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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. 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?


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 ☺


A Mum Did This: Paper Dresses at a whole new level off – I need to be honest – I’m not sure if this freaks me out or if I am just in awe.  We’ve all been to one of those kid’s parties where the party game is to make the dress out of newspaper/toilet paper and a roll of sticky tape right?  If you’re anything like me then if you’re involved then there is going to be some type of skirt and  bodice and then I’m pretty much out.

Ok maybe a paper flower brooch thingy. But then I am really really out.

Well this mum takes that party game to a whooooole new level. The story goes…

“It became clear Angie’s daughter (she calls her “Mayhem”) was more interested in fashion than the average 4-year-old. Mayhem shunned her store-bought princess dresses and started wrapping herself with scarves and sheets creating her own styles.

Then one day Angie got tired of finding her clothes in Mayhem’s toy box and suggested they make a dress out of paper. Mayhem loved the idea and they haven’t stopped creating paper dresses since.”

The results are both horrific and awe inspiring – you must check out the celebrity award outfits – read the article and you’ll see where I’m coming from.

A Mum Did This: Krystal

A Mum Did This - Krystal

We are in love with the group that Krystal has started in Hamilton, the Hamilton Surfing Mums – New Mothers Group.  Krystal is passionate about surfing and about enabling other busy mums to juggle young children with surfing. The idea of the group is that mums are able to surf while the remainder of the group looks after her little one(s) and then vice versa. Mum-genius. Krystal is also an accomplished photographer – check out some of her work here:

MoT loves all Mums – what flavour are you? (Pick as many as you feel best describe you): I would have to say I am a Natural-go-with-the-flow-mum, New/Young/SAHM/ casual-or-when-ever-I-want-to-work Mum, with abit of ‘over-it-mum’ but ‘wouldn’t-have-it-any-other-way-Mum. Oh and also ‘Very-lucky-to-be-a-mum ‘. There ya go that’s my flavour.

Which Mum badges are you qualified to wear? (Again, pick as many Mum badges that you have earned based on stages you have survived!):  I’m currently pregnant with #2! Survived and continuing to survive the following: Exploding nappies, Rinsing out those exploded nappies(cloth), Tantrums, Archy back episodes (especially getting into the car seat), 2 years of continuous night and day feeding, being violated in public when my daughter pulls my shirt down, I’ve also got the ‘No ears wanna do whatever she wants’ badge (I’ve got quite of few those badges if anyone wants one??) the list goes on…..

List three things that have changed since you started the Hamilton Surfing Mums page.  Not a whole lot really, we are still pretty fresh and getting our feet off the ground, its a little harder  trying to organise it in a town where naturally there aren’t are whole bunch of surfers because we are a 30-40 minute drive from the beach. But we are getting there!!! We still manage to hit the surf no matter the circumstance at least once every 2 weeks.

What are your words of wisdom for fellow MoTs on jiggling the juggle?  Have Charity (to be giving of service/time, of love & kindness, and to give of all these things unconditionally). Have Faith (choose faith over doubt & fear, faith in everything good, faith that when we are doing all we can to be a good person, we will be taken care of).  Have Love (for everything and everyone). Have Hope (hope in the future, hope for humanity, hope in God in His goodness and His power) - with these four things you can’t go wrong in every aspect of life! I promise.   I do my best to live by these 4 things, BUT because I am human I am always falling short, but I think the key thing is to do our best and improve on that each day.

What three words would your friends use to describe you? free spirited, creative, charger…. thanks guys.

What did you want to be when you grew up?  A photographer!!yay, and a professional surfer! Im a professional in my daughters and husbands eyes??? lol. And anyway who needs to be pro these days when you’ve got children and surfing mums. Not me.

What is your biggest fear?  Being stuck out in Gi-normous surf and being held under. Also Tsunamis, and other natural disasters they freak me out especially now that I have a beautiful daughter I think what would I do?? aaaahhh

What is your favourite thing to do on Sunday?  CHURCH!! with my husband, Lance, and daughter, Peppa. I have soo much x 10000000 to be thankful for and this is how I show my love and appreciation, by going to church on a Sunday to be inspired/uplifted and to learn more about Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven.

What embarrassing incident have you never gotten over?  Uuuhhhh which one? lol too many to name but I’ll roll with this one..I was at a shopping mall here in Hamilton and there was a kids concert going on down stairs on the first floor of the mall, we were able to get a good view from the 2nd floor near an escalator so we positioned ourselves there.  I thought it would be a good idea to lean up against an operating escalator (yes, against the black rotating band, what was I thinking) and in doing so the escalator tugged on my shorts (loose fitting) pulling them down to my ankles leaving me crouching down in my undies trying to pull them back up. I was sooo embarrassed and in shock I nearly started crying right then and there (but I didn’t),  I pulled them back up and almost sprinted back to the car.. Lets just say I am very lucky that they didn’t get completely ripped off of my body. How cool am I? Hahah. Very.

Life is good when….it’s always good, ALWAYS. We just need to be in the right frame of mind to see the beauty and goodness around us. It is ALWAYS there but the ability to see it may not be.

It is especially good when:

- I hear my precious 1 year old girl, Peppa, tell me she loves me. Melts my heart she does.

- with my family/loved ones

- I am active, eating good whole foods

-  at the beach/good surf

- I am home

- I am being creative

- get a good op shop find



A Mum Did This: Chanelle

A Mum Did This: Chanelle

Chanelle O’Sullivan is passionate about helping rural mums who are struggling – so passionate in fact – that she took over the Farming Mums NZ page and turned it into a Facebook group for like-minded people to chat, share experiences and go to for advice. Chanelle’s work recently received recognition from Federated Farmers who fully support her drive for greater recognition of women on the farm. Impressed? We are.

MoT loves all Mums – what flavour are you? Well I suppose I’m not quite a ‘new mum’ anymore so perhaps – Young Mum (a mum at 23),  SAHM in some ways. I work 1-2 Saturdays per month at a vets, on farm where needed, I study via correspondence and run my Facebook Page.

Which Mum badges are you qualified to wear? Dribbling, Crawling, Walking, Throwing a Tantrum, Messy Bedrooms (My 2 year old has just moved into her big girl bed – which means when she doesn’t want her afternoon sleep – she empties her drawers out). 

List three things that have changed since you started the Farming Mums NZ group. I have developed a passion. I never really had one or two things that were really at the top of my list – Now I really believe FMNZ is important to people – It’s become a huge part of my life (I think my husband believes that it is the 3rd person in our relationship). My life has become really quite busy. I find I work best under pressure so this is generally a good thing. People want to talk to me! Reporters, The heads of other related organisations – It’s been very exciting and I’m flattered, I can’t wait to see what FMNZ will evolve in to.

What are your words of wisdom for fellow MoTs on jiggling the juggle? I’m not sure how well I am jiggling the juggle at this stage… Dinner gets cooked, washing gets done, the house is just passable. Something I would advise – and need to do myself is turn off your phone/computer after 5/6pm! Also I try to make sure I play with Izzy during the day (Trampoline, painting, drawing etc) It’s all about balance…this is something I haven’t mastered yet – but in an ideal world. Balance! Family, food, exercise, work, study, gardening, the house etc. I can usually do 3 of those a day where I would like to do all of this, each day, well!

What three words would your friends use to describe you? I asked some friend so will use my favourites ;) – Motivated, Passionate, Ballsy! (My Dad said - ”pushy, demanding, impatient, In a good way”)  Continue reading →

A Mum Did This: Nikki

A Mum Did This - NikkiNot too many mums can claim that they run a brewery out of their garage, Nikki however is one of the few who can.  When Nikki isn’t busy weighing out hops at Baylands Brewery, you can find her being Mum to two little girls and a puppy.

MoT loves all Mums – what flavour are you?  Mum(mmmmmmmmmmmmmm) mum according to my kids.

Which Mum badges are you qualified to wear?  Currently wearing the Walking, Throwing a Tantrum and the Starting School badges – finally think Im over the food on my shoulder ruin my top badge.

List three things that have changed since you started brewing beer in your garage?  My wine consumption – I used to love a glass of wine on a Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday (okay and if I’m honest Sunday as well) now I opt for a beer because its just down stairs and its always cold.  I always make sure I’m out of my pjs and have my hair done by 8am on the weekends. We have so many people come around to do things that it’s not a good for our brand or our image if I greet them and my hair is so crazy they cant see my eyes.  I stopped working in Communications and Marketing to do this. It’s that good old kiwi attitude of giving something a go. We couldn’t do it with both of us working. It’s been interesting to have a bit of a career change for a bit.

What are your words of wisdom for fellow MoTs on jiggling the juggle?  Every Sunday I sit down with a list of days of the week, dinner menus for the week and things to do so I know exactly what I need to do on what day. The list sits on my kitchen bench. I plan my days into hour chunks. I know that sounds mad and I never used to be like this but for trying to do Massey, the beer stuff, the kid stuff, exercise and everything else I do its the only way that it works for me. I make sure I include an hour a day of something I want to do.

What three words would your friends use to describe you?  Well I asked my friends on Facebook this question… I was surprised at the answers. Most people said Lucky, generous and energetic. One said I was mad.

What did you want to be when you grew up?  I grew up on a sheep and beef farm near Taumarunui. I can remember wanting to be a sheep shearer for a very long time – that was until I discovered fly blow and the maggots that you have to shear off the sheep to help treat them. The dream quickly disappeared.

What is your biggest fear?  Earthquakes they are so unpredictable. I fear that I wont be able to get to the kids and my family.

What is your favourite thing to do on Sunday?  Go to the Harbourside and City markets in Wellington with the kids  (Aidan my husband is usually brewing on Sundays). The market is a great way to encourage the kids to choose healthy food options and help them plan our meals for the week.

What embarrassing incident have you never gotten over?  Gosh only one – I was on holiday with some girlfriends last year. We were checking in and I had packed an electric tooth brush in my carry on luggage. I didn’t realise it had turned itself on and to my horror I got asked to open my bag and remove my vibrator. I have never lived it down. The airhostesses tried to keep a straight face. Of course there was all dodgy jokes. Now I only pack un-battery operated toothbrushes when travelling.

Life is good when….You go to bed and can go to sleep without lying awake thinking about all the things you need to fix or do.


A Mum Did This: Andrea

A Mum Did This - Andrea (Precious Children)We fell in love with Andrea when we found her inspiring story in an article online.  A former child abuse sufferer, Andrea has created “Precious Children”, which aims to clothe every one of the 60,000 Kiwi babies born each year in a body suit with a strong message -  ”Precious, rare and unique, therefore to be treated with care”.

When Andrea isn’t contemplating selling her home to provide every newborn in New Zealand with a onesie emblazoned with a powerful message she can be found being a busy Mum of four…

MoT loves all Mums – what flavour are you?  Mum Mum, New Mum, Old Mum, Over it Mum, Young Mum, Solo Mum, Fab Aunty, SAHM, Fairy Godmother, Working Mum, Mum Who is a Dad, Grand Mum, Wannabe Mum.

I’ve been a Mum Mum…. but it’s more like Mum? Mum? MUMMMM??! x4!!! I’ve been a New Mum a Solo Mum and now I’m an Old-ish Mum, a Working Mum and a Grand Mum…. soon it’ll be Nana, Nana, NAAAANA??! 

Which Mum badges are you qualified to wear? I’m Pregnant, Dribbling, Crawling, Walking, Throwing a Tantrum, Asking Why?, Starting School, Messy Bedrooms, In Love with One Direction, Slamming Doors, Grunting, Smelly with Attitude, Borrowing the Car, Left the Nest. Wow… that’s what 20 years looks like in a paragraph… and I still have 2 wee darling blessings to bless… I have worn all these badges but one, I must say, I have never had any that have been in love with One Direction, just my son wanting his hair to look ‘cool’ like theirs and wearing waaaaaay to much hair wax in his hair!!! :)

List three things that have changed since you started the Precious Children initiative. What stands out the most is my heart… and the hearts of my children… every night I hear my wee 6 year old daughter and my darling 10 year old son praying along side me for the children of this Nation… and I am always so humbled to hear their such sincere, sweet prayers.  My values in life have changed over the last 3 years, since beginning Precious Children NZ … I used to spend money on pretty, shabby chic things for my house, but now when I see something that I like, I just can’t help but think of how many precious wee babies could be blessed instead… my home is my home because of the people who live within it, not the ‘things’ that are in it.

What are your words of wisdom for fellow MoTs on jiggling the juggle? Family first, always…. follow your heart, never ever give up… but most importantly, believe in you!

What three words would your friends use to describe you?  I had no idea, so I asked them… they came back and said “Compassionate, Sincere and Believes”… they’re being incredibly polite… ohh bless them!! (I also asked my mother and my daughters…. my mothers reply was ‘Who’s this?’ and my 18 year old daughter said “I’m not your friend, ask them lol”) they had me in hysterics all afternoon :)

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to drive trucks, big trucks…. I had a thing for “Mac and Kenworth” trucks. Hmmm… I’d still like to do that one day!

What is your biggest fear?  To be honest, I don’t have any fears… I used to, but not anymore… I used to fear the thoughts and opinions of others, but I’ve learnt to believe in me and that when you are truly passionate about something… ‘you will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.’

What is your favourite thing to do on Sunday? Going to the beach on a sunny Sunday afternoon with my children… just being together, the laughter and that gorgeous smell of the fresh salt air. 

What embarrassing incident have you never gotten over?  Hahaha, I would never tell that to anyone, that one will have to stay with me… it’s just waaaay to embarrassing!!!

Life is good when….We choose to make life good… it’s about seeing life as a gift, everyday… learning and growing from all life’s experiences… so that we can bless others, our children, our friends and even our neighbours.

A Mum Did This: Nicola

A Mum Did This- NicolaDescribe your business in a sentence.  Sharing simple and wholesome family-friendly recipes on my blog Homegrown Kitchen and my book Feeding Little Tummies. 

How did it all begin? About 9 years ago while studying a Diploma in Natural Nutrition I started combining my chef skills (I am also a trained chef) and nutrition knowledge to run healthy cooking classes. Many of my class attendees were Mother’s wanting healthy ideas for their family meals, in particular allergy sensitive recipes. I soon started writing articles for magazines and then my first book Cooking for your Child which was revised and re-launcehd as Feeding Little Tummies in 2011.

What’s the best thing you’ve learned in the last couple of weeks?  To slow down. My children are amazing at teaching me to slow down and just enjoy the simplest things. Like sitting in the sun watching the birds. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?  An architect. My parents built two houses while I was growing up and I was fascinated with the plans.

What’s your best skill outside of creating delicious healthy recipes? Crochet and knitting. I like to make my children warm woolies to keep them warm in winter. Continue reading →

Win: A Copy of Feeding Little Tummies

Feeding Little TummiesSometimes getting our little ones to eat can be an overwhelming mission.  We know it’s an important mission however because babies’ first foods lay the foundations of future eating habits so a healthy start can establish healthy patterns for a lifetime.

Don’t stress, help is here!  Beginning with the first tastes of solid food at around six months old, Feeding Little Tummies includes dozens of healthy, easy recipes that will inspire New Zealand parents, grandparents and caregivers to create nourishing, appealing meals and snacks for the children they care for.

Written by a qualified chef, nutrition consultant and mother, Feeding Little Tummies includes:

  • More than 100 simple recipes and dozens of variations
  • An introduction outlining the basics of nutrition
  • Separate sections on first foods, breakfasts, snacks and lunches, family dinners, desserts and drinks
  • Advice on allergies and food intolerances

If you would like to win a copy of Feeding Little Tummies then all you need to do is the following:

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Win a ‘Miracle Minder Kit’ From Little and Sorted

Little and Sorted - Micacle MinderAt last!  A little kit for “just in case” moments. Have you ever lost your earring back while you have been out and had to wear one earring for the rest of the day?  Or have you had to use a public toilet and there is no soap?

It’s these kind of moments where you can whip out your Little and Sorted kit. It will provide you with that earring back, or sanitiser wipe along with many other handy little bits and bobs.

If you’d like to win a Miracle Minder Kit from Little and Sorted then all you need to do is the following:

Little and Sorted currently have 4 kits on offer:

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  3. Personal Trainer – Just in case of a sporty predicament
  4. Wingman – Just in case of a blokey predicament

This competition is now closed.  Thanks for taking the time to enter. 



A Mum Did This: Annalise

A Mum Did This- AnnaliseDescribe your business in a sentence.  Little and Sorted design and create little “Just in Case” kits, solving everyday predicaments. 

How did it all begin?  I am one of those people that likes to be prepared.  So my bag always had lots of handy items in it, just in case.  When I had my first child, I added more to my handbag of tricks, and then with my second child it got heavier again, and after my third child it was just ridiculous!  I decided something had to be done.  There were no products on the market that could help, so I decided to create my own.  And Little and Sorted was born.

What’s the best thing you’ve learned in the last couple of weeks?  Work / Life balance.  I was working some really long hours on the business.  I was neglecting my friends and family and most of all myself.  So I have slowed things down a bit and priortised what is important.

What did you want to be when you grew up?  A Ballerina.

What’s your best skill outside of creating essential Little and Sorted Kits?  I am a qualified chartered accountant by trade, so I love analysing data and am a bit of an excel spreadsheet geek! 

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday?  We love to have lazy mornings.  I cook pancakes or french toast and we all sit around in our pyjamas, eating our pancakes.  It’s a great, relaxing way to start the day.

What embarrassing incident have you never gotten over?  Slipping over on stage at the school production when I was 6th form.  Embarrassing!      

How do you jiggle the juggle?  Well there have been a lot of late nights involved!  But prioritising has become really important to me and having achievable lists. 

What does the future of Little and Sorted Ltd hold?  I have so many ideas for new kits.  Pregnancy kits, labour and birth kits, wedding kits, travel kits, the list is endless.  So watch this space!

How do we find you?  You can find us online, follow us on Facebook Twitter and Pinterest. Our products can also be found in a number of gift stores around New Zealand.

If you would like to go into the draw to win a’Miracle Minder’ kit from Little and Sorted kit click here.



A Mum Did This: Sandra

A Mum Did This - SandraDescribe your business in a sentence.  The Growth Collective provide software for schools to make the lives of parents and staff so much easier – from online ordering of healthy, yummy food for school lunch, to online subscribing for school sports or paying for camp fees!

How did it all begin?  I was a busy Mum of three, who wanted to be able to order lunch at the last minute, without guilt over food quality, or having to find the right change & envelope. Now I’m working, it’s even harder to get into school and pick up the right form, or remember to pay things at three different schools. I can transact with the business world online… I think schools need a way to offer this to their families too, but as they don’t have the money to build anything, they can use our software instead!

What’s the best thing you’ve learned in the last couple of weeks?   When faced with a challenge, think creatively and it may turn into something great!

What did you want to be when you grew up?  I always wanted to be a Mum and to own my own business. Or be an artist & photographer… that’s on hold for now!

What’s your best skill outside of revolutionising school lunches and online school shopping websites?   Seeing the upside & the opportunities!

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday?  Drop my husband and kids off with their bikes in Takapuna, then take Miss Four to Cheltenham Beach to await their arrival and unpack the picnic. Ideally with some gorgeous treats from the local French shop!

What embarrassing incident have you never gotten over?  Skiing. Chair lift in the back of the knees. Twice in one incident. I don’t go there anymore.

How do you jiggle the juggle?  With difficulty! I have a fantastic husband and Mum who help out a lot… and I’ve given up on my house! I’m working on a better solution…

What does the future of the Growth Collective hold?  We’re doing heaps of really exciting product development and our product is second to none. I want to see it in the majority of NZ schools within the next few years.

How do we find you?  You can find us on FacebookOur lunch service is Schools wanting to offer parents online shopping can go to email [email protected].

A Mum Did This: Sophie

A Mum Did This - SophieDescribe your business in a sentence. Old’s Cool Kids sells recycled kids clothes from top international & local brands.

How did it all begin? When my son (now 9) was a baby and I was on maternity leave I set up a similar shop via trademe to help supplement our income. Recently when I took a break between advertising jobs I decided to start again but this time create my own brand and facebook page to sell through.

What’s the best thing you’ve learned in the last couple of weeks?  That there is never enough hours in a day to get everything done but you can’t let this stress you out, as there is always tomorrow. It’s important to schedule in quality time everyday to spend time with your loved ones at home, even if it’s only half on hour.

What did you want to be when you grew up?  I wanted to be an air hostess like my mum.

What’s your best skill outside of Old’s Cool Kids.  Probably my new found love for cooking. I love inventing meals out of whatever ingredients are on hand. It’s a nice chance to try and be creative.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday?  I love having the chance in the weekend to cook new recipes and on Sundays my son and I choose a new recipe and he helps me cook dinner. It’s a great way to get him involved in cooking which he really likes and a great chance to spend some quality time together.

What embarrassing incident have you never gotten over?  This would have to be back at Intermediate School when I fell off the stage during the school production.

How do you jiggle the juggle?  Working full time, starting a new venture and having a busy 9 year old is definitely a juggling act. I am lucky to have an awesome supportive partner and a great after school nanny, I’d be lost without them. Also accepting that sometimes you can’t get everything done, see everyone or attend everything you want to and that’s ok!

What does the future of Old’s Cool Kids hold?  I’ve only really just started but I’m in the process of building a proper online store via a facebook app and in the future I’d like to look into the possibility of selling on consignment for other mums as well as selling my own stock

How do we find you?  You can find me on facebook.

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A Mum Did This: Joy

A Mum Did This- JoyDescribe your business in a sentence.  Findlay Books publishes children’s ebooks written by Joy Findlay. We began by writing, illustrating and publishing all our own ebooks on and became so successful that we now work with illustrators and teach others how to self-publish their own books for both print and digital retail. Along side this we run a website that promotes free Kindle ebooks for Mum’s and bubs. Ok that was more than one sentence – sorry.

How did it all begin?  My husband was studying at the University in Auckland while I raised two young kids in Hamilton. We just couldn’t afford to live together in the bigger city. We had him home on weekends but it was a lonely time for me as a stay at home mum. He purchased me a gift, a tablet computer and as I began to download books from Amazon for myself and the kids, I realised there weren’t a whole lot of cheaper books that I wanted to purchase for the kids. That was when I realised I could probably make better ebooks and sell them myself on Amazon. And that was how it all started.

We have published 66 ebooks on Amazon and have over 200,000 children’s ebooks out in the world now. I have had huge success with it that I am now teaching other people how to self-publish their own stories and picture books.

What’s the best thing you’ve learned in the last couple of weeks?  The best thing I have learned in the last couple of weeks is to not stress the small stuff. At the moment Amazon has made some pretty major changes on their site and self-published authors like myself are seeing sales slow down quite a bit. It has forced us to get together online and talk about how to promote our books better. I have loved learning from these international children’s book authors and am looking forward to Christmas and New Years again which is our busiest time of the year. Their biggest advice was to just chill. I love it! Continue reading →

A Mum Did This: Sergeant Deanne your business in a sentence.   I’m a member of the NZ Police, I work in Counties Manukau the best place in NZ!

How did it all begin?  As a child I watched my dad serve the community as a Policeman and as a dad & from a young age I learnt from both of my parents that serving others brings happiness.

What’s the best thing you’ve learned in the last couple of weeks?  That one’s own true happiness can only come when you are honest with yourself first.

What did you want to be when you grew up?   A rockstar!!! Of course. Lol!

What’s your best skill outside of being a Sergeant in the NZ Police Force?  Les mills group fitness!! Which I do after my Police job.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday?  Sunday dinner with ALL of my Whanau, at my mum and dad’s in Tauranga by the beach and all of the beautiful chaos that brings with it!! It’s what life is all about for me.

What embarrassing incident have you never gotten over?   So many!! What about, as a 14 yr old girl, walking to the bus directly in front of the boy that I had my first major crush on, and his mates, Its lightly raining &  I’m trying so hard to be sophisticated & cool instead of the usual clumsy kid that I am, when I slip on the muddy grass that I’m walking on, my feet fly out from under me and I land on my butt, my uniform  up around my waist, covered in mud!!  I quickly got up and without looking back ran straight onto the bus and hid. What more is there to say. I never quite got over that.

How do you jiggle the juggle?  A lot of laughter, down time with my honey  and accepting it when you can’t do everything all the time because there’s only so many hours in a day.

What does the future of your career in the NZ Police Force hold for you?  Hopefully the ability to continue working in and with the community and remembering not to take life so seriously.

How do we find you?  Body jam, body combat or body pump classes at True women’s health & wellbeing gym, manukau OR out on the beat somewhere in the community in Counties Manukau promoting the NZ  Police strategies; ‘Prevention First’ and ‘Turning of The Tide’.

Police are looking to recruit at least 400 people this year.  If you think you have communication skills, problem solving abilities and empathy and are looking to do something extraordinary to help your community, take the first step to becoming a cop, by going to