I first met Rosie China at The Shop Small Event where Rosie and her husband were manning the stall, I couldn't resist ordering some beautiful hand carved personalised baubles for our Christmas tree ...and signing them up to the Mama Brown & Co store!
Rosie's collection of handmade wooden decor pieces now sit beautifully in our Decor and Party sections and I was excited to find out more about how Rosie manages her daily juggle. As mama to three lively little boys and business boss queen, a day in her life is certainly busy! Read on to find out how she juggles it all from her home and workshop in the Devonshire countryside.
I am generally woken up between 5 and 5.30am by one of the boys, I try to get them back to sleep but this doesn't always work. My husband works away during the week so once one of them is awake the rest are sure to follow. Jasper & Herbie join me in our room but they aren't allow to go downstairs till 7am, and Felix is generally quiet until 7. Once 7am hits we head down to breakfast, if breakfast isn't served straight away things go into melt down! We then all have breakfast together and I end up scoffing mine while trying to stop Jasper & Herbie running about and Felix from trying to throw it all on the floor or climb out the highchair. I then tidy up all the mess of cereal all over the floor and we head up for a shower. Jasper stays and watches tv while Felix and Herbie and I shower. I get 2 days a week to make orders where Felix gets picked up by the nanny at 8 am and the other two head to preschool for 9am.
"It makes it all worth it though when you get orders coming in. My most memorable work moment with Rosie Meringue was getting a £310 order from one customer, I couldn't believe it!"
From 9ish to 5ish
Jasper has preschool 4 days a week, Herbie 2 days and Felix is with a nanny 2 days too. Those days we leave the house at 8.50am and walk to preschool. The days we don't have preschool revolve entirely around the boys and I get nothing else done as they are all still so young. There is no way I can get any work done while they are about as theres always fights to break up and they are generally chaos!
The 2 days a week when I don't have the boys I head to my workshop and spend the days cutting orders ready to pack when the boys are in bed in the evening. Most work is done in the evenings here.
I love being able to spend so much time with the boys in the day but I also love that 2 days without them being able to focus on work and not nap and feed times. I feel like a proper adult for a few hours. It makes it all worth it though when you get orders coming in. My most memorable work moment with Rosie Meringue was getting a £310 order from one customer, I couldn't believe it!
Dinner is normally at 5pm depending on how grumpy the boys are and how long it takes to prepare! They love cheesy pasta which is the emergency go to. While my husband is working away in the week I try to eat dinner with the boys which it means I have my evening free and only have to cook once. After they have eaten I leave the dinner carnage and mess till they have gone to bed, so we head straight up to the bath.
They love bath time and usually run or crawl around like mad men afterwards from all the excitement of the bath. We then watch some TV before bed to chill out. Bedtime is anywhere between 6pm & 7pm. Once they are in bed and asleep I head down and clean up from dinner and then I then sit down to do all my work. The only time I really get to work is in the evenings, whether this is Rosie Meringue work or general life admin. I then work till 12pm, I would love to just have a bath and chill on the sofa but theres always so much to do I never get time for that.
Work from home
Once they are in bed and asleep I head down and clean up from dinner, do the dishwasher, washing and cook dinner for us. I then finally get time to sit down to work. The only time I really get to work is in the evenings or when the boys are in childcare, whether this is Rosie Meringue work or general life admin. I then work solidly from 8ish until midnight depending how tired I am from the day.
Some nights if I have lots of cutting to do I'll head to the workshop when my husband gets home and try to get in a few hours of cutting and sanding before it gets too late. I'm very lucky in the fact that me and my husband both have workshops over at my parents farm which is 10 minutes away, so getting there to work is nice and easy. And if there's a night when we both really need to work we put the boys to bed at my parents then transfer them to the car to come home when we have finished working.
I would love to just have a bath and chill on the sofa but theres always so much to do. Maybe one day we will get a night off, but I also love doing what I do and having the ability to work around the boys so maybe not!
"If the boys are getting restless we normally head over to my parents farm. Jasper loves to just run about and dig with his diggers in all the mud."
Weekends are usually quite similar to the weekdays. I get a bit of help from my husband in the morning and evenings, although he works a lot of the weekends too as he too is self employed. If the boys are getting restless we normally head over to my parents farm. Jasper loves to just run about and dig with his diggers in all the mud.
They absolutely adore my mum and would head over there everyday if they were allowed. It also means we get to pop in to say hi to dad in his workshop. If we can't go over to the farm we just get outside to the park or beach and blow the cobwebs away.
There is very little time for me time at the moment with work and the boys, and this is something I want to change but don't see it happening for a little while. When my husband is home at the weekends I do like to take an hour or so in the evening to just sit on the sofa with him when I can. Although I could not get through the week without some sweet treat to keep my energy levels up, oh and also pre-school for Jasper, that definitely saves my sanity as he's such a live wire...!