Q. How do you make time to connect with your husband and children?
A. Even though I own my own business, I keep a regular work schedule so that I can be available for my family. At Oh Joy, we have an 8:30 to 4:30 schedule, which allows me to drop off my kids at school in the morning and get home early enough to hang out with them for a good chunk of the day before they go to bed. I often have more work to do, but I save it for after they go to bed. The evenings I’m not working are for date nights with my husband and meeting up with friends.
Q. What is something everyone in the family enjoys doing together?
A. We love going to the farmers’ market. We buy fresh food for the week and also get lunch or brunch there. And it exposes our kids to new things: They love sampling different kinds of oranges and berries and weird fruits they don’t see every day. Plus there’s music and face painting and all sorts of fun things. Beyond the food we buy, it’s free.
Q. What's your best tip for smooth business trips and family vacations?
A. Packing cubes are a game changer—especially if you have kids. I call them my traveling chest of drawers. They help divide and categorize what you’re bringing. Each kid has her own packing cube for clothes, and my husband and I divide things up a little more: shirts and pants, undergarments, bathing suits. I’m not a person who hangs up all my stuff or puts it in the drawers of a hotel room—I tend to live out of my suitcase—and this keeps everything so organized.
Q. When visiting a new place, what is your top priority?
A. Probably a mix of what the place is known for—plus food. Food is probably No. 1 on my list everywhere I go. If it’s in the country, I use things like Yelp, Eater, and other local and regional sites, or Instagram accounts that feature new things. If I’m traveling internationally, I ask my readers for suggestions. That is amazing. I know if they’re coming to my site, we have something in common. It gives us a connection, and I trust the recommendation.