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May 10, 2019 — by Cassie Hooper

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InspirationLifestyle

#momlife

May 10, 2019 — by Cassie Hooper

We spent some time with our PV moms and asked them some questions about how their wonder women status balancing their work schedules and being role models to their kiddos…and of course their favorite Pura Vida picks!

Sheva – Design Director, Jewelry

1. What’s the most awesome thing about being a mom?

It’s the most challenging and most rewarding job I’ve ever had! I live for the uncoerced moments of affection—hearing “I love you, mommy” or getting a big bear hug out of the blue. All the temper tantrums are worth it for those moments.

2. What’s one thing you want your kids to learn from you?

To be kind and considerate. Of course, I want my kids to grow up to be ambitious and successful, but nothing is more important than instilling a strong sense of kindness and compassion in them. I want them to be the kids that stand up for the underdogs and always do the right thing, even when it’s not the easy thing.

3. What’s something you learned from your own mom that you want to pass down to your kiddos?

Giving back and being charitable. My mom was always donating to charities and sharing what she could with those less fortunate, even when things were tight for our family. She remains the most generous and compassionate person I know. If I can pass on even a fraction of that to my kids, I’ll know I’ve done my job.  

4. What do your kids think you do at work?

My 3 year old recently told me, “Mommy, you make good jewelry!” I’m pretty sure he thinks my job as a designer just involves playing with beads and crystals all day.

5. How do you balance the working-mom life?

I focus on quality over quantity. Working full time doesn’t leave too much time to connect with my kiddo during the week, but I make sure I am present when I am with him. That means putting away my phone and giving him my undivided attention, even when somedays that’s only for dinner and bath time.

6. What’s the most epic Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received?

The cards—it’s all about the cards! No gift is as good as knowing my kids (and husband!) appreciate all that I do as a mama.

7. Which PV product would you give to all the amazing moms in your life?

Love anything with gemstones! My faves right now are the new Triangle Chalcedony Ring and the Chalcedony Charm bracelet. Chalcedony is said to increase optimism and energy, which are two things every mama could use more of!

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/triangle-chalcedony-ring

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/chalcedony-charm-bracelet

GretchenMerchandising & Development Director

1. What’s the most awesome thing about being a mom?

For me, it’s about learning from my kids. They teach me something every day, whether it be to laugh more, have more patience, be “in the moment” or just slow down. They bring out the best in me (most of the time!).

2. What’s one thing you want your kids to learn from you?

Respect and kindness! I just want to raise thoughtful, caring, loving kids.

3. What’s something you learned from your own mom that you want to pass down to your kiddos?

My mom had to work really hard to support my brother and I. She did a lot for us, all on her own. She definitely showed me the importance of working hard for what you want and need in life. I don’t think we should have to work as hard as she did to support us, but I value that she never quit and did what it took.

4. What do your kids think you do at work?

Pretty sure they think I string beads on bracelets and hand-make all the jewelry. That, and “do math” all day long.

5. How do you balance the working-mom life?

It ain’t easy! I give 110% at work, but when I’m done, I leave it at work and focus my attention on my kids and hubby. That doesn’t mean I don’t resume working when everyone’s asleep! 🙂 I don’t want my kids to ever think that they aren’t my #1 priority.

6. What’s the most epic Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received?

My kiddo’s preschool class made “potted flowers” using their hand prints and filled them with beans. A couple of years after that, the beans ended up dropping all over our back yard…and guess what grew? Beans!

7. Which PV product would you give to all the amazing moms in your life?

Do I have to pick just one?! OK, well… I would have to say the Jewelry Monthly Club, because it changes each month and has amazing jewelry pieces!

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/pura-vida-jewelry-club

Erin Goodman – Key Accounts Manager

Erin—who’s the sister to PV co-founder Paul Goodman—is one super-busy lady! When she’s not absolutely crushing it in her sales role, she’s taking care of an almost-1 year old (which is a full-time job in itself!). Fortunately, we were lucky enough to get a quick take on her favorite part of #momlife.

1. What’s the most awesome thing about being a mom?

The best part of being a mom is the unconditional love we have for each other—the excitement on her face every time you enter the room and being able to watch her grow and develop every day.

2. Which PV product would you give to all the amazing moms in your life?

Definitely the gemstone bracelets! So special and chic.

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/charms

CC – Creative Director

1. What’s the most awesome thing about being a mom?

All the kisses! Air kisses, cheek kisses, nose kisses…you name it. Right now, they come frequently and are often accompanied by unsolicited “Mom, I love you” statements that come so genuinely. I know it won’t last forever, so I’m soaking it all up right now. Oh, and seeing my boys hug, play and take care of each other…I know I did something right to make them actually get along!

2. What’s one thing you want your kids to learn from you?

How to be a good human being who people love and respect.

3. What’s something you learned from your own mom that you want to pass down to your kiddos?

I want my kids to learn about their culture. I’m trying to get my parents to only speak to them in Filipino so that they have some connection to their heritage and, in the long run, have a respect for the diversity in the world. Alas, that’s not working out so well aside from the few silly words I’ve taught my kids, but hey, we’ll keep trying. At least they’ve got the Spanish language dialed in!

4. What do your kids think you do at work?

“Do hard work on a computer…and eat cupcakes…and draw all day!”

5. How do you balance the working-mom life?

Still trying to figure that out… I was taught to work hard, so when I do, I get so zoned in and can see nothing but work. Thank goodness for the kids, as they then remind me to step away from the technology and play with the Legos, draw with them, read them a book or have a snack break (they love veggies—#momwin). But honestly, it takes a village. Much love to the husband, the parents and the friends who are a huge support system so that we can work hard to provide a decent life for our kids.

6. What’s the most epic Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received?

A little paper mache candle that my oldest son made for me in preschool.

7. Which PV product would you give to all the amazing moms
in your life?

I love fine jewelry, classic silhouettes and tiny details, so I’d have to say:

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/cuffs/products/wave-cuff

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/seed-beads/products/seed-bead-montauk

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/seed-beads/products/gold-chain-seed-bead

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/original/products/solid-coral

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