#MCM: Jenn Kampmeier, Providing Family Fun and Wine

#MCM: Jenn Kampmeier, Providing Family Fun and Wine

Yep, you read that right. Jenn Kampmeier is the mom behind IndyFamilyFest and Rock the Cradle, but her latest venture just might be our favorite! Vino Mobile Bar is popping up all around the Indy-area this summer… and Jenn’s just getting started!

Read more to learn how Jenn balances her businesses with parenting and planning a wedding.


Describe your average day:
I need ‘me time’ in the morning. Whether that is sitting on the back deck with a cup of coffee, doing yoga, or reading my journal, I take at least 15 minutes to get my thoughts together for the day.

During the school year, it involves taking my son to school. I work from home so I crank out the emails, marketing and other items off of my to do list. I have to work off of a list or my multi-tasking will take over. I pick my son up after school, and depending on sports or errands we tackle those. We typically order dinner or eat out (I am not the cooking type of person). We have a two-hour “no technology” rule, so we hangout, listen to music, maybe watch one tv show. I am stickler for schedules, so he is in bed no later than 9pm. I then check email one last time, set my to do list for the next day, pour a glass of wine and relax with my fiance’.

During the summer… oh heck… anything goes during the day! But I try to carve at 4 hours to complete my work so I can then hangout with my son.

What do you like to do during your “me time?”
Drink wine… is there anything else to do?! LOL – I also love to read and take walks.

What does “balance” mean to you?
Depends on the day and the task at hand. For the most part it is making sure that I carve out time to spend with my son and fiance’. That might be watching my son at sports practice, a game or going to the movies. I just need for the both of them to know that I am not all work all the time.

Where do you turn when you need help?
Being a single mom from day one has taught me to build a village to help raise my son. I am very fortunate to live close to my parents so they help out with him when needed.

How has your career changed since having kids?
YES!! My career has changed because I had my son. I created my last four companies based on where I was ‘at that time in my life’. I created the Baby/Toddler expo because I just had him. I then learned that I needed more me time and found out other moms did as well, so I created LadiesEveningOut and it just keeps going from there.

What advice do you have for new moms who are beginning to balance family and work?
Don’t set the expectations on yourself so high that you feel you have to do it all. Learn to outsource. We are a busy sports family, so I have hired a cleaning person to come in and clean my home so I can have back five hours during the week. I use one-click online shopping so I do not have to give up two hours at the store. Do the best you can and do not give yourself ‘mom guilt’. The laundry can pile up and the dishes can sit in the sink spending time with your child(ren) is much more important. Believe me… they grow up way too fast!

Tell us about a #momfail moment:
Double booking myself and forgetting that I had to pick up my son from school. However, by the grace of my ‘village of friends,’ another mom friend was able to grab him. He never knew what happened, but I learn to double check my schedule moving forward.

What’s your favorite way to spend a date night?
We are casual, so dinner, movie, relaxing on the couch or on our back deck drinking wine.

Thanks, Jenn! Don’t miss the 4th annual IndyFamilyFest at the Ritz Charles coming up on October 15th. Follow Vino Mobile Bar on Facebook and Twitter to see where Jenn will be next!

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As a college student, Lullaby Sitters was a great way for me to get involved and get a job in the Indianapolis area. I am a student with a full course load and just wanted an occasional way to make some spending money. This was the safe and easy way to do that in a new state! I’m babysitting for a family that is also new to the area, so it was great for both of us!

- Emily (Sitter)