Feature Friday: Sheena Gillespie
Homemade Blessings supports small businesses and individuals by buying from only small businesses and individuals in the USA.
We believe that when you make a positive change in the world around you, good things happen, families are supported and communities improve. We believe in sending children to dance classes, sports activities, and summer camps. Your support supports the many families that we purchase items from to sell. – Sheena
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Here’s the Rest of the Interview:
What made you want open Homemade Blessings?
I saw a lot of people trying to pass off handmade products as natural, but they used artificial fragrances, preservatives and artificial colorants, which can all be dangerous. I saw a lot of small businesses struggling to be seen. I wanted to bring these handmade, small businesses that have truly natural products that are safe and beneficial together in one easy to find place. I wanted to bring these together in one place that you know that you can trust to be safe, support small businesses and get quality items at the same time.
What excites you the most about your work?
I am most excited to get to support small businesses that are making a BIG impact in the communities around them. All eight small businesses that I currently work with are USA made, handcrafted, small businesses.
What is your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is finding high quality and truly safe products and once I do, getting the word out about them. To me, it is so important to know what we are putting onto our skin. Anything that we put onto our skin absorbs into our bodies in less than 30 seconds… even our babies. So I work really, really hard to find very natural, safe and beneficial products to share with all of you.
How do you find harmony or balance between being a mom and a business owner?
For me, my business gives me the ability to have more time with my children. They even enjoy helping me with my business. My boys are now 9 years old and 14 years old. So, I love that I teach them about running my own business, working hard and finding something that I really love. I set hard boundaries for my business so that I can put my family first. But my kids also understand that I still have work hours, and when I’m working, even though it is from home, it’s still important. It’s so wonderful to have the freedom to work from home, but my business struggled while I was trying to balance everything. Once I started treating my business as the business that I wanted it to be, it really began to grow.
Tell us about your family.
I feel so lucky to have my husband and my two boys. My husband, Robert, gets to stay home with us full time, which we love. He’s very supportive, creative and he can make anything work like new again. He loves to solve problems. Robert is a welder and mechanic by trade. My two boys are 9 years old and 14 years old. My 9 year old, Kaden, loves to read, run, and TALK… oh boy does he talk. Kaden loves everything superheros and has a tender heart. He’s very gentle and loves to help people. My 14 year old, Cody, loves sports, sports and more sports. He also loves food. Cody plays football, wrestles and does track. He is a peacemaker, a natural born leader, but he’s quieter until he gets excited about something. But, like any older brother, he loves to pick on Kaden.
If you could pick anything, what would your super power be?
If I could choose any super power, it would be to help people see the true value in themselves. When we under value ourselves, in life, in business or in our relationships, things get hard, Real Hard. As women, I think that we are often harder on ourselves than others are on us most of the time, however, we often give others permission to be hard on us by pointing out our flaws first. I would love to show others how to highlight the things that they do well and to help them build off of that.
What one piece of advice do you have for a mom that needs your service?
My advice is this: Please be aware what you are putting onto your skin, and your babies skin. Just because everyone else is using a popular brand of an item, does not mean that it is safe or beneficial for our children. And as mothers, our children watch us so closely, so if we are using unsafe products or habits, that is what our children learn.