- Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.
Hi, I’m Miriam I am mum to one little girl, who is now 3 years old and we live in Notting Hill, West London. I am the founder of Mimi’s Bowl. When I started weaning my daughter, I was looking for another parent-voice with realistic advice. I am not promoting any products, ranges or cookbooks I am just a parent writing about what we eat at home and what works for us as a busy family, in the hope that it makes weaning simpler for other mums like me. Today, Mimi’s Bowl is an online destination for parent friendly recipes.
- How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?
I am naturally an organised person and I always plan ahead. I try and write a new to do list each morning, with a realistic set of goals for the day and the longer week. I am very fortunate that I work from home and for myself, which means I can be flexible with my working hours too. However, this can mean I don’t “switch off”, I am trying to make more time to switch off my phone and take time out, in the evenings and at weekends.
- What top tips would you give to any working mum?
Be kind to yourself and be passionate about your work. We are all doing our best and that is as much as we can give. Celebrate the moments of success and let go of any failures, or bad days; tomorrow is a new day.
- What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?
I have lived in London all my life and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. It feels incredibly special to be able to share the places of my childhood, with my own daughter: from the Peter Pan Statue in Hyde Park to the Natural History Museum.
At the moment, we love spending time in Holland Park at the weekends as a family: it’s good to get some fresh air and watch my daughter run around. We also visit Portobello market frequently, I am always inspired for new recipes, by the fruit and vegetable market on Fridays.
- How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
Time offline! As I spend so much time online, working and sharing information across various social channels anytime not connected gives me a chance to reset.
- What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?
Becoming a Mum has been the greatest journey of my life: children take you on all sorts of adventures you wouldn’t imagine and bring so many new people into your world. It takes a village…!
But, no one can prepare you for the level of exhaustion you feel: or the sense of worry.
- Tell us something people don’t know about you.
I am a scholar from Kings College Cambridge; I trained as an Art Historian. My working life to date took quite a dramatic turn after university and I left academic life for the world of fashion.
I also can’t cook rice: people ask me all the time if there is anything I struggle to cook. Rice is my nemesis.
- Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
Build a support network of other parents; sharing your journey is invaluable. Listen to and always trust your instincts.
- I’m a mum and……
I’m a mum and… on a mission end “babyfood panic” and make family cooking easy.
- Finally, what do you love most about Kensington Mums?
A great way to connect to other parents locally and find out what’s going on nearby.