We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Wolk-Goldfaden and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
It is my ultimate goal to raise self-reliant children who have high self-esteem. So I know that it is vital for me and my husband to be role models for them. We take care of ourselves by finding the balance of both physical and mental health on a daily basis. And we share the same values that we want to uphold in our home: to be authoritative parents rather than authoritarian figures to our children.
Children learn the most from their parents and role models, so I am determined to show them my best self so that they can learn what healthy relationships, boundaries, and values look like from the beginning. I try to refrain from complaining, self-shaming, and having negative conversations, always!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Mini Bloom was created selfishly, at first. I was looking for natural products I could use on my newborn that I didn’t have to whip up in my kitchen every day before bath time. Beauty is still a widely self-regulated industry and I needed a line I could trust. So I spent the last three years working through the meticulous formulation, testing, and certification processes to create the cleanest, most skin-friendly products for moms and their babies. Even after having two children of my own, Mini Bloom has been my longest pregnancy!
Mini Bloom is a line of clean skincare products made up of hypoallergenic, nourishing, and essential goods for babies, little ones, and mamas. Inspired by the science of plant-based botanicals, every pure, gentle, and sustainable product Mini Bloom brings to life is earth-friendly, dermatologist-tested, and mother-approved all while remaining free of artificial and synthetic chemicals.
For Mini Bloom, this is essential not only for skin, but also for reducing our consumption of ecological resources. We have partnered with manufacturers and supply chain partners with rigorous sustainability standards in order to minimize our environmental impact.
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.
Wow – this is fun!
I would make it a staycation and check in to an iconic old Hollywood spot like Sunset Tower, Chateau Marmont, or even Hotel Bel Air.
Starting the day with a hike is always the best. Some of my favorites are Griffith Observatory or Mandeville Canyon on the West Side. Then we would go vintage shopping on Melrose Avenue and Little Melrose Place—and a stop at Alfred’s coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up is essential. I would end the day with a sunset beach walk and dinner at Nobu Malibu. It’s one of my favorite restaurants.
My other favorite spots in LA include The Getty Center (it’s a MUST), The Broad Museum, Hauser & Wirth Gallery, and the amazing LA furniture stores like JF Chen, Galerie Half, Lawson Fenning, and Blackman Cruz to name a few…
The beauty of California is that there is so much to see. I would recommend taking a car and driving up the coast. Eat breakfast at Malibu Farms on Malibu Pier, make a stop at Point Dume and walk down to the beach there (it’s a cool local spot to see), and make your way up to Santa Barbara for lunch. Then I’d end the day in Carmel while making stops along the way to take in the insane scenery along US 1.
I would also make my way up to San Francisco for a night and ultimately end in Napa, the most magical place on earth, for a well-deserved wine tasting at my favorite vineyard Gargiulo. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have so much to learn. And quite honestly, I have always been attracted to having people in my life who I can learn from, whether they inspire me in some way, they are smarter than me, or they are experts in a field I want to explore. As I have gotten older, I value spending time with people who make me better. I feel beyond lucky to be surrounded by a close-knit group of friends, mentors, my team, and my family who inspire me and teach me on a daily basis.
I also love and always recommend the book “Permission to Parent” by Robin Berman, MD as it provides the most basic, helpful and insightful information about how to raise your child(ren) with love and limits. She strikes the perfect balance of advice, anecdote, and research, explaining why parents need to be in charge and providing the tools they can use to give their children what they really need: limits, time, and more love.