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Tenafly Mom Does It All -- And More

Sarah Walton with Emma and Jack.
Sarah Walton with Emma and Jack. Photo Credit: Facebook photo
Walton helped publish a book featuring local successful Bergen County women telling their stories on how they got to where they are.
Walton helped publish a book featuring local successful Bergen County women telling their stories on how they got to where they are. Photo Credit: Facebook photo
Sarah Walton of Tenafly.
Sarah Walton of Tenafly. Photo Credit: VK Photography

TENAFLY, N.J. -- Local resident Sarah Walton raises two children, posts a blog for fellow moms, has a line of skin care products and speaks to women's groups.

She also also teaches at CoolHotYoga in Cresskill, runs half-marathons and recently assembled a book with 13 female authors, 10 from Bergen County.

"I wake up between 4:30 to 5 a.m., before anyone," Walton said. "I keep a notebook with my morning routine -- a mental routine, not a physical one about brushing teeth."

Sipping coffee from a "Mug of Inspiration," Walton jots down her thoughts and feelings, then shares them online and in her talks.

"The biggest thing I talk about is self care," she said. "Even I don’t take care of myself. I rearranged my life for my family and still don’t take care of myself."

During 15 years in the corporate world, Walton managed big-name web sites such as Ok Cupid, Tinder, Home Shopping Network, Lifetimetv.com, iVillage.com, iAmplifly.com and Mindspark.

She also helped create cellphone emoticons.

It was a busy life -- that is, until her children, Jack and Emma, were born.

"I would wake up in the middle of the night and cry because I was missing their lives," she said. "I realized I was not really happy if I invented another smiley because I wasn’t there for them....I wasn’t the mom I wanted to be."

Walton stopped working -- for a time. Soon after she began sharing her experiences, while urging other moms to take some time for themselves, on betterwaymoms.com , launched on Mother's Day in 2009.

A recent post concerned her internal struggle when Jack, now 8, asked for a cellphone.

Putting her money where her blog is, Walton recently launched a line of organic, gluten-free and vegan skin care products -- sugar scrubs and body butters, among others.

"'Nourish your hands, nourish your world," became a mantra.

"If I get women to just slow down and breath, it will be a success," she said.

The line is available at three local stores: Verdi blu in Glen Rock, Cooktique in Tenafly and The Lavender Patch in Cresskill.

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