Mamas & Babes: Kelli Murray and Rylee

Happy Mother’s Day!  To celebrate we asked each of the lovely boho beauties featured in our new ‘Mamas & Babes’ lookbook to share with us a few of their favorite moments of motherhood.

Kelli Murray and daughter Rylee

What’s one lesson you’ve learned from being a mom?
To be flexible.   Things don’t always go exactly as planned, you have to learn to go with the flow.

What’s your favorite activity to do together?
Draw.  Rylee has grown up watching me paint / draw (I work as an illustrator and graphic designer).  She could draw with me for hours.

What’s the best part of being a mom?
The immense joy she brings to my life.

What’s one lesson you learned from your mother?
In regards to parenting, my mom has taught me to always confirm individual worth and beauty.   Each of us was created with a unique purpose.  She taught me to believe that in myself, and I want to do the same with my daughter.  Encouraging her in her strengths and affirming her worth.

What’s the best piece of advice you could give?
Early on, when I was struggling with the balance between work and motherhood, I remember reading that it was less about balance and more about “the juggle”.  Finding balance somehow implies that everything will be perfect one day and that we will come to a place where we have “everything figured out”.  The juggle however, is learning how to make it work within our own situations.  It’s a constant challenge and it’s not always pretty, but somehow, you make it work.

I’ve slowly learned to let go of  the unrealistic expectations I put on myself to “do it all”.  I do the best I can with each day and try to remember that that my best is enough.

What’s been the most memorable moment so far?
Holding her in my arms for the first time.  I’m not sure if anything will beat that.

Share your favorite part of motherhood.
The overwhelming and unconditional love that they bring.  It’s hard to remember my life prior to having my daughter.  But I know for sure that she has filled my life with so much more joy and fulfillment than I ever thought possible.

Enter the Minnetonka “Mamas & Babes” giveaway for the chance to win a new pair of mocs for you and your babe this Mother’s Day!

Photography by Taryn Kent

Mamas & Babes: Cassidy June and Rylie

This weekend we’re celebrating the style and wisdom of each of the lovely moms featured in our new “Mamas & Babes” lookbook,  inspired by motherhood and a bohemian lifestyle.

Cassidy June of O My Darlings and daughter Rylie

A perfect day together is spent…
Outside! I love watching her explore the world outside. I feel the best at the end of the day when I’ve put the electronics away for awhile, and just followed her lead, enjoying her sense of curiosity and humor. One of my favorite quotes is: “And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.”

What’s one lesson you’ve learned from being a mom?
There is no such thing as balance, or being a perfect mom. I make tons of mistakes, and feel out of balance all the time. I’ve also learned that to get even close to balance means that I need to seek support and be ok with having support in parenting. Letting others help me, like family, provides me the time and space to do other things that contribute to my sense of identity. Then, when I am with my daughter, I feel more present and have that much more energy for her.

What’s the best part of being a mom?
Getting to experience parenting with my husband. We’ve known each other since we were kids ourselves, so it’s incredible to experience having children with him. I love our days and nights together, and having that shared experience with him has been one of the best parts of being a mom.

A lesson I learned from my mother is?
My mom taught me what I hope to teach my daughter. She was a working mom, and I grew up feeling empowered to take on whatever goal I had for myself. My mom also taught me though that it’s ok to not “do it all.” Meaning, we did not always have the cleanest house, and there were a lot of take-out dinners…but we almost always ate together and she was at every ice skating competition and soccer practice. She even ice skated with me, we did a mother-daughter duo at a competition once! Those are the things I remember, and the things I hope my daughter remembers.

Best piece of advice you’ve received or the best piece of advice you could give.
Ask for help. That doesn’t make you a bad mother, because really…it takes a village.

Enter the Minnetonka “Mamas & Babes” giveaway for the chance to win a new pair of mocs for you and your babe this Mother’s Day!

Photography by Taryn Kent

Mamas & Babes: Tori Hendrix and Lucca

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we asked each of the lovely mothers featured in our latest lookbook a few questions about their favorite day-to-day joys of being a mom.

Tori Hendrix of Sitting In A Tree and daughter Lucca

A perfect day together is spent…
Exploring! We travel a ton and there’s nothing I love more than sharing the world with this girl. She’s been to Morocco, Paris, Nicaragua, Mexico, Amsterdam, and all over the U.S. hopefully all these adventures make her a really well rounded kid!

Our favorite activity to do together is?
Create! I love working on projects with her and she loves to get dirty and paint.  A day well spent involves some creativity, for sure.

What’s the best part of being a mom?
Reliving life through her eyes. I’m a person that is on the move non-stop and she helps me slow down and pause and appreciate things a little more.  And having this constant buddy is so fun. I’m so lucky to be able to share this journey with her!

What’s a lesson that you’ve learned from your mother?
My mom taught me to be strong and go after what I want.  She’s always run her own business and been a leader in her community and I know that’s the reason I walked away from more conventional career paths and tried to carve my own way in this world. I hope my daughter does the same and really pushes for what she believes in.

What’s your favorite part of motherhood?
All of it. I never knew it would be like this or that I would embrace it in this way. I was never that girl that KNEW I’d have kids. I really love our day to day and spending so much time with her because I work from home.  It’s hard, very hard on some days, but it’s so rewarding to be a part of the every day with her.

Enter the Minnetonka “Mamas & Babes” giveaway for the chance to win a new pair of mocs for you and your babe this Mother’s Day!

Photography by Taryn Kent

Mamas & Babes: Isobel Benesch and Holden

In celebration of Mother’s Day we asked each of the lovely boho beauties featured in our new ‘Mamas & Babes’ lookbook to share with us a few of their favorite moments of motherhood.

Isobel Benesch of Bel & Beau with son Holden

A perfect day together is spent…
Being outside, exploring. One of the most amazing things about having a little boy is their adventurous spirit. It must be something innate in boys or perhaps it’s just Holden’s always-on-the-go/curious personality, but we are constantly moving, exploring, imagining.

And there’s something about having a little boy that makes me want to put on a cape and mask, build blanket and pillow forts, splash in puddles, dig through mud, climb trees, and imagine that the maps we draw lead to the world’s largest treasure chest.

What’s the best part of being a mom?
Getting the opportunity to see the world through a child’s eyes.  As a mother, you realize that children are connected to the world in a way that adults are not, noticing all of the little things that make up our surrounding environment that adults have long forgotten how to notice, too busy with life to notice.  Holden’s childlike wonder at the most mundane fascinates me to no end.

A lesson I learned from my mother is?  
That I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up. My mom always pushed me to follow my dreams and to think outside the box.  She has always supported and encouraged me.

What’s been the most memorable moment so far? 
Holding him in my arms for that first time, and then watching my husband hold him for the first time.  No one could have prepared me for that instantaneous bond I felt to that tiny little human.

What’s one lesson you’ve learned from being a mom?
To really live in and appreciate every single moment because time moves way too fast.  Before my son was born, life was rushed.  Life revolved around where I was going…getting to work, getting to the next meeting, getting home to my husband, getting to dinner, getting to bed…a ceaseless list of deadlines.  Of course, I enjoyed my life, but I failed to notice all of life around me and truly enjoy every minute.

Having Holden changed all of this.  He taught me to look at time with slow eyes.  I now swim in every minute of our waking hours, soaking up every last drop.  We take the long way home on our morning walks, stay at the park slightly longer than initially planned, and leave the light on a little past bedtime. The true urgency to self-imposed deadlines has been realized.  And through this slowing of time, I have discovered things about life that I never would have noticed if I hadn’t slowed down to be truly present in each and every moment.

Be sure to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a new pair of mocs for you and your babe this Mother’s Day!

Photography by Taryn Kent

Festival Hair How-To: Knotted Bun

Inspire your favorite festival look this summer with this rad knotted bun! It’s the perfect style to mix up your look for those evening festival shows or after a few “dry shampoo only” days.

Step 1: Remember, the messier the better. Start by knotting large pieces of hair on either side of the head, securing firmly with a few bobby pins.

Step 2: Start creating smaller knots, pinning at random and allowing the excess hair to poke out. Remember, the secret is to make your style look effortless. If it starts to resemble a prom-do, texture up a few strands by rubbing them together to create frizz, then add a bit of dry shampoo.

Step 3: And last but not least, hairspray it!

Styles in collaboration with Corinne Skala and Scotti Langely at Cheeky Strut Salon
Photography by Alessandra Myers

About Blair Badge:
Blair is a gal that doesn’t like to sit still. Communication and creative consultant, fashion blogger, (part-time) model and undercover nerd. She’s addicted to Instagram, eats vegan (mostly), is obsessed with almond milk lattes and listens to trance too loud. Currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband Ross.