Meet: Lara Hazelett Shelton, owner & designer of La Plates
The Business: La Plates is an online boutique of personalized products ranging from plates to cutting boards to everyday totes & bags - all custom designed by client choices. La Plates have been featured in House Beautiful as "The Best", Elle Decor, Martha Stewart Living, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Self, Country Living, Brides and Lucky.
Finding Balance: Being a working mom is a challenge - it's all about juggling the different jobs we hold: mom, wife, business woman, daughter, sister and friend. While owning and running La Plates is a huge part of my life, the most important thing is the health and happiness of my family. They are the best system of checks and balances.
Best Advice for a working mama: Be flexible - things don't always go smoothly. Quality Time Management - When you have time to work, get it done. When it's time to be with family, turn off the work. Don't try to do it all - it's ok to pick up dinner on your way home from work, save yourself the prep and enjoy family time. Plan a little time for yourself - schedule a run, game of tennis, something just for mom...if mom is happy, the whole house is happy.
Top 3 must haves that make your life easier:
- iPhone - This piece of modern magic keeps me organized and up to the minute on work emails, our calendar of business & family commitments and I couldn't survive without the GPS!
- A great tote (monogrammed, of course) - I always carry a bag to transition from mom to business woman easily. Something I can carry samples to meetings and then trade out for extra clothes & water bottles for my kiddos sports practices. Right now I'm carrying our Lola Monogrammed Tote in navy & it's perfect!
- Target - This is my one stop shop - from laundry detergent, to classroom snacks, to birthday presents & La Plates office supplies, I can get it all in one spot!
For more info: Find La Plates
Online @ http://www.laplates.com
Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/LaPlates
Pinterest @ http://pinterest.com/LaPlates/
Instagram @ http://instagram.com/laplates
Twitter @ http://twitter.com/LaPlates