We had the good fortune of connecting with JuliAnn Stitick and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi JuliAnn, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
As a parent I made a conscious decision to live my life and value myself the way I would want my children to live their own lives and honor themselves. Not to say I have a perfect track record, but there is always room to model honest reflection and growth. My husband Joe and I have been good role models and provided a well-run, supportive home environment. Our grown children are independent and equipped for life. They value kindness, empathy and service. They take responsibility for their own lives and treat others with respect. They value transparent communication and solution-based thinking.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am most excited about the growth of our company Cast Iron Babe and the team of high-caliber, solidly-experienced, and enthusiastic individuals dedicated to the mission of our company. We are devoted to building cast iron strong families by providing a supportive, wholesome community, the Cast Iron Babe YouTube show that teaches practical life skills for parents and kids, and life skill activity and character building kits for parents, grandparents or educators to do with kids.

What sets us apart is that our mission is the driving force and what keeps us consistently motivated as we build a community and provide practical life skills that equip kids and families to live confident, connected, productive, and meaningful lives.

Cast Iron Babe’s entire team is highly attuned to the current needs of families, devoted to serving others, helping them to find their purpose and their joy and to share that journey every step of the way.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Descanso Gardens in La Canada – is a 150-acre colorful, serene botanical garden located in La Canada Flintridge and features a wide area of artificial streams, ponds and lawns. It includes Boddy House, a glamourous home of the bygone era (1930s), Sturt Haaga Gallery of contemporary arts and sciences (botany, horticulture, biology, ecology, conservation and cultural artifacts), Enchanted Railroad, a diesel train that travels a section of the gardens, among the gift shop and Kitchen at Descanso.

Address: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge CA 91011
Website: https://www.descansogardens.org/

Arboretum in Arcadia- a 127 acre, arboretum, botanical garden and historical site nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains in Arcadia. Cultivating natural, horticultural and historical resources that inspire learning opportunities. Includes Baldwin Lake, Crescent Farm, Historic structures and a series of plant collections.

Address: 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia CA 91007
Website: https://www.arboretum.org/

Hiking in the foothills of Angeles National Forest – located in the San Gabriel Mountains and Sierra Pelona Mountains, within LA County, it is site to wilderness areas (Cucamonga, Magic Mountain, Pleasant View Ridge, San Gabriel Wilderness, and Sheep Mountain Wilderness) among campgrounds and other recreational areas.

Address: 12371 Little Tujunga Canyon Road, San Fernando CA 91342
Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/angeles/home

Towne Kitchen and Grille – 2276 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose CA 91020
Food for the season, working with local suppliers to keep Town stocked with the best and freshest ingredients throughout the year.

Gales – Offering traditional Italian fare, pasta, salads and roasted meats.
452 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena CA 91105

Smittys- Offering traditional American comfort fare including steaks, chicken pot pies and fresh produce from local farmers market, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients.
110 S. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We’d like to dedicate our shoutout to the sweet young boy who lives next door and who inspired Cast Iron Babe with his curiosity, imagination and desire to learn.

We would also like to give a shoutout to Sarah Mattern, our Designer and Developer who inspired the brand’s visual voice and copy to resonate among our community.

Website: www.castironbabe.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecastironbabe/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliannstitick/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliann.stitick/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCiFzMaw-nanDB5ZpzpMkEg

Image Credits
Chris Kim Photography

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