Five years ago, sitting in my mom’s living room with an eight week old baby feeding happily under a nursing cover borrowed from a friend, and my sister swaying her eight-week old baby next to me in her baby wrap given as a baby shower gift, we were discussing how life-changing, sanity-saving, these two products were. And how we wish every single new mom could have these in her hands as she leaves the hospital.
“What if we made them ourselves?” our mom suggested.
“Yeah, we could start our own business.” Marilize joked.
“And…we’ll call it MonaLisa Mamas!” Simone joked along.
My dad is a huge Nat King Cole fan, and we listened to his music all the time while growing up. My (Simone) nickname is Mona, Marilize’s nickname is Liesie/Lisa, and suggesting this new business venture with our mom, MonaLisa Mamas as a name was just a no-brainer.
We joked around a little more and dreamed up a whole business plan, not knowing Marilize’s (entrepreneurial) husband was listening to all our ideas.
Apparently he thought we had something, because day later, he announced our domain (our website) was bought and gave us our first investment to start this brand. So I guess you could say we dreamed our way into this business.
Five years later, we have grown into a successful brand, a name well known amongst babywearers, done dozens of demos and babywearing talks, worked with a couple Mediclinics to assist new moms with kango-care and breastfeeding, appeared in Living&Loving magazine for our Nursing Covers, sold our Baby Wraps and Nursing Covers overseas (from Namibia to NY to Dubai to Portugal to UK), appointed our first intern last year, and at the start of 2018, we added our first two seamstresses to our payroll.
As a small business, starting out, our dreams and hope for this business have stayed the same over the years: we want to assist other parents to simplify their new, crazy, still-adjusting-with-a-newborn-life. To give moms a little more freedom back, and a little more luxury. And allow Dads to bond with their babies just as much.
MonaLisa Mamas, as a team, are so proud of the work and the products we create, and still so incredibly humbled by the grace and favour we have received. So in return, we have decided to team up with some amazing new brands – brands we believe in – to spoil YOU!
5-for-5 is our birthday giveaway featuring our incredible sponsoring brands.
FIVE chances to WIN!
Here is what’s up for grabs!
Bespoke Woodland theme duvet and cover pillow in grey & white
For Baby – 100g bar soap, 130g bum cream, 130g body lotion
For Mom – 250g body scrub, 125g body butter
Classic Dummy Clip
Ring Teether and Natural Beechwood Teether
Unisex Cactus Scatter Cushion
How to enter and terms and conditions:
Enter on original post MonaLisa Mamas Facebook page
Or on Mama To The Power Of 4 Instagram page
Like/Follow all sponsoring brands (including @simone_mama_to_the_power_of_4)
Tag two friends per comment.
You can comment as many times as you’d like – as long as you tag different people each time in a separate comment.
Share post publicly (and tag us, so we’ll be able to see it!)
Open to South Africa only
No spamming of brands involved
Winner will be chosen on 31 October 2018
Winner is chosen by a draw and must of followed all T&Cs to qualify. The winner of the prize will be notified within a week latest.
Each brand involved is responsible in getting your prize to you – once your details are supplied. Some prizes can take up to 2 weeks to be delivered as some are hand produced.
Prizes are not exchangeable for cash.
Celebrate with us and win with us! (And don’t forget to wish MonaLisa Mamas a happy birthday!)