COVER FEATURE! OC Family ‘Inspired Moms’ Issue

OC Family June 2014 Inspired Moms Erika Brechtel cover

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I was excited to find a copy of the latest OC Family magazine, as I’ve been anxious to see + read a story I got to be a part of: “Inspired Moms!”

It’s such a tremendous honor to have been asked to participate, and to even be thought of in such a way. Most often I feel that I’m rushing here and there, juggling work, family, friends, volunteering, and life in general, that I certainly do not have it all figured out. But we try our best, don’t we? And although I am constantly trying to learn and improve myself, I also try to step back every now and then and appreciate what I have…which is one of the reasons I decided to share something I had not shared publicly before. It’s not the most glamorous thing to tell the world in print “I had three miscarriages,” but I remember when I was going through it, I did not know of anyone else that had. It was scary and lonely, and it’s my hope that the fact that I have a beautiful, healthy little girl will give hope to those women who feel so hopeless and helpless. We never did find any reason for them, except quite possibly, stress. So there you go…let’s all take a step back and make the most of this life we’re given!

OC Family June 2014 Inspired Moms Erika Brechtel article

I hope you’ll read the story (p.52) when you get a chance and be inspired by the other moms like I am. And let me know what you think!


Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. Congrats Erika! You make a beautiful cover girl! You inspire me with all you do. Keep up the good work. xx

  2. Hello Madam Brechtel,

    I’m just so inspired by how you got your start, your recent brand re-launch to…and now this post. What’s your secret on the well-deserved coverage you get? Do you have a publicist or has it all been organic (as I get the feeling it is)? #YummyMummy

    Keep the inspiration coming, makes both my Inbox and me smile!

    1. Thank you Penelope for the sweet comment. It means so much to me!

      I do not have a publicist, actually! Word-of-mouth but I think decorating my house has gotten me a lot of press. I also try to attend events and conferences and network in the real world. Putting a face with a name makes a big difference!

      Thank you for the questions!
      Erika xoxo