Today I'm chatting with another super busy mama of three, Kara Hohn. She shares how she juggles a busy family life while running a business and making time for creating moments that matter with her kids. I always love getting a sneak peek into another mom's life! I learn so much and get great ideas of what I could do better with my own family. I hope you are able to gather some useful tidbits too to help you balance the many things you've got on your plate too! Here's Kara!
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family and your business.
My name is Kara, my business is called Sew Appealing, I sell handmade baby bibs, burp cloths, toddler pocket bibs, aprons and other fabric creations. I started the business nearly 10 years ago, as a way tomake baby care items that were more functional and more attractive than those found at traditional retailers. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 15 years and I am a stay-at-home mom to three grade school aged children, two sons and a daughter.
What does your typical day look like?
Honestly, each day is so different since it revolves around my kids’ schedules. I am the designated taxi to band or chorus rehearsal, baseball, basketball, the “chef” for at least breakfast and dinner, and the constant reminder about “getting on the bus” or “doing your homework”. My youngest is just in half day Kindergarten, so my business gets about 2 hours of devoted time each afternoon, and then the real work happens after the kids go to bed. My nights are regularly late, since the house is quiet and I can focus. My business is anxious for this fall, when all three kids are in school… all day! (Personally, I am conflicted about it though, because my baby is going to be in 1stgrade!)
What are your favorite things to do with your kids or as a family? How to you make them happen?
We sit down and eat dinner together, every night. It may not be fancy, but it is quality time together (with no cell phones), when we all catch up on the day and prepare for evening sports practices and games. We also love to bike ride together at local parks and walk the neighborhood in the evening. These years with young children are short, my husband and I really make it a priority to be home, together, and active as a family.
What fun/weird/silly family traditions do you have?
One silly tradition is Cinnamon Roll Sunday. As simple as it is, we bake and eat cinnamon rolls together every Sunday morning. Typically it is before going to church, and they are most often the tube of pre-made rolls that need baked for a short time, but the kids have grown to expect it, we all know and enjoy what is for breakfast and we have kept it going now for years!
What is your favorite Mom/parenting quote?
I really had to search for a quote on this, because it is broad, and so many quotes apply, but weren’t quite right:
“To raise a child who is comfortable enough to leave you, means you’ve done your job. They are not ours to keep, but to teach how to soar on their own.”
I just love Kara's family tradition of cinnamon roll Sunday! Not a ton of extra work for for her, but something the family enjoys together. So often, I make extra work for myself when I try to form a family tradition and then fizzle out after a while. A good reminder that some of the best family time doesn't mean lots of prep for you! What family traditions do you have? I'd love to hear how you create moments that matter in your home, just drop a comment below with your favourite family tradition!
Don't forget to check out Kara's shop HERE, especially if your family tradition involves little one's making a mess or eating some tasty cinnamon buns! She has you covered (pun intended!)
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