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How to be a mom, run a business, and actually have fun, too

Meet Stephanie Lee and Kristin Reichert, and listen to their secrets to living the life you deserve.

How to be a mom, run a business, and actually have fun, too

“Me, my business, or a family?”

It’s a question many moms have found themselves asking. Of course, every path we take in life means another not taken. Having all the things at once sounds nice, but it’s not practical. You usually can’t save for retirement and travel all year round (with some exceptions). Just like you can’t be both an astronaut and a stock broker.


But are there some cases where you can “have it all”? Or at least, have most of it?

The two mama entrepreneurs at the wheel of Copper Pearl (a line of premium, trendy, and unique baby accessories and clothing) are convinced that it is possible to be a mom, run a business, and still have fun!

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Meet Stephanie Lee and Kristin Reichert, and listen to their secrets to living the life you deserve.

1. Prioritize

As any busy mom knows, there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to get to everything you need to! If you don’t make specific plans for each day, you may miss completing the tasks that are most important.

One thing that has been essential to us as moms while running Copper Pearl is to make sure our kids are getting the attention they need. We both made the decision to be at home with our kids during the day while working on the business. While this can make life seem chaotic at times, it’s a must for us to proactively plan on spending time with our kids each day.

2. Work on the things you’re best at

We quickly realized that running a small business can be more work than there are hours in the day!  It’s impossible to do it all so it’s important to know your limits, and when to ask for help. This help is essential because it allows you to focus on the things you’re best at and not spread yourself too thin.

Another bonus to growing your team is having more people to bounce ideas off of and share feedback about how to help the company. Running a business can be stressful when you feel like you every aspect is your responsibility. Having a solid team immediately provides fresh opinions and helps keep your trajectory on the up and up.

3. Get your family involved

We know that we can’t have our kids design products or run the business for us, but we do look for ways that we can involve them in what we do. It’s so much fun to show our children what we are working on and to talk to them about what we have built.

We feel it’s important to teach our kids about entrepreneurship while they are young and to lead by example. We are also lucky enough to have our husbands be part of our company, too. Fortunately, they are able to work full-time on Copper Pearl with us now, but even before they left their previous careers, they were still very supportive and made it easier to not feel like we were neglecting that side of our lives.

4. Believe in your products

Since we are moms ourselves, we are in a unique position to have an eye both as a creators and consumers. Our advice is to find something you can stand behind and be proud of. We truly love and personally use every single one of our products and it makes a world of difference as we work on the day-to-day, and lights a fire in us to keep creating!

5. Reward yourself

Running a business can be a grind sometimes. One thing that always keeps us going is to always have a goal we want to achieve. And when we do, we have small rewards. Sometimes it will be taking the whole team out for a fun, celebratory meal, and other times we’ll take some time off to recharge. Whatever types of rewards you choose helps to build morale and avoid getting burnt out!

And the co-owner of Copper Pearl has even more goodness to share. Check out Stephanie Lee’s answers to our classic Motherly questions.

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How do you make your mornings run smoothly?

Stephanie Lee: There’s a lot going on in our house each morning!  My husband and I both work out most early, and we have to get kids dressed, fed, and out the door for school. I also help my oldest son practice piano each morning. The only way to pull this off is to have a clear game plan with my husband every night before we go to bed. We’re pretty strategic about who is waking up when, and what our are responsibilities are to make the morning run smoothly for everyone!


The lifehack or tip that has changed my life. . .

Stephanie Lee: My current lifehack is investing an alarmingly large portion of our grocery budget on Halo Top ice cream. It makes me super happy and seems to solve lots of life’s problems!

What superpower have you discovered as a mom?

Stephanie Lee: I wouldn’t say it’s exactly a superpower, but I think something that has made me more powerful as mom is learning to set realistic expectations for myself every day.  I’m quite organized which is helpful in achieving goals that I’ve set for myself.

When I was a new mom, I was constantly disappointing myself because I felt like I couldn’t accomplish what I hoped to every day as it related to my own work, projects at home, helping my kids… now that I’ve learned to let my kids have more unstructured time and realizing I may not be able to get to everything that I was able to in my former, child-free, life, has made a huge impact on my happiness and feels like a superpower to me!


This quote inspires me. . .


“Try a little harder to be a little better.”
- Gordon B. Hinckley.

Stephanie Lee: I set high expectations for myself and I like to remind myself that I don’t have to be perfect. I just have to try to be a little bit better every day.


To me Motherly means…

To me Motherly means sacrifice. I feel like I’ve had to give up so much of myself to be a mother and I’m learning more and more each day that the sacrifice is well worth it.

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

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For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.

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Hands-Free Pumping Bra

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Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!

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Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.

$29.99

Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

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There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌

$9.99

Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.

$14.99

Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.

$24.99

Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.

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Breast Milk Storage Bags

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The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.

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