Meet our Stockists Series | Jess Chalk - Owner of BundleBums
Hi Alcmenies, I'm Jess! A 28-year-old mum to two boys: Elliot (born April, 2018) and Sam (born July, 2020) and the owner of BundleBums! I love animals; my family call me Noah, because of how many fur babies I have had over the years. I also really enjoy music, fantasy novels and media, and food.
Mr Chalk works underground in a mine on the West Coast of Tasmania, and we moved to Zeehan, Tasmania in 2018 to be closer for his work. Our house is over 100 years old, and our next project includes a craft room!!
Tell us a bit about BundleBums and how it came into existence?
I was set to finish my degree in late 2019, and by that point I decided that I needed a change. Elliot was in cloth and I had also discovered that it was something I had become passionate about. My online store was officially live on the 18th November 2019, and I am so happy to be able to finally have my own business, and that I can still work around my family obligations.
Any big plans for the future? Secrets you can share with our Alcmenies?
Nothing too big, but I am working on adding cloth nappy keyrings to my collection - my first handmade item, and hopefully not my last!
Stay connected on social media to find out more about BundleBums’ first birthday celebrations!
What are your business ethos?
BundleBums aims to stock multiple brands of modern cloth nappies, accessories, and other eco friendly products. I hope to make it easier for families starting out in cloth to buy different brands from one store, and also find some helpful information on the website.
Can you share some advice for families wanting to start using cloth nappies?
Start small. The extra pressure of trying to go full time immediately can make the transition so much harder. Even using one cloth nappy a day/week/month is a disposable not in landfill.
Know your budget. There is nothing wrong with using cheap nappies if that is what suits your budget. They still work, and they are still better than disposables.
What is your favourite Alcmena print?
How do you fill your own cup?
I play lots of mobile and PC games, I read (when I can), and I love to get crafty.
What would be the theme song of your life?
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
If you could make a difference in the world, what would you be known for?
I am passionate about mental health. I am always happy to talk to anyone who needs someone. My boat is not your boat, but we are all in the same ocean. If I could make a difference in the lives of people suffering with symptoms of an illness that cannot truly be defined, and yet seems to affect every aspect of our lives, then I would be content.
What is your most treasured possession?
I would be devastated if I lost my phone, but honestly there isn’t a possession that I couldn’t live without. Family matters most.
Who or what lights you up?
My family (obviously), anything fluffy, and chocolate!
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
When people compliment my children on their behaviour, that means a lot to me. As mums, we try super hard to make sure our tiny humans turn out ok, and when it is noticed by others, it makes it all worth it.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I am actually quite a good singer and have sung on stage multiple times. I would love to do it more. I just wish I could play an instrument.
I have a pet goat named Basil. She thinks she is a dog.
I used to be a registered Guinea Pig breeder. I once had over 30 guinea pigs.
I have suffered from mental health disorders since I was about 15. I was medicated for PNDaA when my first son was 6 months old.
I worked in an Australian Taxation Office call centre for over a year. Ironic because I dropped out of my accounting degree at age 20.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chocolate. Although, I am also a big fan of garlic bread.
A genie gives you three wishes—what are they?
I’d really like to find a bra that is comfortable that doesn’t cost more than the rest of my outfit.
I wish my husband loved animals as much as I did.
I wish it was easier for people to get the things they need most.
If life were a video game, what are some cheat codes?
Motherlode (if you know, you know).
What do you wish you knew more about?
Um… everything! You should never stop asking questions about the world we live in and the people we share it with.
Describe yourself in three words?
Strong, Witty, and Loyal.