Posted on August 31, 2012

Mumpreneur Feature – Marianne

competiton/ giveaway/ Mum in Business

Marianne from Travel with Tots is on the blog this morning to tell you about herself and also has a fab giveaway for you too 🙂

Who are you?
I’m Marianne, married mum to the gorgeously cheeky one year old Lucie, and owner of a really badly behaved dog!

What do you do?
I run the Travel with Tots website along with another mum and travel-enthusiast! Travelling is more fun with little monsters! We offer lots of advice on family friendly destinations, as well as some fantastic products to make globe-trotting with the little ones just a little bit easier.

When did you establish your business?
The business was set up in Spring 2011.

What made you start your own business?
Essentially it grew out of not wanting to stop travelling across Europe and beyond simply because we now had little monsters in tow. We wanted to create a space for parents to come to visit to find all they would need for their adventures!

What do you love about working for yourself?
Absolutely everything from the flexibility in the hours to the satisfaction of working on a website and products that I am really passionate about.

Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
No, the only frustration sometimes stems from realising how many hours there really are in the day: NOT ENOUGH 🙂

Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
No, everything happens for a reason and any setbacks or problems are lessons well learnt. A crucial part of running a business for yourself.

What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Don’t hesitate to ask for help (with housework/ childcare…) and try and network as much as possible. Social media is a fundamental aspect of online businesses!

Marianne has also got a fab giveaway for you; She would like to offer one of these gorgeous Smockas to one of my lucky readers. 

The Smocka is a unique and practical modern take on a familiar traditional garment with a retro twist.

It is a durable top, with a waterproof pocket made especially for little people who like to collect things. Each Smocka is made from a wind resistant fleece that is anti-pill, making it perfect for the great British outdoors!

It also folds away with the pocket around it, leaving a neat waterproof pillow. It is designed to be over-sized for longevity of use and is aimed at Pre-schoolers!

The lucky winner can choose from one of four different designs…

Just complete the Rafflecopter below to enter 🙂
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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35 Comments

  • Reply Helen Rothwell September 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Loving this http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/Waterproof-PinkPlum-Fleecelined-All-in-Ones/ planning on cycling a lot with my youngest even during winter and this would keep her warm and dry!

    • Reply Marianne September 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Helen – the all -in-ones are really lush and they will keep your little monster nice and snug!

  • Reply ET Speaks From Home September 13, 2012 at 1:05 am

    http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/Hippopot-Hippo/ they look so cute!

    • Reply Marianne September 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply olivia kirby September 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Their website is down so I haven’t been able to provide you with a link, I’m afraid, I will try again before end of competition, have entered the first rafflecopter tho, hope that is ok.

  • Reply Johnson Babies September 6, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I’m loving the http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/Waterproof-BlueBlack-Fleece-Lined-All-in-Ones/ perfect for puddle jumping as Autumn strikes!

    • Reply Marianne September 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Thanks for that – read about action aid too… great idea to give as you shop. Will look into it more 🙂

  • Reply Belinda Matthews September 6, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I love our Cuddledry Cuddlemoo
    http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/Toddler-Cuddlebug–MooMoo/

    • Reply Marianne September 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks Belinda – the little monsters love those more-fun-than-average towels!! 🙂

  • Reply Jane Willis September 6, 2012 at 7:00 am

    The fleece lined all-in-one – so pretty and practical http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/Waterproof-PinkPlum-Fleecelined-All-in-Ones/

  • Reply Sam September 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/Packit-Seat-Harness-/

    So useful! Especially when visiting relatives.

    • Reply Marianne September 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Hi Sam!
      Yes, its perfect wherever you go – holidays, sunday lunch at the pub,..Highly recommended 🙂

  • Reply Alison Turnnidge September 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I love this because it would be ideal for travelling and be just like her big sister
    http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/Fisher-Price-Soft-Travel-Tray-1/

    • Reply Marianne September 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Lorraine/Squeakymom September 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I love our Cuddledry Cuddlemoo, so I can’t choose anything else! http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/Toddler-Cuddlebug–MooMoo/

    • Reply Marianne September 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      I know!! They are LUSH 🙂 thanks for entering and for following us on Twitter 🙂

  • Reply Kara Spencer September 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/Swirl-Day-Care-Changing-Bag/ I like this changing bag as I am still in need.

    Great company too x

    • Reply Marianne September 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Ah thanks Kara 🙂 You can never have too many changing bags. I have two going on 5 🙂

  • Reply Dorothee Archambault September 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I really like this:
    http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/Polka-Dot-Koodi-PopUp-Bubble-Cot/

    @Dorothee77

    • Reply Marianne September 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Merci Dorothee!! We used the pop up cot when our little monster was younger, it was brilliant and so light! Vraiment tres bien, et facile d’utilisation 🙂

  • Reply Carolina J. September 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Cerise & Friends Security Blanket is lovely. My daughter is truly obsessed with labels! http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/Cerise–Friends-Security-Blanket/#!/-1/

  • Reply Karen Barrett September 1, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Swirl Day Care Changing Bag
    http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/Swirl-Day-Care-Changing-Bag/

  • Reply Carolin August 31, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I love the Hippopot Hippo – how cuuuuute 🙂

    @caro_mad

  • Reply Mummy Fever August 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/SnoozeShade-for-Cot/ love this ! @MummyFever

  • Reply Danielle Mansell August 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    My little boy loves the shark top!!

  • Reply Christina Marriott (@chrissy4116) August 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I love the swirl Day Care changing bag! lovely although I have an obsession with changing bags! lol xx

    http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/Swirl-Day-Care-Changing-Bag/

    • Reply Sonia August 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      That’s gorgeous!! x

    • Reply Sonia August 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      They are gorgeous Gemma! I have one for Maxwell and adore it x

  • Reply Rhoda K August 31, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I like this http://www.travelwithtots.co.uk/product/SleepSac-with-removable-sleeves-18-Months/, the removable sleeves are a great idea!

    • Reply Sonia August 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      That’s such a fab idea isn’t it, I often get worried about their little arms at night x

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