Have you heard of Marbelous? I recently learned about it on one of my favorite blogs, Momfilter. It is a beautiful (and affordable!) jewelry line founded by two moms, Sue Kramer and Rae Olmi. How the company came about is a great story alone (and it’s only their side gig!), but what makes it even more special is that Marbelous has a strong focus on charitable giving—they donate 10% of profits from Marbelous back into the community. They also recently launched a partnership with Christy Turlington Burns and her foundation Every Mother Counts (which supports the United Nations’ goal of reducing maternal mortality by 75% by the year 2015).
So their jewelry is fantastic and benefits many wonderful causes, but the best part? Sue and Rae are best friends and their daughters are best friends and they live next door to each other. I know—amazing. I was so taken with Sue and Rae’s story that I asked if they would share more of their incredible mom wisdom with Simple Baby. I am so thankful they agreed!
Do you work inside or outside of the home? If outside of the home, what are your hours? We both have home offices which are umbrellas for all of our careers. We both have a few: jewelry designers, filmmaker, interior designer, photographer and of course—MOMS. Of course all of these take us out of our homes often but we love working from home, being able to multi-task it all and still be home when the kids come home from school.
What is your childcare/schooling situation? Our kids proudly go to public school. We both don’t have childcare, just babysitters here and there for the essential time needed to get out and about!
What is breakfast, lunch and dinner like in your family? During the week … it’s pretty simple, breakfast is normally eggs, cereal or smoothies, lunch is packed up for school, we both love putting little love notes in the girls lunch boxes and dinner depends on the day and amount of energy. It can be anything from turkey meatballs, chicken in a pot, kale salad with burgers or some gluten-free pasta with tons of veggies. We all love to eat healthy but all love deserts so ice cream or sorbet are staples as well as cookies and treats on the weekends.
Do you meal plan or wing it? Do you like that? We kinda wing it by planning it on the same day and shopping for things that afternoon. Since we are both married to Europeans, it’s a very European way of doing things.
What is the most challenging part of your day? Being able to separate work time from family time because unfortunately, working from home makes work time bleed into family time. It’s a constant daily challenge.
What is the easiest part of your day? That moment at the end of the day when the kids are asleep and you get under the cover and take our first deep breath.
In terms of running a house with a family, what do you feel like you have figured out? It takes a lot of work but you can have it all if you schedule yourself properly. Also, leaving some time in the month, for ME time whether it’s a cocktail with friends, a night out to the movies, a pedicure, massage, or a good read of a book. Me time is hard to come by but essential.
Does anything still stump you? Coming up with new lunch box ideas! Kills us!
How do you take care of yourself and recharge? We are both avid green juicers and a shot of wheatgrass a day keeps the doctor away.
If you had an extra hour in your day, how would you spend it? In a yoga class.
Any other organizing tips you’d like to share? We are both super organized because it makes our life easier in the long run. We are both big on design objects as organizing tools, so that organization can give you happiness such as some of our vintage bottle for our gold beads or our handmade bowls for our stock storage. We are design junkies.
What does a usual 24 hours look like in your house? It’s a wonderful circus. Getting kids out the door to school, working during that time on all our career stuff, getting ready for dinner, taking many business calls in-between, getting orders together for Marbelous, having strategic creative meetings regarding the new collections, popping into the city for meetings, and being there to read the kids a story before they go to sleep.