Photo by Valorie Darling
Jeannie Scharetg is a stay-at-home mom from Orange County, CA. She has been married to her wonderful husband, Casey, for 7 years. Together they have a three-year-old daughter, Chloè. She loves spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places, and the daily adventures of motherhood with her mini best friend.
How do you know Lauren and Hannah?
Lauren married my high school best friend, William, and she and I quickly became best friends as well! I met Hannah through Lauren. We instantly connected. How someone can’t love and embrace Hannah is impossible!
What is something about Lauren that most people don’t know?
Lauren has a secret talent most people have never seen. … She can moonwalk better than Michael Jackson.
Which items from The Little Market can we find in your home?
Many many many! Everything from candles, baskets, dishware, towels, wooden serving spoons, knit hats, jewelry, my favorite weekend bag. As well as my daughter’s most favorite stuffed toy that she has had since she was very little which she calls “baby bear.”
What do you love most about shopping at The Little Market?
They not only offer a wide variety of beautiful products for anyone you are shopping for, but after your purchase, you know that you have helped someone who is working hard to support their own family.
What is your favorite product from The Little Market?
This is so hard. … I have a love for so many of them! My personal favorite is the overnight bag made by artisans in Guatemala. I also love the stuffed animals from Peru. I bought several of them and use them as baby gifts when a friend gets pregnant. They are the perfect gender-friendly gift!
What has motherhood taught you?
More than I could ever imagine. It is the hardest and greatest job I will ever have. It has taught me a love that I never thought was possible. It has taught me patience. It has taught me selflessness, and, most of all, it has taught me to live every moment to the fullest because you never get this time back.
What has your daughter taught you?
She is such a light in my life. She is so sweet and kindhearted, yet is still strong-willed and independent. She has taught me that the littlest things matter. She loves the little details and is the happiest when we are just sitting together playing or reading.
What is the best advice your mom gave you?
My mom has taught me more than anyone on this planet. One of the first lessons I can ever remember her teaching me is: “Treat others the way you would want to be treated.” I have always tried to act on this. Kindness is so important. It is the one lesson that I want to pass on to my daughter more than anything else.
What do you love most about being a mom?
I love watching things through my daughter’s eyes. I love how excited and happy she gets about the smallest things. There is something so wonderful about experiencing those moments with her.
What surprised you the most about becoming a mom?
At how selfless you become. I will never come first again. My daughter will always be my first and biggest priority.
How has being a mom made you more compassionate toward women around the world?
It makes you realize that we are all the same, no matter where we are in this world or what we are doing. We all just want the most for our children and will try our hardest to make the best for them.
Do you have a favorite book?
I have many, but one of my all-time favorites is “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini.
Do you have a favorite documentary?
I try to catch all of the newest ones, but one that really stuck with me is “The Mask You Live In.” It is about the pressures cultures put on children to define who they should be.
What is your favorite song?
“The Best Day” by Taylor Swift. I have sang this song to my daughter at bedtime since the day she was born. It has become a very special song to both of us.
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What is your favorite place to travel to?
I love to travel to new places! My husband and I took a 5-month trip around the world when we got married. We went to 29 countries and 47 cities. It was one of the greatest things I have ever done. If I had to pick one … I loved Southeast Asia. Most specifically Thailand 🙂
Where do you want to travel to next?
I really want to get to South America. It was one of the only continents we did not get to on our trip. I would love to go to Brazil. But I would also like to go to Vietnam because we did not get there either!
What do you always travel with?
A good travel companion! I love to be adventurous and share my experience with someone.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
The people who mean the most to me in my life. I am a people person and really love to run ideas or problems by those important people.
Who in your life has inspired you?
Definitely my mom. If I could be half the mom she is to me, then I will feel accomplished as a mother.
Who were your idols and/or mentors when you were a child?
My Dad has always been one of my idols. He is the hardest working person I know. He is so smart and has worked so hard to get where he is today. He has always put his family first and knows how to balance a successful career and a wonderful family/personal life. He has always appreciated my mom’s hard work as well.
Whom do you go to for advice?
Usually my husband, my mom, and my girl friends. It depends on what it is! I usually always run something by someone first!
What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
To not worry so much about what other people think. Confidence in myself is something that I have gained as I have grown, and I think it is so important to believe in yourself.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Life is short. Never take any day or anyone for granted.
What does empowering women mean to you?
It means supporting other women in their adventure even if it doesn’t directly align with what you are doing. There is enough room in this world for everyone to find success and happiness!
Who are the most important women in your life and why?
I feel so lucky to have many important women in my life. I lean on all of them for many different parts of my life. My mom is always my go-to! I have an incredible mother-in-law, who is absolutely a second mom. My grandma and my aunt are two strong, smart women. I am blessed with two sisters (in law — I don’t like saying that part), who are my best friends, and I have a handful of best girl friends who mean the world to me.
Do you have favorite women-led brands?
I recently learned this, but my favorite fitness program Orangetheory Fitness is owned and led by a woman! And of course I am a huge fan of both of The Little Market and Lauren’s brands Paper Crown and LC by Lauren Conrad.
What matters most to you when you shop?
I like to shop for things that are of good quality but are not overpriced. I am not a person who spends money on many expensive items. I have a few, and they are special, but I like to find something that will last without breaking the bank.
What does “fair trade” mean to you?
It means that the person who made/sold the item is getting a fair price for their good so that they can sustain their business and support their families through their work.
Which causes are you the most passionate about and why?
I am always a huge advocate of pediatric cancer organizations. I recently had a friend lose her son to DIPG. It really hit me so deep. There is currently no cure for this horrible disease. I started donating specifically to an organization called The Chad Tough Foundation, which funds research and raises awareness for pediatric brain tumors.
How can our readers get involved?
The biggest thing is to raise awareness for this horrible disease. They have not found a cure for over 40 years. There needs to be more funding and research to go into this type of cancer. The children that are diagnosed and their families currently have no hope. It is just so painful.
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Do you have a favorite quote?
“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.”
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel only read one page.”
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”