Let Lulu: Serving Up Love & Support

*Not Sponsored* I’ve been a customer of Let Lulu and wanted to write about it. Owner Kate Ritchie generously offered to let me try some meals (which were delicious!) but that did not affect this story or my opinion.

What would it mean to you had a week’s worth of dinners? Imagine what you could do with all that free time? 

  • Deciding what to make.
  • Grocery shopping.
  • Cooking.

I know what I would do. (Among other things) spend time chasing my daughter around the living room for cuddles.

Let Lulu, born out of a desire to support new Mums, offers the gift of precious family time with it’s gourmet meal delivery service but there is much more to this company than food. 

And that’s the thing, having your meals sorted on a normal week is a treat but having them when you’re going through hard times- priceless.

Support for New Mums

Owner and mastermind Kate Ritchie recalls the slew of gifts she received when her children were born. She and her husband were grateful, of course, but they couldn’t eat the flowers.

It’s not just about delivering meals it’s about encouraging a cultural shift. I want people to think differently about practical support,” says Ritchie.

The early days of parenting are shell-shocking. Friends and family are well-meaning but often directionless in how to help in practical ways. I remember being a new Mum and not even knowing how to articulate what I needed.

Children should not be raised in isolation and mothers are not made in isolation.

Maybe if as a society we could do better…if we could give the gift of loving support…Ritchie thought to herself, “What better way to do that than with food?”

Feeding someone is love- the ultimate act of nurturing,” says Ritchie.

Ritchie, like many of us, had a difficult time adjusting to life with a newborn. She had a traumatic labour and struggled to recover while caring for her baby girl. Ritchie says being a Mum is the most profound thing she’s done with her life and hates to think about how new mothers struggle. Kate wanted to create a way to not only help new Mothers but to give them the space need to actually enjoy that fleeting time in their child’s life.

Simple chores seem overwhelming when you are sleep deprived but there are other challenging transitions in life where this service could be the perfect act of care: illnesses, deaths, moves, financial trouble. 

“If you don’t help someone in your life at the really critical times then nothing else you do well for them really matters,” says Ritchie.

Kate’s passion is infectious and her heart is huge. I spent a good portion of my interview yapping away when I should have been listening. Kate thinks deeply and proactively about life, women, motherhood and positive change. She genuinely wants to make the world a better place and does so through her writing and through her start-up, Let Lulu.

She says the difference between her company and others out there is that it was born of compassion and kindness. Let Lulu is passionate about creating cultural change in the way people are treated during important transitions in their lives. They regularly donate to charities that align with their mission including Panda, Unicef, and the Royal Children’s hospital.

My experience with Let Lulu

A friend recommended Let Lulu and before I knew Kate, I bought meals for a friend who had returned to work from maternity leave. My friend, trying to be Supermum, caught day-care germs and had to be hospitilised.

Kate’s compassion for my friend and her exceptional service felt heart warming. So much so that we connected online and have since gotten to know one another in person- something I value.

I wrote this piece not as a plug for Kate’s business but as an acknowledgment that we can, and should, do a better job of helping new Mothers. People are out there working for a change. People like Kate (and Lulu) are making it happen.

BTW Lulu is a fictional character Kate created, a sassy, warm, retro gal who has time to cook up a storm for the people she loves.

What a simple way to help replace ‘the village’ we mothers lost in the last century. 

Let Lulu offers a solution to a greater cultural issue….postnatal depression is on the rise according to many studies. Perhaps it’s getting diagnosed more as more women speak out, or perhaps it’s increasing proportionally along with our isolation. Either way, the stats are telling us we need to do something about it. Here is something.

*A week’s worth of love (6 meals) will set you back $145 AUD and I bet you would spend more than that on groceries if you were to make them yourself.

The Let Lulu Reviews speak for themselves.

This fig paste is so easy to make and absolutely decadent on any cheese platter, on toast or even over vanilla Ice Cream! You can’t screw it up!

Our neighbors have a crazy-ginormous fig tree that spills over onto our side of the fence. This year the yield is out of control. We’ve had to net both sides to keep the fruit bats and possums from feasting all night long.

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Light

This month’s theme is light. Rachel from Sesame Ellis is getting us to look at how and what we photograph before getting into the more technical lessons (past month themes have been perspective and beginnings). This is such a fun and pressure-free way to enter into this year-long photography project.

I’ve started keeping my camera in the kitchen for easy access and it’s a big help when inspiration strikes.

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relax

To maximise enjoyment of items on this list, take part while children are in bed or in front of the television. Go on already, you deserve it.

Many of these suggestions won’t be mind-blowing or original. What I suggest is that by being mindful, attentive to detail and really deliberate about each of these ideas, it will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

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Last week I attended Spotlight’s launch of National Craft Month.

The event was set in a funky, industrial part of town, which I feel naturally lends itself to creativity. There is so much you can do with a shell and raw materials! I mean, check out the pendant light in the photo above.

I digress.

The venue looked completely gorgeous and showcased many products and crafts that you can find in Spotlight stores.

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Sunday I completed a painting I’ve been working on since Christmas. I’ve been absolutely dying to hang it up and it’s been a struggle to find the time to work on it between the pregnancy, visitors and life in general.

It’s finished, hung and I’m happy to have it off my easel in one way yet in another, I’m itching (and a bit nervous) to start the next one.

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a Massage At Home!

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Let’s face it, adulting is tough. Maybe I’m just speaking for me but between parenting, shopping, cooking, cleaning, running a business, exercising, laundry, finding time for the hubs- it leaves me little time for myself.

Now that I’m pregnant with number two I’m absolutely wrecked and finding it daunting just to do the basics. Well, last Thursday I got a special treat. A prenatal massage without even leaving my house.

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Pancakes. Usually something I have once a year on my birthday but lately, my daughter has been bugging me to make them daily.

I usually make a sugar-free version with wholemeal flour but today I went a step further and added a vegetable. Pumpkin. It adds a sweetness and moisture our regular hotcakes have been missing.

This recipe is simple and makes lots so you can stick the leftovers in the fridge and nibble on them for a few days.

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The 12-week rule is mainstream. It’s constantly on social media; parents posting joyful, clever, pregnancy announcements…but only after the first trimester is done and dusted.

Questioning the guideline will lead people to explain that there is a higher risk of miscarriage within the first 12 weeks. This answer always bothers me because it implies miscarriages should be kept secret too. What about women who prefer to have social support through such a difficult time?

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This month the theme for our photography challenge is Perspective. Though I’m a little late sharing the photos, I actually took them on time. Not that I’m making excuses (I am), there has been a liiiiitle bit happening. My best friend arrived for a visit the day I found out we were pregnant with our second baby.

Michelle and I took our trip to the sea as planned but I experienced our girls weekend from a different perspective;

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