It’s no secret that we are huge fan of ‘boss ladies’ here at Mama loves to share. We just love seeing women, particularly mums, making waves in the workforce whether it be for a company, in their own business or as a stay at home working mama!
Angela Anderson is one such mama who has taken the plunge into the world of small business, recently setting up ‘eats so easy’ which aims to save busy mums time and money by providing weekly meal plans, shopping lists and recipes straight to your inbox – brilliant!
We recently chatted with Angela about her exciting new concept and how she manages to find balance between being a small business owner and a busy mama of two.
Angela – My husband, Todd and I both grew up on the Mornington Peninsula and were excited about moving back down here to start our little family. We also both work locally and love that we can get home quickly to our two gorgeous girls (not bias at all! haha) Miss Ruby, 3, and Miss Millie, nearly 1. We are both physios at the Sports Injury Clinic in Frankston. I’ve just returned to part time work and still getting used to being away from my kiddies.
I love (like, really really LOVE!!) food. I’m a crazy, one-eyed Essendon supporter. I need to keep my physical activity up otherwise I turn into a really mean person. We feel super lucky living in our amazing part of the world but also have a passion for travel which we will need to put on hold for a few years but look forward to showing our girls the world!
MLTS – Lisa’s a mad Essendon supporter too! Where did your love for cooking come from?
Angela – I have always loved food. But my love of cooking started while we were living in London. We started our weekly tradition of “Gourmet Sunday”. We would go out for brunch and choose some new recipes to try then head off to the market for all of the fresh ingredients. Then spend the day cooking up a storm in our tiny kitchen.
MLTS – That would have been fun! So how did the ‘eats so easy’ concept come about?
Angela – I kept hearing similar stories/complaints from my mama friends; “I hate thinking about what’s for dinner”, “I stare into the fridge at 4.30pm everyday trying to think of something to cook”, but I just couldn’t relate. We have always finished work late (usually not getting home til 8pm) so I have always cooked our dinners in big batches. I would usually only cook 1-2 times a week and I had gotten really good at cooking 3-4 meals at the same time so it would only take me 60-90mins of dinner cooking.
I thought that being organised and multitasking was something that I am really good at and I could help a lot of mamas out there who were experiencing the same stresses that my friends were. All I needed to do was write down what I had already been doing for a long time at home. So that’s how the concept was born. I now write meal plans, shopping lists and recipes and people subscribe to receive them each week.
MLTS – Are you sure you haven’t been eavesdropping on my house at 4:30pm every night?! Haha! What sort of feedback have you had from your customers so far?
Angela – I have been getting such great feedback from all the amazing mamas that signed up for the first six week plan. They were loving not having to cook every evening. Loved not having to put any brain power into dinners at all. Really liked that they only had to do one trip to the shops or organise one delivery from Woolworths online. They also loved the new dinner ideas.
MLTS – Give us a little insight into what goes on behind the scenes at ‘eats so easy’ How do you go about the meal planning and recipe development?
Angela – A lot of the recipes are modified to suit our tastes or to hide veggies (Ruby is actually great at eating her veggies, it’s actually me that needs them hidden haha!). Each week I sit down and figure out the easiest combinations of recipes to create the multitask recipes. I then do a time trial of the method with my girls at home to make sure that the times I provided are accurate for young families. I then write up the meal plan, shopping list and multitask recipes, I love that I can do this once the girls have gone to bed.
MLTS – I’m currently on maternity leave but usually both Lisa and I are busy working mamas, how does the ‘eats so easy’ program make life easier for busy mums?
Angela – Well, firstly it will save you time. There is no planning of dinners, you only need to do one trip to the shops and the shopping list is done for you, the multitask recipes mean that you only have to do two 60 minute cooks each week to create six family dinners of four adult serves each (most families have leftovers for lunch the next day or enough food for the 7th night in the week if they don’t have plans/freeload at the grandparents house).
I have also designed the program to help families save money. With only one trip to the shops, it cuts down on extra in-store impulse purchases and I have designed the six week plan to cut down on food wastage so that by the end of the six week period no perishable food has been thrown out.
MLTS – You do spy on me don’t you?! I am the worlds worst in-store impulse shopper! What advice do you have for other mums who may have a business idea but are not sure where to start?
Angela – I’m only just starting out, so I’m not sure if I have good business advice. But what I’ve tried to do is focus my business on something that I enjoy and something that I’m good at. It’s mostly something I can work on once my girls are asleep. I have asked friends and family for lots of feedback and advice. And I’m trying to make the most of social media, so my marketing costs have been very minimal to date.
MLTS – I think that’s really good advice actually, as the saying goes, do something you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life… What are some of your favourite spots on the Mornington Peninsula to visit as a family?
Angela – We love the beach. We love our local parks and playgrounds. We are lucky enough to have a lot of amazing playgrounds within walking distance. Our favourite kiddie friendly cafe is The Hungry Peacock in Tyabb. Ruby loves animals so we often visit Rain, Hayne & Shine in Balnarring and the Moonlit Sanctuary in Pearcedale.
MLTS – Great choices! They are some of our favourite places to visit too! And lastly, what do you find the hardest about being a working mama? How do you find the right balance?
Angela – I think this is something that I need advice for lol! For me, family time comes first. I love being a physio and I’m loving my new business venture but I try to keep these from taking up family time as much as possible. We are so lucky that our boss lets us choose our hours so that while I’m working, Todd is at home with the girls. I’m then able to work on ‘eats so easy’ while the girls are sleeping. One thing my husband and I definitely need to get better at is booking in date nights!
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