Staci’s bio, owner, co-founder

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HI all! Welcome to Wholeness Nanny and you, we are so glad you found us. We look forward to getting to know you and your family. But, first, let’s help you get to know us! I am Staci. A single, homeschooling, doTERRA lovin mama. I have been a nanny for over 20 years and have such a heart for the work I have done. My passion for sharing natural solutions with essential oils has grown just like the kids I have nannied. When it came time to find the next family I opted to help other mom’s (and dad’s) wade through the hiring process to find that perfect fit rather than find a new family myself.  Thus was born our business.

When I am not working I can be found enjoying the beautiful islands of the PNW, savoring the perfect Americano at a local coffee shop or cooking up a feast for friends and family. I love being a mom and have enjoyed creating a career that allows me to use my experience and knowledge to support other families.

Laura’s bio, co-founder


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A morning all, I’m thrilled to begin my day with you! Yes, you read that correctly, “A morning” is the greeting my husband now gives me each day after his “good mornings” were often met with a grunt, glare, or snarky response. I thought it suitable to introduce myself in my true light, I’m not really a morning person and I don’t believe coffee is only for the start of the day- just saying, these may be the most important things to note about me.

However there is so much more to me and I did want to spend a quick moment sharing a bit about myself, I’ll try not to bore you. I am a happily married cat mom who has lived in the Seattle area for 10+ years. This June, I will be celebrating my wedding anniversary as well as the anniversary of being home owners. I work at a nonprofit as a paraprofessional, assisting young children and their families in behavior therapy and early intervention, it’s a challenging job but worth every minute of it! When the weekends hit, you’ll find me curled up on the couch with the cat and a good show/book, on the rooftop doing some gardening, or in the kitchen trying out a new recipe. I also enjoy volunteering at the zoo and in my local neighborhood.

My life is blessed and my heart is full of joy! It may be “a morning” but once we get through that, today will be amazing!


Spring is almost here, how are you going to celebrate?

March! One of my favorites months because it’s when my favorite season arrives of course.

Hello Spring, I can’t wait to see what you bring us!

But, in case you are like me and March 20th just can’t come soon enough, here are a few ideas for you and your family to do while you pass the time.

-First off, if you missed this last month I’m here to shout it from the roof tops as an amazing way to spend a rain day in Seattle (with a few nearby cities listed as well), FREE FIRST THURSDAY. This link will take you to ParentMap which also has some awesome resources for local families and those who care for them. If you haven’t picked up one of their free magazines or found them online, I highly recommend checking it out.parentmap

THIS THURSDAY  (March 1st) IS THE 1ST OF THE MONTH!!!!! Don’t miss out on this offer, what is better than free when it comes to a day out and about?

March 2nd (This Friday) is Read across America day , better known as Dr Suess’s Birthday! Check out this link from the National Education Association for a little background on Dr. Suess and learn about having your own reading party! Image result for dr seuss birthday

-St Patrick’s Day is Saturday March 17th.

How great is that, it falls on a weekend? There are fun runs in Tacoma, Seattle, and Kirkland to get the whole family outside and active.

parade  in downtown Seattle to follow and keep the celebrating going. Don’t forget to wear your green!


SPRING arrives March 20th, 2018! Find any reason to get out and enjoy, and no matter the weather you can be assured bright and sunny days are ahead! I’m a big fan of these urban hikes/walking trails: Lincoln ParkWeowna Park, Marymoor Park, Magnuson Park.

And when spring is in the air, so is baseball! Welcome home the Mariners vs. the Cleveland Indians for home opener March 29th, or for a Cano bobblehead March 30th!

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Hey, with all the fun plans…I dope you didn’t forget to Spring Ahead on March 11th! Change those clocks and stay keep the adventures rolling- on time!

Have a most Marvelous March!



Boost the power of your Interview Questions!

One of the questions I am often asked about when it comes to the services Wholeness Nanny and You provides has to be about our Interview questions. Sure, most families that are hiring a Nanny have at least one parent that has experience hiring or firing employees. What makes it so different when it comes to hiring a nanny? Well, for starters we must get beyond the typical first question.

” DO you have experience working with kids?” Sure, we want to know what experience someone has before we hire them. But, does that question actually provide any value? Does it tell you anything about the potential nanny? Does it set them apart from EVERY other prospective nanny that is at the interview? No, not really. As parents our first thoughts when it comes to hiring a nanny often is Do you like kids? Do you have experience working with kids? But the answer to that question is often exactly the same. Our personalized interview questions go deep. We have used our experiences and knowledge in behavioral analysis to create questions that will tell you more about your prospective nanny then any list you find online. We tailor the questions based on your families needs to help you hone in on the heart of your prospect rather than the standardized answers they are accustomed to giving.

For example, do you have a specific discipline style you prefer to use in your home? If you ask a potential nanny if they are familiar with that style, chances are they will say yes. They may even be able to give you examples of what that would look like for them. However, if you change that question to ask how a specific situation should be handled, you will hear from the prospect the method they are most comfortable using in their position. This is exactly why we spend months creating our interview question template and can personalize them for our clients. You will understand who you are hiring in a much more intimate and personal way then had you stuck to the basic questions nannies often hear. Trust me, after 20 years in the industry, I know most nannies can answer ANY of those questions in a way that will impress the family whether or not that is truly a representation of who that nanny is.

Why we offer a “boutique” experience?

I am not sure about you but when I am a customer I want to have a personalized, and quality experience. No one does that better than small boutiques. They have no interest in competing with larger chain brands or offering an abundance of products. They carefully choose what items have the highest value and what services they can provide better than anyone else. A boutique owner understands the value she provides and makes no excuses for limiting her inventory to suit a specific clientele.

At Wholeness Nanny and You we offer you the “boutique experience” of the Nanny industry. We will not waste your time or resources on  offering services you can get elsewhere. Instead, we have narrowed in on exactly who we want to work with and created the tools and opportunities to help our families in a unique service. We are NOT an agency and have no interest in competing with what is being done there. Instead, we focus on meeting our families where they are at, and helping them navigate the path of finding that ideal nanny for their own children. We can be as involved as our clients need or be available to give support in just one specific area.

We believe that bringing a nanny into your home is more than just offering a job. You are offering a space in the lives of your family and we want to help you create a relationship that lasts. This can best be accomplished when we take the time to first get to the core of who your family is and what is going to serve you best. From there we can determine what is the priority in your home and how hiring the right nanny will help you protect the culture and traditions unique to you. This is a truly “boutique” experience in the nanny world and we are excited to share it with you!



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Introducing our awesome new Referral Rewards program for you

Who loves a great gift? Help us find our next VIP client and we will thank you with a gift personalized for your home. We appreciate our friends, past clients, and blog followers and trust that you know people that would be the perfect fit for us. Together we decided to create a referral program to show our appreciation for your support.

To participate in the referral program simply tell your friends and family members that are looking to hire a nanny about us. If they contact us and become one of our VIP clients we will send your gift ($100 value minimum) to you. To help you find the best fit here are a few things that our VIP clients have in common

  • They are Executive families
  • They are looking to hire a nanny without an agency
  • They tend to be busy enough to appreciate help and support, but hands on enough to want to be involved in the process.
  • They are good communicators.
  • They plan to hire within 4 months of contacting us.

Do you know someone like this?  Send them our way today!

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Call – (425)269-9287

Are you our next VIP?

VIP IMAGE       Wholeness Nanny and You is looking for their next VIP.  Are you looking to hire a nanny to begin with your family in 2-3 months? Do you enjoy calling the shots for your family and making the decisions that are best for you rather than handing your families needs off to an agency to fill? Would you like to have your next nanny stay for years with your kids? Well, if this sounds like you then you may be exactly who we are looking for.

As you may have seen we have plenty of options to help our clients with small problems like providing contracts, helping a family get clear on what type of person will be the best nanny for them, and guidance through background checks and obtaining driving records. However, we will only take on 2-3 families at a time to be our VIP clients. We believe in giving ALL of our clients a personalized boutique experience with any service they purchase. To be sure our VIP clients are given the consultations, guidance and time they are trusting us to provide we will only work with a small number at a time. Could you be our next VIP?


How are you showing your love?

Valentine’s Day is almost here! How are you going to celebrate this day with your family? Still trying to come up with a plan? Here a couple fun ideas to get you started but be sure to check out Family Fun‘s Facebook page for many more ways to show and spread the love this year!

-Cut out paper hearts in different colors. Write little love notes and words of encouragement/motivation to each of your family members (have everyone do the same) between now and Valentines (next week!). During your Valentine’s dinner, pass out the notes and take turns reading them out loud together.

-Do a Valentine’s Day telephone relay. Call up a family member or friend with all the members of your family. Each member takes a turn telling the person on the other end one reason they are loved. The last person asks them to pass it on! Maybe your phone will ring by the end of the night!

-Valentine’s Day falls mid week this year, why not pick out a favorite feel good movie and enjoy some cuddles? No need to work to hard, just enjoy the gift of time.

-Make a coupon book for free back rub, night off of dishes, extra 5 minutes of story time…what ever it is that makes the receiver smile and relax is sure to be a fabulously accepted gift!


Keep on keeping healthy!

With that first month of the new year under my belt, I’m also starting to feel those resolutions slipping from my mind. Here are a few little hints and tricks that help keep my family healthy eating all year round, enjoy!

#1 Cook with love!

I’ve never had an awesome meal after I spent hours slamming pots and pans and muttering about the days grievances. Enter your kitchen with your loved ones in mind and remember what you are preparing for them now is what will sustain them. A good healthy meal/snack shows how much you care and when it’s made with love it tastes that much better!

#2 Start early…in life.

We are what we eat, or so they say. If we encourage our kiddos to eat mindfully at a young age, it stands to reason they will grow up to be healthy eaters. Or at least you can feel good that you gave a great foundation.

#3 Get everyone involved- in all of it! The menu planning, the shopping, the cooking and plating.

It’s actually eye opening to ask for input on some of these things once in a while. Why should I have to be the only one coming up with ideas and being creative when it comes to meals? I love writing things like “2 side veggies” on my husbands grocery list, I’m often surprised with something I would have walked right by without noticing. I’m also a fan of establishing meal nights for each member to plan. It’s fun to see a recipe that hasn’t been made in months or a new one added to the menu, it’s also a good way to gauge what everyone is “craving” or “into” at any given time.

#4 “Mix it Up” and don’t quit trying!

This is quite literal. Mix it, blend it, puree it, dice it, shred it, slice it and don’t quit trying! A ton of foods that are so good for us, aren’t our favorite when prepared in different ways. It’s fine to not like certain foods, but its a disservice to not give everything a fair shot. I love the challenge of learning new ways to prepare the “same old” ingredients.

Something like spinach is very versatile and often disliked by kids. I never hated it but it wasn’t until I was a nanny that I learned I loved it cooked, thanks to a 3 year old girl who requested it daily. Spinach is awesome blended in a smoothie, makes a great salad raw, can be added into pasta sauces and soups.

Cauliflower is another sneaky guy. As a dairy sensitive gal with a love for all things mac and cheese, this is my latest and greatest find. Cauliflower can be substituted as rice, mashed into “potatoes,” pureed into “Alfredo” sauce. It takes on flavors similar to tofu, so it’s pretty amazing roasted with your favorite herbs or spices. It’s also fairly easy to turn this veg into a thickening agent for chowder soups or to half the “dairy” in homemade mac and cheese.

#5 Make it a “treat”- once in a while.

Don’t tell any one but healthy food can also be super yummy. Ever heard of brownies made with beets? How about making your own trail mix, sure you can add chocolate bits but also dried fruits and protein packed nuts! What about a fruit packed Popsicle or making your own fruit roll ups? Here’s a new one…shredded carrot in the cake?!? What? Just kidding on that one, haha.



Fun (and many FREE) events in and around Seattle this February

Oh my! Where has the time gone? 2018 has hit the ground running for my family, I can’t believe February is literally around the corner!

Here is a family fun bucket list for this month:

-With the 2018 Olympics this month, what about a trip up to Whistler? See the rings in the Whistler Village, do some ice skating, hit the slopes AND maybe even squeeze in a massage?

-I’m loving the “Free First _____day” Check out Thursdays and the many amazing Seattle museums. Museum of Flight, MOHIA, SAM and many more. What a deal and great way to help foster learning! Friday Bellevue Art Museum is also FREE!

-FEB 10th, 3-5pm at World Market on Western Ave, they are hosting a Peter Rabbit Children’s Story time. Free and snacks provided.

-February is Lunar New Year, many festivals to enjoy!

February 2-11, Pacific Northwest Ballet is putting on their production of Swan Lake. This event is sure to keep you inside, warm and dry and you may spark some young minds with music and dance!

February 17-19 is Kids weekend at Northwest Trek. Kids are free with a paying adult. Cool deal and great weekend field trip!

This last one just sounds plan fun to me…

February 24th, Yo-Yo contest at the Seattle Center Armory. Free!! I loved the assemblies in elementary school with the Yo-Yo master showing off. How do they make it look so easy? Some could spend hours trying to learn, wink wink…



The answer to your burning question- What is in that giant “purse?” Only everything!!

This past week has had me wishing I was still a nanny…or that I still carried around a purse like I did then. Sure, there are perks to having a desk at work that holds most of the same things but there is nothing like being as prepared as when you’ve got your “nanny purse.” When the week faces a true Seattle weather pattern (all the things in a day), doctors appointments immediately after work,  evening community advisory meetings, and one or two speed bumps at work- a nanny purse would have been a life saver more then once! Instead, I’ve got this now…

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Which fits about this much…

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What is a “nanny purse?” We’ve all seen them. The giant bag that nannies carry that isn’t a diaper bag but could (and certainly does) double as a carry on at the airport. They’ll still call it a purse. Secure closures and zippered compartments to separate “my life” from “work life,” keeping nosy kiddos at bay. It’s half the size of the kid and carries the secret to their big smiles. It’s a bag of amazing and the answer to almost any problem, although sometimes only temporarily.

I’m sure I will over look at least 2-3 items I found essential to my nanny survival but here is what I consider pretty important and so wish I had with me this week:

-The basics: ID, money, card, and coins

-Keys/Cards for work (their house key, debit card, garage door opener, etc.)

-Tissues (if kept with sealed baggy, you have a portable garbage and germ holder)

-Wipes (they can clean near anything, even your leather purse!)


-Medications: headache, tummy, allergy, eye drops


-Umbrella in a plastic sealed bag (return to bag when done using and purse won’t get wet)

-Stain stick


-snacks (quick energy fixes like bars or nuts)

-pen and paper (a melt down can be avoided with a little drawing time or game of tic tac toe)

-hair ties

-book (you’ll need this when waiting in carpool lines)


-band aids

Oh for the days of this guy…

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What’s in your nanny purse? What’s the one item you can’t you leave home without? Did I forget your favorite?



Time to hire a nanny but where do you begin?

You have decided to hire a nanny and navigate the waters without an overpriced agency. Now what? Do you go to Craigslist? Bribe your friends nanny to come work for you? Spend countless hours scrolling through profiles on the multitude of websites that gather anyone that wants to be a childcare provider? Take a breath, grab a cup of coffee and let’s sort this out together.


In all my years as a nanny and working with other nannies I have seen it all!! When it comes to finding that perfect person to trust your most precious kiddos with parents will try anything. Let me take a moment and help you determine the best path for you. Your individual personality and the level of involvement you want to have in the hiring process will help you make the choice that is best for you.


Word of mouth is likely the easiest and safest way to find a nanny. When you get referrals from friends or have seen a nanny in action that you love. It is rarely a great plan to hire a nanny by bribing them away from a family you know. Not only do you burn bridges but the nanny that will easily walk away from the current family is likely to do the same to you.


Posting ads, yourself in newspapers, on craigslist or any personal preference for sources is always a great way to get clear on what you want and be proactive. The perfectly written ad can certainly help you find a great candidate. The drawback to this approach is that you will spend more time weeding through the applicants. Just because you are clear on what you want and who you are looking for does not necessarily mean that the nannies that think you have the perfect offer will be the perfect fit for you. This can be successful but will require you doing your due diligence is sorting through those that apply.


Utilizing the online service websites such as, or will often be the best of all worlds. You can post your own ad, you can scroll through and view potential candidates and you have the added benefit of having some built in security features available to you such as background checks, drivers record reports and testimonials/references right on each profile.


This is where Wholeness Nanny and You will shine. We help you choose which approach, or approaches is going to be best for you and your hiring needs. We help fill in the gaps, streamline the process and guide you through with as much support and hand holding as YOU wish to have. We would love to connect with you today and help you get started on the path to finding the perfect nanny for you!!