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BUMP FRIENDLY BEAUTY

Oh Baby MEET THE FIRST SMART PHONE SYNCHED CAR SEAT

CO M PAC T T R AV E L STROLLERS GAME CHANGING BASSINETS

STAND OUT KIDS SPACES

“I NEVER THOUGHT I ’ D H AV E A G I R L ! ”

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ON THE EDITOR’S LIST

Nanit is the greatest thing to come out of the baby monitor world— an absolute Mini Must-Have! “I love the insights Nanit gives on my daughter’s sleep schedule every morning and the overhead positioning, plus the clear picture on the smartphone app can’t be beat!” says Mini’s Editor in Chief Kate Kirby. —nanit.com

THIS JUST IN

STORQ KITS

“I CARRY MINE EVERY WHERE!” - K AT E K I R BY

Designed to make diaper changes on the go as easy as possible, the new kit bags from Storq make sure you’re equipped to tackle whatever bodily function or malfunction comes your way. Each kit bag includes a lightly padded changing mat, wipes pouch with slider for easy open and close, an interior divider, and an exterior loop handle for grabbing and hanging. —storq.com

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Minnow comes a sweet new collection of swimwear for your Minis! With gingham and stripes, muted pastels and polka dots, every single piece —from board shorts to bikinis—would make the perfect addition to your spring break suitcase! Not to mention, a go-to for pool (or beach) time all summer long! —minnowswim.com

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The Sarah Jessica Parker for Gap collection is spring perfect!

Enjoy cherry blossom season in Washington DC at the National Cherry Blossom Festival from March 17 through April 15!

Presidio Picnic is back for the season in San Francisco! Every Sunday through October 21, the whole family will enjoy!

Take the kids to LA’s latest pop-up, Candytopia— a sprawling sanctuary of confectionary bliss complete with marshmallow tsunami! Plan an Easter egg hunt this month! Whether it’s in your community or in your own backyard, your Minis will love searching for treasures!

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The gnomes are back! Sherlock Gnomes tells the tale of the legendary detective who arrives on the garden scene to investigate the case of Gnomeo and Juliet’s missing gnome friends.


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15 | MEET THE TEAM The team that makes all the Mini magic possible

28 | MOMMY CHIC It’s the style spot for our chic Mini moms

38 | BUNDLE OF JOY J.Crew just introduced a sweet way to save and stock your Mini’s closet

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32 | TECH KIDS The latest and greatest from the Mini tech sphere

A carefully-curated list of Kate’s favorites this season

34 | BOOK CLUB A collection of books to keep your Minis happy all spring long

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42 | AU NATURALE California cool designer Jenni Kayne just debuted a collection of baby gifts

44 | WOODEN WONDERS These eco-friendly maple and cherry toys are as precious as they are practical

62 | TAKING CARE The powerhouse mama behind the gamechanging vitamin brand, Ritual

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INSIDE LOOK: (On Right) A behind the scenes look at our spring cover shoot with Tia Mowry. (From Top) I can’t wait to wear this jacket everywhere I go this spring. My Penelope Plum turned one last month and I can’t believe how fast time has flown— it’s true what they say!

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Can you believe spring is here again? It’s so nice to hear the birds chirping and have the sun shine a little longer— not to mention, say goodbye to my big, fluffy parka I’ve been married to for the last few months. This issue, much like the weather, feels like a fresh, new start for 2018 and the pages are packed full with powerful parents, their experiences, and positive advice that will keep you inspired all year long. And let’s talk about that cover! We’re so thrilled to welcome Tia Mowry (I know you were a Sister Sister fan like I was!)

who could not look more radiant as she awaits the arrival of her second baby— a girl! We talked her greatest worry of motherhood, how she and her husband choose baby names, and how this pregnancy is different from her first. We’re also giving you a glimpse into the lives (and homes!) of moms like Eden Grinshpan, Rachel Parcell, Maya Brenner, and many more! I’m looking forward to another great year of Mini Magazine— thanks for coming along!

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EDITOR’S LIST ◀ CUDDLE BUGS

Baby Tula has debuted the softest, snuggliest blankets imaginable! —babytula.com

EASY BREEZY

Give me all of the comfy dresses this spring! Sonnet James is one of my favorite brands for these. —sonnetjames.com

SNOT SUCKER

No one should ever go through sick season without the NoseFrida. —fridababy.com

COLOR BLOCK

The Boxy Backpack is all I carry— this new print is fantastic! —petunia.com

◀ SELF CARE ◀ ALL DAY PLAY

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I gravitate toward playsuits for my own Mini and I love this one. —milesbaby.com

The new HATCH MAMA Beauty line is a must-have for any mom! —hatchcollection.com


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SIRONA M WITH

The only smart-tech convertible car seat that provides essential alerts to keep baby safe while you drive and when you arrive.

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R A I N J AC K E T S G A LO R E WONDERFUL WELLIES C U D D LY B U N N I E S

◀ MINI SPECTACLES

Warby Parker for Kids recently launched a 12week pilot in all of their New York City stores. Along with their parents, kids can try on the collection, purchase in-store, have the frames shipped right to their home or swing by and pick them up in person! The kids collection will offer scaled-down versions of their favorite existing frames in cool colors like Peony, Jet Black, Eastern Bluebird Fade, Oak Barrel, and Tea Rose Fade— all for $95, including prescription lenses. —warbyparker.com

AVA I L A B L E I N A L L N YC S TO R E S U N T I L APRIL!

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STORM TROOPER

When the weather turns wet and windy, no one says you have to stay inside— just grab one of these Mini jackets!

SIGNATURE SLICKERS

You can’t go wrong with these classic rain jackets for the littles! Above: $19; Joe Fresh Rain Jacket; joefresh.com Below: $70; Waterproof SeamSealed Rain Jacket; hannaandersson.com

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PAINTED LADY

BERRY CUTE

This Stella McCartney Kids marble jacket is a showstopper. $184; smallable.com

A strawberry print makes the yucky weather seem A-OK. $65; jcrew.com.

WET AND WILD

HOP HOP

A sweet safari scene adorns this Mini rain slicker. $29.99; hm.com

Peter Rabbit likes to hide and play all over this spring jacket. $41; nordstrom.com.


Introducing elegant Grey Melange. A classic, versatile neutral. StokkeÂŽ XploryÂŽ

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S P L A S H G UA R D

Those muddy puddles are calling your Mini’s name— but don’t send them outdoors without some waterproof wellies on their feet!

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$29.95; Tucker + Tate Puddle Rain Boot, nordstrom.com

$55; Hunter First Classic Metallic Rain Boot, nordstrom.com

$70; Splash Me Kids Flower Rain Boots, amazon.com

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$36; Hatley Kids Rainbow Hearts Rain Boots, zappos.com

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HOP ALONG

They’re bouncing around your backyard— and now your Mini’s wardrobe! Bunnies are an adorable addition to any spring ensemble.

PAJAMA GAME

Cozy up with these bunny pjs—no whiskers required! Above: $50; Petidoux Easter Bunny Pajamas; thetot.com; Below: $26; Bunny Sleep Set; gap.com

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BUNNY BRIGADE

Your Minis can rock this bunny tee all spring long. $24.50; nordstrom.com

This bunny print hooded jacket is cute as can be. $48; bodenusa.com.

RABBIT RABBIT

ONE OF A KIND

The Sarah Jessica Parker x Gap collab includes this must-have. $33; gap.com.

This limited edition bunny onesie is perfect for spring babies. $146; oeufnyc.com.


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T H E T W O -TO N E LEGGINGS ARE A MINI

Spring often signals a desire to get your body moving again—whether that means a walk around the block with the family, taking a yoga class, or hitting the gym. But no matter your fitness flavor, sometimes all you need is to refresh your workout wardrobe to really light your fire. The bodyhugging leggings from Outdoor Voices offer snug support to sculpt, lift, and tone your butt, while also wicking away moisture. Not to mention, they’re chic enough to wear through any errands, drop-off, or even brunch. —outdoorvoices.com

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RIGHT NOW WE’RE LOVING

The Jenny Pennywood collab with Solly Baby and the best prints your baby wrap could possible rock for spring! The soft neutrals and bold patterns are such a dreamy combination. —sollybaby.com

THIS JUST IN

HATCH MAMA HATCH, the brand dedicated to chic clothing for before, during and after pregnancy, launched their first maternity beauty collection, HATCH MAMA. Formulated by chemists and herbalists using all natural, non-toxic ingredients, the line is 100% pregnancy safe and includes products like Belly Oil, a stretch mark minimizing Belly Mask, Hair Oil, Leg and Foot Relief Cream, and even a set of aromatherapy oils. —hatchcollection.com

MINI MUST-HAVE

“ I’m a huge fan of the hand-embroidered

cashmere Lingua Franca sweaters, so these lush travel sets are a must!” says Mini’s Editor in Chief Kate Kirby. “ Plus, let’s talk about the message on this one— you can’t go wrong!” —linguafranca.nyc

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RIGHT NOW WE’RE LOVING

The new denim maternity line from Good American. Designed to give both shape and comfort, the collection embraces and enhances your body during the early stages of motherhood. —goodamerican.com

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You’ve probably seen a few of these all over the internet (Instagram loves these tees!), so indulge yourself this spring! The latest offering from The Bee and the Fox has a hot tip— Don’t Mess with Mama. if you’re going to rock a tee every day, what could be better than a sassy shirt like this one that celebrates motherhood! —thebeeandthefox.com

RIGHT NOW WE’RE LOVING

The leggings from performance-first lifestyle brand VARLEY for all of your moving and grooving this spring. The stretchy soft fabric is lightweight and supportive, while the hidden pocket adds a dash of practicality for toting tiny essentials on the go. This floral print has us ready to brighten up our workout wardrobe! —varley.com


T H E L AT E S T F R O M THE MINI TECH SPHERE

Tech

MINI MUST HAVE

NANIT The smartest monitor to hit the market— Nanit has truly thought of everything! This must-have device boasts a shatter-resistant lens, 5-foot cord channel to keep cords under wraps, and is specifically designed so Minis in the 90th percentile of growth can’t reach the camera! Nanit’s directional antenna keeps Wi-Fi signals away from baby while they’re in the crib and the overhead view makes for optimum sleep insights provided by Nanit’s app each morning, sharing data like sleep efficiency, sleep onset times, and number of visits by Mom or Dad. —nanit.com

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Peanut—an app that pairs you with moms in your area based on your interests—just launched a platform called Pages, for mamas to discuss what matters most to them. Found within the Peanut app, Pages allows moms to ask questions, share learnings, and be heard in a meaningful way, addressing issues on topics like pregnancy, work and money, love and sex, local happenings, and more. —peanut-app.io

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B O OK C LU B

New season, new books! Head to the library (or your nearest computer!) to dive into these fun reads filled with Dads, and elephants, and sweets galore!

FOR LEARNING

SWEET SHAPES

EDITOR’S PICK

HOW TO GROW A DINOSAUR

by Jill Esbaum Your Minis will love this big-kid dinosaur’s funny take on becoming a big sister or brother. FOR DADS

MADE FOR ME

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by Zack Bush So much love for Dad in this sweet story.

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FOR HISTORY FOR GIGGLES

CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE SCRATCH MY BACK?

by Jory John Persnickety Elephant has an itch but he can’t reach it! What happens when he asks or help will have your Minis in stiches!

COUNTING WITH FRIDA

by Patty Rodriguez Introduce your baby to one of Mexico’s most iconic painters, Frida Kahlo, in English and Spanish.

by Juana Medina Rosas The butterflies are jelly beans and the bears are brownies— there’s no sweeter way to learn shapes!


DESIGN ALL AROUND YOU

Josephine Ald  3042 Lincoln W ay San Francisco , Califnia 94 115

“Zoo Menagerie” by Moglea (Audubon, IA)

Party dreams brought to life.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

INVITATIONS

NURSERY ART

PARTY DECOR

Sourced from a community of independent designers. Available at www.minted.com


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THIS JUST IN IN THE MINI WORLD

C R E W C U T S E V E R Y D AY NEW SPRING STROLLERS

MINI CHINOISERIE

AQ UA Z Z U R A X D E G O U R N AY

London’s premier handpainted wallpaper and porcelain brand, De Gournay, launched a line of chic baby footwear with renowned shoe brand, Aquazzura. The slip-on sandals, slides, and flats feature the new ‘Amazonia’ Chinoiserie design and colorway— a stunning floral motif that embodies everything beautiful about spring. —aquazzura.com

E AC H S H O E I N C LU D E S T H E AQ UA Z Z U R A M I N I LO G O !

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BABY + KIDS

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BUNDLE OF JOY The new Crewcuts Everyday addition from J.Crew offers a sweet bundling deal that saves you money while ramping up your Mini’s style.

20 PERCENT OFF EVERY T I M E YO U B U Y 3 ITEMS!

◀ EVERYDAY STYLE

J.Crew just rolled out Crewcuts Everyday— and lovers of the iconic brand are jumping for joy! These new products (including tees, sweatshirts, polos, and more!) are eligible for a bundling deal that saves you 20 percent when you buy any 3! Available in stores and online, all day, every day! —jcrew.com

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MEET THE MINU Designed for both your daily rounds and exciting adventures, the new MINU stroller from UPPAbaby packs it all in a compact, lightweight package.

U S E F R O M D AY ONE WITH THE MINU FROM BIRTH KIT!

◀ DOUBLE DUTY

With all of the conveniences you need in a modern stroller, UPPAbaby’s new MINU stroller can handle every excursion you take this spring! Close it with the easy one-handed fold, or take it on the go with the convenient carry strap—MINU even has a roomy basket for storage and reclining seat for naptimes. —uppababy.com

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MINI MENU

Each pair retails for $60 and comes in sizes 1-7. —freshlypicked.com

LO O K— I T ’ S B A BY ’ S F I R S T CALIFORNIA ROLL!

T R E AT F E E T Pizza, and tacos, and sushi—oh my! Beloved mocc brand Freshly Picked released their Foodie Collection with one adorable (and tasty!) menu.


A U N AT U R A L E The new Jenni Kayne baby gift collection is the place to look for gender neutral, non-toxic nursery accessories and heirloom treasures.

CLEAN AND PURE

Reflecting the California cool brand’s warm, natural, and inviting aesthetic, Jenni Kayne’s baby gift collection offers gender neutral and non-toxic nursery accessories and baby gear, ranging from shearling baby booties to an alpaca baby blanket and even a maple bunny teether. The collection is available in all Jenni Kayne boutiques and online. —jennikayne.com

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ULTRA CHIC

Each bassinet is handmade by European artisans. —dockatot.com

CO M I N G S O O N TO A N U R S E R Y N E A R YO U !

S WA N K Y S L E E P DockATot just raised the bar for bassinets with their new Aristot™ line— bringing high design to the nursery with tufted, marbled, and metal finishes.


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($29.99; bannortoys.com) Baby’s first camera is oh so green.

5. L U C K Y D AY 6 Piece Natural Wooden Rainbow Toy

($59.95; naturebaby.com) Sure to spark your Mini’s imagination.

2. G U A C G U R U LexyPexy Avocado Wooden Teether

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($26; lexypexy. com) Made from Maple wood, this teether is always ripe.

6. S TA R L I G H T Metallic Stacker

($29; potterybarnkids.com) Designed to teach coordination and balance.

3. A M E R I C A N A Texas Baby Teether 1

($7.99; etsy.com) This personalized teether will teach baby their states. 4. B E A C H B A B E Wooden Push Along

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($12; petitcollage. com) Made sustainably harvested wood and nontoxic water-based paints.


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Photographer based in Brooklyn

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F R I D A B A BY I S O U R G O -TO S I C K D AY S AV E R !

S I C K D AY S AV E R S

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($15.99; fridababy. com) The popular snotsucker works like a charm! 2. D O S E - Y - D O MediFrida Accu-Dose Pacifier

($12.99; fridababy. com) Delivers the full dose of meds through a soft, familiar paci. 3. H E AT W A V E FeverFrida iThermometer

($69.99; fridababy. com) This personalized teether will teach baby their states.

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($6.99; fridababy.com) A chest balm meets tissue mashup, these wipes soothe little snifflers.


sway on Sway left. Then right. Then left again. Relaxing—right? That same calming motion can now be a continuous one, thanks to the newest member of our Nuna family the LEAF wind. Creating a soft, steady breeze as it connects with just a click to your LEAF or LEAF curv*, with 6 speed settings sure to soothe your little one straight on into newborn dreamland. Here’s to swaying on...and on. *compatible with models SE-10-xxx & SE-30-xxx

learn all about it at nuna.eu


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B U G A B O O F OX J O O L Z TA I LO R CO L L E C T I O N U P PA B A BY M I N U C Y B E X S M A R T C A R S E AT

STROLLERS SO C H I C YO U ’ L L TURN HEADS D A I LY !

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THE FOX

The new Bugaboo Fox stroller is designed for the smoothest ride, the lightest push, and the brand’s best driving performance yet. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BUGABOO EASY STOW AND GO One-piece folding and self-standing

Need to store the stroller for home or travel? Fold the Fox into one piece! TWO WHEELER Two wheel position

Pop the Fox into its two-wheel position to pull over all terrains.

BABY SAYS RELAX Reclinable and reversible seat

The seat reclines to suit your Mini’s mood, facing out or facing you. STEP ON IT Click step brake

Apply and release the brake with a simple, shoefriendly clicking action.

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Convertible Stroller

Bugaboo Donkey

Designed specifically to grow and flow with your family.


J O O L Z TA I L O R

Award-winning Dutch stroller brand Joolz introduces their Tailor Collection— a completely customizable stroller with 360 unique combinations. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF JOOLZ

ON A MISSION

EVERY

Sustainability promise

S T R O L L E R B OX

For every Joolz stroller sold, the brand plants a tree in Columbia.

C A N B E R E C YC L E D TO O !

ACCENT AWAY Select your accents

PRESS PLAY Get started wth the Tailor Collection

Choose from 3 models—Mono, Duo, and Twin, and 3 exterior fabric finishes.

MATCH GAME Custom diaper bag

After you choose your combo, a custom diaper bag will be created to match.

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Choose from 20 different accent colors, including Emerald Green, Tangerine Tango, and Angel Blue.


SAFE KIDS, HAPPY HOME

See our full line of baby gates at munchkin.com


SI RONA M

Cybex just released the only smartphone-synched convertible car seat on the market, with SensorSafe 2.0 technology to keep baby extra secure. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CYBEX

WEIGHT Use from birth

Sirona M can be used from 5 to 65 pounds.

GROWS ALONG 12-position headrest

The height-adjustable headrest with no-rethread harness grows with your child.

D O W N LO A D T H E APP NOW FOR ANDROID OR

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Baby alert chime

Integrated in the chest clip, SensorSafe 2.0 technology sends an alert when a child is still secured and car is turned off.

INSTALL EASE Proper fit always

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GOODBYE GLUTEN This Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting by is a healthy dessert alternative that the entire family can enjoy— plus, it’s a cinch to make! recipe and photography KARLA SALINARI

YOU NEED 2/3 cup coconut flour 2/3 cup arrowroot powder 2/3 cup gluten-free oat flour ¾ cup coconut palm sugar  ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp baking powder ¼ tsp fine sea salt 5 eggs at room temperature 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

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FROSTING 1 cup Spectrum Organic non-hydrogenated palm shortening ½ cup ghee 1 cup organic coconut palm sugar ¼ cup unsweetened coco powder In a mixing bowl combine all of the frosting ingredients with a handheld mixer.

DO THIS Preheat the oven to 325°F. Add the dry ingredients to a medium-size mixing bowl and combine. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs then add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine using a spatula being careful not to overmix the batter. Pour the batter into a greased cake pan and bake, 30-35 minutes (depending on depth of pan) or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean. Allow to cool, then transfer to a plate. Cover with chocolate frosting and decorate with dairy-free chocolate chips (optional).


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When Katerina Schneider was four months pregnant with her daughter, she found herself unable to recognize any of the ingredients in her prenatal vitamins. Determined to reinvent the concept of the vitamin from the ground up, this soon-to-be mom of two founded Ritual, a wave-making start-up with a clean multivitamin including the nine essential nutrients women actually need.

TAKING CARE photography by

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BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR IS H A R D, B U T B E I N G A M OT H E R IS EVEN HARDER. Tell us what inspired you to create Ritual. How did it all begin?

MINI |

I started Ritual when I was four months pregnant. I cared more than ever what I was putting in and on my body. I got rid of everything in our house—deodorant, toothpaste, sunscreen, etc. But when it came to the vitamin I had been taking every day, I felt like it was a black box. I quickly realized it contained ingredients that were unproven, in dosages that were excessive and it was actually missing a lot of nutrients I needed for my pregnancy. I had my work cut out for me. So I left my cushy job and decided to start a company that was going to reinvent the vitamin industry., all while being pregnant. I hired one of the leading scientists in the industry and we literally spent a year just researching womens diets today (not 50 years ago with which most vitamins are formulated). We realized that women were actually getting a lot of nutrients from their diets alone and that most multivitamins were kind of B.S. We identified nine essential nutrients that all women could use more of (think folate, omega-3s, D3, K2MK7). We searched the world for the best forms that were vegan, gluten free, non gmo, that had clinical studies and

KATERINA SCHNEIDER |

research and bypassed any gene variations. It was shocking to me that over 1/3 of women had a gene variation where they couldn’t properly utilize folic acid (which was in over 90% of prenatals and multivitamins!). No one, not even most doctors, were talking about this. So we decided to create a product that accounted for something so important. What would you say is the greatest challenge of being a working mom?

MINI |

The greatest challenge is guilt. Not feeling guilty about not seeing your kids as much as you’d like or not working hard enough because you’re seeing your kids.

KATERINA SCHNEIDER |

What helps you to juggle motherhood and career?

MINI |

Accepting help from others. For so long I was so antihelp, but I’ve come to embrace it.

KATERINA SCHNEIDER |

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

MINI |

Being an entrepreneur is hard, but being a mother is even harder, I would say. It teaches you do deal with chaos all the time and not let it get to you.

KATERINA SCHNEIDER |

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

MINI |


Breastfeeding. Man, that was tough in the beginning. No one warns you about the changes you see in your body (your nipples) and how painful it is at first. Also, as a working mom, I pumped for a year and a half and that was one of the most stressful, selfless things I think I’ve ever done.

KATERINA SCHNEIDER |

As a mom and the founder of Ritual, can you give us an idea of what a typical work day looks like?

MINI |

I play with Tali and we have breakfast before I get into the office. Some days, I’ll get a workout in (Soul Cycle or pilates are what I’m into right now in my pregnancy) [before I get into] the office around 9. On Mondays, we have our weekly all-hands meeting where everyone shares what they are excited about for the week and someone on the team they are grateful for. Then I’ll meet with our scientific team to discuss formulations, sourcing, and studies. Some days, I’ll walk to grab some lunch with someone on the team or someone I’m interviewing. Other days, I’ll Postmates something yummy from Make Out Café (Matthew Kenney’s restaurant in Culver City). I have 1 to 2 bigger press interviews a week so,

KATERINA SCHNEIDER |

I’ll try to fit that in. I’m also working on the design for our new office space which is incredible and I get to work with so many talented designers. I’ll meet with our copywriter to make sure our Instagram grid is looking and feeling great. Before I leave the office, I will also work with our COO on our financials and any material for our Board of Directors. It’s never a dull day. I typically get home around 6:30 or 7 to put Tali to bed and then I’m back online working on more creative things for the company like new packaging designs or product ideas. THE MOTHER OF VITAMINS Ritual is not your typical multivitamin— Here’s what they have above the others: 9 essential nutrients women lack the most Open-source ingredients, so you know where they came from Same bioavailable forms found in healthy foods

Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten and Soy free, No synthetic fillers or colorants Natural mint-essence for the best taste Nothing you don’t need— most American women can do without common ingredients like Vitamin A, B Vitamins, and Trace Minerals


the name Tali out there and it seemed to stick. Tali’s name means ‘morning dew.’ Everyone asks us if it’s short for something, but we refused to name her Talia because we knew we would forever call her Tali. What is most important to you in raising your children?

MINI |

I was an immigrant when I moved to this country. My parents wanted to give me an opportunity that they never had and valued the importance of education. I never want to take that for granted when raising my kids.

KATERINA SCHNEIDER |

We want to know about your own wellness routine! What vitamins do you take yourself?

MINI |

I only take [Ritual’s] Essential For Women. It was designed to be the only vitamin a woman needs.

KATERINA SCHNEIDER |

MINI |

What is your greatest joy of motherhood?

Experiencing life through the lens of another human being that is so open and excited about the world. It makes you really appreciate the more basic things.

KATERINA SCHNEIDER |

MINI |

How did you decide on your children’s names?

My husband and I literally battled it out for months on a name. We were so stuck that we even both downloaded a naming app that matches you when you align on a name (like Tinder for baby names). Unfortunately, we still couldn’t align. I threw

KATERINA SCHNEIDER |

How about diet? Is there anything you try to stick to or stay away from?

MINI |

I eat a plant-based diet. I’ve stayed away from dairy and meat for over ten years.

KATERINA SCHNEIDER |

And your skincare routine? What is that like right now?

MINI |

I’m obsessed with a company called True Botanicals. I have a four step routine with them that I love.

KATERINA SCHNEIDER |


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Let’s talk about your home. Do you have a favorite room?

MINI |

Our bedroom. I fell in love with our Environment bed once when I saw it in a showroom and I knew it was the bed that we had to have. We don’t have much else in our room (no TV, no electronics). I like the statement of just a bed in a bedroom and less clutter because in many ways you sleep better when you get rid of all of the noise and distraction.

KATERINA SCHNEIDER |

Where do you spend the most time in your home?

MINI |

I spend most of my free time at home outside walking with Tali in our neighborhood. It’s inspiring because she’s so curious about the simplest things—rocks, leaves—and it’s refreshing to see life from her perspective. It makes me more appreciative of where we live and the little things. I’m so busy day to day with numbers, growth, and data that it recharges me to play with her in nature.

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owning clothing and I’m really into the idea of minimalism if you can’t tell. For my daughter, I love Zara Kids since she grows out of things so quickly. If you could give your kids one piece of advice, what would it be?

MINI |

Get gritty. Nothing is ever handed to you, nor should it be. KATERINA SCHNEIDER |

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

MINI |

I use Rent the Runway Unlimited for myself. I love not

KATERINA SCHNEIDER |

MINI |

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Looking back to your first days as a mom, what advice would you give yourself? Everything is going to be fine.


FA S T FA C T S BEFORE KIDS, I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD Sit in a kids pool for two hours at a time. TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER Iced latte with nut milk. If they don’t have freshly made milk then pass. IF THERE WERE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY, I WOULD Sleep. CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO Ray LaMontagne’s Ojai. GUILTY PLEASURE Erewhon’s green goddess ice cream. ON MY NIGHTSTAND A candle, Le Labo, and rose oil. ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Almond butter. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Shrek. IDEAL DATE NIGHT Korean food and spa. LAST BOOK I READ Radical Candor. SIGNATURE SCENT Le Labo Santal 33.


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We caught up with Eden Grinshpan—TV personality and now chef and co-founder of the soon-to-open NoLiTa Middle Eastern Fast Casual eatery, DEZ—along with her daughter Ayv, to chat all things opening a restaurant, rad rugs, raising a foodie, and of course, making time for mama in the mix.

SHOP TALK photography by

JULIA HIRSCH


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

MINI |

Our taste is eclectic. We love rugs and find any excuse to buy and fill our home up with them— Persian, Moroccan, etc. We spend a lot of time in our apartment and it feels very inviting and warm to me.

which give such an open, airy feeling to the apartment. The kitchen is the heart of the home and we spend a lot of time cooking together.

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

Do you have a favorite room in your home?

MINI |

I would say my kitchen which is basically my kitchen/dining/ living room space. We have really tall ceilings

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

What are some of your favorite elements in your home?

MINI |

My rugs. The silk Persian rug in my entrance was one of the first big purchases that Ido and I made. We bought it in Jerusalem. I love the rug in our bedroom— it’s big and turquoise with hot pink accent colors. It’s made out of old saris (I love that). I am also really excited about the big, round mirror we just bought for our front hall. It’s such a statement piece and really opens the space up.

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MINI |

Let’s talk baby! How did you decide on your daughter’s name?

restaurant [DEZ] opens, everything is going to change and I will be primarily there.

She is named after my grandfather on my dad’s side. His name was Abraham and in Hebrew, it’s Avraham. Ayv comes Avraham.

MINI |

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

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

MINI |

My work life is not a consistent 9-5. I sometimes work from home where I test recipes and write emails, or I am in the kitchen recipe testing and scaling. I could be running around the city taking meetings; it’s always changing. When the

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

We’ve seen your Instagram sneak peeks! Give us the lowdown on DEZ. DEZ is going to be a fast casual, contemporary Middle-Eastern restaurant. The menu is very vegetarian friendly with some vegan options and a couple of meat dishes. The vibe of the space is Morocco meets LA. Lots of roasted veg, fresh salads, grilled meats, smoky spreads, and fluffy flatbreads.

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

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

MINI |


I would definitely say the guilt. I love my job so much and I am so excited for everything that is happening. It’s just hard being away from her and feeling like I am missing important moments.

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

MINI |

What is your greatest parenting worry?

That my babe feels like I am not home enough. I know that’s ridiculous and not true, but I think all parents feel it.

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

What helps you to juggle motherhood and career?

MINI |

My husband is amazing. I really feel like the luckiest girl ever. My husband is the most caring and helpful person ever, I swear he can read my mind and jumps in exactly when I need him. My parents live in Toronto which is only an hour flight which is great! My mom jumps on a plane to hang whenever she can, and obviously, having a great nanny is key!

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

What has been your proudest career moment to date?

MINI |

Definitely watching Eden Eats for the first time on the Cooking Channel and also announcing the opening of DEZ.

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

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

MINI |

Ido and I are in bed at 9 most nights, and asleep by 10. Honestly, Ido and I talk about it all the time. We love being in bed early and snuggling. We watch a movie and have a glass of wine. It’s so fun.

EDEN GRINSHPAN |


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

MINI |

with herself and her choices in life. What is your greatest joy of motherhood?

MINI |

Um, everything! After Ayv was born I kept saying that ”no one told me” breastfeeding was awful at the beginning. My nipples killed! The lack of sleep is actually scary— I swear I am still making up for the first six months and Ayv is almost a year old!

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

Watching Ayv grow, playing with other kids, developing her personality. It’s truly the most incredible thing watching a human being evolve.

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

How would you describe your personal style?

MINI |

What is most important to you in raising your daughter?

MINI |

I’m a t-shirt and jeans girl. I love vintage Levi’s and I am always on the hunt for a good pair. When they fit well, everything looks good with them.

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

I want her to feel safe, happy (laughter is very important to me), and confident. I really want her to feel confident

EDEN GRINSHPAN |


Where do you like to shop?

MINI |

I love Reformation for myself and Nature Baby for Ayv.

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

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

MINI |

Anything natural. I am trying to buy only natural products these days, so still trying to find a natural face wash that works well.

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

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

MINI |

Stop watching the monitor! She is breathing and everything will be fine. Also... sleep! I’m a bad napper and couldn’t nap when she was napping. When I have my next baby, I will have to force myself to nap.

EDEN GRINSHPAN |

What are you looking forward to about raising your daughter in NYC?

MINI |

The different kinds of cuisines. I love how multicultural New York is and I can’t wait to show her all the different kinds of cuisines and foods.

EDEN GRINSHPAN |


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FA S T FA C T S BEFORE KIDS, I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD Be able to function on this little of sleep. TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER Americano with a side of almond milk. SHOWS I’M WATCHING The Bachelor, Ugly Delicious. CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO Music from the 70’s and 90’s. GUILTY PLEASURE Keeping up with the Kardashians. ON MY NIGHTSTAND Water, hand lotion, and lavender essential oil. ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Greek yogurt, homemade hummus, raw tahini. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE The Little Mermaid. LAST BOOK I READ The Girl on the Train.


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Owner of LA-based floral design and luxury gifting company Valleybrink Road, Barrett Prendergast opens up about her growing business and family

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Tell us about your home! How would you describe the place?

MINI |

It’s a small, cozy Spanish style home in Atwater Village. We have lived here for over seven years now and absolutely love the neighborhood. It’s filled with lots of young families and it’s flat, so you can easily walk to the local bakery or park with the kids. BARRETT PRENDERGAST |

Do you have a favorite room in your home?

MINI |

Most definitely the kitchen. It is one of the reasons we bought the house. The space gets incredible light, it feels airy, and is easy to move around in. It’s one of those open floor plans where the kitchen leads into the dining room and living room. People always want to hang out in the kitchen when they come over, so this allows for that. BARRETT PRENDERGAST |

What are some of your favorite elements in your home?

MINI |

We have a beautiful collection of ceramics, from Heath plates and bowls we received as wedding gifts to some incredible vases by Helen Levi and Victoria Morris we have collected over the years. BARRETT PRENDERGAST |

MINI |

Where do you spend the most time?

I am always in the kitchen. I love cooking with my son Costa and teaching him our love of food and good BARRETT PRENDERGAST |

ingredients. My husband is also an amazing cook, so we are kind of always in the kitchen together. Talk to us about your son’s room. What are your favorite elements in his room?

MINI |

His room is all dinosaurs, cars, spaceships, balls. There is a wonderful open wood bookshelf we found on Craigslist years ago that is the focal point of the room. It is filled with toys and tons of books that he can easily reach and explore on his own. BARRETT PRENDERGAST |

MINI |

What about the new baby’s nursery?

I have literally done nothing yet for the nursery! The second BARRETT PRENDERGAST |


Books on the soon-to-be mom of two’s nightstand

Barrett’s gluten and dairy free cookies

time around you realize the baby needs very little in the beginning and will be in our room for the first few months. We plan on having a small bassinet in our room and a little changing station. How is the naming process going this time around? Have you decided?

MINI |

We had a few names we loved when we had Costa so we are using one of those for the new baby. My husband and I both love it, so it was pretty easy to decide. It is the middle name we can’t agree on at this point. BARRETT PRENDERGAST |

Is this pregnancy similar or different than your first?

MINI |

It is a little bit of both. I feel the same as my first: same amount of morning sickness, carrying the baby in the same way. But the pregnancy is very different. The first time it’s all naps, prenatal yoga, and long walks thinking BARRETT PRENDERGAST |


I feel like I rarely have flowers in my house because we are always using up everything at work! What would you say is the greatest challenge of being a working mom?

MINI |

Finding a sense of balance. It is easy to feel pulled in so many directions and beat yourself up about it. BARRETT PRENDERGAST |

What has been your proudest career moment to date?

MINI |

Reaching the five year mark. So many small businesses never make it this far, and I feel so blessed that Valleybrink Road is growing and that I am able to do something that I love everyday. BARRETT PRENDERGAST |

about how everything is about to change. With the second, you are so busy dealing with your toddler that you barely realize you are pregnant until you are about to pop. What are you making most during this pregnancy? Any foods you’re staying away from this time?

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

MINI |

MINI |

I always stay away from the normal pregnancy things like unpasteurized cheese, alcohol, raw fish, caffeine. I have been making lots of homemade granola and eating it with fresh berries and greek yogurt. It has been my go-to snack recently. BARRETT PRENDERGAST |

Valleybrink Road does the most beautiful florals. What are your favorite flowers to work with in the spring?

MINI |

The flower mart in spring is heaven. Right now, flowers like peonies and poppies are starting to appear which are always a favorite. To be honest,

I believe in taking one day at a time. It is the only way. Each day I try to do my best, and some days are better than others. BARRETT PRENDERGAST |

What is your greatest joy of motherhood?

MINI |

The bond and love between you and your child. It is like no other relationship I have ever had. It is a different kind of love than romantic love; it’s hard to explain. I always tell people, you can’t know until you have experienced it. BARRETT PRENDERGAST |

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How would you describe your personal style? Has your style changed at all since becoming a mom?

MINI |

I think about function in clothing much more than I ever used to. I want to feel good, but I also have to be able to get on the floor or pick Costa up in whatever I am wearing too. Nothing that is too delicate or precious anymore.

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MINI |

Where do you like to shop?

For me, Doen, Ulla Johnson, The Lady and the Sailor, Elizabeth and James. I love dresses. For Costa, it’s lots of Zara Kids, Old Navy, Mabo, Patagonia, Nico Nico, and Little Moon Society. BARRETT PRENDERGAST |

Your favorite places in LA to visit with kids— GO!

MINI |

Griffith Park Train Station, Travel Town, York Park in Highland Park, and Descanso Gardens. BARRETT PRENDERGAST |

MINI |

What is most important to

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you in raising your kids? BARRETT PRENDERGAST |

passion, and grit.

Teaching them kindness, com-

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

MINI |

Enjoy those first precious days. It is such a magical time. BARRETT PRENDERGAST |


FA S T FA C T S IF THERE WERE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY I WOULD Nap and meditate. TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER While pregnant, a decaf oat milk cappuccino. IDEAL DATE NIGHT Dinner at Rustic Canyon. CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO The War on Drugs. GUILTY PLEASURE Milla Chocolates Hazelnut Praline Chocolate Bar. ON MY NIGHTSTAND How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer. ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Homemade almond milk. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Moana. LAST BOOK I READ Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat. FAVORITE KIDS BOOK Iggy Peck Architecht. SIGNATURE SCENT En Passant by Frederic Malle.


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HERE WE GO AGAIN Cover mom Tia Mowry talks preparing to welcome baby number two (a girl!) seven years after her son, and a... Sister, Sister reboot? photography by

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CANDICE CABRAL

hair by

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“ I DIDN’T THINK I W O U L D H AV E A GIRL! “


MINI |

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

TIA MOWRY |

My day starts with my son acting as my alarm clock at about 6:30 a.m. He wakes me up with kisses and hugs. One of my favorite things is cooking breakfast for my whole family, then Cree is off to school, and I am off to work on my YouTube show, “Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix.”

MINI |

What do you think is the greatest challenge of motherhood?

TIA MOWRY |

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MINI |

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part?

Working on little to no sleep.

On the flip side, what is your favorite

Watching my son grow into the smart, happy kid that he is. I want him to be happy, because everything else will follow. What surprised you most about motherhood?

How much I worry! I wasn’t prepared for that.

TIA MOWRY |

MINI |

How has motherhood changed you?

I have developed more of an appreciation for life in general. I am constantly learning to appreciate the simple things in life.

MINI |

What is your greatest parenting worry?


Things that worry me the most are things that I can’t necessarily control. For example, how other people treat my child— bullying, what goes on at school while I am not there. Also, the impact of the social media generation scares me. There is so much out there on the web that we can’t control.

TIA MOWRY |

Tell us how you decided on your son’s name.

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TIA MOWRY |

MINI |

My husband, Cory, actually came up with Cree’s name. It means “traveling warrior” and he definitely lives up to his name.

TIA MOWRY |

We do have a couple options we are deciding on. My husband is really good at coming up with meaningful names, so he will probably end up choosing her name too. What were your first thoughts when you found out you were pregnant with Baby #2?

MINI |

I was in denial to be honest with you. I probably went through 20 pregnancy tests. It was hard for me to get pregnant, so I wanted to be super positive before I got too excited. How about when you learned you were having a girl? Did you have a hunch or were completely surprised?

MINI |

How is the process of naming your daughter going this time around?

MINI |


I was completely surprised! For some reason, I didn’t think I would have a girl. I was shocked! I started crying because I knew how much my husband wanted to have a girl.

TIA MOWRY |

Is this pregnancy different or similar to your first?

I want her to see the world with an unconditional heart. How are you preparing Cree for a new baby in the house?

MINI |

MINI |

This one is different in the sense that I am really enjoying it more. I am enjoying it through the nausea, sleepless nights, the pain. I am not taking any of it for granted.

TIA MOWRY |

What do you hope to instill into your daughter?

MINI |

I want her to grow up knowing she is beautiful, no matter what anyone says, and

TIA MOWRY |

I think it is really important to involve him in every aspect. Listening to the baby’s heartbeat and really educating him about her from the beginning. There will be changes, but when you involve your child within those changes, it doesn’t feel so drastic. He reads to me every night before he goes to bed and now he says he is excited to read to both me and the baby.

TIA MOWRY |

MINI |

here?

How do you think he will react once she’s


“ I probably went through 20 pregnancy tests.


FA S T FA C T S BEFORE KIDS, I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD Play a game where I had to eat a jellybean that tasted like rotten eggs and spoiled socks. TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER Black coffee with milk and honey. SHOWS I’M WATCHING The Oath on Crackle. CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO Heaven by Richie Campbell. GUILTY PLEASURE Chocolate chip cookies and milk. ON MY NIGHTSTAND Prenatal vitamins, water bottle, and an oil diffuser. ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Kimchi. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Sing! LAST BOOK I READ Verses from the Bible. FAVORITE KIDS BOOK Polar Express. SIGNATURE SCENT Sandalwood.


I think he will be really excited. I also think that his big brother role will start right away. Cree is used to taking care of his cousins, so I know he will truly enjoy it.

TIA MOWRY |

Tell us about your daily “uniform” or typical ensemble. What can we find you wearing most often?

and accessories she will need. Shoes are a weakness for me and I’m already passing that along to her. What is your fitness routine like right now?

MINI |

MINI |

I love fashion, so I really don’t have a set uniform, I use it as a form of expression. I love dresses and heels, but I also love a good pair of jeans with a great top and a badass leather jacket.

TIA MOWRY |

What new baby gear have you picked up for this new little one?

MINI |

Since we are having a girl— she already has an amazing wardrobe! I feel like with boys, you don’t really go all out, but she already has all the shoes, dresses

TIA MOWRY |

Right now, I am 8 months pregnant, so getting from point A to point B is a workout. But when I am not pregnant, I love spinning, yoga, and meditation.

TIA MOWRY |

What helps you to juggle motherhood and career?

MINI |

I am such a champion of the idea that women can have it all. We can work and still be amazing mothers and wives. I have been blessed with a long and busy career, but I always make sure to carve out the time to get my son to school, or read books before bed. It is all about balance.

TIA MOWRY |


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MINI |

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

Seeing a smile on his face is everything to me.

Breathe, and take it one day at a time. It goes by so fast, so cherish every moment. Also, forgive yourself if you don’t finish a task. We aren’t perfect, so embrace your imperfections.

MINI |

TIA MOWRY |

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

MINI |

I always tell Cree to have fun! Life is short, so no matter what he is doing, I want him to have fun.

TIA MOWRY |

We have to ask! Sister, Sister Reunion— what’s the word? Are you up for it?

I am always up for it, but only time will tell!

TIA MOWRY |


DREAM WORLD Mandana Dayani, Chief Brand Officer of EBTH, the premiere estate sale marketplace, shows us around her daughters’ whimsical spaces filled with the perfect playful touches photography by EMMA FEIL

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How would you describe your home— the design, the feel?

MINI |

Our home is a true marriage of modern and vintage. There are a lot of very unique pieces we have collected over time that are balanced by functional, comfortable, and minimal pieces. We also tried to incorporate our interests throughout the home, so you will see lots of fashion and rock ‘n’ roll inspiration in most rooms. Right now, we are working with my favorite designer, Jake Arnold, on our home and I can’t wait to update everything! MANDANA DAYANI |

MINI |

Do you have a favorite room in your home?

MANDANA DAYANI |

My daughters’ rooms are my

favorite. They just feel so fun, light, and inviting. They both have lots of bohemian and whimsical elements with messages of hope and imagination. I often find myself laying under my daughter’s teepee when I am very overwhelmed with work. What are some of your favorite elements in their rooms?

MINI |

The decor in the girls’ rooms are all from my favorite designers: Numero 74, Mrs. Mighetto, Tamar Mogendorff, Nobodinoz, and Pottery Barn Kids. I love how playful, fun, and bright the rooms are. I spent an unbelievable amount of time sourcing decor and art for their rooms that felt unique and inspiring. I really wanted to include details that are whimsical, bohemian, feminine, and unique. MANDANA DAYANI |


Since you’ve just welcomed a new little girl, let’s talk about pregnancy! How was this pregnancy similar or different than your first?

MINI |

Completely different! With my first daughter, I still had a lot of time to rest on the weekends and when I returned home from work. But with my second, there was just never any time to rest. I still had to chase a toddler around and the exhaustion was completely overwhelming. MANDANA DAYANI |

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

MINI |

I honestly can’t remember a moment when I was more excited. It was quite challenging to get pregnant with both of my daughters, so I never took a minute of either pregnancy for granted. It truly is the greatest gift in your life. MANDANA DAYANI |

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

MINI |

MANDANA DAYANI |

I think the biggest surprise was how different it was! With Miller, I had four false alarms. We kept getting sent home from the hospital. I mean, I totally thought I had this down

but clearly Miller was determined to do things her way. What is most important to you in raising both of your girls?

MINI |

I hope to raise daughters that are kind, open-minded, brave, curious and passionate. MANDANA DAYANI |


How did you decide on your daughters’ (Anderson and Miller) names?

MINI |

My husband and I love strong, unisex names. We thought a lot about what what nicknames we could anticipate and even how their full names would sound in a business setting. MANDANA DAYANI |

How did you prepare Anderson for the new baby’s arrival? What was her reaction to the new baby?

MINI |

We read a lot of books about being a big sister and spoke often of the many exciting things to come. We are so blessed with amazing friends and family who helped make the transition as smooth as possible for her. Everyone congratulated her, brought her “big sister” gifts, and made sure to spend lots of one-on-one time with her. Anderson adores her little sister and is currently really enjoying playing peek-a-boo with her. MANDANA DAYANI |

What do you love most about raising your kids in LA?

MINI |

That we get to live walking distance from most of my family. We see my parents, cousins, and brother’s family almost every day and all of our children are growing up together. It’s so beautiful and I feel incredibly lucky. MANDANA DAYANI |

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

MINI |

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Lots of schedules. And lots of help! I would never survive without the help of my incredible nanny, husband and family. We all chip in. MANDANA DAYANI |


Tell us about your work at EBTH. What is your role and what do you love about your job?

MINI |

I am the Chief Brand Officer of EBTH, the premiere estate sale marketplace. I joined the company to lead its rebranding and build teams dedicated to developing and optimizing its user experience, building one cohesive cross-channel brand and generating global awareness. I oversee the company’s brand strategy, marketing and partnerships, merchandising, new launches, global communications, and various consumer facing functions. MANDANA DAYANI |

MINI |

What do you think is the greatest

challenge of being a working mom? It’s very hard to feel like you’re always falling a bit short. There will just never be enough time to do everything you want to do as a mom, a wife, a friend, and entrepreneur. And not being 100% is very, very challenging for me. MANDANA DAYANI |

Where have you seen the biggest changes in your life since becoming a mom of two?

MINI |

MANDANA DAYANI |

of the house!

It takes forever to get out

What is your greatest joy of motherhood?

MINI |


er daughter. I was completely terrified that we would spend less time together or that she would ever feel less loved or less important. I wish I knew how normal it was to feel that way and that it would all work out very soon. Has your style changed at all since becoming a mom?

MINI |

I love to take fashion risks for events but try to look more polished for my day-today. Since becoming a mom, I wear flats much more often. MANDANA DAYANI |

MINI |

Where do you like to shop?

If I could have my daughters dressed in Tocoto Vintage every day for the rest of their childhood, I would be so happy! I order most of their collection every season. MANDANA DAYANI |

Every single moment of it. Every happy, exhausting, hilarious, and messy moment of it. MANDANA DAYANI |

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

MINI |

MANDANA DAYANI |

it.

Time. There will never be enough of

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

MINI |

How hard the last few weeks of pregnancy with your second are. I felt so much guilt about the anticipated changes in my relationship with my oldMANDANA DAYANI |

What does your skincare routine look like?

MINI |

I learn everything I know about skincare from Shani Darden and Violet Grey. IS Clinical, Vintner’s Daughter, Shani Darden, The Ojai, Biba and Erno Laszlo are staples. MANDANA DAYANI |


FA S T FA C T S BEFORE KIDS, I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD Enjoy wearing a tiara. TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER Grande one -pump vanilla latte. IF I HAD MORE TIME... I WOULD READ MORE.

GUILTY PLEASURE Peanut M&Ms I keep in the fridge. FAVORITE KIDS BOOK The Pigeon Needs a Bath. CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO Frank Sinatra. SIGNATURE SCENT Byredo Rose of No Man’s Land. ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Every brand of hot sauce. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE The Little Mermaid. FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT Madeo. FAVORITE LOCAL SHOP Garde.


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Fashion director, brand consultant, and stylist Elle Strauss wears many hats, including mother to daughters, Honor and Imogen. Now she’s adding one more to her list of titles— Angeleno! The fashion industry insider shows us around her Los Angeles home having recently relocated from Brooklyn, by way of Britain.


MINI |

Do you have a favorite room?

My favorite room is the kitchen. I designed it with the help of PCH construction and couldn’t have enjoyed the process more. I’m obsessed with interior design. I love the English farmhouse aesthetic. ELLE STRAUSS |

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

MINI |

The house was built in the 1950s which we loved. We’re not a big fan of anything too modern. It’s nice to have a house with a bit of history and character and something that feels a bit English! We also had a house in upstate New York near Hudson that was built in 1830, so all of the furniture had to work in our new home too. It had to feel like a home and not a showroom! ELLE STRAUSS |

What are some of your favorite elements in your home?

MINI |

The Moroccan rugs I found on a trip to Marrakech. Both girls each ELLE STRAUSS |


have one in their bedrooms. I love how that adds a splash of color. I love our bed, mainly for the fact that it’s a king size which feels so luxurious when you’ve been confined to a queen in a New York City apartment. But also because of the Victorian wicker. I guiltily shipped it from England! But it was worth it, right? Talk to us about your daughters’ rooms. What are your favorite elements in their rooms?

MINI |

I love arranging their toys and books. Honor is pretty vocal about the style of her room, but I’m able to sneak some things in, like the pillows and the tent. ELLE STRAUSS |

Since you recently relocated to LA— What do you love about raising your kids there?

MINI |

The weather! I do not miss the cold in NYC or the F train. I also love the space and the fact, for the first time, we have family here (my aunt, uncle, and cousin are in the Palisades). It’s so amazing for the girls to grow up with more family (everyone is in England or France!). They have sleepovers at their house and Deborah takes them to museums and the movies. We all spent Christmas Day together; it was lovely. ELLE STRAUSS |

MINI |

What are you missing from NYC?

ELLE STRAUSS |

Oh gosh, everything! But I


FA S T FA C T S TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER Whole milk latte. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE The Goonies for me. Paddington 2 with the girls. FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT Pace. CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO Johnny Cash. SIGNATURE SCENT Diptyque Olene. ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Cadbury’s chocolate. FAVORITE KIDS BOOK The Tiger That Came to Tea.


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think I miss the energy the most. When you’re a mum, you can be a little isolated with the kids and yet in NYC, the buzz is always around you, whether you decide to participate or not. I miss the ease of bumping into people and popping for a coffee in the park or simply just pushing the stroller through the streets. I’m slowly getting used to the LA way of having to schedule! I’m lucky to have a fab group of friends [here] so the transition is definitely getting easier! MINI |

Tell us how you decided on your girls’ names.

I’ve always liked both names. Honor, because of Honor Fraser, an English model, and also Honor Blackman, a Bond girl in the ‘60s. After she’d been named, my mum and grandma called me from England. They were sitting with my Grandpop’s family tree and it turned out that my [three times] great grandmother had also been called Honor and she’d even emigrated to New York from Cornwall, after her husband had passed— so she was also a bad ass! We all ended up in tears as it’s such a strange coincidence. My aunt also recently found her signature ELLE STRAUSS |

at Ellis Island, which is super special. Imogen is from Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. But honestly, I’ve always just loved the name. Imogen is not such an unusual name in England! We know schedules can be hectic— so tell us about yours! What does a typical day look like right now?

MINI |

Either a puppy or Imogen will wake me up, typically around 6. I will never get used to early mornings. I know a lot of mums say they’re just programmed for early mornings, but not me. I could sleep until mid-day given the chance. If [my husband] James is in town (he’s a photographer and travels a lot) he’ll wake me up with a cuppa, which, hands down, is the greatest thing on earth. Then it’s all systems go. Get the kids fed and ready for school, let the dog and cat out, do the school run, and then it’s onto either a shoot, styling a commercial, fashion editorial, or meetings with brands as a consulting creative editorial director, which I absolutely love doing. We have a wonderful nanny who collects the girls from nursery and school, so by the time I’m home, they are fed and bathed, which is like a another gift from heaven. James and I will chat and work and then aim to be in bed by 10:30 which inevitably becomes 11. ELLE STRAUSS |

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

MINI |


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You just get on with it. There’s no secret map or guide to any of this. I’m just making it up as I go along like all the other mums, but a great support system definitely helps. James is amazing, my mum flies out from England all the time, my aunt is now down the road, and Rosa, our nanny, is fab! ELLE STRAUSS |

MINI |

What is your greatest joy of motherhood?

Discovering their little personalities. Imogen is hilarious and Honor has the biggest heart and shows such a tremendous amount of empathy for people; it makes us so proud. When they play together, it also makes my heart burst. Yesterday, Honor had them both packing backpacks and going off to Candyland. I could hear them laughing their heads off from the living room. ELLE STRAUSS |

MINI |

What is your greatest parenting worry?


I think the minute they pop out (if not before), you worry. I’m not sure if I have a number one [worry]! Recently, it was that they’d be OK moving to LA. Initially, Honor was mad at us, but she’s made some lovely friends here and the puppy and kitten have helped! ELLE STRAUSS |

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

MINI |

How much you’ll worry and seriously, no one can prepare you for the lack of sleep. It’s been years! ELLE STRAUSS |

How would you describe your personal style? Has it changed since becoming a mom?

Brooklyn Bird, Doen, Rachel Comey, Ariel Gordon, and Elisa Solomon for sparkles. I love discovering new brands too. Recently, I bought a skirt from an LA-based brand called LOÉIL and my friend has a fab line called VALIANTÉ. For the girls, I love Juniper Baby, Zara, Gap, Scamp and Dude, Wild and Gorgeous, Nights by Wilder (for sleepwear), Plae shoes (they’re machine washable!), I could go on and on. Their closets are ridiculous. Let’s talk beauty. What is your skincare/beauty routine like?

MINI |

MINI |

It varies from day to day, but simple, clean lines, and chic (I hope). Nothing has changed style-wise, except maybe more flats. ELLE STRAUSS |

MINI |

Where do you like to shop?

ELLE STRAUSS |

I love Joseph, Frame denim,

I’ve always loved Dermalogica. Your face just feels so clean after their PreCleanse Balm and Daily Superfoliant. I use SK-II Essence, Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Serum, and I love to use La Mer. I’ve just discovered Cos Bar here in LA! Body lotion has to be Jo Malone (try Dark Amber & Ginger Lily— it’s delicious!) and since moving to LA, I’ve become more obsessive with SPF. Either using La Roche-Posay or EltaMD from Shen Beauty. I use Biotherm Micellar Water for taking off the toughest mascaras and makeup-wise, I love Stila’s liquid eyeliner, Charlotte Tilbury foundations, or Koh Gen Do as they’re super light. Maybelline mascara, and Becca shimmering lotion which I mix in with foundation for a little glow! I also like to use a body brush everyday to improve my circulation and remove dead skin cells. ELLE STRAUSS |


I D E A L D AT E N I G H T. . . D I N N E R SOMEWHERE YUMMY!


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

MINI |

Try not to rush. Being a kid is the best thing ever. There’s no need to grow up so fast. But I expect, like me, they won’t listen! ELLE STRAUSS |

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

MINI |

ELLE STRAUSS |

It will get better and easier. Every-

thing is literally a stage and you will get through it! How many kids did you see yourself with growing up? Are there more kids in your future?

MINI |

Funnily enough, I always thought I’d have two girls (I have a sister). So yes, we’re done. This shop is shut. ELLE STRAUSS |


NEW ADDITION When jewelry designer Maya Brenner and restauranteur and hotelier Dustin Lancaster found out they were expecting son Otis, they found themselves staring down one more deadline apart from their due date— the completion of the nursery they had built onto the side of their bedroom. photography by

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Thank you for inviting us into your nursery! Tell us about it! How would you describe the look, the feel?

MINI |

Boyish, classic, and lightfilled. It’s everyone’s favorite room to hang out in. MAYA BRENNER |

How did the process go of deciding to build the nursery onto the side of your master bedroom? Did all go according to plan?

MINI |

We didn’t have a lot of choice if we wanted him to be close to our room. Plus, we had a wasted front area space off of our bedroom and it just made sense to close it in. The bonus is we will get an office once he grows out of it. And does construcMAYA BRENNER |


I love our Babyletto gliding rocking chair because it’s stylish and comfortable and can be used after the baby phase. It also reclines to almost flat and even has a built-in USB port. MAYA BRENNER |

Let’s talk about little Otis! Can you tell us a little about your journey to baby?

MINI |

I thought I was done having children after Jack and Sadie. But after my divorce, I fell so deeply in love with Dustin and watching him love my children as his own, I couldn’t help but want that experience with him. I was 42 when I met him and we didn’t even start trying until I was 44. We quickly realized that we needed medical intervention, so as I rounded the corner to 45, we started IVF. A journey of never-ending procedures, surgeries, shots, drugs, ultrasounds, waiting, money, and MAYA BRENNER |

tion ever go according to plan? Especially when you are working on a deadline, because a baby is a definite deadline. Are there any items in the nursery that you used with your older kids?

MINI |

The comic book lion wall art was Jack’s and a few of the blankets and books. MAYA BRENNER |

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

MINI |


the most extreme rollercoaster ride of frustration and disappointment. Because of my advanced age, we couldn’t afford to take even one month off for fear of losing our window of it working, so it was brutal on my body. What were your first thoughts when you learned you were pregnant?

MINI |

We tried for over two years, so it was exhilarating joy! MAYA BRENNER |

MINI |

How about Dustin’s reaction?

similar from your first two? In some ways, it was easier because I was super busy with work and the older kids, but that’s what made it harder as well because there was way less time to lay around eating and watching TV, which is what I really wanted to do. MAYA BRENNER |

What are you finding has changed the most now, with having a baby, since you had your first two?

MINI |

Technology, by a long shot. Besides apps, there is just so much more information readily available. And the gear is way more advanced and stylized. The [4moms] mamaRoo is life changing! MAYA BRENNER |

Shock, relief, adoration and pure giddiness. MAYA BRENNER |

MINI |

How was this pregnancy different or


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

MINI |

I had vaginal births with my first two, so I just assumed it would be the same for my third. But at six months, I was told that my placenta was too low on the uterus and could block my cervix if I went into labor, so they scheduled a C-section for three weeks earlier than my due date. We were warned that because our baby was being born at 37 weeks, there was a risk that he could have some respiratory issues and that is exactly what happened. Moments after he born, the doctors were concerned about his oxygen levels and whisked him away to the NICU. Nothing really prepares you for seeing your newborn in an incubator, covered in wires, and attached to a monitor. It was a very scary and stressful four days, but we are thankful that he was OK and we were able to leave the hospital all together. MAYA BRENNER |

Tell us how you decided on his name. Were there other names that got a veto vote from either you or Dustin?

MINI |

We both made a list of our favorites and Otis and Levi were the top two, just in different orders. Since I had named two kids already, I deferred to Dustin for the top slot. I also loved Holden after my favorite fictional character from Catcher in the Rye but realized it was probably too big of a name for our baby. MAYA BRENNER |

How are you staying on top of everything with your career and a new baby?

MINI |

I’m not. It’s actually been really tough, I’m not going to lie. I’ve been to the office three times since Otis was born and I answer most emails one handed while holding him. I have a nanny for the older kids who help with groceries and driving, but I haven’t quite figured out help with the baby yet. Dustin and I assumed we would be able to do it ourselves since we both own our own businesses and have flexible schedules, but because I’m nursing, a lot of it has fallen on me which of course makes sense. We’ve had a lot of comMAYA BRENNER |


I H O P E OT I S . . . “IS A GOOD MAN L I K E H I S D A D.”


NEVER THOUGHT I W O U L D. . . G I V E MY KID MY PHONE.


munication about it and now that Otis is almost three months old, I’m hoping that we can share in the responsibility more. How are your older kids helping out with Otis?

There is zero free time and everything needs to be scheduled down to the minute to make life run smoothly, so there’s a lack of spontaneity which I miss. MAYA BRENNER |

MINI |

They adore him and love holding him. He’s recently started smiling and laughing and that is so much fun! My daughter plays hip hop music for him and we all dance around to entertain him. MAYA BRENNER |

Where are you loving shopping for baby right now?

MINI |

MAYA BRENNER |

There’s so much cute baby stuff out there right now. I usually go to a store in our neighborhood called Reckless Unicorn and I love Monica & Andy online. Where have you seen the biggest changes in your life/schedule since you became a mom of 3?

MINI |

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

MINI |

We wake up between 6-6:30 AM. I feed the baby, get the older kids ready for school, and out the door by 7:45 AM. Then, it’s a morning nap for baby and breakfast for me, answer some emails, feed the baby again, and so it goes for the rest of the day. Before I know it, the kids are home from school and it’s dinner time and bed and we do it all over again the next day. MAYA BRENNER |

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

MINI |

MAYA BRENNER |

his dad.

To be a very good man like


M AYA ’ S M U S T - H AV E S The designer shares the new items she purchased for the nursery. 1. KALON STUDIOS CRIB 2. SERENA AND LILY BEDDING 3. WEST ELM RUG, CHANDELIER, AND FLOOR BASKETS 4. SHADE STORE BLINDS

“The automatic ones with a remote control, we splurged!” 5. COPELAND DRESSER

“This doubles as our changing table. I switched out the knobs and emailed Kalon to find out the color of the crib slats so I could paint the knobs the same color to match.” 6. WOOD LADDER

“The wood ladder for blankets is from Lawson Fenning.” 7. HANGING METAL WARDROBE

“This and the small bookcase are vintage from Amsterdam Modern.” 8. WOVEN TENNIS RACKET

“This is by a French artist named Vagalam Design.” 9. HANGING EMBROIDERY

“This is from Coral & Tusk.”


FA S T FA C T S IF THERE WERE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY, I WOULD Get more work done for my business. TYPICAL COFFEE ORDER Dustin makes me coffee in bed every morning in a Keep cup. It’s glass and has a lid to stay warm since I don’t always get to drink it in one sitting. ON MY NIGHTSTAND Jolly Joes candy, InStyle magazine and a huge glass of water since I get so thirsty while breastfeeding. FAVORITE LOCAL SHOP Midland and Clare V. CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO The soundtrack from the movie “Call Me by Your Name.” LAST BOOK I READ The Wonder Weeks. ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Fresh orange juice and brie cheese. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Finding Nemo or E.T. IDEAL DATE NIGHT Any of Dustin’s restaurants. ULTIMATE GETAWAY Amangiri or anywhere in France. SIGNATURE SCENT OUAI shampoo with a splash of baby spit up or anything rose scented.


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Moving On Up photography by PA I G E S O V I C

The Utah-based creative behind popular lifestyle blog, Pink Peonies, Rachel Parcell is in the midst of building an empire—now including her eponymous women’s fashion line—as well as a new home, all while juggling the mom hustle with two Minis, Isla and Jackson.


Thank you for inviting us into your home! Where do you spend the most time in your home, currently?

MINI |

I spend most of my time in my kitchen with my kids, whether that’s coloring with Isla, cooking, or having chats with my sisters. The kitchen is the heart of our home.

RACHEL PARCELL |

We know you’re building a new home— what are you most looking forward to about the new place?

MINI |

I’m most excited for my kitchen. Like I said, most of our days and nights are spent there and I’m so excited to spend the mornings making my kids breakfast and spending time with friends and family building memories.

RACHEL PARCELL |

Any there any elements that the new home will have that you didn’t have before?

MINI |

A swimming pool. We wanted somewhere that we can spend time as a family all summer long. As a mom, I wake up really early to workout, so I am also excited to be able to walk

RACHEL PARCELL |


downstairs instead of driving to a gym. Hopefully, it will give me 30 minutes of extra sleep! What elements will you be incorporating into your kids’ rooms?

MINI |

For Isla’s room, [something] girly yet sophisticated and for Jackson, bright yet masculine. I want something that will be able to age with them. We plan on our children growing up in this home. It is very expensive to furnish and decorate, so I want something that will be timeless, that we won’t have to change multiple times.

RACHEL PARCELL |

Since you’re now a mom of two, tell us about your day-to-day! What time do you get up?

MINI |

I wake up between six and seven to get my workout done while my babies are still sleeping. They usually wake up around 8:30. We eat breakfast in our jammies and spend quality time together. Mornings are my favorite with my babies. I get Isla ready, drive her to school, and while I’m waiting for her, I try to get most of my meetings in. It’s

RACHEL PARCELL |

definitely a juggling act being a working mom. I try to strategize and plan so I am able to maximize my time with my kids while still running my businesses. What are the biggest changes you’ve experienced going from one child to two?

MINI |

It is double the work, but definitely double the joy! I’m not going to lie, having two kids is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Especially because I am juggling two kids, working, and being a wife. But it is so worth it!

RACHEL PARCELL |


As a mom to just Isla at the time, what were your thoughts when you found out you were pregnant with Jackson?

MINI |

I was so nervous at first because it was such a surprise and Isla Rose was only eight months old! I had nine months to mentally prepare myself though and we can’t imagine life without our bear (Jackson’s nickname).

tal room when my sister-in-law brought me a dozen pink roses. I saw Isla written out by the roses and I instantly knew she was Isla Rose pronounced like eye-la.

RACHEL PARCELL |

MINI |

How did you decide on your kids’ names?

I wanted something beautiful yet sophisticated for both. Jackson Walter is a family name and we loved the idea of carrying on the tradition. It sounded masculine and professional as well. We actually don’t call him Jackson that often— we call him the brother bear most of the time. I was going to name Isla Scarlet until I had her. I looked at her and she didn’t look like a Scarlet. We had Isla written as a name option on the whiteboard in our hospi-

RACHEL PARCELL |

What is most important to you in raising your kids?

MINI |

To be kind, giving, and hard working. I want them to know who they are, where they came from, and where they are going. Decisions determine destiny so I pray that I can provide them with all of the tools on how to be a good person and make wise choices for their future.

RACHEL PARCELL |

What do you love most about raising your kids in Utah?

MINI |

It’s so family-oriented and there are so many moms in the same stage of life as me. I have such a strong mama friend group and we all support and inspire each

RACHEL PARCELL |


M Y G R E AT E S T J OY I S . . . WATC H I N G MY KIDS HAPPY

other. I couldn’t get through motherhood without them. Your career has really taken off! How do you manage to keep all of the plates spinning?

MINI |

I honestly don’t know. I have a hard time shutting my mind off. I’ve always been a thinker and a creative person. I’m constantly dreaming up different ideas.

RACHEL PARCELL |

What do you think is the greatest challenge of being a working mom?

MINI |

Finding balance. I often struggle with guilt when I’m working and not with my babies. And guilt when I’m with my babies, and not working. It’s getting better and has gotten easier since Isla started going to preschool. As moms, we are so hard on ourselves and I think we need to remember that we’re all doing better than we think we are!

RACHEL PARCELL |

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You’ve also been documenting your fitness journey on Instagram! Tell us what you’ve been doing— what is your everyday fitness routine like?

MINI |

I’ve been doing BBG (Bikini Body Guide). It’s a workout plan you can do at home or at the gym. I do it with all my mama friends in the mornings. I have a better body after having two kids than I had before which is so crazy! Plus, not only do I feel better physically, but mentally I feel happier and more energetic for my kids.

My style is classic and feminine with a little edge, and has definitely toned down since becoming a mom. More practical pieces. lots of athleisure, but I still love to dress up for date nights and church.

RACHEL PARCELL |

RACHEL PARCELL |

How have you changed your diet to follow your new fitness routine?

MINI |

Tell us about your skincare routine.

Right now, I’m loving the Beauty Bioscience products. They sell an athome microneedling tool that helps prevent aging. Their packaging is beautiful too. I also exfoliate with a warm washcloth every night. I swear by that!

RACHEL PARCELL |

MINI |

I really tried to cut all sugar out (apart from weekends— balance is everything!) and I try to not go crazy on the carbs. I’ve also upped my protein intake. I use Fitness Carli’s meal plan and Clean Simple Eats.

RACHEL PARCELL |

Has your style changed at all since becoming a mom?

MINI |

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

MINI |

How exhausting mentally and physically it is. My little Jackson is a mama’s boy and wants to live on my hip all day. My back kills most of the time and when my head hits the pillow, I’m totally exhausted. But I wouldn’t trade the backache for anything!

RACHEL PARCELL |

You’ve just had back to back babies, but do you think there are more kids in your future?

MINI |

Definitely! We ideally want two more, but I might only have the energy for one more baby. I get super sick when I’m pregnant, so we’ll see! I make it a priority to be a hands-on mom so I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew. We’ll wait a while to have another baby since my two are so close in age right now.

RACHEL PARCELL |


I D E A L D AT E N I G H T. . . D I N N E R , S W E AT S , AND SMORES!

IF I HAD MORE T I M E I W O U L D. . . GET MY NAILS DONE!


FA S T FA C T S BEFORE KIDS, I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD Know every single word to the Tangled movie. CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO The Greatest Showman. FAVORITE KIDS BOOK I Love You Head to Toe. FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT Alamexo. GUILTY PLEASURE Popcorn, Diet Coke, and of course, chocolate. ON MY NIGHTSTAND My favorite candle, Aquaphor, diapers, and wipes. ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Greek yogurt and eggs. FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE Beauty and the Beast. SIGNATURE SCENT Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia.

Mini Magazine Spring 2018, Tia Mowry  

Mini Magazine is an award-winning, digital lifestyle publication for the modern parent.

Mini Magazine Spring 2018, Tia Mowry  

Mini Magazine is an award-winning, digital lifestyle publication for the modern parent.

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