- Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
My name is Keri Jamieson and I am the founder of KeriKit – gorgeous, versatile Kit bag for busy stylish mums. I have 3 children, my son Jasper turns 8 soon and my twins are about to turn 6, and then there is my 4th baby KeriKit!
- How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
The key to juggling work and life as a mother, for me, is a mixture of being organised and not sweating the small stuff. I have learnt to put myself first too. I know that sounds selfish but you can’t pour from an empty cup so it’s important to take time for yourself. During this very challenging time it is harder than ever to find balance as a mother and business woman so I have had to make compromises. Now I wake up at 6:00am to check emails and do my yoga before the kids wake up. We spend the morning home schooling, have lunch and then try and get out for some exercise with the kids. In the afternoon they watch something slightly educational on TV if we are lucky and then at 5.30pm my husband takes over so I can start work at 6! I work till 9:30pm but then make myself stop so I can take time out myself and spend some important time with my husband.
- What top tips would you give to any working mum?
Get an aupair! I know that sounds flippant but in all honestly it’s the only way I can work guilt free knowing my kids are having a great time too. With an extra pair of hands I can focus on doing fun things with my kids in the free time I have but when I am in work mode I know they are being well looked after and loved too. I realise not everyone can just go out and get an aupair for various reasons but if you can’t get an aupair and you want to work or build a business then get a Virtual assistant far sooner than you think you need to. They can help take away the smaller jobs and free you up to be more strategic.
- What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?
I don’t live in London anymore but when I did and Jasper was born I used to walk around the westfield nearly every day while he napped and take the free cinnamon pretzel samples on each lap! (they hated me) As he got older I loved heading down to the south bank and strolling down by the waters edge, and I love the girls I met during baby yoga and how easy it was to meet for a coffee as we were all so local to each other. I love living in the countyside now but I still love heading back into London regularly for photo shoots and work meetings followed by dinner with friends.
- How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
I define quality me time as anything that raises my mood and makes me happy. That could be Yoga alone or in a group or a gorgeous run or a walk with my family. For me if it makes me happy and makes me smile then I’m using my time wisely just because it’s me time doesn’t mean it has to be something I do alone, it’s about spending quality time with special people that makes me feel better about myself.
- What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?
My least favourite thing about parenthood is that I don’t get to press stop when they are being really cute and you will worry about them for the rest of their lives! I’m glad I waited to have my children later although that was kind of a card that was dealt to me as we had IVF in the end. However it gave me plenty of time to do all the things I wanted with my husband and go on amazing holidays and create amazing memories so that when my children came along I was quite happy for a change and parenthood was welcomed. My favourite thing about parenthood is watching them grow up I love seeing them develop every day and see how their characters grow. Their personalities are so unique even from day one but as they get older you can really start to enjoy spending time with them and enjoy their funny perception on life! I can’t wait to see them achieve small and great things and I want to be there for it all.
My favourite thing is just being a family and the love and energy (sometimes!) that brings to every day life… The worst thing is worrying about everyone all the time!
- Tell us something people don’t know about you.
I can do a three leaf clover with my tongue which I’m told is quite rare!
- Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
My advice for first-time mum is trust your instincts and try to enjoy the journey I know that sounds like a cliche but stressing and sweating the small stuff really isn’t worth it in the long run. Don’t think you will remember each little kick, first step and new tooth, I can barely remember what I did this morning and I wish I had logged all the things I was so sure I would never forget – because I did! My suggestion is write them down in a book and take photos then get a book made of the pregnancy, their first ear and so on. Cherish those final moments that you don’t have a child – take time to be with your partner and do some really nice things together, also take time for you and make sure you get your haircut and all the essentials done because after the baby is born you won’t have time for anything else and actually you may just want to stay inside and enjoy your baby moon. Of course I’m going to mention your mummy bag! make sure you get something that makes you happy as picking up a great bag will make you feel better about yourself and knowing you have all your essentials organised and in one place will lower your stress levels too – a happy mum equals a happy baby!
Finally I would say don’t put too much pressure on yourself and congratulate yourself and your body for what you are achieving! Try to say positive things to yourself each day and although there will be hard days and times you want to punch your partner in the face – these will pass.
- I’m a mum and……
and I am proud of what I have achieved. I have my own business and 3 happy independent loved children. They see me creating something that I am truly proud of and it’s amazing to see how proud they are of me too. I’m learning to find balance in my life and take time for myself which helps me to be the best mother I can be for my children.
- 10. Finally, please let us know what you love most about Kensington Mums?
I love Kensington Mums because they are so connected to what mums really need right now. They are a great source of inspiration and off fantastic advice for new mums and modern parents. I feel certain things are now very outdated but Kensington Mums always seems to have their finger on the pulse with new tricks, life hacks and fashion tips that make mums feel like they are connected to the world throughout pregnancy and beyond. I’m also really grateful for the support they have showed my brand and I love Dina even though we have not met yet!