Behind the Brand with Erika Oakes - Guest Post

We are so very excited to have Erika Oakes of Os + Oakes and The Blushing Babe Society, joining us as our first guest in a blog series we will be calling “Behind the Brand”. So much of our personal brand + vision for this blog, as well as our business facets (The OVer Company, OVer Collective, The Modern Mom Show), is about community. About getting to know the maker behind these incredible brands.  Sharing in their journey, encouraging them + lifting one another up as fellow small business entrepreneurs. Erika’s vision for her own brand so perfectly aligns with this big picture thinking.
Erika was such a pleasure to work with in this interview. We are SO EXCITED to share her takeaways + experiences so far as a Boss Babe and business entrepreneur. Grab a hot drink, cozy up, and enjoy reading this beautifully honest conversation with the lovely Erika Oakes: 
Where did you come up with the idea to start your own business? Why OS + Oakes?
I loved buying adorable clothing for my boys and oft…

Guest Blog - Motherhood Unscripted with Krystin of Grace + Parker Shop

Meet Krystin. Mother of three, owner and creative director of one of our favourite small shops, Grace + Parker. We are proud to support Krystin’s business and be a part of her tribe. Read on as she speaks to her experience becoming a mother, the struggle she endured to find herself, and the journey that brought her to a healthy balance as a successful mom boss.

MOTHERHOOD, I never fully realized the emotions connected with this word.  The meaning, the many feelings connected to it, the life altering aspect of what was to come.   
For as long as I can remember I knew I wanted to be a mother.  I wanted to have that perfect family, white picket fence, three kids and a dog, the kind of things that you see in movies.  Let’s fast forward to 2011 when I met my husband.  We got married in July of 2013 and in December of 2013 we were expecting our first child.  
I know many people can’t relate, but I LOVED being pregnant.  I worked a pretty physical job as an Athletic and Massage Therapist, and I…

I am not a hero, my child is the hero.

I am not a hero.  I am not strong.  I am not doing anything any other mother wouldn’t do when put into an extreme situation regarding their child.  My child is the hero.  He is the strong one.  He is the one who fought for his life.  I stood by and watched.  I learned as much as I could so that I could help sustain him once he was strong enough to come home, but I’m no hero.  My son is a micro-preemie, born at 24 weeks and 3 days.  He is my hero.
My struggle to become a mom didn’t start with my sons early arrival.  It started long before that, even before I knew it would be an issue.  At the young age of 14 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.  At the time, I didn’t know it would be a big deal, or the impact it would have on my life down the road.  It wasn’t until I got married that I understood the emotional toll the would take on my mind, my relationship and my faith.  It wasn’t until my husband and I decided we were ready to take on the role of parents that I truly real…

OVer Blog Introduction

Welcome, to the OVer Blog.So much is happening at The OVer HQ, it goes with out question that we should begin by saying a huge THANK YOU! Thank you for rising up alongside us and sharing in this journey.