Briana Marie

 

I had the opportunity to chat with 6-year-old entrepreneur Jade Jackson and her mom Keniesha from Farmington Hills, MI. During the interview, I learned more about the Jade Ariana line and got some tips for other young entrepreneurs. The following is a transcript of our interview. Grab a pen and paper, and get ready to take some notes!

B: How old are you?

J: I'm 6 years old.

B: When did you get this idea to start a business?

J: Around Christmas, when making a plastic bow.

B: What exactly do you sell?

J: I sell hair bows, vegan based nail polish, vegan based lip gloss and more.

B: What has been your favorite product to make so far?

J: Lip Gloss.

B: Where can people buy your products?

J: On www.ShopJadeAriana.com.

B: What do you think is the hardest thing about running your own business?

J: Making nail polish and coming up with names for everything.

B: What have you learned as a business owner?

J: It's a lot of work.

B: Mom, what is your role in this company? What has been the greatest challenge for you during this process?

K: My role in the company is to be a mentor to Jade and to show her how to create the products. I also test all products, label them, and handle the shipping. The greatest challenge has been trying to also juggle my business while being a mom to four children and keeping the household together. 

B: What tips do you have for parents who want to help their children start a business?

K: I would say that as a parent nothing is more rewarding than seeing your child happy and helping them make their dreams come true. If your child shows interest or comes to you with something they are passionate about, put money aside, do your research, and take steps to figure out how to make it happen. You don't have to dive into everything headfirst, you can start with concepts, narrow down colors, talk about business names and logos ideas. Make every part of this as fun as possible. Continue to encourage your child and stay consistent. 

B: Why should we shop with Jade Ariana?

K: Jade says that you should shop Jade Ariana because shopping with her is super fun. As her mom, I would like to say that shopping with Jade Ariana will give her more confidence, teach responsibility, as well as help her build for a college fund. 

B: Where can we learn more about Jade Ariana?

K: You can learn more about Jade Ariana, by visiting her website (www.shopjadeariana.com)  as well as following her Instagram for new product releases.

 

 

Instagram is the perfect place to find fashion inspiration, even for the little ones. As a matter of fact, there are so many stylish kiddos on the gram, it was hard to pick out just 12 to showcase in this article! If you are looking for more wardrobe inspiration for you or your child, you will definitely want to check out this list of 12 of the Most Fashionable Kids on Instagram. Enjoy!

1. @clementstwins

Models and twin sisters, Ava Marie and Leah Rose are twinning in the most stylish ways. Their wardrobe for their beautifully done professional photos always has their followers asking "Where is this outfit from?!"

2. @lifewithliamethan

3-year-old Liam Ethan is sure to have you looking forward to his next post. This little guy takes streetwear to the next level with his trendy pieces and vibrant personality to complete the look. 

 

3. @marina_rastegaeva

Sweet little Maya shows off some of the simplest, yet meticulously assembled outfits for children. With the perfect outfit for every season, Maya and her mommy marina offer up tons of fashion inspiration on their feed.

 

4. @alessiacepraga

3-year-old Eva has a collection of overcoats and jackets that many adults could only dream of owning. Her feed can give you some great ideas on how to style up your #ootd during the fall and winter seasons. 

 

5. @engjiandy

If the inspirational captions aren't enough to get you to follow this account, Andy's spiffy wardrobe will definitely make you hit that blue button.

 

6. @biorkpink

It appears that 5-year-old Rayden has a hat for every occasion. His trendy headwear is always coupled with a stylish wardrobe that is fit for the runway. 

 

7. @morgan_saniy

6-year-old aspiring model, Morgan, is quite the fashionista on the gram. Morgan's Instagram feed mixes art and inspirational quotes with images of her modeling her newest #ootd

 

8. @modelinhoyasmin

9-year-old influencer Yasmin is sure to add a burst of color to your timeline with her bold and unique wardrobe.

 

9. @ellielee_lee

2-year-old Ellie models her super cute outfits while standing against a plain white wall, drawing even more attention to how stylish she is. 

 

10. @lenna.vomic

Beatrice is serving us the true definition of the word "posh" all up and down her Mommy's Instagram feed.

 

11. @_lincolnjacobg

Little Lincoln gives his nearly 13K followers a new style to look forward to in each of his posts, and he sure looks like he is having fun doing it. 

 

12. @willadomantay

Australian model Willa is effortlessly stylish. Her super chic Instagram feed offers a ton of fashion inspiration for both kiddos and adults.

 

 

 photo: Andrew Neel

Entrepreneurship comes with its fair share of benefits, from having full control over business decisions to the ability to change the world through your innovative ideas. However, it is certainly not without challenges. One common challenge is achieving an effective balance between family and business. The work hours for an entrepreneur can seem never-ending, but there are some things we can do to cope. Here are 4 Expert Tips to Help You Balance Family and Business.

Attorney, entrepreneur, and author of the upcoming book, The Accidental Life, Peter J. Strauss admits, "Entrepreneurs really do have to walk a tightrope between their families and their businesses...Failure in one of those two aspects usually leads to failure in the other."

As a fellow entrepreneur, and mother of two, I totally get it. It seems like the most obvious thing to do is to make sure your business is thriving so that you can provide for your family. If your family has all of their material needs met, they should be happy right? However, the family needs your attention just as much, if not more, than the business itself does. So how do you make it work?

It can be difficult to prioritize and effectively manage time when juggling a business and a family. For the entrepreneurs who are working from home like myself, this can be even more difficult as there is no physical separation between the business and the family. Strauss understands this struggle and has offered the following tips for entrepreneurs who want to have success in both their business and their home lives:

 (photo: Picsea)

  • Set Boundaries. Especially if you run the business at home, it is important to set boundaries with your spouse or partner to make sure you are not always talking about business. When you are at work, be at work. And when you are at home, even if your business is in the garage, be at home. Have a separate phone for your business and don't take business calls when you are on family time unless it is an emergency.

  (photo: Glennn Carstens-Peters)

  • Prioritize Work Tasks. Determine what is the most difficult task and attack it first. That will help you get out of work on time and go home to your family. If you have a family event in the evening, it is much easier to leave a small task to the morning instead of a large, difficult task.

  (photo: Clem Onojeghuo)

  • Take Vacations (Even Small Ones) A vacation doesn't have to be two weeks. Take a day off and take the family on a picnic. It will not only be good for your relationship with your family, it will also be good for your business. You will come back refreshed and better able to tackle the challenges of your business.

 

 (photo: Vadim Sherbakov) 

  • Don't Intrude On Your Family's Space If you run your business from your home, have a designated workspace. Don't use the family dining room table for your paperwork. Find someplace where you can focus on your business without family interruptions.

Strauss says entrepreneurs should not underestimate the importance of finding the right balance between business and family. "If they don't get it right," he says, "they risk losing everything."

Using Strauss' tips we will not only maintain a positive relationship with our family but will perform at optimal levels within our business as well. It is a win-win.

 

About Peter J. Strauss

Peter J. Strauss (www.peterjstrauss.com) is an attorney, entrepreneur, and author of several books, including the soon-to-be-released The Accidental Life. He is the founder and managing member of The Strauss Law Firm LLC, on Hilton Head Island, S.C, and also the founder and CEO of Hamilton Captive Management, LLC. He is a graduate of the New England School of Law and of Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management program. Strauss also holds an LL.M in estate planning from the University of Miami and speaks regularly at public seminars. 

 

 

Leggings are quite the trend, one that shows no signs of declining anytime soon. With so many different leggings brands offering funky prints, top of the line quality, and even pockets, it can be difficult to find that one brand to fall in love with. I was lucky enough to stumble across a brand that was not only stylish, affordable, and comfy, but also allowed me to support a charity of my choice. Sounds too good to be true? Well, here's how Asher & Emery are Changing The World One Pair of Leggings At a Time.

From super cute Mommy & Me leggings to one-of-a-kind licensed character prints, you are sure to find a high-quality pair of leggings that you will not want to take off at "a fraction of the cost of other luxury brands." Being that the Asher & Emery brand is size-inclusive, you can find comfort in knowing that you can order leggings that are absolutely perfect for your frame. We haven't even gotten to the best part yet...

After shopping around and selecting a few fun leggings you are excited to show off, Asher & Emery gives you the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world. You get to choose where you would like Asher & Emery to donate a portion of your sale. How awesome is that? As they mentioned on their Instagram, they are all about "fashion that gives back."

To learn more about Asher & Emery, follow them on Facebook and Instagram. You can also check out their line of products on their website.

 

photo: @fairytalebabybooks 

There is nothing quite as magical as the birth of a child. The grand entrance of a little prince or princess is a wondrous moment that should be documented in the most loving and precious way. You can treat your beloved newborn like the royalty he/she is with an enchanting storybook recalling their own beautiful beginnings. Keep reading to learn how you can Create Magical Memories With Fairytale Baby Books. 

 (The front cover of our fairytale book)

"Real Stories of Royal Proportions"™ is how Fairytale Baby Books describes their custom storybooks. As a first time god-mommy, this sounded like the perfect Christmas gift for my 3-month-old little princess. Gifting cute little onesie sets and bright-colored musical toys were becoming super routine, and I wanted to do something out of the ordinary this time. I decided to look into a Fairytale Baby Book, to see if it was actually worth the purchase.

It is often said that first impressions are everything, and it is clear that Fairytale Baby Books took this into consideration. Entering the website was like stepping into a real-life fairytale as I was greeted by an enchanting castle, soft colors, and dreamy music. With clear samples of the book gracing the home page, I was instantly captivated. I decided to proceed with an order, a process that was so simple I questioned if I had missed a step. Here was the process:

  • Step 1 - Click the golden "Place an order" tab at top of page
  • Step 2 - Select "Buy it now"
  • Step 3 - Click "Order Now" in the gold magic wand
  • Step 4 - Checkout

Now, don't fret...I too thought I had missed a step upon checking out. Don't I have to customize it?? I messaged customer service just to be sure, and with a swift response, I was informed that the customization sheet had already been dropped into my email.

  • Step 5 - Check your email! You will find your order confirmation. Open that email as it will have your customization spreadsheet ready to download. Download/print out that spreadsheet.
  • Step 6 - Fill out the spreadsheet, and send back to Fairytale Baby Books via email
  • Step 7 - Let the magic happen!

 

 (A page in our fairytale book. Every page included vibrant images to accompany the text)

It was actually quite a simple process, and I loved that they sent me a proof to review before sending out the finished product. However, the best part was actually receiving the book!

I was totally blown away by the quality of this adorably customized storybook complete with my own dedication page for my princess. The vibrant illustrations coupled with the meticulously crafted personalized royal birth tale made this the perfectly designed bedtime story. I could not wait to hand over this special gift.

 (The End)

For just $59.95, this one-of-a-kind gift was well worth the purchase. The story is a lot of fun to read, and it can make any child feel like royalty. I am absolutely thrilled that I found the perfect way to document my goddaughter's grand entrance into the world using Fairytale Baby Books.

For more information, you can check out Fairytale Baby Books' website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.