Mom Crush: Laurie BrownApril 19, 2017
Laurie is juggling a lot – with four kids (ages 13, 11, 10 and 7) as well as a husband and a thriving business, not to mention her incredible philanthropic work and her TV show-hosting gig, we’re amazed by how many balls she constantly has in the air. A delicate balancing act, Laurie somehow manages to keep it all going (while keeping her sense of humour).
Loving, passionate and funny too – read Laurie’s story to see why we have a crush on her!
Tell us what you do for a living.
I was a nurse for a short period of time but I didn’t stay in it very long. But I always loved working with hair and I was very intrigued by wigs. So today I make wigs – I took private lessons, I cut and style the wigs. I see a lot of people with different health issues who need hair replacement, so I put together my passion of working with hair and my medical background.
And we understand that you have a charity as well?
Yes, I started a foundation called the CanDonate Hair Foundation where we pick up hair donations and create wigs for children who have cancer. We give the wigs for free, and we also help adults who can’t afford it. We’ve been doing that for 10 years now.
I host a TV show on Bell Fibe called “A Part of Me” where we do makeovers for women who have cancer. The first year we did it, we had eight adults and a child, and we held a gala at the end of the year with a fashion show – we filmed their journey and then we showed it at the gala, and it was a hit.
Can you describe a typical day?
We attempt a routine every day but basically end up just going through the motions. Once the kids go to school I split my day between working on the business and on the foundation.
What are your tricks for getting ready in the morning, especially with four kids?
I was thinking of getting a blow horn (laughs)… I won’t lie, it crossed my mind.
How do you keep your household running smoothly?
We believe in working together as a team, so I do a lot, but they also help. They know that there are things that need to be done. I believe in responsibility because I always had responsibilities. I believe in a bit of old-school teaching – you have to help out and learn to respect each other. And I teach them to help others and realize that there are people who really need the help, whether it’s clothing, money, or time. Every little thing we do changes the world. Sometimes we don’t even realize it, but if we followed the people we’ve helped, we’d see things we’d never have imagined.
What do you do you do on a day off?
Laughing…. What’s that?
I guess with four kids you don’t get a day off.
No, we do as a family, on the Sabbath. There are no electronics. The kids read and we spend time together. We spend the day learning and studying and asking questions and getting to know each other all over again. We go to synagogue together and we pray. It’s family time and they love it. Those days keep me sane because I’m a workaholic.
Any tips for moms thinking of starting a business?
You really have to believe in what you’re doing and be positive. It’s not easy and there’s a lot of investment, and you have to be really motivated to do it. Also, marketing is very important: There’s no easy money. You need motivation, positivity, and you need to be realistic about your goals.
What is your favorite date night?
(Laughing) Honestly my husband works a lot too, so I like just staying in and watching a movie and getting a pizza.
What is your go-to dinner?
Pasta because it’s fast. We all agree on one thing: we love pasta.
What television series are you marathoning?
None. I don’t watch TV. I haven’t watched a TV show since… I can’t believe I’m going to admit this… Will & Grace. I have no idea what’s on TV. I’d rather watch a movie because it doesn’t have a continuation.
What kid’s makes show you nuts?
Again, none. My kids don’t watch TV.
None of them?!
When they go to my mom’s house on a weekend they’ll pop on Netflix, and I know that’s their cheat so I’m okay with that. My kids are very smart and study a lot and do well in school and I feel that if they were busy watching TV, I don’t know where they’d have time to do their homework
Do you own a TV?
We have lots of TVs, and a Netflix subscription, but only I know the password.
What was the last book you read?
I’m reading the collection of Prophets. I love the mysticism and understanding the prophecies. It’s complicated so one page can take an hour so it’s not so easy. But I enjoy it very much.
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