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THE BEST STROLLERS FOR SUMMER TRAVEL

COLORFUL SUMMER LOOKS

PICKY EATERS— MOMS SHARE HOW THEY INSTILL HEALTHY HABITS

SUM MER VACATIO N!

Summer perfect ensembles in every color of the rainbow

BE SUN SAVVY! THE BEST OF SPF FOR YOUR KIDS

BEACH GEAR KIDS SWIMWEAR SUMMER COLORS BOOKS TO READ BY THE WATER THE BEST OF SPF AND MORE!


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Babyganics comes the summer perfect Moisturizing Daily Lotion with SPF 15. Now available exclusively at Target as part of the Made to Matter program— an assortment of products with simple, recognizable ingredients. $10.99, Babyganics, target.com

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KING OF HA RT S

This American inspired boyswear line was created by husband and wife team Mark Wilkerson and our cover mom, Melissa Joan Hart! A fun and edgy collection made in the USA, King of Harts offers denim, graphic tees, cargo shorts, militaryinspired outerwear and more for your little frog-catching, tree-climbing adventurer this summer. —kingofharts.com

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◀ MILESTONE CARDS MIFFY EDITION

Capture moments in your pregnancy, baby’s first year and all of the moments after with Milestone™ Cards. And now that Miffy is celebrating her 60th birthday, you can pick up cards featuring the adorable and iconic little bunny! Available this August on Amazon. —milestonecards.com

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for children ages 3 to 5 The Mini Micro Kickboard is the quality 3-wheel kick scooter with an award-winning Swiss desig n. Ideal for children ages 3-5, the Mini Micros’s 3 wheels, low-to-the-ground deck, and gentle lean-and-steer handle bar all contribute to the stability that makes the Mini perfect for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. The lean-and-steer desig n is what makes the mini unique and fun. Using their body weight to curve right and left, kids intuitively learn to ‘surf the sidewalk’, developing balance, coordination and motor skills.

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SUMMER The High Line in New York City hosts Lawn Time for Little Ones with storytelling, sing-a-longs, bubbles and blocks every Thursday through August.

What better way to spend a summer day with the kids than enjoying ice cream? Visit one of Jeni’s Scoop Shops this month! —jenis.com LOG ON TO

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Plan a getaway with Kid & Coe— an easy-to-navigate website curating baby and kid-friendly homes all across the globe. One of our favorite summer treats is farm fresh peaches! Find the Peach Truck in Nashville to score some of your own! —thepeachtruck.com

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Mini is in full Minion Mode! No doubt, the most anticipated kids movie of the summer is Minions, the already hit sequel to super villain flick Despicable Me.


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Make a splash this summer with this adorable beach print suit from Stella McCartney Kids!

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Hey, parents— Follow us on the web! Be sure to follow us on Twitter @theminimagazine, on Facebook (facebook.com/minimagnow) and pin with us on Pinterest (pinterest.com/theminimag).

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I have a sign hanging over my desk with one of my favorite quotes, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” We all need that reminder every now and again, don’t we? Scrolling through beautiful Instagram feeds filled with culinary art and wanderlust, spotless living rooms sans laundry baskets and Lego bricks, we’re all too quick to wonder why our everyday situations don’t resemble those perfect squares. Are we doing something wrong? The answer is NO! When I started Mini, the one thing I wanted to strive for was showing readers that the parents they look up to and pass in the glossies are just like us! I wanted to dive into their everyday routines, share what helps them feel put together on little sleep, what you might find in their wardrobe or fridge. And I’m proud to say, this issue does a great job of that! So grab your iPad, laptop or iPhone, stick an umbrella in your drink and enjoy! This season can be the busiest of all for parents and oftentimes life can move in and take over. But just remember— everyone has those perfectly imperfect moments (whether they make it onto Instagram or not) and there’s no need to compare your version to anyone else’s. Happy summer, Mini friends!

Kaitlyn Kirby

Founder and Editor in Chief


editor‘s LIST FLOWER POWER

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I’ve been swooning over anything in this poppy print from Little Unicorn! Muslins, swaddles, quilts— they have it all! $38; littleunicorn.com

◀ SAY SUMMER

The summer kids collection from Wildfox just makes me smile. I want one of everything in my size! From $35; wildfox.com

LILLEBABY EMBOSSED

Lillebaby carriers are a must for busy parents this summer! The new embossed collection is full of bright colors. $169.99; lillebaby.com

BUTTERMILK BABIES

I’m in love with these witty swaddles. The Primary collection has both bold shades and fun prints! $75; buttermilkbabies.com

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SWAN BABY BLANKET

This swan printed blanket is quite possibly the cutest thing ever. $80; spearmintlove.com

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HERE COMES THE SUN Summer is finally here! You can find more of our beach season picks on our website: mini-magazine. com/lifestyle

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ST YLE SPOT summer the sand

The best of kids swimwear for splashing at the beach this

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Beach towels Sunscreen

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and bags to tote to that the whole Mini’s latest Mommy

Must-Haves, like chic baby carriers, sunglasses, loungewear and more! M I N I s u m m e r ‘15


STYLE

SPOT

P O O L PA R T Y

Practicing your Mini cannonball will never look better than when donning these chic suits.

SUITS WITH FRUIT

There’s no better way to say “summer” than with a swimsuit decked in your favorite fruit. Above: $28; Tucker + Tate; nordstrom.com; Below: $45; Stella Cove; stellacove.com

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MINI FLAMINGO

ITSY BITSY, TEENY WEENY

Flamingo pink with purple bows? A girl’s This polka dot bikini helps protect from dream. $95; Milly Minis; nordstrom.com. the sun. $28; Mini Boden; bodenusa.com.

SWIM LIKE A FISH

BEACHY KEEN

A summer pattern to inspire little fish. $54; tomandteddy.com.

The quintessential beach print. $50; stellamccartney.com.


PROTECTION IN STYLE.


STYLE

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SAFETY FIRST

Before you hit the sand, reach for the SPF! Mini rounds up our favorite sunscreens for the whole family this summer.

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$13.95; Sunscreen SPF 30, honest.com

$28; SPF 45 All Natural Sunscreen Lotion, hamptonsuncare.com

$15; Thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 50+, thinkbaby.com

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4. SUPERGOOP!

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$19; Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 50, supergoop.com

$7; Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Sunscreen Stick, burtsbees.com


Stokke速 Flexi Bath速 Is a uniquely foldable bathtub suitable from birth with newborn insert to children up to the age of four. Being foldable, it is convenient to use and store, and equally easy to handle and bring along when you travel. Made from plastics that are completely free from harmful substances, the bathtub is safe, flexible and comfortable to use for a growing child.

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TURKISH TOWEL

STYLE

$22; Lulujo; lulujo.com

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BE AC H - S SE N T IA L S You can’t head out for fun in the sun without your beach bag and towel! Just add water to these Mini Beach Must-Haves! MINI BEACHCOMBER

Everyone Mini needs a straw hat for this summer’s getaways! $28; Mini Boden; bodenusa.com.

CHIC SHADES

$85; Sons + Daughters; wearesonsand daughters.com

PETUNIA AT THE BEACH

This glazed canvas bag wipes clean— making it the best for the beach! $139; Petunia Pickle Bottom; nordstrom.com.

BOOM! POW! SHARK WEEK

A Nantucket stripe on a shark? Sign us up! $26; Pottery Barn; potterybarnkids.com.

WET BAG

$17.95; Itzy Ritzy; itzyritzy.com

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BEACH COSTUME

After a day in the water, dry off with this fun shark face! $36; Zoocchini; zoocchini.com.

Make a statement on the sand with this lightweight canvas beach bag. $45; Rebecca Minkoff; rebeccaminkoff.com.


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RIGHT NOW WE’RE LOVING

These retro-inspired sunglasses from ILLESTEVA™ in a light tortoise shade that will go with every summer ensemble. —jcrew.com

JAMMIES ON A MISSION

Photographer: Patrick Yandoc, Hair/Makeup: Jen Castelo, Stylist: Liana Wood

SUDARA If there is one thing we love more than jammies, it’s jammies on a mission. Sudara’s PUNJAMMIES™ are loungewear bottoms made by women in India who have escaped human trafficking. Every purchase benefits these women and girls who are working to make a new life for themselves and their children. —sudara.com

MOMMY CHIC INSPIRATION

“THE HATCH x MARYSIA MAILLOT OFFERS AN EXQUISITE FIT FOR MOMS TO BE,” SAYS MINI’S EDITOR IN CHIEF, KATE KIRBY. —hatchcollection.com.

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These durable totes ($98) from Sonnet James are inspired by children’s finger paintings and made in Los Angeles. Perfect for carrying your Mini’s things to ballet or soccer this summer! —sonnetjames.com

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Life equals Style SHOP SPRING >

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chic, timeless & comfortable clothes for before, during and after.


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RIGHT NOW WE’RE LOVING

The Swim Tee Rash Guard from Lands’ End ($39) recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV protectant. —landsend.com

LIP BALM + SPF

Wear this smooth balm with SPF 15 under your lipstick to condition and protect or alone for a natural look. —bobbibrowncosmetics.com

SUMMER MAKEUP THAT’S

SUN CHIC $39; philosophy® Hope In A Jar® SPF 20 BB Cream; birchbox.com

Adding sunscreen to your makeup routine shouldn’t be a pain and we know the last thing you need in the summer is greasy skin! All you need to do is choose smarter products to maintain your classic look. We declare these three staples (on right) are the only ones you’ll need this season as they contain, gasp, SPF!

BB CREAM + SPF

Opt for a BB cream instead of your usual foundation. COOLA’s version offers a matte finish with SPF 30. —coolasuncare.com

RIGHT NOW WE’RE LOVING

The Super Rich Olive Body Lotion ($10) from Mario Badescu to restore any moisture lost from spending the long, dog days in the hot summer sun! —mariobadescu.com

BLUSH + SPF

This cheek serum with SPF 30 gives a lightweight, rosy, glow. —perriconemd.com M I N I s u m m e r ‘15


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The Canvsly app that allows you to upload and save your children’s artwork instead of storing those endless piles of paper. —canvsly.com

Click here to download Canvsly and star t saving ar twork!

MINI GETAWAY PLANNER

KID& COE

Planning a summer vacation with littles in tow can seem daunting, but what if there was a place that hand-picked baby and kid-friendly homes around the world? Meet Kid & Coe. Your one-stop travel shop for rentable homes that include highchairs, cribs and even sitter recommendations! —kidandcoe.com

RIGHT NOW WE’RE LOVING

The Glow app to help track your cycle and give the most accurate fertility predictions. Whether you’re trying to conceive or learn more about the whole process, this musthave app makes it easy! —glowing.com

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MEET VONBON Designed and crafted in beautiful Vancouver, VONBON is a line of products mindfully created for trendy babies and their even trendier parents. Using only eco-passport, non-toxic inks and certified organic fabrics in small batches, VONBON creates each pattern purposefully to mix and match to match Mini styles. There are stripes, stallions, feathers, antlers and geometric prints— something for every tiny taste. A must-have from VONBON this summer are the Dia dresses and matching briefs. Whether you’re headed to an event or simply out for errands, these dresses will fit the bill. Each is made with a blend of super stretchy bamboo and organic cotton to keep Minis cute and comfy.

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VONBON briefs are made from 100% organic cotton and screened with a unique design, like the signature feather or new Linx design. Worn on their own as a diaper cover or with a tank, we’re certain these will be worn on repeat all summer long! —vonbon.ca


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OH JOY!

The Oh Joy! for Solly Baby wrap packs a pop of color with its floral print for moms out and about this summer. We are huge fans of Solly Baby here at Mini, so when the Oh Joy! collaboration wrap arrived at our door, we were thrilled! If you are new to babywearing, Solly Baby is a great place to start. Each wrap comes with printed instructions for two common holds as well

as a safety guide. The wraps come in dozens of shades and now, in this fantastic Oh Joy! abstract floral print. With its bright shades of blue and easy, comfortable fit, the Oh Joy! for Solly Baby wrap is our new go-to! —sollybaby.com M I N I s u m m e r ‘15


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T H E P I PA

This ultra lightweight car seat with dream drape™ makes travel a breeze and baby’s first outing both secure and chic. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF NUNA SAFETY FIRST

Features side impact protection for ultimate safe keeping.

DREAM DRAPE™

Dream drape™extends from the canopy to provide extra protection.

TRAVEL SAVVY

PIPA is aircraft certified to make your summer travel easy as pie.

FOOL PROOF

Dual bubble level indicators confirm correct angle.

NO FUSS

True lock™ installs to car effortlessly in 5 seconds.

ON THE GO

Works with Nuna and Maxi-Cosi® adapters, transforming into a travel system with over 20 strollers.

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NUNA LOVE

The infant insert fits both the PIPA and the PEPP stroller.


available at Nordstrom

stroll on Whether it be an all day outing on cruise control or just a quick spin around the block, our MIXX is ready for the stroll ahead. With three riding modes, two crazily compact ways to fold, and one sweet, sleek sleeper seat, the MIXX is designed with all the little details in mind so your adventures in parenthood can be that much easier. Happy strolling — in smart style.

learn all about it at nuna.eu


The

Urban Stroller Bugaboo Bee3

Designed specifically for parents who live life on the fly.


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T H E RU N N E R

This jogging stroller comes complete for new parents or as an easy click-andgo accessory for existing Bugaboo owners. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BUGABOO

TRANSFORMER

Works with Cameleon³, Bee, Donkey and Buffalo seats.

HIT THE BRAKES

Handlebar brake to control speed and stop, with any hand.

RECLINABLE

Let your little one sit up when awake or recline when relaxed.

ABOUT FACE

The reversible seat allows your Mini to face you or face the world ahead.

BASKET CASE

Spacious underseat basket keeps your essentials handy during a run.

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SUSPENSION SYSTEM

Features built-in suspension system specially designed to absorb shocks.

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THE ZAPP XTRA

This from-birth buggy fully reclines and adjusts to face two ways so your babies do more than just stroll, they cruise. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF QUINNY

GROWS WITH YOU

Compatible with MaxiCosi baby seat to use from birth.

STAIN PROOF

Wipe clean any spills on the water repellant seat.

XTRA SEATING

Features 3 forward and 2 rearward facing recline positions.

FOLDS COMPACT

Folds with the seat on so you can travel quickly and conveniently.

FOOT FRIENDLY

Footrest easily adjusts for more comfortable napping.

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OBSTACLE FREE

Swivel wheels guarantee ease of steering on a variety of terrain.


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SWIVEL SLEEPER

This bassinet allows your little one to snooze as close as you like while still safe in their own sleep area. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF HALO STORAGE

2 storage pockets keep baby’s essentials nearby.

ROOM WITH A VIEW

Swivels 360 degrees to bring baby closer to you for still a sleep safe.

EASY ACCESS

Sidewall lowers so you can stay in bed while tending to baby.

TECH FEATURES

Nightlight, 3 soothing sounds, 3 lullabies, nursing timer and 2 levels of vibration, each with 30-minute auto shutoff.

SMALL SPACES

Easily tucks under bed and needs just 32” clearance from wall— great for small spaces!

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ONE SIZE FITS ALL

Sturdy 4-point base adjusts to fit most beds from 22” to 34” tall. M I N I s u m m e r ‘15


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THE NET

This summer perfect stroller features a seat made entirely of mesh and a UPF 50+ canopy to protect your littles. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF INGLESINA MORE FROM

MINI The Net can be used from 3 months to 55 pounds!

CAREFUL CANOPY

Canopy is rated UPF 50+ (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) to protect your little one from harmful rays.

EASY CLEAN

Net’s seat pad is removable and washable!

SELF STANDING

Stands on its own when folded so no part in contact with your baby will touch the ground.

COOL AND CALM

The base of the seat cover is made of mesh, promoting air circulation even in the warmer months. LIGHTWEIGHT

No more heavy lifting! Net is the lightest Inglesina stroller at just over 11 pounds.

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Select Innovation Select the Original

CITY SELECT The award-winning City Select allows you to mix and match seats, car seats and bassinets to customize your stroller into 16 unique combinations to suit your family’s needs.

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book club

LAND SHARK ▶

Bobby wants a pet shark, but gets... a puppy? SEA REX

If you loved Molly Idle’s Tea Rex and Camp Rex, you’ll adore Sea Rex. ◀

MEET PARIS

Colorful illustrations in the City of Light.

SAY DADA!

Jimmy Fallon ensures his daughter’s first word will be “Dada!” ◀

OH LUCY

Introduce your Minis to one of the world’s greatest (and funniest!) actresses. ◀ CRAYONS RETURN

We can’t wait for the August arrival of the companion to The Day the Crayons Quit.

BEACH READS

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MINI CHAT

AMBER THRANE

Mini chats with the sunny California-based mom of two and co-owner behind Dulcet Creative. INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY PHOTOGRAPHY BY DULCET CREATIVE

You are one creative mama! Tell us how Dulcet Creative came to be and what you do.

MINI |

I started Dulcet Creative with my best friend Kayla Sampson last year and it was born out of the desire to use our creativity as a way to “sweeten” our every AMBER THRANE |

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day lives. The business really is two-fold. We do photography and styling for companies, which has allowed us to work with amazing businesses, meet amazingly talented people and learn a ton from them. The other portion of our business is our heart for sharing what we’ve learned along the way with others.


How do you balance such a fun career with motherhood?

MINI |

I do a lot of my work at night or I set my daughter up with a craft and get a few things done during my son’s nap. I try to give my kids enough one on one time that they never care too much when I have to do a little bit of work here and there. It also helps that my business partner is accommodating and my parents live close and love to spend the day with my kids when I have a photoshoot. I’ve learned that there is always something more we could be doing and that some weeks flow smoothly and others don’t. We have to give ourselves so much grace every day to be okay with that. AMBER THRANE |

We know it’s easy for moms to feel overwhelmed trying to keep all of the plates spinning. How do you stay motivated?

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Find what rejuvenates you and plug it into your day, week and month. Some moms need time away from their kids, a good book or a hot bath and silence. I personally like traveling with my family so I make sure to plan things to look forward to at least once a month, whether that is a day trip to someAMBER THRANE |

where new or a camping trip to the beach. I also remind myself consistently to never compare my growth to others. It’s so great to get inspired by people but I’m reminded all the time that we all have different journeys. In a career that requires you to push the chic factor, tell us how you bring that home. What went into designing your home or what is your overall aesthetic?

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The overall aesthetic of my home is just very simple, neutral and airy with lots of natural plants and modern elements thrown in there. We bought a fixer home and from the second we saw it, I’ve had a pretty clear vision of how it will eventually look. For now, we just fix it up a little bit at a time and it keeps us busy and young. AMBER THRANE |

What are your favorite elements in your kids spaces?

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My son’s room just kind of evolved into a modern take on outer space. I love his hanging origami mobile that looks like the stars and the constellations Ipainted on his wall. My daughter’s first bed was designed by me and built by my dad which is so special. It’s a cute little scalloped bohemian bed that makes her feel like a princess. [Her room is nice and neutral] with pops of color that can be switched out whenever her taste changes. AMBER THRANE |


Q&A FAVORITE RESTAURANT WITH THE KIDS My kids are funny and love sushi, so we go to Shogun. BEST PARENTING ADVICE Always search for the deeper meanings behind your child’s behavior and it will show you how to deal with it accordingly. If all else fails, wine. MY MOM UNIFORM Big sunglasses, tank top, shorts or ripped jeans. LAST BOOK I READ Die Empty by Todd Henry. FAVORITE MOM INSTAGRAMMERS @HouseInHabit, @House Tweaking and @bleubird GUILTY PLEASURE Coffee ice cream and Dove dark chocolate. LOCAL ACTIVITY Farmers’ market and walking through the meadow by our house. IN MY FRIDGE Fresh fruit, cold brew coffee and Greek yogurt.


Let’s move on to style! Do you think your style has changed since you’ve had kids? How about your beauty routine?

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I definitely don’t shop as much as I did before kids. My beauty routine changes based on how much time I have, but I’ve gotten it down to ten minutes on a day that I don’t have to shower— the kinds of things that moms are proud of. AMBER THRANE |

the top for extra poof, sporting a pair of my high-heeled shoes and her bright pineapple purse. My son would be naked, let’s just be real here. How would you describe your parenting style? What is most important to you in raising your kids?

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We aren’t the most scheduled or organized parents, but we do our best and we love with everything we have. That segways into what is the most important thing to me in raising my kids— LOVE. It sounds cheesy, but it’s so true. It uncomplicates all of the most complex things and is the gateway to all of the most important things like faith, motives, forgiveness, and patience. I am constantly amazed and humbled by how much my kids teach me about love actually. AMBER THRANE |

How about your kids’ style? What are your favorite things to dress them in?

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[Their style] is much more bright and patterned and exciting than how I dress myself, mostly because they can pull it off! I am way too much of a bargain shopper to dress them in most of the amazing brands I drool over, but I love Zara and H&M and Cotton On Kids. AMBER THRANE |

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What are you looking forward to most about this summer? What plans do you have with your family?

My free-spirited daughter would be decked in a dress with a tutu over

Lots of beach camping in our little vintage trailer this summer. Barbecues, dinners outside and happy memories with family and friends.

If they dressed themselves every day, what ensembles do you think they would choose?

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CLOSER LOOK

H I H O B AT I K

Designer Rebecca Minkoff opens her SoHo store for a “Summer Dreaming” dreamcatcher how-to with Hiho Batik. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEXANDRA WOLF

A longtime fan of the brand, designer Rebecca Minkoff could not wait to introduce her mom friends to Hiho Batik. Minkoff held a private “Summer Dreaming” event in her SoHo store where the Minis in attendance each learned how to make dreamcatchers. Among the chic summer party goers were Minkoff and her two Minis, Luca and Bowie, Wendy Wallace, Market Director of InStyle, Amri Kibbler of Hey Mama and of course, the founders of Hiho Batik themselves, Robyn Stylman and Julie Gordon.

“Hiho Batik specializes in the ancient art of batik, which involves using wax and dyes to create an image or pattern on fabric,” the owners explain. “We opened [to fulfill] a need in our community for a creative space that offered something special for a variety of ages. We live in such a fast-paced world and the activities we offer at Hiho Batik are meant to encourage one to slow down. We find that both kids and adults equally enjoy coming here and we think that’s incredibly special.” M I N I s u m m e r ‘15


“the ancient art of batik involves using wax and dyes to create an image or pat tern on fabric.�


fast facts

How can you make your own dreamcatcher? The founders of Hiho Batik weigh in. USE WHAT YOU HAVE There’s no need to toss your favorite old t-shirt or dress. Cut it up and use it in your dream catcher. SPARK YOUR CREATIVITY Incorporate anything that feels right for embellishments— feathers, beads, etc. BE STRONG When wrapping the ring, pull the fabric tight and make sure there are no spaces in between. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX Experiment with different things to make the webbing— pipe cleaners, sticks, etc. DREAM ON, BABY Don’t just stop at one. Dream catchers make great gifts!

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MINI SPENT TEN MINUTES with Whitney Lundeen—

founder of the Sonnet James line of stylish play dresses for moms and mother of two boys—to talk parenting style, mom fashion, the one thing about motherhood no one really warns you about and the best piece of advice she’d give her kids.

WHITNEY LU N DE E N INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY PHOTOS COURTESY OF SONNET JAMES

MY PARENTING BOOK WOULD BE CALLED

More!”

“Play

THE ONE THING ABOUT PARENTING NO ONE REALLY WARNS YOU

How much loving your child will change your life. I never understood how deeply love could change me until I had my first son, Satchel. ABOUT

WHEN DRESSING THE BUMP, REMEMBER TO

Highlight it, don’t hide it! Sonnet James’ Reese dress is adorable on a bump all the way through to the end. I LOVE TO PAIR SONNET JAMES DRESSES WITH

Illesteva sunglasses and Pon sandals. IF THERE WERE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY

I would read more, cook more, sleep more.


ON THE CLOCK

FAVORITE ELEMENT IN MY KIDS ROOMS

Antique record player handed down from their great-grandfather.

AS A BUSY MOM, I LIVE IN

My dresses! So, so easy— and flats!

Good cheese, eggs and lots of chocolate. ALWAYS FIND

MY FAVORITE KIDS BOOK

Miss Rumphius— for living near the sea and leaving the world a more beautiful place and the Pigeon series by Mo Willems— for lots of silly laughs at bedtime!

OUR NIGHTTIME ROUTINE ALWAYS INCLUDES

Bath, [brushing] teeth, jammies, three books, three songs and prayers. THE ULTIMATE BABY SPLURGE

A SFERRA baby blanket with Noodle and Boo skin care or an outfit from Bonpoint.

THE BEST PIECE OF BABY GEAR I

My Maclaren stroller and Ergobaby carrier. Getting around easily with a baby is key! PURCHASED

Hawaii, backpacking Europe with girlfriends or eating my way through NYC. THE ULTIMATE MOMMY GETAWAY

A GLIMPSE OF MY MORNING WOULD

Frantically getting everybody dressed, fed and out the door before the school bell rings!

INCLUDE

THE PERFECT SUMMER ENSEMBLE

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Illesteva sunglasses, cherry chapstick and Bobbi Brown’s “Beach” perfume.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. THE LAST BOOK I READ

THE ONE ITEM IN MY HANDBAG THAT SAYS I’M A MOM

Wipes! Even though I don’t have any in diapers, I still carry wipes with me all the time.

Photos: Previous page: Tennis ball: Genius, Above: Disney Hyperion, Toothbrush: Drugstore.com Clock: Crate and Barrel, Book: Amazon

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A L I W E N T WORT H

Mini chats with the actress, comedian and New York Times bestselling author (and mom!) of funny reads Ali in Wonderland and Happily Ali After. INTERVIEW BY KAITLYN KIRBY PHOTO COURTESY OF HARPER COLLINS

We’re loving your new book, Happily Ali After. In a nutshell, what will readers find in this book?

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they feel they’re hanging out with their best friend!

Diving into the section dedicated to ALI WENTWORTH | A hilarious journey with parenting. Let’s keep it real, what’s helped me through my own version of self-imyou cut through the parenting chaos over provement. Many women have told me they the years? enjoy this book with a glass of wine because MINI |

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A sense of humor. I like to make my kids laugh at some of the absurdity that happens in parenting. Once my 12-year-old was so mad at me and screamed, “I hate you Ali Wentworth!” I stormed into her bedroom and said, “It’s I hate you MOM! Don’t sully the brand!” And we both cracked up.

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that hilariously in this book. What advice would you give or what perspective have you gained on wellness? We can’t be perfect beings. Do what you can do. If it’s a 30 minute walk, great! If you remember to take your calcium pill, great again. Unless you’re aiming to be a model in your latter years, just do what makes you feel good and is good for you!

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What do you think is the greatest challenge being the mom of two daughters?

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The book is categorized into four parts— Inspiration, Marriage, Parenting and Wellness. Give us your new life mantra in these areas.

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Not having them fall into the celebritygotta-look-perfect-trap. Girls fall prey so easily to body [and] face image issues and pop culture and the images they are constantly bombarded with don’t help. I sometimes show them images on Instagram and explain why they’re inappropriate (IE. young starlets almost naked with pouty mouths).

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Onto marriage— You’re married to George Stephanopoulos and maintaining crazy schedules, how do you keep things fresh and fun in your marriage?

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We do date nights! And take naps! George gets up at 2:30 AM every morning and you better believe I’m in bed with him at 8:30 PM.

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Inspiration— You have to pick and chose what inspires YOU! Some things work for some people and not for others. For me, telling me I’ll look good in a bikini never motivated me, but telling me I’ll have a heart attack young does! Marriage— Don’t neglect it! And keep laughing! Parenting— Enjoy your children. They will feel it and it makes them better people. Wellness— I hate to say it, I wish it were glazed doughnuts, but EXERCISE! ALI WENTWORTH |

Wrapping it all up in a bow— If you could give your daughters one piece of life advice, what would it be?

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Enjoy it! Savor it all! And brush your teeth or you’ll never get asked to prom.

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It’s so easy for moms to get down on themselves about wellness, but you’re tackling

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CENTRAL PARK

Oz and daughter, Philomena, take a stroll through NYC for some fun in the sun

DAPHNE OZ Co-host of The Chew, New Yorker, Foodie, Bestselling Author, Soon-tobe Mom of Two interview by

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photography by

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A PAST COVER MOM OF MINI

Daphne Oz first shared her thoughts about motherhood last summer. This time, she opens up about preparing to welcome a second little bundle of joy into her family— a little boy!

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We’re so excited to chat with you again! You’re soon to become a mom of two! How excited are you for your family to expand?

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John and I are over the moon! I’m not sure Philo really understands what is about to happen, but she’s so good at taking care of her baby doll, I feel like she’ll be a natural. We’ve had so much fun with her, it feels like we’re just going to get a double dose of that magic. We always joke we want seven kids, so we’re on our way!

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We’re certain Philo will be the best big sister! How are you preparing her to have a new baby in the house?

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I tell her every day that there’s a baby in my tummy and she kisses it. My biggest priority is just to have her do as much with us as possible once the baby comes. I never want her to feel like she’s lost me or is missing time, so it’s just a matter of giving her the extra love and patience she’s probably going to need until she realizes how lucky she is I’ve brought home a best friend for her!

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You’ve also found out you’re

having a BOY! How did you share the news with your family? It was really fun to find out this time and we are all so excited. We called our parents and told them to get ready for a wild little boy to join the party! I let my dad do the big gender reveal when he was visiting us on The Chew by wearing a blue shirt and tie, which was so fun for both of us!

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Are you starting to shop for boy clothes and designing a new nursery?

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I’m really lucky because I have aunts who have a bunch of little boys, so I just got a shipment of more boy clothes than I could ever know what to do with. I’m ordering some new onesies for the first couple months, but other than that I am totally stocked. I know better this time around than to invest in complicated or fancy clothing— so much of that stuff that I bought Philo for the first year was either never worn or destroyed immediately. In terms of the nursery, I think I’m still going to keep it fairly neutral, like I did with Philo. Just a warm, cozy, soft place with everything we need— lots of whites and creams, a sheepskin, gold and wood accents.

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As a co-host on The Chew and a foodie, what have you been cooking a lot of this pregnancy, so far?

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RAINBOW BABY

This bright blanket from The Land of Nod is perfect for kids spaces or summer picnics!


I feel like I’m eating so much more with him— tons of midnight snacks. He really likes savory food: Mexican (I eat chips and salsa for breakfast some mornings), falafel (I love to make my own, really herby and fresh), pizza (Philo loved that too… maybe it’s just that I really love pizza), a burger now and then, plus plenty of tart vinaigrette salads and fresh fruit. I can’t get enough watermelon and I’ve just devoured a bag full of the first juicy peaches of the season. And Peanut Chews! My husband keeps them in the car for me. It’s been fun to be pregnant in the spring and summer, since fresh produce is so easy and perfect to prepare.

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What are you enjoying cooking for Philo? Does she have favorite foods or meals right now?

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I cannot get enough of sweet, cold watermelon cubes with dollops of (pasteurized) goat cheese and a drizzle of olive oil, sea salt and cracked black pepper! It’s so fast to put together and hits my sweet and savory buttons while being really light and refreshing— perfect for a summer pregnancy! I also have been making a ton of pulled chicken salads. I’ll just use whatever is left from a rotisserie, and toss it together with chopped apples, maybe snap peas or cabbage, tons of fresh herbs (mint, parsley, chives), scallions, and then a simple oil and red wine vinegar dressing.

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Let’s talk style. Any new wardrobe staples for dressing the bump this time around?

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I bought two long, flowy dresses from Zara that I am living in. They’re so easy to make look polished even though they’re essentially like wearing tailored sheets. I also invested in a couple long tanks and t-shirts from Madewell, ASOS Maternity, and Destination Maternity/Pea in A Pod. I feel like all you really need are cute pregnancy jeans, shorts, or leggings and a top that’s long enough to cover up the elastic part.

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She’s been so good about eating this avocado-banana-spinach-yogurt smoothie every morning. She helps me put everything in the blender, which is a fun way to help her start to learn what everything is. She’s still really good about eating her vegetables if I sing her songs and she loves pasta with red sauce, yellow lentils, chicken and a roasted ginger-soy-garlic salmon that I make. She also has this mini kitchen right next to mine where she is always cooking and washing dishes— it’s hysterical!

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You shared a recipe with us the last time we chatted! What is your go-to summer recipe this year?

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What do you think will be the biggest change going from be-

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Q &A ULTIMATE MOMMY GETAWAY Anywhere someone is going to give me an amazing massage (Head, feet, shoulders, please!) and rub plenty of oil all over me so I don’t have to try to reach everywhere to moisturize. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Shrek and Toy Story are the ones I can watch over and over. LEAST FAVORITE FOOD Cilantro! FAVORITE KIDS BOOK Harry Potter everything. I loved the Chronicles of Narnia. And I knew Where the Wild Things Are by heart at two. FAVORITE FAMILYFRIENDLY RESTAURANT We take Philo for ramen at Ippudo NY as often as possible. MOMMY MANTRA I’ll sleep tonight. LIPSTICK Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Hope. FAVORITE COOKBOOK Ahem, Relish. My mom has a new cookbook called The Oz Family Table coming out in October that is going to be incredible.


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ing a mom of one to mom of two? Ah, I can’t even predict! I think it will just be that there is no more downtime. I also think we all have to keep reminding ourselves there are only 24 hours in the day. If everything doesn’t get done, it’s understandable. The most important thing is to do the best I can and enjoy every moment.

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Give us the rundown of a typical or ideal summer day with your little family.

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My ideal summer day is a Saturday at my family’s place in Maine when my husband is home. We wake up, have breakfast tacos, homemade blueberry pancakes or pastries from Standard Baking Co. in Portland and then read the paper while Philomena naps. Then we take her to the beach or set up the sprinkler in the backyard! In the afternoon, we’ll lie in the hammock and sing songs (Itsy Bitsy Spider, probably, since she just learned the hand motions and loves it) and play hide and seek and finger paint. Maybe we’ll go for a drive and explore. We found a great pick-your-own blueberry place last year! For dinner, it’s a lobster bake and fresh corn on the cob, tomato salad and homemade garlic bread! [Next it’s] s’mores on the bonfire after Philo’s asleep— next year, I’ll let her stay up. I’m tempted to say I’d finish with a movie in a cold room, but I’ll probably be asleep.

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M A R C E L A VA L L A D O L I D Mini chats with the chef and co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen— and now recently, new mom! PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARCELA VALLADOLID

Talk to us about your garden! What are you currently growing? What do you love to grow?

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My happy place. I still walk out there in the morning and can’t believe I live here after ten years of imagining it! The list is really long (it’s 1400 sq. feet), MARCELA VALLADOLID |

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but right now I have lots of lettuce greens, potatoes, six different kinds of chiles, summer squash zucchini, patty pan squash, gherkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, pinto beans, tomatillos, cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, fennel, chard, garlic, leeks, all the herbs. It’s a lot, and I cook all of it so no favorites.


How long have you had the garden and what inspired you to grow your own food?

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I’ve had it for a little less then a year and it’s something that I’ve dreamt of for many, many years. To see something go from seed to table and to taste the difference from homegrown compared to supermarket produce is a dream come true for someone who cooks for a living.

Talk to us about how your garden changed the way you ate during your pregnancy. What did you eat a lot of?

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I ate a lot of citrus and a lot of salads. All from the garden. Honestly, it was a great pregnancy and I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I really tried to keep my food choices clean and healthy so I could maintain my energy and it worked.

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How are you getting your neighborhood involved?

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How has growing your own food changed the way you and your family eat?

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Our menus are much more seasonal, for obvious reasons. And our food is much simpler. When you have such amazing natural sweetness and flavor all you need is a little olive oil, sea salt and a quick roast. MARCELA VALLADOLID |

How are you teaching your family great eating habits by growing things with them? What habits are you hoping to instill in them?

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My older son Fau planted the pinto bean for a school project in a mason jar then went out and planted it in the garden without me even noticing. Now it’s gotten so big we had to add a trellis. He can’t wait for them to grow, be dried out and cooked. He understands, respects and is so excited about the process. That’s what I want from my kids. MARCELA VALLADOLID |

I often have my son’s or my nieces’ classmates over and we harvest and talk about ingredients! I’m planning on bringing all of my son’s and nieces’ classrooms in the fall for harvest and cooking lessons. MARCELA VALLADOLID |

Q&A FAVORITE FAMILY MEAL French Wine, seared lamb chops and roasted garden veggies. PREGNANCY CRAVING Minneolas. I would eat a dozen in one sitting. BEST DATE NIGHT Madeo’s in West Hollywood. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Up! PARENTING ADVICE Love cures everything.


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JULIE M O N TA G U Mother of Four, Yoga Instructor, Author of Best-selling Cookbook Superfoods, Cast Member Ladies of London interview by

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photography by

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A TRUE LADY

Montagu’s husband is also known as Viscount Hinchingbrooke, making her a true Lady of London!

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We’re loving Ladies of London and can’t wait for Season 2! What can we look forward to seeing this season?

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For starters, there is a lot more drama! Two main cast members have left and two new [ones] (including me as I was supporting cast last year) are now on the scene! But much more than the drama, it’s become a sort of sisterhood and I actually don’t know what I’d do without these other women in my life. We’ve truly and honestly bonded.

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What do you think are the benefits of raising your kids in London?

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For me, I love the culture that London oozes. Taking my kids to places that have been around for hundreds of years sometimes makes my jaw drop and you can never, ever get sick of that! MINI | How have you instilled healthy eating habits in your kids? Do you have suggestions for our Mini moms? JULIE MONTAGU |

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about leading by example rather than forcefeeding it. They see how much energy I have, how happy I am and how much I love healthy food and they want it too! start them as young as possible. Feed them the good stuff and they will mostly likely never crave the bad. When I started my whole healthy eating journey, my youngest was two and he’s probably the healthiest eater out of all of them!

percent of the time and then the other 20 percent, I eat what I feel like! So yes, I do have french fries! I do try to stick to eating at least one dark, leafy green a day whether in my smoothie or on my plate and I definitely stay away from refined sugar.

As a superfood lover and author of Superfoods, tell us about your diet! What do you try to stick to?

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What do typical meals look like in your house on any given day?

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My husband is in Dorset for the week and back on the weekends which leaves all of the cooking to me! During those days, we are vegan [and] vegetarian. I’ll choose some of their favorite recipes from


RIGHT Montagu’s yoga classes are some of the most soughtafter in London. ABOVE Montagu is the mother of four: Emma, Jack, William and Nestor.

Q&A DINNER LAST NIGHT Homemade veggie burger. BEFORE KIDS, I NEVER THOUGHT I would have had so many kids! MY PARENTING STYLE Laid back. THE PERFECT SUMMER DAY Picnic at Mapperton (the Montagu’s family estate). ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Spinach. FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN LONDON Eight over Eight. SIGNATURE SCENT Philosykos by Diptyque Paris. FAVORITE SHOPS Zara and Anthropologie. BEST PARENTING ADVICE Trust your gut instinct. FAVORITE FAMILY RECIPE My Red Velvet Lentils on Brown Rice from my book. My 10-year-old can polish it off in no time and even go on to seconds and even thirds— if there’s any left!


my book, Superfoods, but also whip up a quick veggie soup and serve it with toasted bread. Another fast option is soba noodles with marinated tofu and broccoli. They actually all love salad as long as I pile in lentils, tomatoes, feta, raisins, pumpkin seeds and a good dressing! Let’s talk style. What can we find you wearing most often this summer?

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If it’s not yoga kit, then it’s my Boden jeans, a Spiritual Gangster t-shirt and my very red Adidas trainers!

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What are your kids living in these days?

MINI |

Having one girl and three boys, there’s not a whole lot of style going around apart from my daughter! The boys are happy wearing anything that’s basic and fits! My daughter is your typical TopShop girl.

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You’re a Chicago girl. What has changed most for you since moving to the UK?

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[Everything] from the roads to storage (where is it?) to gardens! I miss the wide open spaces. But truthfully, and I get this is a strange one, I miss the proper corn on the cob! You can’t get better corn than from the Midwest. It’s simply the best! MINI | How have you embraced the British culture? What traditions, customs or mannerisms have you adopted since moving there? JULIE MONTAGU |

use a fork. My lingo is [also] different. No more “bathroom,” it’s loo. No more “garbage,” it’s rubbish. No more “line,” it’s queue. Driving on the other side of the road took a long time to get used to and so did looking both ways— the wrong way! If you could give your kids one piece of advice, what would it be?

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It’s a quote from Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

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I’ve been here for well over a decade now, nearly two! I definitely eat differently— as in using both my fork and my knife. In America, you pretty much just

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JENNI K AY N E LOS ANGELES BASED DESIGNER

Jenni Kayne is best known for her timeless wardrobe classics for every season and age. Now with her collaboration for Pottery Barn Kids, you can bring home Kayne’s effortlessly chic and cool Californian vibe— in Mini size! interview by

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We’re loving the new collection for PBKids! Talk to us about how your style is mirrored in the collection.

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My approach to clothing is similar to my approach to design [and] interiors. I like classic comfortable pieces. My lifestyle tells a pretty consistent story— nothing too precious or complicated, just clean, well-made pieces that will stand the test of time.

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Did your own children inspire you to create some of the pieces in this collection? How so?

MINI |

Yes, they were certainly an inspiration! My goal for the collection with Pottery Barn Kids was to create items I would want in my own kids’ rooms at home. I approached it as if I was doing everything over again, designing their rooms from scratch. These are truly pieces I can’t wait to incorporate.

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We’re loving the fun, statement pieces like the plush zebra head and pendant lights. What is the best way to incorporate these into design in children’s spaces since these will pack a (chic!) punch?

MINI |

The animal heads are really versatile. You can collage them into a gallery wall to add dimension or simply hang three in a line over a desk, bed or playroom.

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THE TEE PEE

BUCKET BAG

R I PL EY K I L I M RU G

The Teepee is perfect for summer! You can set it up in the backyard or inside.

One of my favorites because it’s so versatile and fits so much.

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How about must-haves for a playroom?

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Most important are the rug or a play structure, just like the wonderful tent we designed for the collection. A beautiful quilt or blanket can transform a room instantly. They are an easy way to bring color to a room and are softer to play on.

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What would you say is a no-no in decorating kids spaces?

MINI |

I love wooden toys over plastic. I think they’re beautiful and safe, and they encourage my kids to use their imaginations.

JENNI KAYNE |

We’re headed to many baby showers this summer! What pieces from the collection would make excellent baby shower gifts?

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That’s a great question! If the parents have a name picked out, I would gift the baby’s initials in glitter letters and a set of muslin swaddles. When I first had my children, I only wanted to wrap them in the coziest fabrics. A new mom can never have enough blankets!

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QUEEN OF HARTS YOU MAY RECOGNIZE HER FROM THE HIT ‘90S

TV series Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but Melissa Joan Hart has since taken the throne as queen of her own little family, the mother of three boys (Mason, Brady and Tucker) and now founder (with her husband, Mark) of American inspired boyswear line, King of Harts.

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We’re so excited to have you on our summer cover! You’ve been busy with Melissa & Joey, your new kids line King of Harts and of course, your three boys! Tell us how you make it all work— what are your keys to keeping the balance between career and motherhood? Especially traveling for filming?

MINI |

We adore King of Harts, so many adorable things! What inspired you to create the boyswear line with your husband, Mark?

MINI |

Mark and I created King of Harts because we recognized a need in the market, but also because we love that it’s something we can work on at home, MELISSA JOAN HART | I think every while the kids are at school and mom, dad and person is trying to asleep which is awesome! We really achieve balance in their lives. I’m wanted to give little boys some cool, very blessed to be a working mom fun clothes to wear to school, the with a wonderful husband who park and playdates. We were tired of enjoys being with his kids. While on every kid wearing the same old liset, it’s not always easy to spend time censed characters on their shirts, like with my kids but the great part about Spider-Man my career is as hard as I work and and Teenage as busy as my schedule is, I also get Mutant Ninja solid days and weeks to be a full-time Turtles. We mommy too. started with MELISSA JOAN HART |

MUCH O S S I “THERE NTING] E R A P T [ABOU E PA R E S R P E N NO O TA R T I N G S , R O F G YO U FEEDIN T S A E R WITH B G ALL N I U N I T N AND C O HROUGH Y T T H E WA LIFE.”


wanting to make awesome graphics and great jeans but couldn’t help expanding to button-downs and outerwear. What can we find in the latest collection?

MINI |

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different city to pull our inspiration from. The collection includes amazing graphics including a snowboarder, goofy bear and paintball tees. We also have blue camo pants with an elastic waist band for those picky boys that don’t like tight pants. I’m [also] very excited about our new denim jacket and our super cool plaid flannel shirts, especially our houndstooth dip-dye button down. 

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“THE NEW LINE IS INSPIRED BY OUR FAVORITE VACATION SP OT, L AKE TAHOE.”


routine into the mix. What do you stick to, fitness or diet wise? After my third son was born and I was hitting my mid-30s and I needed a little extra help losing the baby weight. I found Nutrisystem and became a spokesperson after successfully losing 40 pounds with their program. My husband loves to work out and we find alone time hitting the gym together, which is nice [since] date nights are few and far between these days. I also love to spend time with my girlfriends taking walks, spin classes and paddle boarding. MELISSA JOAN HART |

Your show Melissa & Joey just wrapped a successful run! What was your favorite part of working with Joey Lawrence or on the show in general?

MINI |

We have to talk style! What are your boys living in these days?

MINI |

My oldest, Mason is all about comfy pants, which is where we got the inspiration for our new camo and khaki elastic waistband pants. My Brady, who is seven, loves anything with bright colors and Tucker, who is two, loves anything with animals on it like our new Tahoe Bear graphic or the goofy lobster from the spring collection. MELISSA JOAN HART |

You look amazing! With such a busy schedule, tell us how you work a fitness

MINI |

We had such a blast and were well aware that we were very blessed to have such a great writing staff and crew to spend six years working alongside. The last episode was very emotional as we said our goodbyes. Everyone was very present in the moment and reveling in the memories of all the time we had together. MELISSA JOAN HART |

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D AND N A B S U “MY H B AC K Y L E T I N I I DEF ER UP H T O H E AC M E S TO O C T I WHEN NG AND I T N E R PA G THE N I N I L P I DISC KIDS.”

LEFT Hart and her husband, Mark Wilkerson.


I think moms of boys need to have tons of energy and just expect that your house won’t be neat again until they are grown and move out. I’ve had to learn that playing with my boys is much more important than any household chore or email. It’s a hard thing to remember, but I truly try to keep in mind that they are only young once. They won’t always want to snuggle in your bed after a nightmare or hold your hand at the zoo or give you giant bear hugs when they get off the bus. You need to soak up every minute and be present for the little moments.

MINI |

Let’s face it— motherhood is hard! What do you think is the one thing no one really prepares you for?

MINI |

Would you say you and your husband are a team when it comes to parenting or do you play different roles?

MINI |

My husband and I definitely back each other up when it comes to parenting and disciplining the kids — we’re a team. He calls me “Santa” because I spoil the kids and he has the iron fist. I wish I didn’t, but I’ll say to the kids, “Do you want me to call Daddy and tell him what you did?” I always thought I’d be strict, but I’m not. MELISSA JOAN HART |

What do you think is the greatest challenge of being the mom of three boys?

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There is so much no one prepares you for, starting with breastfeeding and continuing all the way through life. But the great thing is you can lean on friends and family and others in your community going through the same struggles of child rearing. And no one prepares you for the fact that heads bleed... A LOT! So when you think they need an ambulance, try cleaning the wound first. Oftentimes, it’s a tiny scrape. MELISSA JOAN HART |


B OY S — F O S M “MO T H AT T C E P X T J U ST E E WO N ’ S U O H YO U R AG A I N T A E N E B Y ARE E H T L I UNT OV E M D N A G R OW N O U T. ”


& LAST BOOK I READ Things I Can’t Explain: a Clarissa Novel by the creator of Clarissa Explains It All. IN MY HANDBAG A pacifier pouch, Boogie Wipes, Essie nail polish for that hopeful day I will find a nail salon and 15 minutes to myself. MOM UNIFORM Yoga pants (duh) and a comfy tee. FAVORITE FAMILY MEAL Spaghetti is the only food all my picky eaters will agree on. TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER Decaf soy latte. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Recently, Inside Out. Of all time, Megamind. BEST PARENTING ADVICE “You have great instincts. Do what you feel is right!” -My Mommy BEST DATE NIGHT A local farm to table restaurant with a quiet corner. GUILTY PLEASURE Instagram. DREAM VACATION Finland glass-roof igloo hotel to see the Northern Lights.  FAMILY TRADITION Fourth of July in Lake Tahoe.


S OA K O T D E “ YO U N E M I N U T E Y UP EVER ES E N T R P E B AND LIT TLE E H T R FO TS.” MOMEN

THIS PAGE Hart in her favorite summer vacation spot— Lake Tahoe!


FROM THE PARTY TO THE OFFICE

and everything in between, the Alice + Olivia brand aims to dress women for all aspects of their lives. But how does the CEO and Creative Director manage to keep up with the thriving label with two littles— while pregnant? Mini sits down to find out!

S TA C E Y BENDET Mom to Eloise and Scarlet (plus, one on the way!), CEO and Creative Director, Alice + Olivia interview by

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Talk to us about how Alice + Olivia came to be. Is there a specific memory that stands out from the early days of the brand?

MINI |

I started it as fun, novelty pants. I remember our first show having the girls walk topless carrying beautiful bouquets of color-coordinated flowers. I remember launching at Barneys and the feeling of seeing my designs in a store for the first time. I remember opening our first retail store. It’s been 13 years and I have lots of great memories!

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How is your personal style reflected in the Alice + Olivia line?

MINI |

There are so many pieces in the [latest] collection that I am absolutely coveting, from our beaded boots to the long jacquard vests and velvet striped jackets. I can’t wait to try it all on!

STACEY BENDET |

What do you find yourself wearing most often?

MINI |

I am almost seven months pregnant, so I have been wearing maxi skirts and stretchy tops these days! But I am still rocking some bell bottoms. The leather ones we did for fall are a MNO (Mommy’s Night Out!) must!

STACEY BENDET |

Describe your daughters’ style. What style quirks or loves have they inherited from you?

MINI |

It is very much about me, what I see, what I am doing, what I love and of course, what I want to wear! I think of the brand as a true women’s lifestyle brand— I want to dress women for every part of their lives… from the party to the office to the weekend and beach! It is constantly evolving.

STACEY BENDET |

What are some of your favorite pieces from the current Alice + Olivia collection?

Sunglasses: Sons + Daughters

MINI |

Eloise is more of the minimalist. She loves black ponti pants and white button-down shirts, hair in a pony, high top sneakers— she is really cool in her own minimalist way. Scarlet is my little fashionista, heart-shaped glasses, tutus, rocker t-shirts— she is a character!

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Q+ A MY PARENTING BOOK WOULD BE CALLED There Is No Such Thing As Perfect. MY PARENTING STYLE I like to allow for independence. I want to raise my little ladies to be strong and confident, but also aware and compassionate. SIGNATURE SCENT I never wear perfume. FAVORITE FAMILY MEAL If you ask me, Nobu. If you ask the kids, pizza. Sometimes it is a mix of the two! MOMMY GETAWAY Weekend in Positano at Villa Tre Ville. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Maleficent. BIGGEST STYLE PET PEEVE Sweat pants. No one over 12 should wear sweat pants out of the house. LAST BOOK I READ The Beautiful Fall.

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What is your advice for designing a great summer wardrobe? Are there pieces you’re excited to incorporate this season?

MINI |

I think summer is the time for beautiful flowing dresses and skirts. A bohemian feel to dressing, tunics, beaded sandals— and you can never go wrong with a little fringe! I am [also] always a fan of big, fun hats and bright colors!

I start each morning doing Ashtanga yoga. I have practiced Ashtanga for 12 years through pregnancies, late nights and all. It is always the way I start my day!

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How does that style carry over into your home? What inspiration went into designing your home spaces?

MINI |

I find that fashion and interiors are constantly mixing together in my mind. Things I am designing or working on for a store will often influence a color or print in a collection. I have also been known to use collection fabrics in my home.

STACEY BENDET |

Moms are always pressed for time. What are your simple steps to great style?

MINI |

Madness mornings always! I am a big fan of the pulled back hair in a bun look! It is quick and clean and red lipstick takes 30 seconds for a color pop!

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How do you balance work and motherhood? Do you think there are any keys to keeping the balance?

MINI |

The best I can! I think it is important to make time for yourself, but it is never easy! You just do the best you can.

STACEY BENDET |

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

MINI |

Give us a sneak peek into your life. How do you begin each morning and end each day? Do you have a routine?

MINI |

To believe in your dreams and never give up.

STACEY BENDET |

BEFORE KIDS

COFFEE ORDER

C L E A N HA N D S

“I never thought I would wear a heel lower than six inches.”

Bendet’s typical coffee order actually is “a green tea!”

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PUTTING TO USE HER FORMER

styling and lingerie designer experience, this Kentucky-bred creative went to work handpicking everyday essentials for new moms and beyond. What’s more, her shop gives parents an answer to the wardrobe-challenging demands of breastfeeding.

MORGAN HUTCHINSON Mom to Olive, Founder, BURU interview by

K A I T LY N K I R B Y

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We love a mom with her pulse on style! Give us a peek into why you started BURU and what it means.

MINI |

After the arrival of our sweet Olive, I realized that my personal style needed a shift. I immediately learned that most of my wardrobe was not nursingfriendly or washable or flexible enough to accommodate the changes happening to my body. While many brands have made huge advancements in maternity fashion, no one was speaking to moms post birth— a much longer phase of motherhood. After spending a lot of time online trying to curate my own mom style, I discovered the void for a onestop shop for stylish moms to find the looks they love, want and need. MORGAN HUTCHINSON |

You started the company with your husband— tell us what that was like. What’s

MINI |

it like working together on the business front? Brett is a super supportive husband. In fact (and don’t tell him this), he should probably use the word “NO” with me more often! His support is a major driving force for me to keep going on the days when things feel impossible. MORGAN HUTCHINSON |

Why is BURU a go-to shop for moms and moms-to-be?

MINI |

There is a lot of noise online these days, so many options to shop and so many websites trying to gain a mom’s business everyday. BURU’s goal is to carefully curate a collection of styles from top MORGAN HUTCHINSON |


designers, well-known and emerging, to take the guess work out of mom style. We focus on easy access for nursing, washable wears, fits that flatter and killer pieces worth the splurge.

moisturizer, concealer, mascara, bronzer, red lipstick and a teasing comb. In terms of getting dressed quickly, I am a dress and jumpsuit kind of girl. When dressing the bump, what do you think is the biggest misconception or no-no?

MINI |

What do you think is key to creating the perfect summer look for a busy mom?

MINI |

I think you reserve the tent dress for the early months when the bump looks more like a beer gut. After it pops, I think it’s wise to wear more form-fitting styles. After the bump and boobs pop, a voluminous dress can actually make a mom look bigger. MORGAN HUTCHINSON |

A mom can easily tackle summer style with white jeans, a chambray shirt, comfy sandals, a little white dress and lots of Lemlem, Mara Hoffman and Ace & Jig! MORGAN HUTCHINSON |

We all know moms are pressed for time. What are your simple steps to great style?

MINI |

As far as beauty goes, I can be out the door in five minutes with

We know balancing work and motherhood can be a struggle. How do you make it work?

MINI |

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“You can’t go wrong with a crisp white shirt.”

“Key for getting out the door quickly.”

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“Comfy Jeans with a killer fit and higher rise.”

“Easy to wear and works with a lot of body types.”

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Am I making it work?

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Some days, yes. Some days, no. The days I get it right are the days I remember to compartmentalize and truly give my all to the task at hand. While there are times when multi-tasking works, I find that when it comes to your little ones, it’s important to be present when they are present and find childcare when it’s time to put your nose to the grindstone and work. Mompreneurs are on the move! What advice would you give to other moms who are looking at starting their own businesses?

MINI |

I would say START! Planning is important, but sometimes you have to bite the bullet. You can’t learn from mistakes without making them. And when you do, don’t give up! Believe me, you will want to, but that’s when it’s time to evolve, hustle and keep going. MORGAN HUTCHINSON |

“ST YLE IS ABOUT CREATIVIT Y AND SELF EXPRESSION. WEAR WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL HAPPY AND CONFIDENT.”


fastfacts FAVORITE LOCAL ACTIVITY Summer Farmers’ Market. PARENTING ADVICE Trust your gut. MOM UNIFORM Day dresses. ITEM IN MY HANDAG THAT SAYS I’M A MOM Spare little girl panties. MOMMY GETAWAY NYC or Palm Springs. GUILTY PLEASURE Candy corn. GO-TO LIPSTICK Tom Ford. LAST BOOK I READ What is a book? BEST DATE NIGHT Champagne sipping at a beautiful hotel bar. TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER Latte. Three shots with almond milk. SIGNATURE SCENT Replica by Maison Martin Margiela. FAVORITE FAMILY TRADITION Long strolls and lazy Sundays. STYLE ADVICE FOR MY DAUGHTER Have fun! Style is about creativity and self-expression. Wear what makes you feel happy and confident.

“YOU CAN’T LEARN FROM MISTAKES WITHOUT MAKING THEM. AND WHEN YOU D O, D ON’T GIVE UP!”


ON THE CLOCK

Mini spends ten minutes with Elizabeth Chambers Hammer, co-owner of BIRD Bakery and chief correspondent of the Human Rights Foundation. PHOTO BY LILIANA STOREY

OUR NIGHTTIME ROUTINE

A GLIMPSE OF MY MORNING

For Harper, dinner, bath then bed and hopefully sleeping through the night!

Kombucha first thing and the newspaper— either at home or to go. Invite children into your life, not the other way around.

The most comfortable (yet attractive) glider I could find. We both love To Kill a Mockingbird and even before we were married, we decided that Harper Hammer was the perfect name. . PERFECT SUMMER ENSEMBLE

A white Isabel Marant dress with gladiator sandals.

[My daughter] has about 10 dresses that my mother hand-smocked for her. FAVORITE BABY ITEM

OUR DAUGHTER’S NAME

The color of the walls is the perfect shade of blush. I’m not a pink person, so it was important to create the right color and by combining three different shades, I think I did. FAVORITE ELEMENT IN HER NURSERY

Walking or taking a Vespa to dinner at our favorite local restaurant, seeing a movie then going for our favorite ice cream or dessert.

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FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE

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THE SIMPLE LIFE PACIFIC NORTHWEST BASED MOM

Katie Richardson set out to simplify parenthood with her husband, Ben. Together, the two founded Puj—a brand that has already become a household name in the parenting industry— to support others with littles, their own family and with the hopes of supporting their community of Vancouver, Washington in the future.

interview by

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Richardson and her husband, Ben, with their four children.

ou founded Puj with your husband, Ben, and you’ve been on a mission to simplify parenthood ever since. Tell us about the “Aha!” moment that started Puj.

I was a young stay-at-home mom who was frequently frustrated with complicated baby gear. So rather than wait for someone to design a better solution, I decided why not me? I have a BFA in Product Design and I love problem solving. Bath time was my biggest frustration so I decided to start there. Set-up was complicated and my son always cried through the whole bath. I knew there had to be a better way! I still remember giving the first prototype to a friend to test on her newborn. That look on her face when I asked for it back said it all. I knew the design was something that every new mom could not live without! KATIE RICHARDSON |

ABOVE

What was the first item in your product line?

MINI |

Richardson and her husband, Ben, at Puj HQ in Vancouver.

The Puj Tub. We premiered it at a Trade Show in 2009. After a series of hurdles and mishaps leading up to the show, we ended up knocking it out of the park and were the star! Every buyer who walked into our booth placed an order. It was an amazing year where we went from essentially $0 in sales to over $1,000,000. The many years of hard work and sacrifice had finally paid off. I knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel and the daily dinners of rice and beans were coming to an end. KATIE RICHARDSON |

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We’re excited to be taking a peek at Puj HQ! Can you give us a rundown of the space and what happens here?

MINI |

What inspires you to simplify parenthood and create new items?

MINI |

This building has a lot of meaning to me. It was built by a man who as a young polish immigrant turned junk into a multi-million dollar business. My wish is to provide opportunities for my family and employees to learn and grow. The space is very open and raw with lots of character throughout like natural sky-lights and tall green barn doors. This is where everything Puj happens. Design, photography, prototyping, shipping, customer service, sales meetings, mommy focus groups [and] kid testing. KATIE RICHARDSON |

Life as a parent can easily turn into chaos. At Puj, we work really hard to strip away the extras so you are only left with the essential. Our products are intuitive and easy to use. I want to wow people with the brilliance of our design. Because ultimately, the time we have with our children is so fleeting. I want people to relax and enjoy these precious moment with their baby. KATIE RICHARDSON |

For instance, what inspired you to create the new Phillup cups (which we love!)?

MINI |

You’re dedicated to getting involved in your community in Vancouver, WA. How is Puj serving the community?

MINI |

I noticed my kids frequently asking for a glass of water throughout the day. With four kids, that is a lot of cups to be filling up! Children love helping themselves, but with cups high up in the cupboard it’s hard to get their own. Now with Phillup, the cup is hung at kid height and they can now get their own water and keep their glass in a place they know they can find it. KATIE RICHARDSON |

My plan is to expand Puj into a community business as well. I hope to provide a space where experts in many fields can come and teach “simplifying parenthood” on a new level. KATIE RICHARDSON |


As the parents of four kids, how do you make sure you’re keeping all of the plates spinning?

MINI |

Finding balance is possible but it takes great focus and dedication. First and foremost, I take care of my spiritual needs with scripture reading and prayer. Then I take care of myself so I have the energy and focus my family and Puj deserves. This means daily exercise, eating fresh, organic foods, drinking lots of water and dedicating myself to a solid night’s sleep. Those things right there are the recipe to success in my book! KATIE RICHARDSON |

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“Life as a PARENT CAN EASILY TURN into chaos. At Puj we work really hard to strip away the extras so you are only left with the essential.”


How would you define your parenting style?

MINI |

Parenting is full of small teaching opportunities. I try to instill principles of truth in my kids so as they grow up they can make their own decisions and govern themselves. We all seek independence in one form or another, so I try to give my kids the tools they need to make good choices in life and find happiness. KATIE RICHARDSON |

As an entrepreneur, is that drive something you hope to instill in your kids?

MINI |

I can already see the entrepreneurial spirit in all of my kids (11,9,6 and 20 months). The world has changed drastically and everyone needs to be entrepreneurial minded wherever they work. I hope to give my kids the faith and confidence they need to find joy and adventure. KATIE RICHARDSON |

Let’s talk gifts for new moms! For those heading to baby showers this summer, what Puj products would make the best gifts?

MINI |

Hands down, our Puj Splash is the best baby shower gift! It includes our travel tub, our clever infant towel, three of the softest wash cloths and hooks to hang it all. KATIE RICHARDSON |

“PARENTING IS FULL OF SMALL TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES. I TRY TO INSTILL PRINCIPLES OF TRUTH IN MY KIDS SO THEY CAN MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS AND GOVERN THEMSELVES.”


fastfacts MY PARENTING BOOK WOULD BE CALLED Simplifying Parenthood. MOM UNIFORM Light linen button-up with black Madewell high rise jeans, black leather Vans slip-on’s and hair pulled up, of course. DREAM GETAWAY Bora Bora with my husband sipping a virgin piña colada in my hammock over the water. ITEM IN MY HANDAG THAT SAYS I’M A MOM Leather diaper clutch from Leader Bag Co. FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT Andina’s Peruvian Tapas. GUILTY PLEASURE Trader Joe’s dark chocolate caramel sea salt bar. MY KIDS’ FAVORITE MOVIE Napoleon Dynamite. BEFORE KIDS, I NEVER THOUGHT I would say the words, “Don’t sit on your brothers head!” FAMILY TRADITION Mutton Bustin’ at the 4th of July Rodeo! IDEAL SUMMER DAY Blueberry picking, pineapple Popcicles, playing in the sand along the Columbia River with the kids.


BELOW Richardson’s four children play at Puj Headquarters.


RAINBOW BRIGHT SUMMER LOOKS IN EVERY COLOR OF THE RAINBOW

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AH, THE SEASON FOR BRIGHT COLORS AND SWIMSUITS IN FUN, FUNKY HUES. FLIP THROUGH THESE PAGES FOR THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SUMMER COLOR.

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LEFT Shirt: Target, Just One You by Carter’s (Boys) Swimsuit: Seafolly Sunglasses: Target Model: Riley


LEFT Swimsuit: Seafolly Sunglasses: Target Model: Riley RIGHT Sunglasses: Gap Kids, Vest: Target, Genuine Kids by Osh Kosh Swimsuit: Stella McCartney Kids, Bag: H&M Shoes: Her own Model: Bailey Sunglasses: Ray Ban T-Shirt: Target, Cherokee Shorts: H&M Shoes: H&M, Ball: Target Camera: Lomography Model: Cash Vest: Target, Genuine Kids by Osh Kosh, Swimsuit: Stella McCartney Kids, Shoes: Her own Model: Bailey


LEFT Sunglasses: Ray Ban T-Shirt: Target, Cherokee, Shorts: H&M, Shoes: H&M Model: Cash


LEFT Goggles: Speedo Shirt: Peek Kids Shorts: La Coste Model: Jet RIGHT Jacket: Tartine et Chocolat, Shirt: Tartine et Chocolat, Shorts: H&M, Shoes: Gap Kids Model: Brady


LEFT: Hat: Her own Sunglasses: Ray Ban Swimsuit: Seafolly Model: Indra


LEFT Glasses: Target Jacket: Catimini Swimsuit: Shoshana Model: Riley


Mini Magazine Summer 2015, Melissa Joan Hart