FIND TIME TO STOP AND GRAB A CUPPA WITH EST
Esther is mama to Esme and Zeb, wife to Ben and the talent behind Origami Est. Our Chief Rocker was lucky enough to meet Est when she signed up for one of her awesome origami workshops....its safe to say our Chief Rocker wasn't a natural when it came to paper folding but she found Est to be a totally cool human being with a beautiful soul and is now super happy to call her a friend.....Having worked with Est before, and following the recent arrival of Zeb, it seemed a natural step to ask her to collaborate with us on this years Mothers Day collection.
Our 'Find Time to Stop' Rockbox has been designed by Est to encourage mamas to find the time to stop, relax and take a moment to get life organised in a calm and laid-back way.
With a combination of luxury pamper goodies to help mama rest and relax, some luxury stationery to help with time planning and of course a splash of origami to add some “pretty” to any relaxation space, this Rockbox is the perfect treat for any busy mama.
Esther is a strong supporter of the fight against human trafficking and £4.50 from every ‘Find Time to Stop’ Rockbox will be donated to A21. A21 is a non-profit organisation fuelled by the radical hope that human beings everywhere will be rescued from bondage and completely restored. By supporting A21, we are joining them as the new abolitionists of the 21st century and we support A21 so that survivors of human trafficking can be given freedom, independence, and the chance at a better story.
We caught up with Est to find out more about why this charity is important to her and what is the best present she has ever received.....
You have chosen some gorgeous products for your Rockbox – why did you choose these specific items?
Firstly choosing items for a Rockbox is an IMMENSE amount of fun - I am very thankful for the opportunity! I needed it to be first & foremost focused on time management & making time to unwind. It definitely helps when there's such scrummy chocolate, delicious cosmetics and to die for stationery (something I have a HUGE weakness for). My hope is that my box will help some wonderful mamas feel pampered & allow themselves time to switch off from the madness that is parenting.
Can you tell us a little bit about your chosen charity and why it is important to you?
I have been passionate about the prevention of human trafficking for many many years. I am so heartbroken for those who are living in slavery and it baffles me that this can happen incredibly close to home. I can't personally do vast amounts to help combat trafficking but there are amazing charities that I can support financially to help with their well educated approach. A21 is one of those charities and I have supported & followed them for years, it's incredible to see the impact they have had on so many people's lives, here in the UK and overseas.
What is the best present you have ever received?
The best present I have ever received is going to sound ridiculously cheesy but it's my engagement ring! My husband Ben chose it for me and his proposal was an absolute surprise - I was actually worried he was going to break up with me and to top it all off he bought it when he didn't have a lot of money, but he still scrabbled together a month's wages & it was a no brainer for me to accept that ring!
As Mums we all know that down time is rare however when you do get it what do you like to do?
For me a good bit of down time involves microwavable popcorn (yes, I've mentioned it twice!) and a gritty crime drama - I'm particularly partial to Silent Witness so am especially glued to the TV on Monday nights in January.
If you are talking to a new or expectant mum what would be the one piece of advice that you would give them?
EVERYONE feels like they are doing it wrong. You will ALWAYS second guess every decision you make but you are your own person, you will not mother in the same way as anybody else and that is OK, in fact that is perfect for your children, you are their mother after all. Some days will feel like you've failed in more ways than ever felt possible but the beautiful thing is every day is a new day.
This is a tough one but what are your three favourite Insta accounts to follow and why....?
WOW, so tough to choose only 3: @styled.by.naomi - love this account, Naomi is brilliantly creative and so has a very beautiful feed but alongside this she shares her life with all it's ups and downs - I'm a sucker for someone who dares to be vulnerable. @shaneen_rosewaenecox - cause she's a fabulous photographer but also makes me laugh on a daily basis. @nedintheclouds - Claire is an incredible mother and following her feed is really inspirational - I don't need to justify it any more than that, you should go see for yourself!
What would be your ideal treat this Mother’s Day?
I find Mother's Day a tough one. For a number of years Ben & I experienced recurrent miscarriages. We then adopted our daughter 3 years ago and this past year we had a complete surprise miracle baby boy. Although I am now a mother, Mother's Day has this awful habit of bringing up very raw emotions. Grieving the children we never met, heartbreak for our daughter's birth mother and empathy for those who find the day complex too. So my ideal treat this Mother's Day would be for a really normal family day together; a walk in the woods followed by a DVD with microwavable popcorn and maybe a little bit of, overly supervised painting!
You run an amazing business, Origami-Est, tell us a bit about it and how you started it...
Well, I'm not sure I'd describe it as amazing, but I definitely think it's amazing that I can call it my job to fold paper! About 5 years ago I was working as a teacher and struggling to find a creative outlet, I have always been someone who loves to invent and create. Origami has always been something I love and so I began folding in my (limited) spare time. I set up a little blog to share what I'd been up to and before long people were commissioning me to make origami for them. Things have just very organically grown from there and I now am the author of an origami book, Paper Home, I design & fold seasonal collections and I run workshops nationwide.
How do you balance working and being a mum?
I started Origami-Est before becoming a Mum and I am so grateful that I had already had time to establish the business. My priority at the moment is to make sure all my work does fit around parenting and not the other way around. While both the kids are only little I want to cherish time with them as much as possible. This means I have to be very disciplined with the time I do have to work. I'm currently on maternity leave but would ordinarily fit work around nap-times and bedtime. My husband, Ben, also works from home and this means he also has flexibility and can help with childcare while I am running workshops or at events. It does mean life is pretty hectic but I absolutely love what I do and I love that I can spend these early years with my little ones, which I'll never get back, I feel so blessed.
If you could visit anywhere right now where would it be?
Right now I would love to be by Lake Garda, in Italy. My fondest holiday memories when I was younger was by this lake and I can't wait to go back there and introduce Ben and the small ones to the delicious foods, warm sunshine and inviting lake. I love being in water, so whenever we go away we always consider how close we'll be to anything aquatic!