Carrie Anne Roberts, founder of Mère Soeur and mum to River documents her journey through motherhood to thousands of followers on social media and sells special treats to Mums to acknowledge their amazing work. She tell us what inspires her, and how she manages her work/life balance.
Tell us a bit about Mère Soeur
Mère Soeur was born from a need to celebrate sisterhood among mothers. After River was born I felt incredibly lonely, but I found so much comfort, strength and inspiration in the women around me (online and in real life) and I knew I wanted to develop those ideas and throw as much positivity out into the mama world as possible.
I wanted to create fun, empowering and (mostly) practical treats for Mums who want to give themselves a big ol’ pat on the back. It’s good to acknowledge your hard work and treat yourself, no?!?
What's your favourite Mère Soeur product this season?
Ooo that’s a toughie! I’d say the Mama Gang tee will always have a special place in my heart but the new black and rose gold pin has me swooning (and waiting by the letterbox every day for the new batch to arrive).
What tips would you give to new Mums to help them to make the most of maternity leave?
Do your best not to let anyone muscle in on your mama and baby time. The in-laws and your cousin’s father’s friends uncle-to-be can all wait their turn. That being said, ask for help when you need it and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Every moment is precious and mat leave whizzes by in a heartbeat even if your days feel like weeks.
How do you juggle being a Mum whilst working on Mère Soeur ?
Badly! You’ll find me tapping away on my laptop or packing orders at every opportunity. Nap times, when Riv is under the spell of cBeebies, when he’s sitting in the toy box playing happily etc.
He recently started nursery but unfortunately we had an awful experience so I pulled him out after 3 weeks. Team the no childcare situation with the fact that I don’t live with Riv’s dad (I’m in Wales and he’s in Essex!) and you’ve got a particularly frazzled young mama.
It can be so hard for Mums to manage a family life and a career. Is there anything you feel you've sacrificed in choosing your balance?
I do feel the guilt sometimes but I know that if I didn't do what I do then I’d have to go to work full time and I’d be away from him for long periods of time. That’s something I never wanted, so when the guilt creeps up on me I brush it off in a heartbeat.
We know all Mums are amazing, but are there any that you've found particularly inspiring?
There are so so many. I have a lot to thank some Mums for. The first superwoman who pops into my head is @littlebirddoula. Her IG feed and open, honest words have helped me through a number of tough mama humps. The work she does and the space she has created for other women to share their stories (@motherhoodrising) is phenomenal too. A true celebrator of women.
Then I have gal pals closer to home like the ladies behind Tiba + Marl. Hardworking, supportive, hilarious and achingly cool. Love ‘em love ‘em love ‘em.
My soul sister @jodyewen inspires me every day. Her work ethic is insane AND she is an incredibly positive, loving and patient woman. Fact: she once singlehandedly cured my blocked duct with a steamy lavender bath, her dressing gown and lots of love. Check her out on Crafted Sisterhood too.
Make us feel better about ourselves. What's your secret mum fail?
Where do I start? I guess I feel most guilty about the times when I have to finish printing or packing or planning or emailing and River is left to entertain himself with Yo Gabba Gabba and little nibs of chocolate. I wouldn’t have a business if it wasn’t for choc and Youtube.
Where in London are your favourite places to hang out with your family?
Up until recently I’d have been happy with anywhere that has enough space for my buggy and is close to a step-free access tube station. But now River is older I’m excited to start letting him explore during the summer months. We love a good gallery *ahem! gift shop* visit too!
What’s next for Mère Soeur?
Lots more new designs and product lines to put a smile on mamas faces. Next up is the look book shoot, the website and blog launch followed by designing designing designing!
I’ll be trying to fit in a few mama gatherings too so keep your eyes peeled!
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