We are excited to introduce another Mother Clucker this week!
This is Julia Stanley-Metz… She is a mom, a wife, a caregiver, an event planner, and one of only FOUR national finalists in the Lays “Do Us A Flavor” chip flavor contest. Julia’s chip flavor, “Wavy Mango Salsa” is up against three others, and the final prize of One Million Dollars depends on social media/online votes and wraps up this Saturday!
Julia has some great plans for those funds if she wins… so please read, share, and vote #savemango
Julia – let’s start with the fun stuff! Tell us about being a “Do Us A Flavor” finalist…
Just when my family needed a little good luck, I got a call. Frito Lay told me I was a Finalist in the Lay’s Do Us A Flavor chip competition. I entered on a whim submitting “Wavy Mango Salsa Chips”. There were 14.4 million entries and I am one of four finalists and have a chance to win $1 Million. My creation, Wavy Mango Salsa Chips, have been out in the stores and my name and picture are on them which is just too crazy! I think they are just about sold out because the contest is almost over. America is now voting to decide which of the four new flavors to keep, so if America votes for mine, I will win the big prize.
What are your plans if you win the million dollar prize?
For the last 10 years, our family’s focus has been on my Dad – he had cancer and now he is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s much more than just about chips now. I want to create something really special with the money… I realize I have a platform to focus on something that I’ve become really passionate about, which is the health and well-being of family caregivers.
I started a discussion with a California based non-profit organization called the Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center. Through this crazy Lay’s potato chip contest I was propelled forward to realize my goal to start a Yoga & Wellness Program for family caregivers (like my mom.
Yoga has been healing for me through my Dad’s illness and I want to share that gift with the people who need it the most. My mom always told me that “you can’t give from your well if its empty”. No matter if I win or lose this contest, I will make this project happen and I look forward to helping people fill their wells!
We think this sounds amazing – how can we help you win?
You can vote 4 different ways EVERY DAY before 10pm PST through Saturday, October 18:
1. Text “mango” to 24477
2. Add “#SaveMango” to the main caption on any new Instagram post (the comments field won’t count)
3. Tweet “#SaveMango”
4. Visit www.DoUsAFlavor.com and click SAVE on Mango Salsa
Good luck! Can you tell us a bit about your family?
I’m married to Mr. Mango Salsa, Rick, and we have two children — my daughter will be 3 in January and my step-son lives with us full time and he is 14 and a freshman in high school. We live in Sacramento, California.
Tell us what you cannot get through the day without…
Yoga and watching the Golden Girls before I go to bed.
Tell us a bit about your work and how you juggle it all…
My last two full-time event planning jobs were in the events/fundraising departments at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Children’s Hospital Oakland. We moved from the Bay Area to Sacramento while I was pregnant with my daughter, I started working as an independent contractor since looking for a job is hard while you are pregnant. Luckily with my experience, I was able to work as an independent contractor which for the most part lets me be at home with the kids 90% of the time. I can set my own hours and travel a few days a month to events to make ends meet.
When I’m working from home, I work during my daughter’s nap and occasionally after she goes to bed. When I travel for events, my husband and two grandmas help us out. My daughter recently started a morning pre-preschool program 3 days a week which has given me some more productive time at home!
What is the best working advice you ever received?
Don’t get involved in office politics.
How about the worst working advice?
To not ask for a promotion.
Tell us about your biggest work or parenting fail.
Not learning about the social media channels my son was using. I didn’t know how to use Twitter so I didn’t know what he was being exposed to or tweeting himself!
When my new-parent friends ask you for advice, what do you tell them?
Every kid is different, you have to understand their individual temperament to know how to discipline and motivate them.
The best parenting advice you ever received was…
To listen to my intuition.
At your house, the craziest part of the day involves…
Trying to keep my daughter clothed. She currently is a mermaid and prefers wearing a mermaid towel over her head without pull ups or big girl underwear (because mermaids don’t wear those). I struggle with her every day to “cover her private parts” if anyone else is in the house.
How about the best part of the day?
Tucking in my daughter, getting a kiss and a hug and hearing her say “I love you mama, soooooo much”.
Your biggest role model/girl crush is…
How do you take care of yourself (pilates, long bath, wine, etc.)?
Yoga, Barre and cheap Trader Joe’s wine.
What do you want your kids to learn from having a working mom?
Cinderella is just a movie.