Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Ocean County?
I moved from Jersey City to Toms River when I was 6 years old and I lived here ever since.
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
I have three daughters and I love everything about being a girl mom. My oldest are 7 yrs old twins, Leiana & Aviana and Sienna is the baby, she’s 8 months.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I met my husband at MurMur, which used to be a nightclub in Atlantic City. After only 3 months of dating, I got pregnant and we lived happily ever after. I don’t recommend it, but when you know, you know.
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
Neal!! My husband makes life easy, I’m the one who worries and he is always cool, calm, and collective. I envy his patience.
Favorite things to do with your children?
Honestly, our favorite nights are the ones we spend home. We like to have sleepovers in the living room and watch movies. They always ask to watch movies that I grew up on as a child. Matilda is one of our favorites!
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
Growing up I was a cheerleader, and now I have been a volunteer coach for the past 5 years at Spirit Factory All Stars. The Gym has become a second home for myself and the twins. I also recently started my own business which started off as a hobby, and turned into something much more! During quarantine, I created an Instagram & Facebook page and I’ve been juggling life ever since. Gels gems refurbishes furniture that is old, ugly, outdated and creates something beautiful out of it. i have now expanded into refurbishing kitchen cabinets, it’s a lot of work but i really enjoy it. I find it therapeutic and I live for a good before and after. So make sure you follow me on Instagram @gelsgems!
Any advice for women trying to juggle their own business and raise their kids?
I’m not going to lie, I feel overwhelmed a lot and like there’s never enough hours in the day but I somehow I figure it out. My only advice would be your kids and family always come first. You can always work and make more money, but you will never get moments back that you missed with your children. Even at 7 the twins have to remind me that I’ve been working for hours and I did enough for the day. That’s when I put the paint brush down.
What is your favorite restaurant in the area? Feel free to name a few!
Ebby’s Cafe Alfresco is Seaside Park! The best Italian food & espresso martini in Ocean county! If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out!