As a former hairstylist and now full time beauty blogger, it’s a given that our January box curator, Kate of The Small Things, has great hair. Lucky for us, she also has great perspective about motherhood, social media and the true meaning of beauty. Read more from Kate below and get some of her favorites in our January box by signing up here.
We love your video of getting ready in 15 minutes. What’s the one thing that makes you feel the most “ready” for your day?
Really it's just that, taking 15 minutes to pull myself together a little bit. And if my hair is simply pulled back in a ponytail or messy bun, a little mascara and blush are the main focus for my makeup!
As mothers, many of us down in the trenches of daily tasks don’t often feel beautiful. As a beauty blogger and a mother, what’s your philosophy on beauty?
I love the way that question is phrased because you're right, there are a lot of daily things that are not beautiful when you are raising children, but the softness and warmth that emanates from a mother is so much more beautiful than anything that can be done on the surface.
Very plainly, my philosophy is to look at it as creative expression, something to be enjoyed and even something that may help boost your mood a little bit. But, when it's all said and done, outward beauty and the things we do to enhance it, must never get to a point where we build our entire self-esteem upon it. Beauty truly starts with the soul.
You started your career as a hairstylist and now blog full time. Tell us about this change, what you miss and don’t miss, what you enjoy or what’s challenging about your role as a blogger.
I'm so grateful to still have my toes dipped in the water of the beauty world through this blog! But more than that, I'm really glad to have a job that’s very flexible and allows me to spend a great deal of time with my boys during the day! I miss meeting with my clients regularly and hearing about what is going on in their lives. I still get to connect with people daily through the blog and social media though, and that's what makes blogging so much fun.
How would you describe your parenting style in three words?
Laid-back, consistent (my husband and I like routine!), hands-on
Parenting two under two certainly comes with its share of challenges. What have been some of the sweetest moments you’ll treasure from this stage?
I love seeing a smile spread across Luke's face as he watches his brother. My heart erupts with so much happiness! And David's favorite time is going in to Luke's room to get him up from his nap. He runs down the hall, bursts through the door, and races right over to the crib to get his brother up to play!
We’ve been talking a lot about being a mom of boys. What do you think boys need to become the men we see in them?
A father's role, or an adult male role if a father isn't able, is deeply important to boys and girls alike. For little boys, I can only imagine how imitating things that they see their dad do makes up who they are. For my boys, I want them to see how their dad treats me, and in the same note how I treat their dad! It's a two way street, and that relationship will frame a lot of how they interact with friends and eventually their spouses in the future.
What do you want most for your children?
I want to raise moral and sensitive boys. I want them to stick up for the kid that gets bullied in school, and to feel convicted when they see something that is wrong and try to do something about it. I want them to be humble and serve people when they see an opportunity. I also want them to live next door to me their entire lives but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.