Here is our exclusive interview with Australian author and illustrator, Sandra Stewart, whose first book tittle will be released next year! With the help of her daughter, Sandra has written modern interpretations of favourite childhood classic rhymes, so readers can revisit their old-time faves, whilst meeting new characters along the way! Be prepared for humorous rhymes about mamas, papas and today’s whole modern family! Sandra is a busy mama – she’s in the process of launching a new website, online art store and attached blog for early next year, and she’s looking forward to connecting with other mamas and readers on a more informative platform (how exciting – we can’t wait!).
Your name, blog and children’s names and ages
Sandra K Stewart, my Instagram is Sandrakstewart and my daughter is called Belle, aged 9.
What city do you live in and how long have you lived there?
I live in the countryside town of Berry, and spend time in Sydney city for work.
What do you love most about your city as a mama?
I love Sydney city for its vibrancy, and Berry for it’s relaxed lifestyle, especially for my Daughter.
What would be your top tips for a family day out for visitors to your city?
Visit the farms in Berry and visit the galleries in Sydney – both are winners for families!
What are your favourite fashion stores for kids wear?
Zimmermann kids for casual wear, and Baby Dior for special occasions – the store is just perfection! I wish I shopped there more often!
What are your go-to mama stores for fashion and home?
I love online retailers and Instagram shopping. I adore finding unique products and small boutique labels to support .
What is your favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere, as long as my family is with me! Right now it’s Dubai!
Have you ever been to Dubai? If so where did you stay, was it child friendly and what was your favourite activity? If you haven’t then would you be interested in visiting and why?YES, YES, YES, I adore Dubai! On our current trip to Dubai we are hosting an afternoon tea at Ladurée! For this event, my daughter will be helping me host and I’m grateful that she will be involved! It’s a great chance to meet other children from Dubai, and share the experience. Dubai has a great family atmosphere! (We have also organised an adults and children’s colouring competition, so we know it’s definitely child friendly!)
Describe your parenting style in 3 words:
firm but fair
What are your 5 must-have mama items?
Louis Vuitton Neverfull to keep everything in (its really never full! This bag can hold everything!), hand sanitiser, my iPhone and a protective cover, bandaids, my hair brush and lipgloss!
How would you describe your home/interior style?
modern meets classic
How do you like to spend your weekends?
Im always at events or lunches! I live in the country side midweek, so most weekends I’m in Sydney for work and social catch ups. Belle accompanies me to all my outings and I’m so glad I have a career path that is flexible and social!
What’s your easy go-to meal that super fast and easy to make if the kids?
Grilled tofu with avocado – done in 2 minutes flat, or a quick free range omelette.
What’s great about being a mama in your city?
The balance between the country and the city.
Do you capture your moments through a phone or a camera, tell us about it and which model?
My iPhone, it’s simple and convenient! Although I have plans to start using an SLR (or at least test it out) for work.