Monday, September 28, 2015

Moms on Mondays - Meghan from Ellie & James

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This week on Moms on Mondays I am so happy that I get to feature a real life friend, Meghan from Ellie & James!  I met Meghan years ago when we were both teachers at the same school in Arizona, and then she moved to California and has a daughter a bit younger than Lemon.  We've gotten together every time we've visited, and I'm so happy we've kept in touch.  Her passion for her family and shop is just awesome, I even got to meet James last summer!  This mama wanted to stay home so she started her shop, worked hard, raised money for her son's adoption and is continuing to work on her shop to help support her family.  Check out her post below and then go shop!

What is the name of your shop and how can we find you?  

My shop is Ellie & James and we are also on Instagram and Facebook

Tell us about what you make/sell in your shop.  

I love to design, and what I sell are my designs. I have handmade pendant necklaces and key chains, as well as tees for moms and their babes. I also have instant download prints available.

How/why did you start making these products and open this shop?

The reason I started my shop was to raise the funds to complete the adoption of our son.  Now that he is home, the money will assist us with in country re-adoption fees.

How long have you been in business?

In August we celebrated the completion of our FIRST YEAR!

What is your background (college/career/etc.)?

Prior to opening my shop I was a high school math teacher for six years. I was a math major in college and went on to earn my Masters in Educational Technology. This is where I learned many of my design skills. I absolutely loved being a teacher, but I just couldn’t shake the desire to be home with my daughter, especially knowing my son would be home soon too.  Now that they are both home I wouldn’t change it!

Tell us a little bit about your family.

My husband and I met in college through Greek Life. He was in a fraternity, I was in a sorority . . . we dated for two years and were engaged within 6 months of graduation. We had our daughter, Ellie, in 2012 (I can’t believe my baby is THREE this month), and shortly after she was born we knew we would adopt next. It had always been on our hearts and a calling we felt led to very strongly.  We were matched with our son, James, in October of 2013 and brought him home at the age of 2 in May 2015! The entire process was over two years long and one of the most difficult and exciting times in my life. I learned so much through the constant waiting about patience, acceptance and that I didn’t have control, and mostly about love. My shop is named after my babies.  They are why I stay home now, and why I found time to start this shop.

How does this company help your family?  Or you?

Beyond adoption costs, this shop is my happy place. I love having a creative outlet to keep me sane (did I mention my kids are 6 months apart in age . . . to the day!). Having two toddlers really keeps me on my toes, but this is my “mommy time” and I love sitting down to design each night.

Did you ever think you'd be doing this?  What did you think you'd be doing instead?

I absolutely never thought I would have my own shop. I thought I would dabble in DIY for personal use, which I have, but I thought I would never leave the classroom until retirement.

Does anyone help you with your shop?

I have 5 sisters who help me on occasion with sorting through inventory or selling at events, but all of the designing and creation of products is yours truly.

How do you find time to run your shop and create products?

It is a balancing act, but I use my business as my mommy time. I couldn’t do it without a supportive husband who says, “I’ll take the kids today. You can get things done.”

What do you love about this business?

I love that I can share uplifting messages through my designs and that my time creating is a time where I can reflect. I also love networking, meeting other inspiring moms, and that I get to do what I love . . . design!

What is the most challenging part of this business? Where do you see your shop in the future?

I’d like to expand my products and designs. I have a few ideas in the works, but you’ll have to stay tuned to my social media accounts for info. ;)

Tell us your favorite product or your most favorite thing you've created?

My Hebrews 6:15 pendant necklace is my favorite product.  I wore this pendant every day while waiting to bring our son home. It was my adoption verse and meant a lot to me. I wore it on custody day as well.

Do you have any advice for future mom-entrepreneurs?

GO FOR IT! I was really unsure about what I was doing and how to do it, so I just started going for it and little by little I gained more interest, more connections, and more sales.  You really get out what you put into your business, and your passion will shine through so make sure you are passionate about your product!

What are some of YOUR favorite shops/products, besides your own?

Just check them out and trust me! They will not disappoint!

Thank you Meghan, loved having you here today!  :)

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