Gorgeous mama of 3, soon to be 4, Simone started Hip Little One in 2009 as a gateway for businesses to share their fabulous stores or products and for parents to find out all about these great companies. Readers and businesses from all over the world can now get together in one spot: Hip Little One is where businesses and parents meet!
Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
I am Simone, I am 29 years old and live in Adelaide with my little (big?) family. Six years ago I left my home country, The Netherlands, to marry my Australian hubby. I have no regrets about the move although I do get very homesick at times. Luckily I have a wonderful hubby who knows how to cheer me up – usually some traditional Dutch food will do the trick.
I am proud mama to twins Tommie and Olivia (4 years old) and Juliet (2 years old) and next year another little munchkin will be joining our family. As you can imagine we have a very busy household but, above all, it is lots of fun! We live in a lovely house that needs plenty of work done to it. We just need to find the time for all that work but one can always dream.
Who inspires you?
My husband and children. I love seeing them happy and my heart melts when the kids say ‘You’re my friend mummy’. I often try to be a supermum and want to do extraordinary things, but I have learnt that you can make them happy with the smallest things. They inspire me every day to make the most of it and enjoy the little things in life.
What can’t you live without?
I hate to say it but definitely my computer. Not to check up on Facebook or blog but because it helps me to stay in touch with my family back home. Every Saturday we talk to my parents on Skype and every call, email and message is very welcome. It means so much to me that they can still ‘see’ the children grow up and get to know their personalities even though we are so far away.
Do you have a favourite blog/s?
The blog I spent most time on is (obviously) my own blog Hip Little One so that is my blog baby. But my favourite blog to read is by far Retro Mummy. Corrie is an amazing mum of five including twins that are the same age as my twins, so I love reading what her family is up to and looking at her pictures. Don’t read her blog if you are on a diet because Corrie is a real talent in the kitchen, she is always sharing delicious recipes that make you want to run into the kitchen and try them yourself.
How do you like to spend your spare time?
If I have any spare time! I really wish I had more of it as I love sitting down with a good book. In my ideal world it would also involve hours of soaking in the bath but sadly we don’t have one so instead I go for the couch with warm blanket in front of the fireplace. I also loving going out for the day with my family to visit the beach, watch the kids play and eat yummy food.
Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
As a mum of (soon to be) 4 kids under 4.5 years old, I am all for time saving and could do with some sanity saving tips myself. I find I can save precious time on cooking by using the slow cooker, this allows me to keep the afternoon free to play with the kids. They are usually most challenging at the end of the day so I try to get out of the house and wear them out, that will make them sleep extra well and is healthy too. I am also very grateful for our gigantic shower as I can easily shower all three kids in there with plenty of room to spare. One of us does the washing and the other the drying.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is a very tricky one, I really don’t know! Life has a habit of taking funny twists and turns so it is hard to predict. I would LOVE to make the move to the country but I don’t think we are brave enough. I could see ourselves living in an old country house that needs doing up, and our beautiful kids enjoying the outdoors with animals and a massive garden to play in. Either way, all that matters is that my family is happy and healthy.