Today, I am thrilled to launch a brand new series on the blog. “Super Mom” deals with a subject near and dear to my heart. As a business owner and mother, I am constantly striving (some days more successfully than others) to create a healthy balance between work and family. It’s no easy feat, as any working mom will tell you. Fortunately, I’m always finding inspiration and getting great ideas from other moms, whether it's a new, time-saving beauty product or simply an app that helps navigate crazy schedules.
This series will feature real-life Super Moms, sharing some of their favorite things and best tips for juggling work and home life. Because what mom couldn't use a few more tricks up her sleeve?
Let's kick things off with Jennifer Murphy, owner of Polka Dot Club, a company that makes gorgeous, heirloom-quality teddy bears, created to be treasured by kids and passed down through generations. Jen is a true Super Mom, running her own business, hand-crafting her bears, and taking care of her two adorable kids. We're so excited to feature her and learn more about her life and work!
MY NAME IS  Jen Murphy  (AKA SUPER MOM).
EVERY DAY I GO TO WORK AS A  designer, photographer, email answerer, accountant, manager, and last but not least Second Generation Teddy Bear Maker .  I DO IT BECAUSE  I have a deep affinity for the quality and craft of stuffed toys made 100+ years ago. I want to marry that knowledge and skill with modern design so that kids today can play with a toy special enough to pass down to their children .  MY UNIFORM/GO-TO-OUTFIT IS  chambray   AND  denim .  MY FIRST REAL JOB WAS  making teddy bears  AND IT  has been my only job for my adult (and young adult) life .  MY CURRENT FAVORITE OF MY PRODUCTS IS  I love making little tweaks to my old standy by pieces - I recently made Rabbit Ears for my PDC Classic Bears and they make me laugh. And... I just got done making a whole lot of Halloween dress up stuff, which is totally cracking me up. The studio is a very fun place to be .
MY HAPPY FAMILY CONSISTS OF  my husband and two children .  WE LIVE IN  Minneapolis, MN .  BALANCING WORK AND KIDS IS  one of the hardest and most rewarding things I can think of, but did I mention it's hard?   MY SECRET WEAPON IS  asking for help !  MY BEST PARENTING ADVICE COMES FROM  my mom, my friends, and my gut .