If you want to find someone kind, genuine, and lovely, Kathy qualifies 100%. She’s my example of patience in motherhood, success in business, and optimism in life. Every time I’ve met Kathy in real life, she greets everyone with a beautiful, pleasant smile and makes conversation with anyone, regardless of their blog’s page rank. Right now, amid some complications with her second pregnancy, Kathy continues to remain optimistic, and I appreciate her taking time to be featured this week. After reading through her experiences and advice, you’ll be grateful as well!
Your name and hometown:
Kathy Dalton, Salt Lake City UT
Blog(s) / Website (s):
Personal blog www.DanishMama.com
How many kids?
One boy, 3, and one on the way, girl, due on my son’s third birthday January 16.
Besides being a mother, what else consumes your time?
Keeping baby girl cooking as long as possible. My son was born at 34 weeks and it looks like we might have this one early, too.
What is the biggest challenge you’re faced with right now?
Following up from the ABC Kids Expo, a baby and toddler industry expo. We made so many great connections that I can’t keep up with all the great momentum.
With so much demanded of you, how do you “Make it Work”?
1. I have a wonderful and supportive husband that believes in me.
2. I also have an All Star team. Surround yourself with people that share your vision and want to be a part of it.
I believe in attracting the right team. Little Stinker has partnered with team members, sales staff and retailers that share in their vision.
We have also worked to build an advisory board that is made up for PR experts, attorneys and online gurus.
If you had a full day to yourself, free of daily responsibilities, what would you spend it doing? Where?
I could really use a prenatal message and pedicure. The tricky thing with working from home is that my “free time” is usually spent working or cleaning up the house. I think it’s important to find “me” time. I love going to lunch or dinner with friends and have started a Girls Night Out in my neighborhood the first Wednesday of the month.
What would be your advice to other mothers trying to “Make It Work”?
1. Ask for help. Going from a competitive corporate environment, I was surprised by how collaborative and supportive women are. Over the last year I have made some incredible friends that have blessed her life simply because I needed their help and asked for it.
In building a business there are so many firsts. One example of simply asking a question created a long time friendship. I wasn’t sure how to approach boutique owners and through social media connected with a boutique owner in Colorado that coached her through the buyer process.
**Background on Kathy and her company “Little Stinker”**
When her son was born a month and a half early, he spent the first weeks of his life in the LDS Hospital NICU. Kathy got to figure out the “firsts” of parenthood with an audience.
Kathy had to nurse in front of hospital staff, other fathers and mothers. However, she had the best lactation experts on hand 24/7. The nurses were available to answer diaper rash questions. When her son had a skin break out, she was consulted on the best lotions to use.
When they were able to take her son home, she quickly realized after talking to other new mothers that they had not received the same coaching in the hospital. No one was there for them to share tips like the fact that cabbage relieves engorged breasts or that sometimes it’s best to not use baby wipes as the soap maybe too sensitive for new skin.
Kathy did her own research on the chemicals in baby products after her son broke out with a rash. She was surprised to find so many products contained harmful chemicals such as parabens and phthalates that are known ingredients to cause cancer.
Her son started on solids and things, or smells, quickly changed. No one warned Kathy about the pains and smells of parenthood. No one said your baby’s butt will stink or that your breasts get engorged. So she decided to do what no one else decided to do, she started talking about these “awkward moments”.
Kathy started talking to her other friends about the pains and smells of parenthood. She saw that other parents were experiencing the same thing. She was at lunch with her work colleges and one of them was on the phone congratulating his son for going poop in the potty. They got to talking about the pains and smells of parenthood, especially those embarrassing public poops where your kid stinks up the place. “Wouldn’t it be great if you could spray your kid and they would smell like a kid again?” That got them thinking and in a few short months, Little Stinker was born. Little Stinker started out as a baby butt deodorizer but has grown into a skincare line for baby and mother to resolve the pains and smells of parenthood.
Little Stinker uses natural ingredients and organic botanicals. They are free of parabens and phthalates. It is formulated to be hypoallergenic and is pediatrician and dermatologist tested.
In addition to the baby butt spray deodorizer and a natural nursing balm, they will launch a cooling breast cream in October that cools on contact and uses cabbage to reduce engorgement.
Little Stinker can be purchased online at ClothDiapers.com or Drugstore.com or at Jolley’s Pharmacy, Harmons Grocery Store and Thanksgiving Point.