I love to meet other bloggers, especially when they live nearby and they have kids the same age. I met Mary who blogs at My Model Mummy at the MAD Blog Awards last year and we’ve met up a couple of times with our daughters since. I’m really happy that Mary agreed to be first in this new series!
We spent a lovely morning with Mary and her 2 year old daughter, Olivia in the woods near their home. Our girls really enjoyed each others company and jabbered away to each other in toddler! I love their matching curly heads and they were so adorable sitting together in the wagon (which Sunshine point blank refused to get out of, she loved it so much!)
Juicing, being outdoors and travelling.
Creepy crawlies, bullies and spicy foods.
Was parenthood planned or did it take you by surprise?
Parenthood was not planned at all. I fell pregnant just five months after meeting my Fiancé and although I was extremely shocked at the time, I was ready mentally to take on the challenge.
What’s a typical day like for you and Olivia?
Our day starts at 7am and we have our morning cuddles in front of the cartoons for ten minutes. I know this will be the only time I get to sit with Olivia until after dinner now.
I spend my day multi tasking between housework, being a mum, running a blog, a business and hosting a radio show. If we are not visiting grandparents, aunties or sisters we are holding a play date at our house. As dinner time approaches we try and take a walk or a trip to the park and then always make sure the three of us sit and eat together. Olivia loves this time as she knows for the next two hours she has our full attention. After dinner we build bricks, do puzzles and read books all together in her playroom before bath time and bed at 7pm.
Do you feel like you have a good balance or is it more of a juggling act?
Although it sounds like we have a pretty good routine going on, everyday is different therefore I feel as if life as a mummy is a complete juggling act. I wake up every morning wandering how I’m going to fit everything in. I always make a real effort with friends and family as I know that they will be there to catch me if I fall. And I have once! But I needed to fall to realise how quickly I can get back up!
What inspired you to start blogging?
When I first became a mum I pitched for an open slot to my local online radio. I found this was a great way to spend time with myself for a few hours a week and as I built up a listening base it became apparent that my listeners were advising me through Motherhood! If I needed advice then the public were there to advise me, from colic to weaning and through to nursery school admissions! I wanted to share my experience with other new Mums and pass on the knowledge I had been taught and that is why I started a blog.
Tell me a bit about your new business and how that’s come about
I have always worked and earned a wage since the age of thirteen. Between babysitting and paper rounds I quickly learned to be independent and the value of money. I was a travelling model before becoming a mum and knew my career had come to the end of it’s shelf life. After spending some time in the states and using pull along wagons for just about everything I realised they were missing from the UK when I returned home. I ordered one for my daughters first birthday and she absolutely loves it. The Wagon made my life so much easier, no tipping buggies or a tearful baby refusing to be strapped back in her pram! People were flocking to the wagon wherever we rode it and so I decided to throw myself into the import business and build a better, safer, child friendly version.
Almost a year later and I am proud to present my new business Brandon Wagons.
What inspires you?
My sisters inspire me.
I come from a very big family and being the youngest of four, they taught me how to be part of a team as well as independent. They taught me about respect and friendship which is one of the most valuable attributes to pass onto another person. With colossal amounts of love thrown in too it has moulded me to be the woman I am today.