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You may recognize actress Monica Potter from her role as mom extraordinaire Kristina Braverman in the hit NBC show "Parenthood." But what we bet you didn't know is that a) she's a mom of three: Daniel, 24, Liam, 20 and Molly, 9, and b) she's a mom entrepreneur. Potter recently launched her own seasonal home line, Monica Potter Home (available on her lifestyle website Mrs. Potter,) and most of the all-natural handmade products are researched and produced in her own hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The hope is that by keeping it local, new jobs are created and the local economy is stimulated.
So how does this multi-hyphenate mom do it all? We decided to pick her brain and find out.
You’re already a successful actress and busy mom—what made you decide to branch out and launch your own home line?
My father was an inventor so it's in my blood. I have always loved making and creating body care and home sprays. Friends started requesting custom scents and I decided that starting a line would be a great way to be creative, help employ people and give back to the community.
What’s the most challenging part of starting your own business?
The most challenging thing is deciding what products and scents we want to produce each season. I love everything we make and it's hard not being able to produce everything at once.
What’s the biggest challenge you face as a working mom?
To keep everything balanced. It really is learning how to juggle multiple things at once. I am involved in every decision regarding the home line so it is imperative that I stay organized and on top of things. My calendar is my lifeline.
At what point did you consider yourself successful?
Success to me is being able to provide for my family, staying true to my roots and enjoying the journey. But what really makes me feel successful is that I am able to give back. Providing jobs to people who need them, giving back to the community and creating products that make every house a home, no matter your economic level, is what makes me the happiest.
How do you balance your work and home life?
Keep calm, breathe and get quality rest.
What was the best advice you ever received?
Stay true to who you are and don't waver.
And the worst advice?
To buy skinny jeans!
It takes a village for any mom, but for a working mom it must take a huge village. So who are your go-to people?
I have a great team and incredibly supportive family and friends. I feel so supported and that means the world to me.
What do you do to unwind and recharge?
I like to make supper and sit down with my family at the end of the day. It's a great way to connect about our days and is something we try to do every night. That, and a nice warm bubble bath!