Mini Magazine Spring 2022, Amber Fillerup Clark

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FO R T H E M O D E R N PA R E N T

#HEALTHY

CLEAN

MACHINE Katherine Schwarzenegger gets serious about safe medicine

INSIDE A SHARED N U R S E RY THE BONBERI R E C I P E YO U R K I D S W I L L LOV E THE NEW BREAST PUMP DESIGNED T O M I M I C BA BY

Magic Makers Meet the M O M S Behind Three G ROW I N G Brands

Amber Fillerup Clark The Dae Hair founder is ready for baby number four



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Jollie is the softest new yoga mat for both kids and adults— that gives back! Founded by two women with a shared vision for healthy families, Jollie is breaking the mold with their recyclable mats completely free from harsh chemicals, dyes, latex, and adhesives. What’s more, every mat you purchase allows Jollie to give one to a pediatric cancer patient. —bejollie.com

THIS JUST IN

MEET ELLAOLA Developed with Harvard dermatologists, gentle children’s skincare brand EllaOla is driven by a science-first approach to add the gentlest, plant-based touch to every baby product they offer. But just how safe is this Next Generation Skincare? Parents will be glad to know EllaOla has banned over 2,500 potentially toxic ingredients, sticking to guidelines even more strict than the highest standards put forth by the European Union that bans nearly 1,400 ingredients. —ellaola.com

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Lovevery comes this beautiful birchwood Montessori Playshelf that makes both toy rotation and storage simple. Ideal for the spring cleaning season, the Playshelf allows you to bring home the benefits of the Montessori experience by displaying the optimal number of playthings at a time for deeper learning at your child’s pace. Available at lovevery.com.


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FUN AC T I V I T I E S TO T R Y THIS SEASON

MINI APPROVED P L AC E S A N D E V E N T S TO VISIT

MINI MUST-HAVE ▶

This Tea Collection dress features a springy, travel-inspired print!

Take a visit to the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum where your Minis can walk amongst hundreds of butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion!

Enjoy the weather by taking a trip to this Wizard of Oz themed playground (with ruby slipper slides!)— Watkins Regional Park in Marlboro, Maryland!

If you’re in NYC this Earth Day, head to Union Square’s annual celebration to learn more about the environment and green initiatives!

The annual Eggs-travaganza at Underwood Family Farms returns this month with wagon rides, animals, and of course, an egg hunt!

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Catch Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff this spring in a fun remake of the classic family comedy, Cheaper by the Dozen on Disney+. Chaos ensues when a blended family with ten kids attempts to juggle daily life plus a restaurant!


5 Things to Know WHY early & often exposure to food allergens is critical: 1. Babies are not typically born with food allergies. How your baby eats changes their risk. 2. 70% of your baby’s immune system is in their tummy.* 3. The American Academy of Pediatrics and USDA now recommend introducing solids and common allergens around 4-6 months of age.* Why? Research shows that feeding common allergens daily can help reduce food allergy risk. 4. Most baby foods are void of common allergens like

peanuts, milk, shellfish (shrimp), tree nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts), egg, fish (cod and salmon), grains (oats and wheat), soy, and sesame. 5. A safe, science-backed way to easily get 16 foods into your baby’s diet: SpoonfulONE.

GENTLE DAILY EXPOSURE TO 16 FOOD ALLERGENS Our goal is to train your baby’s tummy to see foods as just foods. With daily feeding of SpoonfulONE, this becomes the smartest snack for your baby.

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Dr. Swanson Chief Medical Officer at SpoonfulONE, pediatrician, author, and mom of two boys

= 16 REAL FOODS IN EACH BITE

Learn how SpoonfulONE works in your baby’s tummy! IF A BABY HAS SEVERE ECZEMA, EGG ALLERGY OR BOTH, INTRODUCING AGEAPPROPRIATE, PEANUT-CONTAINING FOODS AS EARLY AS 4 MONTHS MAY REDUCE THE RISK OF DEVELOPING A PEANUT ALLERGY. CAREGIVERS SHOULD CHECK WITH THE BABY’S HEALTHCARE PROVIDER BEFORE FEEDING THE BABY PEANUTCONTAINING FOODS. WARNING: DO NOT GIVE SPOONFULONE TO A CHILD IF THE CHILD HAS A FOOD ALLERGY OR IS ALLERGIC TO ANY INGREDIENT. *PLEASE VISIT SPOONFULONE.COM/USDA FOR MORE INFORMATION. ©2022 SPOONFULONE


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THE BABY SLEEP SAGA Two infant sleep experts weigh in on how to get baby to sleep through the night, sleep schedules, and more! INSIDE A BRIGHT, BLUSH BIG GIRL ROOM MAKEOVER Our Editor in Chief takes us inside her daughter’s big girl room transformation. 20 QUESTIONS WITH HART JEWELRY FOUNDER HART HAGERTY Meet the mom of two behind the eponymous label known for its customizable charm jewelry.

35 BEAUTIFUL BABY NAMES INSPIRED BY SPRING If you’re expecting a baby this season, these spring-centric names make perfect sense for your Mini on the way!

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selection of eco-friendly wears, wellies, and florals 15 | MEET THE TEAM The team that makes all the Mini magic possible 16 | EDITOR’S LIST A carefully-curated list of Kate’s favorites this season

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shows us what’s inside her Quiltey Studio handbag

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latest and greatest from the Mini tech sphere

35 | BOOK CLUB Autumn centric tales to cuddle up with this season 36 | ON THE CLOCK The founders of clean nailcare brand Tenoverten answer our quick questions 41 | ON THE SCENE Find the

hottest new baby gear, from a storage-centric stroller to an instant travel cot and pop-up booster seat


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56 | STARTING SOLIDS Pediatrician and CMO of SpoonfulONE Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson fills us in

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60 | GOOD NIGHTS Uber soft

Bonberi founder Nicole Berrie shares two recipes from her first cookbook

sleepwear brand Luna Cay is changing the game when it comes to baby clothing

shared nursery features the most beautiful wallpaper and details for a sweet brother and sister!

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INSIDE LOOK: (On Right) Our spring cover mom Amber Fillerup Clark prepares for her fourth baby at home in Arizona! (Below) My baby turns two this month and it’s wild how fast the time goes— these pandemic babies seem to grow especially quickly!

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We may be in the middle of April, but I’m writing this with snow still falling outside my window! I’m so ready for warmer weather, trips to the playground, a wardrobe that doesn’t include my down parka— and of course, the launch of this spring issue! On the next 100+ pages, you will find inspiring moms like the founder of energetic activewear line Terez (you can’t help but smile at her bright and bold office!), Babba Rivera of clean haircare label Ceremonia, Laney Crowell of clean beauty brand Saie, Witney Carson McAllister (hello, Dancing with the Stars!),

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Bethany Ciotola (the mom of four boys has a breathtaking Georgian home you just have to see!), and our glowing cover mom Amber Fillerup Clark (the dae founder who talks motherhood, building her haircare empire, and preparing for baby number four)­— just to name a few! I hope you love this issue as much I do and find a burst of fresh, spring inspiration! Enjoy!

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The coziest & chicest new addition to your wardrobe

FOR ALL YOUR LADY BUMPS.

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CLIKK HIGH CHAIR

The Stokke Clikk high chair grows with your Mini from 6 months to 3 years. —stokke.com

CLEAN PRENATAL

EDITOR’S LIST

MINI Reset with Sakara’s clean prenatal derived from whole food sources. —sakara.com

CANDY CLOUD

The Candy Cloud Crib by Nestig comes in the chicest colors, like this Black Licorice, perfect for a modern nursery. —nestig.com

SPRING STAPLE

I love the Cindy bike short style Bumpsuit for spring! So easy to style for busy moms. —bumpsuit.co

◀ NIGHT UNIFORM

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The new Blush and Red colorway from Eberjey is my latest obsession! —eberjey.com


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T H E S P OT TO SHOP FOR THEIR M I N I WA R D R O B E

Style

M E E T M O N CO E U R F LO W E R F R E N Z Y WAC K Y W E L L I E S

◀ ECO FRIENDLY BABY

Born to imagine a world where the planet comes first, children’s lifestyle brand Mon Coeur is the brainchild of Louise Vongerichten Ulukaya, daughter of renowned Chef Jean-Georges of the highly regarded ABCV, ABC Kitchen, and Mercer Kitchen, to name a few. The entire Mon Coeur collection is made from 100% reclaimed organic cotton fiber and recycled polyester, with all accessories and packaging produced from entirely recycled materials. —moncoeur.com C L I C K TO SHOP THE NEW M O N CO E U R CO L L E C T I O N !


FLOWER FRENZY

You know what they say— April showers bring May flowers. Dress your Minis in their spring best with these looks.

FLORAL FEET

These daisy sneakers put a new spin on happy feet. Above: $24.99; Flower Applique Sneakers, oldnavy.com; Below: $48; Floral Canvas Double Sneaker, maisonette.com

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SUIT YOURSELF

SOW CUTE

If your Mini needs to fancy it up, this palm The marigold print makes this easy romper jacket is a home run. $103; appaman.com ideal for spring. $37; teacollection.com

SPRING BREAKER

Just add chinos and sunnies and you’re ready for the sun. $38; janieandjack.com

GARDEN GIRL

This tulip playdress will be one to reach for all spring long. $46; hannaandersson.com



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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WACKY WELLIES

Wet weather means it’s time to break out the wellies! These adorable puddle jumpers will have any Mini excited to splash the day away.

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$44; Dinosaur Wellies in Highland Green, bodenusa.com

$19.99; Caroline Rainbow Print Rain Boots, target.com

$32.95; Printed Baby Rain Boots, joulesusa.com

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4. TIGER-TASTIC

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$45; Mini Melissa Under the Sea Rain Boot, shopmelissa.com

$19.99; Toddler Tiger Pull-On Rain Boots, target.com

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J U S T F O R YO U MAMA, FROM B U M P TO B E YO N D

Mom

H ATC H M A M A S K I N C A R E D R A P E R J A M E S X T R E TO R N A N YA P O S T PA R T U M

◀ SAFE SKINCARE

C L I C K TO B R O W S E H ATC H M A M A B E AU T Y PRODUCTS!

One of the first things to change when you’re pregnant is your beauty routine, removing no-go products like retinol from your lineup. But don’t worry about searching for safe skincare replacements— celeb-loved beauty collection HATCH Mama has already thought of those! The brand is launching their first ever face skincare products, the Ultimate Glow Hydrating Antioxidant Face Oil ($92) and Brighten Up Retinol Alternative Radiance Serum ($110), to provide support to hormonal skin and keep you feeling refreshed and hydrated all pregnancy (and postpartum!) long! —hatchcollection.com

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THIS JUST IN

DRAPER JAMES X TRETORN Reese Witherspoon’s southern-rooted fashion brand, Draper James, teamed up with legacy sneaker brand, Tretorn, for the brand’s first-ever footwear capsule! With signature prints in gingham and chambray, plus a hint of metallic, the Tretorn sneaker collab is perfect for spring dresses, and matching mommy and me moments too! The collection includes styles in Navy, Gingham, and Gold for both women and girls. Available now on draperjames.com.

RIGHT NOW WE’RE LOVING

The new doctor-reviewed postpartum subscription plan, Anya. Founded by Jane Baecher and Ariana Saunders, with actress and new mom, Freida Pinto as the brand’s Chief Impact Officer, Anya recognizes the extreme lack of postpartum support in the US compared to Eastern cultures and fills it with the information and products that every mother should have. Products include Recovery Tonic, Energy Tonic, Scalp Serum, Lactation Tea, and Postnatal Vitamins, among others! —thisisanya.com

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Use code XOMINI for 20% off your first Sakara Meal Program or 10-Day Reset.


EVERYDAY OIL

“I love using Everywhere Oil as a moisturizer when my skin is super dry. It’s the perfect non-greasy oil and great for kids, too!” BEAUTY ELIXIR

“This mist is so perfect for a quick refresh. Having two very active boys, we’re always on-the-go. It’s a great pick-me-up after being on the soccer fields!”

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ON THE GO

“My go-to protein blend in the spring. I either have a smoothie on-the-go and always carry sachets in my bag as a quick snack to mix into Greek yogurt topped with granola. Soo good!” $10; tejariandco.com

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GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator $125; goop.com

The mom of two and founder of wellness brand Tejari spills the contents of her Quiltey Studio Bandana bag. QUILTEY STUDIO BANDANA TOTE quiltey.com ENERGY TONIC

“This tonic is a great energy boost and helps me drink more water. I usually add a few drops in my water bottle or have it with hot water and lemon (my favorite in the mornings).” $22; thisisanya.com


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

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MINI MUST HAVE

BABYATION PUMP

The Pump by Babyation is a firstof-its-kind breast pump with innovations designed to minimize what goes on a woman’s body and prioritize her comfort and happiness. The Pump includes an ultra-quiet motor, sleek design, and the world’s smallest and lightest breast shields engineered to resemble a baby’s mouth— the only product with FDA-clearance to this claim. The Pump utilizes recyclable tubes you throw away each day to minimize sink time and it’s all controlled on your phone via a one-stopshop feeding app. —babyation.com

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The Bombol Blast-UV portable disinfector ($119) is not only foldable, but extremely powerful when it comes to killing bacteria and staying clean on the go. In fact, this disinfector is up to 100,000 times more efficient than a regular 99.9% UV-C sanitizer or wet wipes. —bombol.com



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Super-so, hand-illustrated, foam mats reminiscent of an heirloom rug.

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Book Club

Everything is coming up sweeter this spring, including this fresh stack of kids reads including stories on the Earth, gardening, and more!

FOR NATURE

HOW TO SAY HELLO TO A WORM

by Kari Percival This first guide to outside details how to connect with nature—worms, dirt, peas—through beautiful woodcut illustrations! EDITOR’S PICK

HOW DOES A CATERPILLAR CHANGE?

by Eric Carle Our favorite hungry caterpillar is back to teach your Minis how he turns into a butterfly! FOR LET TERS

E IS FOR EARTH

by Greg Paprocki Follow along with this nature-centric alphabet!

FOR INSECTS

FOR SPRING

A GOOD PLACE

IN OUR GARDEN

by Lucy Cousins From the creator of Maisy comes this adorable picture book with an environmental message, following four friendly insects in search of a home.

by Pat Zietlow Miller Millie moves to a new city and learns it takes more than ideas to build a garden on her school’s roof.


ON MY NIGHTSTAND

Tenoverten Sleep Mask, earplugs, Vitruvi diffuser, water pitcher, and always a good book: currently reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. -Nadine MY WARDROBE STAPLES

ADAIR AND NADINE MINI SPENT TEN MINUTES WITH THE

co-founders of conscious nail care brand, Tenoverten. Adair Ilyinsky and Nadine Abramcyk (who started the brand with Nadine’s sister, Jaclyn!) get personal with everything from their coffee orders and favorite kids movies to the shows they’re currently watching!

Khaite jeans and sweaters, Toteme coats, Alex Mill boyfriend button downs, Manolo Blahnik Ballerimus, and Veja sneakers. -Adair


For life at home.


ON THE CLOCK GROWING UP, I WANTED TO BE A

Fashion Designer -Adair

FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE

Soul -Nadine FAVORITE KIDS BOOK

The Giving Tree for ages 3 to 7 and the Land of Stories series for ages 7 to 10. -Nadine

Drip coffee with almond milk and stevia. -Nadine MY COFFEE ORDER

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE

Almond milk for my matcha lattes. Always on my shelf— matcha from Bellocq Tea Atelier. -Adair My mother taking me to a dumpster to throw out my report card when I got an F in 8th grade Latin class. -Nadine

CHILDHOOD MEMORY

The original Parent Trap with Hayley Mills. -Adair

KIDS MOVIE

We’ve been playing a lot of Dolly on the car ride to and from school. -Adair NOW PLAYING

APPS I USE MOST

Venmo for babysitters, SpotHero for parking, Keeper for passwords, but Apple Pay is what has changed my life! -Adair A drop into Koreatown for a body scrub and sauna session. -Nadine IDEAL DATE NIGHT

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FAVORITE LOCAL SHOP

Tiny’s & The Bar Upstairs and Locanda Verde. -Adair

FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT

Scenes from a Marriage, The Dropout, and the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. -Nadine SHOWS I’M WATCHING

Bonberi Mart for natural beauty must-haves and healthy food. -Nadine Fountain Diet Coke from a corner pizza shop in Tribeca. -Adair GUILTY PLEASURE




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A E R O M O O V COT BOMBOL BOOSTER

THE DONKEY 5

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BUGABOO DONKEY 5

The most versatile stroller Bugaboo has ever designed, the all-new Donkey 5 is made to grow with any family. The new convertible stroller provides convenience for parents and comfort for Minis (newborn in the bassinet and up to 50 pounds in the seat!), allowing you to choose between the Mono, Duo, or Twin configurations to fit your unique situation. Paired with tons of storage (up to 44 lbs between the under seat basket and side luggage bag!), updated seats, and bassinets that are higher than past models, the Bugaboo Donkey 5 is intended to promote family togetherness and sibling interaction. Prices begin at $1,399 at bugaboo.com.

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AEROMOOV COT The ultra-light and compact AeroMoov instant travel cot can be set up and folded to store away in seconds— no strain, no stress! PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF AEROMOOV EASY MOVER

Set up and store away your travel cot in just two seconds.

Ultra Light

The Instant Travel Cot weighs less than 11 pounds. Even big brother or sister can carry it!

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ULTRA COMPACT

Two Levels

Carry-On Bag

Adjustable low and medium cot levels allow for easy tending to baby as they grow.

Fold the travel cot into its slimline carrying bag and store in the narrowest of places: next to a wardrobe, under the stairs— and of course, in the car!

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SUPER SPEED Quick Set-Up




BOMBOL BOOSTER The lightweight, portable, and stain-resistant Pop-Up™ Booster fits almost all adult chairs and folds to the size of a book. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BOMBOL

THE DETAILS Smart design

The award-winning design fits almost all adult chairs, folds flat when you don’t need it, and comes with a bag that converts into a cover to protect seats!

BUCKLE UP Safety First

Built with a super safe 5-point harness for littles, that easily changes into a 3-point harness as they grow.

The Most Portable Booster on the Market!

EASY CLEAN No More Mess SEAT SAVVY Easy Pop and Lock

Pops open and locks instantly into a safe, sturdy 3D seat for your little one.

This booster is stain and odor-resistant with removable straps, so you don’t have to worry about the clean-up!

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THIS JUST IN IN THE MINI WORLD

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KUDOS DIAPERS P E AC H N OT P L A S T I C B A BY B J O R N L A N D S C A P E

◀ KUDOS DIAPERS

There’s a new diaper in town—and it’s four times greener with two times the absorption. Parents have called Kudos the “best disposable diaper ever” and we can see why! Kudos diapers are the first and only disposable diaper with 100% cotton touching baby’s skin—the #1 doctor-recommended material for rash and eczema—and two times the absorption layers to prevent overnight leaks and blowouts. Kudos also makes it easy to order by simply selecting your baby’s size from their website and choosing your preferred delivery, ranging from a quick week’s supply to a monthly subscription. —mykudos.com

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Peachy Keen

Peach Not Plastic, the personal care brand within Grove Collaborative, is launching the first-ever 100% plastic-free, natural hair and body care system for kids.

PLASTIC-FREE SHOWER

Peach Not Plastic, the plastic-free beauty and personal care brand within Grove Collaborative, is launching the first-ever 100% plastic-free, natural hair and body care system exclusively for kids. Formulated with the clean and safe ingredients parents look for, the Peach Kids collection is made for Lil’ Kids (ages 3 to 5) and Big Kids (ages 6 to12) and includes six personal care products in a variety of signature scents. What’s more, every Peach Kids product is equal to at least two 8 ounce bottles of conventional personal care products, lasts 100 washes, and is labeled with sweet, sustainable sayings to make bath time fun. —grove.co C L I C K TO SHOP THE N E W P E AC H K I D S B AT H LINE-UP!

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Landscape Edition

The latest collection from BABYBJÖRN pays homage to the spectacular sceneries of Scandinavia and your journey through the mesmerizing landscapes of parenthood.

ODE TO THE LAND

The new Landscape collection from BABYBJÖRN celebrates the wonders of Mother Nature. Crafted by hand from pieces of shredded paper, the landscape print is now available for the brand’s popular Carrier Mini and Bouncer Bliss designs online at Nordstrom and of course, BabyBjorn.com. —babybjorn.com

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#RECIPES

BODY HARMONY Mom of two NICOLE BERRIE has graced the pages of Mini before chatting all things motherhood, showing glimpses of her gorgeous NYC home, and sharing her life as the founder of wellness platform Bonberi and plant-based corner store, Bonberi Mart. Now she’s back with two (kid-friendly!) recipes from her new cookbook, Body Harmony: Nourishing, Plant-Based Recipes for Intuitive Eating, on sale May 17!



JUICE PULP DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS INGREDIENTS 2 very ripe bananas, mashed 1 cup rice milk, almond milk, oat milk, or water with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 3/4 cup vegan butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar, or 1 cup maple syrup 1 1/2 cups white rice flour

1 1/2 cups garbanzo bean flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup juice pulp (can be from any juice!) or 1 cup grated zucchini 1 cup dark chocolate chips 1/2 100% unsweetened cocoa powder Optional: 2 tablespoons espresso or cold brew concentrate

INSTRUCTIONS 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2 In a large bowl, mash the bananas well. Add the milk or water with vinegar, vegan butter, maple syrup, if using, and vanilla and mix to combine well. 3 In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to combine well. 4 Drain the juice pulp or grated zucchini, removing excess liquid, and fold into the batter. 5 Place cupcake liners in a cupcake tin and scoop batter into each liner, filling it to the top. Add more chocolate chips and oats to the top.

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6 Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool for 30 minutes and enjoy!


INSTRUCTIONS 1 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 2 Keeping the skin on the potatoes (if you prefer the skin off­—for classic fries—that works too!), slice off the ends. Then slice the potatoes lengthwise into quarters, and slice the quarters into wedges. Make sure the wedges are all roughly the same size. 3 Fill a large bowl halfway with water, the ice, and lemon juice. Add the potatoes and let sit, fully submerged in the ice water, for 20 minutes or up to an hour. 4 Drain the potatoes and lay them out on a dish towel to dry. Clean the bowl and return the potatoes to it. Add the oil, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, oregano, salt, and pepper and massage well with your hands.

ICE BATH POTATO FRIES INGREDIENTS 4 russet potatoes 2 cups ice Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/4 cup avocado oil 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon sea salt Pinch of black pepper

5 Arrange the potatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast for 30 to 35 minutes, until tender and crisped at the edges. Let cool a bit and enjoy!


W H AT YO U S H O U L D K N OW

A Pediatrician’s Guide to Starting Solids

S t a r ting baby o n so lid f o o ds is a milest o n e t h at q uic kl y cre ep s u p o n yo u as a pare nt a nd while in t ro ducing p urees and f inger f o o ds is no new co ncep t , it is a t op ic t hat st ill c o mes wit h a grea t deal o f un cer t aint y a nd a m oun t ain o f q uest io n s. We a s ke d D r. We n d y S u e Swanson, pediatrician and CMO of SpoonfulONE, for t h e n ew l i s t o f r u l e s w h e n i t c o m e s t o f e e d i n g yo u r b a by.

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• DR. SWANSON

ON HOW TO INTRODUCE B A BY T O N E W F O O D S . . .

First feeds are a monumental step for both baby and parents. All babies are different when it comes to the right age to start and how quickly they start eating a variety of foods. It’s important to understand the signs of readiness to start solids. A few of the signs are: • Able to sit up without support • Able to maintain great head control when sitting • Loss of the tongue-thrust reflex so they don’t automatically push food out of their mouth when offered and taken • Follows foods with their eyes and shows eagerness and interest (sometimes babies even lick the air when they smell delicious food!) • Opens mouth wide when you offer food on a spoon There are so many foods that can be great to start your baby on solids. In addition to considering your family’s food preferences, here are a few first foods (in very, very small pieces or puree): • Avocados • Banana • Soft cooked, sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkin • Soft cooked apples • Soft cooked carrots, green beans, zucchini, and beets

• •

Cereals that are thinned to a near-liquid consistency with expressed breast milk or formula Very ripe peaches and pears Peanut butter thinned with water and mixed into oatmeal

O N T H E AG E TO S TA R T SOLIDS AND ALLERGENS LIKE EGG, PEANUT, AND FISH...

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the USDA recommend starting your child on solids between 4 and 6 months of age. You may be thinking that seems young, but in a complete reversal from decades of advice from pediatricians to avoid the foods associated with food allergies, research now says early and regular dietary exposure to a food — specifically a food often associated with allergies, like peanuts — helps reduce the risk of a child developing an allergy to that food. There are 16 common allergens that make up 90% of food allergies. Feeding these allergens early and often is key to reducing food allergy risk. If preparing 16 different foods feels overwhelming, there are solutions to help make it safe and convenient for parents. SpoonfulONE provides gentle daily exposure to 16 food allergens and is backed by multiple research studies.

O N F O O D S T O AV O I D W H E N S TA R T I N G SOLIDS...

Yes, there are a few foods you should steer away from when introducing solid foods to your baby: • Honey: rare risk for causing botulism, a serious illness, if introduced in infancy. It’s safe after 1 year of age. • Cow’s milk: Stick with breast milk and formula as a primary liquid until your baby is 12 months-old. • Water is okay after 6 months of age when starting solids (2-4 oz servings). • Nuts, popcorn, whole grapes, and thick/dense nut butters as they are choking hazards so avoid or cut into tiny pieces or thin appropriately. ON THE IDEAL DIET FOR BABIES...

Your baby’s diet should be diverse and robust. I often say try to get in 100 new foods in 100 days. Most parents do a great job getting in fruits and vegetables, but don’t forget things like meat and fish. You want your baby to be exposed to lots of different textures and flavors.


ON THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT FOOD ALLERGIES IN KIDS...

Genetics. Food allergies are not always genetic, in fact, 2 out of 3 children with a food allergy, do NOT have a parent with one. You only need to worry about peanut. Simply not true. Peanuts are the “celebrity” of food allergies, but a single allergy to peanuts only accounts for 7% of all food allergies. So get peanuts into the diet, yes, but don’t forget all the others as well. You do not need to go slow and wait days in between feeding new foods. This is completely outdated advice. Parents should feel comfortable introducing multiple foods at a time. Or at least 1 new food every single day! Studies have shown that it is safe and in fact, going slow and delaying eating certain foods increases food allergy risk.

ON HOW TO REDUCE F O O D A L L E R GY R I S K . . .

There are 3 main things parents can do to reduce their child’s food allergy risk: • • •

Introduce common allergens around 4-6 months of age. Keep common allergens in their diet on a consistent basis for about 1 year. Let your child be exposed to things like dogs and dirt in the environment.

ON HOW TO IDENTIFY FOOD ALLERGIES...

The most common presentation is an allergic reaction which typically involves hives and/or vomiting within 2 minutes to 2 hours after eating a food.

T O PA R E N T S WO R R I E D ABOUT INTRODUCING ALLERGENS...

I completely understand why it can feel scary to parents. Rather than worrying, try to focus on the profound benefit you’re offering your child. We want babies to be able to experience all foods and flavors and textures without limitations. Feeding our babies can be an adventure but it’s one that is a serious reward to the soul. You can introduce foods to your baby with joy and confidence. I often say that feeding our children and nourishing them is one of the most soulful and spiritual things we get to do as parents.



GOOD NIGHTS

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention, and such was the case for new sleepwear line, Luna Cay. Inspired by the need for a sleepwear brand that promised quality, safety, and sustainability without compromise, Luna Cay founder Ashley Malone turned the void in the market into an entire collection of buttery soft sleepers and accessories.


Luna Cay checks all of the boxes for a standout baby brand— now just add in environmental impact and you have a sure recipe for success. From packaging you can upcycle into baby keepsake boxes to eco-friendly fabrics and ethical manufacturing standards, the Canadian brand is committed to creating high-quality baby clothing that has a smaller impact on the planet we’re leaving behind for our little ones. The brand puts a focus on its delicious fabric combination of sustainable bamboo from Rayon and stretchable Spandex, which are naturally hypoallergenic and more absorbent for a cozier fit and better temperature control. The smooth fibre is grown without the use of harmful chemicals, meaning its safer for baby’s skin, and the breathable bamboo helps to reduce bacteria that can cause unpleasant odors. Not only are Luna Cay sleepers and accessories better for your baby and the environment, but every detail was carefully thought over by parents, for parents just like you. For instance, the two-way zipper makes for easy diaper changes and the fold-over cuffs and grippy feet up the safety factor for even the smallest of Minis. Luna Cay has also covered the convenience aspect of shopping for baby with a subscription model that delivers a set of sleepers to your door every three months— ensuring you always have the right size at the right time. Each set comes with a Powder, Vanilla, and Fawn colored sleeper in the next size that best fits your little one. Sleepers are available in sizes 0-3 months, all the way up to 18-24 months. Visit LunaCay.com to start shopping!


ANY DAE NOW Founder of best-selling clean haircare brand dae and soon-to-be mother of four AMBER FILLERUP CLARK talks preparing for baby and what sets her business apart from the rest.

photography by DAV I D C L A R K


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?

MINI |

Being eight months pregnant, my routine looks a little different right now than it normally does! I am currently rolling out of bed like a roly poly bug and waddling into the kitchen to make school lunches, brush hair, and get kids ready. I try to work out before the kids wake up, but that currently isn’t happening, although I am excited to get back into that routine once I settle in with the new baby! AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |

What do you think is the greatest challenge of motherhood?

MINI |

Working on yourself so you don’t pass down your own traumas. It is a lot of work to get through those things but it is so worth it for your littles. I also think having individual parenting responses ready for each kid based off of their personalities is tricky, but the older they get, the more I really know what each of them needs. AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |

What is most important to you in raising your kids?

MINI |

I hope they know how much I LOVED raising them. I don’t want them to ever feel like they are a burden to me in any way or that they held me back from anything. I want them to feel what a blast I have, and know how happy I am to be their mom, that they inspire me to do everything I do in life. They give me so much energy and love. AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |


How are you and your husband a great parenting team?

MINI |

I think we are a good team because we both actively try to grow as individuals and challenge each other in ways we can grow. We both really enjoy being intentional parents and have so much fun with our kids. AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |

What is your greatest parenting worry or fear?

MINI |

Probably the same as most— that a health scare could come up or an accident of some kind. So grateful for our health every single day. AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |

How many kids did you see yourself with growing up?

MINI |

I always saw myself with four kids, so I knew this was the number of kids I wanted and what would feel complete! AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |

Congratulations on expecting Baby #4! How is the name game going this time around?

MINI |

I won’t give any clues about her first name, BUT her middle name will be after my husband’s dad who passed away from cancer a few years ago. His name was Eugene. AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |

How is this pregnancy similar or different from your others?

MINI |

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It is very different just because I am now eight years older than I was with my first— I definitely had much more energy as a 23-year-old! I also think I am much more self aware now, so while I may have had baby blues with my first two, I don’t think I was even aware enough to recognize it. I am much more aware of my emotions and patient with the ups and downs. AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |

You’ve also shared that you’re having another GIRL! Did you have any feelings about gender during this pregnancy or were you completely surprised?

MINI |

I didn’t have any feelings, but my son really wanted a brother, so I was sort of hoping for a boy just for his sake. However, we are thrilled to have another girl and he is excited to be the man of the house! AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |

How do your other littles feel about welcoming a new baby?

MINI |

SO excited, like beyond. They are all at such fun ages, so I think it will be a lot of fun and I will have more helpers this time. AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |

What baby gear do you plan on using for your little one? What pieces do you have ready or really helped with your other babies?

MINI |

A few of my must haves I have used for all of my babies: Maxi-Cosi car seat, Fisher-Price swing, AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |


As a former hairstylist, I always found it incredibly confusing shopping for haircare because there are always SO many options. I felt like, if I am this confused as a trained professional, how confusing must this process be for consumers? It often felt like brands would launch new products just for the sake of newness. I really wanted dae to be a brand where each product felt incredibly intentional, actually had a purpose in a woman’s routine, and also a brand that could feel inspirational. AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |

What makes the brand stand out from the rest?

MINI |

There are still not a lot of clean haircare options on the market, and even beyond our products being clean, we pay a lot of attention to what our customers need. What we have gathered is that women want less products. This is why we aim to have as many multitasking products as possible, where it makes sense. We also spend so much time on the sensory aspects of our products like scent and texture. These are very important for haircare. AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |

and Baby Bjorn bouncer (I don’t think I had this for my first— it is the best bouncer!). Let’s talk fashion, of course! What are you living in right now?

MINI |

I love having my bump out actually. It drives me crazy having clothes on while pregnant, so I am usually in a cropped tank and sweats at home. When I leave the house, I usually wear a cozy dress or workout clothes. AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |

OK, let’s talk about your haircare line, dae! What inspired you to create the line?

MINI |

Can you give us a peek into your own haircare routine?

MINI |

I use our signature shampoo and conditioner. Once a week, I will use our Monsoon Moisture Mask. I use the hair oil on AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |


C L I C K TO SHOP AMBER’S DAE HAIRCARE BRAND!


wet hair and on the night before I wash my hair, I use it as an overnight treatment. I use our leave-in conditioner on wet hair and it provides heat protection, so it is great to use before blow drying! We also have a new styling cream that I love to use for blowouts, flyaways, and sleek looks! What has been your proudest career moment to date?

I find that when I am spending a lot of quality time with my kids and being really intentional about my time with them, that helps limit my mom guilt. I also feel so fulfilled as a working mom and can only hope to show my kids that they can do it all: Have kids, live a full life, and chase your dreams all at once. AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |

MINI |

AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |

Sephora stores!

Seeing dae in

We all experience mom guilt! When do you find you experience it most and how do you get past it?

MINI |

What are you looking forward to most about raising your kids in Arizona?

MINI |

Swimming as a family year-round, our winters (which are basically spring), swim team, the inspiring desert landscape, and no snow! I hate being cold. AMBER FILLERUP CLARK |


MOM MUST HAVES

IF I HAD MORE TIME

“I would take a nap every day.”

FA V E K I D S B O O K

“Dragons Love Tacos.” COFFEE ORDER

“Extra hot latte, breve, four pumps of vanilla.”

FA V E R E S TA U R A N T

“Tratto.” 1505 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ G U I LT Y PLEASURE

KIDS MOVIE

“Zootopia.”

“Eggo waffles with homemade buttermilk syrup before bed.” N O W W AT C H I N G

“Severance, Dropout, and WeCrashed.”

NOW LISTENING

“Marco Polo by Nombe.”


A pile of books I might have time to read someday and my current needlepoint project.

ON MY NIGHTSTAND

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE

Nutpods coffee creamer. FAVORITE KIDS BOOK

CARLY RIORDAN MINI SPENT TEN MINUTES WITH THE

lifestyle blogger, new mom (to Jack, six months), and Business Minded author, covering every base from her signature scent (perfect for spring!) and favorite kids book (a staple in her house!) to the apps she uses most and her most common pregnancy craving!

We read the Little Blue Truck books every night before bed! FAVORITE KIDS MOVIE

Madeline.


You can Framebridge just about anything. framebridge.com


ON THE CLOCK GROWING UP, I WANTED TO BE A TV SHOW I’M WATCHING RIGHT NOW

Judge. Dopesick. IF THERE WERE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY, I WOULD

Start another business! Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman

LAST BOOK I READ

Sitting outside at a local restaurant we love for burgers and beers on a warm night. IDEAL DATE NIGHT

GUILTY PLEASURE

Weekly massages!

PREGNANCY CRAVING

Besides social media (hello TikTok addiction), Duolingo, Headspace, Libby/Libro.fm/Scribd (I really like audiobooks).

Sockerbit candy. I bought it by the pound…

APPS I USE MOST

An oat milk latte when I’m feeling fancy, plain black coffee most of the time! COFFEE ORDER

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Cambridge Street Papers. 7 Waverly Pl, Madison, NJ

FAVORITE LOCAL SHOP

Sunday Motor Café for casual breakfasts and lunches!

FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT

CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO

audiobooks!

All the

Striped shirt, comfortable jeans, ballet flats, and a cable knit sweater. WARDROBE STAPLES

White Tea by Elizabeth Arden.

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PERFECT PAIR

Mother of two SAMANTHA VARVEL was originally unsure of her two young children (Peter and Kit) sharing a room, but both the outcome and the space itself have proven to be surprisingly sweet.


THE DESIGN

“Our nursery is such a special room to us and is shared by our two young children. When we moved into our home just over a year ago, we were preparing to welcome our baby daughter Kit, and I wanted to create a space that was gender-neutral with all the colors of the rainbow that could adapt as they grew and shared the space,” says Varvel. “Right now we have two cribs in the room, with the recent addition of Kit’s mini crib, and we will soon be swapping one out for a “big boy bed!” “I searched high and low for the right wallpaper and deliberated endlessly (selecting a wallpaper can feel a bit like committing to marriage), but ultimately chose this classic hummingbird pattern by Cole & Son, which set the tone for the rest of the decor. The green trim was a last minute decision, but really pulled everything together in combination with the green-and-white gingham of the roman curtains. I love a mix of old and new and wanted to be sure to incorporate some sentimental pieces like the antique florals handed down from my mom that we hung above the changing table, as well as a framed needlepoint alphabet that was gifted to us by a childhood family friend.” Cole & Son Hummingbirds Pastel Wallpaper, $172.50; decoratorsbest.com T H E D E TA I L S

“It’s the little details that make a room feel special and there are a few things in this space that add that perfect touch of whimsy. The paper foxglove floral from Brooklyn-based artist “The Green Vase” is a favorite of mine. The mirror from Fleur Home was custom color-matched to the wallpaper and I’m in love with the little scalloped detail. And of course, we needed a few good touches of wicker: the Matilda Goad rattan lampshade is placed on a simple Pottery Barn floor lamp base, the side




table is a steal from Urban Outfitters, and the Ballard Design scalloped storage baskets are a must for chic toy storage!”

baby monitor. I always shared a room with my sister growing up, so I love that they are doing the same.”

Pierce Wicker Side Table, $119; urbanoutfitters. com, Audubon Peony Circle Mirror, $1,000; fleurhome.com,Webster Convertible Crib, $1,898; serenaandlily.com, Jenny Lind White Bookcase, $399; crateandbarrel.com

Scalloped White Metal Flushmount, $179; potterybarnkids.com, Pehr Dream-a-Little Dream 2 Tier Mobile, $95; shoppehr.com, Raffia Scallop Lampshade, $180; matildagoad.com, Merced Glider; potterybarnkids.com

THE INSPIRATION

“Just like any nursery, ours has seen endless hours of bedtime routines, diaper changes, and night feedings. I was so nervous that having two babies sleep in the same room would be a disaster with them waking each other up, but it has not been the case! We’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well they’ve adapted to sharing and it’s adorable (and hilarious) seeing how they interact when we check in on them from the



photo by C I N D Y G O L D


CLEAN MACHINE Soon-to-be mother of two Katherine Schwarzenegger dove into clean medicine after the birth of her daughter.

MINI |

Can you share when you adopted a clean living philosophy and what changes you made first in your home?

MINI |

I was really mindful of everything I was putting on my body and into my body while I was pregnant with my daughter, and in this pregnancy, and because of that, I learned a lot about all that we use in a day. I am for sure not perfect when it comes to clean living and I know that I have so much to learn always, but I think I have a good idea of what works for me and my family and am always interested in learning more and ways to be better. My sister, Christina, is a total expert in this space so when she comes over she always gives me tons of tips.

KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER |

KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER |

How about your pregnancy? How are you bringing clean living into this phase of your life? Routine wise, I just try to be as active as possible. I feel really blessed that I feel so great in this pregnancy so I try to work out daily. Running after a toddler this pregnancy has been different than the first time around but I love it. Again, I am mindful about the products I am using and what I am putting in my body. I feel super lucky to have found [clean medicine brand] Genexa in my last pregnancy and have been able to use it now too, especially for those heartburn moments. I keep the antacid Genexa by my bedside table!


What initially drew you to Genexa?

MINI |

Everything about it! Just knowing how much unnecessary filler ingredients are in other products I had been using for years really was eye opening for me. Then when I had my daughter, I wanted to be prepared and have everything I might need for her on hand at our house. I was able to learn so much about what was in the children’s medicine I was given as a kid and to know that now there is a clean alternative is really exciting and why I love sharing that knowledge with other parents.

KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER |

If there was one product you think every parent should have on hand, what would it be?

MINI |

KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER |

Pain and Fever Reducer. One of the many ways parents can tackle clean living in their home is in their medicine cabinet. Tell us which Genexa products you use most often or were most excited about?

MINI |

I use the pain and fever reducer the most for my daughter. I use it when she is having painful teething moments and it has been a total game changer. I have also used the immunity one for her and it’s great. For me personally, the Genexa antacid is what I have been using the most while pregnant.

KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER |

Kids’

Let’s talk motherhood! What has surprised you most about motherhood?

MINI |

All there is to learn and how much multi-tasking is involved. I always watched my mom multi-task so effortlessly with four kids, several full-time jobs, her marriage, her family, and I always had so much respect for her. Since becoming a

KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER |


parent, I have even more respect for all that she did and continues to do as our mom.

again, to be able to ask my parents for their wisdom and guidance in this journey.

Since you’re expecting your second baby, let’s talk about preparation! How are you preparing your daughter for a new little one?

MINI |

MINI |

How is this pregnancy similar or different to your first? I was fortunate that I felt pretty good when I was pregnant with my daughter and I feel similar in this pregnancy too, and I never take that for granted as I know that’s not always common. I was playing tennis the week before I gave birth to my daughter and was walking the day before, and I hope to be able to do that again in this pregnancy as I think it helped me. I would say the biggest difference is the state of the world now compared to when I had my daughter

KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER |

She is luckily going through a moment where she is obsessed with all things babies. She has a few different baby dolls and she loves bringing them with her everywhere and sleeping with them, so that’s encouraging to me. I also have a pretty similar age difference with my sister that my daughter will have with this baby, so I feel excited about that for her. I know there will be an adjustment and I am so grateful, once

KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER |


during Covid. Now that the world has opened, I feel lucky that I am able to see my friends and family more than I did with my first pregnancy, but since there are still cases around, there is always a concern for us pregnant mamas, so I just try and take caution. I am glad there is more of a balance now though as seeing my family and very close friends is helpful for our wellbeing. I also feel like I have an extra layer of support and preparation since I’ve been doing my Instagram series, BDA Baby. I have been able to gather so much information over the past year and I’m looking forward to being able to apply it throughout this pregnancy and postpartum. If you could give your children one piece of advice, what would it be?

MINI |

KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER |

thing and the biggest gift.

Your family is every-

MOM MUSTHAVES A LW AY S I N MY FRIDGE

“String cheese.”

KIDS MOVIE O N M Y N I G H T S TA N D

“Any Disney Princess movie.”

“Baby monitor and water, always.”

FA V E K I D S B O O K

“Goodnight, Moon.”

NOW LISTENING

“Kira Rappaport.” COFFEE ORDER

“Oat milk latte.” D AT E N I G H T

“Ordering in and watching a movie!”

FA V E R E S TA U R A N T

“Cafe Vida.” 9755 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA


A simpler way to design beautiful window treatments.

I N T R O D U C I N G

THE NURSERY COLLECTION

D R A P E R Y

R O M A N

S H A D E S

everhem.com

W O V E N

W O O D S


DEEPLY


With brand-building prowess that’s propeled such brands as Uber and Away, BABBA RIVERA returns to her roots with the launch of Ceremonia, a clean haircare label inspired by the Latinx traditions she was taught as a child. photography by A L E C K U G L E R

ROOTED


Later on in my teenage years, I lost track of the relationship to beauty I was taught at home, and embarked on a journey of trying to change and mask who I was. After decades of coloring, straightening, and constantly damaging my hair, I started to question the beauty standards presented by the industry. Despite the fact that people like me, of the Hispanic and Latinx demographic, account for nearly 20% of the US population and hold among the strongest spending power within beauty (spending 46% more on hair care products than non-Hispanics do), the category is still not reflecting this reality. Not only are we not represented in marketing, we are also not represented as owners, founders, and executives in this category, despite being the biggest spenders.

We are so inspired by your beautiful brand, Ceremonia! Can you tell us how the brand came to be?

MINI |

In many ways, I feel as if every part of my journey was a stepping stone in getting me to where I am today to bring Ceremonia to life. As the daughter of a Chilean hairdresser, I learned from an early age to love and appreciate beauty rituals as a form of self-care. Furthermore, growing up with my mom and aunt who are two beauty queens themselves, I learned the healing powers of natural plants and fruits long before it was considered cool. BABBA RIVERA |

Throughout my entire career, I’ve been extremely passionate about challenging the status quo, building unicorn brands such as Uber and Away and being the first woman to enter many rooms. This passion has now been translated to an even stronger mission— to reimagine the hair care aisle with a wellness approach to hair, while authentically representing and celebrating the richness of the Latinx culture. Creating an iconic brand with


global appeal that celebrates my culture has an incredibly deep meaning to me. For so many years, I felt ashamed of my background, and through this journey, I’m not only finding my way back to my own roots, but I’m also hoping to help others see the beauty in our culture, too. We tap into the many powerful fruits and plants native to the Latin American region, and push the boundaries for what clean hair care can be. Replacing common toxic filler ingredients with natural ones, mixed with science-backed ingredients to generate real results in a clean and sustainable way. Ceremonia is all about instilling a confident natural, tackling the root issue of our hair woes for real transformation. No more quickfixes or masking for the day—say hola to a

new generation of hair wellness. How has the brand evolved since it began and where do you hope to see it go?

MINI |

We started with a single hero product and have since grown the line into a full routine with shampoo and conditioner, hair mask, styling products, scalp care, and more. The most exciting part of this development is that we have been able to grow the line with the input of our community, serving their real needs and preferences while continuing to push the boundaries for what clean hair care can be. In the future, I see us serving a wider range of beauty needs, as our approach to hair care translates to many other areas of beauBABBA RIVERA |


BABBA ON THE CLOCK

KIDS BOOK The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff

($13; amazon.com)

N O W W AT C H I N G

“WeCrashed and Euphoria.” KIDS MOVIE

“Encanto!”

N O W P L AY I N G

“Swedish artist Lisa Ekdahl.”

KIDS SHOPS G U I LT Y PLEASURE

“All things desserts.”

“Little Mooney in Nolita has such a cute curation of indie brands!”

COFFEE ORDER

“I love an oat milk hot chocolate.” FA V E R E S TA U R A N T

“Colonie in Brooklyn Heights.” 127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY


ty as well. Focusing on high-performance formulas powered by natural ingredients, combined with our Latinx heritage makes for an interesting and big future for us. This is just the beginning for Ceremonia. With Ceremonia as a clean beauty brand, can you detail your own daily clean beauty routine?

MINI |

I am a big fan of serums! I love investing in my skin and spend more time on skincare than I do on makeup. I love Tata Harper, which is also what I am currently using as I am expecting my second baby and the products are not only high-performance but also pregnancy safe. I love the Illuminating Eye Serum, which functions as a highlighter and eye cream in one, and the Resurfacing Serum. I enjoy layering serums, usually starting with the more lightweight, jelly-viscosity ones, and then adding the richer ones. I then seal the serums with a face oil— some favorites include the Moringaia Face Oil, as well as Vintner’s Daughter’s iconic face oil. BABBA RIVERA |

When it comes to makeup, I love Saie Beauty’s Glowy Super Gel, mixed with their tinted moisturizer, Westman Atelier’s blush in Petal, Ami Cole’s mascara, and Merit’s brow gel and lip glosses. As for my own hair, I use the Ceremonia Leave-in Conditioner to tame baby hairs and frizz, as well as to seal dry ends. During the dry winter months, I also love to end my routine with the Oil Mist con Aloe Vera to seal the hydration and boost

shine. For days when I am on the go and don’t have time to wash my hair, I use the Açai Style Refresher to revive my hair and infuse it with our signature scent. Once a week, I reset my scalp and hair with our Sunday Reset Duo, featuring a Papaya Scalp Scrub for deep cleanse and Deep Conditioning Mask for silky strands. This duo is a new favorite! It truly feels like a spa moment at home! The night before washing my hair with this duo, I usually apply Aceite de Moska before going to bed and leave the scalp oil on during the night to help balance and restore my scalp, and increase hair strength. What has been the greatest lesson you’ve learned in business thus far?

MINI |

That persistence and determination is key. As a founder, especially as a sole founder, you’ll have many moments of doubt and countless setbacks. Being confident enough to keep pushing with persistence and determination is the only way forward and what will ultimately set you apart from the rest. BABBA RIVERA |

We love to ask— What do you think about the idea of “having it all?”

MINI |

I think you can have it all, but not all at once. Having a family and a career at the same time is not impossible, but having that and a thriving social life, restful vacations, ambitious wellness goals, and perfectly home cooked meals all at once is not realistic. I’ve found that in order to be successful in some areas others BABBA RIVERA |


have to give. For me right now, the focus is family and work, and as such, other things have had to take the backseat. What advice would you give to moms looking to start their own brand?

MINI |

To make sure you do it in a way that brings you joy. We are most successful when we operate from a place of joy, and with motherhood, you will always be competing against time with your children, which puts more pressure on work having to be a source of joy. BABBA RIVERA |

Let’s dive into your life as a soonto-be mom of two! What do you think is the greatest challenge of motherhood?

MINI |

Time! We are constantly competing against the hours of the day, and somehow there are just never enough of them. Having two kids will not make that equation easier, that is for sure. BABBA RIVERA |

What is most important to you in raising your children?

MINI |

To fill them with unconditional love and confidence. I want my children to feel so immensely loved and special. BABBA RIVERA |

We all experience mom guilt from time to time. When do you find mom guilt creeps in and how do you deal with it?

MINI |

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It creeps up all the time and makes it really hard to prioritize things for oneself, but my husband is great at reminding me of putting my own oxygen mask on first and encourages me to carve out time for myself and the things that fill my cup. BABBA RIVERA |

Let’s talk pregnancy! How has this pregnancy been different from your first?

MINI |

This pregnancy has felt very different, mainly because of the fact that I don’t have as much space to rest now that I also have a toddler running around. With my first pregnancy, I was able to work out almost every day and felt very energetic, whereas with this pregnancy, I am feeling increasingly tired. I have now started to carve out 30 to 60 minute breaks during the day for naps and mediation which has been super helpful. BABBA RIVERA |

How are you dressing the bump this season? What are you living in right now?

MINI |

The best part about having done this quite recently is that I still have many pieces I wore during my first pregnancy that I can recycle. I also learned a lot about pregnancy dressing my first time around, and I have been much more comfortable knowing what works and what doesn’t this time. For example, with my first pregnancy I made the mistake of ordering big loose dresses that would fit a growing belly, without thinking about BABBA RIVERA |


what that would do to my overall body shape. I’ve found that for my body type it works much better to embrace the belly through tight knitted dresses. The rule of thumb for me now is that I don’t want to hide behind a tent, but rather embrace parts of my body, whether it’s a leg moment, an open neck, or a tight fit to embrace my full figure. Has your personal style changed at all since becoming a mom?

MINI |

The only real change I saw was an increased desire to wear denim after giving birth. After so many months of not fitting into any pants or denims, I started to crave simple dressing like high-rise denim with a crisp white shirt and a heel! BABBA RIVERA |

Can you tell us how you decided on your daughter’s name? How is the name game going this time around?

MINI |

We wanted a name that would work in both Spanish and Swedish, as that’s where our roots are, but simultaneously wanted it to be easy to spell and pronounce in English as well. Alma felt like a match made in heaven, it’s an old name in both Sweden and Chile, and means soul in Spanish which felt so special. BABBA RIVERA |

What do you love and look forward to about raising your kids in NYC?

MINI |

The diversity! I really look forward to them emerging themselves with many different cultures and taking them on adventures that help them broaden their perspective. BABBA RIVERA |



INTO THE U Dancing with the Stars pro WITNEY CARSON MCALLISTER opens up about her incredible journey into motherhood after welcoming son Leo last year.


UNKNOWN photography by A M B I T C R E A T I V E



Can you tell us what has surprised you most about motherhood thus far?

MINI |

The amount of work! Haha no, and yes. It’s been an absolute whirlwind of emotions but nothing like I expected. Truly amazing, magical, and so worth every sleepless night! My forever little sidekick and it’s just incredible.

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What is most important to you in raising your children?

MINI |

The importance of family and sticking to what you believe is right. I think in this day and age it’s so easy to be persuaded and I really would love to instill moral values and how to verbalize how they feel about a situation. Having courage in standing firm in what you believe is right!

WITNEY CARSON |

How are you and your husband a great parenting team?

MINI |

We are completely opposite, which really serves us well when we are parenting as a team. I’m more paranoid and uptight about things, and my husband is great at just enjoying life and letting Leo be a kid. It’s a great combo and I’m so grateful for such a hands-on dad like Carson!

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How was your transition from a mom of zero to one? What would you tell yourself in those early days?

MINI |

It was a transition for sure! It’s harder than I expected but so much more amazing. I’d say to just take it one day at a time and

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pregnant even though I was pretty sick. It’s such an amazing process. I’ve never been more proud to be a woman! How about when you learned it was a BOY? Were you surprised or did you have any inklings of what the gender might be?

MINI |

I was completely surprised! Carson and I were so convinced it was a girl. We were seriously shocked when we found out it was a boy. I was very happy and so was Carson.

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

MINI |

Our son’s name is very special. My father-in-law passed away before he was born so we named him exactly his: Kevin Leo McAllister.

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not be so hard on yourself. Celebrate in the small successes and enjoy the moments because it goes by quick! What was your first thought when you learned you were pregnant?

MINI |

I was so incredibly overwhelmed with emotions. I was so happy, but also very nervous. Maybe it’s something about your first, the unknown, or maybe just trying to figure out what’s happening to your body. I’m not sure. I loved being

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How would you describe your pregnancy? Did you have any wild cravings?

MINI |

I was very sick at the beginning, but not as bad as some people, so I was grateful I could at least keep food down! I only had a few weird cravings: Slim Jim and blue Slurpees. I would have Carson pull over at pretty much every gas station we saw.

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How about your birth experience? Was it what you expected it to be or was it surprising?

MINI |

It was so amazing. Nothing like I expected, but I loved every second. Even though it was rough and we ended up with an emergency C-section, I wanted to do it over and over again.

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The postpartum stage can be an equally chaotic time. How have you felt going into this “fourth trimester” after welcoming your son?

you experience it. I feel I was more myself after I stopped breastfeeding. It was just really emotional for me and Leo wasn’t getting enough milk so when I stopped, I felt much more capable of taking care of him with my whole self. As a dance pro (Hi, DWTS!), can you tell us what your current fitness routine is like? What do you do day-to-day?

MINI |

MINI |

I had a little bit of anxiety while I was breastfeeding. It’s a crazy, emotional ride that you can’t really explain unless

WITNEY CARSON |

I always try to be active everyday. Whether it be playing outside with Leo or going to the gym, boating with my family, skiing, or anything that gets me up. I feel mentally and physically better if I just get up and get out and move my body.

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WITNEY ON THE CLOCK

What has been your proudest career moment to date?

MINI |

I have a lot of moments that I’m proud of that most people wouldn’t think of right off the bat. I’m most proud of the struggles I’ve had to overcome to be where I am. My proudest moment was the season after I had Leo. Performing on the stage since having a baby, I didn’t think I could do it. I’m so proud of myself for working hard to be able to do that again and to share it with my son.

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We all experience mom guilt, especially juggling a busy career! When do you find you experience it most and how do you get past it?

KIDS BOOK The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

($5; amazon.com)

ON MY N I G H T S TA N D

MINI |

I definitely feel it most when I’m in the season. It’s a very vigorous and time consuming job that I love, but it’s still work. I always look forward to coming home and being with my family. I try to keep things in perspective as much as I can while working. Mentally, I can be a more present mom if I’m having a good balance of work and family. Anytime I feel that guilt creep in, I remember that taking care of myself is crucial for Leo to have a present, loving mom!

KIDS MOVIE

“Luca, Encanto, and Tangled.”

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What do you love and look forward to about raising your kids in Utah?

MINI |

I love Utah and always have. It’s something about the environment and the outdoors that just feels safe and like home. Like I said, we love to get out and be active. We can’t wait to take Leo on the lakes, ski, hike, and be outside together.

BEFORE KIDS

“I never thought I would listen to Baby Einstein.”

“Phone charger, diffuser, and water.” N O W P L AY I N G

“Pretty Please by Dua Lipa.”

IN MY FRIDGE

D AT E N I G H T

“Meat and cheese.”

“Movie and popcorn or candy.”

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COFFEE ORDER

“Vanilla frap, no coffee!” FA V E R E S TA U R A N T

“Tsunami Sushi.” 1616 W Traverse Pkwy, Lehi, UT


Mother of three and founder of high energy activewear line Terez, ZARA TEREZ TISCH brings her boundless creativity and glass-halffull mentality to every aspect of her life, from her rainbow-colored office to raising her kids. photography by MICHELLE ROSE

mood booster


Thank you so much for inviting us into your NYC offices! Tell us about the place! How would you describe the office or what did you envision for the space?

MINI |

I grew up in a home where my parents always wanted to bring everyone together. I would always be the friend that “hosted.” When we create experiences, especially the place we call home, we want to make it just that— an environment filled with warmth, fun, and good energy. A place where we can be ourselves, do what we love, and make memories.

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What are some of your favorite elements in the office?

MINI |

Probably our vintage Pac-Man machine that does not work. It did work at some point, but doesn’t anymore; I still love it. I love fun pieces of furniture and art. We have a stool that’s completely made out of sprinkles. Yes, you read that right.

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We are huge fans of Terez! Can you tell us how the brand came to be?

MINI |

Terez (my middle name: a combination of both my grandmothers’ names) em-

bodies love, freedom of expression, female empowerment, inclusivity, and positivity (really a lot of things, huh?). I started the brand out of my parents basement in 2008. I was in a dark place in my life, as so many can relate to, and wanted to create something, anything, that made me feel good and in turn, other people. In 2012, we launched our galaxy-printed leggings and they truly took off— like stories you only read about. It was very special. The brand has continued to be a source of good and an outlet for creativity for anyone who wears it.

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How has Terez evolved since you started the brand and where do you hope to see it go?

MINI |


It’s hard to believe that we’ve only gotten louder since the brand began. When I began, I was making leather handbags with fun interiors. Essentially, hiding my truest self inside. Once I took the linings out and created not just a pair of leggings, but an entire world filled with color, it continued to explode from there. The brand has evolved over the years— collections have reflected trends. For example, our spring collection is filled with pastel prints and bold colors, but we always wanted Terez to be a space for positivity and brand that celebrates the joy in life.

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What has been your proudest career moment to date?

MINI |

Honestly, when I am walking down the street or somewhere that I am not expecting to see someone wearing Terez and then I do, it doesn’t get better than that. The fact that our customers have millions of choices to choose from and they choose to purchase from us is very humbling; it’s a feeling that never gets old. Something exciting right now is our partnership with Dillard’s. I’m so proud to be expanding nationwide and I hope the brand continues to be a source of light and positivity for anyone and everyone as we expand into Dillard’s and grow our customer base across the country.

ZARA TEREZ TISCH |

What has been the greatest lesson you’ve learned in business thus far?

MINI |

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margins.

In our business, learn your


ZARA ON THE CLOCK

KIDS BOOK Remarkably You by Pat Zietlow Miller

($12; amazon.com)

ON MY N I G H T S TA N D KIDS MOVIE

“Hook.” IN MY FRIDGE

“Ice cream.”

“My remote, photos of my family, and at night, Belly Comfort Tea.” N O W P L AY I N G

“Lauryn Hill and Sublime.”

IF I HAD MORE TIME

“I would sleep.” KIDS SHOPS

“Malawi Clothing NYC and Terez.”

D AT E N I G H T

“Omakase sushi at Ito Tribeca.” FA V E R E S TA U R A N T

“Mr. Chow Tribeca.” 121 Hudson St, New York, NY


What advice would you give to moms about to have their second baby?

MINI |

One is absolutely wonderful. Two is spectacular. Your heart grows with each child.

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Can you tell us how you decided on your children’s names?

MINI |

Elle Jay, our oldest daughter, was named after both my and [my husband] David’s grandfathers. We wanted a name that started with the letter “L” for Larry and the letter “J” for Joseph. David then brilliantly suggested we just spell out the two letters and created “Elle Jay.” Ty Jonah, our son, is named after my mother who passed away when I was pregnant with him. Her name was Justine, and her nickname was Tina. That is where Ty came from. His middle name, Jonah, is after a very good, heroic friend of mine that passed away right after high school. Our little one, Billie Justine, is named after both David’s grandmother Billie and my mother, Justine. All strong, beautiful people who have made true impacts on our lives.

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Let’s talk parenting! As a mom of three, how was your transition going from a mom of one to two? Was it easier or harder than going from 0 to 1, 1 to 2, or 2 to 3?

MINI |

This question makes me laugh. They are all INSANE. You are literally birthing a human being and then responsible for keeping it safe for the rest of your life. But, in all seriousness, having children is the coolest thing in the world. Having three can sometimes be challenging, as you only have two hands and arms.

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What is your go-to outfit right now? What will you be living in this spring?

MINI |


For me, sports bras are not just for sports! I live in our sports bras and have been pairing them with our new rib skirt. It’s the perfect outfit to run around in this spring. Throw on a pair of jelly sandals and you’re good to go!

ZARA TEREZ TISCH |

We’d love to get your take— What do you think about the idea of “having it all?”

MINI |

I think being grateful for what you do have, especially your health and your family. Those will always be the things that ultimately matter.

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What do you love and look forward to about raising your kids in NYC?

MINI |

I never thought I was going to raise children in NYC. I didn’t think I wanted to. I didn’t grow up here, but it’s wonderful and we are so fortunate for the opportunity to be able to raise our family in New York City. There’s never a dull moment in this city. It makes growing up all the more fun and exciting. We can still escape to quieter places, but my kids adore the noise and craziness. I think they get it from me!

ZARA TEREZ TISCH |

Let’s wrap it up! Ultimately, what has surprised you most about motherhood?

MINI |

That it’s actually the greatest thing in the world.

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“Having children is the coolest thing in the world.”—Zara Terez Tisch



HOME BASE

Mother of four Bethany Ciotola invites us into her stunning 1870’s Georgian home to talk parenting and personal style. photography by C H A R L I E J U L I E T P H O T O G R A P H Y

Thank you for inviting us into your home! What can you tell us about the place?

MINI |

Thank you! She is a Georgian-style home built in the 1870’s with French design elements and architecture. More than anything, we feel very honored to be her current caretakers.

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Where do you spend the most time in your home? What do you love about that space?

MINI |

We’re only 30 minutes from NYC and when you walk to the end of our driveway, you can see the city lights at night, but with the landscaping around the house, we’re surrounded by greenery, making it feel like we’re a hundred miles

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away. I love the romantic views of old trees and flower bushes outside of each window. They’ve become my favorite spots to read, work, and nurse my little one. Our home feels very inviting and peaceful. How about your kids’ spaces? What inspired you in creating them and what are some of your favorite elements there?

MINI |

I loved their bedroom as it was when we moved in. It was very reminiscent of the London townhouse from the Peter Pan movie “Hook.” I wanted to add something fun, bold, and creative where the boys’ imaginations could run wild. I’m a huge fan of fun, whimsical wallpaper, so I based the design off of this gorgeous navy and gold hot air balloon print from Cole & Son.

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“We feel very honored to be her current caretakers.” —Bethany Ciotola




You are the mother of four boys! Can you tell us what has surprised you most about motherhood thus far?

MINI |

My biggest surprise was learning that I had to parent differently with each child. Before kids I thought parenting would be a “one size fits all” with my future children, but I’ve learned to adapt and conform to be there for them all in the different ways they each need me. My boys all have their own unique personalities and they all love and crave to be loved in different ways.

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Growing up, did you envision yourself having a big family?

MINI |

Definitely. I’m the eldest of five and always hoped to have multiple children.

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What is most important to you in raising your boys?

MINI |

That they grow to become kind, confident, and loving adults. I want them to be successful in their own definition of success, not what society tells us is success. My biggest hope for them is genuine happiness with whatever path they choose in life.

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How was your transition after each of your boys? Which did you find the most difficult?

MINI |

Two to three kids. It was still hard, but compared to the struggles that came along with the other transitions, it wasn’t nearly as difficult.

BETHANY CIOTOLA |

MINI |

What advice would you give to moms


“I thought parenting would be a “one size fits all.” —Bethany Ciotola



to not dress yourself in whatever brings you joy. What do you think about the idea of “having it all?

MINI |

To me, the idea of having it all is wrapped around being able to both work and raise a family in today’s more modern society, but feels more like pressure to “do it all.” Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should. I’m trying to slowly separate myself from the hustle work culture to find a more balanced way to live and enjoy my day to day instead of living for the weekends.

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What do you think is the greatest challenge of motherhood?

MINI |

Losing my identity to motherhood. I’ve spent the past decade either being pregnant or postpartum and it feels like my identity has slowly become who I am as a mother. As the boys grow older and start going to school, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get to know myself all over again.

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about to have their second baby? Give yourself grace, take advice with a grain of salt, and trust your natural instincts. Only you know what’s best for both you and your baby during this new transition. You may not cherish every day (understatement!), but there’s something to cherish about every stage.

BETHANY CIOTOLA |

Has your personal style changed at all since becoming a mom?

MINI |

I’ve become more confident to wear whatever makes me happy. Life is too short

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

MINI |

Be confident in who you are. There’s absolutely no one else in the world quite like you.

BETHANY CIOTOLA |


BETHANY ON THE CLOCK KIDS BOOK Marcel the Shell with Shoes On by Jenny Slate

($17; amazon.com)

IN MY FRIDGE

“Oat milk. I can’t have my coffee without it.” KIDS MOVIE

N O W P L AY I N G

“Labyrinth.”

“The Pride and Prejudice soundtrack.”

COFFEE ORDER

“Brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso.”

D AT E N I G H T

“Dinner and drinks in the city.”

IF I HAD MORE TIME

“I would write more of my thoughts down.”

FA V E R E S TA U R A N T

“Carbone and Barbetta.”


beauty babes

photography by

ANA GAMBUTO

and the


Mother of two and Saie founder LANEY CROWELL shows us around her Sag Harbor home to chat growing a brand along with her babies. Thank you for inviting us into your home! Where do you spend the most time in your home?

MINI |

I spend the most amount of time in my bedroom. It’s become my office ever since I started working from home. A close second is the kitchen and living room since I’m always cooking or preparing something whether it’s a smoothie for me, or lunch for the kids. I love how the kids can play while I get everything ready. My favorite thing about this house is hands down the incredible light we get. It’s so bright and happy and every window is a little picture frame for the ever-changing leaves and sky outside.

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How about your kids’ spaces? What inspired you in creating them and what are some of your favorite elements there?

MINI |

I want my kids’ spaces to be a safe place for them that feels sprinkled with magic and opportunity. My goal is for them to think of their rooms as a happy space that they love spending time in. In Isabella’s room, we transformed the closet into a reading room with a special chair, bookcase, and a special calming wall color.

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You are the mother of two girls! Can you tell us what has surprised you most about motherhood thus far?

MINI |

How you can love something more than anything; that’s simultaneously so hard. My

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girls have limitless energy and so many opinions. I love how they are forces of nature, but wow, is it exhausting. What is most important to you in raising your girls?

MINI |

responses, we talk to them about listening to their gut and to trust the relationship with their natural instinct. Encouraging and supporting that confidence and empowerment is my #1 goal. What is your greatest parenting worry or fear?

MINI |

That they are happy, healthy, and never hesitate to stand up for their personal boundaries. We never tell them to give someone a hug or kiss, instead we encourage them to listen to what feels right for them. It is not their job to make anyone feel comfortable or loved, especially when it involves their bodies. Similarly, we never speak negatively about our bodies or food. Instead, we help them listen to their bodies and teach them about nutrient-rich ingredients. When my girls have instinctual

LANEY CROWELL |

I am very scared about drugs, social media, and climate change. I plan on having a lot of conversations with them about all of these topics, which I know will have evolved even more by then.

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How was your transition from a mom of zero to one, then two kids?

MINI |

LANEY CROWELL |

They were both equally



hard for me, but in different ways. From zero to one, I went from maiden to mother and there was definitely a grief period for me in that transition. Postpartum was incredibly difficult for me because I wasn’t prepared at all, which made it even harder. From one to two, I was already a mother so the personal growth wasn’t as profound, but being torn between the two girls has been so much more of a challenge than I was expecting. Because they’re so close in age, they each really want all my attention! What advice would you give to moms about to have their second baby?

MINI |

Accept all the help. If a friend wants to make dinner, say yes please. If the grandparents want to take one of the kids to dinner, tell them to go ahead.

LANEY CROWELL |

Tell us how you decided on your daughters’ names.

MINI |

It was really important to me to give the girls family names. My name is Helane Isabella Crowell. I was named Helane after my grandmother Helene, and Isabella after my dearest Aunt, and I’ve always felt that my names were so special and meaningful because of that family connection.

LANEY CROWELL |

[For my daughter, Isabella Sage]: Isabella is a name that actually goes back over ten generations in my family. Sage is the name of a woman named Olivia Sage in

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Sag Harbor, New York (where we live) who gave all of her money to support women’s education in the early 1900s. [For my youngest] Rose Harbor: Rose is my husband’s great grandmother’s first name. She immigrated to the United States when she was very young, like my grandfather who grew carnations and roses. This name is in honor of our immigrant grandparents who sacrificed everything to come here. Harbor is after Sag Harbor, where we moved full time during the pandemic and has been a safe haven for us. We are so inspired by Saie! Can you tell us how the brand came to be?

MINI |

Saie started after a conversation with my community I cultivated through my blog. They told me what they wanted and the brand is a direct response to that— it’s also where the brand name comes from! We still reference those conversations all the time in what we now call the Feel Good Five: Conscious, Luxury, Earth-friendly, Award-winning, and New. Everything Saie does has to make sense in the context of the Feel Good Five.

LANEY CROWELL |

What has been your proudest career moment to date?

MINI |

Winning Beauty Inc’s Marketer of the Year was so fun and such a thrill!

LANEY CROWELL |


balm and I’m all set! I wash my face at the end of the day with Mara Beauty oil cleanser and then I apply a face oil like Vintner’s Daughter or Le Prunier— I love them both. What do you think about the idea of “having it all?

MINI |

I think it’s a mindset. I don’t have it all, but I practice gratitude every day and at the end of my meditation. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. So, do I think I have it all? Yes, but I think it’s a choice to look at it that way.

LANEY CROWELL |

What has been the greatest lesson you’ve learned in business thus far?

MINI |

As the owner of a beauty brand, we have to ask! What is your current beauty/skincare routine?

MINI |

Don’t give out sweat equity. If someone wants part of your business, they need to pay for it.

LANEY CROWELL |

My routine is very simple because I don’t have a lot of time. I can do my makeup in two minutes, sometimes even faster. I don’t have to prep my skin at all because all of our products are SO hydrating. I start with Glowy Super Gel all over, then Slip Tint in shade 3.5. Next, I apply Dew Blush in our new shade Spicy high up on my cheeks, then I dust Airset on with The Fluffy Brush to set everything. A couple swipes of Mascara 101, a quick brush of the brows and a swipe of gloss or

LANEY CROWELL |

What are you most looking forward to about raising your kids in the Hamptons?

MINI |

Spending lots and lots of time outdoors.

LANEY CROWELL |


Laney’s Essentials SUNSCREEN I wear either Sunvisor or Slip Tint every day.

FA C E O I L Vintner’s Daughter or Le Prunier are my go-to’s.

MASCARA I look a million times better with mascara on.

CUTICLE OIL I have really dry hands and this really helps (I’m obsessed with the Rose one from Tenoverten).

CBD I take CBD every night and during the day sometimes to help with anxiety. It’s a game changer. I like the brand Jupiter.



LANEY ON THE CLOCK KIDS BOOK The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain

($5; amazon.com)

IN MY FRIDGE

“Almond milk.”

KIDS MOVIE

“The Sound of Music.” COFFEE ORDER

N O W P L AY I N G

“Country music.”

“Decaf almond cappuccino.”

D AT E N I G H T

“Sushi and a movie.”

IF I HAD MORE TIME

“I would do more of what I’m already doing.”

FA V E R E S TA U R A N T

“Bell and Anchor.”


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