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That time I accidently started a business… whilst juggling a newborn and 3 year old

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I always wanted my own business, but I never wanted to start one. To be honest, it never occurred to me that having a business actually meant starting it yourself…! Nearly a year ago now,  a dear friend of mine saw some activities that I had made for my eldest son, who was 3 years old. I had started making these “Busy Bags” for him when I noticed he was lagging behind with his fine motor skills. As a baby, he had been ahead of the pack with fine motor skills but at the age of 3 he did everything to avoid holding a crayon or pencil or doing

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something with his fingers that worked those little muscles. Instead, all he wanted was to play with his cars and trains (which isn’t a bad thing).

With my teaching background I knew that doing things that didn’t seem like work but instead looked fun and used exciting everyday materials, or something that was not a typical toy would catch his attention and engage him. So I started making these “Busy bags” which I had noticed on Pinterest were becoming the new thing for kids to do.

I set aside a time each day, while my baby slept, and

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did a few of the Busy Bag activities with my eldest. I was amazed how he loved them! He started asking for them during other times of the day. I also then discovered I could use them when we were out and about and I needed him to sit quietly and they would keep him occupied!

“Where had these been all my mothering life?”

An added bonus was that he was learning something at the same time, way better than shoving my phone in his hand to watch Paw Patrol! It also turned out that other mums really like them too and wanted to know where to get

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them.

Anyway, moving on, back to my friend…she saw these busy bags and seemed to think they were a great idea. So she started nagging me about the two of us setting up a business together, making Busy Bags for pre-schoolers like our own children. We both have energetic boys that require constant supervision but loved the Busy Bags and they kept them quiet, so we could have a few moments peace to drink a cup of coffee or talk to the doctor about the latest bug that was making our families sick.

So our journey began and My Busy Bots was

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born…

I have discovered that trying to start a business, as a stay at home mum to 2 young boys, a wife and a part time Maths tutor is hard and sometimes times feels a little crazy.

Some days everything seems like a whirlwind of washing, cooking, tidying, housework (what’s that?), finding time to work on the business while also being attentive to my husband and kids. Mostly, I have been completely distracted with coming up with new ideas for our business or thinking about how to do Social Media and a website, getting printing quotes or sourcing

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the right stock. And somehow, in between all of that, still giving hugs and cuddles and being present in the here and now.

Even though chaos has reigned in my household, my boys constantly trying to play with our business materials and my husband complains that he doesn’t see me anymore, I have really enjoyed the journey! It’s been refreshing to do something other than wiping a snotty nose or making a bed or packing the dishwasher (again)… But instead having a vision of something that could be… and now is!

I’m sure that in a few years

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my friend and I will look back and laugh about trying to take stock photos while little hands pulled on things that needed to be in the shot. Or her house resembling a market stall. But for right now we are enjoying the journey, even though most of the time it feels more like a rollercoaster ride!

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- 3 Jun 19

I always wanted my own business, but I never wanted to start one. To be honest, it never occurred to me that having a business actually meant starting it yourself…! Nearly a year ago now,  a dear friend of mine saw some activities that I had made for my eldest son, who was 3 years old. I had started making these “Busy Bags” for him when I noticed he was lagging behind with his fine motor skills. As a baby, he had been ahead of the pack with fine motor skills but at the age of 3 he did everything to avoid holding a crayon or pencil or doing something with his fingers that worked those little muscles. Instead, all he wanted was to play with his cars and trains (which isn’t a bad thing).

With my teaching background I knew that doing things that didn’t seem like work but instead looked fun and used exciting everyday materials, or something that was not a typical toy would catch his attention and engage him. So I started making these “Busy bags” which I had noticed on Pinterest were becoming the new thing for kids to do.

I set aside a time each day, while my baby slept, and did a few of the Busy Bag activities with my eldest. I was amazed how he loved them! He started asking for them during other times of the day. I also then discovered I could use them when we were out and about and I needed him to sit quietly and they would keep him occupied!

“Where had these been all my mothering life?”

An added bonus was that he was learning something at the same time, way better than shoving my phone in his hand to watch Paw Patrol! It also turned out that other mums really like them too and wanted to know where to get them.

Anyway, moving on, back to my friend…she saw these busy bags and seemed to think they were a great idea. So she started nagging me about the two of us setting up a business together, making Busy Bags for pre-schoolers like our own children. We both have energetic boys that require constant supervision but loved the Busy Bags and they kept them quiet, so we could have a few moments peace to drink a cup of coffee or talk to the doctor about the latest bug that was making our families sick.

So our journey began and My Busy Bots was born…

I have discovered that trying to start a business, as a stay at home mum to 2 young boys, a wife and a part time Maths tutor is hard and sometimes times feels a little crazy.

Some days everything seems like a whirlwind of washing, cooking, tidying, housework (what’s that?), finding time to work on the business while also being attentive to my husband and kids. Mostly, I have been completely distracted with coming up with new ideas for our business or thinking about how to do Social Media and a website, getting printing quotes or sourcing the right stock. And somehow, in between all of that, still giving hugs and cuddles and being present in the here and now.

Even though chaos has reigned in my household, my boys constantly trying to play with our business materials and my husband complains that he doesn’t see me anymore, I have really enjoyed the journey! It’s been refreshing to do something other than wiping a snotty nose or making a bed or packing the dishwasher (again)… But instead having a vision of something that could be… and now is!

I’m sure that in a few years my friend and I will look back and laugh about trying to take stock photos while little hands pulled on things that needed to be in the shot. Or her house resembling a market stall. But for right now we are enjoying the journey, even though most of the time it feels more like a rollercoaster ride!

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Hello! We are Candice and Leanne, friends and the founders of My Busy Bots. We are both busy mums and wives, juggling everyday life, while running after two little rascals each! My Busy Bots began when Leanne (who has been a Maths teacher for over twelve years) decided to design some activities to help her three year old son, who was struggling with his fine motor skills. He became utterly captivated by the games, which used everyday items - things that were not typical toys. Candice (who has been a designer in the advertising industry for over fifteen years), saw them, loved them and convinced Leanne to team up with her to launch the business… And here we are! (Candice is ridiculously persuasive!) We create award-winning Busy Bags containing fun, educational activities that will engage your little ones and keep them occupied. They give you the gift of a bit of time to enjoy a cup of (hot!) tea or to wee alone (heaven!) Our Busy Bags can be used either at home or on the go – they’re perfect for keeping children happy and absorbed while at the doctors, getting your hair cut, travelling, answering that crucial email, cleaning, cooking or out for lunch. As busy mums ourselves we love how they captivate enquiring little minds and encourage time away from using screens! But our bags are not only a fun distraction… Our activities help them discover new topics as well as develop essential abilities (like fine motor skills and visual perception skills). They are not crafts (so they can be used over and over again) and they are not toys. We use items that will intrigue your child – and, more importantly, not stain or make sticky any surface in your home! Our aim is to provide you with engaging activities for curious little minds and busy little hands. Activities that are no mess, no fuss and perfect for on the go.

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