#MeetTheFamily…Just Saying Mum

#MeetTheFamily…Just Saying 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 you to this weeks member:

Just Saying Mum 

I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Helen from Just Saying Mum join the family. I have been a long time fan of Helen’s blog. I love the way she write and what she writes about. Her empathy love and understanding of her teens shines through, along with a bit of humour and always a dose of positivity. Also her advice about kindness below is just spot on! Ladies and gents, please sit back and enjoy some well written words from the truly wonderful Helen, aka Just Saying Mum


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

Hi! I’m Helen and I blog at www.justsayingmum about raising three teenagers. I started the blog mainly to document the funny but oh my word it really isn’t all that funny some days so there are a few heartfelt posts thrown in. It’s crazy how my blog has changed over the months since I started. I guess my children have changed so I’m trying where possible to use my blog and writing to raise positive teens. It’s taken me down a route that I never imagined and I am thoroughly enjoying the psychology around raising teens direction that my blog is beginning to take. 

just saying mums teenagers

2. When you’re not blogging, how do you fill your time?

Ah, is there a life outside of blogging? It amazes me that since having started blogging, every aspect of my life is in danger of being considered from a blog angle or, dare I say it, photographed for Instagram! But, seriously, when I’m not blogging, I teach the piano and songwriting. I love going out, love my family, love my friends, love movie and take out nights, love taxi driving my teens around!

3. How long have you been blogging and what is your favourite and least favourite thing about it?

I’ve been bogging nearly a year now. My favourite thing is most definitely the creativity of it and the outlet it gives me to write. It’s a very sociable way of writing as the blogging community is like being in one big party everyday! I was writing a novel before I started blogging but 70,000 words in I found it very lonely. There is definitely nothing lonely about blogging! I don’t have a least favourite aspect of blogging. I started it as some fun and it still is. It is important to have perspective on why you started blogging and stick to that.

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

Write for you and only you. Be real. Be sincere and always be kind.

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

OK, I’m going to be honest here as I have everything in my life that I want and need but it would be 48 hours with Robbie Williams and a hotel room – do I need to add a why?! You did ask!

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

Oh what a lovely question?! I am a huge huge fan of Mouse Moo and Me Too for her absolutely honest writing. I love when her posts drop in my inbox – perfect reading material with a cup of coffee when I have five minutes! I also love After The Playground as Sharon has similar aged children to me so it’s great to hear things from her perspective!

here just saying mum



  1. December 7, 2016 / 5:15 am

    Loving this series especially when it involves the fabulous Helen. Brilliant answers ❤️ #FamilyFun

  2. December 7, 2016 / 5:31 am

    I like this idea for a series and Helen’s answers were fab. Going to have nosey round here blog now :)


  3. December 7, 2016 / 5:59 am

    Hey Helen! I totally agree blogging is like one big hug 😀

  4. December 7, 2016 / 6:55 am

    I love this series and it’s great to hear more about Helen. I really love her blog too. It’s great that you still find blogging so much fun, Helen. I think that’s so important because if we’re not having fun then it reflects in the writing #FamilyFun

  5. December 7, 2016 / 7:37 am

    Just came across this series as I am new to this kinky! Really great idea, it’s great to get to know the actual people behind the blogs! #FamilyFun

  6. December 7, 2016 / 7:38 am

    Haha I meant ‘linky’ not kinky! Bloody autocorrect 😂😂😂

  7. December 7, 2016 / 8:10 am

    Haha that robbie williams answer was brilliant! loving this series! #familyfun

  8. December 7, 2016 / 8:48 am

    What beautiful children, will check out Helen’s blog #Familyfun

  9. December 7, 2016 / 9:02 am

    I do enjoy this series! And lovely to learn a bit about Helen. #familyfun

  10. December 7, 2016 / 9:26 am

    aww thank you so much for inviting me to be part of this series – such a fab set of questions and I really enjoyed answering them! #FamilyFun

  11. December 7, 2016 / 11:21 am

    It’s always good to get a bit of background on other bloggers. Helen actually sounds a bit like me. Piano teacher – check. Writing a novel – check. Two girls and a boy – check. But my three have passed their teenage years and I probably wouldn’t choose Robbie Williams lol.
    Great post.

  12. December 7, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    I also love Helen’s positivity and outlook – always be kind is great advice for all bloggers (and all people, really!). My favourite bloggers aren’t just talented writers – they’re also people I’d want to have a drink with. #FamilyFun

  13. December 7, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Just a night in a hotel room…just saying!
    Wise words Helen, as always. Alison x #FamilyFun

  14. December 7, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    lovely answers and I ill say probably once again it’s really
    awesome series

  15. December 7, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Sounds like a really interesting blog and a refreshing change from reading about young children. Thanks for introducing us to Helen x

  16. December 7, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Ah I love Helen’s blog and also Mouse Moo and Me Too. There are so many awesome bloggers out there and not enough hours in the day to read them all I find! #FamilyFun x

  17. December 7, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Hi Helen

    Do your teenage kids read the stuff you right? if so how much do you think they’ll cringe at answer 5 😛

  18. December 8, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    I heartily agree that blogging is so much more social than book writing. I also love her advice for new bloggers and can totally relate to looking at everything from a blogging angle.

  19. December 8, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Haha 48 hours with Robbie Williams what a fab answer #familyfun xx

  20. December 9, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Really nice to find out a bit more about Helen. Love this series. #familyfun

  21. December 9, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Lovely read and the Robbie Williams answer was hilarious! #FamilyFun

  22. December 9, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    Great series. Lovely to read more about Helen.#FamilyFun

    • December 10, 2016 / 7:32 am

      A lovely addition to the series. I hope Helen one day goes back to her 70000 words. I’ve admiration that she even got that far.