In honor of National Grandparents Day this Sunday, we thought we would catch up with one particular grandparent, Cathy Alba; yes mom to Jessica! Grandparents hold a special place in their family’s lives and Cathy is no exception. A grandmother of 4, Cathy is also The Honest Company’s Senior Brand Educator. Read on to hear more about the role she plays in her family and family business and don’t forget to tell us about the role your own grandparents play in the comments below!
Photo: Courtesy of Cathy Alba
What do you enjoy most about being a grandma? I enjoy being 100% present and in the moment with my grandchildren. With my children, I was working full time, while my husband and I were raising our children. While I still work full time now, I am older, a little wiser and more organized. I just get to concentrate on them. As a young adult, life was fast and crazy, and still is at times, but with maturity, I handle it differently. My priorities have shifted with age.
I also enjoy the little mannerisms that I pick up on from my grandchildren, that remind me of my own children when they were young, which sometimes brings me to tears. Even when they test their boundaries, they remind me of what their parents did at their age, and now I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. I find it quite hilarious!
By the way, I’m blessed with 4 grandchildren, so far. My son, Joshua, and his wife, Nikki, have Carter (10) and Brooklyn (6). My daughter Jessica, and her husband Cash, have Honor (7), and Haven (4). They all call my husband, Papa, and me, Nana.
How is being a grandma different from being a mom? I’m so much more relaxed, more patient, and don’t have the pressure of the 24hr mom I used to be. Also, experiencing and assisting with the births of my daughter’s two children, gave me an overwhelming, and emotional experience, only a Grandmother (Nana) could receive.
What activity do you enjoy most with your grandkids? I enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and amusement parks, to name a few of the active ones. I also enjoy the quiet times, bedtime story time, arts and crafts, and cuddling, and watching their favorite movies with them. There are so many, I can’t just pick one! Any activity with them make me feel younger, and more energetic.
What’s your role in the Honest Company? I am a Senior Brand Educator. I educate the retailers that carry our product, help organize and speak at store events with customers, throughout the country, and soon, internationally.
What are your favorite Honest products? 1. Honest Face and Body Oil, 2. Honest Healing Balm, 3. Honest wipes, 4. Honest Deodorant, 5. Honest Face and Body Lotion, 6. Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner, 7. Honest Laundry Detergent.
Thanks you so much for letting me share a little part of my Beautiful Life with you all! -Cathy