Your name: Emma Ross (www.mamalina.co)
Occupation: Part time employee at Google, Part time mum, Blogger, Vlogger
Name and age of your little one(s): Jack, who is about to turn 2 and I’m 32 weeks pregnant with number 2
A little bit about yourself:
We live in London but I’m a bit of a hippy at heart. This means my poor husband has to put up with frequent requests for us to up sticks and move to the countryside to live with chickens and cows. In the absence of that particular situation arising, we try to escape to green space / abroad whenever we can. I absolutely love travelling (we recently went backpacking around Costa Rica – an amazing and life changing though at times, exhausting experience with our toddler), yoga, crafting, cooking and anything with a DIY twist. Most of all, I love my tribe; becoming a mother was the best thing that ever happened to me.
A sneak peek into your fridge (the good, the bad and the ugly!):
You’re asking a heavily pregnant lady quite a question here… I’m a big fan of avocados (obviously - who isn’t these days?) as well as eggs (boiled and runny) and fruit (anything with a high sugar content, currently) This pregnancy I have been obsessed with fruit! I also love bread, pasta and of course, chocolate. Right now we desperately need to do a food shop so we have pretty much only an aubergine, a block of cheese and a languishing hulk of bread.
Favourite thing about being a mum:
Having a best mate that you actually created.
What is the one product YOU couldn’t live without:
My bed – right now it is my favourite place and thing in the world.
What is the one product your child couldn’t live without:
My herb drawer – there is nothing he loves more than pulling out a jar of cumin and sprinkling it all over the kitchen floor. And then stepping in it and swishing (is that a word?) brown powder everywhere.
Why do you feel it’s important to live healthily?
I am convinced that the ‘healthy mind healthy body’ connection is real and when your body feels good, your head will too, and vice versa.
Your top tip for other parents:
Music! Use lullabies, singing, even just the humble “hush” whenever you can. Do not underestimate the power of your voice and how soothing this can be for your child.
Best #parentingfail story:
When I was washing up at the sink, and Jack was at crawling stage. I’d accidentally left the cupboard door open, and worse than that, I’d left the lid off a tin of paint. I turned around to find his face and hands smeared with black paint and a very cheeky grin. THANK GOSH it was chalkboard paint so only chalk based, and nothing that a bath couldn’t solve. Unfortunately I was too panicked to take any photos. (that’s probably a #parentingfail on a #parentingfail then isn’t it?)
You favourite quote:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
One key life lesson you learnt from your mum or dad?
Always walk along holding hands with your partner.
One lesson you hope you’ll teach you’re children when they’re all grown up:
Don’t judge people – everyone has their own shit going on and it is always possible to find a point of connection with everyone – so be curious, that’s how you learn about people. (That’s a few lessons, I think, soz.)