Meet Kristin Verhorevoort | Iowa City Cedar Rapids Moms

How many kids do you have and what are their ages?

Two kids, two under two; 21 months and 3 months!

What do you love about living in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor?

I grew up in Cedar Rapids and attended college at Iowa so I lived in Iowa City for those 4 years. Living in Swisher is the perfect in between of two towns I love best. I love the college feel in Iowa City and in Cedar Rapids I love the Newbo area and the blossoming of fun, eclectic places to visit after the flood!

What’s your favorite restaurant and/or place to shop in the area?

Favorite restaurants would be Pei’s in Cedar Rapids, or Big Grove in Iowa City. I do most of my shopping online now and try to support local businesses!

Tell us about your professional background.

I went to school for business marketing, had a job in television sales right out of college and then moved to Non profit world for 4 years. After that I worked at Kirkwood as a program developer and ran a summer camp. So kind-of a big mix of things, but that’s the fun with marketing, you can do it all.  I love that I had the experience in sales, which helps with Brynnbands, the experience from non profit (doing it all yourself with limited funds) and the coordination from Kirkwood to run a smooth operation.

Why did you decide to start your own business?

I have always loved crafting and being creative. I’ve always been an arts and crafts kind of girl.  At each job that I worked at, the programs that I enjoyed the most were ones that could be dreamt up and ran with. I loved that creative side of all my jobs.  When the opportunity arose that I could grow Brynnbands into something bigger than just a side hobby, I knew it would be something I would enjoy doing.

How did you find your niche?

Randomly! I honestly was doing other crafts before sewing came along. I used to do a lot of cricut crafts and really enjoyed making realistic crepe paper flowers, I honestly thought my path would be making wedding bouquets out of crepe paper (which is what I did for my own wedding), but there just wasn’t a market for that. When I started sewing scrunchies for a few girls because they were coming back in style, I didn’t expect that it would take off. But soon more and more girls kept requesting scrunchies, and different fun patterns and it just exploded from there! I love being able to find cute and unique prints that you can’t just find at the store. I feel like Brynnbands excels at what it is because I truly appreciate each customer and get to know them. I’m there for their engagements, weddings, baby announcements, etc. I love being that internet friend to girls and showing my appreciation individually with every sale.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The flexibility! I’m not made for a 8-5 desk job. I don’t enjoy sitting idle. I love that if I choose to wake up early and crank out some work and spend the rest of the day doing other things, and then maybe at night jump back into work, I can. I just like being my own boss and on the schedule that works for me.

How do you juggle work with mommyhood?

The best I can. I have to keep reminding myself to give myself grace. These kiddos are only so small for such a short period of time. If I don’t get allllll the items I want done, then that’s what it is. I put my family first and job second.  Right now I’m in the season of survival with two under two, and things will change where I can focus more time on Brynnbands, but for the season I’m in right now, I split the best I can. 🙂

How has your life changed during COVID-19?

I started working from home March 2019, so I was already at home a full year before the pandemic hit, so that didn’t really change. But being isolated at home with a toddler was challenging. I wished I could just leave the house and stroll Target or Hobby Lobby. I definitely value friendships so much stronger now too.

What’s your advice to moms in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis?

Hang in there. We’re almost done. They always say moms are superheroes, and I’d personally like to agree. I don’t know how we do it, but somehow we do…at every step/curveball

 

Kristin’s Info

Brynnbands

Join The Iowa City - Cedar Rapids Moms Community

Stay up-to-date with what is happening in-and-around Iowa City - Cedar Rapids with local events, community highlights, and exclusive deals.

Join our community!

Get monthly event highlights, exclusive offers, invites and more sent directly to your inbox.

You have successfully subscribed!