Two mums, three kids and a stork

May 10, 2012 in Latest, Life

social shopping for mums

Two mums, three kids and a stork

Meet our Mums: Claire Jeffreys

Normally, I’ve got plenty to write about. Words swim around my head and I need to grab a notebook and pen to write them down before they get lost in the deep, dark recesses of baby brain. The only real problem I have with writing is finding the time to do it, between changing nappies, ferrying the kids here, there and everywhere, fighting my way through a dozen loads of laundry, and trying to get a fledgling business off the ground.

But when someone says a certain three little words, my fingers freeze.

Write about yourself.

So I’m copping out and I’m going to tell you about my new baby instead. No, I haven’t added to my brood (two children are plenty for now). The latest addition to my life – one that demands just as much attention as a newborn, and is the next best thing in terms of challenge and reward – is StorkUp.

social shopping for mums

StorkUp was conceived last year and actually has two mummies. Fiona and I met through a local Facebook group and quickly realised that apart from having young children (three under 5s between us) we had lots in common – including something of an obsession with internet shopping. We both loved and were frustrated by it in equal measure. We wanted to find the best products for our children, at the best prices. Not too much to ask, surely? Unfortunately, in our experience, it seemed to be.

So we decided to do something about it. Several months later, we’ve just invited our first pool of beta testers to try StorkUp, a social shopping community for mums and mums-to-be. It’s a place for them to discover, organise and share all the great baby and children’s products they find online. It’s going to bridge the gap between online shops, review sites and parenting forums, and make deciding what to buy for our kids easier, less time-consuming and a whole lot more fun.

Starting a business can be exhausting and frustrating. Juggling it with family life makes it even harder. As if I didn’t already have enough on my plate, I decided to start a blog a few months ago. When my son was born in December 2007, I started taking photographs – lots of them. I diligently printed them and created photo albums documenting every stage of his first two years. By the time his little sister came along in August 2010, the photo albums were a thing of the past. I still loved to look at them and remember those amazing early days of first-time motherhood, but I had long stopped updating them.

So my blog, At least Daddy can cook…, is an alternative. It’s a random collection of photos of my children, recipes (as I try to match their Dad in the kitchen) and tales of family life, past and present. It has become my virtual diary – something to help me remember these changing, exciting times.

For exclusive pre-launch access to StorkUp (i.e. a sneak peek before the rest of the world), Mums on the Blog readers can click here to sign up. If you refer three other mums to StorkUp, you become a Founder Member and get lots of special perks! 

Claire Jeffreys

Claire Jeffreys

Claire Jeffreys

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