MY KIDS LICK THE BOWL

Little Treasures - - INSPIRATION -

Stacey Ke­meys “Crazy” is the word chil­dren’s food guru Stacey Ke­meys uses to de­scribe her idea to blog while car­ing for three kids un­der three. Just one day af­ter her third child was born, mykid­slick­the­bowl.com went live. Now, nearly two years on, she has no re­grets. As a di­eti­tian with a ca­reer span­ning 15 years, blog­ging was a ve­hi­cle for Stacey to help other mums, keep up to date with her in­dus­try and main­tain some “adult­ing” in her life. “Late-night feed­ing ses­sions would have me brows­ing Face­book on my phone,” she re­calls. “I came across all sorts of opin­ions and ar­ti­cles on child nutri­tion, some of which I agreed with, some of which I did not. I de­cided if oth­ers can put their thoughts on child nutri­tion out there, then so could I.” My Kids Lick the Bowl has also en­abled Stacey to ac­quire new web skills that will fur­ther en­hance her ap­peal in the tra­di­tional work­force, if she ever chooses to re­turn. But, for now, her plate is full rais­ing Archer, four, Ada, three, and Eloise, 20 months, and keep­ing thou­sands of New Zealand and in­ter­na­tional mums in­spired with healthy recipes and prac­ti­cal ad­vice. Her daily to-do list con­sists of mak­ing food, tak­ing pho­tos, cre­at­ing con­tent, run­ning her web­site and manag­ing her var­i­ous so­cial me­dia plat­forms, plus a lit­tle free­lance nutri­tion writ­ing and recipe de­vel­op­ment work. She earns an in­come via ad­ver­tis­ing on her blog and in­flu­encer cam­paigns on so­cial me­dia. “I love that I am do­ing some­thing I am pas­sion­ate about – nutri­tion, food and cook­ing are 100 per cent my bag and I ul­ti­mately choose how I spend my time,” she says. “But I work from home, which I must con­fess is not al­ways ideal. I have learnt to stop the jug­gling – I di­vide up my days so that there are times when I am Mum, then there are times when I’m all about the work ball, and I leave the kid balls to be looked af­ter by some­one else (or asleep in their beds). On the days that I have to jug­gle both at the same time, balls get dropped, so I try to do this as lit­tle as pos­si­ble.” Although she works count­less hours in the kitchen and the ad­min is nev­erend­ing, Stacey says the sweet­ener is the per­sonal ful­fil­ment the blog brings her. “Flex­i­bil­ity is also a huge ben­e­fit of be­ing your own boss,” she says. “With three pre-school­ers, jug­gling day­care and sick leave would be a strug­gle in a nor­mal job.” 

Stacey with Eloise, Archer and Ada

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