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Melissa and Rebekah: A Leap of Faith

The mere mention of the word and most people shudder – the idea of the “in-laws” something we often joke and complain about. While some of us have loving relationships with our in-laws, many of us have the complete opposite. So when two women find themselves marrying brothers and becoming sisters-in-law how do they then become business partners and amazing friends? This is Melissa and Rebekah. This is their story.

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Six years ago, lying in the recovery room of a hospital, having just given birth to her little girl, the spark that united these two women was ignited. Melissa, a nurse working at the hospital, came and sat with Rebekah for the entire time during her recovery. “From that moment on, I knew we had that extra bond.” Now, married to brothers and with five children between them these two women are proving that in-laws can work together, if anything, they can be unstoppable together.

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“We are both obsessed with children’s clothes, so when a major competitor closed down we thought it was a perfect time to open up a children’s online clothing store.” But the birth of Cupcakes and Cola was far from that simple. With both husbands working full time in demanding roles, these mummies had to do it all on their own. One would hold the baby, while the other typed. One would change the nappies, while the other wrote the business plan. They would dictate and discuss things with each other across the room, while baby juggling the entire time.

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But the juggle payed off with a business plan approved, suppliers negotiated with and a fabulous site launched. Now these two ladies are learning how the industry operates. Without any mentors, they only have each other to rely on. But there is no bickering and no arguing, just simple honesty. “If we are going to do this all it comes down to is honesty, we just need to be honest with each other. Whether it is financially, her ideas, my ideas, Facebook posts we need to always be honest and cannot take offence.”

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“Family is everything to us and sticking together as a family is really important.” With their mother-in-law as one of their biggest fans these daughter-in-laws have shown her that they are keeping the family close together and that means the world to both of them. “We really want to make this work, this is something that we love, so we want to really work at it.” With a vision to be one of those success stories that you often hear about, where a small business started off at home and grew into a success, these ladies have many plans for Cupcakes and Cola. Where once upon a time doubt held them back, now nothing stands in their way.

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“It is so important to make the most of every opportunity, whether it is being a mum, or being a mum that works, you need to just grab each opportunity and make the most of it.” While both women struggled with the mummy guilt, wondering if they were forgoing time with their kids to meet the demands of their growing business, they are learning to leave that behind. “If anything, the kids are learning that Mum can do everything while I am sitting on her lap.”

“We wouldn’t have a story to tell if we didn’t take that leap of faith. The key was to believe in ourselves that we could do it.” It is so easy to be defined by our doubts and our insecurities. Yet the moment we let that go and allow clarity to guide us, anything is possible, especially when we take a leap of faith.

 Do you get along with your in-laws?

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 Melissa and Rebekah are generously giving away a gorgeous Hot Air Balloon and Alphabet Pillow to the value of $134 (winner has a choice of fabric)

 

To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter form below: please like both pages and leave your answer to the question in the blog comments. Giveaway question: What is your favourite item from the Cupcakes and Cola online store? You can visit Cupcakes and Cola here x

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by meeting two incredible women who are not only inspiring, but showed me that despite feeling alone and isolated in our quest to be “Mum” we are actually all the same – working hard and always wanting the best for our kids. We need to be bound by our similarities and not divided by the differences.

If you would like to nominate someone or yourself to be part of Stories of You, please email me directly at josefa@alwaysjosefa.com. I’d love to meet you over coffee and hear your story. Read the other incredible stories from the Stories of You collection here.


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  • LydiaCLee

    I’m a bit of a fan of that robot – it’s retro and yo gabba gabba at the same time. As for in laws, I really hate the way people go on about them – they’re your partners family, and your kids grandparents/aunts/uncles – you all need to be adults about it, and get over it. (not the popular viewpoint but there you go)

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    Lovely post! I actually know two sisters who have married two brothers! Cupcakes and Cola look like the have the most gorgeous things and it would be very dangerous to visit their store 😉 Will definitely check it out later today x

  • The Plumbette

    This is such a great post and I love reading stories like these. Working with family can be hard, but it can be rewarding. I just had a look at the site and I love everything. The linen is gorgeous and I think the Alphabet pillows are way cute.

  • My all time favourite are the Alphabet Cushions! Would love one for each member of our family!!

  • Alison

    My absolute fave is the Love Henry Myah Romper, its just gorgeous and will definitely get one when I have another baby xx

  • kookla123

    The dip dye jumpsuit I adore
    From the cupcakes and cola store
    Would look so pretty on my little miss three
    If I won, I’d be happy as can be!!

  • What a great feel good success story!

  • Annaleis Topham

    Love the little bon bon – London blanket. What a lovely story!

  • eliz a buf

    hi, josefa, what a lovely article about bek and melissa! y’all are so lucky to be friend *and* sisters… and what a beautiful website, too. i am in looooove with the ruffled cot blanket and pillow…….. i even think it would be gorgeous on a big bed! 🙂

    bek, i remember a conversation we had many years ago back in toorak. you were holding my patrick in your lap, and trying to get him to eat some risottto.. (how do i remember *that* sort of stoopit detail?? most days i can’t remember if i made breakfast for the children!!) anyway, we were discussing work vs motherhood, and i was saying that there were many ways to work at home and i had no doubt that when the time came, you would find your way out of the office and make your own way doing something you loved. and here you are!!

    xoxo, buf

  • Emma Fahy Davis

    Oh I love the hot air balloon, it’s gorgeous!

  • marypreston

    So much to love. The LINENS N THINGS- LACHLAN NAVY COT QUILT caught my eye. Just so beautiful.

  • Rebecca Thompson

    What a lovely story. It is so wonderful to meet a kindred spirit and even nicer if it happens to be within the family (or extended family as it were)

  • Pam

    Love the doorhangers!! But also the hot air balloon….so many lovely things 🙂

  • Stephanie

    There is a beautiful cot blanket with ruffles that I absolutely adore, I would have to say that is my favourite item in store 🙂 and I love the amazing customer service when ordering!

  • Oh they have some beautiful stuff don’t they? And it’s reasonably priced which is even better. Have to say I love that little sailor dress. Can imagine Boatman would too 🙂

  • Practical wise the short especially the milky red ones. But oh the hot air balloon, I would love one for me in my sewing space to finally ‘decorate’ the area.

  • MissMandy

    The heart garland is absolutely gorgeous. I have a sister in law (we’re both married in) I adore her also, but we’re a few hundred miles away.

  • What lovely products! My sister and brother in law live on the other side of the world, but I am sure I could easily run a business with my sister in law. She is awesome. What a great story too. xx

  • TeganMC

    What a great story! I love the pictures you’ve captured of Melissa and Rebekah too. The product that I love is the alphabet door hangers.

  • Dan

    Inspiration :). It is lovely when in laws get along. I love my sister in law. She is more like my sister than an in law. Wish you guys much success. Ok, my favourite products (sorry couldn’t narrow it down) are Milky Girls Bicycle Tee and
    LINENS N THINGS- MILLIE FRILL COT QUILT.

  • Grace

    What a very special and rare bond. Getting along with in-laws has ended up being much harder than I anticipated so I have a lot of admiration for Melissa and Rebekah’s inspirational story.

  • Natalie Ahmet

    can i order any letter 🙂 love you both girls , great work Josefa x

  • Kim m

    My favourite are the door hangers!!

  • Sarah Armstrong

    How cute are the Hot Air Balloons, I think one would look super awesome hanging in my bubbas room. I also love the Alimrose Jointed Pony – Dottie Grey

  • AParentingLife

    I love the bunting and the heart garlands. Though there is so much beautiful stuff it is hard to choose

  • What a lovely story!

  • I love the Millie Frill Cot Quilt. So many beautiful things x

  • Next question!!!!!!!! No that’s not quite true, we have a love/hate relationship. I really enjoyed reading this, they seem to have just got it all going on, and seem besties – their smiles are honest and loving! x

  • Wendy Sutcliffe

    I love the Red Riding hood doll, she is lovely!

  • Diana O

    FABRIK ELIZA QUARTZ DRESS

  • Di

    LITTLE BONBON- BEIGE POLKADOT BABY BLANKET (Reference: LBB2LBB2DG Polka Dots Beig/Wh)

  • Karina Lee

    I love the hot air balloons – theres something so mystical and magical about them!

  • Jess

    Gosh the entire store is just gorgeous, I must say I really do love the rileah design baby baby headbands! Perfect accessories to cute little girls.

  • Emily Morgan

    Got to say I’m loving the store! I was oohing and aahing over some of the dresses, but I do think the alphabet pillow is rather sweet!

  • Michelle @ Jarrah Jungle

    My favourite would have to be the hot air balloons, they take me on a mystical journey high in the sky 🙂

  • Kasey Evans

    So hard to choose but I adore the Alphabet pillows, they are so unique & would be a great personalised gift.

  • Claire H Simmons

    buntings are what i adore, great for all little monkies

  • Cyndie

    The hot air balloon are gorgeous! I also love the heart garland.

  • tanya clarke

    I love the fox and finch riley no swimming tee.

  • Olia Titova

    Milky Anchor Girls Dress is my favourite!

  • staceyshailer

    Love love love the bunting…it’s my current obsession 🙂

  • Michelle Gray

    I love the Heart Garland, what a beautiful feture for any little kids room,

  • Charmaine Campbell

    The heart garland is divine, and even better that we can choose the fabrics.

  • scattley

    I love the buntings…they can come out of the bedroom into the kitchen for parties!

  • Darya Khomich

    Alimrose Prince Squeaker – very cute!

  • Katrina Corbett

    I love the Red Riding Hood Doll. Its so cute!

  • Tiana Odea

    I love the trumpette baby boys socks, and the hot air balloons, both are very gorgeous and unique and both are things I’d love to show off in my sons life <3

  • Emma

    I Love the Fox & Finch Lily Spliced Stripe Girls Dress. My daughter looks so gorgeous in it. x

  • Emma Webster

    I adore the Bobbi Sunshine Chevron Swimmers. They are such a simple yet classy style that any little girl would love. As a mum I appreciate their exceptional quality. I only wish they came in my size too!

  • Julia Mason

    I love the Heart Garlands, simply because they are so sweet and made with Love!

  • Ei Nyo

    The alphabet pillow – I have been looking for one for ages but haven’t found one big enough, eco-friendly enough or cute-enough. Well, guess what, my search is over. Thank you. 🙂

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