We interviewed the wonderful Sam Mann Editor of Mumazine. Sam has over 12 years’ experience as a journalist and presenter for Glamour, Cosmopolitan and New Woman. She also wrote her own column in The Daily Mirror for 6 years. Sam had a 5-year stint as a showbiz reporter and presenter on Capital Radio. Sam lives in leafy North London with her partner of 7 years Adam and their 2 and a half year old daughter April – she is well and truly in the midst of the terrible twos!. Sam has no pets, just a poor attempt of a vegetable patch!
Besides working on Mumazine, you also produce for E! News, cover showbiz on ITV1’s This Morning, and you’re a regular on Sky News. What are your top tips for juggling a busy and successful career with family life?
Plenty of to-do lists.
It’s really important to prioritise and get the urgent, important stuff done first. Facebook, Twitter and other things that take up time need to be limited. Oh, and I couldn’t do it without the cloning machine I brought on eBay – it’s much easier now there’s two of me. If it gets any busier I’m going to have to make a third me.
What’s on top of your to-do list this week, and which bit are you least looking forward to?
I have a shoot for E! this week – I’m off to Buckleberry where Kate Middleton grew up to find out all about her. Should be fun. On the downside – I rent a property out and my tenants are changing over so it’s boring stuff like arranging gas checks and speaking to Estate Agents. Yawn
As a showbiz reporter, what’s the most exciting encounter or story you’ve experienced / broken to-date?
I have been so lucky to have had so many amazing experiences over the years – I’ve taken my dad with me on many of my trips – the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo, the DJ Awards in Ibiza, New York and the Cannes Film Festival. I love seeing him enjoy himself so much. He even managed to find his way into a 50 Cent video while we were in Monaco, which is pretty cool for a 70-year-old.
The most surreal moment has to be interviewing Madonna backstage at the Brits and her telling jokes about nuns and gonorrhea (don’t ask), she’s a fun lady.
What’s your fail-safe family recipe?
My toddler would eat pasta morning noon and night so a tasty spag bol always goes down a treat and I make a mean fish pie.
Since 2009 and in addition to setting up Mumazine, you’ve written two pregnancy and parenting books, ‘Bumpalicious’ with good friend Denise Van Outen, and ‘Adventures in Parenthood’. What’s in the pipeline for you this year?
Catching up on a few holidays 😉
What’s your one beauty tip for new mums on the run?
BB cream – I love it. It took me a while to get into but now I slap it on first thing and even if I don’t get time to do anything else my face looks human.
What’s the one baby product you couldn’t live without?
I have a mountain buggy – its amazing. I used it to train for the Virgin London Triathlon when my daughter April was a few moths old. It allowed me to get out and exercise while looking after her. It has an amazing suspension and a break. I remember the first time I took her out in it – I ran for a minute then stopped to see if she was ok as I was worried it might be freaking her out. She was sound asleep.
Summer holidays are just around the corner – where’s your favourite family destination and why?
We visit Southern Spain every year and stay in a friend’s place in an area called La Cala. Its not far from Marbella where there are plenty of restaurants and bars. Marbella old town is very picturesque and there are loads of things for little ones to do on the sea front.
Do you find time to switch off, and what are your favourite things to do to relax?
I do yoga similar to Bikram – in a lovely hot room to help me get bendy and clear my head. I also love going for a run too.
How would you sum yourself up in one sentence?
A bubbly (except when I’m feeling miserable), energetic (except when I’m knackered), loyal, devoted mum and hard worker.