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FLYING WITH BREAST MILK— HOW TO DO IT RIGHT

The New Baby Monitor on the Block SCHEDULE STUCK How to Maintain Baby’s Routine While Away

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The Land of Nod comes a sweet (literally!) collaboration with Dylan’s Candy Bar! This toddler sheet set features all of your Mini’s favorite treats, including gummy bears and rainbow lollipops! Who wouldn’t want to snuggle up with these? —landofnod.com

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EZPZ M AT S

Keep your table clean with this adorable (and genius!) all-in-one silicone placemat and plate from ezpz. All about making mealtime less about mess and more about fun, the budding brand offers mats in a variety of kid-approved colors like lime green and bold blue and even a Care Bears collection! There are even mats perfect for playtime— with compartments for paint! —ezpzfun.com

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GOODNIGHT BABY

Why count sheep when you can count swans? “I love the felt mobiles from Pehr Designs! They add such a whimsical flair to a nursery or kids space!” says Mini’s Editor in Chief Kate Kirby. —pehrdesigns.com

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H O L I D AY London’s Sketch is a little girl’s dream come true! Take them for tea or if you can’t make it across the pond, visit the Plaza for tea with Eloise in NYC!

Zoos from San Francisco to Chicago to Washington, DC are putting on ZooLights displays and you won’t want to miss it!

Enchant your Minis with a visit to the New York City Ballet’s performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker running now through December 31.

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Based on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, Coco tells the wonderfully melodic tale of family history and its importance. A must-see with the Mini crowd this holiday season!

Happy Place is the latest pop-up in Los Angeles that will have you smiling, no matter how old you are! —happyplace.me


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DAY IN THE LIFE: Find me on Instagram @ minimagkate for more adventures behind the scenes at Mini.

INSIDE LOOK: (From top) My Penelope Plum started sleeping in her crib and I am hoping with everything I have that it lasts. We decked the halls with garland galore. Matching holiday pajamas are a must every year— this is P’s first time in hers and she is the sweetest.

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Snow is currently falling outside of my window and my almost-10-month-old daughter (#littlepenelopeplum) is bouncing away in her SkipHop Jumpscape Foldaway Jumper (thank goodness for the easy storage option!). Our tree is sparkling with glittery ornaments and I cannot wait to celebrate this first Christmas as a family of three— starting with the launch of this beautiful (Mini’s seventh!) holiday issue! We’re thrilled to welcome mama Brie Bella and her sweet Birdie to our cover to talk all things motherhood, juggling the chaos with career, and wait for it, more babies in her future! These pages are also filled with invaluable tips like how to maintain baby’s schedule while traveling, a sneek peak at one mom’s routine with two littles in tow, and even two holiday recipes that you’ll want to make with your own Mini bakers this season! The holidays are here, Mini friends, and we’re so glad to be spending them right here with you! Thank you for following along with us this year— see you in 2018!

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EDITOR’S LIST ◀ PRETTY PILLOWS

This chic Mini pillowcase set is perfect for the holidays! —hillhousehome.com

BUMP BEAUTY

When you’re looking for a holiday ensemble that fits a growing bump, Nine in the Mirror has it all. —nineinthemirror.com

BITTY BRUSHER

SmileFrida the ToothHugger is easy to hold and cleans all sides at once. —fridababy.com

DAY TO NIGHT

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a baby bag better looking than this. —jemandbea.com

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NYC children’s boutique Florence Fancy does Mini holidays right. —florencefancy.com

◀ SWEET THING

The Lollipop Smart Baby Monitor is the best I’ve come across thus far. —lollipop.camera


SAFE KIDS, HAPPY HOME

See our full line of baby gates at munchkin.com


ST YLE SPOT bell rock in the snow

Holiday ensembles in festive hues ready for a jingle

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ring in the new year

Warm winter boots perfect for stomping Shiny separates that will sparkle as you

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Mini’s latest Mommy Must-

Haves, like luxurious pajamas, clean beauty, and more!


The Festive Favorites collection from Mini Rodini has every holiday gathering covered— from striped socks and scarves to pom pom hats and polka-dotted shirts, tights, and dresses! Even if you’re seated at the kids table, at least you’ll look as magically merry as the view from inside of a snowglobe! —minirodini.com

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FESTIVE FUN

No matter where you’re headed, these fancy frocks make for an A+ holiday ensemble. Even if you’re just off to Grandma’s!

CLASSIC CHIC

Nothing says holiday ensemble like a classic red, so try these on for size! Above: $52; Mini Boden Velvet Smock Dress; Below: $78; Alex Flat Front Pants, Plaid busybeeskids.com

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You can’t go wrong with an emerald green party dress. $104; bebe-organic.com

A ho ho holiday hue lets this velvet dress shine. $64.99; ralphlauren.com.

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TWIRL WORTHY

This rich velvet dress with bold collar surely stands out. $93; shanandtoad.com

Made with luxurious velvet, this Florence Fancy frock is a must. $88; maisonette.com.


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one-click wonder Growth spurt alert? TAVO has it covered. Designed to provide tons of room for both the little ones (from both head-to-toe and side-to-side!) and you (the basket is spacious enough for your and their swag combined). All while providing a shade haven with its canopy’s incorporated dream drape and connecting to our oh-so-secure Nuna PIPA infant car seat with one-click—no adapters needed. From day one on, the TAVO is a flattering fit for both your lifestyle—and them.

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Before you dash into the snow to build that icy igloo, those Mini feet will need to be outfitted in the coziest of boots!

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$69.96; Sperry Kids Saltwater Duck Boots, sperry.com

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Even if your pint-sized partiers don’t make it until midnight, they can still ring in the new year in these dazzling duds!

ACCESSORIZE!

End the year on a sparkly note with these accoutrements. Above: $22; Wild & Gorgeous Glitter Star Headband; nordstrom.com; Below: $32; Navy and Silver Sequin Hair Bow; alexandalexa.com

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SEQUIN SOIREE

WISH UPON A STAR

New Year’s Eve calls for a dazzling dress just like this. $34.99; hm.com

This gold glitter star tutu is perfect for a glitzy NYE. $22; nordstrom.com.

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A velvet blazer will complete your Mini Mister’s NYE get-up. $110; appaman.com.

He’ll be his own noisemaker in this Mini Boden Festive Tee. $22; nordstrom.com.


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The Mama band by Elisa Solomon. Handcrafted by Elisa, this sentimental 18 karat yellow gold Mama ring is set with two white diamonds and celebrates mothers everywhere. Works well in a stack or on its own— the perfect everyday piece! —elisasolomon.com

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MARGAUX On a mission to create modern shoes for the modern woman, Margaux NY is changing the footwear game one ballet flat at a time. Their collection is handcrafted of the finest-quality Italian leather in a family-owned factory in Spain and while they began with the flat, they’ve since expanded to the Heel that’s as comfy as it is chic.—margauxny.com

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RIGHT NOW WE’RE LOVING

The luxurious sleepwear by Lunya. Slinging everything from bralettes to pima rompers to silk jumpsuits and the most buttery of robes, we’re pajama aficionados and this brand fits the bill. —lunya.co

VISIT NEW WELLNESS HUB

LOOM

Founded by Erica Chidi Cohen and Quinn Lundberg, Los Angeles’ new community hub LOOM boasts bright, beautiful, thoughtfully-designed interiors, as well as an outdoor space, and a focus on reproductive wellness through 24 months after having a child. With evidence-based education, group classes, individual coaching, doula services and events, LOOM has quickly become a must-visit for those who are reproductively curious, pregnant, or new to parenting. —thisisloom.com Photo: Morgan Pansing

RIGHT NOW WE’RE LOVING

The Little Matcha Stick Box from CAP Beauty— when you need a little self love on the go! Matcha is known to enhance mood and create a relaxed alertness while supplying a surge of antioxidants and lifeforce minerals which is why these individual packets are a mom must! —capbeauty.com


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What if we told you that you could have a bathtime party-in-a-box delivered straight to your door every month with the click of one button? Well, you can! Our friends at Tubby Todd introduced their bath bomb subscription—the Tubby Box—and it’s a guaranteed win for kids and parents to have some good clean fun together! Every month, they handpick three natural bath bombs that bubble and fizz and pop (don’t worry, they won’t stain their skin!) and it makes checking the mail that much more fun! —tubbytodd.com

RIGHT NOW IN TECH KIDS

Mom friends are important, but when you’re new in town or don’t yet have kids in school to help you find your crowd, it can be a tricky scene to navigate! Enter Peanut— the Tinder-like app that connects you with other like-minded mamas in your area, curating a list after you answer a few quick questions! Don’t think you’d be a good match? Just swipe! —peanut-app.io

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DESIGN ALL AROUND YOU

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Party dreams brought to life.

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B O OK C LU B

When the weather turns cold, it’s time to cuddle up with a stack of good reads! We’ve rounded up our favorite winter wonders to entertain your bitty bookworms!

FOR HELPERS

EDIE IS EVER SO HELPFUL

by Sophy Henn It’s Olivia meets Fancy Nancy in this tale of a tiny (yet destructive!) helper. EDITOR’S PICK

LOVE ME TENDER

by Elvis Presley With lyrics from the classic song, this book shows the bond between kids and parents. FOR WINTER

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by Marikka Tamura

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FOR HISTORY FOR GIGGLES

EVERYTHING IS MAMA

by Jimmy Fallon A funny tale from a baby’s perspective, learning that there are other words than Mama for objects and activities!

I AM HARRIET TUBMAN

by Brad Meltzer Teach your littles about this icon’s brave heroism and her hand in the Underground Railroad.


◀ MINI MILLINER

Each Janessa Leoné piece is made by hand from high-quality materials. The designer’s wool hats—from shearing to hand polishing the finished body—pass through 50 skilled artisan’s hands.

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Long hailed for her hats and handbags among celebrities and influencers alike, Janessa Leoné hand makes sophisticated pieces with a focus on minimalistic yet timeless design. This month, the modern-day milliner dove head first into the world of Minis, launching kid-sized versions of her classic hats, including a fedora, bolero, and packable straw that’s perfect for travel! The JL Mini hat collection begins at $85 and features five unique creations just begging for a Mommy and Me photo. —janessaleone.com


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You can find the complete story of How to Fly with Breastmilk on our website! Visit mini-magazine. com for more information like how to find the best airports with lactation accomodations!

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We’ve all heard the horror stories about moms (and dads) traveling with breast milk and the TSA agents who make them prove their breast milk is actually breast milk and then contaminate it. Or just as bad, dump it out. Nothing makes us more mad than wasted breast milk because we know that pumping takes precious time, energy, and logistical planning. But a lot of moms don’t know their rights because, let’s face it, the TSA guidelines are vague and confusing. So before you book your next flight, here’s what you need to know, according to Mamava.

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Breast milk, formula, and juice are all allowed through security in your carry-on bag. Unlike shampoo or other liquids, breast milk is exempt from the “limited quantity rule” of 3.4 ounces. Let the TSA agents know you’re traveling with breast milk and put your pump and bottles (empty or full) on the conveyor belt for screening separate from your other liquids.

BREASTMILK IS ALLOWED.

YOU CAN DECLINE HAVING YOUR MILK OPENED

If your breast milk is frozen, a visual inspection is usually fine. However, if it’s thawed, TSA agents may want to test it for explosives, but you have the right to say no. Screening procedures are inceasingly non-invasive but traveling mamas still recommend you ask the TSA agent to put on a fresh pair of gloves if they handle your bottles or bags of milk.

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You’re allowed to carry freezer bags, ice packs, and frozen gel packs for your breast milk. But traveling mamas recommend using heavier duty ice packs because they last longer than the frozen gel packs.

FREEZER PACKS ARE FINE.

Pack your pump, breast milk, and freezer packs together in one bag. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about whether or not breast pumps are considered medical devices (and thus not counted as one of your carry-on bags). According to the FDA a breast pump is a medical device, but because airlines still vary on whether or not they’ll count your pump bag as a carry-on, it’s best to check with your specific airline. Hats off to United Airlinesfor specifically stating that moms are allowed PACK LIKE A PRO.

an extra carry-on bag for their breast pump! Traveling mamas recommend that you always bring extra batteries and a hand pump in your purse… just in case. If you travel a lot for work, you might consider investing in the TSA pre-check program to reduce the lines, the wait, and the hassles (the price is $85 or $100 for five years, at which point you’ll be done breastfeeding and on to other challenges like kindergarten!) And if you’d rather not travel at all with your liquid gold companies like Milk Expressed or Milk Stork will ship it home for you.

FREQUENT FLYER OPTIONS.

It’s not easy to find the rules and regs for crossing borders with breastmilk, and to make it even more complicated, the rules can vary according from country to country. However, within the European Union you can bring up to 2000 ml of breastmilk (which = 67 ounces) in your carry-on luggage, but only if it’s not frozen. Frozen breastmilk must be packed in your checked luggage, no exception. The good news is that pumped breast milk can last at room temperature for 6-8 hours in a cool environment. Canada is very clear that breastmilk (and a cooler pack) is fine and not held to the 100 ml liquid rule, so yet another reason to love them. When in doubt, traveling mamas recommend that you contact the American consulate in your destination country for the most up to date regulations.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL.

For more information about Mamava, expert in lactation space design, visit mamava. com or download the Mamava app to find the ‘breast’ places to pump wherever you go!


Schedule Stuck PHOTOGRAPHY BY TRAVIS RICHARDSON

As we all finalize our plans to head out for the holidays, you might be stressing about more than just what to wear to Christmas dinner. Many of the tinsel-trimmed holiday activities tend to take place during baby’s nap time and when you throw a wrench in your trusty schedule, everyone can begin to melt down. We went straight to the source and asked pediatrician and best-selling author Dr. Tanya Altmann for her expert tips on maintaining baby’s routine while traveling.

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might be able to make do with re-wearing your favorite sweater and jeans, assume baby is going to need ample clothing to account for spills, accidents, and exploding diapers. Besides clothes, remember to think about diapers, wipes, bottles, pacifiers, blankets, snacks, toys, loveys, car seats— it’s a long list! Start as soon as possible, write items down and think about what you use each day, then you’ll ensure you have everything you need packed and ready to go. Keeping baby’s feeding routine as usual can be extra challenging when you’re traveling during the holidays and attending lots of parties and family gatherings. If you don’t have the option to bring food with you, make sure you stop at a grocery store upon arrival (or order groceries to be delivered) and stock up on all

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of baby’s important go-to foods and snacks. My foundation foods that can be mixed and matched at meals and snack times include: berries, eggs, prunes (important to keep everyone regular), yogurt, avocados (easy to order when out!), chicken, fish, beans, lentils, green vegetables and whole grains (even dry whole grain, high fiber cereal works as a snack on the go!). If your baby is just starting solids, mash up any of these solid foods with a little bit of water until they get comfortable chewing. If you’re staying with a relative or friend, let them know ahead of time you’ll be bringing food for your baby and ask if they have a blender or anything else you might need. Proper nutrition is so important for a baby’s growth and development and you want to maintain it even when traveling. Stick to your baby’s bedtime routine! Like nutrition, sleep is essential to keep their little bodies strong and healthy, especially this time of year when you’re worried about illness. Go through your nighttime routine as though you were home. If this includes a favorite book, blanket, white noise machine or sleep sack, make sure you pack those, and keep bedtime as similar to home as possible. Even if baby seems energized by little cousins at a family party, deviating too much off schedule, may make for not such a fun next day if your little one (and you) don’t get enough sleep. And if you’re planning to be in a car during bedtime, go through the ritual of changing into pajamas and soothing baby into sleep before leaving.

SLEEP, SLEEP, SLEEP.

Many parents have these on standby in their car, but make sure you throw them in your bag or carry-on. Your baby is going to be exposed to a lot of new places (and germs!) when traveling and you want to get rid of as many of those germs as possible. Wipe down surfaces your baby is playing on or eating off of. Also, frequently wipe down baby’s hands and your hands (make sure wipes are safe for skin). You don’t realize the amount of things you come into contact with and using a wipe is a good habit to get into. If you’re near a sink, frequent hand washing with soap and water is always the best idea. Again, for you and baby!

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With celebrity clientele like new mom and tennis star Serena Williams (who chose this Rose Gold Ellie Crib for daughter Alexis), Australia’s Incy Interiors is changing the game when it comes to nurseries. Their line of velvet rockers will make a bold complement to any interior scheme and with both hand-crafted wooden and metallic cribs, every option you choose packs a punch of sheer brilliance. There’s no doubt about it— this Aussie furniture brand is adding a touch of glamour to kids spaces everywhere. —incyinteriors.com

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DREAM BOAT

Spoke Woven offers a dreamcatcher for every style— a wood and obsidian piece to promote protection, hand-dyed indego and crystal Quartz that reflects wisdom and and devotion, and even a blue beauty touting the evil eye.

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Holding firm to the belief that making dreamcatchers isn’t just an artisan craft, but a creative process that is cathartic, full of growth and spiritual connection, NYC-based Spoke Woven creates one-of-a-kind dreamcatchers that become coveted art pieces as well as conversation starters. Each piece is made by hand with materials that span crystals, feathers, and even arrowheads. Include your child’s name in the webbing or get creative and choose a unique phrase, a la Bonne Nuit, to hang above their sleepy heads as they count sheep. We’ve never been more in awe of craftsmanship than we are with this New York dreammaker, so prepare to be amazed. —spokewoven.com


PLAIN JANE

Basics have never looked so good! Primary has become the one-stop shop for well-made, wellpriced, slogan-less clothing that kids love to play and now sleep in!

Cozy Time

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Just in time for snuggle season, Primary—purveyors of kids basics with no slogans, logos, sequins, or glitter—released their cozy collection. Made with French terry and fleece, in a number of bright solid colors that they’re known for, as well as colorful stripes, these pieces will make it OK for your little one’s to stay in their PJ’s all day. This line has you covered with something each of your Minis will love, from soft stripe zip footie pajamas to soft basic long sleeve tees, not to mention, colors that make for the perfect holiday photo opp. Prices range from $10-$22 and are all available online at Primary.com. Thanks to these guys, it’s now easier and more affordable than ever to find cute, cozy, and comfy outfits that meet Mini demands. —primary.com


The VISTA’s intuitive design allows for multiple configurations, making transporting a second and third child a breeze – all while strolling like a single.

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Finding something for everyone on your list can be a daunting task, especially as we get closer to the holiday. Gift ideas can quickly become a blur as you repeatedly click “Add to Cart,” so we’ve enlisted the help of our friends at digital shopping destination Nine in the Mirror to assist with what to buy for friends, sisters, the nanny, you name it! Their gifting edit has it all— cozy robes, jewelry, kids rompers and toys, even gift sets all wrapped up in a bow! And if you happen to pick up a piece or two for yourself, we promise not to tell. After all, the “one for you, one for me” rule was meant for the holiday season, wasn’t it? —nineinthemirror.com


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When professional wrestler Brie Bella (E! Total Divas and Total Bellas) first learned she was pregnant with daughter Birdie, her initial thought was ‘Finally!’ But the new mom opens up to Mini about how motherhood has surprised her—from her unexpected birth experience to learning to slow down— and her future plans for further growing her nest.

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We’re thrilled to have you on our holiday cover! Let’s dive right into your life as a mom. What does your morning routine look like?

MINI |

Birdie wakes up anywhere from 6 to 7 AM. We have a nice breastfeeding session then I change her into some fresh clothes. I make myself a cup of coffee and then take Birdie on a walk. After our walk, I catch up on emails while I watch Bird play in her play center then down for her first nap at 8 AM I love our mornings together! They are so peaceful and nice.

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What do you think is the greatest challenge of motherhood, so far?

MINI |

The greatest challenge for me is functioning with no sleep. Jumping back into my career is what I wanted but I also want to be a hands-on mom. I didn’t realize that coming with that was no sleep.

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On the flip side, what is your favorite

There are so many things! I love when Birdie smiles and giggles at me. It melts my heart! I love when she’s super

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tired and rests her heavy head on my shoulder or the way she’ll pull my face in and give me a big wet kiss. MINI |

What surprised you most about motherhood?

The love you feel. I get it now when mothers would tell me it’s a love you can’t explain. It’s literally the most powerful love I’ve ever felt.

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How has motherhood changed you?

It’s slowed me down in a good way. I now enjoy the quiet, peaceful times when I’m breastfeeding. I enjoy the slow, quiet mornings. It’s made me happy to step away from the chaos.

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MINI |

What is your greatest parenting worry?

My greatest worry is the world she’s growing up in. You can only protect them from so much. I literally stopped watching the news because now, as a mother, it’s just too upsetting.

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What were your first thoughts when you found out you were pregnant?

MINI |

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Finally! I was so thrilled and I took 20


tests just to make sure it was truly real. Tell us how you decided on your daughter’s name.

MINI |

My husband’s only request was that we name all of our children with B names. His whole family are B’s and I’m a B, so he really wanted our kids to be B’s. From there, we wanted a nature-inspired name and that’s how we decided on Birdie. Her middle name is Joe after my grandfather who meant the world to me.

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hours, I couldn’t handle the pain. I then received an epidural, took a two hour nap, and was back in labor. I pushed for three hours straight and couldn’t get Birdie out. After 21 hours of labor, it ended in an emergency C-section. Birdie had a 14 inch head! Even though it wasn’t the birth experience I had in mind, I’m so happy Birdie came into this world safely. Now that she’s here, what do you hope to instill into your daughter?

MINI |

I really want to instill confidence and strength. I want her to always follow her heart and stand up for herself. I want her to be an inspiring and empowering woman.

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How about your birth experience— Did Birdie’s birth unfold the way you thought it would?

MINI |

It was the complete opposite of what I expected. I wanted a natural birth and thought because I’m an athlete that it would be a quick, easy labor. Boy, was I wrong! I was ten days late and had to be induced. I thought I could labor naturally, but after nine

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Tell us about your daily uniform. What can we find you wearing most often?

MINI |

A flowy bohemian dress or a cute sweat outfit. It’s all about comfort for me as I’m lugging Bird around all day.

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Has your style changed since becoming a mom?

MINI |

It’s changed so much! I never had boobs before so I wore all these different types of hippie shirts. Now I’m a double D and those shirts make me look huge. I’ve really had to find a look that makes my body type look good and makes me feel that I’ve kept my personal style. I was never into showing cleavage, but I feel I need to show it to feel smaller [now]. I feel like I’m still searching for the perfect jean or the perfect top.

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MINI |

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What is your wellness routine like right

Counting calories is huge for me. There are so many apps that can help you stay focused with your eating. I started to do my workouts at night. Literally when Birdie goes down for bed, I either hit the gym, spin class, or hot yoga. I realized that nighttime is

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when I’m the weakest on snacking and indulging. I just want to plop on the couch to watch Netflix with snacks and wine. I figured if I traded that out for a workout then I’ll lose the weight quicker, which has proven to be true. Don’t get me wrong, I still allow for my Netflix nights once or twice a week. You’ve just started another venture— Birdiebee! Tell us about the idea to start the brand and what it’s all about.

MINI |

My sister and I wanted to create a brand that walked the talk of women empowerment— a brand that globally could connect and inspire women. We wanted to create an undergarment line that makes you feel strong and confident. Fabrics were really important to me. I didn’t want a plain old shirt to have aspirational sayings, but a shirt with premium fabrics that felt like butter when you put it on. When we were thinking about names, we were sitting on the plane, talking about this brand for women and wanting to educate them on feminine health. My sister and I thought with undergarments and talking about our womanly bodies, why not call our brand Birdiebee? A cheeky nod to the birds and the bees. We have a huge plan for Birdiebee

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ive husband. I honestly couldn’t do it without Bryan. Every week, we sit down and come up with a plan of how we can take care of Birdie and thrive in our careers. Teamwork is everything! How has your career shifted since having Birdie?

MINI |

It’s shifted a lot— I had to hang up my boots in wrestling. It was really hard because my sister and I were at the forefront of the Women’s Revolution at WWE. It was difficult to take a back seat when they were finally giving the women what they wanted, but in saying that, it also opened up many doors. There’s a lot of value to being a mother. It allowed me to grow closer to my mom fans and let them join me on my journey to motherhood via Total Bellas. It helped me use a voice I didn’t realize I had. I felt like I finally had more time to push Birdiebee and our wine, Belle Radici, and give both of those brands the attention they needed. Most importantly, I now understand the meaning of “when one door closes, another one opens.”

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that is slowly rolling out. I can’t wait for the world to see what it’ll become. MINI |

What are your favorite Birdiebee pieces?

I love the Bee Strong fleece sweatshirt. I love how soft it is and how the back is open. I wear a Bee Strong triangle racerback bra so it shows. It’s a nice, sexy touch! Then to wear to bed, I love the Bee Strong cheeky sleep shortie and low cut tank bra.

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What helps you to juggle motherhood and career?

MINI |

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Sacrificing sleep and having a support-

Since it’s the holiday season, let’s talk traditions! Do you have any holiday traditions you look forward to every year?

MINI |

I do! Our Drummer Boy Dinner! Every year, my large Italian family gets together to celebrate Christmas and my grandfather. We

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FA S T FA C T S FAVORITE KIDS BOOK Ferdinand the Bull. GUILTY PLEASURE Red wine. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE The Fox and the Hound. LAST BOOK I READ The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. IDEAL DATE NIGHT Dinner and a movie. CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO Carla Bruni Radio on Pandora. ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Veggies, hummus, pickles and cheese. IF THERE WERE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY, I WOULD Sleep more. TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER Pumpin spice latte with almond milk. SIGNATURE SCENT Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. BEFORE KIDS, I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD Own my own wine and intimate line. ON MY NIGHTSTAND Baby monitor, chapstick, hair tie, phone, and a glass of water. SHOWS I’M WATCHING Netflix’s Cable Girls.


always do it the weekend before Christmas and it all started when I was a little girl. My grandfather would take all of us grandchildren around his house, in line youngest to oldest, and we marched to the Drummer Boy music and point to every nativity set he had. He then would have the kids sit at what was considered the adult table and let us eat straight off of the china dishes. My grandmother would make homemade pasta and meatballs and all of the adults would sit at the kid tables. We still do this tradition. Now the great-grandchildren get in line and we still follow behind them. This year will be Birdie’s first Drummer Boy and I can’t wait! What’s on your holiday wish list this year?

MINI |

A spa day! I told my husband I’d love if Santa brought me a day of pampering! Massage, steam room, yoga and champagne! I birthed Birdie this year, so I should be on the Nice list.

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Looking back to those very first days as a parent, what would you tell yourself?

MINI |

Enjoy not knowing what you are doing because you’ll only be a new parent once. Soak in all the breakdowns and tears and watch yourself slowly grow into a mother. I think we forget that as moms we are growing just as fast as the baby and if we blink,

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we’ll forget how innocent it all was in the beginning. If you could give Birdie one piece of advice, what would it be?

MINI |

The same that my mother did— live with no regrets. She would always tell me that and because of it, I would take leaps of faith. I wasn’t afraid of failure but afraid of ‘what if.’ I don’t want Birdie to live with ‘what if,’ but with ‘I gave it a try.’ BRIE BELLA |

MINI |

Are there more babies in your future?

Yes, I’d love one more. Hoping to start trying in a year.

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The epitome of the laid-back, livedin, California cool style everyone desires, Hannah Soboroff Shargal (Business Development Director of shopping site TheRealReal.com) invites us inside her home for a tour of the covetable spaces she shares with husband Eran and son Lev.

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Thank you for inviting us into your home! Tell us about the place!

MINI |

fee and push Lev in his little horse swing! Where do you spend the most time in your home?

MINI |

We love our home. Its neutral, minimal, bright and most importantly it’s cozy. HANNAH SHARGAL |

Do you have a favorite room in your home? Tell us why you love it.

Sitting in our breakfast nook, or in front of the fireplace. HANNAH SHARGAL |

MINI |

The living room! It gets the most amazing natural light, has beautiful high ceilings, and the coziest wood-burning fireplace.

Talk to us about your son’s room. What inspired you in creating his space?

MINI |

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What are some of your favorite elements in your home? Where did they come from?

MINI |

We love the breakfast nook that we built in our kitchen. The daybed in our living room from Shabby Chic, and pillows by Heather Taylor Home. And we love our front porch, where we have morning cof-

I wanted Lev’s room to be an extension of our home, but even more cozy and playful. I kept his room neutral and let his toys and books be the items to add color. HANNAH SHARGAL |

What are your favorite elements in your son’s room?

MINI |

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His vintage Moroccan azilal rug that I found on Etsy, his collection of baby blankets that were gifted to him, and the handmade toys that his family and HANNAH SHARGAL |


when I hear him babbling and cooing from his crib. We have our morning routine together which includes nursing, reading books, making music, and waking up dad. We all have breakfast in our nook before mom and dad are off to work. I am out and about during the day, meeting with clients, and spending time in my office. When I come home, we usually take a walk to the park before it’s time for dinner, bath, and bed. What has been your proudest career moment to date?

MINI |

Going back to work after having Lev. It was hard, emotional and scary, but incredibly rewarding. HANNAH SHARGAL |

What would you say is the greatest challenge of being a working mom?

MINI |

Pumping! And not being able to kiss Lev every second of the day. HANNAH SHARGAL |

friends bought him on their international travels— woven baskets and bowls from Africa, stuffed animals from Mexico, and maracas from Colombia. MINI |

How did you decide on your son’s name?

Lev means heart in Hebrew. My husband is Israeli so we wanted a Hebrew word that had meaning. We named him in honor and memory of those we love and hold within our hearts. HANNAH SHARGAL |

As a working mom, tell us what a typical work day looks like for you.

How do you manage to keep all of the plates spinning?

MINI |

My supportive husband! He is my biggest fan and cheerleader and helps make everything in our little world possible. HANNAH SHARGAL |

Where have you seen the biggest changes since becoming a mom?

MINI |

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Lev is my alarm clock, so I wake

I am a control freak, so I had to learn to let go and allow others to step in and help. HANNAH SHARGAL |


Relaxed, casual, minimal. But I don’t mind a sparkle or a ruffle. HANNAH SHARGAL |

What is your greatest joy of motherhood?

MINI |

To experience the craziest love in my heart for my new family. Motherhood has made me SO proud. Of Lev. Of my husband. And of myself. The three of us have learned so much from each other. HANNAH SHARGAL |

Has your style changed at all since becoming a mom?

MINI |

I care way less, and I love it. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to look cute! But it’s all about what’s practical, comfortable, and whatever is easy access for breastfeeding. HANNAH SHARGAL |

Where do you like to shop? For yourself and your son.

MINI |

What do you think is the one thing no one really warns you about?

MINI |

The challenges of breastfeeding, and the guilt that comes along with it.

For myself, vintage via flea markets, Etsy, [etcetera], The RealReal, Mille. For Lev, Fawn Shoppe, Maisonette, and Naturebaby.

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Looking back to your first days as a mom, what advice would you give yourself?

MINI |

Silence the noise and judgment and do what’s best for you and your new family. Trust yourself. And your baby. HANNAH SHARGAL |

MINI |

Describe your personal style for us.

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Let’s talk beauty. What is your skincare routine like?

MINI |

I love my facials by J’ai Lone. And all of her products! HANNAH SHARGAL |


FA S T FA C T S BEFORE KIDS, I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD Possibly go to sleep earlier than I already did. TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER Black coffee with a splash of almond milk. IF THERE WERE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY, I WOULD Cook and bake more. CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO Simon & Garfunkel. FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT Milo & Olive. ON MY NIGHTSTAND Ambre Blends Candle, a bottle of water and my breast pump. LAST BOOK I READ Goodnight Moon. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Toy Story. ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Homemade almond milk. IDEAL DATE NIGHT Pizza, red wine, and a fireplace. SIGNATURE SCENT Ambre blends essential oils. I mix the solace and amber scents. GUILTY PLEASURE Mint chocolate chip ice cream.


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What is most important to you in raising your son?

MINI |

To be kind and respectful. To never stop exploring, and to be whoever he wishes to be. And to love his parents forever and ever.

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If you could give your children one piece of advice, what would it be? Don’t worry, be happy.

Since it’s the holiday season, talk to us about your holiday traditions you’re excited to share with Lev.

MINI |

Looking forward to Lev’s first Hanukkah! Lighting the menorah, eating latkes— lots of latkes. And most importantly, spending time with family. HANNAH SHARGAL |


After the birth of her son, Fin, Michelle Kennedy found herself introduced to dozens of other new moms, only to find that the only thing they had in common was the fact that they both had a child. On a mission to find a like-minded mama to meet for coffee, Kennedy created Tinderlike app Peanut— the hottest new matchmaking tool for finding local mom friends who are just like you.

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Thank you for inviting us into your home— Tell us about the place!

MINI |

We live in an old house, so it’s kind of period chic? Lots of dark colors and dark woods.

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Do you have a favorite room in your home? Tell us why you love it.

MINI |

I love every room actually, but especially our living room. That big, white sofa from Rachel Ashwell just envelops you, and cozy Sundays snuggled up with Fin watching Disney movies are heaven.

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What are some of your favorite elements in your home? Where did they come from?

MINI |

I really now love our kitchen. It’s very modern compared to the rest of the house, but I love the textures. I like that we have this huge marble, bronze, and

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then wood floors. I love to touch all of the surfaces. It was a labor of love and took a long time to finish. I found the stools in Denmark, the marble is Italian, the taps are German— very European! I also love our art. I am obsessed with Henrietta Dubrey and Andrew Torres. Where do you spend the most time in your home?

MINI |

Definitely the kitchen. It’s the hub of every home!

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Talk to us about your son’s room. What inspired you in creating his space?

MINI |

Oh gosh, I think Fin’s room is due a makeover! I love greys and blues together, so it was really thinking about those colors, and then softening with some stencils.

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What are your favorite elements in his room?

MINI |

The smell! I just love the smell of his room. It smells like him. It reminds me of all of the long nights getting him to sleep, the early mornings, the nights when he was sick, ly-

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ing on his bedroom floor. I love all of that. I love the chips of paint which remind me of when he threw a toy, or the mark on the rug where he threw a juice. The imperfections! What do you love most about raising your son in London?

MINI |

I suppose London is home. Every street has a memory of life pre Fin and with Fin. I love every part of that. We live near the Heath in Hampstead, so there is lots of open space, which I love, and I love that we live in a small part of London that you wouldn’t stumble across— a hidden gem.

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Tell us about the inspiration behind your founding Peanut. How did it all begin?

MINI |

Peanut was born out of two main issues. The first was the emotional aspect of becoming a mother. Before Fin

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arrived, I felt prepared. I had bought everything I needed, I’d read a few books. Turns out, the arrival of a baby isn’t just about planning. There are feelings and demands that you can’t plan for. My girlfriends weren’t at the stage in their life where they were yet having children, and even if some of my wider friendship group were, we all lived in different parts of the city (and leaving the house to go anywhere further than ten minutes from home with a newborn felt like a military operation). I suppose what I felt most prominently, which isn’t particularly comfortable for a 30-something woman to admit, is that I was lonely. I had lots of friends, I was successful professionally, and yet, when I was at home, I felt lonely. This was further compounded by the fact that I was working in an industry (dating), where it was my day-to-day to produce products people could use to find a match and I was struggling to find a woman who was like-minded to go


These women are everything. They are the ones who make your day brighter, who remind you that you’re not alone, who will pick up your little one from nursery if you get stuck at work, or who will make you laugh.

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for a coffee with. A little like dating, I also experienced a lot of “I have to introduce you to my friend, she’s a new mommy too,” only to go through an awkward date where you realize the only thing you have in common is the fact that you both have a child. You don’t share the same outlook on life, values, interests. That’s actually even more isolating to be honest. The second was my frustration with the existing products on the market aimed at mothers. I didn’t recognize the tone of voice the products used, or the look and feel of the products. They felt outdated, old fashioned, and, in some cases, patronizing. To me, I didn’t feel like I’d suddenly aged, or become less modern, less cool, just because I’d become a mom, and yet, the products seemed to have that expectation. I found that confusing. I still had an expectation of great user experience, from products like Uber, or Instagram, but I wasn’t getting that. MINI |

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How important are mom friends to

We know schedules can be hectic— so tell us about yours! What does a typical day look like right now?

MINI |

My day starts at 6:30. I try to get a bit of work in before Fin wakes up. Once we’ve had the circus of getting breakfast, dressed and out of the house, I drop Fin at school and head straight to the office. There is no typical day for Peanut. We might be head down working on product development, or speaking to partners, or engaging with our users. It’s full-on, but I am so passionate about what we’re doing, I love it.

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What helps you to juggle motherhood and career?

MINI |

You know, it’s tough. I am very open about that. I try to get it right, a lot of the time I get it wrong. Some days, I am super mom, some days I’m super boss, very rarely,

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No! I didn’t want it to! I wear a few more flats, but really, my style is part of who I am, so is motherhood, one didn’t affect the other.

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What is your ideal holiday ensemble? What will you be wearing most this season?

MINI |

I love the deep colors this season, and the velvet! So luxe. Some wide-legged velvet pants and a vest, and my favorite maroon velvet dress by The Vampire’s Wife.

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MINI |

Where do you like to shop?

For me, I love Reformation. For Fin, I love Rockets of Awesome— such fun pieces.

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MINI |

when the stars are aligned, I am both, at the same time! But ultimately, I try to be kind to myself, and accept that I can’t be perfect. It doesn’t exist. MINI |

How would you describe your personal style?

I suppose it’s casual elegance. I love classic pieces with great tailoring. I equally love a masculine cut on a blazer or trousers. I also have a lot of jeans— so much denim! A great pair of highwaisted jeans with a blazer can make you look together, even if you’ve just thrown it on.

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Has your style changed since becoming a mom?

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How has motherhood changed

It’s opened my eyes to the wonder of life. The moments which Fin is in awe of, that I take for granted. It’s changed my outlook on life. In terms of challenges, it’s difficult to switch off from the worry about the babes. I worry if I am getting it right.

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What is your greatest joy of motherhood?

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through Fin’s eyes.

Seeing the world


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On the flip side, what is your greatest parenting worry?

MINI |

Everything! It can range from diet, to education, to happiness, to should I have his hair cut. It’s endless, sometimes big, sometimes small, but I try hard now to stop worrying, and live in the moment— and speak to mama friends if I need some reassurance that I am not being neurotic (I usually am)!

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What do you think is the one thing no one really warns you about?

MINI |

Loneliness. I never, ever anticipated that when I had Fin I would feel lonely. I bought “stuff ” so I felt prepared, but I don’t know whether anyone really spoke about those initial months, how isolating it can be, and how terrifying.

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Looking back to your first days as a mom, what advice would you give yourself?

Find some friends, a support network, some women who are on your wave length. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Where is our village today? We don’t all live where we grew up, with our families close by. We move for work, for lifestyle, and that kind of mobility takes its toll on your ability to have a support network. How do you find advice and support? How do you make bonds and relationships? I think it can be extremely tough to admit, “yes, I’m having a hard time, I’m feeling lonely, or isolated.” It doesn’t make you weird, it doesn’t make you a bad mom, and yet we fear that verbalizing these things will. Being able to find a network of like-minded women enables you to have those conversations that you want, that you need, and not to fear it.


What is most important to you in raising your son?

MINI |

Keeping him questioning. I want him to always recognize when something isn’t right. You can only do that by questioning why we do things a certain way, and challenging that if it feels wrong.

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If you could give your son one piece of advice, what would it be?

MINI |

It’s ok to fail. We learn from failure, don’t worry about it, it’s a good thing.

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Since it’s the holidays, tell us about your own family traditions. What do you look forward to doing with your son this time of year?

MINI |

We’re creating new traditions! I am Catholic and my husband is Jewish. Finlay’s birthday is also in December. It means we spend the month of December in constant celebration! From lighting the Hanukkah candles, to putting up the tree, and of course, the

MICHELLE KENNEDY |

Elf on the Shelf keeping an eye on Fin’s behavior in December, I love every minute of it. Since Fin was born, we’ve been taking him to Santa’s Grotto at Harrods. More than anything, I love that I have a photo of him every year, and can see how much he’s changed.


FA S T FA C T S BEFORE KIDS, I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD Not be grossed out by snot. TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER Skim single shot latte. IF THERE WERE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY, I WOULD See my friends more. CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO Lemonade. FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT I love Scott’s in London. ON MY NIGHTSTAND A million books I intend to read. FAVORITE KIDS BOOK Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Currently Trolls in our house. ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Cheese. IDEAL DATE NIGHT Red wine, take out, my husband, my sofa. SIGNATURE SCENT Nasomatto, China White. GUILTY PLEASURE Really terrible reality TV.

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Mother of two and founder of danceinspired fitness method LEKfit (a hit with celebs like Busy Philipps and Emmy Rossum), Lauren Kleban opens up her 1920’s English Tudor home in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park and spills her daily wellness routine, plus how moms can get back into their workout groove.


What are some of your favorite elements in your home? Where did they come from?

MINI |

Thank you for inviting us into your home— Tell us about the place!

MINI |

Thank you for coming! We wanted to maintain the integrity of our traditional Hancock Park home (which is a 1920’s era English Tudor), while adding our own modern, eclectic rock ‘n’ roll vibe. I am very much a minimalist and prefer clean lines. I love a simple color of palette of black, white, and grey and my husband prefers more color so we agree on “pops” of color throughout the home.

LAUREN KLEBAN |

Do you have a favorite room in your home?

MINI |

I love our living room. It’s the first room you see as you enter the foyer and sets the tone. When we were decorating, we used the Greenwich Hotel in NYC for inspiration. We wanted a warm and inviting space with bold accents.

LAUREN KLEBAN |

For starters, living in LA, we’re fortunate to have local access to great sources of antique items. We just purchased a framed vintage American flag from the Rose Bowl swap meet that I’m totally in love with. The antique crystal chandelier that hangs in the dining room was our first major purchase as homeowners together, so that will always be special. It sits above a ten-foot Tom Dixon brass dining room table. We love the combination of the two together. Also, our growing collection of contemporary and pop art has also heavily influenced our décor.

LAUREN KLEBAN |

Where do you spend the most time in your home?

MINI |

Since the studio is located in our garage (until spring 2018), I spend most of my time there. As a family, we spend most of our time in the kitchen or the patio directly off of the kitchen. Living in LA, we are spoiled by the great weather most of the year, which allows us the possibility of indoor/outdoor living.

LAUREN KLEBAN |


FA S T FA C T S SIGNATURE SCENT Diptyque’s jasmine, saffron and ylang-ylang body oil. GUILTY PLEASURE Scrolling the Daily Mail app. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Trolls for the music! FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT M Cafe. IDEAL DATE NIGHT Concert and sushi. FAVORITE KIDS BOOK Only One You by Linda Kranz. CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO Niia and Gallant. ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Peanut butter. IF THERE WERE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY, I WOULD Relax more. TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER Venti almond milk capp. BEFORE KIDS, I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD Know all the lyrics to Let It Go. ON MY NIGHTSTAND Slip silk eye mask, my iPhone, lavender pillow spray.


Talk to us about your kids’ rooms. What inspired you in creating their spaces?

MINI |

I never thought I would choose traditional blue and pink for my son (Miles) and daughter (Romy), but it happened and the kids couldn’t be happier. They have a Jack and Jill bathroom that is neutral with splashes of color so everyone is happy. I am a bit of a neat freak, so thankfully both kids have ample storage for their belongings. We had an entire wall in both rooms outfitted with built-in shelves and cabinets, which has been perfect storage for active (and messy) kids. I kept both rooms simple with small accents so they can be free to play and make it their own space.

sister gifted him when she was born and Romy’s red heart wall decorations, which accent her bright pink walls.

LAUREN KLEBAN |

What are your favorite elements in their rooms? MINI |

LAUREN KLEBAN |

I love Miles’ teepee that his

What do you love most about raising your kids in Los Angeles?

MINI |

I love the tremendous amount of cultural activities that are available to us as a family. For example, we live down the street from LACMA and the La Brea Tar Pits, which we often visit. Also, I always think of LA of a bunch of little cities all wrapped up into one. So, we can alternate between one day visiting urban Downtown and the next day drive the kids to Malibu Country Mart and explore nearby beaches.

LAUREN KLEBAN |

On a career note, tell us about LEKfit and how it all began.

MINI |

LAUREN KLEBAN |

I’ve taught at numerous


doing what feels good. What, diet-wise, do you try to stick to or stay away from?

MINI |

studios and gyms, and saw a need for a more beneficial dance-inspired workout. Most of the workouts I had experienced were either pure cardio or mat work, but no one was combining the two. I also wanted to create something more feminine, so I consistently draw inspiration from my ballet, jazz, burlesque, and yoga training to create fun and effective workouts that empower women, and promote body love and acceptance. Let’s talk wellness— You are the founder of LEKfit afterall! What is your daily wellness routine?

MINI |

I like to sweat every day. I typically teach one class in the morning and when I’m out of town, I’ll stream LEKfit ondemand. I begin each day with warm water and lemon then have an all green juice after my workout. Getting in an early workout and necessary nutrients sets me up to make healthy choices throughout the day. Wellness is about being in tune with your body and

LAUREN KLEBAN |

I try to stay away from gluten, cow’s milk, alcohol and meat. I eat lots of fish, brown rice, vegetables and fruit. Nothing is completely off limits however, if I am craving something, I eat it!

LAUREN KLEBAN |

We know schedules can be hectic— so tell us about yours! What does a typical day look like right now?

MINI |

My day typically begins at 6:30 with emails, teaching or calls. My kids wake up around 7 or 7:30 so if I’m I already in the studio, they will sneak in to give me kisses. I spend the rest of the day working with the LEKfit team on content, social media and various projects. I try my best to take both kids to their weekly dance classes and I’ll break to pick my son up from school as often as possible. Owning a business means there is always work to be done. But, putting the phone down and walking away from the computer to have dinner as a family has been a top priority for my me and my husband. I try

LAUREN KLEBAN |


to wrap things up for the day around 9:30 to take an epsom salt bubble bath. Then I read, watch a little Netflix, and spend time with my husband before bed. Moms often have a hard time getting back into the workout routine after baby or even just juggling the kids, what would you suggest they do?

MINI |

I have the best nanny in the entire world and LEKfit would not be possible without her. She has become a fixture in the studio, in addition to helping us raise Miles and Romy. Having a husband who supports me on the business side also helps!

LAUREN KLEBAN |

MINI |

What is your mom uniform?

FRAME black denim, concert tee and Anine Bing booties or black VARLEY leggings, Heroine Sport bodysuit and black Adidas UltraBoost X sneakers.

LAUREN KLEBAN |

It’s super important to be gentle and patient with your body after baby. Take it slow, be realistic, and don’t stress. Be sure to workout with a trainer or an instructor who has had a baby or has a very clear understanding of the pre and postnatal body. Make time for yourself and don’t let “mom guilt” creep in! You can’t take care of your family if you don’t take care of you.

LAUREN KLEBAN |

What helps you to juggle motherhood and career?

MINI |

Where do you like to shop? For yourself and your kids? MINI |

Barneys, Anine Bing, WhoWhatWear for Target and H&M for my kids.

LAUREN KLEBAN |


FA S T FA C T S HOLIDAY TRADITIONS I’m really looking forward to taking a few days to just hang at home and spend time with family. We’ll celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas with our family at our home then head to Coronado in San Diego for a few days. This year is extra special because it’s the first year the kids are completely aware of the joy of the holidays and what they mean. It’s special to watch it through their eyes.


MINI |

How has motherhood changed you?

I have had to become much better at organizing and scheduling. Also, I’ve learned how to delegate to my super amazing staff at LEKfit.

LAUREN KLEBAN |

What is your greatest joy of motherhood?

MINI |

Watching their individual personalities form.

LAUREN KLEBAN |

MINI |

What is your greatest parenting worry?

Protecting them from the sometimes crazy world.

I think people actually do talk about it, but nobody can fully explain what it feels like emotionally to have your heart walking around outside your body in the form of your children.

LAUREN KLEBAN |

Looking back to your first days as a mom, what advice would you give yourself?

MINI |

Nobody does this perfectly. Nobody. So, go with the flow and seek help when you need it.

LAUREN KLEBAN |

If you could give your kids one piece of advice, what would it be?

MINI |

LAUREN KLEBAN |

What do you think is the one thing no one really warns you about?

MINI |

Be proud of who you are, accentuate your strengths and own your weaknesses. Be kind to everyone and know that I will always love you.

LAUREN KLEBAN |


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Glitter Guide founder and mom of two Taylor Sterling shares her everyday routine chasing after her Minis, Elodie and Benji.


My husband brings a lunch to work. He usually has leftovers and he will make his and my daughter’s lunch for school. I wish she would eat our leftovers, but she always comes home hungry when we try that. So she typically has a PB&J sandwich, fruit, Pirate’s Booty (a staple in this house) and string cheese. I usually make my son’s lunch which is a mix of fruit and leftovers. 6:45 AM |

My day usually starts before 6 and while it’s never easy, I’ve gotten pretty used to it over the years. My kids are both early birds. 5:45 AM |

I wish my kids would snuggle in bed with us till it was light out, but they are way too wiggly and excited. We usually head down stairs right away and start making coffee and making them a morning snack. 6:00 AM |

My husband and I are sipping our coffees and feeling a bit more alive. We feed my son a little breakfast since he wakes up hungry. Right now, he likes frozen mini pancakes from Trader Joe’s, cantaloupe and chopped up apples. I’m weaning him off drinking so much milk so I try to avoid it until later in the morning so that he eats his breakfast. At the same time, my daughter usually has a snack on the couch while watching a show (Vamperina is her current favorite). She’s not that hungry when she wakes up, but will usually eat the same things as her brother a little later in the morning. 6:20 AM |

By now, my daughter has usually moved onto playing with her toys while my husband and I go and get changed. We bring my son with us to change him too. He usually plays with something like empty makeup boxes or an empty bottle (he likes things that aren’t actual toys) while we get ready. Thankfully, since I work from home, I usually just freshen up a tiny bit and stay in comfortable clothes. I take the kids to school/nanny every day and my husband picks them up. 7:00 AM |

I will gather my daughter’s clothes and get her dressed while she’s playing. Trying to get her dressed is the hardest part of the morning routine. There is usually some push-back. If I involve her in picking out some of her clothes, that helps, also bringing the clothes downstairs to her is a lot easier than trying to get her up7:15 AM |


a toy to play with. That sometimes makes it easier. A typical day for me means I am working from my home office. Sometimes I have meetings, photo shoots, or events to attend, but I only work four days out of the week (Monday through Thursday) so I tend to have a lot to accomplish and need to get busy on my laptop. I’m currently doing a little bit of everything for Glitter Guide, and I took over our social media temporarily a few months ago, so the morning tends to be a lot of planning and pushing out content on social media, then working on any sponsored content we need to get done that week, followed by checking off my deadlines on Asana, then emails, and any other miscellaneous things I’m working on. Throughout the day, my team and I communicate a lot through Slack. Since we’re remote, it’s the best way for us to quickly get help or clarification on things. With how much I have to get done, I tend to run out of time. I wish there were more hours in the day! I also would love to get back to going to the gym around 11 AM everyday. It makes me feel so much happier and balanced when I get out of the house and take a break. I have fallen off that majorly this past year, and I can’t wait to get back to it. For now, most days I work on my laptop all day until 4 PM without much of a break. I even eat in front of my computer— I know, so bad! 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM |

stairs and away from what she’s doing. I brush her hair and her teeth and get her ready to get out the door. Usually my husband rushes out the door to work around this time, and I try to eat breakfast and get all of their backpacks and lunches organized by the door. I am typically coerced by my daughter to play a board game or dress her dolls up even though I have mentioned we need to leave about five times. 7:20 AM |

We are out the door and off to school! Getting out the door can be challenging, but I give my son his bottle of milk and my daughter a snack and 7:40 AM |


I’m quickly taking a shower and getting into another set of pajamas. So glamorous.

passed her window and is having a meltdown. The small snack and having some quality mommy time helps.

The family gets in and it’s all hands on deck for the next three hours! It’s a bit manic after school. The kids are hungry and tired and my husband and I are usually the same. Usually I will spend about 20 minutes cleaning the kitchen and getting it ready for my husband to cook dinner (he does all the cooking and I do most of the house cleaning). My husband will play with the kids and give them a small snack.

Dinner time! We eat pretty early since our kids are starving and they go to bed [soon]. We’ve tried to feed them first and have our own meal later, but it tends to get too late for us and we are too tired to cook later in the evening. So we all like to eat at the same time. We always have our dinner at the table as a family. It’s hectic, but it’s one of the only times we all get to be together and sit!

4:00 PM |

4:30 PM |

5:30 PM |

We wrap up dinner and I will get the dishes done while my husband takes the kids upstairs to play and then do bath time. Since I am doing Glitter Guide’s social media, I will also take a minute to post to our Instagram and check-in really quickly. 6:15 PM |

While dinner is cooking I will play games with the kids or with toys in their room. My daughter is usually very hyper and hungry and it’s a delicate balance to postpone dinner but also not wait too long where she’s 5:00 PM |


will fight going to bed untill about 8 PM. It’s time for us to chill and relax! I usually do my evening skincare routine, fold laundry, and tidy up before I take any time to sit and relax. I like to take a breather on the couch for at least 30 minutes before I go to bed. These days, I’m asleep by 9:30 PM. With how hectic and busy our days are, and with occasional night wakings and early mornings, it’s the only way I can get through the day!

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM |

I will join my husband upstairs and help get the kids bathed and ready for bed. My son is pretty tired at this point and I quickly try to get him into his pajamas, read a little book, have some milk and then brush his teeth. He’s still sleeping in our room because we can’t seem to find a way to get these kids to both be on the exact same sleep schedule, and it seems like at least one kid is waking up for one reason or another at least once a week. 6:50 PM |

My son is usually asleep and I help my husband with my daughter. By now, she’s usually changed and had her teeth brushed. Luckily, both my kids love brushing their teeth so it’s never really an issue (brushing hair is a different story!) My husband and I will snuggle with my daughter and read a few books. I’m usually the one who will be the last to leave and give her a goodnight kiss. 7:15 PM |

Most nights both kids are asleep no later than 7:45, but some nights my daughter 8:00 PM |


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Gift the calming Detox Dead Sea Soaking Salts ($18) or Blue Clay Mask ($22) from Herbivore Botanicals to give mom a rest. ◀

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The Sqirl cookbook is a beautiful read with delicious eats; $26, amazon.com. ◀ WARM HANDS

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This Leather Mama Clutch is the perfect gift for any mom; $59, jemandbea.com.

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