March is the month where we celebrate many things including Mother's Day and International Women's Day so I thought it appropriate to feature some inspiring mums and we'll be showcasing them throughout March - hope you enjoy the "March of Inspiring Mums" series!
Our interview today is with Danielle Wallington, owner and founder of milknfizz, a unique business which organises mum and baby events with a difference! Connecting local and like-minded women through bespoke events and thoughtful experiences – designed with a touch of luxury - Danielle's events are a great way for mums to mingle, have a glass of fizz and most events are also baby-friendly like her upcoming brunch at Hatfield House with the renowned Mother Pukka on Friday 23rd March. Click here for tickets.
Danielle is a mum to her little boy who's 16 months old. She lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
1. Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I’ve always had a passion for organising and planning and after having my son in 2016 I saw a gap in the market for local mum and baby events with a difference! So with over 9 years experience in event management, and not being able to return to my previous job part time, I decided to set up ‘milknfizz’. My aim is to help connect like-minded women locally, hosting bespoke events with a touch of luxury, which, let’s be honest you don’t always get at home with the kids! Working with local brands and business, hearing from expert speakers and getting together for a glass of fizz… or two!
As well as looking after my son I also work part time as a PR and fundraising manager at a local youth charity and I’ve recently become a team leader for an evening networking group ‘Mums UnLtd’.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I was once in the Guinness Book of World Records! I can't remember the title of it but it was the largest ‘stomp’ dance.
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
That's a tough one as I don't think I’ve quite ‘figured’ that out yet.. but if you have found anyone that has, please send them my way!
1- ‘Plan’ - plan your week as best you can, I have 2 days of childcare every week and try to do a few evenings after my son has gone to bed. One of the things I’ve found helpful is using a social media planning tool and scheduling your Facebook posts so it’s one less thing to worry about. Social media can take up so much of your time so if you have a few days planning business content, it can take the pressure off. I also have a wall planner, paper diary and a daily ‘to do list’ so I can plan ahead for the events I am running and what needs to be done when.
2. Take the weekend off - I know this is easier said than done and I’ll hold my hands up and say when I have a big event coming up it’s all hands on deck, but as much as possible try and keep your weekends for family time and don't be tempted to keep checking your phone for emails!
3. (Most importantly) Give yourself a break - don't worry if you've had a bad week, if you get the ‘mum guilt’ for working too much, or not keeping on top of all the housework. It’s important for your mental health to take time out for you and recharge. Make time to go out with friends, or for dinner with your partner, or even if it's just walking to the local shops by yourself for a few hours, every little helps. Do something to make you feel like ‘you’ again and not ‘just a mum’.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
It's OK if you are not ‘loving every bit of motherhood at first.. or even any of it! Many new mums feel like they lose their identity after having children and it's completely normal to feel like this. I would highly recommend joining a NCT group or connecting with other mums who have had babies around the same time as you. I found this invaluable after having my son and it made those first few months so much easier being able to text someone at 3am and knowing that you are not the only one going through this.
Colour can make a real difference to our mood - what’s your favourite colour? And how does it make you feel when you wear it?
My favourite colour is actually red but I can't wear it because it clashes with my hair!! So my favourite colour to wear is black. I don't think you can really go wrong with black, people might find it boring but it helps me to feel confident and it's always my go-to colour if I can't find anything to wear.
What’s your favourite activity to do with your family?
My son is still quite young so at the moment I would say ‘soft play’ or swimming. He loves going to Gymboree classes and I have been taking him since he was six weeks old! I’m trying to train him up to like shopping but we are not quite there yet…
What do you like to do for some me-time?
I like to make time to go out with friends, Our NCT group of girls try and have a monthly night out where we can go out for drinks and dinner, we usually end up talking about the kids but I don't think that ever stops! I love working, I never thought I would say that but I actually look forward to days where I get to be a ‘professional’ and feel like me again.
Thanks for sharing your inspiring story Danielle, along with so many great tips for juggling a working life with a young child. Your events sound great and I love the idea of a touch of luxury for mums!
If you've enjoyed this interview, make sure you check out our other "March of Inspiring Mums" series here