Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town? Born and raised in Valencia, CA (a northern LA valley suburb). My husband and I used to live on the Westside before having kids, and then moved to Manhattan Beach when my daughter was 1 years old.
Child(ren) and Age(s)? Emma (5) and Benjamin (3)
One thing people would be surprised to know about you… I was a pilates instructor for 10 years before starting my company, Naturally Clean Eats (an all- natural, clean eating nutrition bar line that is vegan, gluten free and prebiotic. I loved training clients and had my own studio in Beverly Hills, but had to close the doors shortly after launching NCE at the end of June 2017!
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood? My parents!! Especially my mom. I think you appreciate your mom even more after becoming one.
Favorite local places to keep/shop/play with kids? We love the Metlox and The Point! We are usually at one of the two (or both!) on the weekends for breakfast or lunch. Both spots are great because the kids can run around before and after we eat –or during if we are sitting outside and the weather is great! They really made the spaces gear toward families, and I just love that. We also love the Strand House for brunch, Arclight theaters for movies, and Barnes & Nobles for finding new books! The library is also a fun spot for the kids –and it’s so beautiful!
Favorite things to do with your kids? Go to the beach! Anything active and outdoors.
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share! Business Venture: Founder & CEO of startup food company, Naturally Clean Eats
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now? This community has been so incredibly supportive of Naturally Clean Eats from the beginning, and for that I am so grateful! One of the first coffee chains we got into was Two Guns Espresso, a South Bay local stop. Workout gyms have also really been drawn to the brand, including Afterburn Fitness, Bar Method and Hip Studio. We are also test selling in Target in Manhattan Beach right now and sell out constantly. It’s amazing and so humbling!