#MeetTheFamily…The Mum Reviews

#MeetTheFamily…The Mum Reviews

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:

The Mum Reviews 

I am a huge fan of Nicole’s blog I can totally relate to her posts. I often find myself nodding along eagerly and in enjoyment. She joins us regularly at #familyfun and I am always happy to see her link up. Thank you Nicole for taking part in #MeetTheFamily, it is a privilege to have you. So if you haven’t already please do head over and check out Nicole’s blog.

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

I’m Nicole from The Mum Reviews. I live in Surrey with my husband, two boys aged 2 and 4, and a black & white cat. My blog started as a place for me to write about things I’ve done with the kids. I wanted to offer advice about how to plan your holidays and days out, offering the wisdom learned from my (many) mistakes.

However, once I got started, I found I liked writing about parenting generally, both serious and lighthearted posts. I also post a weekly family-friendly recipe, written by a mate of mine who lives in the USA – she is a much better cook than me.

The Mum Reviews family collage

2. When you’re not blogging, how do you fill your time – are you a working parent, SAHP, WAHP? When you’re not working what do you like to do for fun?

I’m a working/WAHP, I guess. I work 4 days/week and spend half of that in my London office and the other half working from home. I’m an editor for a university press.

I think blogging is basically the main thing I do in my “spare” time. I also have a complicated relationship with jogging. And I will never say no to a chance to go to the pub.


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

I’ve just passed my 6-month blogging anniversary. I need to keep going now as that’s usually the milestone when people give up blogging, right? My favourite thing about blogging is how sociable it is. I used to really struggle with loneliness/boredom because I have very few friends in my local area and it’s often difficult to meet up with my London friends. Blogging makes me feel part of a group of likeminded people.

My least favourite thing about blogging is the way it expands to fit all available space in your life. There is always more I could be doing to improve and promote my blog. I have to be careful not to pay more attention to it than I do to my family!

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

Read lots of other blogs to see where you fit. Buy your own domain name from the start – you can still use a free wordpress site but then you can start building your domain authority (DA). Connect with other bloggers across social media and be generous about sharing and commenting on their posts. If there’s something you don’t understand, google it! I used a Pinterest board to keep track of all the blogging/social media wisdom I found.

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

My midlife crisis goal is to trek to Macchu Picchu. I’m 37 and I’ve promised myself I’ll do it when I’m 40 if I don’t manage it sooner. I’ve always wanted to see Macchu Picchu, and I also want to try the physical and mental challenge of the trek. I’m pretty much a sissy about the great outdoors, so a week of sleeping in tents and pooping in holes will be character building for me.

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

  • For your health: Mission Mindfulness – the blog. It is realistic about how parents can incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives and use it to improve their wellbeing.
  • To make you think: The Motherhub. She writes honest and interesting stuff about parenting and I particularly enjoy her perspectives on feminism.
  • To make you laugh: I’m not the first one to mention this blog on #meethefamily, but for me, funny blogs just don’t get better than Not an Effing Fairytale. I read/comment on her blog so much it makes me look like a stalker.

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  1. January 25, 2017 / 3:52 am

    I am already a follower of Nicole’s blog and love reading about her adventures. I love the job you have and would love to do it too. Getting published by a university press is a big deal so I appreciate the behind-the-scenes work that editors do. Lovely interview. #familyfun

  2. January 25, 2017 / 5:21 am

    I love this idea and I love the huge goal! I’ll be following Nicole now too. You can never support too many bloggers! Xx #familyfun

  3. January 25, 2017 / 7:11 am

    Nice to fin out more about you! I totally get the idea of your blog expanding to fill every available bit of time! But I’m glad that you’ve found some good friends through it too (that’s one of my fave bits as well). Lovely photos! #FamilyFun

  4. January 25, 2017 / 10:26 am

    Great interview again and nice to learn more about Nicole. It’s amazing how blogging can make us feel More connected. #FamilyFun

  5. January 25, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    Blogging really does take up all of your time doesn’t it, there is always a post idea or a photo opportunity or promoting to do, but we all love it.

  6. January 25, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    Thanks so much for inviting me to participate in #meetthefamily. I’d been secretly hoping to be invited for ages and when you asked me it made my week! #familyfun

  7. January 25, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    It’s great to learn more about Nicole. Not only did we start blogging at almost the same time we have the same big goal too; trekking Macchu Picchu has been on my bucket list for years, just need to wait for the kids to get a bit older first.

    • January 25, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      Alana, we should keep in touch about our Macchu Picchu dreams!

  8. January 25, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    LOve the ‘complicated relationship with jogging’. Totally agree about the way blogging can expand to fill your whole life…it can be hard to keep the balance. #familyfun

  9. January 25, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    This is such a good series. Nice to learn more about you Nicole. I know what you mean about blogging easily taking over. When you love something like blogging it is so easy for it to take over so it’s important to make a conscious effort to ensure it doesn’t. It’s so much fun though.. #familyfun

  10. January 25, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Lovely to meet a new blogger. I love the sound of your work/home balance, Editing is literally my dream job #FamilyFun x

  11. January 25, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    It was a pleasure to read another interview with lovely blogger:) I love your series keep going !

  12. January 25, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Good review

    I can relate to how blogging can easily take over your spare time if you let it.
    there’s always projects or social media channels to work on if you have a spare second.
    I’ve had to force myself to pick specific things to work on in advance and force myself not to meander away from them,

  13. January 26, 2017 / 9:39 am

    Lovely to hear more about you Nicole. I love that you have a “complicated relationship with jogging”! That made me smile. #FamilyFun

  14. January 26, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Best of luck with Macchu Picchu! Here’s some good news: I am 42 years old now and even stronger than I was years ago! You can do it!

    • January 26, 2017 / 3:22 pm

      Thank you, that’s the kind of thing I like to hear!

  15. January 26, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    I love reading themum reviews and great to hear about how it all started. Congrats on six months #familyfun

  16. January 27, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    Can’t believe you’ve only been going for 6 months! Keep up the awesome blogging xx #familyfun

  17. January 27, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Love these posts. Always nice to find out more about fellow bloggers. #familyfunlinky

  18. January 27, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    Lovely to hear more about you. You certainly juggle alot and I love the Machu Picchu desire, it’s a great if knackering thing to do, I loved it:)

  19. January 27, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    It’s great to meet fellow bloggers. Thank you for letting us into a glimpse of your life. #FamilyFun

  20. January 28, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    You’ve only been blogging 6 months and you have so many Twitter followers?! Wowser. I struggle with the time thing – you’re right about how it sneaks into every aspect of your life! Congrats on a fab blog x #familyfun

  21. January 28, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Good advice! i really need to buy my own domain name! #familyfun

  22. January 29, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Oh wow, you have an awesome job! And I love the machu pichu idea, good luck with it :-) #familyfunlinky

  23. January 31, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Oh my parents have been to machu pichu and loved it, I’d love to go too. I agree with a lot of what Nicole’s said about blogging! She sounds busy and is doing so well with her blog and working too xx #familyfun