Welcome to the latest instalment of our brand new series Mum vs Life. Each week we’ll feature a prominent Aussie mum and take you through her day.
This week we talk to business woman Bianca Kristallis who built the Pamper Hamper Gifts empire while raising two adorable children.
"From the second my feet touch the floor it's go go go..."
My alarm wakes me at 6.40am 6 days per week, my body clock is used to it as I’m a stickler for routine. Firstly I turn the mute button off my phone and check orders that have come through my site overnight. Then from the second my feet touch the floor it’s go go go. I’m making school lunches for my 6 year old twins, breakfast, helping them dress, braiding my daughters long hair, getting myself ready and then flying out the door. Whilst rushing I’m reading emails from my phone in case there is something important.
"My kids know my shower is 'me' time..."
I’m a shower person, I have one in the morning and the night......Love my shower......I pretty much have no cold water running only hot. I scold my back, its that hot. But it relaxes me. The shower is my thinking time. It’s where I have 10 minutes of peace and assess my day or week ahead. My kids know to stay away from mummy while she is in the shower.......they know it’s ME time.
"The last time my kids embarrassed me in public was while shopping"
I was on holiday with my parents and the twins recently in Hawaii and my daughter said she needed to go to the bathroom while we were shopping in Victoria's Secret. I asked her to please hold it as this is mummy's favourite shop...well I turned around to see her peeing through her clothes, on the shop floor...
"I love my job"
I leave the house to drop my twins to school at 8.15, grab my coffee and I’m at my desk by 8.50am.
My work day is different each day however it’s usually consumed with emails from wholesalers and customers, phone calls, delegating , stock ordering and loads of meetings.
I love my job. I’m the founder of my business and therefore my own boss so it’s very easy to get through my day. I have no one to answer to however the work load keeps me going. There is always something to do, never a dull or quiet moment at the Pamper Hamper Gifts headquarters. I’m known by my friends as a “Doer” I tend not to procrastinate, I believe in getting my tasks done so I can move onto the next thing.
"I never eat fruit..."
I take lunch to work 2-3 times per week, the other days I’m at lunch meetings or I purchase a sandwich from the local cafe nearby. I have one coffee per day and have no time to snack, however if the staff offer me a nibbly I won’t say no. I tend to exercise more in the hotter months, however I do walk Coogee to Bronte once per week. Then when I remember I will do lunges and squats , about 50 of each a few times per week. I eat vegetables with dinner however I never eat fruit. Something I struggle to eat not sure why.