Liverpool’s Melissa Reeves creates brand Mommy’s & Minis following career change after becoming a first time mum.
Melissa Reeves, 30, from Liverpool, left school at just 16 and went straight into Djing. She soon landed a role in hit reality TV series Ex On The Beach which saw her make an established name for herself. She was then did 4 seasons of The Challenge on MTV.
‘I had this idea that getting on TV id make millions and be set for life. I was so wrong! Reality TV is far from what people presume it is. It a great experience but it has absolutely no longerity in it, so whilst your filming it and on the TV, great, your getting paid…but as soon as filming is over, so is your income’
Whilst she was young & single with no responsibility this lifestyle worked for her, however this soon changed once she fell pregnant. Mel soon after finding out she was pregnant became single, as the father did not want to be involved.
Mel was determined to be the best mum she could be and started thinking of jobs & things she could do to provide a steady income & also allow her to be a mum. Djing & reality tv appearances weren’t going to work as a single mum & she knew she didn’t want multiple periods or nights away from her child.
So single and unemployed, living off her savings Mel started researching products ,& suppliers as she was keen to start a clothing range.
Vienna was born in 2020 and panic kicked in for Mel after the reality of how expensive a baby actually is and how hard it actually is to raise a baby on your own.
‘I had many sleepless nights, and as my savings start to dwindle away, i made the mistake of asking her father for financial support to buy essentials such as nappies and formula but he refused. This is when I realised that my baby only had me to provide for her.I thought to myself, my biggest love in life is my baby Vienna, I loved dressing her up in cute little outfits and loved when we wore little matching outfits, so what better to set up my own company selling matching clothes for parents and kids where I can support myself and my baby and help other mums make memories with their babies.’ Comments Mel.
After further research, Mel designed a style of pyjamas, she found a supplier and here was where Mommy’s & minis was born!
”As soon as the sample of matching pyjamas came and I tried them on me and Vienna her face lit up with excitement as we were wearing the exact same thing. It was at that point I knew I was making the right decision. ‘
Mommys & minis offer matching pyjamas which are affordable and luxurious in beautiful colours and designs allowing parents / carers to match with their little ones. More matching products will also be available in 2023 as Mel intends to bring out a wider range of clothing and accessories for both mums and dads so they can twin with their minis!
For further information visit www.mommysandminis.com