The Mum Club Featuring Parker & Me
There is nothing better than finding everything you need all in one place. From Sleepy doe Pjs to birthday party decorations from Meri Meri and even stuff for us MAMAs. Parker and me have it all. Named after Kathryns' beloved pooch and stemming from her passion to find unique items that you wont find in every high street store, Parker and Me was born and we love it.
MY NAME IS … Kathryn Robins
MY BRAND IS… Parker & Me we are an online shop which sells lovely unique children’s brands that you may not see on the high-street. In October 2016, we brought home Parker our Apricot miniature poodle who has been the love of our lives ever since and have brought us so much happiness which is why I have named my little business after him!
I have been personally following most of the brands that I stock for some time since opening Parker & Me as me and my husband have been planning a baby for a long time (5 years in fact) unfortunately we have been unsuccessful in this adventure so far and with un explained infertility one failed round of IVF under our belts and another round coming up. I decided to open my little shop that I had wanted to do for years! So, I could get all my favourite brands all in one place and easy to purchase. As you can imagine 5 years is a long time to plan your baby’s nursery, play room, outfits, pram, changing bag etc. So this experience has helped take my mind off things but also still be a part of the baby world! I have had a real passion for owning my own shop since a little girl all I can remember was wanting to work in a shop and had a mild obsession with tills which was always fun for my mum in shops when I used to want to touch all the buttons on the cashiers till!!! So, I took the plunge and opened the virtual doors to Parker & Me in February 2017. We are still very small but I plan to build up slowly but surely and I hope everyone loves all the products in the shop as much as I do.
I LIVE IN… Welling, Kent
I FEEL MOST AT HOME…When I’m at home with my husband Dan and Parker I love pottering around at home watching a good film or having friends around! I love to host gatherings and BBQ’S at our house. Parker is much more relaxed when we are both home as usually he waits looking out the window for whoever may have gone out and when we are both in he can finally relax and have a sleep!! So, when we are not at work during the day it’s nice to be home altogether!
I AM A BRAND OWNER AND.. A Nanny to two lovely girls ages 5 and 3. I have worked in childcare for over 10 years firstly starting off in a day nursery and after 3 years became a baby unit supervisor, I then went into being a private nanny and have been with my first family for just over 3 years now. Both girls were so little when I started and are both now at school which has gone so fast.
THINGS THAT KEEP ME AWAKE AT NIGHT…Nothing, my nickname is sleeping beauty as I could sleep whenever and where ever anybody told me too! Not sure if it’s a god trait or not really?!!
I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP…A shop keeper! The obsession was real!
MY FIRST STEPS TAKEN TO START MY BRAND WHERE...I think the first steps was just to finally say to myself come on you can do this! After that it was finding out how to build a website and how to deal with suppliers of the products that I sell at Parker & Me. I am more of a practical person and have not ran a business before so it’s all very new to me but I am very much enjoying it as its s different from my day job!
THIS KEEPS ME SANE...Walking Parker for long walks in the woods at the weekends! It’s our favourite thing to do!
I COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT (PHYSICAL OBJECT)...Besides my family and friends, it would have to be my phone I wouldn’t like to think I’m obsessed with it but I do rely on it just a little bit!!!
MY BIGGEST RISK...To be honest I don’t feel like I have yet taken my biggest risk! Who knows what the future holds though!!
MY BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT...Was buying our first house nearly 6 years ago! And of course, Parker & Me.
MY BEST PIECE OF ADVICE…Don’t let any negativity bring you down. People will always have an opinion but yours is the only one that matters when it comes to making decisions for yourself!
I WOULD HAVE DONE THIS DIFFERENTLY..I wouldn’t necessarily have done anything differently but I do have to slow myself down sometimes and stop and think a bit more. I tend to get over excited and then must bring myself back to reality!!