founder, bessie’s best lactation cookies
BCM: WHAT WAS THE BEST PARENTING ADVICE THAT YOU RECEIVED?
JA: Don’t be a hypocrite. Never expect tiny people to always be perfect. Even adults have bad days. I can’t stand there and yell at them for yelling or being mean without understanding that they are having a hard time handling their emotions just like I am.
BCM: WHAT PARENTING ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW MOM?
JA: The days are tough but in the end, you’ll be glad for every minute. They days may drag on, but the years fly by.
BCM: CONGRATULATIONS ON ALL OF YOUR SUCCESS WITH BESSIE’S BEST LACTATION COOKIES. YOUR BUSINESS HAS BEEN SOARING AND MOMS EVERYWHERE ARE USING YOUR PRODUCTS. HOW DID YOU MAKE YOUR DREAM WITH BESSIE’S BEST, YOUR REALITY?
JA: Interestingly, this started as a very personal dream. I wanted to be a successful breastfeeding mother. Necessity is the mother of invention! When I couldn’t find lactation cookies that tasted great, I made my own. The only thing that feels better than successfully breastfeeding your own child, is helping thousands of mothers successfully breastfeed their children.
BCM: WHAT IS ONE ITEM YOU ALWAYS HAVE IN YOUR DIAPER BAG?
BCM: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE VACATION AS A FAMILY?
JA: We LOVE Disney World. No matter how busy we may be, we always make the time and save the money to go every other year. I want my kids to grow up with the memories and strong sense of family my Mom and Grammy instilled in us.
BCM: WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO FAMILY MEAL?
JA: Ranchy chicken. SO easy and a hit with everyone. Email me for the recipe 😉
BCM: What baby product could you not live without?
JA: Wet wipes. My kids are out of diapers by this point but I still keep a pack in my desk, my van, the house….everywhere. I’m not sure how I lived without them before.
BCM: WHAT IS YOUR PERFECT FAMILY WEEKEND ACTIVITY?
JA: Family dinner! My extended family AND my husband’s are all close and I LOVE to host family functions.
BCM: IF YOU HAD AN HOUR TO YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
BCM: HOW DO YOU MANAGE WORK TIME AND FAMILY TIME?
JA: Sometimes the two become one. I have a toy section at the bakery so my kids can be with me when I’m working there. My Grammy was my very first shipping assistant! My mom and sister both work for the company and, of course, my husband is never far. He’s always right beside me to offer support.
FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCT: I don’t even own make up…..i’d have to go with chapstick!
FAVORITE FORM OF EXCERCISE: swimming!
WHAT IS ON YOUR DVR? I love any sort of crime drama. Law and order (all 3 versions), criminal minds, ncis…..love them all. And can’t forget the walking dead!
FAVORITE APP: I go through phases but i love computer games. I’ll play candy crush for months on end and then be bored and go with jigsaw puzzles.
FAVORITE KIDS STORE: Funny thing, they love lowe’s because of the “cool carts”. Anything that doesn’t require a typical shopping cart is a go. This, of course, excludes the disney store because that was too easy!