Modern Mama Dani Luecht

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Ok mamas I am SO excited for you to meet Dani. She is a total boss mama in ever sense of the word. She owns the cutest shop, All Ye Citizens, with THE coolest stuff plus she has two boys, a baby on the way, an amazing husband, and she just came out with her own t-shirt line on top of running All Ye Citizens.

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Her shop is a "specially curated shop of unique and handmade goods in Oceanside, CA. Essentially, an every day makers market".

Oh ya, and she's a total BABE! I am dying for you to meet her so let's get right into it!

P.S. She has amazing skin care advice and motherhood advice!!

TMM: Introduce yourself what’s your name, the name of your kid(s), and where are you from, and what is your business?

Dani: My name is Dani Luecht and I am the owner of All Ye Citizens, a makers market shop in South Oceanside featuring all handmade goods from local people. I've been married to my husband, Matt, for almost 10 years and we have two sons, Weston (6) and Rhyder (4).

TMM: What made you decide to start your own business?

Dani: I have always loved shopping small and supporting artists as much as I can. I used to run a life and style blog in which I featured many shops and makers. After running the blog for 2 years, I decided to stop it to focus more on my work, which was managing a small boutique. I quickly discovered my love to retail in the business aspect and more specifically working with other small business owners who shared the same passion of supporting makers. I decided to start All Ye Citizens and bring in many of the shops I had worked with on my blog, and many new ones too. I love that I can see customers learn about new shops and brands, and I especially love supporting over 50 makers. It truly brings me so much joy.

TMM: Where did you come up for the name for your brand/ business?

Dani: After I decided to end my blog, I knew that something was up ahead for me and the idea of having my own shop wouldn't go away. I thought it would be many years before I could open a shop of my own, but during a Christmas service at church in 2015 I was given a vision of my shop during the song O Come All Ye Faithful, more specifically the 2nd verse in which it says "Sing all ye citizens of heaven above." I could see white walls with the words All Ye Citizens on the back and the store was filled with so many beautiful handmade goods. I wrote it down in my journal and tucked it away for the future. Little did I know almost a year later I would be opening my store! And the amazing part is that I share the space with two other shop owners, Brandy of Clothe + Arrow and Tess of Tess Made. We all run our businesses separately in the shop, but all together at the same time. It's so awesome and truly the only reason I was able to open a store!

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TMM: How do you keep your sanity and run a business and be a mom and be a wife?

Dani: I definitely don't have it all figured out. I struggle to find balance on a daily basis. But I am blessed to have an amazing husband that helps out a ton with the kids, and parents who watch them a couple days a week. I keep a strict 10-5 schedule at the shop 5 days a week, so that I can have my mornings and evenings evenings with my family. I don't work on Sundays, which I am so thankful for, and we are closed Mondays so I still get a weekend. I try not to bring work home with me, unless I need to enter inventory on the computer or work on orders. I also get to bring Rhyder, my younger son, with me to the shop a few days a week for a couple hours while my husband works at the coffee shop across the street. I have toys, snacks, and netflix... he's happy! And he loves playing with other kiddos who come into the shop.

TMM: What do you love most about being an entrepreneur and what has been the hardest to learn?

Dani: I love that my shop is an extension of my heart and that I have full freedom to bring in any maker/brand I want to. Everything has been handpicked by me, and I try to bring in things that I myself would wear or use. I like being able to share my experiences with the product to customers, and I love being able to share the story behind it. The hardest part I would say is the time away from my kids, knowing I'm missing out on some moments but it's all worth it because they are seeing their momma live her dream, and it's only for a season.

TMM: How has becoming a mom changed you?

Dani: Becoming a mom changes everything. I know it's cliche but it's so true. The moment they place baby on your chest, and even before I'll say, you are forever changed. And you will do anything to protect this little one and give them the best possible life. We've had our fair share of struggles over the years... job loss, depression, anxiety, financial stress, etc... but we've always been that point of safety for the boys. They know whatever life throws at us, we will all be standing together.

TMM: How do you stay connected to yourself while still being a full time mom?

Dani: It's very important to have something or a few things that are completely yours when you are a momma. For me, that was blogging at the beginning, right now it's my shop. But I try to still have time spent with my girlfriends to fill my cup and of course those solo Target trips!

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TMM: Red or White wine?

Dani: Red! I use to only drink white, but for the past year I have only drank red and I've never gone back.

TMM: What’s something that you are grateful for since becoming a mother?

Dani: Coffee, of course. And all the silly amazing things my kids say, I write everything down in a journal so I can go back for a good laugh in years to come.

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TMM: What’s one trick or tip someone’s given you that you could share with the TMM community in regards to motherhood?

Dani: You know your kids best. While sometimes the best advice is given, there is a reason God chose you to be their parent. Go with your gut.

TMM: What could you be caught wearing most days?

Dani: Definitely a hat! I wash my hair only once a week so by Thursday it's needed. Probably a tee shirt, cutoffs or jeans and some booties.

TMM: How long were you in labor with your baby(s)?

Dani: My first was an emergency c-section (breech and started to go into labor). But I was able to deliver naturally with my second and I was in labor at home for about 10 hours (I actually went to Target with my contraction counter app hah!) and then was a the hospital for about 3 hours before he was born.

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TMM: What is one thing you do to keep a healthy lifestyle?

Dani: Balance. I'll admit, I don't always eat the healthiest but I can definitely feel it after a few days. So I'll constrict my sugar intake and bad carbs, eat more salads and healthy fats. I should exercise more, on my goal list!

TMM: What is one thing you did as a teenager that you hope your kid(s) won’t do LOL?

Dani: As of right now, I don't have any girls so I at least don't have to worry about the boy-crazy stage haha. I also drove my friends around before I had my license, got caught of course....yeah, I hope they never do that!

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TMM: At TMM we believe that self-care is right up there with breathing. So, what do you do to make sure you are taking care of you?

Dani: I usually try to wake up first before anyone else to have a few moments to myself. I'll read, journal, sometimes just sit in silence. It's the one time of day I feel most at peace.

TMM: What’s in your purse?

Dani: Gum. Wallet. Chapstick. Phone. Business cards. A million receipts. Cough drops. Coin purse. A million wrappers of random food from boys haha!

TMM: What’s your favorite curse word?

Dani: Frick, which technically isn't one but it's the one I say most. Sometimes I say frickety-frick like Elliott on Scrubs

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TMM: What is one beauty tip or trick you love?

Dani: A few months ago, I stopped wearing foundation and other face makeup. No concealer, no blush, no bronzer, no powder....nothing. This was after my shop partner, Brandy, told me that a dermatologist told her that if she wanted younger looking skin for years to come, not to put anything on her face. And let me tell you, her skin is AMAZING. So, I challenged myself and it was rough for a few weeks to be honest. But after my skin could breathe and get rid of the toxins, I really feel like my skin has never looked or felt better. I just use a daily moisturizer, fill in my brows and put some eye make up on, I'm good to go. I love seeing my natural face every day!

TMM: Anything else you care to share about motherhood or supporting women in general…?

Dani: I think it's so important to make sure we think before we talk. Something so simple that our kids even have to learn, we tend to forget. Is what I'm saying going to bring enrich this person's life? If the answer is no, I should probably hold back. In this age of social media, our words can truly bring about so much damage. We need each other to uplift and encourage one another, let's follow the childhood rule: if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything.

TMM: Where can people see more of you and your business, Instagram handle and website:

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Dani: You can find me Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-5pm at my shop located at:

1817 S Coast Highway unit C, Oceanside, CA 92054

personal instagram: @daniluecht

business instagram: @allyecitizens

website: http://allyecitizens.com

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These are just SOME of the amazing things Dani carries in her shop. It was honestly so hard for me to choose what to take pictures of and include. Every artist and craftsman/woman she carries in her shop have such beautiful creations!

I am doing a GIVEAWAY right now on my Instagram to win one of the t-shirts from Dani's new line! SO head to my instagram here and enter!!! 

xoxoxo

-Natalie