Posted: Mar 10 2016
Lifelong friends and mothers, Alexandra Rose and Jamie Burton, created Oh Mama for the modern, multi-tasking mom.
Oh Mama is the site that puts everything in one place…a place for moms by moms that delivers information and inspiration for daily living and thriving. A site where moms can finally worry less about where to get their information and grant them more time to remember that these are the days.
We are so excited to welcome these mamas to our Tastemaker Tribe! Learn more about this dynamic duo below in our exclusive Q&A, plus shop their #momstyle on sale this week only!
AR: Valentina, age 4.5 – She is smart, independent, compassionate and kind. Also the most headstrong little person I know, which terrifies me for when she gets older! She is the mother hen of our brood, always looking after her 2 brothers. She also is the girliest girl in the world, which cracks me up, because I am not!
Jason, age 2.5 – He is lovable, charming, and can be highly emotional like his mama! He is a super happy kid, who is as typically “boy” as they come. Loves all sports, legos, construction, dinosaurs, and his daddy! Tough as nails.
James, age 11 months – He is the laid back one of the group. He’s a big guy, and loves to just hang and observe. I call him my lap dog, because he will just relax on my lap and take it all in. I still carry him in my Ergo as he goes everywhere with me!
JB: Jackson, age 3 – He is so loving and so stubborn. I am always amazed at how he can manipulate a situation to benefit himself at such a young age! He always says to me “Mom, I’m happy” and I hope he keeps that positive outlook on life. He reminds me so much of my husband and I love that! I see so much of Jason in him. He is always challenging himself and loves to try new things! I call him my “little big man” because he is so huge…sometimes I can forget how young he is! He also worships his sister which I just adore.
Juliana, age 1 – She is so easy going and happy all. the. time. She also has a stubborn side though that I know she acquired from both my husband and myself. She loves to give kisses and cuddles and has her babydoll by her side at all times. She will laugh with you and smile at you all day and loves meeting new people like her mama!
AR: My breastfeeding style evolved with each baby. With my first, I lived in strapless maxis and easy breezy wrap pieces that were easy to breastfeed in. With the second two, I basically would wear anything and make it work! For the first several weeks, I did live in Rachel Pally’s black kimono wrap top from BURU – I got several and just wore on repeat. They hide everything and still pull a chic outfit together.
Rachel Pally Tillie dress – a dress like this is an outfit in itself. You can dress up or down, and don’t have to think too much it. Not to mention that Rachel Pally’s clothes are SO comfy!
Ryan Roche cashmere cardigan. It pulls the entire outfit together and is super functional, while having a pop of color.
Any Mara Hoffman swimwear piece – because nothing makes you feel more beautiful and energized than one of her prints!
Niki Biki seamless leggings – because what mom doesn’t live in leggings?!? These are hot.
Bella Dahl large pocket pullover – we live for classic white tops. This one is gorgeous and can be styled with different bottoms.
Tracy Reese Felicity Combo Dress - Love how you can wear this with bare arms and legs or cover up if it’s a chillier evening. It’s also great from work meeting to lunch date with the husband!
Bella Dahl Button Down - because it is so easy to wear from breast feeding to carpool line pick up. And is the most. comfy. shirt. ever. In addition to being stylish
Vintage Modal Destroyed Jeggings -This is my favorite type of utilitarian sexy look.
Ace and Jig Kimono - Goddess – Just looking at this print and cut makes me feel put together.
Kestrel Coated Canvas and Leather Zip Tote Line Wire - This makes every outfit an instant success.
Cake Lingerie Black Lace Nursing Bra and Panty - because these are hot.
Rachel Pally – Oversized Cardigan Heather Gray – because this can be worn almost year round. Even on summer nights this is a great layering piece
Tracy Reese Knit Slim Skirt – this is a staple that all mamas need!
AR & JB: The inspiration for Oh Mama came when Jamie and I were new moms ourselves, and were totally overwhelmed by the online resources for new moms. We felt that it was overly complicated going to forums, blogs, news sites, social media, and local listserves to learn about parenting and connect with other moms. We thought, we have to simplify this for moms! Who has the time to spend this much time online?! We sought to provide a community where moms could learn about parenting, and hear what other moms like them were saying, whether those moms were in the same city or across the country. Basically, we wanted moms to be able to create and cultivate their own mom community.
AR & JB: This is a big undertaking, and we want to make Oh Mama available for all moms across the country! Nothing really prepared us for fundraising – it is sometimes necessary for growing the business, but it also takes you away from what you love most – your family, friends, and running the business itself. Organization and focus are key. But that’s not to say it’s easy – it’s an up and down roller coaster. Luckily, we have each other to lean on. We plan to write a book one day about the trials and tribulations of fundraising – especially for women entrepreneurs… and that is a whole other story!
AR: I currently live in West Towson, a suburb outside of Baltimore. My husband and I grew up around this area, and we have tons of family and friends here. It’s also close to Baltimore and DC – easy to get to lots of places. Our kids love the local parks, Baltimore Zoo, Science Center, and National Acquarium. Lots of great restaurants around here, but my fave for just me and the hubs is a French place called Petit Louis in Roland Park, about ten minutes away.
Business Owner: Inspired
Business Owner: Driven
Bedtime Story: Goodnight Moon (or whatever story my kids want me to tell them)
Lullaby: not much of a lullaby girl – Twinkle Twinkle?!
Vacation Spot: With kids, North Carolina beaches, Florida, or California – anywhere my family is! S. Beach for when it’s just grown ups.
Restaurant: Petit Louis
Children’s Brands: Kissy Kissy for baby, Crew Cuts, Ella Moss, Mini Boden, Splendid, Roberta Roller Rabbit for summer clothes (anything that is soft and made of good quality is what I love for my kids!).
Bedtime Story: Iggy Peck, Architect & Rosie Rever, Engineer
Lullaby: It’s not a Lullaby per say but we always sing Do-Re-Mi
Vacation Spot: Love the One and Only Bahamas for kid-friendly but adult enjoyable vacations!
Restaurant: Sapphire Grille in Savannah. Best tasting menu ever. The ordinary in Charleston is so great as well!
Children’s Brands: I love Kickee Pants everything when they are really little. Ella Moss and Mini Boden I adore as well. Tea Collection & Appaman are great too. I also love going to Target and H&M for staple pieces for the kids.
AR: Just how much my parents love me. I wouldn’t have been so difficult! A parents’ love for their child is something that can only be known when it happens to you. (That and the dirty hair).
AR: “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” –Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own
JB: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. –Theodore Roosevelt