Chicago Family Health Examiner
June 15, 2011
Meet mompreneur Marti Goyal, owner of Aniko Salon and Spa in the South Loop and now owner of Urbababy. She’s a new mom on a mission helping moms not only feel beautiful, but offering a one stop shop that has everything your “Urbababy” will ever need and more! She’s not only been featured in Crave Chicago, an urban gal’s guide to the sassiest, gutsiest, most inspiring people you need to know in Chicago, but she’s fun, down-to-Earth, eager to learn and willing to share all that she knows, mistakes and all. From new mom mishaps and her Urbababy’s favorite foods (which is winter squash and sweet potatoes) Marti is one mom that makes time to be healthy with her family. I sat down with Marti to get the scoop…
How do you organize your time between healthy living and your growing business?
Well, I believe family is first and therefore, being healthy is important for your family to grow. We focus on making sure we better ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually. We make the effort to fit in a weekly trip to the grocery store at Whole Foods Market and find healthy snacks. We also plan our dinner meals for the week. This way, we stick to our plan. I also put healthy snacks in bags so when I am on the go from one store to the other, I can snack on something that is good for me rather than grabbing McD’s on the way!
What is your best, simple advice you can give to someone who is trying to make changes?
I think for any mom this is a challenge. I am known to be a clean and control freak, so when I had the baby, I had to let go a little and reallize my house doesn’t have to look like the Martha Steward catalog. With that said, I focus on what is important and that makes my family happy. My motto is, “happy wife, happy life!” For me, I have to have time to myself so I can give 100% when I am with my family. Whether that is doing pilates at Soulistic Studio and Spa, or getting a pedicure, this is something just for me and that makes me feel good while my husband bonds with the baby. In turn, my husband gets his “guy time” as that is who we are in order to give the best to each other as a couple.
I also spend my time wisely. I get up before the baby wakes up to clean the house, check my emails, finish up work and yes, shower. I always say, if you don’t shower before the baby wakes up, you are probably going to be in your PJ’s all day along. (Isn’t that the truth?)
Will there be “healthy” products offered at Urbababy?
We do like organic products in our home, therefore we offer them in our store. We have plenty of “green” products such as Green Sprouts, Kicky Pants, Bamboobies, Hot Mama Gowns to name a few. Many of these products are made from bamboo and are BPA-free. We plan on having an annual “green” promotion for our customers. In addition, Urbababy will be offering a wide variety of health classes from baby massage to Raising Healthy Eaters.
Are there any mottos you live by?
“You only get the best from others, when you give the best of yourself.”
Thank you Marti for sharing your tips on what it takes to make you and your family healthy and happy! You are a true inspiration!
Urbababy is located on 1117 W. Armitage and is open Tuesday – Sundays.
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