Jeanie McClymont is a mum on a mission – and it’s not your regular mission, either. See, Jeanie wants to make everyone poo better (yep, you read that right!) by finding a simple, nutritious breakfast solution for her family (and yours!) that will improve gut health. That’s why she carefully crafted, tried and tested goodMix’s Blend11 – a delicious and nutritious blend of chia, almonds, pepitas, coconut, buckwheat, flaxseeds and heaps more. It’s all blended up and ready to add to your favourite fruit, yoghurt, smoothie, shake, muesli or cereal, filling you and your family up with good fibre and nutrients (and no nasty stuff). Hello, best poos ever! haven sat down with Jeanie to talk work, home, kids and more – just read on to find out why she’s a Mama that Rocks.
Tell us about your business/current role?
Good mix is a collection of healthfood products that make it quick & easy to eat really well. Food that is made from actual food & nothing else. We do the hard bits – sourcing quality food & testing recipes to create really handy pantry staples to help you get more nutrients into your day. Everything we make is gluten free, vegan friendly, refined sugar free & completely natural. We use mostly organic ingredients, not all but most are. I wear many hats, like we all do in small business & parenting, mine at work include new product developer, recipe developer, content creator, customer relationships, in store demos, market stall operator, cleaner….it varies depending on the day!
Where did the concept for this come from?
I was a mum with young kids, a bit of a foodie, working as a naturopath & I just wanted a really healthy breakfast that was easy to make – kinda like cereal, but with actual nutritional value! So I made up a blend for the healthfood store bulk bins & it went so well that my new boyfriend at the time (Brad) suggested running a market stall. It just grew from there until we were running sometimes 13 markets a week (with help), then online / supply to stores etc.
What’s your business background?
I have zero business background – my parents were sheep & cattle farmers, so I guess I learnt a lot from their work ethic & ability to manage risks & tough times etc…but no formal business training at all – I went straight from high school into naturopath studies…I’ve learnt a LOT along the way!
Who were your mentors along the way?
I’ve been really lucky in that the right people keep showing up in my life at the right time – I pick the brain of everyone I meet. My partner Brad has been my biggest mentor, he’s believed in me, the products, the business & been such a support all the way – I would never have been in business without his support. We share a warehouse now with some other awesome small businesses so we support each other too.
What time does a typical day start for you?
I’m such an erratic sleeper, my body has been conditioned for 3am starts from running market stalls, so often I will wake at that time during the week! Which is ok in summer but annoying coming into winter! So I’m often just reading until it’s almost daylight, then up for a dog walk / run & or a surf in summer when there’s time.
Who does the cooking and cleaning at your house?
Cooking we are probably pretty even (Brad & I), the kids are starting to make a dinner a fortnight by themselves too. We (the kids as well) actually designed a monthly rotating ‘household jobs’ block system that works great to share the housework, so everyone knows what they are responsible for each month & then it changes each month. There’s still a lot of nagging that goes on though!
If you have 10 minutes to yourself, what do you do?
Lie in the sun for some vitamin D (esp in winter), or play guitar / piano, do some gardening or cuddle the dogs / cat…call my mum / a friend for a chat.
What do you do for childcare?
Brad & I both have our kids approx 1/2 the time (shared care with the ex’s), & we have great neighbours – but mostly they look after themselves (the bigger ones look after the youngest).
Do your kids do many extracurricular activities?
Just a sport or 2 each, nothing too hectic – though with 4 even that can seem hectic. Cheerleading & footy are the main ones at present, plus my eldest has his learners so he just wants to go driving!
What do you do for fun as a family?
Hard to get everyone together at the same time, & then even harder to get everyone to agree on something or all want to even hang out together – but we loved a recent camping trip to Straddie, the kids all took a friend (so we had 8 kids in total) which sounds crazy but worked out really well! Definitely doing that again soon.
What is your favourite thing to do for date night with your partner?
We’re usually knackered / no free nights that we aren’t exhausted so a bottle of red & a platter at home or with the neighbours is awesome – we tend to do date days more, we’ll go for a surf & have a big breakfast or lunch. But there’s not enough of those, we need to work on scheduling more in!
What is your favourite Gold Coast place?
I love any of the quieter beaches.
How about favourite place to eat out as a family?
The kids will all say Sizzler (purely for the all-you-can-eat multiple dessert trips), or a beach picnic.
Where do you head to when you get time for a girls’ night out?
Anywhere there’s ‘old-person’ music we can dance to, & cosy corners to catch up on all the goss.
What is your best beauty tip for mums?
More sleep, plenty of fresh air & sunshine & move your body first thing in the morning! Sorry that’s lots of tips but I need them all!
Favourite place to shop?
Op shops, dump shops, recycle centres…gumtree…Facebook market…I hate buying new if I can find quality used. Love a good bargain, love the ‘treasure hunt’ type thrill & love that you’re recycling or supporting a charity whilst getting a dose of retail therapy…plus you can just walk in there & allow whatever random things you find to stimulate creativity. Often a random find will be the start of a project you never imagined or can help create many new outfits you’d never have dreamed of. It is an addiction but doesn’t cost much / have any negative impacts other than a few weird outfits & more trips back to the op shop to offload again!
Must-have parenting tip or tool?
Don’t have wifi that you can’t unplug. Wifi goes in only when the jobs are all done, & it gets unplugged at night. I hide it in random places (& sometimes forget where it is, or even just pretend that I forget…so I can watch the kids squirm & they are reminded how addictive their devices are)!
Can you share any tips on finding the right balance and that juggling act?
Well I suck at it…but I guess listen to your body when it’s whispering at you, otherwise it will eventually shout at you. You MUST find ways to slot in activities that energise you & reconnect you to loved ones.
How do you stay motivated?
When I hear from someone how the food we make has changed their life, that’s the best. And empty bank accounts are always great motivators too!! Positive & negative motivators – I guess you need em both!