mommy + me july

Happy July Everyone!

I am ecstatic to introduce you to Emily + Milo. Emily is a local mama behind Urban Oreganics. Urban Oreganics handcrafts the highest quality bath & beauty products from natural, sustainable, organic, and vegan ingredients. I love these pictures of this lovely duo captured by the talented Madeline Metcalf

what surprised you most about being a mom?

How little actually changed. My husband and I have always been home bodies, so we didn't give up a social life when we had Milo (because we didn't have much of one to begin with). From the start, Milo has been the EASIEST baby! He slept through the night very early on, he naps 3 hours a day, he plays by himself or with our dog while I work from home. He's very independent and self sufficient for a 21 month old. And yes, I am fully aware that this means my next child will be the exact opposite! ;)

what is the hardest part of motherhood?

Not having enough time in the day. Working from home just adds to that difficulty. I've been meaning to start potty training Milo for months now... But somehow the days just slip away. I think I had a mani/pedi on my to-do list for 6 weeks before it finally happened. I've come to accept it, but I've always been a very productive person, so having things go undone was hard for me to adjust to.

what has been your greatest joy so far?

Watching Milo become a little person. I don't know when it happened, but it was like all of the sudden he wasn't a baby anymore. It's bittersweet, definitely. But he picks things up so fast now, he's learning and developing every day! It's pretty cool to watch.

what is your favorite style tip?

You probably don't want to be asking a pregnant WAHM (work at home mom) with a toddler what her favorite style tip is. Sadly, I spend most of my days in leggings and a tank top. But every so often I do get out, and I try to make it count. While I'm all about comfort, I also think choosing colors to complement your skin/eyes/hair is crucial! It can make the biggest difference in an ensemble. 

mama: shorts, top, sweater | babe: top, tank, shorts | photos: madeline metcalf

As a devoted vegan, to say I am health conscious would be an understatement. But, eating healthy is just one small piece of the puzzle. Upon reading that it takes 26 seconds for the toxins in our products to absorb into the bloodstream, I vowed to make a change. And so began my journey in the art of self-sufficiency. I was determined to make all my own home and body products, because I wanted everything under our roof to be 100% natural. Homemade products are all the rage these days! Realizing that no [sane] person has the time to make all their own products, I decided to share my creations with the rest of the world in December of 2013.

I handcraft everything for Urban Oreganics in my overly clean and organized home kitchen, not a factory. Those who know me best might even say I have a slight case of OCD. But they are also the ones who gave me the little push I needed to start Urban Oreganics, and to them I am much obliged.

My dream is to spend each day recreating the world, one item at a time.

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