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European Mama / Masha Rotar

We had the privilege of interviewing this inspiring mama all the way from London.

 

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 Tell us about your family?

Hello! My name is Masha, I am 30 years old and I am a mom and wife to two gorgeous boys, also expecting a little girl in late June. This is a very special time in our lives and we could not wait to add a little princess to our brood! I am of Moldovan origins. During my teens my family moved to Italy, where I lived for 7 beautiful years and met my husband Andrea! We’ve been together for 11 years and for the past 6 years we’ve been living in London. He is the best husband , friend and father and it almost feels like we met yesterday. I am one lucky woman to share my life with him.

 

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Besides being a mother, what do you do?

My husband and I work as hairdressers and have a hair and beauty salon in central London.  About 2 years ago we bought our first family home in London and found that there was a gap in the UK market for good quality Italian furniture. This is how the idea of creating My Italian Living was born. An online, high end Italian furniture shop that offers modern designer furniture at reasonable prices. We are both very passionate and proud of what we’ve achieved during the 6 years.

3What inspires you?

My true achievement and greatest inspiration are off course my children! My son, Riccardo, and this new life growing inside me that I can’t wait to meet, hold and nurse. Motherhood brings the best out of me. This love for my family nest and my people, inspires me to document my wonderful journey through photography . Nothing really fancy, mostly mobile photography of our daily life with a bit of creativity which I share on my Instagram account

4What is one of your fondest childhood memories?

When I think about my childhood the first image that comes to my mind is the one of my grandparents. I was lucky to have the most loving and kind grandparents someone could wish for. I use to spend all my summer holidays at their countryside home with my brother, sister and lots of cousins. Grandma was always cooking, while we went on adventures with Grandad. Running around – that sense of freedom and adventure still lives in me.

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 What excites you most about being a mother?

Reliving childhood through my child’s eyes is definetly the best feeling for any parent! Seeing their excitement and little achievements everyday makes me the happiest woman on earth. It’s my responsibility to teach my children to be good people, to be loving, caring and giving – being a mother it’s not easy but it’s the best job in the world!

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 Does your second pregnancy differ from your first? How?

Not much actually! That’s why I thought we were having another boy, everything was so similar. My first trimester with both my pregnancies was real tough, a lot of “all day sickness”, very moody and terribly exhausted. Not much fun at all! Then as soon as the 13th week kicked in I started feeling like my old self again and began to fully embrace it. Second and third trimester are so much fun. I am loving my third trimester at the moment , I feel like a flower in full bloom!

7 What would a typical day in your life look like?

My day starts with the sweetest sound of my baby boy coming from his room, punctually every morning around 7.22 he starts calling Mama! Mama! I warm up the milk for him (he adores it) and he watches his favourite cartoon Masha & The Bear. Then he and his Daddy have playtime sessions before he goes to work. We dress and head to the park. We are so lucky to live near one of the best parks in London, we even have a Zoo there! After lunch we snuggle a lot and then take a long nap together (the best part of the day is sleeping with my two babes). Also with my second pregnancy I started to bake cakes like crazy. So now it’s a family tradition to bake a cake every day! We play, read books and take a nice bath before daddy is home. We cook supper, put Riccardo to bed and enjoy a movie.

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What is the best or most useful mothering advice you received?

I remember with my first baby I bought so many books on parenting and was following everything step by step. It didn’t seem to work and I was getting really frustrated. A friend of mine told me to throw away the books and just rely on my instincts. You can’t raise a child by the book, every child is different. She was so right, once I did that everything started to feel right and I became more relaxed. A mother’s heart always knows best!

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 How has your life changed since becoming a mother?

It has changed who I am and how I define myself. I am a mom and  there is not any other name I’d rather be called. It’s the best thing that can happen to a woman. Our bodies are amazing, we create new life which fills our hearts and homes with unconditional love and this is what life is all about for me!

Quickfire

∇  Favourite children’s book – Nancy Tillman’s books are my favourite, her words always get to me but my absolute favourite is On the night you were born

∇   Favourite children’s clothing – I have a soft spot for the Spanish line Tocoto Vintage , I would dress my children in their clothes every day, so beautiful! I also love Oeuf , Louise Louise , Gap , Stella McCartney.

∇   Favourite online shop – Smallable

∇   Favourite family outing – Anywhere there’s a green space, so I would say we love going to the park.

∇   Favourite holiday destination – Italy, I never tire of this country and its cultural beauty, plus the food is love for the soul! We also like the island of Ibiza with its easy hippy vibe.

∇   Favourite beauty product – I adore the Bobby Brown foundation, and don’t leave the house without it, very naturally looking and so delicate on your skin.

A FEW FAVOURITES FROM MY ITALIAN LIVING

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