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(Mis) adventures in Parenthood, Little League & moving your family 5,500 miles from London to California.

The Rookie Mama

Laura Bonnell

What is a Rookie Mama? Well, I'm a Rookie Mama. Before we had my eldest son 7 years ago I had never changed a diaper (nappy), I'd put on a baby grow once. It took an hour, and it ended up being back to front and inside out. And for me (& my American hubby) we've pretty much been making it up as we go along ever since.

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INTRODUCING: The Letterman Co

Laura Bonnell

You've probably noticed a few changes going on with our brand across social media. Recently we took the bold (& slightly crazy) decision to re-brand our little business from 'Muklet' to 'The Letterman Co'. And we decided to did it right before our busiest time of year - the Holiday season!

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Muklet meets Fig & Bloom

Laura Bonnell

We recently met with Dorothy from Fig & Bloom and took the opportunity to pick her brains about how Fig & Bloom could advise this knackered Momma how to power up on healthy stuff for the school run (& beyond!). Fig & Bloom have kindly come up with a series of recipes to that'll do just that, which we'll be sharing over the coming weeks...

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Internet Mate-ing

Laura Bonnell

I like meeting people, and I like being social. Through creating Muklet I've been able to connect more with the community around me than I ever would having been stuck working behind a desk 9-9 (the extra hours would be spent working late, checking emails or procrastinating about work!).

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Why it's a great idea to hire an Entrepreneur

Laura Bonnell

I recently went for an interview with a Fashion recruitment office over here in Orange County. After having shown my portfolio, and gone over my CV (or resume as they call it here) I felt the need to explain something that I hadn't mentioned on there. I hadn't mentioned that I had set up my own Childrens brand a year ago, and was in fact still currently working on it... part of me felt I would be shunned from ever working for a Fashion Brand ever again if they knew I had my own business. The Fashion world can be a fickle place!

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2016 - what a year!

Laura Bonnell

OK, political shenanigans aside, it's been quite a year for the Muklet household too! We did indeed become 'Stronger Together when we 'Brexit-ed'. When 'they (Sterling) went low, we went high' (in the sky, in an aeroplane, headed to California!). As a trucker be-hatted Donald zig-zagged the country we were glamping in our new house on blow up beds and eating In and Out off of paper plates whilst our worldly possessions floated up the Panama canal in a shipping container.

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Observations of an Expat: THANKSGIVING

Laura Bonnell

I was first introduced to Thanksgiving day in November 2001 when I was a young and free 20 something working and playing hard in New York. A year later I had met my American boy (now husband) and was welcomed with open arms (and full tummies) into his family Thanksgiving feasts. Over the years we have had all kinds of Thanksgivings - the big noisy fun family ones, the small Brooklyn sized apartment ones complete with Wholefoods pre-prepped dinner, the budget 'we're too tired to cook as we have a newborn baby so we went to KFC' ones - there's no real tradition in this household! But the tradition we do uphold is downing tools, coming together with friends and family, and taking a moment to take stock and be thankful. 

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Raising inquisitive kids that don't alway do what they're told

Laura Bonnell

 

I've always been a inquisitive kid, you know the type - that one that ask's a million "but, why?" questions. My eldest is EXACTLY the same. "He's just like you, you know?", my husband likes to point out. Often when I'm doing battle with a tidal wave of questions before Mummies morning coffee has had a chance to kick in.

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Caution BUMP ahead

Laura Bonnell

Yeah, I kinda knew it wouldn't be as simple as unpacking Varsity Jackets, and finding where the nearest Post Office was. Setting Muklet back up over here, has become quite the task. Without wanting to sound like a martyr it's been a little difficult even finding time and opportunity to get the Muklet cogs turning.

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To all my muklet friends & family...

Laura Bonnell

Now, I'm gonna try and write this without sounding like an egotistical narcissist!! It's a very genuine thank you to everyone who has cheered me along thus far. I honestly wouldn't be able to keep going had I not had the support and encouragement from you all! 

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Trying not to over egg the (Californian) omelette

Laura Bonnell

I've become rather aware I may be sounding like a bit of a stuck record, banging on about our imminent move from London to California. I mean, it's kinda hard not to talk about it, given that it has practically taken over my daily existence for the past few months!

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Change is a comin'

Laura Bonnell

It's a great time to take a pause, and take an objective look at the business. The collection has organically grown over the last year to reflect the demand and feedback I have received about Muklet. When I started just over a year ago I designed and produced Kidswear from age 2-7 years. That has now grown to include apparel from birth through to XXL Adult!

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