My name is Sara Stewart, and the journey to launching FreshFoodieMama, started as far back as I can remember. I am so lucky to have grown up in an environment in which I was frequently around whole foods. Coming from an Italian family meant I was always in the kitchen. Fast forward to my college years when I really got interested in health and wellness. I received a Certificate in Complimentary Care and Massage Therapy, went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion, then a Master of Science in Child and Family Studies; concentration in Family Support and Parenting Education.
Back around 2006, my husband , a PGA Golf Professional, and I were living in South Carolina. We were shopping one day at Williams-Sonoma, and noticed a baby food maker. He said to me, “When we have kids, you’re going to make their baby food, aren’t you?” I had never thought about it before, but I said, “definitely, and wouldn’t that be a great business!?” At the time, I was wearing many hats; teaching as an Adjunct Professor in Health Promotion, practicing massage therapy, working as an ABA Therapist, event planning. However, one really exciting thing I was doing was food writing for a regional publication. We were enjoying all of the local culinary delights; who knew that I would soon to be creating culinary delights for the littlest of palates!
Shortly after, we moved back to our home state of Massachusetts. After dabbling a bit as a Program Director and Child Developmental Specialist at an Early Intervention program, I became pregnant with our first son, and my gears changed in the ways I thought about work…drastically. After his birth, this change in thought became exacerbated to the point I had to do something about it. This meant that I would have to change our lifestyle a bit, and that’s just what I did.
I hoped my son would eat home cooked meals like I did, and share in the rich traditions that brought us all to the kitchen and the dining table. This got me started thinking seriously about how I could make a baby food business work. I love working with families, I love food and nutrition, and most importantly, I love my son and wanted to be with him! All of these things together created a business called Goo Goo Gourmet. I personally prepared and delivered local and organic baby food, toddler meals, and family meals. It certainly became a lot of work, and at a time when we were beginning our family, it was tough to start up a business. Financially it was draining because, although a good concept, it wasn’t making profit. It was when I had my second son, I knew that I needed to make this business more a part-time hobby. Following that, I served as the Western Massachusetts Coordinator for the Reach Out and Read Program, and it was a wonderful opportunity to be involved in early literacy and children’s health.
I then worked as a Well-Being Coach and Regional Coordinator for the Be Well Care Well Project at the MUSC Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness, and the South Carolina Program for Infant and Toddler Care. It is a wonderful teacher well-being project that focuses on the well-being of early childhood providers.
I now have the ability to work from home, homeschool my children, and work on my passion to inspire healthy living in families! I do so by blogging, writing a book, creating beautiful Family Meal Boards, and as a Wellness Consultant with Juice Plus+!
This blog is a great platform to share experiences in food, family, and fun! I don’t have all the answers, but hope we can share and learn a lot from each other as we travel through this journey!
Cheers to your health!
~SARA~ Fresh Foodie Mama