Mama, Professional Stylist, Community Leader
...And She's Running For Office!
(Jessica, her husband Matt and their two kids, photo credit)
At art & eden, community is our heart. It's our honor to hear and share the stories of our customers: the people and kids who make a difference every day through their choices and their caring. Jessica Carpenter models change from the inside out. We're proud she shops art & eden! It was awesome learning about what she's up to in the world. Here's her story.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jessica Carpenter. I live in WI with my husband, 6 year old daughter and 2 year old son. I work for the kids clothing service Mac and Mia, and I LOVE it! I’m running for office in my local town of Shorewood, WI (just outside of Milwaukee). The election is April 3rd, 2018. You can check out my campaign website!
What brought you to art & eden?
Mac and Mia introduced me to art & eden, and I really loved art & eden’s story. Their mission of transparency, knowing exactly what your children’s clothes are made of, how they’re produced, and where your money goes when you buy them, is so amazing to me!
Jessica's son wearing art & eden!
How do organics play a role in your life? Did your relationship with organics change after you had children?
Before having children, I heard a chef talk about the importance of organics in food, but especially in dairy, because most of the chemicals end up stored in the fats (butter, milk, etc.), and I immediately switched all our dairy products. But then after having my daughter, she had terrible diaper rash that we couldn’t get rid of, and we tried everything! Turned out she had a reaction to the chemicals in diapers. So we switched to paper based diapers. That made me look into diapers; there are a lot of chemicals in them! I was worried that all those chemicals being so close to my children’s bodies for so long could cause some long term damage, so we never went back. The more I read, the more we try to buy only organic whenever possible.
What’s it like balancing your career with mothering? What’s your favorite ‘Just-For-Me’ practice?
Haha! Some days, I don’t know what the balance is. I feel EXTREMELY lucky to have been a part of Mac and Mia from the very beginning. It is an amazing company and community of women. The job is incredibly flexible and it allows me to work from home and contribute to my family. Plus, I can show my kids what strong women look like! My campaign is an added layer to my work. I feel excited to contribute to my community and show my kids that you can do anything you put your mind to!
On the flip side, what are your favorite things to do with your kids?
I really love making crafts, reading stories and swimming with my kids. My husband and I love the water so it is always fun for everyone!
Do you have any #momhacks that you love?
Yes I have two!
1) Getting two kids dressed and out the door every morning is crazy! So every Sunday night we label and hang everyone’s outfits for the week (undies included!) Then there is no discussion about what to wear each day!
2) I have a secret recipe for two super easy dinners. The first is a jar of salsa and chicken in a crockpot. Let it sit for 4-6 hrs on low and shred. Use for tacos, burritos, nachos. Then save that shredded chicken and add a can of corn, black beans and some cheese. Put this filling in rolled tortillas and cover with enchilada sauce. Bake at 350 for 45 min covered and 15min uncovered…..bam two dinners done!
As a stylist, does your daughter turn to you as her fashionista-guru, or does she prefer to style herself?
When my daughter was two she told me, “Mommy, I don’t like pants. I only want to wear dresses and tights where my feet hide.” So that’s what happened. Fast forward to 6 1/2 and she has just started to wear leggings. She likes my opinion on some things, and likes to tell me what I should wear - which is almost always my sequin leggings! ;)
What’s one way your kids have changed or inspired you?
I have realized that they are listening and watching my every move. I want them to become great adults, and I want to be the best role model I can be for them, so I have tried to be really conscious about how I react to situations and things we discuss in front of them.
What’s one dream you have for the future?
That everyone has equal opportunities to be successful in life if you work hard and are honest. It shouldn’t matter the family you were born into, the color of your skin, your religion, or your sexual orientation.
We’re so inspired by Jessica’s story. She reminds us to actively be the role models we want our children to have. Thanks for being part of our art & eden community, Jessica!