Stephanie White is a “Lover of Louisville and a Finder of Fun.” She is the founder of Louisville Family Fun, a great resource for parents around town. This mother of two gives great advice on how to find and participate in great events around town.
What do you do for a living?
You started this blog after looking for things to do with your children in Louisville. How did it evolve into such a large operation?
The blog’s growth has been organic thanks to Google and social media and through our support of local charities and businesses. Also, readers are loyal and they tell everyone about my blog — it’s wonderful! The fantastic staff evolved out of my need to keep pumping content into the blog and my desire to diversify what we cover. The writers are just as passionate about it as I am.
What are parents looking for?
Parents are looking for events that are affordable, accessible, safe and combine something educational or cultural with a bit of fun!
What does Louisville Family Fun provide?
We provide a trusted voice for local parents, spreading the message about all of their options in an organized, timely manner so that they can make informed choices for their family. It’s not all about events. We list pediatricians, discounts, meal plans and more. We also advocate for readers and try to get special discounts for them, put on events, and run fun contests.
What makes a good venue, activity or event?
4 C’s — clean, close, cheap and captivating. If you don’t have all of those things, someone’s going to complain: “It was dirty, it was far, it was expensive, it was boring!”
Tell me that you are not the perfect mom, giving your kids all these magical experiences all the time. How do you balance your family life with this job?
There are no perfect moms, I am flawed and I am fine with that. I love being busy, but it’s not all about magic and perfection. I try to provide my children with a little of everything but not a lot of anything. I think if we can do that, they are exposed to things but they aren’t entitled. Keeping that in mind, I try to stay balanced by recognizing that there are things that I need to do like work, endless laundry, cleaning, and cooking, and I can’t forgo those things to be gallivanting around town from event to event. I need to teach my children that there are responsibilities in life — get those things done and you’ll have time for fun and games and you’ll feel like you earned it.
What is the biggest life lesson you have ever learned?
Let it go. No, not from the song, from the idea that if you don’t let something go, you will be dragged. If something is weighing on your mind, you need to find a way to move on or it will weigh you down until the point you are immobile in more ways than one.
Who is your mentor?
Is it cheesy to say my mom? She is a leader in so many ways and offers really great advice. She isn’t all butterflies and cotton candy — she’s realistic, so I know I can turn to her with a parenting question or professional dilemma and she’ll really think about it in a different way and enlighten me with her wisdom. (If she reads this, I’ll win brownie points!)
What is the best advice you have received in business?
Delegate. I used to do so much more for the blog than I do now, but I have been able to contract out fantastic women who handle things and do an amazing job. If I didn’t delegate tasks, I would have burned out a long time ago.
If you were not in your current job, what would you secretly love to do?
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I won a Nickelodeon game show when I was 10.
What is your favorite place to go out to eat?
I know you want a restaurant, but I love dessert more than I love an actual meal, so I am going with The Comfy Cow. I’d eat ice cream three times a day if I had a miracle metabolism.
Where do you like to shop?
Anywhere with a coupon. I am a slave to savings, so I don’t shop someplace just because I like it; my favorite place is the place with the best deals.
What is a treat or a luxury you do for yourself?
This question is causing some reflection on my part. I don’t really treat myself, nor do I do anything luxurious. I think I am your typical mom who puts everyone and everything ahead of herself. I probably get my hair cut no more than twice a year, I buy makeup at the grocery store for convenience and my idea of a massage is having my child walk on my back. The closest thing to a treat is a date night or evening out with friends and even with that, it’s few and far between. Someday, I’ll be all about luxurious things, But for now, I’m more Suave 2-in-1 for convenience.
What is your weakness?
Did you see my answer above, ice cream? I NEED ice cream. I cannot say no.
What is your favorite thing to do in Louisville?
I like to go to The Parklands of Floyds Fork with my family. I like to be outside, the scenery is lovely and it’s large enough to experience something different with each visit.
Three things you cannot live without (besides God, family and friends):
My iPhone, my mommy mobile, and any and all caffeinated beverages.
What are you reading right now?
Local blogs and social media linked stories. I never liked to read books, although I have tried to do it.
What are three of your “favorite” things right now?
- Walking with my dogs
- Kroger fuel points discounts
- My son’s interest in learning multiplication
Thank you to Stephanie White for taking time out of her busy schedule and two jobs to meet with us. To see her blog, Louisville Family Fun, click here: www.louisvillefamilyfun.net
As always, much gratitude to my FACES photographer Adele Reding and her fantastic work. See her profile here: www.facebook.com