Hello… I’m Irina, The “face” behind The Big Apple Mama. Welcome to my blog! (For brands and PR companies please visit my Media Kit)
I’m European girl (born and raised) across the countries of Kazakhstan, Estonia, and Great Britain. I now reside in the ever exciting City of New York.
The Big Apple Mama Blog is about my personal experiences with the happenings and events that occur in and around New York, including but not limited to: Healthy Lifestyle, Travel and Food. It’s a collection of things that I love: style, family, food, wine, travel, fashion, organic living, health and of course my husband’s famous, and in my opinion the tastiest home made chicken wings in all of the world. 🙂
Before coming to the United States I traveled the world to its fullest. I have visited many countries in Europe, Russia, North and South America what feels like a million times! How or Why? Well, I worked for several different cruise ship companies after graduating from college. It was one of the most memorable times and best jobs I’ve had in my life. This is how I had a great opportunity to experience the world, people and many different cultures. But deep down in my heart I always knew that New York City was the place where I want to live.
I came to New York at the age of 22, married my husband (we’re happily married for 17 years now). He’s native Long Islander but thankfully he and I both agreed to move to NYC so we could be closer to all the action. He supports me with everything I do and I am so thankful for him.
Together we’re raising our two wonderful children ages 11 and 14. I want to stop the clock so they will stop growing but unfortunately that clock won’t stop.
Before becoming a blogger and social media expert I started a custom made rhinestone t-shirt company. It started off as a part-time business that I worked after getting home from my day job and on weekends. However, after being laid off from my 9 to 5 job my husband encouraged me to stay at home and put all my efforts into growing the custom t-shirt business. It was a win-win situation. It allowed me to be at home for our young children while working for myself. I am so glad that I listened to his advice. My company StyleHippo.com is flourishing and has been in business for over 10 years.
I have an online store that you can find at Stylehippo.com . This is where I sell my beautiful custom made sparkling Rhinestone and Swarovski T-shirts (and other apparel) for women, girls, and sometimes guys. I’m also the owner, writer and editor of I Love My Kids Blog where I talk about my family, parenting tips, DIY projects and feature lots of toys and products for family and kids of various ages.
Thank you for stopping by!