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Meet Atria Lutz of Home Sweet Home in Allied Gardens

Today we’d like to introduce you to Atria Lutz.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Children have been my passion from the first baby doll I was given. It wasn’t long before baby dolls were traded in for real babysitting jobs. As others dream of being a doctor, firefighter, singer, or business professional, I dreamt of being a mom. Children bring so much joy into my life and can put a smile on my face no matter what kind of day I’m having. Loving what I do has always been a must, so children were always going to be a part of that.

I studied child development at Mesa College. While going to school, I worked as a preschool teacher. I learned the importance of early childhood development and the role it has on our physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development. Society is slowly learning the importance of early childhood development. I wanted to help children grow, and that’s why I started Home Sweet Home.

They say children act the worst at home because that is their safe place. I wanted to create a safe place that provided structure, healthy meals, love, laughter, and learning. By creating an environment that offers those things, I found the development of the children flourishes. I’ve created an environment I am so very proud of. I teach them how to share, to learn the ABC’s, how to count to 10, to explore and discover new things, and most importantly, allow them to just be kids.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s a learning experience to say the least. The children where the easy part. I’m learning how to run a business. How to send out invoices, hire employees, fire employees, all about taxes, what insurance you need. How to ask clients for money. I’m not a no person. All I want to do is please people. I’m working on that happy balance. I want my clients happy and my business to flourish.

Home Sweet Home – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Home Sweet Home is a family daycare. That implements a program that offers structure, consistency, and curriculum. There are many options for child care, what makes us unique is we offer a home environment, with a curriculum, and a small group of kids. My best accomplishment is the growth of the children.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
To me, success is not about the money you make, but about what you’re giving and receiving. This business is my career and it helps support my family, but it’s also my passion. That passion is what I believe has made it successful. I consider myself successful because I’m giving these children tools to last a lifetime. Receiving their warm embraces every morning reminds I’m where I’m supposed to be.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Allied Gardens
  • Website:
  • Phone: 619-885-1202
  • Email:

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1 Comment

  1. Elitehort

    February 28, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Hi there, Great tips by the way and thank you. I did have a question though.
    I’m hoping you can answer it for me since you seem to be pretty knowledgeable about gardening.

    Are there any herbicides that will kill grass and/or weeds, but will not
    kill flowering or succulent plants or herbs? I have a ton of
    weeds growing in my garden beds… If you had some insight I would
    greatly appreciate it.

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