Meet The MP Mums 

In celebration of Mother’s Day we had the opportunity to spotlight six inspiring mother’s on the best advice they’ve been given as a mum, balancing work and motherhood and go-to looks for the mum on the go.

Jules Sebastian

How do you find the right balance between working full time and motherhood?

Since my 6 year old started school, I have managed to squeeze my work life into school hours (for the most part). I only ever take on what I realistically think I can do well within the hours that I have. I have stopped overcommitting and concentrated on family being my first priority and work second. I don’t know if it’s a balance, but it’s certainly something!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as a mum?

Loose the guilt! I used to be the queen of ‘mothers guilt’. I have spoken to so many mum’s about this, and it’s a common feeling, but it’s also a wasted feeling. Guilt doesn’t exist if you don’t feed the feeling. When I realised that, I made a decision to stop feeling that way and enjoy every minute I’m with the kids and at work.

What did you learn from your mother about being a mum?

You are bringing up your children to let them go. I think as Mum’s we think they will be little forever, but there will come a day when they will spread their wings and fly away! My Mum always said, we are raising adults, which when you think about it helps parenting on so many levels. It’s our job to teach them to be good citizens of the world, who not only contribute to society but also clean up after themselves. 

What’s your ideal Mother’s Day?
SLEEP IN! Just let me sleep till 8am and I’ll  be the happiest mother in history. Then a day with my family – I honestly don’t care what we do, as long as we’re together!

What’s your favourite go-to look when spending time with the family.
I’m really into linen right now. It’s so comfortable yet stylish at the sametime. It’s
easy to throw on and it comes in neutral colours which is my favourite thing to wear.

Favourite MP gift ideas? What would be on the top of your list?

I am loving the Bum Bags and Belt Bags! So cute. Also, a special gift is a personalised Jewellery Box or Jewellery Roll. One of each!

Kara Ryan

How do you find the right balance between working full time and motherhood?

I’ve found balance like most mums, by trying to do everything at the same pace as before children it’s just not obtainable.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as a mum?

Be easy on yourself, motherhood is like an apprenticeship everything gets easier as you are more experienced and learn what kind of Mother you want to be.

What did you learn from your mother about being a mum?

Being the eldest of three children raised by a single mum with no support I learnt how to live with little and if I wanted nice things I had to work hard for it. 

This this hard work and determination drove me (at age 23) to open my first Hair Salon. 

What’s your ideal Mother’s Day?

Sleeping in and being part of whatever my children “think” is what I’d want for Mother’s Day. The looks on there face is priceless! 

What’s your favourite go-to look when spending time with the family?

My whole family are always in activewear unless we are required to dress up (usually Stella McCartney by Adidas)

Favourite MP gift ideas? What would be on the top of your list?

There is literally so many gift options in the MP range, from staple pieces like the Angular Tote Bag to Evening Bags. At the top my list would be the T-bar handle Bag Mauve Grainy Leather

Magdalena Roze

How do you find the right balance between working and motherhood?

Its a tricky one and Im not sure if a true balance is even possible, but when it comes to work opportunities I definitely focus on quality over quantity. And the truth is that I’ve consciously and happily dropped a few balls so that I can keep the balls that really matter afloat. I could possibly do more (can’t we always?) but I have a little strategy that helps me prioritise. When faced with a choice I ask myself, “when I say yes, what am I saying no to? And if I say no, what am I allowing room for?” Most of the time the answer will be very clear. I’m fortunate that when we moved to Byron Bay, I completely shifted the way I work so it’s more flexible and project based, and this has been very helpful now having small children. I want to make the most of this messy, magical time before they go off to school and forget about me!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as a mum?

Surrender to the phase of life and embrace it for all its messiness, with a sense of humour. Try and be present and dont rush! We have such a tendency to hurry everywhere, with places to go and people to see, but I often ask myself “what am I rushing for? and “will it make a difference if it takes an extra 2 minutes because Archie wants to dawdle down the stairs or put his own shoes on?” What I’ve found is that more often than not, there is no need to hurry and when we take our time walking up the street, he will stop and point out the tiniest ant carrying something or something random that I never would have noticed. “Being present” is what kids just do naturally and then we spend the rest of our adult life trying to tap into that again through meditation, yoga and everything else! I’ve found that the best way of being present is just to hang out and connect with a child. They really are our greatest teachers.

What did you learn from your mother about being a mum?

The importance of the village and community in raising a child. My parents moved to Australia in the early 80s with a number of other Polish families and while it was unconventional at the time, they decided to all live next door to each other in townhouses to share the load. So I remember my neighbours houses always being open, and being able to pop in for a snack or play whenever we wanted. As toddlers we all played and ate together, and when we started school the mums would take it in turns to carpool and drop all the kids off. They all came to Australia with very little and had to work, so this was survival in many ways. There’s so much pressure on parents to “do it all” in our modern society and it’s not sustainable. It takes a tribe!

What’s your ideal Mother’s Day?

Morning coffee, lazy breakfast and crossword with my boys and then a morning to myself! Something nice for lunch and then an afternoon siesta for the whole family with a little beach adventure and picnic dinner around sunset. Red wine compulsory.

What’s your favourite go-to look when spending time with the family.

Something fresh, floaty and comfortable like a white linen dress. I should really mix it up a bit and they’re highly impractical with two messy boys but it’s quick and feminine (and breast feeding friendly) and suits our laid-back Byron Bay lifestyle.

Favourite MP gift ideas? What would be on the top of your list?

The monogrammed Cosmetic Cases are pretty special and such a chic way to travel! Who wouldnt want one?! The Shopper Bag (which I have in black) is also the perfect all rounder.

 

Rebecca Stevens

How do you find the right balance between working full time and motherhood?

Don’t try to do too much, no-one’s going to die if you don’t meet a deadline! You won’t get the cuddle time back.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as a mum?

Sleep when baby sleeps!

What did you learn from your mother about being a mum?

Ask for help from family, friends and husband! People are happy to help you, don’t try to be a superhero, you’ll only end up getting burned out, and that’s no good for anyone.

What’s your ideal Mother’s Day?

Walk with baby, brekkie out at a chilled café, Netflix, cup of tea and cuddles with my boy!

What’s your favourite go-to look when spending time with the family.

Jeans or slouch pant, classic white tee and leopard print slides (and spare t-shirt in case bub has a spew!)

Favourite MP gift ideas? What would be on the top of your list?

Oh, I love the Classic Wallet in tan and Cosmetics Cases!

Rachael Finch

How do you find the right balance between working full time and motherhood?

It’s a challenge I won’t lie! But I’m tuning into my body everyday through breath work, meditation and self-love. When I take the time to nourish my mind and body before any other commitments, I notice I am calmer and more connected, which gives me the ability to make decisions from my soul as opposed to a stressed state. I love walking our dog, meditating, taking a bath and relaxing on the couch without thinking about any plans.

Best pieces of advice you’ve been given as a mum?

My dad actually said to me once when Violet was born, “If you can get just one thing done during the day with a baby, you’re doing a good job”. I have always remembered this. We put so much pressure on ourselves to achieve and accomplish, I think it’s more important than ever to slow down and remind ourselves that the real beauty lies in simplicity.

What did you learn from your mother about being a mum?

Mum would take off her last pair of shoes for a stranger if they needed them. I saw Mum show so much kindness throughout my childhood to those around her and to me. This will stick with me my entire life and I will always be grateful for the sacrifices she made to allow us to enjoy growing up.

Ideal Mother’s Day?

Spending time outside either at the park or on the beach with the kids, eating at our favourite café and watching a movie on the couch at night!

Favourite go-to look when spending time with family?

Something with comfort and ease. Activewear is always my go-to and usually the first item I pull from my second drawer in the morning. At the moment my favourite leggings and crop are the Linx set from my range B.O.D by Finch. The leggings are high waisted, supportive and the print is our feminine take on the animal vibe! I usually throw a tank over this with large arm holes to make it edgy.

Fave Mon Purse gift ideas?

I love personalised Toiletry bags. There’s something special about arriving at your destination, checking in to the hotel and placing your personalised Pouch in the bathroom for your stay.

 Sally Obermeder

How do you find the right balance between working and motherhood?

The demands of juggling my media career, SWIISH, and completing the finishing touches on the next book with my sister Maha Corbett do not distract me from what requires my full and considered attention to my girls – Annabelle and Elyssa. When I am with them all the other demands are put to one side and I just focus and enjoy my time with them. Sometimes I juggle it so well, and I’m like, ‘I’m such a rock star!’ and then the next week I am in tears everyday thinking, ‘Oh my God, this is a disaster!’ I think I have learnt to accept that some weeks it goes to plan and some weeks it just doesn’t, and that’s the nature of life. It takes a long time to accept it.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as a mum?

Just roll with it! I had a real turning point late last year when I decided that I’m going to stop trying to have a set routine that I create in January of each year that carries me through the entire year because I have finally accepted after ten years that the nature of my job is that it is a job with no routine, so I have gone, ‘Okay, I am going to stop trying to force it into a box and make it fit and then getting pissed off when it doesn’t fit. I am just going to look at this week on its own and next week on its own and just keep it a little bit fluid’. Some weeks that means I work all day Saturday, some weeks that means I work five nights after Annabelle and Elyssa have gone to bed, I really just roll with each day as best I can.

What did you learn from your mother about being a mum?

Always believe in yourself. Trust your instincts and follow your dreams. My mantra is ‘be your own cheerleader, don’t wait for others to encourage you to pursue your dreams’. If you do, you could be waiting a long time. The onus is on you to make the life around you what you want it to be.

What’s your ideal Mother’s Day?

Spending the day with Marcus and the girls and (hopefully) a big indulgent seafood lunch. Sunday mornings are always family mornings in our household; so we will go out for breakfast followed by the park or the zoo. Alternatively we stay in and just potter while I make smoothies and cook breakfast, and Marcus is in charge of the coffees. We build lego or play Barbies and eat and talk and laugh with the girls. As long as I am with them on Mother’s Day, it really doesn’t matter what we do!

What’s your favourite go-to look when spending time with the family.

My style has always been about mixing classic, investment items with seasonal pieces. I love fashion and I’m all about looking for luxe for less pieces that embrace the trends of the seasons. My style hasn’t really changed since becoming a mum. I wore high heels all throughout my pregnancy – I’m more prone to falling over in flats HA! I love trends and I’m always looking to incorporate them with my current wardrobe. I’m quite partial to white, denim and anything with a hint of sparkle.

Favourite MP gift ideas? What would be on the top of your list?

Large Cosmetic Case – the ultimate gift for every woman on the go!

Large Pouch in black –very versatile and can be used for so many things!

iPhone Case in tan – who doesn’t love a tan leather and gold combo?!