Women are amazing. They are resourceful, clever, and creative. This entry spotlights two innovated women who have taken something they love and are sharing it with others. Real life stories are inspirational so I chose to let these lovely ladies speak for themselves.
Orange Blossom Aprons is run by Stacey. I loved her story of how she started her business. Here is what she has to say.
“It’s exciting to be featured on Brooke & Em today. I’m a proud mom of 3 boys and a girl. I grew up in Arizona but have lived in Idaho for 20+ years. Orange Blossom Aprons represents all things I love. It all started with an Easy-Bake oven for me. As a child, all I wanted to do was become a mother. I cooked and cleaned and babysat my way to adulthood. When my children were young, I reflected on the women in my life and their examples. My grandmother always wore an apron. On laundry day, her apron pocket would be filled with clothespins. On irrigation day, her apron bulged with fallen oranges from the orchard. On baking day, the hem would be used to wipe the edges of pans before they were popped in the oven. My grandmother's apron embodied motherhood to me, so I started making and wearing aprons. I started giving them to friends as gifts. Suddenly, people were asking me to make aprons for them. With my kids growing up I knew I had time to turn my love of aprons into a business. Finding the perfect name took some trial and error, but I remembered Grandma White and how much I loved her orchard, and Orange Blossom Aprons was born."
Stacey currently has three styles that she produces and can also create semi-custom aprons. You can contact her through Facebook.
Kirsten created Nerdy HomeMaker. She also contributed her own amazing story.
"My greatest accomplishment in life is my kids, all 6 of them. I have always prided myself on being a stay at home mom. Because I chose to be that kind of mom, certain sacrifices had to be made. Sometimes I felt guilty that I wasn’t contributing more to our household in the financial area. I worked part time when times were dire, and even tried other ways to bring in income from home. I had a bit of success as a novelist, and my books are still available on Amazon."
"As time went on, my kids got older and began to find their own paths. Within a 5-year period I began dealing with a lot of physical pain, and was diagnosed with both Fibromyalgia, and Spinal Arthritis. Both of which make it difficult to work outside the home, but I still wanted to contribute financially. I felt I wanted to find a fun, outlet for my creativity, that might be a way to make a little money for our household. I stumbled upon cold process soap making and it was magical. Suddenly I knew what I wanted to do."
"I watched hours of online tutorials and poured over educational websites and books. Finally, I had accumulated all the supplies I needed, and I tried it. I made my first loaf of soap. I had an idea to create an Arizona Sunset, as they are one of my favorite parts of living in the desert. After a 24 hour wait to let the soap batter harden, I eagerly cut my soap into bars, and was pleasantly excited by what I had created. Not only did this soap look amazing, but it smelled awesome too. I was hooked, and I began to make more soaps, tapping into my nerdy guilty pleasures for inspiration. I made Disney Princess inspired soaps, and Marvel hero inspired soaps, and the more I made the more people wanted. Soon I had made over 100 bars, and people were offering to pay me for my soaps."
"So, with my husband and daughter’s encouragement, I created Nerdy HomeMaker… I make handmade soaps, with a Nerdy flair!" Nerdy HomeMaker can be found on Facebook and Instagram. Behind the scenes are on YouTube.
Lets give props to these wonderful, hardworking women and remember that as we go throughout the day to exercise our current talents, learn new skills and share with others. Let us spread love and cheer to those we come in contact with.
Love much, Heather
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