We all know how real the nesting phase is during pregnancy. Amy Richardson-Golia, took the nesting phase and ran with it. While she was pregnant with her first child, Amy sat down at her kitchen table in Brooklyn, NY and started sewing newborn hats from thrifted t-shirts for her son and for her friends new little ones. From that kitchen table, June and January (formerly Little Hip Squeaks) was born. Amy knows how much fun childhood is and she wants her clothes to represent that. Now she has a team of eight moms from all over the country that help make June and January happen!
From bright colors, fun prints, to just the basics, June and January has clothes for everone. Each collection ranges from newborn to size 5, so you can keep buying the prints you love well into the toddler years. Their lines range from pants, cardigans, rompers and dresses to accessories like headbands, tights, socks, and hats.
Congratulations on all of the success of June and January! What inspired you to start the clothing line?
I really wanted some basic, simple things for my son when I was pregnant. No prints and no sayings and no appliqués. The company has dappled here and there in prints but generally have stuck to making the best Basics we can.
We’re big fans of the brand and always look forward to new releases. Anything fun coming up that you can tell us about?
We’re releasing a swimwear collection in May that we are all just obsessing over!
What’s one tip you give you parents to make getting their kids dressed fun (because we all know it can be a struggle in the morning?)
Is ‘nagging 5 times’ a good answer? In all seriousness, my daughter LOVES if I tell her we’re playing dress up but by son finds getting dressed to be a ridiculous request that doesn’t apply to him.
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
Cooking on school/work days. Packing lunches and making dinners. I LOVE to cook but its become a totally last priority for me and now it feels like a real chore.
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
Snuggle in bed with my husband and gaze into the sweet abyss of Facebook.
What is your best parenting hack?
Making my kids “race” to see who can clean up something the fastest.
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
“This pool/play center/playground/arcade is closing now so we have to leave!”
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?
My son is a kind, kind boy. He was being picked on by a kid at school and when I told him to tell the boy that he was rude — my son offered to throw the boy a Star Wars themed party.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
You do you.
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
Quality vs quantity. I don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to my kids during the work week so I make sure that they EACH have an hour of one-on-one adventure time with me each week (a hike, taking a class, doing a craft, etc) and then I set a timer for 30 minutes each day to leave my phone in the other room and spend with them both just playing on the floor or reading.
I also make sure to date my husband regularly, at least once a week we grab brunch or dinner just the two of us.
What was the last book you read?
Go, Dog, Go.
What’s in your diaper bag?
I actually make our 2 year old carry her own diaper bag now! Ha! It’s a cute kids back pack with the bare bones — Parasol diapers and wipes, Everything Balm from Zoe Organics, Z Bars and a couple my little ponies.
Favorite Beauty Product:
Currently obsessed with the Silas Skincare oil with frankincense in it! Moving to Utah from NYC has dried my skin so bad!
Favorite Form of Exercise:
I’ve become obsessed with hiking, I do a particularly tricky trail 4x a week that takes about 90 minutes to complete and has a steep grade. Its like therapy and a workout in one!
What is on your DVR?
My husband and I recently discovered a show called ‘Curious and Unusual Deaths’ — the reenactments are so ridiculous and as morbid as it is, we’re really into it!
There’s an app called Flightradar 24 that you can use to point at any airplane and it’ll tell you where it’s coming from and where it’s going. When we were in LA a couple years ago I got obsessed with seeing all these flights going over us and I swear I use that app more than anything else! You can also just look at EVERY plane that is currently in the sky (it also tracks helicopters and hot air balloons)! It’s so interesting to look at all these different flight paths.
Favorite Kids Store:
Currently its a toy store in our new hometown called Blickenstaff’s. They have SO many good STEM toys for kids and my son is really into it. Next door is a shop called Soel Boutique which has a really great kids area for a last minute gift — but usually I’m an online shopper.