Kimberly Berry Haisch recently launched KBH Jewels, a line of luxury, sustainably made jewelry featuring greenhouse-grown diamonds. We spoke with her about small steps parents can take to make their lives more environmentally friendly, a unique family tradition and her epic solo travel adventure with her three young kids. Kimberly is generously offering 15% off to Big City Moms readers– use discount code BIGCITYMOMSKBH15 at checkout.
Congratulations on the launch of KBH Jewels! What inspired you to start a sustainable jewelry company?
Thank you so much! I was raising my young children and started to think about what I was teaching them. What impression was I leaving them with, what were they going to come away with? It’s such a big question, and in the midst of creating this brand, I’ve thought so much about my parents and the traditions that they instilled in me from the time that I was a little girl. KBH Jewels is really a nod to that.
The jewelry serves as really beautiful modern heirlooms that add to this legacy. But to me, it’s more than that – it’s doing something for the world that my children are going to live in and eventually share with their own families.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about sustainability while creating your business?
Sometimes the concept of being sustainable can seem overwhelming, and it doesn’t have to be that way. As a mom, switching just one thing in your day-to-day life makes a difference. Simply going from plastic bags to rezips has been a huge change in our house. Making the smallest change can make an impactful difference, and that’s a great place to start.
What I hope people learn from us is that there’s an option to purchase more sustainably-made diamonds. We offer grown diamonds that are physically, optically and chemically identical to mined diamonds—but without the hazard and destruction of mining.
What was your favorite family tradition when you were a kid?
Something that you will always see at a birthday celebration of mine is a homemade Duncan Hines cake – usually vanilla with chocolate frosting. In fact, that was my wedding cake – it took a long time to find a baker that would make a Duncan Hines cake for my wedding, but we did it!
I’m also a sucker for the holidays – every year we make a tradition out of decorating and everyone comes together. Any time of year where I can have decorations, family, friends, food and wine together at the same time – I just love that!
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
I’ve learned everything I know in the kitchen from my Italian mother and I love to cook. However, I use 100 pots and pans and it’s truly a mess by the time I am done. Luckily, I have a husband who loves Italian food so we have a deal that anytime I cook, he will do the dishes and clean everything.
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
Great dinner and great wine – with family and friends in tow!
What is your best parenting hack?
I convince my children they are my best helpers. When I give one of them the opportunity to lead the other two, they almost always rise to the occasion and then I have a little helper by my side getting their siblings to cooperate! Sometimes I have to resort to bribery— it’s not always perfect!
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
If you eat the carrots, your eyesight will get better.
If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
Last September, when the kids were two, four and six, we surprised my mom with a trip to Montana for her 70th birthday. My husband, Rob, was on a business trip and had to meet us there, so I was traveling with my kids on my own! We navigated a 4 A.M. wake-up call, three kids, one parent, two planes, one long connection, three bags, three car seats, a stroller, a rental car and a long drive out to the Rocky Mountains.
No one got sick. It was amazing – a true proud mom moment. I just kept thinking to myself, I can do anything! I can bring these kids into the wilderness by myself and I am going to survive.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
My dad always said, “Life is good,” and I want my children to believe this, too. Things won’t always be easy or perfect, but it’s always good and embracing the imperfect parts is okay.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
Motherhood is not easy, but it’s the best thing I will ever do. I think you have to know it’s not going to be perfect, but that’s beautiful, too. I might miss a pickup, but in the end, my children are going to see me as an example that everything and anything is possible. It’s important for me to always remember the end-game – being an amazing mom and example, all at the same time.
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
I work during the day when my children are in school and later at night when they’re in bed. This way, when they’re home, I can focus on them. I have to make choices. I can’t make every meeting or every pickup or every date night – so I try to recognize that and distribute my time to what’s most important.
What was the last book you read?
The Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles. I loved it.
Favorite Beauty Product:
I used to work for Bobbi Brown cosmetics, and I still to this day use her Corrector & Concealer. They keep my dark circles in check after long nights of working!
Favorite Form of Exercise:
I love to swim – it’s such a good workout and also an amazing stress reliever. Recently Soul Cycle has been a favorite – I feel like I’m dancing on the bike.
What is on your DVR?
We actually don’t DVR, but we do have Netflix for the kids. I don’t really watch TV, but I love movies. My friends have conversations about reality TV shows at dinner and I have no idea who and what they are talking about and they make fun of me all the time!
This is not very original, but I’m on Instagram, Apple Music, and Amazon daily. Music is constantly playing in our home—my mom did the same when I was little.
Favorite Kids Store:
We try to support conscious brands. I often by from H&M Conscious, and my daughter Blake has some Reformation pieces that are in heavy rotation at the moment. You can see her wearing those pieces in our campaign!