Mama Meets...Gemma Lloyd 'The Social Mum'

Meet the fabulous Gemma Lloyd, Tunbridge Wells mama to Sienna (2) and Harrison (6 months) and founder of The Social Mum. Gemma is on a mission to help small businesses, especially businesses run by busy mums to promote themselves and grow, using the power of social media.

Social mama Gemma with Harrison (6 months) and Sienna (2)

Social mama Gemma with Harrison (6 months) and Sienna (2)

What time did you wake up this morning?

5.45am, the joys of having a baby!

What was your very first thought of the day?

Nooooooooo! It’s too early

What are your 3 essentials for getting up, out and at 'em?

Tea, tea and more tea.

Describe a typical morning.

My daughter goes to preschool and thankfully after an early start Harrison is ready for a nice long nap, so it’s laptop out on the dining room table and get as much work done as possible.

Your perfect local lunch spot would be...

I love Juliet’s on the high street

The happiest moment in your day?

I’m not a bad parent and I love my kids but I also love it when they are happily tucked up in bed.

The hardest moment in your day?

Trying to cook dinner with a baby that isn’t keen on being put down at that time of day and a demanding toddler is often a low point in my day.

#1 tip for juggling work and family life?

Have an episode of Peppa Pig at the ready for when you need to make an important client phone call, they only last 5 minutes so be prepared for the cries of ‘just one more, pleeeeease’ that will follow.

Most overused word of the day?

‘Be gentle’ ok so technically two words but when you have a toddler who loves to give her baby brother lots of bear hugs it’s one you find yourself saying a lot!

Once the kids are in bed I...

Sigh with relief! And then generally get my laptop out and get a couple of hours work done.

Top 3 local gems?

Walks on Southborough Common, my daughter loves the den that has been built near St Peters Church. The hot chocolate at Ismail is to die for and I also love the cakes at Basil.

Best piece of advice for fellow Mum's...

If you’re thinking of starting your own business then go for it. Becoming a mum made me re-evaluate my career and my priorities in life. Being a mum is the most important job I do, but running my business is a close second.