A while back I kickstarted unbeknown to me at the time a project close to my heart that I now call 'Something for the Mama's'. The idea for this project came about after photographing an event for SpoonFed Talks which was held for mums who are looking to start their own businesses. As well as photographing the event I had decided to take free portraits of all mums attending with their little ones, as a way of giving something back. I know from personal experience that mums are rarely seen in photos as we are always the ones taking the photos. But from chatting to a few mums that day it made me realise that it's not just about being in a photo, although the memory of that photo we will cherish forever. I realised that the situation we all find ourselves in really is far bigger than that. Since then I decided to take it one step further and grow it into something for all mums, new mums, pro mums and especially mums in business as let's face it as mothers (full stop) when do we rarely put ourselves first and make time for a little ‘me time’?
Self care in motherhood is crucial, a little me time goes a long way towards giving us back a bit of ourselves that we can so easily lose whilst playing out all the roles motherhood demands. It is a tough job and tougher still if you don’t make time for yourself. Time after all is the biggest gift we can give back to ourselves.
So... This is where you come in! ✨ GIVEAWAY ✨as part of this project we are giving you a chance to nominate a mum friend who you think truly deserves a gift of self care. The prize is a gift of self-care in a box. But not just any old box, these contents have been lovingly put together with mums in mind and the theme is all about Gratitude.
It’s easy to enter;
- Simply tag a mum friend in the comments under the Instagram post, someone who you feel truly deserves to win this beautiful gift.
- If you are attending the next SpoonFed Talks event 'The secret to being a Mum and loving motherhood' you can also nominate a mum directly here, by doing so you will be automatically entered into a prize draw on the day to win a small gift of self care, just for you.
And so to kick start this project meet the wonderful woman behind the box, Kaya George Founder of The Birth of Mum, wife, mother and mumpreneur.
Tell us an unknown fact about you? (can be funny… no pressure)
An unknown fact about me is that I am secretly a massive in-the closet hippie! I mean crystals, tarot cards, out of body experiences, the lot. I’m fascinated by the theories of quantum physics and the idea that we are all just walking masses of vibrating energy! But to tell you the truth, I rarely, if ever talk about this stuff with people as I get scared that they won’t take me seriously or will think I don’t understand ‘real’ science, or even worse, that I’m completely nuts! I guess the secrets out now though.
Tell us about your business?
I set up The Birth of Mum Box as being in the throes of mummying a baby and a toddler, I am experiencing 1st hand how tough it is to make time to look after yourself as a mum. Not only the physical self-care, I also found that all the things I used to do to feed my soul (told you I was a hippie) became a distant memory. Speaking to other mums, I knew this was a universal problem and that’s when the idea for The Birth of Mum Box was... er born.
It’s a monthly subscription box that delivers self-care ‘quests’ or mini challenges, along with beautiful lifestyle and beauty products that support those quests. Each month takes on a different self-care or personal growth theme and all the quests are designed to fit this theme. For example, our first box was the Mindfulness box and each of the three quests were short activities that would help you weave mindfulness into your everyday life. The products inside ranged from jewellery, a gorgeous piece of homeward and of course products to help you pamper and relax.
I really felt the box should have a tangible effect on the recipient’s fulfilment and happiness and not just be a box of nice ‘stuff’. I always source the highest quality natural beauty and food products and would never include anything in the box that I wouldn’t be happy to use on myself or in my own home.
Tell us why your gift is the perfect way to gift something back to another mum?
I feel the box is a perfect if not essential gift for mums as they so very rarely get any encouragement to take time just for themselves after becoming parents. What better gift for a tired mum than the gift of self-care?
We give so much and so fully that it’s easy to get burned out and unhappy. Motherhood should be a time where we feel massively empowered and a time where we get to celebrate our immense strength as women and I hope that’s this box can help with that in some way.