Today’s Meet a Mom Monday features one of my favorite Long Island Mama’s, Allie Szymanski. Allie is the force behind The Mermaids Tail Shop which features Long Island Mama Tees, sweatshirts and accessories. She started the brand in an effort to support Mom’s with Postpartum Depression/Anxiety and donates a portion of the proceeds of her sales to the Postpartum Resource Center where she is a volunteer.
How many children do you have and what are their age(s)?
I have one 2 year old boy named Sebastian.
How long have you lived on Long Island? Where else have you lived?
I’ve lived on Long Island my entire life except for 2015-2016 when I lived in Salem, Mass.
How did The Mermaids Tail come about?
After reading a story about a mother who took her own life as a result of untreated postpartum depression, I knew I wanted to do something that brought both local moms together and awareness to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Meeting all of the amazing mamas/women of Long Island. Some pretty amazing friendships have formed all thanks to The Mermaids Tail.
How has social media fueled your growth?
Social media is about 90% responsible for the amazing growth of The Mermaids Tail and the Long Island Mama Tribe!
As a mompreneur, how do you handle the toggle between home and family?
It’s HARD. The line between the two is very blurry and a lot of times I find myself playing both mama/wife and business owner at the same time; like cooking dinner while packaging an order or giving my son a bath while updating inventory on my site.
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I come from a line of psychics and palm readers and have inherited an intuition that has actually proven to be an asset for my business!
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
I’d like to thank every single mama who’s shared her story with me. Each one is such an inspiration and a reminder that we all need to support one another.
Be sure to follow Allie on instagram and check out her shop.
For more information about The Postpartum Resource Center of NY and their work, visit their website here