- What is your philosophy as a mama?
I'm a 'go with the flow' Mama. I think trust your instincts, be yourself, look after yourself and do the best you can. I'm also trying to soak up the time I have with Luka as much as possible.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a mama lately?
Luka is nearly 2.5 now and toddler life has been much more challenging than I anticipated - there is no break ... it's non-stop running after said toddler, teaching, disciplining, playing, thinking of activities etc, etc. It's exhausting!
- How do you "take time for yourself" and what does that look like?
Let's be honest, it's something I, and I think a lot of other Mum's really struggle with. Between said toddler, running two businesses and a household plus family and social commitments, it's SO easy to let this slide. But I'm trying to do better. If nothing else, a soak in the tub once per week does wonders for clearing my head. And I try and walk as much as I can.
- Best advice you've ever been given on motherhood?
It's not so much advice as a quote that I often refer back to when I'm getting frustrated ... "the days are long but the years are short". It always reminds me to take a breath and try and be more mindful and enjoy the moment.
- Favorite snack idea for little ones?
Frozen yoghurt in icypole moulds - you can blend all sorts of fruits + veg in there and still pass it off as "icecream" :-) #mumhack
- Describe your dream family day.
A day at our beach house for sure ... morning walk (and coffee), followed by swims, siesta's and fresh seafood on the BBQ, wine and gelato. Bliss!
- Do you have any favorite mama blogs you read?
My all time fave is Not So Mumsy but the wonderful Marcia Leone.
- What are yourmust-have itemsfrom ages 0 - 1?
My must have's were definitely swaddles (shop our amazing limited edition swaddles with Modern Burlap here), a comforter (we love Kippins), BONDS zip wondersuits, sleeping bags from Ergopouch and a great pram, we have the Bugaboo Chameleon.
- Do you have anygo-to baby shower gifts?
Thank you for taking the time to sit down with us, Ina!
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