We love celebrating everyday sheroes — aka inspiring women who make all our lives better by selflessly serving others. Like the mom and proud navy wife who gives fashion advice on her blog on the side or the momprenuer who serves on the board of her family’s foundation. Which is why we’re so excited to introduce you to Kristina, a super-shero in every way — she’s a mom, baker, risk taker and owner of Sugar On Top Sweet Shop in Duluth, Minnesota (where we also opened our very first boutique).
What does being a shero mean to you?
A shero is someone who always rises above, pushes through and is confident in her own skin.
Name a shero that has inspired you.
The most important shero in my life is my mom. She has taught me how to be an amazing mother to my children. She believes in me and truly wants what’s best for me and my family.
Mompreneurs are synonymous with sheroes in our eyes. What made you turn your passion into a career?
After receiving multiple inquiries a week to make cakes for special events like birthdays and weddings, my hobby quickly turned into a side job. I made my first cake in 2009, and my clientele continued to grow throughout the next seven years.
A lot changed between 2009 – 2016. I got married, bought a home and had two children. In 2016, I sat down and really started to examine my life. I knew I wanted to continue making cakes, but it was just too much with my full-time job and my growing family. So after two years of debating, I finally decided to make baking my full-time job!
Best of all, I love that I get to spend more quality time with my family, especially my kiddos. They were hands down a driving force for why I made the decision I did! I wanted more time with them when they were still little and I also wanted more control over my time and energy.
What inspired your love of baking?
I grew up baking with my mom and my grandma and I always enjoyed it very much. However, never in a million years did I think I would do this professionally. I actually stumbled upon this talent when I was planning a baby shower cake for one of my closest girlfriends from high school. She was expecting a baby girl and I wanted a very specific cake. At the time, there was only one bakery in town willing to try it and they were not too sure how it would actually turn out. After much debating, I decided to try to make it myself. Turns out, it worked…it actually worked really well! People at the baby shower were raving about it and one thing led to another and before I knew it, I was making cakes for many of my friends and family and eventually others too!
You never second-guessed yourself?
No! I decided in November of 2016 I was going to follow my heart and I haven’t looked back since. Making the decision to ditch my 8-5 was one of the most daring things I have ever done in my entire life, but also one of the most rewarding things I have done for myself.
What’s your favorite thing to bake?
My favorite thing to bake are probably pies! I love making my version, aka mini pies on a stick, but I also love making a traditional pie. It reminds me of my mom and grandma who first showed me how to make them.
You’re such an inspiration to other women. Any advice for fellow mompreneurs just starting out?
Don’t let fear stop you. Believe in yourself. You are greater than what you think. Who cares what other people think of you. If you really want something in life, you have to try to do something you have never done! Be the person who makes the change instead of waiting for it to happen.
Oh, and don’t forget to fail. Learning from your mistakes is how you get stronger and better at what you want to do!