- Mommy Chick of the Month | Steffy Degreff from Steffy’s Pros and Cons - October 3, 2017
- Mommy Chick of the Month | Lori Caden of Belly Bandit - September 4, 2017
- This Is Birth - December 21, 2016
Mary Alice Martin is a birth and postpartum doula in Houston, Texas. She is currently studying to be a midwife (hatching 2018!). Academically, she studies documentary films and their effect on our perceptions of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood in the United States. She is passionate about women’s health, yoga, and evidence-based birth!
Steffy Degreff is a stylist who shares her musings and vintage style over at Steffy’s Pros and Cons and on her beautiful Instagram. Read on to learn her quick tip for bad hair days and reconnecting with your partner each morning. We’re so excited to share Steffy as our October Mommy Chick of the Month!
Mary Alice: Hi, Steffy! Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a fashion blogger!
Steffy: I started my blog back in 2012 as a way to document my daily looks and promote my online vintage store. As I got older, my blog began to evolve to cover things relevant to my life such as becoming a wife, homeowner and mother. Now I call it my job, and that is a gift I am thankful for every day!
MA: Tell us more about your cute weenie dog!
S: Claude Pepper our weenie, and she has been in our family for about four years now. We were always obsessed with weenies, and she was truly our first baby!
MA: How did becoming a parent change your writing and blogging online?
S: Becoming a parent definitely shifted about 25% of my content into mom content – I am always sharing monthly updates on Hudson and our favorite products, advice on ways we travel with him and collaborations with cool and affordable baby brands! I’ve also began to think more about oversharing – I try to post about Hudson occasionally, but not make him the center of my online presence. He deserves his privacy.
MA: What’s a fashion tip or hack you can share with our readers?
S: If you’re having a bad hair day, add a hat! It works every time.
MA: How would you describe yourself in four words? What would they be and why?
S: Quirky: I have always been a bit weird, and am totally okay with it.
Dreamer: Even though I realize that life is not a fairytale, and happy endings are fake, I still like to dream big dreams and see them through. I feel like most of my biggest dreams have come true, and I think it’s because of the thought power that I put into them!
Awkward: I trip all of the time, I knock into every glass display in stores, and I am generally an awkward person. But I am aware of it, at least!
Driven: Most days I am up by 6am and after Hudson is in bed, I work until 1AM. I am driven, and do not like to let things sit around and pile up.
MA: What do you feel is the greatest obstacle you’ve overcome?
S: Learning to love myself. I do a really solid job at hiding my low self-esteem, especially since I am in pictures literally every day. After having Hudson and seeing my body completely change and produce such a beautiful unicorn person who is too good to even be real, I’ve decided to love myself, flaws and all. I am still working on it every day, and trying not be too hard on myself. We are all our own worst critics, but I am trying to be on my own team.
MA: What’s the greatest lesson (or lessons) that motherhood has taught you?
S: Motherhood has taught me flexibility. I am definitely a type-A person with a never-ending to-do list, and being a mom has helped me realize that some days you don’t get to it all, and the world is not going to end.
MA: What’s your favorite way to reconnect with your husband?
S: Over our morning coffee listening to records!
MA: What’s your favorite way to spend quality time with your little one?
S: Walking around Long Beach (our home town) and at Magnolia park, which I used to play at when I was little!
MA: What are your greatest hopes for our children’s’ future—the next generation?
S: I hope they are nice, and that they stay grounded even with all of the technology that absorbs us every day.
MA: What are your greatest hopes for women and mothers everywhere?
S: Oh man, this one is tough. I just want women to see better maternity leave policies, more affordable healthcare, and for the opportunity for women to return to work with more flexible hours.