A Mum Did This: Bam |+| Boo

Bam & Boo - A Mum Did This (The Market)The Mums on Top team loves to indulge in some quality online shopping so you can imagine our excitement when we were introduced to The Market.  Simulating a traditional market experience, The Market gives you the opportunity to virtually meet creators and find out what makes them worth supporting before ever handing over your credit card. Read their stories, peek into their creative space, learn about the processes, tools and people behind their products and ask them questions – without stepping foot outside your front door.

We’re excited to introduce you to the team behind Bam |+| Boo -  talented MoTpreneurs MJ and Toni who are offering you 10% off their full range on The Market with the discount code ‘bamboo10′ – all you need to do is simply enter this code during the checkout process. (This code is valid until April 30).

MoT loves all Mums – what flavour are you?

MJ: Second-time mum, can sometimes be “over it mum around” feeding time at the zoo.

Toni: Wannabe a fun mum! Ha ha, Loopy Mum, Mummy Mum, Organised Mum, and agree, “over it mum” at dinner/bed time!

Which Mum badges are you qualified to wear? 

MJ: Can basically operate with 3 hours total sleep-badge, wear pumpkin and kumara stains all-day without noticing-badge, Pre-school negotiating skills-badge and the 3-2-1 counting down badge.

Toni: Ha ha MJ, love your badges! Sleep-deprivation is a torture badge, I lost count how many times I got up in one night badge, toddler pee’s in inappropriate places while toilet training badge. Negotiating a Tantrum in public badge! Getting two children under 3y to a function on time badge! Every day deserves a badge in my books!

List the 3 biggest challenges you face juggling Motherhood with running a business. 

MJ:  1. Time- . Wearing so many hats  (wife, mum, cleaner, driver, cook, mumprenuer etc) you juggle everything as much as you can. I am always astounded how much more I can accomplish now as a mum running a business than the days when I just went to work.i.e. packing orders late at night to ensure our customers get it asap.  You don’t really have time to waste time as mum. You’re always on “duty”. When friends with no kids complain about “how busy they are” I just chuckle as I used to say the same thing.

2.  Huge learning curve- as a business owner, there are lots of areas that you need to know and be good at. It helps to have someone as a business partner that compliments your skill-set though.

3.  Haircuts- gone are the days of a 3 hour cut and colour and maybe a leisurely lunch.  its now a quick stop in at the local “just cuts” for this mumma.

Toni: 1. Tiredness – as with MJ, packing customers’ orders late into the night and still trying to be the best mum you can the next day can be hard.

2. Giving everything 100% – this is really hard, as sometimes things fall between the cracks as you are juggling so many balls. Thanks goodness I have an amazing husband that picks up my shortfalls!

3. Running at full speed for so long you forget about looking after yourself, making time for yourself is the hardest thing to do I find.

How does The Market NZ make the juggle easier for you?

MJ: Market NZ is a great channel for mums starting their own business. Their knowledge and support make the huge learning curve of starting a business seem less daunting.  Also, the team is fantastic, as some of them are Mums too. 

Toni: The Market is fabulous as you do not have to worry about maintaining a website. If you do not have your own website, the Market is where you need to be!! It is a very user friendly process from Product entry to sale with great systems in place to launch your products.

What are your words of wisdom for fellow MoTs on jiggling the juggle?

MJ: Have a fabulous business partner that is in the same boat as you.  It makes it so much easier. Half the battle of starting a business as a mum is being a mum. When things go pear shape. Ie.kids not sleeping, or sick, -we understand what that means and support each other as much as we can.  Our ‘weekly business meetings are always a hoot- wrangling toddlers and feeding bubs. You won’t see that in a regular boardroom.

Toni: MJ has hit the nail on the head, we are so lucky to have become friends and then business partners, utilise each other’s strengths and support each other’s weaknesses. Keep everything out in the open and you will go from strength to strength. (not just your business, but personally also). Don’t be afraid to ask for help, family and friends are amazing, keep them in the loop. Before you start an idea, research, research and more research! 

What three words would your friends use to describe you?

MJ:  LOUD-ACTIVE-SLEEEEEPY

Toni: Fun, Princess, Organised, (oh and LOUD too!) ;)

What did you want to be when you grew up?

MJ: I wanted to be an archaeologist so bad.  I watched Indiana Jones about ten million times. Later on I realised it was my desire to wear khaki shorts and a floppy hat.

Toni: See this is why I love my business partner, she makes me laugh – we genuinely do laugh A LOT ☺Hmmm I wanted to be a fashion designer and a primary school teacher.

What is your favourite thing to do on Sunday? 

Toni: Do something with my three boys (being my husband and our two sons 11months and 3 ½ years) its normally exploring at the beach, flying kites, riding bikes or seeing the boys grandparents or aunties.

What embarrassing incident have you never gotten over?

MJ: When I congratulated a NOT pregnant mumma about her pregnancy at my kid’s swimming class. It was a very uncomfortable 20 mins. Suffice to say I moved swimming lesson days. ☺

Toni: When my then toddler weed not once, but twice on my girlfriends electric fancy pants treadmill and carpet… gah!

10. Life is good when….

MJ: When everyone is asleep. 

Toni: Everyone is happy ☺

 

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