09 Aug Mama. Maker. Makeshift blogger.
Thanks for taking the time to check out the inaugural Mint Rainbow blog which will eventually encompass all things baby, parent, sewing, designing, lifestyle, fashion, interiors, lamenting the end of love island, that type of thing… but to start things off I thought I’d tell you a little bit about me…
I’m Katy, married to all-round-Dad-hero-and-do-gooder Mark and we are the proud owners of a house in Kent and two delicious blond babies – Alife who is 4.5 and about to start school, and Evie who is 18-months-going-on-18. My background is in PR and Events which I still do now on a consultancy basis and I spent most of my career pre-babies working within the film industry organising schedules for film stars to promote their films – booking private jets, walking the red carpets, hanging out in hotels (think, the Notting Hill/Julia Roberts interview scene) arranging specific plane seats for celebrity dogs and shiz like that (yup, really). I loved it but I couldn’t see it working with my babies in tow because I wasn’t prepared to commit to the London commute anymore. Not because Mums can’t do that job obvs, because we can do anything, duh 😉 . Since then I’ve been consulting and love the flexibility of it– currently I’m working three days a week for Visit Kent doing tourism PR. Need a press release written on Autumn strolls in the Sevenoaks sunshine? Fabulous foodie Festivals in Faversham? I’m your gal.
Here we are looking all cozy and clean. Rare, but nonetheless lovely.
Last year after our beautiful rainbow baby Evelyn Joy (Evie) arrived, I became obsessed with, well just ALL of the things. Interiors, Clothes, Prints – you name it, I wanted it! After unsuccessfully looking for some stylish twinning leggings for us, the idea for Mint Rainbow was born. I decided not to go back to my full time job and instead started practised my sewing skills with my own amazing mum. In October 2017, Mint Rainbow starting trading and we’ve gone from strength to strength since then.
After a fantastic first 6 months of sales, we now even sell wholesale and have some physical shop stockists in the UK which is incredible. I absolutely love designing and creating beautiful products for you and your family to enjoy. I genuinely do a little air punch every single time an order comes through. It never gets old! (The air punching might, tbf).
I adore being a Mama to my two babies and just love our house and living by the seaside. I’m a family girl through and through and am still best friends with my girls from school (they’re epic, absolute squad goals etc). I love sunshine. And coffee. And cake. And Breton tops. And beaches. And rose gold jewellery. And wine. And dancing. And wine again.
And here we are again posing up a storm on holiday this year complete with stone wall backdrop, botanical prints and everything.
Right, so that’s a bit about us and now, in case its of any vague interest to you (!) I thought I’d describe a typical week for me and the gang. It looks a little bit like this:
Drop child one to nursery whilst husband drops child two to her lovely childminder and head to the office in Canterbury for a full days PR work. Enjoy the utter delight of getting a coffee (alone), sitting at a desk (alone) and spending an entire day having meetings, writing emails and copy and speaking to other adults UNINTERRUPTED. Sweet sweet Mondays. Collect child one on the way home for a mad dash of home, dinner, bath and bed. Once they are in bed and looking all clean and angelic, feel sad that I didn’t really see the babies much that day and start to really miss them (after loving every second of being at work, particularly the lunchtime high street browsing). Same pattern every single week. Consider waking them up for a cuddle before slapping myself round the face and reminding myself that that would be clinically insane. Motherhood’s mental isn’t it.
Day with my babies! Every Tuesday for the last 4.5 years I’ve spent with the babes, and pretty much always also with my NCT gang. NCT was an absolute godsend for me as I was the first of my friends to have children and was both utterly clueless and bereft of Mum pals. These Mum pals really quickly became proper pals and now I literally couldn’t be without them. Tuesdays are now a delicious combination of no work, cuddles, parks, beaches, house play dates, fishfingers and breaking up endless arguments over who gets to transform Optimus Prime first and who gets the red plate. Lovely. Oh and we also go to Alfie’s tennis club in the evening too (because one day I want to be in the box at Wimbledon when he climbs through the crowds and weeps into my arms that it was all because of me. #mumgoals #judymurrayismyidol etc) I also try to pack in my @Mummyandyou exercise class first thing before we head out for the day because you can bring the kids along to that, and its literally the only time I have to try and do something that will allow for the amount of cake I would ideally like to eat.
The day always starts with a double nursery run (they’re in different places for a variety of reasons I won’t bore you with) and then back home for another, slightly shorter, work from home day. I try to squeeze in some dinner prep at some point in the day and then repeat the whole nursery run in reverse at 4pm to get everyone home again. Spend the evening juggling replying to emails, playing in the garden and whipping up some culinary magic. (Only for it all to be thrown on the floor obvs. Mark’s very messy).
See Monday and repeat.
Day off with the babies part two and this time usually with my parents in tow. Alfie and Evie are obsessed with their Nana and Grandad and we try to spend Fridays all together most weeks which is just lovely lovely lovely, and basically what it’s all about.
Swimming lessons for child number one first thing and a family swim (Side note: Bloody hell I HATE swimming, I could write an entire blog post about how and why I hate swimming so much. Maybe I will. Stay tuned for that one). The dreaded swim lesson is usually followed by a delightful sports centre luncheon of dreams, and then an afternoon out at a variety of Kentish family attractions. Of which I am now obviously quite well informed, haha.
We usually spend Sundays at home and we absolutely bloody love it. Pancakes, coffee, playing, paddling pools, life admin, putting up safety gates, tearing our hair out, you know, those types of days.
So that’s our week but where does Mint Rainbow fit into all this you ask?! Well its a good question, because it kind of doesn’t tbh, but I beg borrow and steal time to make it work and I just about squeeze it all in.
Pretty much every spare moment you will find me designing, cutting out, sewing, answering emails, doing my accounts, wrapping orders, making content for social media, blogging, uploading endless fodder to my insta stories, researching and developing – the list goes on! It means that I spend probably 5 out of 7 evenings working upstairs in my studio (sorry husband) and every time Evie naps, I throw the ipad at my pre-schooler (I hate this phrase btw but he’s too gigantic to be referred to as a toddler) and spend a few hours bashing through the to-do list. God knows what I’ll do when she drops her naps. Double dose of calpol? Child piraton? KIDDING. Maybe.
This year I had to make the decision to employ a seamstress – the wonderful Nicola, a Mum from my village, who btw is 100% better than me at everything haha – to take on whipping up some of the orders because I physically cannot move the company forwards, sew all the orders, develop new lines, do all the social media and business admin whilst also working 3 days a week to pay the bills. Oh and look after the kids too. Whilst I’m more than happy PR consulting, obviously the dream is that one day be able to pay me some actual money – major lolz – so I don’t have to do ten thousand things at once. But until then you’ll find me relying on help from my family with the cutting out, sending Mark on post office runs, making my friends take endless pics of their kids in their MRs (sorry girls) and generally just muddling through. But hey, that’s what we’re all doing.
So that’s a little bit about my life shared with you all, and my first MR blog done and dusted. Woohoo!
Thanks for reading it and I really hope it was worth your precious Mama time. Anything’s better than picking up lego or chiselling weetabix off the highchair tray though, right?
Ps. When Alfs was born, I actually wrote a couple of blog posts on parenting so I will probably upload those here too if you fancy a read – don’t judge me though, I had just been body-slammed by the shock of first-time parenting (combined with an awful birth and some serious postnatal anxiety) and needed an outlet to share my confusion/horror/awe/general sleep-deprived ramblings. It doesn’t bode well that I only wrote about 6 posts in the last 4 years, but to be fair I did have another baby, change jobs, move house, learn a new skill and set up a company in that time… Anyway now that I have real life followers and people who might actually read them (aka you lovely lot, hiiiiiiiiii) I thought I’d give it another go and hope I do better at it this time. Feel free to tell me if its utter drivel though, I’m sure my friends will.
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