As a lot of you already know, I am a full-time mom. My field of study is education and up until recently I was a full-time teacher as well as a new mom. I know one day I will return to the workforce, mainly because that’s a desire of mine, but I sure do cherish the time I have now to spend with my baby girls.
I have tried to find some ways of contributing to the household financially, but right now my contribution is no daycare fees, yummy lunches and dinners, and a somewhat clean house 🙂
However, there are a ton of stay-at-home moms who have been able to find ways of making an income out of their own house while walking around with a baby on their hip. Today I wanted to feature one of these awesome moms.
Amanda Luton is a childhood friend of mine who grew up loving fashion and making all of us other girls wish we could kick a Ked, blue-jean skirt and scrunchy like she used to back in the day. Amanda went on to study Fashion-Merchandising and Marketing at the University of Nebraska and I believe she spent some time working in her field. But like most moms, once those babies started to come the desire to stay at home was overwhelming.
Amanda did choose to become a stay-at-home mom, which is one of the least appreciated “jobs” in the world;however, she didn’t give up on her love of fashion. Actually, she turned it into a small business ran out of her house.
Here is what Amanda has to say about how she got started:
“I started Goat & Lulu as it is now, when I was pregnant with my third baby. I love boutique clothes for my two daughters, but since I also love for them to coordinate or match, I was having a hard time finding cute, colorful, and age appropriate options that I could afford! Buying two $70 outfits for every holiday and special occasion was just not going to work for me, so I started making simple dresses for my girls, and matching t-shirts and onesies for their little brother on the way! As I started posting things I’d made on facebook and in my etsy shop, I realized that there were a lot of moms out there that wanted to dress their kids like I did, in unique and playful clothes, but didn’t want to have to spend a fortune on coordinating outfits! I started getting a lot of custom orders from friends and family, and as word of mouth spread, I began to get more and more customers. Goat & Lulu was officially a small business!”
I’ve been watching Amanda’s line of children’s clothing grow over the past year and it has been really inspiring. It’s awesome to see a mom, who I know goes all out for her kids, to also find the time to work on her own dreams.
Obviously, doing something like this takes some sacrifice and a ton of hard work. When asked about how she manages it Amanda responded with the following:
“It is difficult to manage the balance of stay at home mom to three, wife, and small business owner, but I feel like I am fulfilling my need for a creative outlet, contributing to our household finances, and showing my children that with a lot of hard work and persistence, you can turn a passionate hobby into a dream job! There is nothing better than having the flexibility of running my business at home, on the floor in my jammies, and taking coffee breaks for storytime with the kids. It is certainly the best of both worlds.”
Here are just some examples of the items Amanda designs and sells (the adorable models are her kiddos)
Way to go Amanda! And she’s not the only one of my friends who has been successful at starting up their own small business while still staying home with their kids. So moms out there who have a desire to stay at home but also have a need to add to the household finances take this as an encouragement that you can do it! Find something you love and turn it into a business! I have friend who make bows, one who paints personalized signs, one who does computer graphics, one who designs children’s bedding and one who makes awesome kid’s clothing. What could you do from home? Go brainstorm and ask God to give you inspiration.
Thanks Amanda for your inspiration to other stay-at-home moms!
Check out Amanda’s clothing in her etsy shop. Just follow the link below: