In the second of our new family feature we catch up with Gigi, founder of cool site for mums MumsRock…
Our Family: John (41), Gigi (43 – although looks a youngish 42) Kit (3 and a half-ish)
We Live: West London Town, not too far from the Mothership that is Westfield.
Quick description of your home: Urban cottage with too much open-plan living and a patio the size of a large broadsheet newspaper.
Occupations: John is a wage earner (thank goodness one of us is) and I look after the unpredictable herd of galloping goats that is MumsRock.com. Weâ€™re still working on the cheese.
Living Style: Punctuated with chocolate.
Favourite shops for parents: Mothership (as before) Also Cos, Uniqlo, boot sales and my local charity shop where I am a frequent flyer.
Favourite shops for kids: Their Nibs, Nixie Dixie, Bread and Jam, Oh Baby London, Smith and Coates & for everyday charity shops & boot sales.
Favourite designers/brands for parents: If I had the money – Anthropologie where I would like to make my home and Vivienne Westwood for my fantasy life in which Iâ€™m nearly Nigella Lawson but married to Jack Donnaghey (30 Rock).
Favourite designers/brands for kids: Same as my favourite shops. I hate high street stuff but will put him in Gap or Hennes at a push.
Places To Go: With money and time – anywhere tropical, Thailand, Malaysia, India. Nearer to home the Scilly Islands are awesome and the beaches of the Gower in South Wales are very hard to beat.
What do you do in your spare time? Kew Gardens and London Wetlands (members at both) Richmond Park, visiting friends in country or Brighton. Love getting out and about.
How would you describe your personal style? Amused, disheveled and painfully combative over the remote control.
How would you describe your child’s style? Short, funny, usually unaccountably chirpy.
Favourite Kids Book The Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Child’s Passion or Obsession? Tennis/golf/football anything with something you can kick, hit or throw. Especially near breakable objects.
Favourite family meal and why: Sharing fish and chips at the seaside together.
Favourite place(s) to eat out: Me Itsu, J – Gourmet Burgers, K – anywhere with icecream. All of us – picnics in the park.
Favourite family activity: Strawberry picking
Any items you’re lusting after: Swinging outdoor sofa (me, with an expresso machine and good book attached) J – chalet in Courchevel, K – sharkbite Bay Hot Wheels. (You can see the realists in this one!)
Favourite activities Diana playground in Kensington Garden with itâ€™s pirate ship – easily best playground for under 8â€™s. Battersea Adventure park for the older ones – itâ€™s awesome. Dukes Meadows (alongside the river in Chiswick) perfect for picnics away from it all.
Favourite sites: Facebook, Twitter and MumsRock – obviously 🙂