I truly believe the best ideas happen during those precious months of mat leave. Case in point – Kara. While on parental leave with her littlest, Kara got the entrepreneurial bug. She had been leading the small business marketing department at TELUS for eight-plus years. Now, she’s the one building a business. This fall she teamed up with her cousin and launched Little White Sneakers, a Toronto-based online marketplace that helps parents buy and sell their kids’ gently-used high quality clothes.
The inspiration – her eldest daughter’s cute white sneaks that were worn a total of three times. Yep, we’ve all been there.
Entrepreneurship has been a wild ride, as she explained on Emily D Photography (Em took her photos at Evergreen Brick Works.) But most importantly the new biz has her spending more time with her family. This is what the mom-of-three loves about Toronto with and without Kids in TOw.
Keep Mom Sane
Working out! I do a bootcamp with a bunch of great moms in the neighbourhood. It is great way to get a little sweat and social time together. I am also very reliant on coffee and wine.
Best place to visit as a family
The Island! It is a little nostalgic for me as I rowed competitively in high school out of Hanlan’s point just off of Cherry Beach. We have started a new tradition on Father’s Day where we rent a boat from Harbourfront and cruise around the Harbour and then have a picnic on the Island.
Perfect day alone
I love the running paths and ravines. A nice long run up the belt line followed by a giant latte and reading the paper at one of my favourite cafés. Next, a little stroll around looking at shops followed by dinner in a place like the Distillery District. Perfect!