Hi! Julienne, James' wife, here. I'm taking over the blog today to bring you an awesome interview with some "rocking" mamas!
I had a chat with our friends Ashley & Cari, over at Rock on Baby; a new shop with some fabulous kids' clothes that are perfect for your "little rock star."
You're going to hear from Ashley & Cari on what got them started; why they chose a rock star theme for their shop; and some insider info on their own kids' adventures in music!
J: Ashley & Cari, I'm so excited to chat with you! Give us some background. How did you two meet and what prompted you to launch Rock on Baby?
A/C: We bonded over babies! While sitting in Sunday School at church, we got to talking about our (now 7 month olds) and how they are only a week apart! Realizing we were kindred spirits, we became instant friends. Both of us having small children, and living on a budget, got us talking about our love of fashion and how we wished we could make trendy clothes affordable for our kids. Thus began Rock On Baby.
J: So, did either of you work outside the home before RoB was born?
A/C: Yes, actually we both did. Ashley worked at a children's hospital as a CNA, until the birth of her second child earlier this year. Cari worked as a photographer/graphic designer for a county library system until the birth of her first born in 2012.
J: What were your thoughts when you chose the shop name and the rock star theme?
A/C: Rock On Baby is a versatile name that lends itself to the trendy clothing we are so in love with. It also leaves us room to grow, because everyone can rock, at any age. We actually have plans to expand our line beyond just children's clothing very soon.
J: Expanding? Now I'm excited! Do you notice that your business skills seem to compliment each other? Who does what?
A/C: Absolutely! Ashley is such a people person that she is a perfect fit for customer relations. Cari shines behind the scenes as the photographer and site manager. We work as a team to source items, style the line, and design the pieces for our upcoming additions to the shop.
J: So, let's talk about your kids. What are their ages?
A/C: Ashley is the mother of 2 beautiful kids: Olivia, who is 5, and Beckem, who is 7 months old. Cari is the mother of 2 rambunctious boys: Maverick, who is 2.5, and Rockwell, who is 7 months old.
J: Are they busy with any after school activities? Music, perhaps?!
A/C: Olivia is going to be starting voice lessons and drama classes soon. She loves music and dancing. She would love to rock the stage one day! Maverick will be starting piano lessons when he turns 3 next January.
J: That's awesome! We can't wait to hear about their progress. Thanks so much for taking some time to chat with me!
There you have it! A pair of hard-working moms who had a dream and jumped on it!
I'm excited to say that Ashley & Cari wanted to do something extra special for our readers. So, they've partnered with us to give away a $25 gift card to Rock on Baby!
Enter to win below! Note that all entries will be verified & giveaway ends 10/9 at 12AM EST. (Open to US & Canada residents!) Best of luck!