Friday, April 24, 2015

April Parent Profile - Jenna Ogle

1. Your Name:  Jenna Ogle 

2. Are you a stay at home mom or a working mom? How easy was that decision? I am currently a stay at home mom although I wasn't always. I worked up until my second was about 7 months old. It was a tough decision because it would be nice to have that extra income at times. Although, I am very grateful that my husband is able to support us, and I love being able to spend that extra time with my little ones. After all, they are only little for so long. In my spare time (if there is such a thing), I enjoy writing a blog  about my adventures, successes and failures in parenthood. 

3. Names of spouse & kids/ages/genders: My husband Brian and I are raising three beautiful girls Olivia (7yrs), Giuliana (2.5yrs) and Lidia (10mo) 
  

4. Tell us about going from no kids to a newborn - what were the biggest changes? Going from no kids to having a newborn was definitely a whirlwind experience. With my first the biggest change was lack of sleep. Now, with our third, we were able to anticipate a lot of changes but the biggest change was the switch to full time cloth diapering. It was something that was really important to us.  With how much information that is available, the variety of products out there and of course the adorable prints, it has been a really easy and fun experience. 

5. Where does your family live?  Any other cities you’ve lived?  We currently live in Schenectady, NY and have been here for 6 months. Before this we lived in Syracuse, NY. I lived there most of my life and is where my husband and I met. Before that I lived in Orland Park, a suburb of Chicago. Both Brian and I have family in Illinois so we frequently travel there with the kids. 

6. Why do you love Itzy Ritzy? What is your favorite Itzy Ritzy product and why?  I love Itzy Ritzy for their family friendly products that are suitable for all ages. Not to mention they help us on our mission to ditch the one time use products for reusable options. My girls love the  Snack Happens™ bags. They take them everywhere from school, on the road or even on short trips to the store. My favorite product though is definitely the Nursing Happens™ Infinity Scarf. I will confess that I have three of them now. I make sure to have one with me at all times. I am still breastfeeding my youngest and plan to until she weans herself. Just the sight of one of the scarves gets her excited. It's quite funny. If she sees it in the diaper bag she has started to get it out and try to bring it to me. For any breastfeeding mom, this product is a necessity. Besides for function, I love that it comes in great patterns. 

7. What is your favorite Itzy Ritzy fabric? At the moment, I am loving the new Boho Feathers pattern on the nursing scarf. It has so many colors that make it really easy to pair with any outfit. 

8. The hardest part of my day is:  It's funny because I can pinpoint the hardest part of my day to the minute and it is 5:27pm Monday through Friday. Between then and 5:30 are the last few minutes before my husband walks through the door from work. I am likely trying to get dinner ready with three tired and whining kids running wild through our little apartment. I think it is hard because of the anticipation of knowing help is on the way but some days wishing it had arrived hours ago. 

9. The best part of 
my day is:  The best part of my day is the moments leading up to nap time and bed time. This is when my girls are the most snuggly. Sometimes they will attempt to extend bedtime by asking to snuggle longer. How can a parent refuse snuggles and what's a few extra minutes spent together? 

10. What are your top three tips for new moms? My top three tips for new moms would have to be rest, relax, reinvent. REST, even if it means lying on the floor while baby plays in front of you. Put down the laundry and skip the dishes, they can wait. RELAX, you are doing a great job and no one should tell you otherwise. REINVENT, just because you have a baby doesn't mean you need to stop doing things the things you love, just reinvent the way you do them. 

11. How would you describe yourself as a mom in just eight words? In only 8 words? One laid back momma focused on natural parenting. 

12. What milestone were you/are you most excited about for your baby? With my first I loved every milestone. I couldn't wait for her to be able to do new things like coo, wave and walk. With my youngest it's completely different. Not knowing if this is our last baby doesn't help any. Every milestone she reaches might be the last first time our baby reaches said milestone. 

13. What is your guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasure is definitely my Thursday night television habit. I love getting the kids to bed, putting on some comfy sweats and relaxing on the couch with my husband for a couple hours before bed. 

14. Anything else you’d like to share with the Itzy Ritzy community?  It doesn't matter how many kids you have, even when you think you have it all figured out, they always find ways to surprise you.




Monday, April 13, 2015

Name That Fabric

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Staying True to Your Style as a Mom





1. Make it fun! Countless sleepless nights, not enough coffee and a baby that requires all of your attention, all of the time, can make for too many days of sweatpants and old tee shirts. But if you make it fun, then you’re more likely to channel that style of yours that you may have lost a bit in the mix of a new baby. One of my favorite ways to make it fun is to match with my baby! He’s not the only one that gets to look cute! If I have him in a little striped onesie, I’ll throw on a cute striped dress. It’s fun to match (sometimes) and hey, there’s only a short window of time where this is acceptable, so I’m taking full advantage!

2. Take care of yourself. Yes, your baby is your new number one priority, but just because you have new priorities doesn’t mean that you should completely disregard yourself. It’s not the least bit selfish to make yourself a priority, as well. Remember, your baby’s happiness relies a lot on your own happiness, since babies can pick up on their parent’s demeanor. If you’re happy and healthy and taking good care of yourself, this will reflect positively on your baby.

3. Look cute, feel cute. This is something I’ve found to prove true time and time again. The days that I do nothing for myself- when I put no makeup on, don’t think about my outfit, those are the days that I just feel frumpy and down on myself. But when I make a bit of an effort, I feel confident and more like myself. And when you look cute, you feel cute, too.

4. Don’t lose yourself in being a mom. Remember that yes, you have changed, but you’re still you. You still have your own personality and your own interests and style that you don’t need to lose when you become a mom. If anything, I’ve noticed that it’s easy to lose myself in taking care of my little one, and that just leaves me feeling confused and like less of a person. I have to make a conscious effort some days to do things I love to do, like style cute outfits and do my makeup and hair, in order to feel like myself.

5. Cute and comfortable. You might want to alter your style a bit when you have a baby, in order to be comfortable running after a little one. But this doesn’t mean you can’t be cute, too! Maybe switch out the stilettos for some stylish sneakers, and retire the pencil skirts for a while in favor of a relaxed swing dress. You will be surprised at how stylish you can be while being casual and kid-friendly at the same time! Then come date night, pull out your heels and hot little dress. It’s all about dressing for the occasion and being comfortable in whatever situation you’re in!

Remember, even the littlest things can make a big difference, and being a new mom means it’s easy to let yourself be the last person you think about. But you are important, too. And you need to take care of yourself and do what you love and what makes you happy in order to be better for your darling baby. Happy wife (and mom!), happy life!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

March Parent Profile - Katie Reyes


1. Your Name:  Katie Reyes

2. Are you a stay at home mom or a working mom? How easy was that decision? I’m fortunate enough to be a work at home mom. I run my lifestyle blog and also am a freelance writer for a few websites, which allows me to stay at home with my baby. My husband works part time and thus gets to be home a lot as well. It is the easiest decision we’ve made!

3. Your child's name and age: Samuel is our baby boy and he is 11 months  

4. Tell us about going from no kids to a newborn - what were the biggest changes? The whole concept of having this tiny person completely reliant on me was probably the biggest change! It was pretty crazy, but something that I absolutely wouldn’t change for the world! The lack of sleep was another adjustment. I remember being totally blown away by just how little sleep one actually needs to function somewhat normally. I was also blow away by how deeply I could love.


5. Where does your family live?  Any other cities you’ve lived?  We live in Sacramento, CA. I spent a semester abroad in Paris while in college, and it was the most magical experience that changed me so much. I also lived a few months in Seattle with a girlfriend and dream of moving to the ocean soon. Travel is something we absolutely love and look forward to doing a lot with our family!

6. How did you first learn about Itzy Ritzy?  I heard about Itzy Ritzy when I was sent a product for review for a website I work for, and I fell in love with the company!

7. Favorite Itzy Ritzy product and fabric?  I love the Itzy Sitzy and the Social Circle Blue is one of my favorite fabrics! It is so plush and keeps my baby comfortable and away from germs while we’re out and about, in a shopping cart or a high chair.

8. The hardest part of my day is:  Prioritizing my schedule can be really tricky. When my baby is awake, I struggle between getting my work done and giving him all of my attention. Needless to say, nap times are my most productive times of day!


9. The best part of my day is:  Walking into the nursery in the morning, after listening to Sam chatting away, and being greeted with the biggest grin you ever did see. Melts my heart every day and it really is the best way to wake up, I’m sure of it!

10. What are your must-have winter products?  For winter, I need a good chunky knit scarf, a warm wool coat, Burt’s Bees chapstick, L’Occitane hand cream and hot coffee. Give me these things and I’m set. Especially the coffee!

11. Favorite date night with your husband?  My husband is my best friend, and we try to have a date night as often as we can! Honestly, doing anything with him is fun, no matter what it is! Since having a baby, our favorite date nights are just snuggling on the couch watching a movie with loads of popcorn and sweets. If we can get out of the house, we love going on bike rides and trying new restaurants.

12. Guilty pleasures?  My biggest guilty pleasure, if you can call it that, is probably The Bachelor and all other reality TV. I know it’s so bad and yet, I can’t stop watching!

13. Anything else you’d like to share with the Itzy Ritzy community?  Motherhood is the greatest adventure I’ve been on, and I love every second. I guess my biggest advice is to never lose yourself completely to being a mother, and to remember that you are so many other things, too. I’ve made a point of staying active and doing everything I love, with my new little sidekick in tow!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Back In Stock

Did you know our Boho Feather Infinity Scarf is back in stock? They're going fast!
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Itzy Ritzy Is Hiring!



Itzy Ritzy: At Itzy Ritzy, we believe parenting in style is possible. Our modern collection of baby, toddler and lifestyle accessories provides smart, attractive solutions to everyday challenges, from carrying heavy car seats to keeping school snacks under eco-friendly wraps.  With a global presence, Itzy Ritzy provides practical luxury for modern families around the world.  Learn more about Itzy Ritzy at www.itzyritzy.com

Overall Job Summary: This position is for a full time Sales Director responsible for developing and executing short term and long term national and international sales strategies for independent, specialty, mass merchant accounts and international distribution.  The Sales Director manages the internal sales team, external sales representatives, showrooms, and international distributors with a strong focus on growing the independent channel. 

JOB REQUIREMENTS/EXPERIENCE:
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or Marketing required or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience
  • 4-10 years of consumer products sales experiece required, preferable within the Juvenile Industry. Candidates without consumer products backgrounds will not be considered. 
  • Full-Time Position based in Chicago suburb of Naperville, IL and requires approximately 25-30% travel.

SKILLS/RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Demonstrated ability with consistent record of managing and growing business year-over-year
  • Goal orientated with the ability to inspire a team, drive business, do the work, and hold team accountable for results.
  •  Ability to develop a coordinated and integrated sales and marketing strategy including bringing new products to market
  • Trade show planning, strategy, execution and leadership at trade shows
  • Strong market analysis, sales forecasting, vendor negotiation, account acquisition, influencing, analytical and decision making skills
  • Strong understanding of financial analysis and metrics driving mass market and specialty buying decisions per category

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  •  Excellent work ethic with a high energy level, motivation, enthusiasm, and ambition.
  • Proactive, outgoing, positive can-do attitude, honest, high integrity, and self-motivated
  •  Competitive drive and goal oriented mindset
  •  Strong networker, self-starting and dependable
  •  Understanding of merchandising, product promotion, lifestyle and design


ITZY RITZY OFFERS:
  • Competitive salary​
  • Benefits package
  •  Paid vacation
  • Opportunity to be a part of our smart, fun, driven, collaborative and “make it happen” team 
  • Please respond with resume and cover letter to info@itzyritzy.com with “Sales Director” in the subject line

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