In the lead up to Mother’s Day we caught up with Danica, Hype DC alumni and artist, Marika, nutritionist and mother behind Instagram page ‘The Vegetable Addict’, and Renako, Puma Style Marketing Manager, to discuss all things motherhood and lifestyle.

Find out what’s on their wishlist this Mother’s Day.

Q1. Tell us a bit about yourself?

RENAKO
Hi I'm Renako, I was born in Tokyo, raised in Hong Kong, California & Bangkok. Met an Aussie and ended up staying for what is now 17 years. Marketer, producer and now mumma to a 4 month old daughter, Kirin. I'm currently on mat leave with PUMA AU

DANICA
I’m adventure loving Mumma to a crazy 4-year-old. Always creating stuff in my spare time with a nerf battle here and there.

MARIKA
I’m a proud Mumma of 2 little humans, and wife to an overachiever. I’m passionate about mental and physical health, and cooking plant-based wholefoods for my family (I also love wine, because you know BALANCE!)

Q2. What piece of mother-hood advice have you found most helpful?

RENAKO
What I’ve witnessed firsthand through my grandmother, my mother, my mother in law, sisters in-laws, my girlfriends and seeing how they engage with their children has been the biggest advice and insight into mummahood. That is: every mama does mummahood differently, there is no right or wrong way, it's simply about finding your groove with your bubba.

DANICA
Make the most of every moment. They grow up so fast, don’t take it for granted even when it’s hard.

MARIKA
Take things day by day and focus on the positives (I guess that’s a mantra for life really!) But especially when they were babies, it can feel like the tricky periods can last forever, the nights can be long, but in the end the years are short! It feels like a lighter load when you focus on the positives and don’t get too far ahead of yourself.

Q3. How do you balance motherhood with your personal & professional life?

RENAKO
Balance is always something I have struggled with pre- mummahood. It is something that I am learning day by day. I set myself weekly intentions and mostly it consists of yoga, a walk, getting in touch with family and friends. If I can achieve a few things off my list during the week, I feel a sense of balance and feel more like myself. It's also about reminding myself through learning the ropes of mummahood that I need to be kinder to myself as my body heals and as I’m getting used to my new lifestyle. That and making sure I’m snoozing when (my daughter) Kirin is sleeping.

DANICA
Staying present is really important. I’m a single Mum so I juggle a lot. Prioritising is essential and not sweating the little stuff when things don’t go quite right brings life into perspective. And of course, LOTS of patience

MARIKA
I get up really early to do weight training or run and meditate. For me making sure I have quiet time in the morning helps me get into the right head space to tackle whatever the day throws! My kids and family life is the #1 priority for me, they are so little still and this time is so precious. Once they don’t need me as much, I would like to dive back into full time work, if it aligns with my core beliefs.

Q4. How’s the ‘stay home’ movement affected you and your family, what have you learnt?

RENAKO
It's really allowed me to embrace the slower pace in life and find joy and gratitude for the simpler things. It has given me a newfound appreciation for Melbourne now that we are unable to do the things we could do pre - COVID.

DANICA
We have plenty of yard to run around and play so it hasn’t affected us as much as others, but it is still hard to keep an energetic 4-year-old from getting bored. Honestly, I’ve really loved spending every day with him, he’s happy doing anything if we’re together. I’ve learnt how to use my imagination more and get creative even with the everyday stuff. It’s great what you can come up with when you’re limited.

MARIKA
The Home Schooling has been different, that’s for sure! But I’ve loved the one on one time with my son. We are finding our groove, dropped any pressure, and are making sure we are ALL doing things that “fill our emotional buckets” everyday (that’s a school term I have recently learnt FYI hahaha) The kids understand that things are different now, but being only 4 and 6 they also don’t REALLY understand - so lots more cuddles and re-assurance for everyone.

Q5. How are you going to spend your Mother’s Day?

RENAKO
Whatever my husband has planned for me…hopefully it includes a walk, coffee and some form of baked goodness from Breadclub (hope you’re reading this Paul ;) ;)

DANICA
I’ll be relaxing as much as possible! Spending time with family!

MARIKA
That’s a great question, but one you’ll have to ask my husband and kids! If we are allowed, I will go visit my mum who means the world to me.

Q6. What’s on your Mother’s Day Wish List from Hype DC?

RENAKO
PUMA’s Style Rider when I’m stepping out to the VIC Market for a takeaway coffee from Market Lane and grabbing our weekly essentials. PUMA’s RS-X CUBES for when I’m heading out for our longer walks, for the comfy cushioning in the sole and the chunky sole look great when paired with my ISO - Postpartum uniform of tracksuits and a hoodie.

DANICA
Nike Zoom x Vista Grind - White/hyper crimson/laser orange. Lining Furious rider Ace - White/multi. Lacoste Court Slam 120 - Light green/off white. Nike Air Max 97 - Barely rose/fossil stone. Adidas Supercourt - Cloud white/bluebird.

MARIKA
I can never go past the Vans OLD SKOOL (I already have them in 3 colours) but I’m also in love with the adidas NMD_R1 they would be the perfect sneaker for winter paired with jeans and a long coat. The VEJA ESPLAR would also make the perfect everyday shoe; I could see myself living in them.

There’s still time to spoil mum (and yourself) this Mother’s Day with new styles added to Hype DC’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide.