In addition to parenting their two daughters, NFL star Mike Adams and entrepreneur Ariana Adams just opened a Milk and Honey Babies storefront in New York City’s Hudson Yards. We chatted with the stunning duo about the inspiration behind Milk and Honey Babies, juggling parenthood while playing professional football and their proudest parenting moments.
Congrats on the recent launch of Milk and Honey Babies at Hudson Yards! How did you become interested in the baby product industry?
Ariana: Thank you, it’s very exciting! I became interested in the baby product industry because I was tired of buying organic and sustainable goods from multiple places. I thought it would be so nice for moms to use one-stop shopping, but also gain access to exclusive fashion pieces, luxurious grooming products, and other unique toys that abide by fair trade principles and are ultra-safe.
Milk & Honey focuses on eco-friendly products. What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about baby products and sustainability?
Ariana: Who knew that eco-friendly articles of clothing could be so cute?
Mike, congratulations on your success in the NFL and as a two-time Pro Bowler! You’re currently a free agent—what are your hopes for the 2019 season?
Mike: Thank you! I’m embarking on the sixteenth year of my career and while I’ve had the opportunity to play in a Superbowl, my hope is to win a Superbowl this upcoming season.
As a dad and husband, what’s the hardest part of balancing your career with your family?
What’s the best part?
Mike: The hardest part is being away more than I’d like, because my schedule is so demanding. I miss some of the recitals, homework and study sessions, and making breakfast for my girls from time to time. However, I work not only because I love my job, but because it helps me provide for my family, so I try to remember that when I’m at practice or away. Luckily, I have a supportive, amazing other half to pull my weight and step up to the plate to when needed. She keeps everything going.
The best part is that when we are all together, we are busy making memories and laughing.
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
Ariana: I really dislike cleaning up after cooking dinner. So much goes into the process and I enjoy the meal itself, but before you know it, dinner is over and I’m back on my feet deep cleaning the pots and pans!
Mike: Making the bed. I just can’t get it as perfect as my wife does!
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
Ariana: There’s nothing like a warm shower before bed and a great, deep tissue massage! Throw a glass of red wine into the mix and I’m a happy girl.
Mike: Watch TV! I’m always on the go, so when I get a chance, I like to catch up on movies or some shows that I like and just lounge with the family. I also like to do yoga, so it’s something we all do as a family when I’m home.
What is your best parenting hack?
Ariana: Fitting in time for exercise can be tough, so I try to do squats while packing lunches, lunges in between laundry folds, and sit-ups while listening to my girls read each night. I even get the girls to exercise with me after school so we can spend quality time together while keeping active and fit as a family.
Mike: I make cleaning up toys fun. I tell the girls that we’re going to race and see who can get everything cleaned up the fastest.
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
Ariana: The best (and most effective) white lie that I’ve told my children is that I have Santa on speed dial. I actually had an app installed on my phone that has “Santa” call me. He carries on a short conversation, complete with appropriate pauses and responses—my kids were very well behaved all November and December for many years!
If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
What’s one moment in your parenthood journey that has made you proud?
Ariana: One day when we were at the zoo, my daughter noticed that a child near her didn’t have any money to purchase pellets to feed the animals. She went over to the child on a whim and shared her handful of pellets. I was so proud of how thoughtful and sweet she was!
Mike: I’m proud of my children whenever I receive a compliment about them. Whether it’s from their teacher, their coach, another parent or even a stranger, it shows that they stand out and others see that. Also, just this past week, I was home and witnessed my five-year-old reading the opening pages of one of her favorite books for the first time. She put the sounds together and it was just awesome to witness!
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
Ariana: Everyone’s definition of happiness varies—find what makes you happy and never let it go!
Mike: Whatever you choose to do in your life-be great at it.What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
Ariana: We are a team and we are not in competition with each other. Let’s remember that and help each other. Being a mom is hard!
Mike: There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Don’t worry about everything you’re doing wrong—focus on what you’re doing right.
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
Ariana: I have a supportive family that shares in not only caring for my children, but caring for my home. As a working mom, I need as much support as I can get. I also make it a point to reserve some “me time” so that I keep my mental, physical, social wellbeing in check. I love my girl’s nights out and also when I get to have a date night with my husband.
Mike: My wife and I rely a lot on our calendar to make sure we are in sync. We take turns running the kids to school, to practice and play dates, and we schedule a night out together. It can’t be all work, all the time.
What was the last book you read?
Ariana: Gone Girl. Part of the reason is because I’m so busy that I don’t have time to curl up with a good book as often as I’d like, but also partly because it was one of the best suspense novels I’ve ever read and anything I attempt to start reading just doesn’t measure up to it!
Mike: Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy.
Mike: Nothing is better than a well-seasoned fish dish.
Favorite Form of Exercise:
Mike: Definitely pull-ups.
What is on your DVR?
Mike: All kinds of shows, but especially A Football Life from NFL Network.
Mike: Panda Pop
Favorite Kids Store:
Mike: Milk and Honey Babies!