Sheila Michail Morovati has a lot going on. She resides in Los Angeles with her two kids and husband, and is the founder of Crayon Collection. What is Crayon Collection? Sheila started the program because she noticed that when her kids were done playing with the crayons at different restaurants, they would get thrown away. This didn’t sit well with Sheila, so Crayon Collection was born.
She now works with restaurants to utilize those gently used crayons and gets them to schools who need them, allowing children to express themselves artistically and reducing waste in the process. A great idea, right?!
How many children do you have? What inspired their names?
I have 2 children. My daughter’s name is Sofia, which means wisdom. When I looked into her eyes for the first time I truly saw an old soul. To this day she has that intensity and understanding of the world. My son is named Leo. Everything about him was strong and powerful from the moment he was born, even his little hands. People still call him Leo the lion and he loves that!
What’s your favorite way to spend time with your family?
Being outside is our family time go-to. We truly enjoy sports, games, picnics, or just a simple stroll around the neighborhood after dinner. Basically anything that allows everyone to participate and have fun.
Are there any children’s brands you find yourself buying over and over again?
We seem to find ourselves at J.Crew for kids or at PEEK all the time. We love the relaxed casual look about these lines. My kids won’t wear anything they aren’t comfortable in, so I am so glad that they can look cute and still be able to move freely.
How has motherhood affected your personal style?
Everything I buy now has more criteria to meet when I am making my decisions. Comfort is key and now less is really more. I have to get myself ready in half the time I used to have before kids so I want things to be simple and elegant with minimal effort.
What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Seeing the world through my kids’ eyes has to be the most amazing part of this experience. Everything is so fresh and interesting to them, it’s like I am seeing everything for the first time all over again. They ask questions that I probably would never have thought of and it makes me stop to think about all my daily experiences that I’d otherwise miss.
What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?
The challenge I face in parenting is knowing how much to teach/guide and when to back off and give them room to live life and make their own mistakes. Helicopter parenting is really not my style but letting go and seeing them fail at times is really hard for me. I know that at times, this is the only way that they can experience life for themselves and walk away stronger.
Has your beauty routine changed at all since you’ve had kids?
Simplicity is key for me. I spend more time in the evening on any beauty routines I still have but in the mornings it’s all about efficiency and time management. I am known to have many 2 in 1 products that help me get out the door faster and still look presentable.
What have you learned from your kids?The list can go on for days. I would have to say the top things I have learned from my kids is being free to be who you are, not passing judgment on others, and also for the freedom of exploring life.
What is your favorite, easy, go-to recipe that your kids love?
Our favorite go-to recipe is Almond Meal Banana Chip Muffins (gluten and dairy free!), which were inspired by Pamela Salzman but with our own twist. Click here to get the recipe.