Ana Spick is the owner and creative force behind We Love Citrus, a San Diego-based online shop that specializes in paper goods, home goods and unique gift items with a simplified, refreshing and inspiring design. I stumbled across We Love Citrus while on Pinterest searching for a lemonade recipe. I love Ana’s citrus mason jar lids and the fresh design of everything in her shop. Scroll down for Family Sponge’s interview with Ana, where she shares her approach to balancing being a mommy and running a business.
Share a little bit about your life and interests:
I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and surrounded by creativity. Since I can remember I’ve made lots of crafts. My entire family was very handy – everyone knew how to make something. We were always busy with a project and that was a lot of fun. I am interested in travel, food, people, languages, cultures, design, books, and lots more. I am a curious monkey, always searching for new things to do. Lately, I have been dying to try Standup Paddle Boarding (SUP) yoga, just need to find the time to do it.
My passion for traveling took me to San Diego where I now reside with with my adorable 5-year old son Ian and my engineer/musician husband Scott. Citrus studio is in my house and I love how colorful and happy it is.
Beauty in life is found in simple things. I am attracted to old things, love all things handmade, enjoy going to flea markets, and am an avid supporter of small and local businesses.
What inspired you to start your own shop?
I always loved packaging and decorating. I had a huge collection of papers growing up, so having a store is something I had been dreaming about for a long time. I love curating and creating products for the shop, it makes me so happy to be able to do what I love. It’s still so surreal to me when someone buys my products, specially if it’s someone who lives thousands of miles away from me. That’s the beauty about an online shop, you can reach anyone, anywhere, and I love it.
Does your family get involved with We Love Citrus?
Everybody gets involved. Ian helps me to put confetti inside the packages. He also loves filling the little mason jars with clothespins, and he is very particular to make sure every jar gets 50 pins. Scott runs errands for me all the time (bank, buying supplies, post office, coffee…you name it). Right now he is at Staples buying printing paper for me.
Being a mom and also a business can be a challenge. Any tips to making it run more smoothly?
Get your kids involved. Give them little tasks so they feel they are part of it…that way they won’t feel your business is stealing you from them. I take Ian to local craft shows w/ me, and it’s fun to see him interacting with customers and trying to sell my products.
Do you have a favorite lemon drink recipe you could share with Family Sponge readers?
I have one for moms and dads, not for the kiddos. It’s called caipirinha, a famous drink from Brazil where I’m from. You can make it with any citrus fruit. You can even make it with kiwi…super yummy.
1/2 lime, quartered
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 1/2 fluid ounces cachaca
1 cup ice cubes
Directions: In a large rocks glass squeeze and drop in 2 eighths of lime. Add sugar, crush and mix with a spoon. Pour in the cachaca and plenty of ice. Stir well. *from All Recipes
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