Their careers as professional dancers launched Ashlee Nino and Stefanie Klausmann’s friendship. Now they’re both moms with a drive to help other women navigate the murky waters of parenthood at Mom Together, where they discuss products, crafts and share about the struggles of parenting. We talked to the talented, hilarious team about mom friends, how motherhood changed their relationships with their bodies, and where to stash your chocolate so your kids won’t find it!
How did you come up with idea for launching Mom Together?
We wanted to create a space that combined our two biggest loves—being moms and being entertainers. Finding a bridge between motherhood and our work lives (or previous passions) can be difficult for women. We want to help encourage each other to find the balance in our new daily lives. Our specialty is creating unique content for companies to give them a new spin on promoting their products.
You’re both dancers. Has motherhood changed the way you feel and/or think about your bodies?
Stefanie: Absolutely! As dancers, we know our bodies so well, and after having babies, my body does not move and feel the way it used to. Especially in the dance industry, your looks and your body can make or break a job. I now have to remember that I need the time to recover physically, heal mentally and remind myself that having my babies has been the biggest and most rewarding job of my life.
Ashlee: I was able to bounce back fairly quick after having my son, as far as “appearance” goes. My struggles have actually come with pelvic floor issues that make auditioning and working as a professional dancer extremely difficult. Even two years after giving birth to my son… I am still peeing myself.
Do you have any advice for new moms who haven’t yet found their ideal mom friends?
Let your kid do the work! Kids have no fear, no inhibitions, and they will walk right up to other kids on the play ground, parks, play places, supermarkets, etc. We have actually met so many amazing moms because our kids connected. If you are new to an area and want to meet other moms, there will always be moms at places where your kids will enjoy themselves. Seek out events in your area. We also love websites like hulafrog.com and baby/family shows and kid conventions where everyone attending is there for the same reason.
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day what would it be?
Sunday: Laundry ….. But don’t fold it, unless you fold it my way!
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
Stefanie: Get a $20 foot massage and watch German soap operas.
Ashlee: Drinking wine and watching a Queer Eye marathon.
What is your best parenting hack?
Stefanie: Hiding all of my chocolate in my “once upon a farm” cooler bag (my kid thinks there are veggies in there).
Ashlee: Pureeing veggies into anything I can … so far my son hasn’t figured it out.
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
Stefanie: When I was young, my parents told me this, and now I say it to my son. “If you don’t brush your teeth, Cavity Man is coming with a hammer to knock holes in your teeth.” I still have a vision of what Cavity Man looks like to this day.
Ashlee: My son keeps eating these human-grade dog treats (they’re safe for human consumption.) I told him if he continues, he’s going to start growing a tail, dog ears and he won’t be able to talk anymore, he will just bark. So far… he’s not buying it, and keeps asking for more.
If you could describe motherhood in one word what would it be?
What is one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
Stefanie: I’m proud that I’ve been able to raise my kids to be bilingual.
Ashlee: I’m proud that I’ve been able to start four successful businesses from home.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
Stefanie: If you can dream it, you can live it.
Ashlee: Take what you are most passionate about, and figure out how to make that your career.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
Stefanie: Keep your head up, even if your knee deep in poop.
Ashlee: Hire someone to help clean your house!!!
How do you tackle work/life balance?
It takes a village…. wait, no literally the entire Los Angeles county and sometimes Texas, and all the way to Germany. Friends, family whoever you can call—don’t be afraid to ask for help.
What was the last book you read?
Where da wil fings rarrre— AKA Where the Wild Things Are.
Favorite beauty product:
Stefanie: L’Oréal Infallible 2-Step 24 Hour Lipstick and Weleda Hydrating Day Cream in Iris.
Favorite form of exercise:
What is on your DVR?
Stefanie: I don’t have a TV.
Ashlee: Really… she doesn’t have a TV. My DVR is filled with past TV shows and performances that I’ve done. And golf tournaments my husband records.
Instagram and Pinterest.
Favorite kids store:
Cotton On Kids and Target.