Meet Badass Mom Kristen Philipkoski
Here, from her dreamy 70s abode, the inspiring mama dishes on style, work, and her alternative path to motherhood through fostering.
Tell us a bit about your family.
My husband and I have a 3-year-old girl, Frida and a 15-year-old boy, Joel. Frida came into our lives through foster care when she was 4 days old, and we adopted her 11 months later. A couple months after Frida arrived, we met her older brother Joel. He came to visit several times, and was so sweet with his sister. One thing led to another and he moved in with us in April! It has been a crazy and fun ride.
What’s it like having a teenager?
It’s intense. It’s also really fun—shockingly fun. I wasn’t sure fun was going to be one of the things that I’d be using to describe it—but he is hilarious. He’s extremely witty and quick with the comebacks.
What do you love most about raising a family in Pacifica, California?
The sunsets! And being able to walk to the beach. I love seeing the sunset every
evening—I get sad when I have to be out and miss it.
What is the story behind Frida’s name?
I’ve always been a big fan of Frida Kahlo, but I didn’t have it in my mind that I wanted to name my child Frida. It came to me while I was driving, but I was afraid to tell Kourosh (my husband) because I got so excited about it. I was afraid he wasn’t going to like it—but he immediately said,
“I love it.”