Brianne Manz is the founder of Stroller In The City. The kids’ style expert and blogger lives in Battery Park City, New York City with her family. She says “I grew up very close to NYC, so we would frequently visit and it was always my dream to live in Manhattan. It’s been the most incredible experience to be able to raise my family in a city loaded with art and diversity.”
She met her husband Jason eleven years ago, in the Hamptons, and they have been married for seven years. The couple have three children: Ryder, Siella and Gemma, who are aged six, three, and 19 months. She launched her website almost five years ago, as a way to document the fun, new things she was discovering while being a mom. She says “I never could have anticipated that my little blog would actually turn into a full time job, and that my three children would become the most common focus of its content.”
Find out more about Brianne and her family in our interview with her below.
Living in the Big Apple, family life tends to get pretty crazy with young children, six and under. My oldest, Ryder is in school full time, and my middle daughter, Siella is enrolled in a part time pre-school program, so I am home with my baby, Gemma, all day. The biggest benefit about my job is having the ability to be around for my children, and manage my career from home. I try to work as much as possible after I put my children to bed, but on occasion, I may sneak to a cafe so I can complete some projects, before their deadlines. And I do have a babysitter to help me out three days a week, as it’s impossible being able to manage my household and blog especially with my husband traveling so frequently.
Living downtown there is always something to do – from a trip to Central Park, to an excursion to one of many museums, or a train to Dumbo Brooklyn. We live in a super family friendly area, so no matter where we go, it is usually kid friendly. Brunch is always a weekend ritual, and some of our favorite spots are Bubbys, Sarabeth’s, and City Hall. Since my husband travels for long periods of time for work, we really make it a point to do as many activities together as a family, as possible. And, naturally, we spend plenty of time in the many playgrounds surrounding our apartment.
I come from a fashion background, and I have channeled all that energy into my children’s clothing. I love shopping for fun, unique children’s pieces. I don’t just look for styles and trends when it comes to purchasing for my children. Comfort and quality is a very high priority, I want to make sure my children are comfy in their threads, and that I will get plenty of washes out of them. That said, I do have a stash of dress up clothes for them, and I love to deck them out, especially during the holidays.
I feel like I am more about receiving tips from others, and I rarely give advice, but if anyone asks- my biggest advice would be that this precious time moves so quickly and you need to do your best to try to enjoy it as much as possible. Parenting is the most difficult job that I’ve ever had in my life, even trumping having owned my own business. So, even when times are tough, try to take a step back and remember that the phase you are going through will pass eventually, and these special days will soon become a distant (special!) memory!
With thanks to Brianne Manz of Stroller In The City X