What’s your favorite thing about being a mom or what makes you proud to be a mother? When my son does a random act of kindness or a good deed on his own like comforting or helping a friend, picking a flower for someone, or something as simple as using his manners… little things like that make me proud and I remember that I’m raising a good human – a light in a dark world.
What inspired you to become an influencer? It’s not something I really ever set out to do. I just love to share things that make my life easier or help me in some way and could benefit others. I’m really not a natural born “social butterfly,” so I tend to bond with people over a mutual love of a product or life hack.
Who is your role model and why? Jesus. I know I’ll never reach that level of perfection, but that won’t stop me from trying 🙂
Have you ever used hair color as a way to express your personality or individuality? Most definitely. I love to stand out! My natural color is dark brown, but I feel much more in touch with my bold side when my hair is a fun color. Changing your hair color is totally empowering!
How do you incorporate hair color into your beauty routine? I get bored with my hair very easily, so I love to add fun highlights… and I’ve been known to go red a time or two! I’d love to do an intense violet color next! I usually do my own coloring at home every 5-6 weeks. It’s my “me time.” Hair color, bubble bath, face mask, warm eye compress, at-home pedi… That’s a night of luxury for this mama!
What is a fun fact about you? I didn’t have a name for several days when I was born. My mom had chosen the name “Amanda”, but said I didn’t look like an Amanda…and she had no backup plan! (Take this as a tip, future moms – have more than one name picked out for your baby!)
What’s your favorite thing about being a mom or what makes you proud to be a mother? My favorite thing about being a mom is watching my kids personalities develop. I believe parents are a child’s biggest influence, seeing how my kids treat each other and others helps me understand where I need to spend time nurturing or celebrating their qualities as their mom. I’m really proud when I see them do thoughtful small things, the little things mean so much.
What inspired you to become an influencer? I started blogging in 2012 and had no idea anyone would read it, I didn’t set out to be an influencer necessarily. I love fashion, vintage, and thrift and thought a blog would be a cool outlet for my creativity. As a former college athlete, I was very used to doing school and sports. When I started my career there was a void, blogging filled what sports used to. Now as a founder I think my experience as an influencer will be very different, I feel prepared to handle being a CEO because of the time I spent blogging. I’m grateful for everyone who my journey has resonated with.
Who is your role model and why? This is a tough one, I’d have to say my aunt Fran. She passed early in 2020 but she was a fabulous woman, full of life, spunk, and a style all her own. I like to think I’m a lot like her but those are big shoes to fill, she would always encourage me to give the world all I got, I’m doing it Franny, she was an amazing woman. I’m very lucky to have the time we shared together.
Have you ever used hair color as a way to express your personality or individuality? Heck YES! There’s something so powerful about changing your hair. I’ve had green, purple, blonde, red, you name it I’ve tried it. Sometimes to match an outfit, other times to capture a mood, hair color is a great way to express yourself. Lately I’ve been blonde but this summer I’m feeling pastels, soft colors that are feminine but edgy, next color up is rose gold.
How do you incorporate hair color into your beauty routine? One of my good friends is a stylist, I go to her when I want to try something too risky for me to do at home. I’m a certified kitchen beautician, I do most of the coloring myself, my hair is short so if I mess it up I typically save it off. I’m not attached to hair at all, which is probably why it’s been short for a while. It makes coloring much easier and a lot less dramatic if something goes wrong. Hair is the primary of my beauty routine, I don’t wear a ton of makeup these days so it’s all about the hair. If the hair is off I’m probably going to have an off day ha, it is what it is, so haircuts and color are very important.
What is a fun fact about you I recently appeared on reality TV which is hilarious and a little ironic because I don’t consume reality tv. You can check me out on the first season of The Big Shot with Bethenny Frankel streaming on HBOMax.
What’s your favorite thing about being a mom or what makes you proud to be a mother? I love watching my kids learn and experience new things – whether it’s lightning bugs in the summertime, waves in the ocean, or an entirely new landscape. Those moments of curiosity that lead to excitement and wonder – it’s such a rewarding thing to watch. This is a big reason why my husband and I love to travel with our kids as often as possible.
What inspired you to become an influencer? I certainly didn’t set out to become an influencer. I started my blog way back in 2010 as a creative outlet to share my style and fashion advice. It all took off really quickly (which was really exciting) and has now evolved into much more than I could’ve ever anticipated. The term “influencer” didn’t really gain steam until I was five or so years into blogging. For me, I’m not necessarily looking to influence anyone, I just love to share great products, fun destinations, colorful outfits, and life in general. I consider everyone who follows me on social media (or reads my blog) my extended best friends.
Who is your role model and why? I find a lot of inspiration from women who have broken the molds in their industries. Women who are blazing their own trail. Women who are balancing a successful career with hands-on motherhood. Women who get back up again after being told no. Women who help other women. These types of women encourage me to always push forward in my industry as a business owner, and as a mother, while also helping others along the way.
I’m also incredibly inspired by the women in my family: my sister, my mom, my grandma, my mother-in-law, and my sister-in-law. They are all strong women and mothers with hearts of gold, and they would do anything for their family.
Have you ever used hair color as a way to express your personality or individuality? Oh yes! Something about having a little blonde in my hair makes me feel like I can conquer the world.
How do you incorporate hair color into your beauty routine? I go to a salon and also color my hair at home sometimes! Especially now with Color&Co, I feel so much more confident coloring my own hair at home.
What is a fun fact about you? After working in a male-dominated advertising agency for 12 years, I took a leap and started my own agency, The Neon Creative, in order to stay home with my kids (ages 2, 4, and 6). We are now a full-service agency specializing in social media, website design, and content creation, and we serve clients nationwide. My team includes several incredibly talented women (and mothers) who now have the flexibility to work at home alongside their children (and newborns) too.
What’s your favorite thing about being a mom or what makes you proud to be a mother? Being a mom is the most fulfilling and amazing role I have ever had in my life. I love that I get to be the first person my boys see when they wake up and the last person when they go to bed. I get to teach my boys all about the big ole world and see life through their eyes. I get the honor of raising young men and I am forever grateful to God!!
The unconditional love, the endless hugs and kisses truly warms my heart every single day and makes me the proudest mom ever!!!
What inspired you to become an influencer? I’ve always been that go to friend for all things makeup and skincare, and the one who approves outfits before going out.
My friends pushed me to put myself out there for all the girls that might not have a Sasha in their lives and share my extensive knowledge on skincare, makeup, and steals and deals with the world.
Who is your role model and why? My role models are my parents. They’ve both raised me to be a woman of integrity. My parents are some of the most resilient amazing people I have ever known. My mother is the most determined hard working woman I know and isn’t afraid of a challenge. She wants something she goes for it. My father, also a hard worker with an amazing work ethic is my backbone. He’s the sweetest and kindest man you will ever know. He’ll give you the shirt off his back if you asked him for it. He’s generous, a man of God, and has the biggest heart. My parents have taught me how to be humble, how to love and advocate for myself and the ones I love. I hope I make them proud.
Have you ever used hair color as a way to express your personality or individuality? Absolutely, especially when you are ready for a change you go lighter or darker add some bright colors.
How do you incorporate haircolor into your beauty routine? I have a professional hairstylist color my hair at the salon once every 3 months for maintenance. I make sure to use sites like Pinterest to help with inspiration and go from there.
What is a fun fact about you? I love documentaries. I’ll watch any documentary about literally anything. I love them all!!
What an honor it has been to learn about what makes each of these ladies proud to be mothers and how they are using their influence to encourage, uplift and motivate others. We hope you’ve been inspired, too! We just love hearing how beauty and haircolor truly helps to express their uniqueness as not only mothers, but as women. Be sure to follow these fab momma’s on Instagram for a daily dose of motherhood, beauty, and fashion.