Hi! It's me, my name is Maureen and this is my blog Mama Made Inc. And yes I interviewed myself!
Tell us a Little about yourself and your business.
I live in a small coastal town with my husband and our son who came into this world extremely early and taught me a whole lot about life where you can view here. We love hanging out with family and friends, being outside, picking flowers and drinking coffee! (no it's not always that whimsical) I've started three companies and have always had a attraction to business. Mama Made Inc is an online resource of mama made products and services, featuring mothers and their amazing companies they have grown.
How did you come up with your company's name? *
I have to say usually I am awful at naming anything! But every time I would find a cool company that was created , run, or manufactured by a mama I would share with my friends saying " check out this mama made product". I guess you could say it named itself!
What made you start your business and how did you start it? *
After sitting at home nursing my little boy, and scrolling through my Instagram feed, I found myself completely immersed in all these mama run and made companies, I couldn't help but fall in love with their beautiful products, and also feel inspired to pursue my dreams of running and owning my own company.
With a little background in graphic and web design I put together a logo and website, and just started contacting people. And so it began!
What's it like being a business owner and mom?
Well, maybe you can check back with me in a couple years after I gain more experience! But for now, all I can say is I love being available to my son when he needs me, and spending time with him. It might mean late nights working while he's asleep, but at the moment I wouldn't want it any other way!
What has been your greatest lesson in business/ motherhood?
Patience and scheduling. I have never been good a scheduling, but I've learned to appreciate the benefits of having one!
Do you have any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs/mothers? *
I'm going to steal Nike's " Just do it" If you've thought it, dreamt it, desired it, just go after it! Don't let fear hold you back from your wildest dreams!
What does a “normal” day in your house look like? *
My little guy wakes us up bright and early 5/5:30am. I go exercise with my sister, then it's play time with my little guy. We take adventures around town. if I can sneak in some work while he's napping it's a bonus. My husband comes home, it's family time. After the baby goes to sleep it's when I can work. Then we wake up and do it all over again!
Besides business and your family, do you have any hobbies you love to enjoy (when you have the time)? *
Surfing! one of my favorite past times, last year I didn't get to as much since Francis was pretty little, looking forward to this year and many years to come!
I’m a huge coffee lover, and I'm always looking for new types, do you have a particular favorite?
coffee, coffee, coffee, I have to say I'm a little spoiled, my husband makes me fresh, french pressed iced coffee every morning! Guilty!
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would that be? *
I would travel everywhere!! So many places on my list to be honest not sure where to start.
Who have you looked up to the most in life? *
My Papa, he passed away last year. He told me once " do things for others, cause in the ends that's what brings you the most happiness". His words have stuck with me since that day he said them. He was the most gentle, loving, caring man I have ever met!
If your children learn one thing from you what would you wish that to be?*
To love, laugh and explore! Life is so precious and each day should be celebrated and treated as a gift!