Who makes up your family?
We are a family of four that recently relocated to South Africa after 10 years in England. Our family consists out of my amazingly patient, hardworking and hilarious husband, Travis. He is a plumber and has recently started his new plumbing business on the North Coast. Myself Suret, born in Stellenbosch, grew up in Wellington and then back to Stellenbosch for my studies. I did a BComm in Business Management and after that a PGCE. Taught for 10 years in England, but was lucky enough to go part time over the last 3 years in order to spend some time with our little humans at home. We have two little ones, Jack and Harper. Jack will be 4 in September and he is obsessed with anything animal, dinosaur and superhero. He is a wild one, he has a lot of blonde curls and a proper little Mogli. Harper wlll be 2 in October and she is a very fierce little individual. She is very petite, and loves being a drama queen. Harper adores her brother and basically copies his every move. I think if she can be him, she would. We live in Salt Rock and absolutely love being back in sunny SA!
Describe yourself in three words?
Stubborn, Honest, Organised
Tell us about you brand?
Moany Polony is a brand of exclusive, handmade baby blankets. We only sell five blankets in each of the prints, and once those five blankets are sold, we no longer stock the fabric. Our blankets are all lovingly handmade by me. I pretty much cut fabrics on the lounge floor and sew on our dining table. Mostly in the evening once both kids finally go to sleep.
Tell us about the inspiration behind your brand?
Moany Polony came about as I was sewing away trying not to lose my mind during those extra long days waiting for Jack to make his appearance. He arrived at 42 weeks, and I was on maternity leave from 32 weeks. When I started buying all the items on ‘the list of things we need’, in preparation for his arrival, I really struggled to find blankets that I liked. Then also the nice blankets seemed way too small. Living in the UK meant a blanket was an essential item. I decided to head to a local fabric shop and make one myself. Then I received loads of compliments on the blankets, so I started making them as gifts. This then led to me starting to sell them on social media. Making blankets meant I no longer had to work full time and it allowed me to spend more time with our little tribe.
The biggest lesson you have learnt being a “momtrepreneur”?
There is never enough hours in the day. It is okay to go to bed when you haven’t done everything you were planning on doing that day. That even though you are still thinking about that email you haven’t send, or the dishwasher that you didn’t unpack, regardless the sun will still rise and life goes on. I have always been slightly obsessed with making lists and getting things done. Trying to make sure I go to bed knowing I can have a good nights rest, not stressing about things I didn’t do. Fast forward roughly 4 years and this is no longer possible. I don’t actually even have time to stress about the things I didn’t do, as I pretty much haven’t slept in 4 years. Jokes aside, when I go to bed at night I probably do most of my work. I am that person that sends emails at 3:03am and also use this time to respond to everything else I didn’t get to all day. So even though I try get there in the end it doesn’t mean it’s always a smooth ride. It is so important to try and remind yourself that there are loads of parents, just like you, just winging it, also make sure you laugh through the madness that parenthood and working from home brings.
Why should one support local?
Why wouldn’t you?! It is our future and we are trying to create a place where our kids will have jobs and live happily. After being abroad for 10 years I am also happy to report back that the grass is definitely not always greener. There is so much incredible local talent and products, that there is seriously no need to support anywhere else.
What inspires you to get up each morning?
If you could change one thing in the world for your children what would it be?
One thing to change would be to eliminate violence. To cut violence out of the equation. To teach our kids that violence is never the answer. It’s so important for change to start with us as parents and how we raise this next generation. There is also a very long list of things that I would like to make my children aware of, rather than scared of.