With the holiday season already in full gear, I am on the lookout for the perfect gift for each and everyone on my shopping list, at least ones for those who haven’t provided me with a wish list. While on my search, I came across some gems I just had to share. To hopefully inspire those last minute online shopping adventures, I put together this holiday gift guide. And the best part about it? They are all items that are under $25!
Being on a computer for the majority of my day – it is both a professional tool, but also a creative outlet where I can find inspiration – there are some days when my motivation is low. But sometimes even the simplest things can help me…such as updating my desktop wallpaper.
I came across this quote last week on Instagram. It spoke to me so much that I did a screen capture of it so I would remember, and keep those words in mind. I have so many goals between my career, education, and personal life, and I know it is too easy to put things off. I have to remember that things don’t get done just by thinking about them. If I want to get something accomplished, I’ve got to step up and take some action. And this is just the reminder I needed!
Download and be inspired!
Carolynn Giordano is a busy lady. She is a graphic designer and owner of Two Brunettes, a shop specializing in custom logo design, blog design, web design and invitations for any type or size of event. She sounds busy, right? Well, she is also one of the two raven-haired smarties behind Two Brunettes Design Co, whose brand refinement process helps give companies a creative edge. Her two business babies are very scheduled since she is also the mom to a 3-year-old daughter and due with a baby boy in just a few months. As the only one who takes care of her girl Clara, she admits it can be challenging at times. Hello, productive nap times and night!
Here’s what Carolynn had to say about being a SpitfireMom.
How does being a mom influence your work?
Being a mom influences me in so many ways! Toys, colorful books, things my daughter says and enjoys really help bring my work to life. The challenges are sometimes I JUST want to be a mom fully. I often wonder what that would be like…during her nap time I dream about how much I could accomplish in my house. Then I remember if I did not do this I wouldn’t have my creative outlet and create things I love for others! And, you gotta make the money honey. I find that if I just really take it one day at a time I can get through anything! Some days are going to be tougher then others and it just is was it is. I have to say, with motherhood and business, every single day is different.
Do you talk about your kids with clients or potential clients?
If the conversation leads to my daughter, I light up like a Christmas tree! However I don’t volunteer that information unless I feel like it is relevant to the situation.
We know a SpitfireMom like Carolynn has tips to share, so we asked for her best time saving trick (Can we bottle good napping?):
Really, I have no secrets at all. I have just always been a killer multi-tasker and thankfully my daughter is a GREAT napper. If I did not have naps I would lose it. My greatest way to save time or actually rather EARN work time is to get all of my errands done in the morning and get that girl tired, and then work as much as I can during my afternoon hours. When she gets up we play and I cook dinner. To save time work wise, I just have to be super organized and know what I am going to tackle next. Luckily I can think and plan out my designs while I’m playing or entertaining the little one!
What’s one thing you haven’t figured out?
Oh SEX! Ain’t nobody got time for that.
And, if you’re a mom entrepreneur and just found out your expecting, Carolynn says:
I don’t want to scare anyone, ever, because it is very different for everyone who runs a business and is a mom. It can be very challenging at times but you just HAVE to take one day at a time. I would never trade a thing to be doing what I do so I can stay home a be a Momma first. That is my number one job and I always try to remember that!
Here’s to great nappers and great mompreneurs. Carolynn, we’re thrilled to have you in the SpitfireMom Society!
Heidi & Julie
Know a fabulous, creative mompreneur? We want to hear about her (or YOU)!
Happy Friday Everyone!
I hope your Thanksgiving/Thanksgivukkah holiday celebrations left you heart beaming and your tummies full. While I know many of you will be out braving the masses on Black Friday, we at Spitfiregirl wanted to remind you of the wise words our SpitfireMoms have imparted on us. We thought this quote was particularly timely!
Craving more? You can read the full feature on Mary here. Be sure to check back on monday for an ALL-NEW amazingly creative Spitfiremom!
As a new resident to Denver, I am excited to check out all the new neighborhoods, coffee shops, and restaurants the city has to offer. Thankfully Kristie is a local and knows much more than I do (and is also not encumbered with big baby belly like me!) so this week she set off to Crema Coffee House. We’ll be featuring more businesses in our Denver Locals Series in the coming weeks and months! ~Heidi
The up-and-coming RiNo – or River North – district here in Denver, surrounded by the neighborhoods of Five Points, Ballpark and Curtis Park, has new places popping up all the time. From breweries to restaurants, shops to art galleries (some to note are The Populist, Tender Belly, Infinite Monkey Theorem, Our Mutual Friend, Mile High Spirits, Yours Truly Cupcake), every time I take stroll or drive I find new and surprising places. Crema Coffee House has been around four years this month, and is still one of the most happening places in the neighborhood. It refreshing to see it’s storefront along Larimer Street, which is a very industrial area, full of warehouses in the transitional neighborhood.
I am not coffee connoisseur, but am a daily coffee drinker, and can say without a doubt that the Americanos I order at Crema are the best I’ve ever had. Perhaps it’s their selection of coffee, which includes neighbor Novo coffee, the expertise of their baristas, or latte art that’s worthy of an Instagram post. Whatever it is, despite the overly-hipster environment, I keep coming back.
And not only the coffee beverages are delicious, but their food selection is well worth a trip. From morning pastries, sweet potato waffles, or a beet salad, everything I’ve have there has been worthy of praise. With a little background knowledge, this come as no surprise. The creators and owners of Crema, Jonathan Power and Noah Price, also started The Populist, my all-time favorite restaurant, located just four blocks further down Larimer Street.
Crema is the lovely layer of thickly effervescent foam that defines well-crafted espresso, an emulsion of the essential oils contained in the coffee. This presence of a thick layer of richly aromatic, reddish brown crema indicates that all culinary factors were met satisfactorily during the preparation of the shot. Espresso is all in the nose. The aroma of espresso lives in the crema so swirl it around. Get your nose right down in there. Inhale deeply.
Having a perfect cup of coffee is part of an enjoyable ritual. It’s something that can be savored.
Open everyday 7am to 5pm
2862 Larimer Street
Denver, Colorado 80205
With the Thanksgiving holiday upcoming this week, it’s time to start planning (aka shopping for) what I’ll be wearing. It’s a time when I will be joining our families for great food, enjoyable company, and catching up with everyone … and I want to look good while doing it! With the crisp air starting to announce winter – especially here in Colorado – there is no doubt that bare legs and arms are going to be rare until the spring. But that doesn’t mean sacrificing style one bit! Here is my Thanksgiving outfit inspiration ~ a touch of glam with simple blacks, pops of gold and bold color.
So, many of you may know that we’re expecting a baby soon…like, REALLY soon (more on that later). A GIRL. I can’t explain how excited I am about this. We won’t be having any more children after this, so the fact that we will have a girl and a boy makes me feel very lucky. Plus, let’s be real…dressing a girl is SO.MUCH.FUN.
While I’m not a girly girl by any means — I DO like pink, tea parties, unicorns, make up and glitter. However raising a girl has me worried about all this princess-obsessed, pink vomit overload that I see perpetuated in the media, on the shelves, and even on Ev’s little lady friends. I know as a parent it’s hard to escape a lot of this (trust me, we have given in to having CARS™ and AVENGERS™ apparel and toys around the house)… sometimes kids are hard-wired to like this stuff, sometimes it’s just easier to “give in”.
That’s why I was SO EXCITED to learn about GoldieBlox. I know this (brilliant) ad is making it’s way around social media, and I’m more than happy to do my part to share it. In fact, I purchased my first GoldieBlox kit for my niece today. I hope you will support this awesome inventor, and her overall cause of getting girls to be inventors, builders, dreamers and SPITFIREGIRLS!…not just princesses!
PS: This is not a sponsored post…I just have a newfound fascination with founder Debbie Sterling and her quest! You can read more about how GoldieBlox came to be here: