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“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.

Back when my husband and I were creating our wedding registry, it was a fun, low-pressure opportunity to select some new dishes and linens. After all, I knew a thing or two about stocking my home and making the "wrong decision" with thread count was the only thing that posed any risk to my sleep at night.

Fast-forward a few years to when I created a baby registry before the birth of my first child—and I found the experience to have a much steeper learning curve. Unlike those sheets, it felt like a bad swaddle or bassinet selection would be catastrophic. Unsure of what to expect from motherhood or my baby, I leaned heavily on advice from friends who already ventured into parenthood. (Starting with their reminders to take deep breaths!)

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Now a mom of three little ones under the age of four, I'm happy to be in a position to pass along some baby registry wisdom.

Go shopping with a veteran parent

As first-time parents, my husband and I barely knew the difference between a bouncer and a swing, let alone what specific features we would want. So when a mom friend recommended we head to Walmart to build my registry together—because she found them to carry the trendy brands she loved AND make registering a breeze during her pregnancy—I leapt at the chance.

By walking through the aisles together and actually getting to see the products, I was much more confident in my registry selections. Thanks to that quick, in-store tutorial from my friend, I understood exactly how to match a perfect infant car seat with an extra base and stroller—which is something I would have been clueless about on my own.

Include items at a variety of price points

When it comes down to it, a registry is really a wish list. So, while I had a personal budget for a stroller if it had to come out of my own pocket, this was an opportunity for me to ask for the stroller of my dreams. And, wouldn't you know it? A few family members went in on it together, which made a bigger price tag much more manageable.

At the same time, it's nice to include some of the smaller ticket items that are absolutely essential. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to skip buying my own diapers for those first few weeks. (With super cute patterns, these are also surprisingly fun to give, too!)

Think about the gifts you would like to give

The first time I bought a mom-to-be a gift after my own child was born, I knew immediately what to look for on her registry: a diaper bag backpack, which I had come to have very strong opinions about after battling falling straps with my first diaper bag. This allowed me to feel like I had a personal touch in my gift, even if I brought one pre-selected by her.

I also appreciate it when my friends clearly incorporate their style into their registry choices, like with adorable baby outfits or nursery decor—and there's no sweeter "thank you" than a picture from a friend showing your gift in use.

Ask for things to grow with your child

Even though it's called a baby registry, there's no need to limit yourself to gifts to use before their first birthday. (To this day, I still have people who attended my baby shower to thank for the convertible bed that my oldest child sleeps in!) Knowing that, I would have included more options with long lifespans into my registry—namely, a baby carrier that can be used during the newborn months, baby months and well into the toddler years. A well-designed baby carrier would have saved my back from serious pain because it would have allowed me to comfortably and ergonomically carry my toddler as she made her way into the 25lb+ club. One brand that's designed to grow with your baby and accommodates 7-45 pounds (up to about four years old) and offers both inward and forward-facing positions is Ergobaby. With several different design and style options, you can easily find one that caters to your parenting needs. From an all-in-one carrier, like the Omni 360, that grows with baby from the newborn stages into the toddler years or a newborn-specific carrier, like the Embrace (and don't worry you can later upgrade to a carrier for an older baby, I recommend the 360 Carrier). The best part? All ergonomic designs are supportive and comfortable for both baby and parent, offering extra lumbar support with breathable, lightweight mesh styles. Everyone (even grandparents!) can get a kick out of babywearing, which is a nice and welcomed break for parents. Having one of these on my registry would have certainly made those first few years so much easier.

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This article was sponsored by Ergobaby. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.


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