1. What inspired you to start your career in blogging with What the red head said?
I started writing What the Redhead said to document my daughter’s baby led weaning journey. She was seven months old and as a stay at home mum I felt like I had quite a lot of time on my hands. I wanted to find a way to pass time constructively when my daughter was having a nap or asleep in the evenings. The blog soon became a resource for other weaning parents but since then it has grown into something so much more than that and now documents all aspects of family life.
2. What’s your signature style?
I think my writing style is pretty homely and relatable. I take so many natural photos of the children and us as a family, I write about the good and bad parts of family life and I’m always honest and open.
3. Tell us about your favourite part of the journey of being a mom blogger.
The favourite part for me has to be the transition from blogging being a hobby to making it my full time job. I now get to work at home around the children, going on exciting days out and press trips whilst looking after the children. I feel like I have the best of both worlds – working but being a stay at home mum as well.
4. What’s your ultimate secret to balancing career and family?
Organisation. I think to balance any job and family life you have to be organised and feel like you’re always one step ahead. Our calendar is full of the children’s school schedule, their extra curricular activities and our family time and commitments. We have to always plan for these things and prepare for them so I make lists and I sort out as much as I can as we go along, ready for the next day or week.
5. Name your 5 favourite brands.
6. What would you never leave home without?
I always have my phone with me – and that’s about it. Often on the school run I’ll have my phone, my keys and my coat – and that’s it. Chuck some lip balm and my purse in for good measure and I’m all set.
7. What 1 fashion product do you splurge on?
8. What are the top five must have products for fashionable moms?
I think that as part of a busy mum life you need to have clothes that are easy to wear – boots, jeans and tops that you can layer. I love a good poncho at this time of year to throw on over an outfit and scarves are always a girls best friend.
9. What keeps you going in life?
The children. They are everything – they wake me up in the morning, make me smile and laugh through the day and are the last thing I want to see at night. Making them happy is my motivation.
10. What advice can you offer moms who would like to join the blogging sphere?
Blogging is amazing and I think it’s great for any parent to start a blog and document their children growing up. It’s like the best online photo album and journal. But, you need to make sure that you blog for the right reasons. If you start purely to turn it into a job you need to realise that it’s not easy – it takes months of hard work with no reward before you start seeing a return on the time you’ve invested. But, if you start the blog as a family journal and over time it becomes a job they that is one of the best things that could happen. It happened to me.