WHAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF MOTHERHOOD?
MH: Being Tired!
Needing to have the adaptability to respond to the ever-changing mood of children, especially during puberty where you have to deal with the multiple personalities and that’s in each child!
It’s the equivalent to being a general in an army.. ……you have to be ready to “encompass all strategic decision-making during wartime and peacetime”
Finally being extremely proud. I want them to be independent, have other peoples backs and to stand up for what’s right ……. and smile! These all cost nothing and I have observed this in my children.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WITH YOUR MUM?
SM: We are both big foodies so anything that involves catching up usually revolves around food!
Mum is also an amazing cook so we share plenty of meals at home and eating out when we can also. Over food are conversations and laughing so this would have to be our favourite catch up. We also enjoy a good shop together, often at Penny! Usually convincing each other on a purchase so the other can borrow!
WHAT DID YOUR MUM TEACH YOU ABOUT STYLE?
SM: I think mum having three daughters is always asking our opinion, however I don’t think she realises she has her own funky style. I think what she wears often shows her personality. Always fun and bright and alternative which sums up mum.
HOW IS YOUR STYLE SIMILAR OR DIFFERENT TO YOUR MUMS?
SM: I think we both like things a little bit different. Having a young mum and not too far apart in age has meant we have shared clothes for a number of years now. So even if we have different styles the sharing of wardrobes means we end up sharing each other’s style.
DO YOU LIVE BY ANY ADVICE YOUR MUM HAS GIVEN YOU?
MH: No real words of wisdom, Mum led by example and she would always make people laugh no matter how silly it made her look. People always left our house with a full belly and she didn’t care of your history/background everyone was treated with the same respect.
SM: Mum didn’t so much give specific advice – more so the way she is and they way she spoke about different things growing up and the actions she would do are engrained in myself and my siblings. Actions always spoke more volume with mum. Even as a young girl I would have been younger than 10, I still remember us driving along Bank Street and it was raining and mum pulling over to an older lady walking and offering them a ride and taking her home. Another time walking out of the supermarket and her helping and elderly man carry things he was struggling with. Mum would do these sorts of things daily and she still does. The way she is, I believe she learned from her mum. Grandma was a very important lady to both of us and mum is getting more and more like her every day. Her kindness to anyone and ability to make everyone around her smile and laugh is something you hope and think you try and do for others also. I certainly see this in my siblings as well - the thoughtful adults they have grown up to be and the fun and happy supportive people they are to their friends, I think they are this way because of mums’ advice and actions over the years.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL MOTHER'S DAY...
SM: Waking up to a spotless home with not a basket of washing in sight or bench to wipe! Essentially no housework required! 😉 All my kids running in jumping on me in bed giving me cuddles and going through their home-made cards. I love reading the cards and there is usually one from Dustin as well. I love he writes a card knowing I love it as he hates cards and thinks they are a waste! Ha ha. I love enjoying the 5 minutes of sweetness before the sibling morning fights begin! A family walk or bike ride to get coffee. Eating out somewhere for lunch then in and then ideally if the Port Fairy May weather provided a beach day with the family would be just perfect. Somewhere throughout would be an hour to myself whether it was a sneaking a drink with the girls or an hour for a walk or reading a book to just take a breath and enjoy some me time.
MH: I would start with breakfast out with all the family and grandchildren. It could be as simple as sitting on the green and grabbing takeaways. Just as long as we are all together. And then they can all give me the rest of the day in peace. haha
HOW HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED AFTER CHILDREN?
SM: Definitely the “active wear trend” couldn’t have come at a better time. I think the running around after children, be it in and out of the car or house work – the lycra and runner trend has suited us mums well! Comfort is key. I enjoy being able to go to work and dress up in some local pieces usually from Penny! Or out for dinner with the girls - but the second I’m home its active wear or tackies and ugg boots – I think the preferred style for most mums!
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WITH YOUR CHILDREN?
SM: Conversations. I honestly love it when we get time for the chats and usually its when putting them to bed, they will do anything to avoid going to sleep. I love hearing about their day or the funny little questions or things they are thinking when they are growing. The way their little minds are ticking and thinking, the innocence of their age is my favourite.
HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK AND MOTHERHOOD?
SM: It’s always a juggle and a daily job in itself – however organisation is key. Overall, I think I’m a pretty organised person with lists at work and home. Sometimes I find it hard to go to sleep so I usually email myself in bed all those thoughts and jobs to be done the next day be it work or family jobs and I think getting it out of the head onto a list that can be crossed off the next day helps. I also couldn’t have this career and a happy home life being a mum without supportive husband and colleagues. Dustin is and always been such a hands-on dad and definitely helps me with the juggle – even if he needs a list supplied! 😉
DO YOUR CHILDREN GIVE YOU STYLE ADVICE?
SM: Not so much style advice, but I must say I do love on the odd occasion I’m heading out for dinner with friends rushing around getting ready, when I walk out Billy will sometimes say, “You look beautiful mum” and the odd time he does that I melt and also think I must have got it right tonight. I think Billy could give his dad some advice 😉
MH: All the girls do and I love all their different styles.
WHAT IS ON YOUR PENNY & REIBY WISH LIST?
SM: Where do we start!! Its all beautiful!
I do love the Grampians rugs. Would be handy for footy season ahead.
And loving the newer label Roame that’s been stocked, some fun and different pieces that always catch your eye.
MH: What ever comes in on delivery day. Wink Wink