It's been awhile since I've (re)introduced myself to those of you that may be following me on Instagram and Facebook and I thought today would be the perfect day to do that.
Today is my daughter's 100th day of school and boy does she love school. She's the kid that gets mad when she's sick because that's not a good enough reason to stay home from school. (Don't worry. I'm the mom that refuses to let her go).
And as many of you parents may know, that means it's a day for making crafts, "100 days" shirts, party gear and the like. We kept it relatively simple and I gave her a bunch of fabric markers and let her at it. A few strands of sequins, some hot glue and puffy paint...and boom...we were done!
Which brings me back to the introduction. My name is Leah Mancini (although most people call me Lilu) and I am a stay at home mother that loves to create. When we found out that our daughter was coming, my husband and I made the decision that I would stay at home with her and focus on making Leluna Star something more. Which means...I have the best job ever!!
Spending time with my daughter during these crucial first years has been a major blessing and spending the time on my dream of owning a small business and creating has been the cherry on top of the sundae. Seriously.
Another added blessing...the chance to give back to my community. No matter where our daughter was going to go to school, I knew that I always wanted to create and donate items to her teachers for use in their classrooms. One thing I made abundantly clear to my husband when we found out we were going to have a kid: Stay At Home Mom = absolutely! Home School Teacher = absolutely not!
I have nothing against home schooling. I just know my strengths and weaknesses. A teacher...I am not. I have known teachers and principals personally....that is one TOUGH job. I am in awe at all the work, dedication and commitment (and hello...patience!) that goes into that profession.
So, while I am not able to teach like them, I feel like I am able to support in another way. I have been able to donate finger puppets, teaching tools and as of today...fun masks to celebrate the 100th Day of School. Teacher's "give" of themselves in so many ways - physically, emotionally, financially...that if I can help in a small way to bring something new or different to their classrooms...it is my true joy to do so.