Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Positive Affirmations Daughter

Today I’m sharing a set of positive affirmations I say with my daughter every day, whenever there is a quiet moment between her and me.

I always pictured myself exclusively as a boy mom. I’m crude, a little too brash at times; so I sort of envisioned myself corralling a little family of wrestlers. I’ll never forget the moments and days that followed after I learned that we were having a girl. I literally couldn’t picture in my head being a girl mom (I know, totally ridiculous). Fast forward to today, and the relationship that we have together is the most sacred thing to me. Yes, I have a son, and I love both of my kids beyond any capacity I envisioned I could; but there is an extra important responsibility I feel that I have with my daughter. Perhaps I’ll dive into more detail about this in another post sometime 🙂

So here we are. My little girl is now in pre-school, and I’m finding it just as important now (as it will be in the future) to remind her that it all starts within. Her relationship with herself will always be a top priority of mine, and it’s my job to foster that relationship from the very beginning. So without further ado, these are the list of things we say today to get off on the right foot. Enjoy!

Confession: After we’re finished, I sometimes go over them again with “We” instead of “I”. Mama needs reminded too 😉


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Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Wall Street Journal

If I had a dollar for every time I couldn’t get to my morning paper, my retirement fund would be the least of my concerns. Sometimes I just look at the paper folded on my kitchen counter and remember a time I actually got to it almost every day. Those days are gone.

Alas, I got to the business section this morning and now I’m bringing it to you in summary form because you probably don’t have time for that shiz!! Enjoy and hopefully you’ll learn something random about a company you use every day 🙂 View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Ice Cream Break

In the fullest of disclosures, I’m an absolute train wreck; and by “train wreck” I mean that if you met me personally you’d probably walk away like “WTF just happened?!”. I like to think that I ultimately pull things together just in time (the moments you see), there’s just a lot of variability, red wine, and bad words on my trajectory there 😉

Being a mom is hard (yes, being a person in general is hard, but my post today isn’t about being a general person; it’s about being a mom… so…); and in case you didn’t already know, the struggle is real. How real? I mean, like saying you’re going to the grocery store and “accidentally” ending up in Bali, real. The ironic thing is in general, you’ll probably be the happiest and most fulfilled that you’ve ever been. Again, there’s just a lot more variability, red wine, and possibly bad words between those feelings!!

So what can someone do to keep a good spirit during said variability? Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but I can share what works for me; and the truth is, staying positive tends to be very binary for me. It either comes naturally, or it’s a deliberate effort that requires more concentration than David Copperfield has. I rarely see an in-between. This effort varies by year, month, day, even hour… literally. So let’s dive in (after scrolling through some photos of us enjoying ourselves for 15 minutes the other weekend)! View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Lessons Starting Shop

I had a recent conversation with someone about Ellie & June, and they reminded me of how different things were just one year ago today (read the first 10 things I did when I started my business here). She asked me what lessons I’ve learned so far, and what surprised me the most since the shop launched last July. I thought I’d take our conversation a step further and write a blog post about it!

I started this blog to document and share my experience in entrepreneurship and motherhood (among other things); so today, I’m speaking to three surprising things I’ve learned since starting Ellie & June. I’ve only listed three since I didn’t want to write a novel (although that’s already questionable), but it’s my hope that if nothing else, you’ll gain something for your business, or even yourself. Enjoy! View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen JORD

There are only a few other things that make my heart flutter the way it does when I see my husband sharing sweet moments with our daughter. Things get so crazy in our house with our kids, that we both try to take dedicated time for each one of our children. I grew up as a middle child, so I feel like I especially remember loving the quality time I got with either of my parents one-on-one. The other weekend, I encouraged Chris to take Ellie on a little date. Nothing crazy; just lunch and ice cream. The two of them cleaned up, dressed up, had a sweet flower exchange over by our front stairs, and went about their way 🙂 View Post