Mother of the World.net had the amazing opportunity to chat with Phnewfula Fredriksen outside of her thriving new business Happy Mango. Like every busy woman, her life is a continuous juggling act. The advice that she gave on how to pull everything off and still take care of yourself is both forgiving and thrillingly real. We discuss the day-to-day challenges of balancing her growing Eco-friendly baby, pregnancy, and kids boutique, motherhood, blogging, and so much more!
Happy Mango, an eco-friendly baby, pregnancy, and kids boutique, that opened up its doors in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia in March 2016.
The store offers unique items – from bamboo swaddles to furniture that grows with your baby, to non electric educational toys – that are eco concious and comparable to their non eco counterparts. Happy Mango allows customers to purchase products that are not only good for their children, but kind to the Earth.
Owner Phnewfula Frederiksen dreamed of this retail concept during her former career as a music business executive. A graduate of Clark-Atlanta University, Phnewfula spent 20 years working in promotions departments at labels such as Interscope and Atlantic Records. However, the birth of her son in 2008 and her daughter a few years later she shifted her focus to motherhood.
“I left the music industry in 2015 because I needed to be fully present for my kids,” she says. “The music was no longer a reflection of my morals, so I quit my job and moved back to Atlanta. I wanted my children to be close to my mother.”
Shortly after her return, Phnewfula launched Happy Mango as a pop up shop in the Krog Street Market from October to January. She built a steady following among “tree-huggers” and eco-enthusiastic parents.
“As a mother, you want to create the healthiest, safest environment for your children,” she says. “I started tree hugging in college and really adopted a green lifestyle for not only the well-being of my family, but to instill in my kids a sense of responsibility to Mother Nature.”
She maintains that “going green” isn’t as hard to do or as off the grid as people think. Many of the products at Happy Mango are comparable in price to traditional store-bought baby items and can usually be repurposed after its intended use. “Saving the planet for your children is the biggest benefit of going green,” says Phnewfula. “Now that you have brought this beautiful human into the world, let’s keep it in good shape so they don’t have to move to Jupiter!”
MW: Can you tell my readers about yourself and your blog.
PF: I am a mom of 2 wonderful children. My blog is reflective of my musings when I choose to write. I write about healthy food, traveling, and just regular mom stuff that pops up on you that no ONE told you about!
MW: Describe how did you first get into blogging.
PF: I first got into blogging when my son was about 9 months old. I just had so many questions, thoughts, and things to say about this tiny human who was confusing my life. I wanted to document them and share because every experience was literally a first time. First time breastfeeding, first time making baby food, first time getting peed on, first time in the emergency room with a baby. I wanted to share how easy it was to make baby food, why you shouldn’t use certain products on your children ect. I wanted to share everything. None of my friends were moms at the same time as I was so I had to share with my virtual friends lol
MW: How would you describe your blogging style?
PF: Very loose! I blog as if I’m talking to my sisters on the phone.
MW: How did you start your amazing business Happy Mango? How did you come up with the name?
PF: I started it when I had my son. I was disappointed that I had to go to so many different stores and websites to get what I needed. When I did find a green store it was uber green and I didn’t feel welcomed unless I was walking in with a cold pressed juice and my vegan pride tee-shirt on. I am also not vegan lol. The name is pretty simple. I am West Indian and we eat a lot of mangoes. Also we are happy, very happy borderline goof-balls. Ok definitely goof-balls. Goofy Mango didn’t sound as marketable lolol!
MW: How do you manage time to run your business, blog, family, and your brand?
PF: I don’t. I would lie if I said I did. I’m a mom just like most moms trying to find time to make it all work. someday one gets a little bit more love than the others. someday the kids eat cereal for dinner and sometimes I don’t blog for a month because the store needs so much attention.
MW: With such a growing business and busy family how do you find time for self-care?
PF: Hahahahahaha. Oh my, I laughed at that one. Self-care is very important and I encourage all moms to take care of themselves. That is one of my goals for 2017. I don’t even get my eyebrows done with any consistency until I look in the mirror and I can’t tell if my son stuck a picture of Bert on my mirror or if I’m looking at myself. I have managed to get a wash day routine back in place so that at least I’m trying to comb my hair most weeks. I take one day and make sure I put the kids to bed early then I will wash, condition, and twist my hair. Now that I’m not nursing anymore I can actually do that without worrying about my little one waking up and demanding boobie juice mid twist out.
MW: Where do you see Happy Mango and your blog in the next five years?
PF: The blog will be much more robust with content of all kinds. I want to use that as a vehicle to not only deal with parenting but to bring more of the eco products to light. We will post more product content so that parents who are not green per se can learn about some awesome products that they can use in their daily routines. As for Happy Mango I would like for us to be as impactful in education as we are in sales. I also plan for expansion, I will start laying the foundation for that sometime this year and move when the time is right.
MW: Tell me about your proudest achievement.
PF: Leaving my very lucrative job to put myself in a position to be the best version of myself and the best parent I could be for my children.
MW: What was your greatest failure and how did you learn from it?
PF: I don’t really count anything as a failure if it’s a lesson. I will say that I have learned that every opportunity doesn’t need to be taken. I took a big opportunity a few months ago and I almost lost my shirt. It was a great opportunity, it just wasn’t the best opportunity for me at that time. You have to learn the difference.
MW: What one word would describe you for 2017?
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