Who I Am & Why “The Mombot”?
I’m Amy. I’m a blogger, graphic designer, and mom to 3.
In 2010, I had my first child. As I went through the motions of the daily exhausting to-dos as a first-time mom, I began to feel lost. Everything about who I previously was seemed to disappear and now the only thing I identified with was “mom.”
And then one day (as my postpartum began to subside) I realized I am so much more than a mom machine. I am still a woman, a wife, a creative, a businesswoman, a friend, a writer, a DIYer and – as it turns out – a pretty decent cook. I can love and raise my little girl while also pursuing the things that make me me.
This realization inspired me to begin TheMombot.com (mombot = mom robot) in 2011. I wanted to write about my passions and interests in an attempt to reach other moms who feel stuck in the day-to-day and are a little bit lost. I wanted to create a community of women who can talk about everything from The Bachelor, to building a coffee table, to 5-minute dinner ideas, to potty training. Because it’s all relevant and it’s all a part of who we are.
Sure, we’re moms day in and day out. But we’re also so much more.
- I am for aspiring to be and working toward being a great mom.
- I am for women pursuing the passions and interests planted in their hearts long before motherhood (and also the ones planted after).
- I am for using television to keep your kids busy so you can get in a quick yoga session and a shower.
- I am for letting dad tackle bath time and bedtime so you can go to Target ALONE.
- I am for enjoying a glass of wine while attending an 8 pm webinar on a topic that you want to learn about.
- I am for securing your air mask before securing your child’s.
- I am for taking care of you.
What are you passionate about? What do you identify with aside from “mom”?
Join me and we’ll figure this out together, friend.
What I do.
A year or so after I started blogging, I decided to open an Etsy shop, Nuts & Bolts Paper Co. I had been doing freelance graphic design for a while and over the years had amassed quite a selection of birthday party invites and birth announcements created for myself and for friends and family, so I figured I might as well try to sell them. To my surprise, people actually bought stuff from me… At some point I realized, I like this. This is what I want to do.
It wasn’t until I created my first baby book while pregnant with my third child that things really took off. People bought into the concept – a simple baby book that wasn’t full of pointless information and would never be completed because it was just.too.much. Over the years, I have landed a wholesale account for my memory books and expanded my selection in my Etsy shop.
I sell notebooks, invitations, stationery and memory books for the mom who wants to simplify; for the mom who needs to quickly print cute party invites because she forgot that her kid’s birthday was in a week (yeah, I’ve done it too); for the mom who needs to buy an easy gift for a girlfriend; for the mom who wants to preserve memories, but doesn’t have a whole lot of time to devote to it. And if you’re not a mom, I sell stuff for you, too!
How it happened.