#MeetTheFamily…Diary of an Imperfect Mum

#MeetTheFamily…Diary of an Imperfect Mum

Hello there and welcome to the latest instalment of my series #MeetTheFamily. It is a spin off from our linky #FamilyFun. You may know that #FamilyFun is a linky where you can link up any blog post with the idea of it being a fun linky where you share your posts, comments and love with your blogging family. This post is all about getting to know our blogging family a bit better. So without further ado I will introduce…

Diary of An Imperfect Mum 

Diary of an Imperfect Mum is a truly fantastic blog that never fails to move me. It is the wonderful work of my bloggy buddy Catie. It is only right that Catie feature in this series as she is the original mastermind behind #FamilyFun. It was originally her linky that she ran, it was a favourite of mine. She has since passed the baton to myself and Karen to continue, for which I am incredibly grateful. So I won’t step on her toes anymore and I’ll let her take it from here.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, who you are, your blog and what we can expect from your blog?

I’m Catie. I am a 40 something Expat mum, wife and teacher. I was born in Middlesbrough in the Northeast of England but since 2005 I have lived in Holland with my Dutch husband.

 We have two boys (born in July 2006, and February 2009) they are mad about computer games and animals and are bilingual. We also have a dog, a very spoiled Beagle cross called Nova.
We live in a small Dutch village between Amsterdam and the Haag that is famous for its flowers.
I write honestly and passionately about the realities of parenting and campaign to raise awareness of Autism by sharing my own family experiences. I love photography and the beach…
Diary of an imperfect mum
2. When your not blogging, how do you fill your time – are you a working parent, SAHP, WAHP? When your not working what do you like to do for fun?
I work part-time (3days) in an international primary school. When not working I’m blogging, drinking wine or at the beach.
3. How long have you been blogging and what is your favourite and least favourite thing about it?
I have been blogging for almost 2 years (yikes how did that happen?). For me blogging is like breathing out. For a long time I felt like I was bottling up thoughts and feelings and blogging helped me to find my voice again. I find it cathartic to blog about the challenges we face as a family on our journey parenting via the scenic route.
I love the wonderfully supportive blogging community and have made some amazing friends!
My least favourite thing is self promotion. I don’t do that well!
4. If you could pass on a piece of advice to a newbie blogger what would it be?
Be you. Write what you want to write, write it honestly and passionately and be the blogger that you want to be! Don’t get overwhelmed by everything you think you have to do. See my post,  the secret to being a brilliant a blogger 
5. If money were no issue, and you could tick one thing off your bucket list what would it be and why?
I have no idea. I don’t have a bucket list because I am happy where I am and with what I have. I am happiest when at the beach with my family!
Hubby and I do have an audacious goal of buying a house on the boulevard looking out on the beach. We can dream!
6. Can you share some love and tell us what blogs you are enjoying at the moment and that you would recommend?
Oh this is hard. I love loads of blogs and have many that I will actively seek out when I do linkies.
I would have to give a shout out to our tribal queen and my blogging bestie Katie at Mummy in a tutu. I also love The Mother Hub and Mess and Merlot, I just love their writing! Beta mummy always makes me chuckle and I love Dawn’s poems at Rhyming with wine. Emma at Island living is a brilliant writer who always challenges my thinking and I am always drawn into the writing of Lisa at MrsSavageAngel. it is so pure and honest. I have to mention the absolutely wonderful Morgan Prince too as she welcomed me into the blogging world with open arms and has been amazingly supportive and brilliant every since.
I love all of our tribal girlies too…Oh god I don’t want to miss anyone, pressure!!! That is the brilliant thing about blogging it is so diverse with so many wonderful people.
Thank you for asking me to be a part of your guest series and I wish you all the best with #FamilyFun!

Catie can be found on the following:



  1. September 21, 2016 / 6:03 am

    Helllooo Catie! I love the idea of blogging as breathing out – I totally agree. It gives you a space to explore your thoughts and feelings that you might not have otherwise. I’m also totally with you on writing what you want to write – be yourself and the rest will fall into place. #FamilyFun

  2. September 21, 2016 / 8:13 am

    Love reading about other bloggers (nosey) and getting tips. Thank you! #familyfun

  3. September 21, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    Thank you very much for asking me to take part. I feel very honoured! Your write up was really lovely too, I am blushing and extremely chuffed all at once. ❤️

  4. September 21, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    I agree with ‘breathing out’. I have only been blogging for a few weeks and I already enjoy it so much! #familyfun

  5. September 22, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Loving this series. I love reading Diary of An Imperfect Mum, such a great blog.

  6. September 23, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    Love the idea behind this series and it’s so lovely to find out a little more about one of my fave blogs Diary of an imperfect Mum. Catie seems so lovely. #FamilyFun xx

  7. September 23, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    Thanks for shining the spotlight on the great blogger Catie.#FamilyFun

  8. September 25, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    I love series like these and enjoy getting to know my fellow bloggers some more, thank you!



  9. September 27, 2016 / 6:00 am

    Sounds like Catie has a simply lovely life and how refreshing to just love life.I think if i won the lottery the list of things i would change ( obviously not kids & hubby ) would be endless #FamilyFun