Blog Your Heart Out

blog your heart out meme or tag

I haven’t done a tag or meme in a while, so when Donna from Little Lilypad tagged me in the Blog Your Heart Out meme, I knew that I would join in. I love reading memes and finding out more of the people behind a blog or YouTube channel, so I hope you will enjoy this as much as I do.

Who or what encouraged you to start blogging?

I have always been writing and have had blogs in the past (one about life in general when I was at uni and another one about my first year in the UK) but when I fell pregnant with Amy, I started to read parenting blogs for the first time. Carol’s New Mummy’s Tips was one of the first blogs I read and I really enjoyed reading about her journey as a new mum and all the advice she had to share. We soon got to chat on Twitter and I noticed that there’s a whole community of fun, supportive and clever women out there and I thought it would be fun to join them and at the same time record my pregnancy and our everyday life as a new family not only for us, but also friends and family abroad. Carol gave me some great advice and was always there when I had the questions and soon Mummy Alarm was born. I have been blogging for a little over three years now and never looked back!

How did you choose what to blog about?

At the time when I started my blog, pregnancy and motherhood were the big topics in my life, so I start Mummy Alarm with that in mind, but over the years the blog has evolved into a lifestyle/parenting blog, I would say. You can find a bit of everything, from personal posts, recipes, days out to travel posts. Gemma from Hello, It’s Gemma quite poignantly summed it up as magazine style during one of our meet-ups and I think I quite like this direction. I want this blog to reflect me as a person and I am interested in a lot of different things, so why not write about the mix of them?

What is something that people don’t know about you?

I have hairy toes, I fart (butterflies and pixie dust, obviously) and pretend it wasn’t me and I could go on like this for hours. There’s a lot of stuff that I don’t share, simply because I’m quite a private person – yes, you can be despite being a blogger. I’m quite selective in what I share and what I don’t share on the blog, but I would like to start writing more personal posts at some point.

Which three words describe your blogging style?

From the heart!

What do you love to do when you’re not blogging?

I love reading – blogs, books, magazines or the back of the shampoo bottle. I enjoy days out with my little family, eating chocolate ice-cream, watching YouTube videos, soaking in the bath until my feet get wrinkly and laughing until I can’t breath anymore. I love living life to the fullest – because I only have this one!

blog your heart out meme or tag

I hope this was fun to read and you’ve learned a little more about me. Now it’s my turn to tag a couple of people and believe me, there are a lot of people who I’d love to answer these questions. But I’ll restrict it to the following:

Andrea from All You Need Is Love And Cake

Jenny from Mummy Mishaps

Steph from I’m Counting UFOs

Fritha from Tigerlily Quinn

Kerry from Lived With Love

Helen from The Crazy Kitchen





2013 in photos and our plans for 2014

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2013 hasn’t been an easy year for us as a family. There were more downs than ups, lots of struggles that I might or might not blog about in the future, but for the moment they are too raw to share with the world and the one person who has made me smile through it all every single day was Amy.

She’s really kept me going and made me put on a brave face when all I wanted to do was pull a blanket over my head and have a good old cry. She’s come on leaps over the last 12 months and my clumsy toddler has turned into a beautiful and empathetic little girl that knows exactly when I need a big hug, cheeky grin or one of her crazy stunts to cheer me up.

I can’t even say how much I love her. She really is my absolute everything and I am determined to make 2014 a year full of fun for us. I want to enjoy every single moment with her and make memories that we’ll never forget. Life is too short for negativity and what ifs, so this year will be all about grabbing every opportunity that comes our way and making the most of everything.

I also want to make Mummy Alarm more about us as a family. At the moment, it has more of a magazine(y) feel to it with lots of lifestyle and advice posts, but I created this space to record our life as a family and I feel like this has somehow taken a step back.

In 2014, I want to post a seasonal recipe every Monday from next week onward, a fun craft on Tuesday and my Wednesday Wishlist will be up and running every Wednesday. Thursdays and Fridays will be open for any personal musings and on Saturday and Sunday, I will be sharing my favourite photos of the week as well as a post about our favourite children’s book of the last seven days. I hope you’ll enjoy it and stick around.

Lots of love and Happy New Year to you all!