Getting to know... Leo Bamford
Adventurers, entrepreneurs, activists. Each month our founder, Maya, will be speaking to a woman with a story that inspires. It’s a chance to celebrate achievements, both big and small, to share valuable nuggets of wisdom, and to find motivation in other women’s success.
This month, we’re speaking to Leo Bamford.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE AND WHO DO YOU SHARE A HOUSE WITH?
In the countryside with my husband, kids and 100 animals. It’s like a scene from My family and Other Animals… I only wish it was set in Greece.
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO?
I have a parenting site My Baba which covers everything from pre-conception to teens.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO DO MY BABA?
It sounds ridiculous but when I started the blog there were only a handful out there. Babyccino Kids was one I really looked up to, so I dove in with one little post a day and now it’s a pretty big platform, not really a blog anymore. It all started because I wanted to share my findings with other parents and it’s grown in to a lovely community. We launched a little shop in lockdown selling all sorts of trinkets and treasure for pregnancy, babies and more.
COULD YOU GIVE US 3 WORDS THAT BEST SUM YOU UP?
I would say I’m a busy idiot, but a driven one. I hope people would say that I’m kind. How could I forget bossy? I’m bossy, busy and kind.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
My husband is the king of sayings and gives the best advice. I guess “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way”.
IS THERE A SINGLE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO SOMEONE ELSE?
Trust your gut.
IF YOU COULD SEND YOUR 16 YEAR OLD SELF A SHORT MESSAGE, WHAT WOULD IT SAY?
Enjoy every single second and don’t take yourself too seriously. You can be anything you want to be.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU WANT TO GIVE YOURSELF A LITTLE SELF-CARE?
My favourite thing is a massage and then Pilates comes close. I love how it makes me feel. I also love walking the dogs.
WHAT ETHICS ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU AND WHY?
My parents always taught me to treat everyone with respect and kindness. I hope my kids follow such a simple value. I think it’s important to give back and I don’t do enough.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SUSTAINABLE AND ETHICAL FOOD BRANDS?
OMG now that’s a never ending one. You guys of course!!!!! I love discovering new brands and My Baba lets me do that. I find internet shopping has stamped out so much of the discovery.
Emily for snacks
Judes for ice lollies
Osso Organic for broth
Daylesford for zero waste
Earth and Wheat for wonky fresh bread
Inn Zero waste shopping and refills
Riverfood seasonal fruit and veg
Oddbox for fruit and veg
CAN YOU POINT US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION OF SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE SMALL BUSINESSES?
From Babies With Love https://frombabieswithlove.org
Roc + Rudi https://www.rocandrudi.com/
Zipster Baby https://zipsterbaby.com/
Copper Pearl https://copperpearl.eu
WHAT’S THE SINGLE BEST THING YOU HAVE EVER BOUGHT?
Our chocolate Labrador. She’s 14 and gives us all so much joy.
NAME AN ESSENTIAL ITEM IN YOUR HANDBAG AND TELL US WHY IT’S SO VITAL.
Pomade Divine. My mum used to put it on splinters when we were little, as it draws things out. It’s good for everything.
WHERE IS YOUR HAPPY PLACE?
My kitchen surrounded by family and friends.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
Zita and I are expanding our kids supplements and launching a mama loungewear. Super exciting.
AND LASTLY WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ANIMAL AND WHY?
Flamingo – I love pink!
HOW WE COMPARE TO OTHER CHOCOLATE AND TOY COMPANiES
At PLAYin CHOC®, we are proud of the quality of our products and their positive impact on the world. We strive to create delicious and healthy chocolate treats that can be enjoyed by everyone, and are committed to eliminating single-use plastic and packaging.
VEGAN S'MORES RECiPE FOR BONFiRE NiGHT
A cosy bonfire, friends gathered around, and the sweet aroma of melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows in the air. It's the perfect setting for indulging in everyone's favourite campfire treat - s'mores!
A PLANET FRIENDLY SPOOKY HALLOWEEN
Every year, millions of pounds of chocolate and sweet wrappers, plastic pumpkin buckets, and rubber masks end up in our landfills. In addition to the environmental damage wrought by all this waste, the process of producing all this Halloween paraphernalia takes a toll on our planet as well.
Do you know if the chocolate you are eating is slave free?
There is nothing like having a sweet treat to brighten you or your child's day. But something that may not have crossed your mind is whether or not the chocolate treat you are eating is slave free?
EMBRACE ORGANiC SEPTEMBER
September is an exciting month for us at PLAYin CHOC® as it marks the celebration of organic living. We take pride in being organic year-round, using a 100% organically sourced and plant-based recipe, and being members of the Soil Association.