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  • An Interview with Jenny Raymond – The Mum Behind Mamazou

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    Can you tell us a little bit about you, Mamazou and Perfectly imperfect Parenting?

    Sure!  I’m Jenny – a mum of one to my beautiful, vivacious 3-year old and have been married to my wonderful husband for 5.5 years.  I’m a lover of sweet things, chick flicks and ice cream.  They all go hand in hand!

    In short, Mamazou is a safe, social, judgement-free space for parents (and parents-to-be) offering access to blogs, forums, giveaways, discount codes and much more.  Like most mothers to be, I spent my pregnancy ‘googling’ symptoms until I became overwhelmed with all the information that Google had to offer.  I then moved onto other parenting forums for advice but found that the majority were cluttered, overbearing and opinionated.  It was then that I saw a lack of social space for “real parents” to not only read but to talk and engage with one another without the side serving of judgement.  That’s when I had my light bulb moment and decided to create my own.

    I wanted to create a tag line that summed up Mamazou in a nutshell.  We all strive to be “perfect” but honestly, there’s no such thing as perfect really.  I worked with a fab company (@hustleandfox) who helped me brainstorm and for a couple of months we sent emails backwards and forth until ‘Perfectly Imperfect Parenting’ came about.  It sums up Mamazou and my views on parenting in a nutshell!

    What is your favourite Mumhack (a life hack for Mum’s)?

    H still has a few toilet accidents at night time, so this is definitely one of my fave hacks (given to me by a friend):

    Purchase a mattress protector, on top of that, lay down an incontinence pad, then a sheet on top, then another incontinence pad with another sheet on top.  If your child wets the bed, just change them, take off the sheet along with the wet pad and putyour kid back to bed on the clean sheet underneath.  It really saves so much time and you don’t have to faff around putting on new sheets in the middle of the night!  You’re welcome!! 

    What’s the biggest lesson having children has taught you?

    Having a child has taught and will continue to teach me so many life lessons.  I’ll tell you the first few that come to my mind;

    • – It has taught me the true meaning of unconditional love.
    • – It has taught me to look after myself better so that I’m always well
    •   enough to look after my child.
    • – It has taught me to trust my instinct, mama knows best!

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    What’s your favourite weeknight dinner recipe? 

    Brown rice spaghetti bolognese, especially during this cold weather!  It’s quick, easy and full of goodness.

    Did you have any cravings during pregnancy?

    Yes!!  I never liked avocados before getting pregnant and now I’m a total avocado wh#@re! 

    What was the most challenging thing for you during your pregnancy?

    H was dramatic from the start.  I always knew she would be.  The hardest part of my pregnancy was when I was almost 4 months pregnant.  I was away and the day before we were due to fly home I started bleeding quite heavily.  The doctor told me I had to layon my back for 24 hours and only move to go to the toilet.  After that I went to the hospital to see if there was still a heartbeat.  She scared the hell out of me!!!  After that, I was diagnosed with placenta previa so I was told to take the things very easy for a few months – that was also pretty difficult as I’m quite an active person!

    Which of the Feed Me 2 dishes that you’ve tried so far was your favourite? 

    Ooooo I have LOVED everything I’ve tried but if I had to pick just one, I’d say the Quinoa Tabbouleh was top of my list.  I now have my eyes on those chocolate brownies.  Yum!

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    If you could give Mama’s to be one piece of advice what would it be?

    It’s so important to take a step back and give yourself ‘you time’.  It took me a really long time to accept this but when you do, you’ll feel so much better.

    What is on the horizon for Mamazou?

    Watch this space, there’s a lot planned for Mamazou next year.  But we’ll soon be launching our ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ apparel where part profits will be going towards Kids Out – The Fun and Happiness Charity, dedicated to bringing fun and happiness into the lives of disadvantaged children.  Get Shopping!

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