For those of us with siblings, we all know how powerful sisterhood can be. Our sisters can be our best friend, our therapist, our personal stylist, our go-to babysitter, and so much more. The ladies behind the blog, Forever Freckled, know just how special having a sister is and that's what inspired them to begin their journey of Forever Freckled.
These three sisters use their knowledge, not only from their relationships with one another, but also in their professional lives as well, and share it with all of us. Alison utilized her veterinarian degree and built a business to help and guide people with their animal needs. Katie traveled a similar but different path as she went to medical school and dedicated her career to specializing in the needs of children. Carrie spent many years devoting herself to women’s fashion. Working with amazing mentors like Diane Von Furstenberg, she truly understands how and what makes a woman feel beautiful.
They are using these passions for each other and for their career to share lifestyle posts, advice, personal stories and more in hopes that we can all take a little bit of inspiration away from each post.
We love that Forever Freckled covers so many topics! What’s the favorite post you’ve written?
Alison: I love being a veterinarian and educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their pets. So, I do a lot of educational blog posts on different diseases, medications, preventative medicine, etc. As much as I love to educate, I would have to say that the articles that I love writing the most are the heart felt ones that reflect my love and passion for being a veterinarian. My favorite post is one titled Being a Veterinarian, It’s Not all Puppies and Ice-cream, about an abused dog that we rescued, rehabilitated, and found a great home for named Sunny.
Katie: Wow that one is a hard one for me. As my sisters will tell you, I am extremely passionate about anything that I do, so I have a lot of favorites. I work in the pediatric emergency room, so I see first-hand the importance of safety precautions and awareness. If I can prevent an injury or educate someone on the dangers of something, I feel like we are accomplishing our goal.
Carrie: For me, I love giving our readers advice on how to dress post-partum. A common struggle for new moms is finding both functional and stylish clothes to wear while breastfeeding. I love giving advice on different styles and silhouettes for women to try during this difficult time. I remember how hard I was on myself to look and feel my best right after my son was born and I want others to feel great as well.
Katie, as a pediatrician, what’s the best advice you can give your new parents?
The best advice I can give new parents is to take on parenthood day by day. That every day is not going to be a great day and that is ok! Mistakes will be made, tears will be shed, and that is part of the journey. For every tear there will be smiles, laughter, and amazing memories. Enjoy the moments and try not getting overwhelmed in the stress of the details. Parenthood is not a science but rather an art. There is no one size fits all. Stay true to your instincts and embrace the ups and downs of your beautiful new family.
Alison, as a veterinarian, what’s the best tip for introducing your pet to the new baby?
Alison: START EARLY and read up on obedience training. I like to tell my clients to start introducing your pet to new schedules, baby products, and nurseries 4 to 6 months in advance of having your baby. There are some great ways to help get your pet to ready for the new changes of a baby. The key to all transitions with any pets is obedience and having your pet listen and obey simple commands. I wrote a great summary blog on introducing your pet to your new baby with some helpful hints and resources.
Carrie, as a fashion expert, what’s your favorite piece of clothing that can last you through pregnancy and beyond?
My closet has always been filled with very bohemian, flowy and comfortable pieces. I rarely will wear something fitted which ended up benefiting me when I became pregnant. I had a great collection of light weight flowy tunics that were perfect for my growing belly. Normally, I would pair them with a skinny jean but to be more comfortable during my pregnancy, I almost always wore them with leggings. Even after my son was born I continued to wear them as my body was constantly changing. My belly was my worry area and it helped to cover up my most insecure area.
As three sisters living close to one another, what’s your favorite thing to do together?
It’s been amazing living so close to each other and watch all our children grow up with their cousins. We do so much together as sisters, like shopping, lunches, or fun dinners, but I would have to say that the best thing is getting everyone (and I mean all the hubbies, grandparents, and kids) together. It usually is for a Sunday dinner at one of our homes. Watching all the children run around and have fun with each other is what we love the most. It is complete chaos, and we rotate hosting to share the burden, but nothing is better.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from one another?
We are so all so close yet have completely different personalities. Alison is super personality type A and a bit stressed at times. Katie is laid back, fun, and can lose track of things easily. Carrie is the perfect balance between. Depending on who is giving or taking the advice, we are constantly reminding each other to relax a bit, or to be more responsible at times, but most importantly, to enjoy all the moments. It’s a fun and unique balance that we all take away from each other.
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
All three of us absolutely agree that we would hand off unloading the dishwasher to someone else to do.
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
We are so lucky to live in South Florida and be able to take advantage of the beautiful beaches. If we are not in the hospital or styling for a photo shoot, you can find us on the beach with our kids, enjoying an early dinner, and a glass of wine.
What is your best parenting hack?
Alison: I can answer this one. Having just had twins, I would say hands down the Baby Brezza. The Brezza is like the Keurig coffee maker of the baby bottle world. This bottle maker measures the correct amount of formula for different sized bottles, and mixes it with the appropriate amount of water at the perfect temperature for your baby. It is truly the best for making a bottle in a split second when you have 2 screaming and hungry babies!
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
Katie: When pottery training my daughter, I told her that in order for her poop she has to go to “Pooping Land,” the land where all the poops come together to dance, sing, and play. And that the poop needs to go down the magical water slide to get to Pooping Land. Hey, we have all been there. You gotta do what you gotta do to potty train your kids!
If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
Chaos…but it’s blissful chaos!
What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
I think ultimately all our goals as parents are to raise polite, empathetic, and good natured children. I think I can say for all 3 of us that when our children show kindness to other people and animals, dedication and pride when they have accomplished a goal they were working hard to achieve, and demonstrate sympathy and passion, we are very proud.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
We are all very passionate about what we do in life, whether that is for our careers, or as mothers. I think to be successful at anything you must first have passion for what you are pursuing, followed with hard work and dedication. I think I can answer for all of us when I say that we would love our children to peruse something they love, work hard at it, and dedicate themselves to their goal. You can accomplish anything you set your mind and body to do.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
Do what feels right and works for you in regards to parenting. Every child is different, every person works differently, and people have different views and experiences in their lives. Do not get caught up with what people tell you to do or what should be done. Do not get wrapped up in the guilt that you are not doing something properly because someone does it differently. If our end goal is to love, enjoy, and raise healthy, honest, confident, independent, good natured children, than your way is what is best for you and your family. But most importantly enjoy motherhood. These days of having young children that need and adore us so much goes by too quickly. I know it is so cliché but it is just so true. Try and trade out moments of stress and feeling overwhelmed for moments of happiness and laughter.
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
Katie: To be honest, I don’t try to achieve balance but rather live happily unbalanced. I live in the moment and try to the best at whatever I am doing. When I am home with my kids, I give 100% of myself to them. When I am in the hospital, I try to be the best doctor I can possibly be. There are definitely days where I feel overwhelmed and "unbalanced" but I know there is always a new day. Oh and coffee! Lots and lots of coffee!
What was the last book you read?
Small Great Things
What’s in your diaper bag?
Alison: I can answer this question since I have double the diaper bags with twins- boy and girl. So of course it has the essentials- change in clothes, bottles, extra pacifiers, spit up towel, toys, diapers, wipes, and blankets. But the things that I love the most that I got for my diaper bag are the inserts that organize everything. Just having twins, I have to be extremely organized and makes sure I have 2 of everything. The Tote Savvy inserts are amazing for that. Also, a great tip with diaper bags is having a fully stocked one in the car at all times. This way, when I forget something, which is often with 3 kids in diapers, I have extra stored away in the car for emergencies.
Congratulations on all of the success of Forever Freckled. What inspired you three to come together and start this blog?
For years we have always been giving each other advice. Whether it is what we should wear for an anniversary dinner, how to break our child’s fever, or advice on an itchy dog, a big part of our relationships is helping each other. As we started to establish ourselves in our perspective medical fields, our friends, family, and acquaintances began to reach out to us for medical advice. That is how Forever Freckled began. We wanted to establish a place where people could go to and get quality sound advice from professionals, while demonstrating the love and bond of sisterhood.