AM/PM chronicles a day in the life of busy mothers to explore how all different types of moms juggle their responsibilities — from stay-at-home moms to moms who work full time outside of the home. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I don’t know how she does it” about another mom, read on!
Today we’re talking about motherhood with Emily Meyer, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Tea Collection, one of my favorite children’s clothing companies. If I could, I’d happily outfit Levi exclusively in Tea — I love their modern designs, especially for babies and toddler boys.
Tea has been growing rapidly since its inception in 2002 (in fact, it won the 2012 Cribsie award for Best All-Around Children’s Wear For Stylish Tots), which means Emily has years of experience being both a businesswoman and a mom. Let’s take a glance at a typical day to see how she gets it all done.
A. Clement, 4; Georgia 2
Q. Do you have the same job that you had before becoming a mom?
A. Yes, same job!
Q. Walk us through a typical work day… What time do you and your kids wake up?
Q. What does your morning look like?
A. Get dressed…figuring out what to wear! Breakfast with the kids. Chat with mom or my sister on the way to work.
Q. What time do you eat lunch?
A. Working with design on the next collection. Reviewing e-commerce business. Select images for the upcoming catalog. Catch up with emails. Brainstorm, discover.
Q. When is dinner?
Q. What does your evening look like?
A. Playing with my kids. Reading books. Lights out at 8:30 (for the kids)! A bit of TV with my husband and a glass of wine. We love Mad Men!
Q. What time do you go to bed?
A. My husband and I have townie bikes with seats on the back for the kids – we love riding around Palo Alto, visiting the Cantor Art Museum at Stanford or going to nearby parks. Sometimes my husband brings his guitar out to the backyard, strumming while the kids do water play (in the warm weather). Outdoor time is paramount.
Q. How do you de-stress when you’re feeling overwhelmed?
A. Sleeps solves everything. A nap is one of the most luxurious gifts anyone could give me.
Q. What’s your dream job?
A. I have it! But when I retire I want to be a Blues singer.
Emily’s weekends with her family sound idyllic, don’t they? One of these days I’m going to own a bike — and live someplace temperate where I can ride all year long! To learn more about Emily and Tea Collection, please visit teacollection.com or follow Tea on Facebook and Twitter.
P.S. — Did you know that Tea also sells women’s clothing? This season I’ve got my eye on a Tea Collection fashionABLE Scarf, which was designed by Tea and hand-woven in Ethiopia by fashionABLE artisans. fashionABLE is an organization that helps build small business cooperatives in Africa, providing meaningful work with fair wages to women. Each of their scarves comes with a note that tells the story of one of the courageous women who works with fashionABLE.