Meet ultimate #mumbosses Dominique Hughes and Rebecca da Silva Lima who are founders of the luxury changing bag range Jem + Bea. Dominique and Rebecca first met at school in Tunbridge Wells and have gone on to redefine the 'baby changing bag', creating an essential luxury for the modern parent. Following a hugely successful launch in September 2015 their award winning bags are now stocked in John Lewis.
What time did you wake up this morning?
D: I think it was around 6am but I didn’t want to look.
R: 3am when Bea came in.
What was your very first thought of the day?
D: What day is it? Quickly followed by ‘where does everyone need to be today?’
R: I’m so tired!
What are your 3 essentials for getting up, out and at 'em?
D: A hot shower (it’s my place to think and get my head sorted for the day), my MacBook and a dusting of Hoola bronzer by Benefit.
R: A flat white from the Black Dog, sunglasses to hide tired eyes, and my iphone which is always glued to my right hand.
Describe a typical morning.
We are both early risers due to our early bird children so we are usually catching up with overnight emails from the Far East and America before breakfast. Once the kids are at school/nursery we meet at either one of our houses to go through design samples, respond to customer queries and catch up with our stockists. If we need to be in London, we hop on the train with a coffee from Carluccio’s and mainly chat about what we’ve seen on Instagram.
Your perfect local lunch spot would be...
D: I love The Middle House in Mayfield, especially on a Sunday and it has the bonus of a play area.
R: The George and Dragon in Speldhurst - they have the best fish finger sandwich on homemade artisan bread.
The happiest moment in your day?
D: Shutting the laptop to go and pick the kids up from school - it’s not the end of my working day but it’s great to work really hard with the reward of being able to hang out the kids for a few hours until bedtime.
R: When Beatrice runs up to me when I collect her from nursery.
The hardest moment in your day?
D: Somewhere between getting everyone to clean their teeth and leave the house for the school run.
R: Yes getting out the door in the morning is on my list too!
#1 tip for juggling work and family life?
D: Smartphones mean you can be mummy and keep an eye on Jem + Bea - I can push a swing and reply to emails at the same time.
R: Having family around to help makes a huge difference as does working from home and being able to be flexible around the children.
Most overused word of the day?
D: Hang on...
R: Sorry? (mainly out of deafness!)
Once the kids are in bed I...
D: Tidy the house, get uniform/pack lunches ready for next day then finish off any work to do. To switch off, I add to my ever growing ‘wish list’ on Net-a-Porter.
R: Make dinner and catch up with my partner then post any updates on social media.
Top 3 local gems?
Best piece of advice for fellow Mum's...
D: Being a mum doesn’t stop you wanting things for yourself - keep doing things that make you tick - it will make you a happier mum.
R: Even though it seems impossible sometimes, make sure you carve out time for yourself.