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May #momspiration: Mama Makers to support

May 28, 2018
Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support

Have you enjoyed our month of May, Monday momspiration posts? #girlmoms, #boymoms, moms that wanted to spoil you and now today Mama Makers to support. These are the woman who fill our homes and our memories with beautiful toys, clothing, decor and more. All items loving designed and made by themselves (in most cases literally by their own two hands).

These mamas are making the world a prettier place with their endless amount of creativity and passion for making new things for littles people (and their mamas) to enjoy.

  • Every home needs a My Tiny Teepee

First on our list, mama to two beautiful boys; Blake and Ethan. Wife to Mark Fricke and my insta-bestie; Olivia Fox-Fricke!

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support

A maker that keeps innovating and inspiring. I am always amazed and in awe of Olivia’s talent and passion. Somehow she keeps making teepees, I have to HAVE! The colours, added extras and love she and her partner – her mom, puts into every teepee blows my mind. And if that’s not enough… Livy is also one of the most incredible people you’ll ever meet. She has a heart for people and endless energy. Spending time with her is like recharging your battery. She gives herself whole-heartedly to everyone that crosses her path and you even feel her beautiful soul when your teepee arrives at your door. Livy, your passion for life, family and the little people you ladies make teepees for is truly an inspiration and I feel blessed to call you a friend. Livy’s take on motherhood:

1. When did you feel like a mom for the 1st time? That 1st “I am a mama moment”.

The first time I saw a heartbeat on a scan. I knew my life was forever changed. I knew I was meant to be a mama.

2. What is the best and the worst parenting advice you’ve ever received?

Best – Enjoy every moment because it flies by and you can’t get the small moments back.

Worst – Kids need routine. Don’t let them sleep in your bed. They need to sleep at specific times during the day. Let them cry it out.

3. Except for your little boys, of course… What’s the best thing or part about being a mom?

When they say the most delicious things and you think it’s so cute you don’t correct them. Like when Blake calls gums, lungs. I love that I love him so much that I can eat up every word. Even if it’s the wrong word.

4. If you could have a “supermom” power, what would it be?

To eventually get my kids to sleep. It’s been a battle. A real battle.

5. Looking back at your childhood, what are your thoughts on your own mama?

Sooo many. She taught me so much just by being who she is. I remember pretty much every detail of everything. Each day. Each thought she put into things for me. I’m truly blessed. She gave her life to me. I’ll never be able to thank her enough for that.

 

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support

  • And now for the answers from Olivia’s business partner and mom, Mignonne Fox. How amazing to share this teepee empire with one another. (I particularly enjoyed her answer to question 2 and 4).

1. When did you feel like a mom for the 1st time? That 1st “I am a mama moment”.

Looking at my bundle for the first time and thinking she was the most beautiful baby girl I had ever seen. I was a mom, her mom.

2. What is the best and the worst parenting advice you’ve ever received?

Advice should be noted but not necessarily taken. Other people’s percepceptions can be bewildering. Quite frankly, I was a mother and knew what was best.

3. Except for Olivia, of course… What’s the best thing or part about being a mom?

The best thing about being a mom is hearing “LOVE YOU MAMA” when you least expect it. It’s the sheer joy only a mother will understand.

4. If you could have a “supermom” power, what would it be?

We are all ‘supermoms”. Moms trade heels for comfortable shoes, plan their days around school & activities, meal times etc …….That makes us SUPER !!

5. Looking back at your childhood, what are your thoughts on your own mama?

My mom was my “hero”. She listened to me and most importantly understood me. No one understands you like a mother. She taught me so much except, how to live without her.

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support

Order your own My Tiny Teepee online at www.mytinyteepee.co.za and get inspired on Instagram and Facebook.
  • La Fédé

Another mama of two.Chantelle Beukes is mom to Addison and Max and wife to Philip Beukes.

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support

She is also the creative mind and maker behind our all time favourite soft toy brand, La Fédé. Chantelle creates the coolest, most unique friends that any child would love and with themes such as the “values collection”, your little one is also learning important life lessons while playing. Maybe it’s thanks to our shared faith but I felt an instant connection to Chantelle and really adore her! Chantelle is strong, open and honest and a friend I wish I could spend more time with. Just being around her makes me a better wife, mother and friend. She is a woman I look up to and a blessing to every person she meets.

1. When did you feel like a mom for the 1st time? That 1st “I am a mama moment”.

My pregnancies where not the easiest. I have lower back problems, with open vertebrae. At 35 weeks pregnant with Addison – I had an x-ray to see if a normal birth would be possible. When I saw the x-ray of my baby, perfectly formed, it hit me that I was a mommy. It was such an emotional moment that I will remember for the rest of my life, and we have the coolest “sonar photo” one could ever ask for.

2. What is the best and the worst parenting advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I received was to trust my own instinct, the worst….oh golly so many “tips” come our way. I’m sure most mean to do good, but there isn’t one particular one that stands out as the worst to me.

3. Except for your Addison and Max, of course… What’s the best thing or part about being a mom?

The beauty of creation itself. How perfectly our bodies where made to carry and nurture a new life. How God knows exactly what you are capable of in the journey of motherhood.

4. If you could have a “supermom” power, what would it be?

Having multiple arms to carry out tasks and give as much one-on-one attention as is needed.

5. Looking back at your childhood, what are your thoughts on your own mama?

She cared for us deeply. And knew when she needed help, she wasn’t ever afraid to let us know that she didn’t have all the answers but that we’d be ok. She raised us strong and independent.

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support

If you haven’t seen La Fédé’s incredible collection of soft toys then you are missing out, these characters are the coolest and perfect for girls and boys! Visit online at www.lafede.co.za and check out what Chantelle is planning for the new collection via Instagram and Facebook.

 

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support

  • Little Interiors

Next up, meet Mariette Sakelliou. Married to Alexander and mama of 2 – it seems to be the lucky number for this group of mamas  – Alexia and Demetri.

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support

You may remember Mariette from our play post as the maker responsible for Ava’s dangle obsession… Educational toy designer is just one of the many mom boss hats she wears. She is also an excellent blogger, business woman and interior designer. Little Interiors showcases some of the best baby and kid room reveals and togerher with Chantelle (mentioned above) she’s the other half of The Collaborative – a curated collection of bespoke, proudly South African items sold at Kamer Makers during the course of the year.

Mariette’s eye for interior design and spotting the latest trends make it fun to follow her and it was our shared passion for loving local (and marrying Greek men😉) that has made us friends. Mariette’s answers to our 5 questions:

1. When did you feel like a mom for the 1st time? That 1st “I am a mama moment”.

It took me a while to feel like a “real mom”. At first I thought that people are so irresponsible for leaving me alone with a baby. The fist time I felt like a mom was when I had to make the first decision FOR my baby, she had no choice and is was basically up to me to decide for her.

2. What is the best and the worst parenting advice you’ve ever received?

Best “mom” advise – To receive laser therapy for breastfeeding while still in hospital.

Worst parenting advice – That my baby should not co-sleep with me. I adore my baby cuddle memories and it would be missed forever if I never had them.

3. Except for the littles, of course… What’s the best thing or part about being a mom?

The tribe that I have built since becoming a mom. I have always only kept a few close friends and meeting other moms and building my network of mom-friends has been amazing.

4. If you could have a “supermom” power, what would it be?

I would love to have the power to put a little protective bubble over the four of us. Not letting anything bad ever happen to anyone.

5. Looking back at your childhood, what are your thoughts on your own mama?

My mom was also an entrepreneur with a husband that also traveled a lot. She made it all look a lot easier.

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support

Subscribe to Mariette’s blog at www.littleinteriors.co.za (it is so worth your while) and also follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

 

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support

  • Sweet Lychee Kids

Hello Raeesah Mahomed, the designer, marketer and owner of yet another mother-daughter business, Sweet Lychee Kids. I’m sure you know this name from our previous post on “The ultimate list of Proudly South African clothing labels for kids“. Recently Raeesah also became a mom to her and husband Safdar’s first born, little boy, Naeem Hussein-Yousuf.

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support

Together these ladies are visionaries and never ceases to amaze. Not only are they always the front-runners when it comes to the latest in kids trends but the quality of their garments are unrivalled. These ladies absolutely love what they do and it’s always an honour getting to work with them showcasing their designs. Being an ex-clothing maker myself I understand the demands of the industry and seeing the success of mama-makers like Sweet Lychee Kids fills my heart with joy and pride.

1. When did you feel like a mom for the 1st time?

That 1st “I am a mama moment”.Definitely when I experienced a sleepless night for the first time. That was the night my little boy was born, and I couldn’t help feeling like I shouldn’t sleep, just incase my baby needed me.

2. What is the best and the worst parenting advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice was from my paediatrician who said you can never spoil a baby. When he cries or needs you – pick him up or hold him tight.

Worst advice – Being told to substitute breastfeeding for formula.

3. Except for Naeem, of course… What’s the best thing or part about being a mom?

Knowing that you are needed like a lifeline by your baby and of course seeing that gorgeous smile first thing in the morning.

4. If you could have a “supermom” power, what would it be?

The power to make our baby sleep through the night.

5. Looking back at your childhood, what are your thoughts on your own mama?

I realise the sacrifice my mum went through especially as a working mom. We were always taken care of and never left with nannies. It couldn’t have been easy.

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support
We drool over every item these ladies produce and you will definitely too so go spoil your little girl with something amazing from their online store at www.sweetlycheekids.co.za. The velvet winter bodysuits are a must-have this season! Keep up to date with the latest fashion trends when it comes to littles by following Sweet Lychee Kids on Instagram and Facebook.

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support

  • Jax & Ava

Our last mama maker featured is Charene Soares. Yet another mother of two; Jaxon and Ava and wife to Jordan. New to the makers circle, this mama only recently launched the first products…

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to supportBeautiful, fine art pregnancy and baby journals. The fresh, elegant, classic design echoes Charene’s own style and gives mamas obsessed with recording every little detail from conception to baby’s 5th birthday the opportunity to do so. Perfectly and beautifully organised. Other than the journals Charene also shares her motherhood journey over on her blog entitled Jax & Ava. Both of which are only her part-time jobs seeing as Charene is also in education.

This multi-talented mama is driven but somehow never fails to put her family first. What started out as a few DM’s back and fourth on Instagram, lead to a chance meeting at Sanlam HMC and is slowly growing into a friendship. I love getting to know Charene better and can’t wait to see where this new venture leads, wishing her all the success in the world.

1. When did you feel like a mom for the 1st time? That 1st “I am a mama moment”.

The first time I really felt like a mom was two nights into bringing Jaxon home from the hospital. All had gone so smoothly up until then, but the second night home, from about 11pm, he just cried and cried and cried. I tried EVERYTHING – I repeatedly breastfed, rocked him, checked his nappy a hundred times, he slept on me… All till 5am the next morning. That night I realised… I was really a mom. Turns out he was not sucking effectively while breastfeeding, and wasn’t getting much milk, so he was very hungry. But I only learnt this a day later when visiting the clinic.

2. What is the best and the worst parenting advice you’ve ever received?

WORST ADVICE – People telling me I am probably not making enough milk for my baby and should move on and give him/her formula. Instead of rather being given the advice as to how to keep my milk supply up or increase it as it was needed.

3. Except for your children, of course… What’s the best thing or part about being a mom?

There are SO MANY great things about being a mom! I love how I get to be a kid again myself, playing in the sand with my kids, or swinging on the swings on the playground, running around the house playing “peek-a-boo,” wrestling before bath time. Being messy and laughing so much, it hurts! My kids help me to not always take life too seriously, but rather just really soak up the moments.

4. If you could have a “supermom” power, what would it be?

Definitely to know what is wrong when they are babies just crying not being able to tell you what is wrong.

5. Looking back at your childhood, what are your thoughts on your own mama?

Looking back I realise what an amazing childhood I had, and just how totally and completely self-sacrificing my mom really was and still is. She cares solely about her children’s happiness. Knowing now what I have to sometimes sacrifice really makes me appreciate everything about her and what she did for us.

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support

Share is this gorgeous family’s life over at Jax & Ava and be sure to give them some love on Instagram. Charene will also be launching her online store soon for those pretty journals.

Just a Mamma May Momspiration South African mama makers to support

And that’s a wrap! I have loved reading all the answers to the 5 questions we asked the mamas featured during our May #momspiration series. Seeing how we differ and also share a lot of the same struggles and responses to motherhood is comforting in many ways. Did you have a favourite mama or maybe you wouldn’t mind sharing your own answer to any one of the questions asked. I would love to know so please feel free to leave me a comment below.

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