids?

Procrastination!  Sometimes I wait till the last minute to get things done.

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5. How have you changed since being a mom?

I value my time differently. Every minute I do something that doesn’t hold value is less time with my family and for myself.

6. What’s the best piece of advice given to you?

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.

7. What are three essentials you need every day?

My Jan Marini face wash, my kids and my rings

8. What late night food do you crave?

A Chicago Style Hot Dog!

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9. What do you do to relax?

I am really awful at relaxing. I love work and I love to be connected so I’m typically close to my phone and in communication with someone. That being said, I find the best time for me to relax is a 17 hour flight to India where I’m unplugged from work, enjoying champagne and catching up on movies and tv shows.

10. How has motherhood changed your career?

Motherhood has made me value my career and my time. I was extremely hard working before and never stopped. Becoming a mom has made me take more time to stop and enjoy the stages of life my kids are in. As I grow Dana Rebecca Designs, I am constantly stopping to think will my girls be proud of the business we have built? Will they empower and encourage women to celebrate their life and milestones? I think about them a lot as I make decisions and hope one day they are part of the brand.

11. 3 words to describe yourself?

Authentic, loving and honest

12. How has your style changed since becoming a mother?

I think my style has evolved. I have a more casual and carefree style that has only become more simplified with kids. But nothing will stop me from taking off my sneakers to swap for a pair of heels at work or at night.

13. What traits bug you the most in other mothers?

Judgement! We need to support one another more and have each other’s backs. We are all doing the best we can and there are more than right ways to raise a happy, healthy child.

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14. What 3 things in your bag you couldn’t live without?

Beauty Counter lip gloss, Raw Rev bars, and AirPods.

15.Best advice you could give a mom with young kids?

It is impossible to do it all and balance is not attainable. I suggest starting each day with a positive attitude that you can find a balance that works for you. For me, spending either the morning or the night with my girls gives me peace. If I am able to wake up with them and start the day, I feel accomplished. Unfortunately, there are times, I don’t wake up with them or put them to bed but I make sure to start the next day fresh and positive. Mom guilt is a real thing and it can really wear you down so my advice is to start fresh daily and find what balance means for you. Perfect balance is unrealistic.

16. What’s your secret to being a dope ass mom?

Being real and honest about it. I am 100% certain I am better being a working mom than a stay at home mom. I also have acknowledged that the support you have as a mom is the greatest asset to being a dope ass mom!

17. Nanny, hairstylist or chef? You can only have one live in

NANNY who does hair??

18. What does success look like to you in parenting?

Being free of the pressure to be perfect. I am certainly not a perfect mom but I think to be a successful parent is to be okay with making mistakes and learning from them. Import to be consistent but it’s ok not to be perfect.  Parenting is hard, there are so many rules but no guidebook.

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19. Kill, Fuck or Marry – Justin Timberlake, Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling

Kill Channing, Fuck Ryan and Marry Justin

20. How do you maintain your identity while still being someone’s mom?

Finding time to be me. I know I’m a mom and so many other things but finding time to be me and me alone is very important. I think when I am down as a person, I fail as a mom. So keeping myself happy and finding time for self-care or time alone is paramount.

21. How has your relationship changed with your own mother since becoming a mom?

YES! Within hours of having my oldest child, I called my mom hysterically crying and apologized for everything I had ever done to her. I wanted her to know that I was grateful for her unconditional support and loved her so much. I remember her laughing and reminding me that my child was only a few hours old but I just could see the future days that my daughter would take me for granted. My mom is the most incredible grandma, mom, friend, and wife. I aspire to be exactly like her because she is the ultimate mom. I hope my girls love me the way I love my mom.

22. Do you have a favorite child?

Nope but sometimes it depends on the day and depends on whose snuggling me the most and not whining. HA!

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23. What’s your opinion on screen time?

No judgment here. Guilty of using it often.

24. What’s one way you hope to make an impact on your kids?

I hope they get my work ethic, my hustle, and appreciation for family. I hope I inspire them to be better every single day and dream big.

25. How has your relationship changed with your higher power since having kids?

I fully accept that everything happens for a reason and there’s a plan. Who has the plan is less important than their being a plan. After suffering two miscarriages and questioning the process but then having healthy kids, I am blessed to believe in something greater.

26. How has having kids affected your relationship with your partner?

I’ve fallen deeper in love with my husband watching him become a father. I remember the first few months were hard but once my girls were a bit older and more active he stepped into fatherhood and is truthfully the best dad. I am in awe of how incredible he is with them and how he can do everything independently and so easily. Thanks 🙂

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Today I am smiling from ear to ear because I get to introduce one of my favorite people! Irina Ovrutsky is a super mom of three, and the owner of popular kids clothing line Lola & The Boys. On top of being a mom and business owner, she is one of the funnest, funniest and coolest girls I know. Read on to learn more about Irina!

1. What is the best thing about being a mom? 

The unconditional love your kids have for you! When they say I love you and give you hugs and kisses, there is no better feeling then that.

2. What is the hardest thing about being a mom?

Trying to juggle work with motherhood, and not having enough hours in the day to get it all done.

3. What habit do you hope to pass down to your kids?

I hope to pass down my work ethic. I don’t want them ever thinking that things are easy or come free. Teaching them from a young age to work for what they want, hopefully help them grow into driven and motivated adults.

4. What are three essentials you need everyday?

Coffee! Workout! Iphone!

5. What late night food do you crave?

Any kinds of chips or French fries

6. 3 words to describe yourself? 

Fun, Creative, Loyal

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7. How has your style changed since becoming a mother?

I don’t want to let being a Mom change my sense of style. I have always loved Fashion and expressing myself through the way I dress. one thing that’s changed is wearing more sneakers and less heals… No one has time for painful feet especially when you are always on the run.

8. What traits bug you the most in other mothers?

Controlling Moms…relax and let the kids be themselves and stop trying to police every move.

9. What are 3 things in your bag you couldn’t live without? 

Lipstick, Iphone, charger

10. What’s your secret to being a dope ass mom?

Laughing with your kids and making memories together! Appreciate all the moments because time flies by.

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11. Nanny, hairstylist or chef? You can only have one live in.

CHEF… and butler lol 😉

12. What does success look like to you in parenting?

When you see your kids being kind and nurturing to others. When they repeat the important values you try to instill in them makes you feel successful as a parent. I hope to raise kind and loving children.

13. How do you maintain your identity while still being someone’s mom?

Making time for the things that make you happy and smile. Dinner with your girls or a weekend trip with your hubby… nothing like a good laugh

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14. How has your relationship changed with your own mother since becoming a mom?

I understand my mother more now and appreciate everything she has done for me when I may have taken it for granted as a teen, everything definitely comes full circle.

15. Do you have a favorite child?

Depends on the day and who is in the good mood that day!

16. What’s your opinion on screen time?

I try to limit screen time on vacation and no phones at dinner. It is important to take advantage of those times to talk and connect.

17. What would you be doing if you didn’t have kids?

Travel the World

18. Do you experience mom guilt? How do you deal with it?

I used to experience Mom guilt every time I would leave for more than a few days, but I learned to just enjoy myself and the things that make me happy, and the outcome will always be a happy Mom.

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(Photography by Hannah Schweiss Photography)

You know those women that are so beautiful, smart and driven you’re constantly like how are they pulling it off and still able to be a good mom? Well, folks, meet Monika Dixon. I was first introduced to Monika through a mutual friend and was immediately in awe and had to know more. Over the past couple of years I have gotten to know her more and what stands out to me is her entrepreneurial spirit. She’s the owner of MDPR,  a single mother of two and has such a kind spirit. She truly is a boss! I know you will love her as much as do after getting to know her a bit more through our interview!

1. What is the best thing about being a mom? 

Seeing how your love and guidance helps your children to courageously develop their personalities – their mannerisms, quirks, likes and dislikes. Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege than raising the next generation. What a child doesn’t receive they can seldom later give.

2.What is the hardest thing about being a mom?

I always worry about my children. Whether they are at school, on a playdate, or standing right next to me, I am constantly worrying about them! One of my favorite quotes is, “Being a Mother means that your heart is no longer yours, it wanders wherever your children do.” I think this sums up my feelings perfectly.

3. What habit do you hope to pass down to your kids?

That despite their deepest desires, they will be able to clear their mind and bring themselves to a leveled position that will allow them to make the right decision.

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4. What habit do you hope to not pass down to your kids?

Where do I even begin? LOL. But in all seriousness, probably the need for “perfection” – not everything has to be perfect to serve its purpose. There is so much beauty in the imperfect!

5. How have you changed since being a mom?

I have changed a lot. Being a mother is a privilege and I take that role to heart. I no longer think for just myself, I’m thinking for 3 now and it is a very humbling experience. Also, your children learn from observing your body language, your actions and they watch how you speak and how do you treat other people. If we want our children to live by example they have to see it first.

6. What’s the best piece of advice given to you?

You are the only mother that your children know. Don’t be too harsh on yourself if you make a mistake. The kids won’t notice it, only you will know.

7. What are three essentials you need everyday?

Fresh buns for breakfast (that’s the European in me), laundry detergent and water. My kids ask for water in the most inconvenient moments.

8. What late night food do you crave?

Ice cream!

9. What do you do to relax?

I read and I like to meditate at Chill Chicago. Yoga Sculpt at Yoga Squad is my non-negotiable. I absolutely need it.

10. How has motherhood changed your career?

The biggest challenge was adjusting my schedule. I limited my time for after work engagements that have meaning to me because my priority is and always will be my kids. Plus just love spending time with them!

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11. 3 words to describe yourself? 

Honest to the core. (Okay, that’s four but close enough LOL).

12. How has your style changed since becoming a mother?

 My style hasn’t changed much. I love fashion and change my wardrobe pretty often.

13. What traits bug you the most in other mothers?

 I don’t like uber controlling helicopter parents. Your children require you to love them, not to constantly correct them. I also don’t like parents who text you every 30 minutes to check how the play date is going.

14. What are 3 things in your bag you couldn’t live without? 

My wallet lol

15. Best advice you could give a mom with young kids?

 Listen to your body – if you need to sleep, sleep. If you need to cry, cry! Don’t feel guilty for taking time for yourself as your entire family starts with you! You need to be happy and healthy to be there for everyone else. Also, DO NOT compare yourself to other Moms and your kids to theirs. Don’t try to live on their schedule. Live the way that is best for you, listen to your heart – it will guide you properly just take the guilt out of the equation. Remember you will spend the first 12 months of your children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next 12 telling them to sit still and be quiet.

16. If your life had theme music, what would it be?  

I go between classical music to hip hop to Polish hits – I guess that’s what life is all about. The notes are always changing.

17. What’s your secret to being a dope ass mom?  I just try to listen. In order to be heard, you have to listen. I listen to my kids, my team at work, my friends, teachers, news all that is left afterwards is your interpretation of the current world and how do you want your children to live and be.

18. Nanny, hairstylist or chef? You can only have one live in.Chef!

19. What does success look like to you in parenting?When I hear and see my children stand up for their truth. It brings me to tears. I know that it is hard on them yet they still do it and don’t bend their values to make others comfortable.

20. Kill, Fuck or Marry – Justin Timberlake, Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling?

None of them lol They are not my type.

21. How do you maintain your identity while still being someone’s mom?

Self discipline!!! It’s very hard but I have amazing friends who are great mothers. They help me remember to be myself. They also have similar needs and together we are stronger.

22. Do you have a favorite child?

My kids are inseparable, they are each other’s biggest fans. I could not just pick 1, I could not live with myself. Favoring one child could affect the other one in ways that could not be reversed and could threaten the balance of the family system.

23. What’s your opinion on screen time?

They get 1 hour per day and they can choose when they want to use it. At the end of the day, the key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.

24. What’s one way you hope to make an impact on your kids?

I want them to live by heart but not compromise their truth to please others. How you impact your children will not only have an influence on them but on everyone that they will meet throughout their life. I also want them to know that it is ok to be sad and to fail and remember that the real value comes from life’s lessons.

25. If you could change one thing about your child’s personality what would it be and why? 

That’s such a hard question. I can’t think of anything as it changes so fast. Their little minds absorb everything and adjust. I love the good, the bad and the annoying. If there was anything that anyone wishes to change in their child they should first look and see if it is not something that could be changed in themselves.

26. How has your relationship changed with your higher power since having kids?

It has not changed. They come to church with me now. People Church has an incredible program for kids and teenagers.

27. What would you be doing if you didn’t have kids?

The exact same thing.

28. Do you experience mom guilt? How do you deal with it?

I don’t experience Mom guilt often. I am very aware of how I spend our time together. I know that I am doing my best and I know that they feel it. I can see it in their behavior.

29. If you could change one thing about how society views mother’s, what would it be?
Just be more polite and patient to the Moms or women in general. They are already doing so much. Open the doors for them, if they drop something pick it up, help them if you see them in distress – just be a well rounded person. Manners matter!
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HeyMama CO founder Katya Libin

Today I introduce to you Katya Libin, co-founder of Heymama. Heymama is part cool club, part think-thank and is the premier source of community, inspiration, career intel, and support for modern working mothers who hustle to make things happen. I was so excited to learn more about what makes Katya tick and I really enjoyed reading her answers. I know you will love her as much as I do!

1.What is the best thing about being a mom?

The snuggles. Hands down.

2. What is the hardest thing about being a mom? 

The attitude. It’s next level at 7 years old. Those eye rolls go so high you think they’re in the back of their heads.

3. What habit do you hope to pass down to your kids? 

Confidence. Dreaming big. Failing and trying again.

4. What habit do you hope to not pass down to your kids?

Not putting things away right after I use them! #sorrymom

5. How have you changed since being a mom?

I’ve slowed down. I cherish and crave home, routine and quiet. I’m endlessly more patient, and more organized than ever before.

6. What’s the best piece of advice given to you?

Comparison is the thief of joy.

7. What are three essentials you need every day?

Great question! My phone, sad but true.  My cold brew every morning!  Music!

8. What late night food do you crave? 

Pasta, pizza, both on a good night. 😉

9. What do you do to relax? 

I will sound like a broken record here but I journal, I meditate, I mask. I listen to podcasts. I turn my phone on airplane mode and stare at raindrops. I pay attention to small details I’m too busy to notice. I dance. I get massages… I’m actually trying to watch more TV, ha!

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10. How has motherhood changed your career?

It is my career. I never would have had HEYMAMA if I didn’t have Lili and feel compelled to start a community for mamas like me.

11. 3 words to describe yourself.

Kind, funny, determined.

12. How has your style changed since becoming a mother?

I think I prioritize comfy footwear above all else.  But other than that… it’s fairly similar! I love to play around and have fun with fashion… that hasn’t really changed. I might have slowly been going more classic and practical than before. I’d buy some very random attire.

13. What traits bug you the most in other mothers?

I try not to get bugged by other peoples choices but I’d say the ones that rsvp to a birthday party and then not show up. #happened

14. What 3 things in your bag you couldn’t live without? 

Lipgloss // lip something… my Trestique glow stick.. business cards because you never know who you meet.

15.Best advice you could give a mom with young kids?

It gets so much easier. Breathe baby.

16. If your life had theme music, what would it be? 

Probably a combination of Jay Z and Beyonce. TBH.

17. What’s your secret to being a dope ass mom?

Never forget to make time to have fun!!!!

18. Nanny, hairstylist or chef? You can only have one! 

Chef, hands down, followed by a lovely human who can keep the house looking FRESH.

19. What does success look like to you in parenting?

Raising an independent kind and giving human who is compassionate to others, not spoiled and understands the value of family.

20. Kill, Fuck or Marry – Justin Timberlake, Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling Fuck (of course I start with the best!), Justin, marry. Channing Kill. Sorry!! never did it for me.

21. How do you maintain your identity while still being someone’s mom?

I try not to let motherhood define all of me. It’s a huge part, but it’s not 100% of me. I make sure to have friends of all different ages, who do and don’t have kids, and continue to fill my live with some version of spontaneity and travel.

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22. How has your relationship changed with your own mother since becoming a mom

It’s both gotten more challenging and gotten better. Sometimes I cringe at the things she does and says that resonate with her and what’s important, and other times I just step back in awe because I know she’s right.

23. Do you have a favorite child?

The one and only I have!!

24. What’s your opinion on screen time?

Weekends only. Never on weekdays. no phone, no ipad, no tv. We just don’t watch a lot of it in our home.

25. What’s one way you hope to make an impact on your kids?

By showing her that what you envision is what you will create.

26. If you could change one thing about your child’s personality what would it be and why?

When she gets cranky it takes a bit to shake it off. I’m like “cmon it’s not that big of a deal!! Let’s be happy baby! Lili: eye roll and into the room with epic long sigh!”

27. How has your relationship changed with your higher power since having kids?

Tremendously. Not because of having kids but because I naturally went through a big spiritual shift.

28. How has having kids affected your relationship with your partner?

I am single and ready to mingle. 😉

29. What would you be doing if you didn’t have kids? 

Traveling the world, running some sort of business from Bali, because why the hell not, and possibly still stuck in corporate America, not being happy.

30. Do you experience mom guilt? How do you deal with it?

Not very often but sometimes when I get the “you’re always on your phone” convo, it hurts. Of course, they catch you right when you look at it!

31. If you could change one thing about how society views mother’s, what would it be? 

That we’re somehow in someway any less efficient, effective, investable, powerful and capable than men.

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I want you to ask yourself a question. How would you rate your relationship with your kids? Since school has started, I’ve noticed myself speeding up a bit. I’ve become more focused on getting things done, and less on the relationships. In the mornings, before school, I’ve been yelling, like a drill sergeant somedays. I had to stop and ask myself, how do I want my kids to remember me? I know how important it is to me to build a strong relationship with my kids. I know this will serve them, and my as we move forward and into the teen (yikes) years.

When I asked myself this question the other day, my honest answer was a 7. That’s not good enough for me. I want a 10. Next, I asked myself what I needed to do to make it a 10, I pulled out my journal and this is what I wrote to myself:

Slow the F down : Seriously. Does it really matter if they are late somedays? Do I want them to grow up to be hurried, frenzied adults?  Because the way I am with them now is what I am programming into their bodies. Sure, it’s an important life skill to be on time and takes a lot more planning ahead the night before, but isn’t it worth it to have a less frantic morning? When I get so annoyed because they are taking forever to leave the house can I see it through a different lens? Perhaps they aren’t trying to personally offend me, can’t it just be that they love the home I’ve created for them and find it hard to leave? With all the activities we have these days, my plans for the fall are to take a deep breath and slow down my pace whenever possible.

Be Present:  I’ve heard this a lot lately and I feel like it’s become sort of a buzzword on social media. To me being present means being with what is and also to be fully there. So if you’re reading your kids a story, that’s all your doing in your actions and your mind. It also means that if you’re experiencing a negative emotion, you are fully there, with it. I think that’s what makes this one is easier said than done. My job is basically to be on my phone. I love posting stories and sharing my life with you guys. Yet I’ve noticed how sometimes it takes away from the moment. I miss the cute little things they say or the insights they have. As they watch me always stuck to my phone or planning the next thing in my head they are learning to do the same. Isn’t that the crux and the blessing of motherhood? We have the opportunity to teach them healthy habits but we also have the opportunity to teach the ones that won’t serve them. I have a wonderful morning routine that I will share later this week that helps me stay present because I know I’m not missing something and helps me stay present throughout the day.

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Play with them:  Allowing myself to see the world through their eyes is one of the greatest gifts my kids have given me. In the times I’ve been able to truly be with them and get lost in their play, I’ve found that we truly connect and enjoy each other. I think this strengthens the relationship in a couple of ways. First, it builds trust, mom wants to understand me. Therefore if I have a problem I know I can come to her with it, no matter what. Second, it allows me to let go of any expectations I have for them to ” be a certain way.” This, in turn, gives them the message, ” Mom loves me just the way I am.” That’s a win-win!

See things from their perspective: Most of the time our kids don’t have an agenda. When they are being slow or doing something we don’t like, at this age, it’s rarely to punish us. It’s because they haven’t quite learned that sometimes they have to put other peoples needs, or the needs of their family ahead of their own. When I see it that way, it takes the personal offense out of it. The best advice I heard as a parent with your kids is that I am not reasoning with a small adult. Kids are kids. Their brains are not like ours. Lots of explaining and rationalizing with them just do not work. It’s better to reward the behavior we like and as best we can ignore the other stuff. When I see things through their eyes it makes it a lot easier to accept that they aren’t me with my agenda. My 6-year-old doesn’t care so much if I make my meeting. He’s more interested in mastering getting his shoes tied on his own or buttoning his coat. This awareness really helps me to manage expectations while slowly teaching them to consider the bigger picture.

Love them: Actively love them. Shower them with praise. Bathe them in it. Smother them. Ok, maybe not smother them. I make it a point to tell them how much I love them all the time. Before bed, I try to think of two or three things they did that day that demonstrated them being loving to themselves or to other people. I call it ” sweet talk” and they seriously eat it up.  If you have younger kids, the cutest thing to do is have them ” overhear” you singing their praises to a stuffed animal or another parent. This is the perfect thing to do before bedtime or first thing in the morning because it really sets the tone for great sleep or a beautiful day.

These are my intentions for the busy season that is fall. I can’t wait to share my progress and any changes I notice with you guys! Do you guys like when I share my thoughts on how I am planning to move forward in different seasons? Let me know in the comments and please share your intentions!

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