From TV Host to Traveling Mama

From TV Host to Traveling Mama

There’s a lot that changes when you have a baby.

You mamas out there know what I’m talking about, right? I used to speed on through yellow traffic lights; now, I brake smoothly as soon as that green blinks away. I curse less (at least out loud). I eat better. I scrutinize labels. I forgo makeup. I’m so tired that I find I repeat myself. I’m alternately more patient with kids, but less patient with other adults. I’m more assertive. I take deeper breaths.  I repeat myself. I wear yoga pants even when I’m not doing yoga. I ask for help more. I’m grateful for the little things. I’ve become environmentally-conscious.

Upon having a baby, I suppose I became a grown-up. 

I’m not gonna lie. I often I miss the “old” me, or at least parts of me, when I used to have the energy and motivation to be social, dress up and want to look my best.  I love being a mom, but I do I miss that confidence that I once had in my pre-baby body.

I once felt I could be amazing, each and every day.

So, mix all of these changes that motherhood brings, with traveling full-time with your kids? When you have to pack and unpack all of your family’s worldly possessions every month from a minivan, you realize real quick what it is you want versus what it is you need. Two years ago, when my son Max and I joined my husband Mike on the North American tour of The Lion King, we learned what really constitutes “worldly possessions” when our world became moveable and changeable.

As a former TV host and broadcaster, I used to have a revolving rack of clothes to choose from; now, my day-to-day wardrobe has been winnowed down to anything that can be versatile and durable, and nursing friendly. Even further, we discovered with Baby Max that we were in need a foolproof burp cloth that could protect our clothes from spit-up and drool. Max was a vomiter, and we were getting tired of changing our shirts what seemed like every hour. Most burp cloths are literally glorified dish towels, and they’d constantly slip off our shoulders or soak through.

Neither Mike nor I have any experience with garment design, so we sat down with some plain muslin and went to town. What sort of garment shape could not slip off easily and provide enough coverage, while perhaps also doubling as a sort of accessory so we didn’t have to pull it out of a bag or hunt around for it? What if it was something we were already wearing, even if we weren’t physically holding our baby?

So three years ago, we formed our company Too Cool For Drool, and the “Mamachic” was born — or as we initially called it, “The Barf Scarf.”  It’s taken some time for our product to develop. Our design is constantly evolving, and with our nonstop traveling and parenting, our business has been a part-time effort at best. On top of it all, I just had another baby a year ago, and Eva’s just not a vomiter like Max. In fact, with her, what I’ve needed is more of a nursing cover, so we’re playing around with scarf shapes so it can be used easily as such.

I’m hoping the Mamachic can accomplish 3 things:

1) Streamline motherhood. Make the task of caring for my baby convenient and seamless with feeling and looking good.

2) Lighten my travel load. The multi-functional Mamachic could be an all-in-one burp cloth / nursing scarf / blanket.

3) Be made with sustainable materials, in the USA.

It’s exciting and daunting to put real wheels in motion. Our vision is taking shape, and it’s amazing to think that you’ll have a Mamachic scarf in your hot mama hands soon. Right now, we’re putting numbers together to launch a Kickstarter campaign in the new year to fund our first production run.

Beautiful. Versatile. Durable. Good to the earth. Confidence-inspiring. I’m talkin’ about both the Mamachic and you mamas out there. We are amazing. We deserve to feel it, each and every day.

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