Tell us about you:

Hello, my name is Carly, I am a mum of two strong-willed toddlers.  My children are 3 years 6 months and 1 year 10 months.  That’s right I am hitting the terrible two and threenager stage simultaneously!  Good Luck Me!

I have a BSC degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.  I work for the NHS three days a week as an Occupational Therapist in a rehabilitation unit on a stroke ward.  My job is to help someone that has had a stroke, re-learn everyday activities that they now find difficult in order for them to be as independent as possible.   I do this, whilst juggling being a mum, wife, daughter, auntie, sister, friend (you get the jist) alongside my online business Bloomingals.

I love nothing more than spending time with my friends and family, eating, going on holiday and drinking prosecco.  I was born in Essex and have never flown far from the nest. I am generally quite a shy person which doesn’t always make the best first impression, but I love meeting new people and have learnt to push myself out of my comfort zone both on a personal level and in business.

Tell us about your business baby:

Bloomingals is an online luxury family shop that showcases Maternity and Breastfeeding wear, Baby and children’s clothing, Nursery items and family gifts, which I personally select from independent brands. Bloomingals conveniently introduces you in one click to products and brands that you will not find in your usual high street shops.

It’s an evolving business and we have just launched our maternity dress hire collection.

What’s your WHY?

When I was pregnant I always found it hard to find stylish yet practical maternity clothes which gave birth to the idea of Bloomingals.  I wanted to create a convenient place for mums and families to find items that would make you look and feel great on your journey from pregnancy through to parenthood.

By having one destination to shop all things parenting not only saves you time but also provides you with a trustworthy place for you and your family to visit over and over again.

Initially, Bloomingals was set up as an online store for expectant mums, however, since becoming a mum myself and entering the wonderful journey into parenthood, it has naturally progressed into an exciting destination for the whole family.  I have a passion for helping others and the parenting game can feel quite daunting.  Alongside my business, I like to share my experiences and lessons learnt via social media posts and blogs.  If my story helps just one person, then I am happy.

What do you find the hardest bit of doing the juggle?

I find many parts of doing the juggle hard but the biggest challenge for me is overcoming the constant guilt.  I am busy, really busy. I am constantly on the go, taking the children to a class, play date or carrying out general mum duties whilst juggling dinner, nap times and housework.  On top of what feels like a full-time job being a mum, I have my part-time job and I work on Bloomingals around my family life and my part-time job.

That’s when the guilt kicks in. I constantly feel guilty that I am not fulfilling my to-do list for my business, or when I am working on the business I feel guilty I am not spending time with my children.  On top of this, I feel guilty that the evenings that I used to spend with my husband when the kids are in bed are now consumed with work. Then, I feel guilty that I do not have time for everyone else around me.

But I remind myself that this is all part of the larger picture and all that I do is to better my life and that of those around me.  What can I say but “The juggle is real” and I wish I had paid more attention in juggling class at school.

Who’s your support network?

My husband is my absolute rock.  He is the person that pushes me to succeed and helps me with all the parts of the business that I find challenging.  He is also the person that takes my backlash and gets the least of my time.  But he loves my business, he wants me to succeed and he supports me with everything I do.  He is not only a support for me, but he picks up the slack with the children too.  If Carlsberg did husband…he’d probably be the best husband in the world!


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