For three Baton Rouge-area moms, nothing—not even a stay-at-home lifestyle and a house full of children—can keep them from following their passions. In fact, they serve as an example of what a little self-reflection and a lot of creativity can do to balance a family life with professional goals, ensuring that their kids grow up happy and wise in a domestic, but also entrepreneurial, environment.
Katie Dallimore wouldn’t let her gaggle of four children—three of them triplets—serve as an excuse for not getting a proper amount of sleep every night. Dallmore now not only keeps her children sleeping through the night, but she also helps other families solve their own sleep problems through her own consulting company, Counting Sleep.
Self-taught cookie decorator Kim Bice Gilly worked as a bookkeeper before launching her Silly Gilly Desserts business. Her cookies garnered immediate success, and now she creates as many as 500 handmade confections every week in her own kitchen. Between baking and juggling the lives of her three young daughters, Gilly manages to get it all done.
Hope Johnson knew for years that she wanted a creative, independent working life. Now living with her husband and two young children in a replica of an 1800s home, Johnson runs a custom letterpress company from a backyard studio. The Little Blue Chair relies on “Marlin,” Johnson’s 100-year-old letterpress, to get the job done.