#MeetTheFamily…Burnished Chaos

#MeetTheFamily…Burnished Chaos

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 you to this weeks member:

Burnished Chaos

I have followed Alana’s blog from its birth, only 4 months ago, seeing her at regular linkies. I thoroughly enjoy her posts, especially her Words To Live By series. These posts always get me thinking, always make a me a little more positive and inspire me. You honestly wouldn’t believe Burnished Chaos is only 4 months on, it is so polished and professional you would think it has been going years. Alana you really are a natural and I am so grateful you link with us at #familyfun, I truly love your posts.

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

My name’s Alana and I’m a 36yr old mother of two. My son (M) is 7 and my daughter (L) is 2. My husband is in the Merchant Navy and works away at sea for 10-12 weeks at a time so family life can get a bit chaotic at times, my blog is where I try to bring some kind of shine to that chaos. I write about family life, days out (with and without kids) and I run a series on a Monday titled Words To Live By (you can find out more about that here). My blog is predominantly positive, not because I have the perfect life where everything is roses (believe me there is no such thing), but because I have a natural tendency to spiral into negativity very easily, this is my place to highlight all the great things about our life so that in years to come we can look back on all the good times and not have them tainted by the bad (although I’m not ruling out the odd rant post here and there if I feel the need!).

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’m a SAHP and have been ever since my son was born. I had just started sending out cv’s and getting ready to return to work when he started school when I discovered I was pregnant with my daughter. I have another two years until she starts school then I’ll return to work.
I love spending the weekends getting out and about with the kids, even if its just all going on a walk with the dogs. When the kids are asleep I blog and if I have any other free time (very rare) I love to write fiction, read and crochet, except when the hubby is home and then I’m much more likely to be curled up in front of the tv with him drinking wine!
3. How long have you been blogging and what is your favourite and least favourite thing about it?
I have only been blogging for 4 months so I’m a bit of a newbie. My favourite thing would have to be the sense of community. I expected to enjoy the writing of the posts and reading nice comments but I had no idea about the strong community aspect until I started and it has been the most pleasant surprise.
My least favourite would have to be just how much time it takes. Before I started I thought it would be a few hours a week, and to be fair, if I was just writing my posts and not worrying about promoting them or joining in with linkies etc then I could probably get away with that. But I have become a little obsessed with linkies and hate missing one, I love reading so many posts and engaging with everyone but it has kind of taken over my life and I must spend upwards of 5 hours every day blogging. Considering I can only blog when the kids are in bed that leads to some pretty late nights and early mornings and I feel like I’m neglecting my husband so I have decided to take some time off this week and next before he returns to sea.

4. If you could pass on a piece of advice to a newbie blogger what would it be?

Go slow. I raced into this like a bull in a china shop and felt the need to do and learn everything super fast. I joined far too many linkies and now I find it so hard pulling back. I wish I had spent more time just writing and getting a feel for things first and then joined linkies gradually. That said, they are great way to meet lots of amazing bloggers and build that sense of community, you just need to be careful not to overstretch yourself.

5. If money were no issue, and you could tick one thing off your bucket list what would it be and why?

This is a really hard one as I have far too many. If money were no issue I’d love to build our own house on a patch of land overlooking a valley but I’m not sure that’s a bucket list item. One thing that is definitely on my bucket list though is the trek to Machu Picchu. I have been fascinated with that place for as long as I can remember. We were talking about doing it years ago but then I became pregnant with my son and had to put the plan on hold.

6. Can you share some love and tell us what blogs you are enjoying at the moment and that you would recommend?

This is the hardest question of all as there are so many but these are my three top go to blogs. For great blogging advice and how to’s I would recommend youbabymemummy.com, for beautifully written posts that never fail to inspire I’d recommend reflectionsfromme.com, and for posts that always make me laugh and wonder how the hell she does it I’d recommend fourprincessesandthecheese.com
If you want to know more you can find me here:
twitter – @BurnishedChaos


  1. November 30, 2016 / 12:10 am

    interesting interview, I liked the money-no-object question about building your own house somewhere nice, probably a goal of a lot of people. but one that hardly gets achieved :(

    • November 30, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      Sadly true, even if we win the lottery finding the land to build on can be impossible. Who knows, maybe one day x

  2. November 30, 2016 / 7:29 am

    You’re so right – it can get easy to get overwhelmed with linkies and find it hard to pull back. The same thing happened to me and while I still try to do 5-6 a week, it’s far fewer than when I first discovered them. Go slow is good advice – enjoy the blogging journey and don’t try to do too much to quickly! #FamilyFun

    • November 30, 2016 / 7:47 pm

      Thank you. Getting it down to 5-6 is my goal but at the minute it’s more like 16+ and I love them all!

  3. November 30, 2016 / 7:59 am

    I love these posts and after having read alot of Alana’s posts its bice to know more about her. #familyfun

  4. November 30, 2016 / 8:20 am

    Lovely interview and great series. It’s great meeting fellow bloggers. As a fellow relative newbie I can relate to the ‘take it slow’ advice.

  5. November 30, 2016 / 8:50 am

    Great to get to know you a little bit better, Alana. Only 4 months? That’s amazing! Congratulations on what you are achieving. I’m with you on the house overlooking a valley and on visiting Machu Picchu. May all our dreams come true :) Alison x #BloggerClubUK

  6. November 30, 2016 / 11:54 am

    Nice to hear more about you, Alana. I love your ‘words to live by’ series. They really remind me to keep positive. I can definitely relate to the take it slow advice. I too am a newbie who jumped right in, feet first. I really didn’t realise how much time it would take, but I really love it anyway.

    • November 30, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      Thank you, I’m really enjoying it too, I think that’s half the problem, I want to spend all day every day on it!

  7. November 30, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    I would have guessed she had been around longer than 4 months also. Great series. #familyfun

  8. November 30, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    Thank you for giving us a better look at Alana and gher blog. This is such a great series! #familyfun

  9. November 30, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    What a great series. It’s always nice to meet the voice behind the words.

  10. November 30, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    Lovely interview and great tips from burnished chaos. I would love to be interviewed for the series if you need more peeps. Email is Wandermustfamily at wandermustfamily.com

    • tammymum
      November 30, 2016 / 6:37 pm

      Hey thank you for that, I will drop you a line later lovey xxx

  11. November 30, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    Wow 4 months! I completely forgot that Alana! Totally agree that pacing yourself with blogging is key. It’s so easy to get all consumed in it! I’d quite like to trek to machu pichu too, would be awesome! 😀

  12. November 30, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Thank you so much for including me in the series, and for the amazing introduction, you’re making me blush x 😊

  13. November 30, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Oh I love this series! Great way to get to know new blogs and I always love a bit of ‘behind the scenes’ xx #familyfun

  14. November 30, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Pleased to meet you Alana! Good luck with that dream of building a house… maybe the blog can pay for it!! #FamilyFun

  15. November 30, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Hi Alana! I’m already a big fan of your blog, but it’s lovely to find out more about you. I try to be really positive in my blog as a way to combat my natural negativity too. I definitely need to cut back on my linky-ing too! #FamilyFun

  16. November 30, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    No way. You’ve never been doing this for just 4 months?! Wow. You go girl! So impressed! Lovely interview. Nice to know more about you x #familyfun

  17. December 1, 2016 / 6:00 am

    Hey Sarah, I have been reading Alana’s blog for some time now and I love her Monday series. Thanks for letting me know about her more. Happy to link up here as always.

  18. December 1, 2016 / 10:32 am

    Hello fellow newbie blogger! My blog is a bit younger than yours but I share all these thoughts – huge feeling of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) isn’t there? All the blimin’ time.
    I really enjoyed getting to know you a bit here. ‘See’ you soon! #FamilyFun

  19. December 1, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    Ah so good to hear a bit of background to the Burnished Chaos blog as I am a big fan of the ‘words to live by’ series. I hadn’t realised the blog was so new – Alana has done a great job with it and writes beautifully. Thanks for facilitating a good series Sarah. xx

  20. December 1, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    I agree that the sense of community in blogging is one of the best bits, and that it’s all too easy to let blogging to take over your life (she says as she writes this long past her usual bedtime). It’s also a dream of mine to trek Machu Picchu! #familyfun

  21. December 2, 2016 / 6:44 am

    Words to Live By is such a fabulous series I always feel inspired by it. It is hard to believe she has only been around for four months, it’s such a fab blog, and I feel honoured that she has picked my blog as a favourite! This is a lovely series, so nice to showcase bloggers and helps us get to know people better xx #familyfun

  22. December 2, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    I know what you mean about the links as a newbie blogger. Sometimes I really over do it and spend more time linking and commenting than i do writing. I’ve been a bit tired lately and been commenting on linkies that I’m not even linked to lol #familyfun

  23. December 3, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    I loved reading her thoughts and finding out more about the blogger behind Burnished Chaos. #familyfun

  24. December 9, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Great to hear more about you! Love your ‘Words to Live By’ feature. You’re definitely right about the linkys. I hate missing one now but sometimes you have to force yourself to step back when there is a lot going on! Enjoy your blogging break to enjoy time with your hubby xx #FamilyFun

  25. December 9, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    Great to hear more about you! Love your ‘Words to Live By’ feature. You’re definitely right about the linkys. I hate missing one now but sometimes you have to force yourself to step back when there is a lot going on! Enjoy your blogging break to enjoy time with your hubby xx #FamilyFun