If you can believe it, this collaboration between Bee Mine Sunshine and myself has actually been in the works for about three years now! She and I “met” while we were both pregnant with my H and her O, but didn’t get to officially hug (yeah, that happened) until March of this year. Marissa, the wonderful mama behind Bee Mine Sunshine, has been a HUGE support to me during my motherhood journey. At some of my weakest and darkest moments, she was a part of my tribe who helped bring me back up. Andplusalso, she’s never once made me feel bad about feeding H french fries, so she’s basically the coolest.
Bee Mine Sunshine is all about making things that moms and their kids can really use, and as often as she can, she tries to make things that can be used long-term. Marissa says that “when my customers buy handmade from me, they make an investment just like I did when I made it. I want that investment to be worth every penny.”
Balance is something we all strive for. Marissa says that while she doesn’t always do a great job, she is “lucky to have a husband who works an odd schedule and gets days off throughout the week so I can have “catch-up” days. Other than that, most of my work gets done while the little one sleeps. I try to get the majority of my “making” done during nap time and the first two hours after bedtime. Then I spend 2 more hours replying to emails, planning social media marketing, and working on new designs and ideas. The hardest thing is to just put technology away while I am actively making. I get so much more done when I’m not checking my phone or computer. But… I DO watch The Office on Netflix while I work! I don’t think I can ever get enough of that show!” Another show that both Marissa and myself are obsessed with? Gilmore Girls! She’s a Jess girl all the way – I mean, even though he got between Rory and her mother, he wrote a book, so that should forgive all, right 😉 I kid.
When Marissa started her shop, I indulged in a few multi-way head wraps, and begged her to start making things for my son so I could keep shopping from a fellow J14 mom. So, when she started making leggings and tees I was over the moon excited! H currently has the Wildin’ graphic tee (that is so apropos) and thinks it’s just the greatest thing in the entire world because there’s a giant lion on his chest and that means he’s a lion, so he roars super loud and runs around like crazy, and I have a floral and burgundy multi-way, as well as charcoal and a navy top knot headbands, and one of her new The “Mother Hood” tees, all of which I wear like crazy!