By Mandy Holmes
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Gone are the days of zip-up sleeping bags and spending the night on uncomfortable floors. Thanks to Dana Maciag, the mompreneur behind AZ Sleepy Teepee (www.azsleepyteepee.com) and Kid Murals by Dana (www.kidmuralsbydana.com), kids can slumber in their own themed mini teepees complete with twinkle lights, fake campfires, and personalized crafts and pillows.
The Scottsdale native, who taught first grade for six years, is no stranger to over-the-top party planning or owning her own business. After painting a mural of storybook characters at her school’s library, parents began commissioning her to decorate their children’s bedrooms. Kid Murals by Dana was born, and, since then, she’s brought life to empty walls at Chase Field, Desert Ridge Marketplace, and countless rooms throughout the Valley.
With seven years of entrepreneurship under her belt, Maciag launched AZ Sleepy Teepee in March of this year. The company offers six teepee themes, including glitter and glam, dreamy desert, safari jungle, and campin’ camo (shown here).
“With my creative nature, I put a lot of thought and handmade products into this company. My mother-in-law sews the teepee covers and pillows, and I create the banners and craft kits,” Maciag says. “We take pride in our designs and themes, making them unique and fun for both boys and girls.”
Maciag notes that the best part of what she does is seeing the joyous reactions of parents and kids to the personalized sleepover setups.
Meeting other successful moms keeps Maciag inspired and she shares, “It truly takes another mom to understand how crazy life can get with kids and a business. I love hearing their stories, what they have overcome, how they have grown, and how they manage to balance life.”
Between her two businesses and three children, Maciag doesn’t have much spare time, but when she finds herself with a free weekend, she enjoys spending it with her family and exercising her creativity.
“You’ll probably find me being artsy and creative in my own home,” Maciag says. “I’m always trying to find a new space to decorate or paint.”
By Mandy Holmes
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Katie Kyleen Sabbaghian’s transformational journey began more than 10 years ago while living in the Middle East. After being diagnosed with a cancer-causing virus, she set out on a quest for an alternative cure beyond scientific medicine. During her search to find answers, she developed a technique – which she calls Gateway Healing – that completely healed her body, becoming virus- and cancer-free. After this profound experience, Sabbaghian dove deeper into spiritual work.
In 2011, she took a leap of faith and moved to Arizona. By 2012, she founded her company, Arizona Spiritual Events (www.arizonaspiritualevents.com), where she works with individuals that have physical, emotional or mental blockages in their lives.
Sabbaghian, who is one of the leading spiritual psychologists in the Valley, has based her practice on the belief that every problem has an energetic solution. With a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology from Delphi University, she helps her clients work through circumstances including financial woes, relationship issues, loss of purpose, and physical illnesses.
“After giving countless amounts of therapy sessions and healings, I’ve come to realize that anything can be transformed,” Sabbaghian says.
During times of hardship, people often turn to physical solutions like medicine, exercise, retail therapy, or food, but Sabbaghian offers a different solution.
“Most of the time, if you release the problem from an energetic level, it goes away. What makes Gateway Healing unique is that it is an alternative solution to real-world problems, stress and emotional well-being.”
Sabbaghian leads workshops on spiritual healing around the world in places such as Dubai, London, Egypt and Germany, and she’s also paid her craft forward by certifying others to be practitioners like her.
“I started performing Gateway Healing in my local community, and over the years, it has become an international healing modality,” Sabbaghian says.
With a demanding travel schedule of teaching and speaking at events, Sabbaghian starts every day with meditation and believes in the power of prayer to rejuvenate herself so she can be of service to others.
“After a healing session, you can see the relief in a person’s eyes – it’s the look of releasing many pounds of negativity and pain,” Sabbaghian says. “Helping someone change one negative thought about themselves and lightening their burden makes me feel so fulfilled.”