Can you tell us a bit about the Preppy Personals story?
“On The Day You Were Born Prints” were created and designed in 2010 after the birth of my daughter while I was a stay at home mom. After previously working and designing invitations, stationery and announcements for over 10 years, I decided to create a keepsake about my little one’s entry into this world and frame it. I received such a positive response from friends that I began creating these special prints as gifts for my friends’ children and it took off from there…retailing in many of my favorite preppy stores around the area, reaching the tiniest members of preppy nation around the U.S. and today THRILLED to share that we are in nurseries world-wide including: Austrailia, Canada, Europe & New Zealand!
When approached about what I make for older kids, I thought about my passion for teaching and education and created “alphabet soup” prints. I loved the idea of using the ABC’s to help kids identify letter/sound recognition and an object that corresponds. Matching note cards seemed like a necessity as they accompanied the alphabet soup prints perfectly and created the perfect preppy package.
Most importantly, I love the feeling of creating a customized piece of art that makes every child’s room unique and preppy!
What are some exciting new developments for Preppy?
Our exciting news is that we will soon be featured in Bump to Baby Magazine! We are also in the process of creating new prints of a different style and layout in honor of our newest preppy family member. We’re pregnant!
What (or who) inspires you when it comes to juggling a busy company and career with motherhood?
My mother is my inspiration for wanting to be the best mom I can be. I feel so blessed to have her in my
life. She is my best friend, the sister I never had and a true role model as to what a mom should be.
Favourite mom or baby product (other than your prints, of course!)?
My favorite baby product is my Uppa Vista stroller and the Gunapod sleepsack.
The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you would share with moms:
#1: family first…everything else comes second and can wait
#2:you can’t ever tell a child enough how special they are & how much they are loved.ds, the next one begins. Some are more fun than others! Big deep breaths – lots of them!
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When they are older, I want my kid(s) to most remember me as Loving, devoting, FUN.
When parents find out what I do, they often say: “How creative! Very cool!”
In my free time, I love to shop and design the next preppy thing,
I’m dreaming of meeting my new baby girl and having my girls become the best of friends and sisters.
Thank you, Natalie! We can’t wait to meet your next Preppy Personals Original – a baby girl due in 2013!
With love and care,