Janine Allis, Clair Jennifer, Caroyln Cresswell and Naomi Simpson – who are these women and what do they have in common? Each of these women are mumpreneurs: Aussie mothers who courageously started their own businesses, which they have nurtured (likely with blood, sweat and tears!) to become household names, both in Australia and around the world: Boost Juice, Wombat, Carmen’s Kitchen and Red Balloon. Today we share with you an interview with a lovely local Mumpreneur, Leila Burrows, founder of MamaBags.
Leila, tell us a bit about you. I am a mother of a cheeky 2 year old toddler named Logan. I love spending time with my family and friends but also enjoy my own company.
What do you love about motherhood? I love the proud feeling I get when I know my son achieves something new – from taking his first steps to singing the alphabet.
What do you think is one of the greatest challenges for new mothers? Constantly being tired and sleep deprived – make sure you sleep or rest when the baby does. I learnt the hard way and struggled through the first few weeks as I wanted to keep my house to the standard I was used to pre-baby.
What are your top three tips for balancing family and work?
1. Make time for your kids (turn off your phone).
2. Make time for your husband/ partner.
3. Make time for yourself.
Easier said than done but if you put in the effort on the three – life is a lot more fulfilling, and you’ll be happier (trust me)!
We love what you do, tell us more about MamaBags. We are an online store that enables pregnant women to customise their hospital bag from the comfort of their own home. We have a range of eco-friendly or classic products and pre-packed options too, so it’s perfect if you’re not sure where to start.
Our vision is “To create a safe place for all pregnant women so they can feel the ultimate love of their miracle” and by having their hospital bag packed and ready to go enables them to do so. Our customers are usually Mamas-to-be or someone present hunting for a baby shower. Our product is great because it’s practical. They use all the products while in hospital and can re-use our items such as our Designer Bag.
How did you come up with the idea and why do you think it’s important? After having Logan I found half of the items I packed for hospital I didn’t use, and the other I kept running out of, so kept sending my husband (thanks Travis) out to buy me more. We wanted to help other expecting Mama’s so they don’t go through what we did.
We love that MamaBags makes it easier for new parents to focus on their little miracle, instead of the tiny, yet important, details of what’s in your hospital bag. If you’re looking for a unique gift for an expecting mother, be sure to check out the MamaBags website at www.mamabags.com.au. MamaBags offers gift certificates and complete or personalised MamaBags. Don’t forget to use your special offer for 15% off, included in our August newsletter!