Laurel is the local mama every new mom needs in her corner for advice, laughs and the humble, realness of someone who’s been in our shoes. Just in doing this interview, it made us want to continue getting to know Laurel, and benefit from her practical, warm advice for local moms.
Read on to learn how she found inspiration to start a business after witnessing COVID ruin her daughter’s fifth birthday party. She also has the cure-all for fussy toddlers, that we’re eager to try.
- Name: Laurel Weathers
- Age: 35
- Location: Eastmark, Mesa, AZ
- Children: Luella (5), Everleigh (2), Emersyn (3 Months)
Pour yourself a hot cup of coffee and settle in to meet Laurel
Why did you want to start your own business?
In April of this year, my Daughters 5th birthday was destroyed by COVID-19, so we threw her a makeshift drive-by party. Seeing the joy on her face when people drove by and honked at her and how happy she was that we were able to do anything for her birthday at that time made me want to spread more joy around the community during this crazy unprecedented time.
My children are always the best source of inspiration. I also wanted something fun we could do as a family, so my event services company, Events Mama AZ, was born. We help families celebrate big life occasions in the form of giant yard card rentals and balloons décor.
Tell us a little bit about your family!
My husband Tyler and I have been married for seven years and have three girls. We are originally from Orange County, California, and have been in the East Valley for eight years this October. We live in Eastmark and love the active family centered community here.
Were you able to take maternity leave? Tell us about that experience.
We just opened our business this year, after our third and final daughter was born (in my Kia Sedona on Loop 202 at Williams Field, but that’s a story for another day), so I have not had to deal that aspect of running a business.
How do you make time for self-care in between all that you have going on?
Self-care is one of the hardest parts of being a mother and a business woman, and one aspect I have not managed well at all, so if anyone has tips on that, I am all ears.
How has motherhood impacted you personally and professionally?
Personally, it has made me very tired. But in all seriousness, I love them, and I also love Starbucks. Professionally, I left my full-time career with a local government agency to become a stay at home parent (worth it 100 percent) which has led me to this new adventure, which we are LOVING.
Is there a promo code or discount code you can offer readers?
Yes! Use EVMB10 for $10 off of our Basic Yard Card.
For some fun chit-chat, now!
- Favorite East Valley date night activity? We like to go to Osaka, and then go to home depot or target, because #marriedlife
- Coffee order? It is seasonal, currently I am surviving solely on a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew with 2 pumps of Chai.
- Favorite restaurant in the East Valley? Four Peaks
- Best mom advice you’ve been given? Secondhand baby gear is where it’s at! When in doubt, turn on the tub for the kids and give them a popsicle, they love the “popsicle bath” ala, The Busy Toddler. Water always re-centers every situation. The kids love it.
- Favorite family tradition? Buying a Christopher Radko Ornament every Christmas every year since I was a little girl, we have also taken on this tradition with our family. Putting up our Christmas Lights (I married a Clark Griswold), and Chinese Food on New Years Day.