Posted on August 26, 2012

Mumpreneur Feature – Jess & GIVEAWAY!

competiton/ giveaway/ Mumpreneur

Jess from http://www.cottonlily.com/ is on the blog today to tell you about her fantastic business; please read all about her and go and have a look at her gorgeous website and then come back and enter her very generous giveaway at the bottom of the post 🙂 Also if you would like to place an order; all first time customers get 10% off automatically and it’s FREE shipping every Friday 🙂

Who are you?
I’m Jess Taylor, an Aussie mum-to-be who has made Bristol, UK my home. I’m 7 weeks away from having my first baby, a little girl.

What do you do?
I am the Founder of Cottonlily.com, an online boutique specialising in organic essentials for newborns and new mums. I work alongside my husband Sam, whose job is mostly to keep me calm, encourage me and remind me that I’m pregnant.

When did you establish your business?
The business began in 2011 in Australia, and launched in the UK this August. I love online shopping and found that it was harder for me to find baby products that were of great quality all in one place. I wanted gifts for my friends’ children that were organic, made well and that lasted forever. I decided to start my own business to serve that need.

I was pretty adamant that the majority of my suppliers be based in the UK as well, it’s important to support small businesses just like mine.

What made you start your own business?
I used to work in Advertising, and the fast pace was pretty stressful. I always felt that there was never enough time in the day to enjoy life, so when Sam and I decided to have a family, I knew starting my own business would give me the flexibility and freedom to do what I loved as well as spend quality time with my favourite people.

What do you love about working for yourself?
The sense of freedom, as well as the responsibility. When the business does well, it feels amazing. Plus, I get to watch daytime tv when I’m procrastinating.

Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?

That daytime tv needs to be taken away from me! I think it does get a little lonely at times but I’ve built up a network of fellow work from home parents and it really does help having someone to chat to during the day.

Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
Not at all, I’ve made the best decision and I highly recommend it to everyone!

What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Do the jobs you’re the expert at and let others handle the bits you aren’t so great with (hello accountants!). Join a mumpreneur group if you’re feeling lonely, support is always at hand.

Jess is very kindly giving away a cuddledry apron towel and a cuddledry change mat liner to one of my lucky readers.

Cuddledry Baby Changing Mat liner.

Cuddledry Apron Towel

 To enter all you need to do is complete the Rafflecopter below 🙂

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29 Comments

  • Reply Helen September 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    My favourites would either be the Springtime spot baby grow http://www.cottonlily.com/springtime-spot-baby-grow/ for cuteness or the Eco Merino blanket for softness http://www.cottonlily.com/weebits-eco-merino-blanket/

  • Reply Kathryn Phillips ✩ September 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    http://www.cottonlily.com/cinch-tummy-wrap/ i could really do with one of these xx

  • Reply Lorraine/Squeakymom September 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I love the feeding tops – they are an absolute essential… http://www.cottonlily.com/kaj-long-sleeve-feeding-top/

  • Reply Rhoda K September 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    This is v cute, looks so comfy!
    http://www.cottonlily.com/bamboo-baby-cable-knit-body-suit-in-midnight/

  • Reply accidentally, kle August 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I’d had my eye on this before weaning Emily but never got round to buying them, and it remains right up there with my favourite items, the Su Munch Set: http://www.cottonlily.com/babisil-su-munch-set/

  • Reply Rainie Bish August 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I love the Babisil Sets, the purple one is my favourite but they are all great http://www.cottonlily.com/babisil-mu-munch-set/

  • Reply Johnson Babies August 29, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I’m loving the Babisil Su Much Set- http://www.cottonlily.com/babisil-su-munch-set/ Perfect for our little monsters!

  • Reply Boo Roo and Tigger Too August 29, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I’m loving the Babisil Su Munch Set – http://www.cottonlily.com/babisil-su-munch-set/

    @littleboo_21

  • Reply EMMA WALTERS August 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    love this – http://www.cottonlily.com/magic-car-baby-grow/
    @emmav6

  • Reply Kara August 28, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I really like this 2 set of vests for Addy, shame they dont do her size
    http://www.cottonlily.com/frugi-polka-layering-body-2-pack/

  • Reply melanie stirling August 28, 2012 at 1:04 am

    I love the kiwi coloured organic receiving blanket 🙂

  • Reply Cindy A. August 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    My favorite is the Organic Ultimate Receiving Blanket- Ivory with Blue Circles and Trim: http://www.cottonlily.com/organic-ultimate-receiving-blanket-ivory-with-blue-circles-and-trim/

  • Reply Danielle Baker August 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I love the Springtime Spot Babygrow 🙂
    There are such an array of beautiful items on the site , it was difficult to choose!

  • Reply Kirsty Fox August 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I love the Dino Body Suits http://www.cottonlily.com/dino-2-pack-body-suit/

  • Reply Robyn Logan Clarke August 27, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I love the bibs, especially the Free Range one; http://www.cottonlily.com/little-green-radicals-free-range-bib/

  • Reply Karen Barrett August 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I love the Daisy Chain Babygrow
    http://www.cottonlily.com/daisy-chain-babygrow/

  • Reply Tracy Hanley August 27, 2012 at 8:56 am

    http://www.cottonlily.com/springtime-spot-baby-grow/ I love the pastel colours

  • Reply Gemma Mills / Chamberlain (MyMillsBaby) August 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Organic Ultimate Receiving Blanket – Kiwi Dots & Stars with Mocha Trim – would totally look right at home in Dexter’s room. I love the baby green that’s out there as baby blue can be so overwhelming http://www.cottonlily.com/organic-ultimate-receiving-blanket-kiwi-dots-stars-with-mocha-trim/

  • Reply Christina Marriott (@chrissy4116) August 26, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I like the Babisil Mu Munch set (in purple)! Would be great as my little one is teaching herself to feed with a spoon at the min! oh the mess! lol x

  • Reply emma cella August 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    http://www.cottonlily.com/daisy-chain-babygrow/

  • Reply emma cella August 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    http://www.cottonlily.com/daisy-chain-babygrow/ love this

  • Reply Lucy goodwin August 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I absolutely adore this… http://www.cottonlily.com/daisy-chain-babygrow/

  • Reply anna August 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    this suit is nice for boys
    http://www.cottonlily.com/magic-car-baby-grow/

  • Reply Tracy Nixon August 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    http://www.cottonlily.com/dimples-sleepsac-in-chocolate-stripes/ I adore the Dimples SleepSac in Chocolate Stripes!!!! I have always loved sleeping sacs/bags for my babies as I feel rest assured knowing they couldn’t wriggle out of their blankets throughout the cooler nights x

  • Reply Attachment Mummy August 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Tricky question – I love so much on that site! Thanks ffor highligghitng it, will be shopping soon I think! Anyway, I love the daisy chain babygrow on this page http://www.cottonlily.com/girls/

  • Reply Mummy Fever August 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    http://www.cottonlily.com/cinch-tummy-wrap/ – like the sound of this @MummyFever

  • Reply Ashleigh August 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I love this – http://www.cottonlily.com/daisy-chain-babygrow/ and this sounds great too – http://www.cottonlily.com/green-people-nappy-cream-baby-balm/

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