Meet Heather

Meet Heather

We’re taking these next couple of weeks to lift the curtain and introduce you to the lovely ladies who power the Only Prettier Design Team. 

 It only seems fitting to start with ourselves, Dianne & Heather. . . co-owners, dreamers and doers.  

We have a deep love for making all things Prettier and everyday we wake up feeling blessed that we get to do what we love while working with each other! 

 We each have 4 kids, run 1 shop (that’s growing!), own 2 Flower Bars, and generally thrive amidst chaos.  

To make things interesting (and a bit more personal), we asked our staff to interview us so you could get to know us a bit better. 

So here we go…. All unfiltered and unedited. 

Heather is a co-owner of Only Prettier Design [OPD] along with Dianne. She’s a dreamer, a doer, and can multitask like no other. 

As a co-owner she’s pulled in a gazillion directions from arranging flowers for weddings & events, ordering merchandise for our little Norfolk boutique, and keeping up with social posts . . . just to name a few.

She has fierce tenacity, determination, and courage…. And also has a natural knack for making ALL things prettier.

Tell us a little about your kids.
I have 3 sweet girls 8,10, 13 and 1 rambunctious little guy who just turned 5!   

Have you always had a thing for flowers?Not exactly- I’ve just had a thing for unique textures and designs and flowers are just an extension of design expression! 

What do you consider to be your superpowers?  Multitasking- there are always a million to-do’s buzzing around in my brain! 

What is your favorite product? Spark from Advocare…I truly can’t live life without it!   It gives me all the energy I need to get through my busy days and helps me stay up during my night shifts at the hospital! 

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you bring? Mascara- I know it sounds crazy…but my lashes are seriously transparent and I just don’t feel comfortable without it 🤷‍♀️ 

Would you rather go a day without food or without the internet? Internet…I could honestly stand to go a day without food and the internet would help keep me distracted!

What are a few things that most people don’t know about you?
I grew up in waterskiing in Michigan and have always loved to travel!  I don’t get scared or cry easily.   I’ve been a pediatric nurse for almost 2O years!

Who is your Role Model?
My mom for sure!  All of my drive and courage comes from her.  

Would you rather skydive or swim with sharks?  Swim with sharks for sure!  Let’s go tomorrow 🙂

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? 
I don’t know if it’s crazy, but I waterski a slalom course, snowboards the Alps, and have eaten termites in the Amazon. I’m super adventurous and competitive. The crazier the better!

What’s your favorite flower? 
Poppy!

Are you an early bird or night owl? 
Night owl…always have been!  

What’s been the most exciting moment for Only Prettier Design?
It’s so hard to just pick one!   There have been so many signs that have shown us that this is exactly where we’re supposed to be!  This expansion has probably been the MOST exciting… our vision is now becoming a reality! 

Do you have a favorite Mantra?
My dad always says…”many hands make light work”.  Truth!

The first without my momma

The first without my momma

This year is definitely a little different for me. It’ll be my first Mother’s Day without my momma.

I remember sitting in my car last year on Mother’s Day when I received an email that shared a song, Blank Stares by Jay Allen. I immediately asked my husband to play it, and tears began streaming down my face. This song put every single thought that I’ve had for years into words.

Oh how do I get you back

If I could only seal the cracks you’re slipping through

Wish I didn’t feel so helpless when it comes to helping you

Hold on

So I keep holding on

To every little memory made of you and me

Every little glimpse of who you used to be

I know you’re still in there

Deep down somewhere I swear I still see you

Between the blank stares

Jesus must have known that I needed that song. I needed something or someone to put all my thoughts out there.

It was almost 10 years ago that I sat quietly and heard about the terrible disease that was taking my momma away. I was angry, sad, scared, and down right, a flipping mess. My mom had been fighting Alzheimer’s and then in July of 2019, two months before delivering my twins, it just became too much for her. She was tired, and it pushed her to the edge. She lost her battle with dementia on July 28th, 2019 and if I told you the story about 6:48, you wouldn’t believe me so we’ll save that for another day.

 

This is a picture of my mom and I at NASCAR. She’s the biggest Earnhardt fan you’ll ever meet and never missed watching a Sunday race.

I’ve almost had all my firsts without her – my birthday, her birthday, thanksgiving, christmas, new years, valentine’s day, easter, and now … the last one – Mother’s Day.

This year, it will hurt. It will remind me of what I have lost and what I will never have again. The person that I’ve had the closest relationship with in my life is gone.

I could let my day be consumed by these thoughts and feelings. But I know the way that I can celebrate her on Mama’s Day is to live like her, and good lord, there are no tears.

You get up, you hug your babies, you make memories, and you remind yourself, that you will never walk alone.

I look forward to Mama’s Day every year – and each year it has become better and better. Five years ago, I celebrated my first mother’s day while I was pregnant with my oldest. He has taught me everything that I know about being a mama. I remember asking the discharge nurse in the hospital if he was buckled in right. Yes, total first mom nerves. Each day since, I’ve learned more about myself than I have in my entire life. I have days where I show up my best self for my kids, and then I have other days where I just can’t get it right. One thing never changes though – how my kids look at me.

I was recently asked who my role model is – and seriously this question is hard. I sat there searching for someone else. And then it came to me…  when it comes to who a role model is, it’s me!  It’s who my kids think I am. I truly wake up each day trying to be the person my kids think I am. Without them, I wouldn’t be who I am, and even on my worst of days, they just see their momma. They don’t see the laundry or dishes, or tears. They just see me.

I was honest y’all – this is what I will be thinking about on Mother’s Day. Love and hugs to all you moms out there! You are killing it, even on the hard days. To those who have their moms, treasure this time – make some memories. To those who have lost their mom, my heart is with you – cry a little, and then go and do something for you!

For me – it’s a dance party in the kitchen kind of day – grabbing my kids and jammin out to a little Kip Moore is exactly what this mama needs!