Hey everyone, I’m Danielle! I am a wife, mother of 4, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. With Snoots in Cahoots, I do a lot of the behind the scenes work, consisting of anything from ordering, website issues, customer service, photography, and R&D.
Here is a little about me and how I ended up here on this journey:
I have three girls (9 years, 5 years, and 2 years) and one boy (8 years) and they sure do fill up my time! When I’m not in complete mom-mode, I like to tackle DIY projects with my husband, camp and explore, binge on Netflix, spend time with friends and family, and grow in my spiritual strength and walk with God.
A few years ago, I was working a typical 9-5 job and I was not fulfilled with it. My husband and I were at a crossroad as new stages were about to happen in our lives (our firstborn was about to go to Kindergarten!!). We were unsure of where we were meant to be. We prayed….and prayed….and one day, the phone rang. It was a phone call that changed our lives forever and for the better. I was offered an AMAZING job at the perfect company for me. Finally, I enjoyed my work, I wasn’t stressed, I could get my kids on and off of the bus and everyone was happy. Life felt normal.
After I was settled in for a while, I was doing my normal daily routine when my boss came into my office. I will never forget the excitement I had about what happened next. We had a conversation that led me to an opportunity of a lifetime! He offered me an opportunity to learn, to grow, to pursue something I already enjoyed. The details were far from finalized but a children’s clothing company was born at that moment in time.
I did my research and then I did some more….I had several ideas on our concept, what we should produce and how we could manage those ideas but nothing had any true meaning behind it. After exhausting some leads, I started thinking about my own lifestyle and the rest began to fall into place.
You see, about 4 years ago I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease: Ulcerative Colitis (UC), a form of inflammatory bowel disease. The onset was sudden, literally overnight. I knew after my diagnosis that I desperately needed to change my lifestyle. I knew I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life taking medication, heck I wasn’t even 30!
I quickly found an amazing Applied Kinesiologist and have not turned back to standard medicine since. I went from treating my disease with multiple medications per day to not taking any meds at all. I found natural remedies, I changed my eating habits, and I worked toward making my body function in the way it was meant to. I wasn’t the only one in my family who needed these lifestyle changes to improve their health: my daughter’s seizure count has gone down tremendously, my other children don’t have stomach issues anymore, and my husband has more energy and feels better all-around.
We changed the way we ate and stopped taking all medications. During this process, my youngest daughter had an allergic reaction to avocados. When I spoke with the allergist, one thing, in particular, stood out to me. She suggested I switch to organic cotton clothing on her skin to help heal a few small patches of eczema. And it actually helped! I was shocked.
That small change to my daughter’s life hit me hard. Everything started to become crystal clear. My family worked so hard to be natural and have our bodies work the way they should but what about the chemicals that get absorbed through our skin, the biggest organ we have? I knew then that this brainchild of a clothing line had to go down this road. I took the idea to our Snoots brainstorm team, which consisted of five others at this point. I pitched organic cotton, they agreed with much enthusiasm, and it was settled.
From there, things have taken off and it’s been a pretty smooth ride. I work with amazing people who believe in each other, who have fun, and who have the same values. What more could I ask for?
So, that brings us to today. I work each day with the goal to reach those who don’t realize the damage they are allowing into their bodies, but specifically the toxins their children absorb from the minute they’re born. I want to show how simply choosing organic cotton clothing over conventional cotton can make a major difference for not only their skin health but their endocrine system and internal well-being as a whole. This could change the world, one person at a time…or one bodysuit at a time. ☺