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Carrie Bell

Carrie is a mom of two and president of Madcapz, fabulous baseball hats for women, infants, and kids.

How many children do you have? I have two great kids, a boy who is 16 and a girl 13.

How did you come up with the idea for your product? I created Madcapz because I had a need that couldn’t be filled. When I was sick and losing my hair (from Grave’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder) all I wanted was a fun feminine cap to wear to cover my head. I looked everywhere – the malls, catalogs, internet – all in vain. So, I decided to create them myself and Madcapz was born!

What’s your favorite parenting tip? You know your child better than anyone. Trust yourself.

What has surprised you most about parenting? What has surprised me the most about being a parent is that I am constantly learning from my kids.

How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? Both my kids are healthy eaters and I attribute this to the eating habits they learned when they were younger. I always had them eat 3 solid meals a day. I also always gave them different foods to try. They didn’t always eat them (specifically vegetables) but I would always put them on their plate and have them try at least a bite. I would reintroduce the foods over time as I found their tastes changed as they grew.

How do you work exercise into your family’s life? We make exercise more a family activity that is enjoyed rather than “exercise”. We are a big hiking and skiing family, and the kids have been doing both since they were very young.

How do you recharge your batteries? I wish I could say I was good at this, but I’m not. I am working on it though. I am trying to do one thing a day for ME whether its buying flowers for the house, taking a bath, going for a walk, getting a manicure, etc. It is so refreshing to receive flowers for Mothers Day or any other great occasion to decorate the house with beautiful arrangements. I don’t always get to it, but I’m really trying. I do believe its a necessity to recharge our batteries in order to be there for our kids.

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