Conquering Parenthood, One Spray at a Time
BY TIM ROGERS PUBLISHED IN D MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2017 PHOTOGRAPH BY BILLY SURFACE
*(Editor’s note: Candice and Tony Romo welcomed their third son, Jones McCoy Romo, into the world on Aug. 23, after the September issue of D Magazine went to press.)
Your third child is due early this month, and your first two boys are named Hawkins and Rivers. So what are we looking at for No. 3? We have a sex or a name yet?
It’s a boy. Our kids’ names are kind of surnames because they end in “s.” So I kind of want to keep that theme up, where there’s an “s” at the end. As of now, we don’t have a name picked out.
I have a suggestion. Your line of sprays, Hawk + Sloane, it’s a combo of your firstborn’s name and that of your business partner, Hollie Siglin. Her third kid, his name is Crews. You need a name for your third kid that will pair well with Crews for a future product line.
For a future boys’ clothing line. You’re right!
OK, you ready? Are you sitting down?
Here’s the name: Boos. All right. See there? You’ve got to spell it right. Boos Romo. Boos + Crews.
We’ll come up with a liquor line for moms. Moms drink alcohol. You don’t get drunk in car pool. You just spray a few shots of vodka in your mouth, and you’re good to go for the rest of the evening.
You’ve got six sprays, like one with lavender to help kids go to sleep. The one I’m most interested in is Sassy Spray. You call it an “oral disciplinary spray.” How bonkers was Hawkins that you had to invent this stuff?
We call it the modern version of soap in the mouth because no one wants to put chemicals in their kids’ mouths, obviously, but you’re raising little kids, and they tend to either be sassy or they can bite, or they yell or they talk back or they lie. Hollie was like, “Have you tried apple cider vinegar in the mouth?” I was like, “That just sounds like a disaster, tackling my 4-year-old and feeding him vinegar.” It led to putting it into a travel spray bottle, and that worked so much better. We added to our formula a blend of green vegetables, so you don’t feel as guilty when you have to discipline your child because you’re giving them a bunch of nutrients as well.
I asked our dining critic to taste it, and she actually liked it. I wonder if you’ve run into any kids who are now super sassy because they like the spray and it reinforces their bad behavior.
[laughing] We haven’t had that problem yet.
How many shops is Hawk + Sloane in now?
We just expanded into a lot of stores in Texas and in Oklahoma, and Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas. We just did the Dallas gift market in June. We’re now in about 30 retail stores across all of those states, in the Southwest region. In Dallas, we’ve got Baby Bliss, Paper Affair, Sample House, to name a few.
You were a TV broadcaster before you married some guy named Tony Romo. Have you given him any tips on his new career?
You know what’s funny? He doesn’t really need much of my tips, but I did tell him when I watched some of his practice runs to look at the camera more. When you’re dealing with a co-host, you’re talking to each other. But he was looking at the co-host a little bit too much and talking just to the co-host. I was like, “I need you to talk to me, the viewer.”
Now that he’s retired from football, what’s it like to have him around the house more often?
It feels like a normal off-season, minus the mini camps and things. I think the biggest change will be this fall and him being gone a lot more. It hasn’t felt real different up until now at all. He’s still working out, and he still leaves the house to do workouts and practice for CBS, so it doesn’t feel that different. The fall is going to be our big adjustment.
Oh, my goodness, and by then you’ll have the brand-new baby, too. Little Boos will be needing diaper changes.
That’s right. Little Boos. He will be here. I’ll be a little short-handed, but with grandmas and sitters, I think we’ll be OK.
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If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or just a care taker of children. You know that we all need a little bit of help sometimes. Hawk and Stone help you with all of their different sprays. What amazing creations the help us help our children feel better. They have created sprays for different occasions to help make parenting easier.
For our little ones monsters can seem so real. Especially when mom and dad turn the lights off and head to their bed. While you are tucking in your little one just walk around their room and spray away the monsters. And if they are still not convinced, let them spray them away instead. And Scary Spray is formulated with calming essential oils.
Oh we all have that one child that fights sleep with everything they have. Now you can work this Sleepy Spray into their bedtime routine. It is a lovely lavender infused, Fairy approved mist that will help to calm them.
And yes we have the sassy one. And shew wee they sure can try your patience sometimes. But you have to be consistent with your discipline. That is why this Sassy Spray is great to keep in the diaper bag or in your purse. Regards of the their bad behaviour is Sassy Spray is unique and effective. But never worry it is safe for your little one. Made from a unique blend of Apple Cider Vinegar and Vita Veggies.
When your little one used the potty and you are out and about. You really don’t want everyone to know or stink up the entire place. Stinky Spray will help you eliminate the odor coming for the diaper or the diaper pail. With the citrus fragrance you will never have a stinky butt again.
Formulated with micronized silver for proven antimicrobial properties. While helping keep the diaper area calm and soothing. It will help keep mom and dad’s hands squeaky clean. Simply spray the area or you can spray on irritated skin.
This is an amazing preventative spray. Not only does it give your kid the security in knowing their hair is protected at school. You will not have to worry about them bringing those little critters home. Generously spray your child’s hair to help repel head lice. You can also spray areas that may be susceptible to lice.
And if you are like me you can choose. Because our kids need each one of these sprays at different times through the day and night. So pick up this 6 pack and have them all. Perfect for gift’s, baby showers or to keep for yourself.
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BY ANYA LEON•@ANYALUISE
Candice Crawford Romo is still the lone lady in her household!
The 30-year-old Hawk + Sloane co-founder and her husband, newly retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, are currently expecting their third child — another boy! — who will join big brothers Rivers, 3, and Hawkins, 5, in August.
The couple shared exclusive family photos with PEOPLE, with Crawford Romo dishing on how they are preparing for their newest addition, being a mom to boys and how Romo, 37, is settling into his new career trajectory.
PEOPLE: Congratulations on your third boy! Did both of you want to find out the sex? Tell us about finding out you were pregnant with another son. Did you have any inkling one way or the other?
Candice Romo: Yes, we have always been on the same page about finding out gender for our kids. We both like to plan and fantasize about how the new baby will fit into our family.
Tony thought this third baby was a girl for sure; I was a little uncertain. I felt a lot sicker during this pregnancy, and so we thought that it may be because there was a little girl inside, but we were definitely wrong. Sure, it would have been new and different to have a little girl running around, but we love our boys and I love being a “boy mom,” so adding one more to the mix is exciting.
PEOPLE: Have you and Tony discussed names? Did you already have a list from your previous pregnancies?
Candice: Once we find out the gender, we start the name game. We don’t always see eye to eye on names, but eventually we come to an agreement.
We don’t know the name just yet, but we have narrowed it down. None of them are from previous pregnancies. It’s funny how that happens.
PEOPLE: Are Hawkins and Rivers super excited? How did you tell them they were getting a little brother?
Candice: The older boys are so excited. They were even more thrilled to find out they were getting a little brother. It’s been really sweet to experience this pregnancy with them. They are very interested in the week-by-week baby calendar and how big the baby is getting. We bought a little handheld baby monitor, and they love listening to the baby’s heartbeat.
PEOPLE: What’s the best part of being a mom to boys? What’s your favorite time of day with them?
Candice: The best part about being a boy mom is that they keep me active! Whether it’s sword fighting or playing basketball, we are constantly on the go. My favorite time of day is bedtime when we slow down and read stories, snuggle and talk. So much is going on in their little minds, and I love getting glimpses of them when the day winds down.
PEOPLE: How has your pregnancy been so far? Similar to your previous pregnancies? Any morning sickness or cravings?
Candice: I was a lot sicker this pregnancy. I felt nauseous 24/7, and it lasted well into my second trimester. I crave orange juice! Usually I could take it or leave it, but when I am pregnant I love starting my morning with a glass of cold orange juice.
PEOPLE: How do you balance two boys (and a third on the way!) with running Hawk + Sloane? Are there some days where the juggling gets tough?
Candice: The beauty about Hawk + Sloane is that we can work around our kids’ schedules and I do it with my best friend, so it never feels like work. However, between school hours, a dad with an unorthodox work schedule and a very helpful DeeDee (grandma), we tend to juggle as a team.
PEOPLE: The sprays from Hawk + Sloane are both funny and practical. How did you come up with the idea?
Candice: Hollie and I came up with the idea by natural parenting. Just like on any day, we find ourselves coming up with creative ideas to help and teach our kiddos, whether at home, in school, at bedtime, in sports, etc.
What better way then to have fun with it while also staying practical? And in the end, we are having a blast conquering parenthood one spray at a time!
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PEOPLE: How is your family adjusting from Tony going to the field to in front of the camera as an analyst?
Candice: It’s sad to say goodbye to the NFL family that we have been a part of for so long, but we couldn’t be more grateful for this once in-a-life time opportunity. If there is one thing I know about my husband, it’s that he was born to play football and he was born to talk about football. I may be biased, but I think he is going to be a great analyst, and our entire family can’t wait to watch him this fall.
PEOPLE: Will your family be complete once baby boy arrives?
Candice: I think we are done after this third little guy arrives. You never say never, but I’m fairly confident that once this baby is out, we’ll feel like the Romo family is complete.
For more from Candice Crawford Romo, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.
Fellow parents Candice Romo (yes, that Romo) and Hollie Siglin feel your pain, which is why they launched Hawk+Sloane to “help others conquer parenthood … one spray at a time.”
Named for the founders’ sons, Hawk+Sloane is a line of six sprays for everything from deodorizing diaper pails (Stinky Spray) to calming anxious kids before bedtime (Sleepy Spray) and repelling imaginary monsters (Scary Spray).
“We started making the Sassy Spray at home for our own toddlers, and it worked wonders,” says Siglin of the brand hero. An oral disciplinary spray (think soap in the mouth modernized), Sassy Spray is formulated with a blend of apple cider vinegar and VitaVeggies to “keep the sassies away.”
“Many parents have told us they’ve used it to successfully help children stop biting, talking back, throwing fits — you name it,” adds Romo. “We began talking about how great it would be if we could add vitamins — and that’s how Hawk+Sloane all started.”
Developed with help from Siglin’s pediatrician, all six sprays are primarily formulated with natural ingredients and essential oils. The Soothie Spray, a bestseller, contains micronized silver, known for its antimicrobial properties.
“We’re literally obsessed with this one,” says Romo. “We have so many testimonials from people who were using very expensive creams to treat diaper rash before finding Soothie Spray.”
Officially launched in April, Hawk+Sloane is already gaining steam. And Siglin and Romo assure us there’s more to come.
“Seeing our visions come to life has been really exciting,” says Siglin. And working with your best friend? Just the icing on the cake. “Candice thrives more on the creative side, while I take care of more of the business aspects. But we’re both innately hard workers, which makes the partnership easy.”
Sprays start at $9.99 each or can be purchased as a full set for $59.99.
Original article can be found, here.