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:
I have been introduced to Carly’s blog through our linky and it is a great addition to the link up. She is a women after my own heart, Grey’s anatomy watching, wine drinking mum cliche – her words! I do believe we would get on well on a Friday night in front of the telly. Anyway back to the blog, I would urge you to check it out, she shares many a relatable mum tale that make me smile, nod and raise a glass with her. So as always please try to share some love, and thank you ever so much for taking part Carly.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself, who you are, your blog and what we can expect from your blog?
My name is Carly. I was born and raised in Zimbabwe. I lived in the UK for 10 years – the whole of my twenties. Half that time was in London, and the other half was in York. I met and married by South African husband while living there. After we were married we decided to move back to Africa to start a family and be close to our family. We have moved a lot in the last six years (construction industry), but for now we are settled in a little town in central South Africa, far away from all our family unfortunately. I am a SAHM, our girls are 5 and 3 and when they aren’t driving me crazy I can be found driving them to their various after-school activities.
I started my blog as way of just getting a lot of stuff in my head out there, and in so doing I have found something I really love doing, writing. I blog mostly about my life as a mom, the ups and the downs. I always try to be honest, life is not a fairy tale and parenting is not as easy as I dreamt it would be. I have quite a dry sense of humour, I hope that comes across in my writing otherwise I might be in trouble. I love living in Africa and we always drag our girls with on all our adventures. I try to write about a lot of that but I am fiercely protective of their privacy and so I tone down a lot of what we get up to.
- 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 am a stay-at-home-mom. I don’t have a visa to work in South Africa but that suits us as I am grateful to not have to work and to be able to be there whenever they need me. I was going a little bit crazy about a year ago, and I can truly say that blogging has helped me massively in terms of having something to focus my attention on and to be able to interact with like-minded people through my blog.
When I’m not blogging I am busy with the girls after-school activities, but when I do get free time (haha … don’t laugh), I like to relax in front of the TV (Grey’s anatomy is my favourite) with a large glass of wine. Yes, I am the embodiment of the ‘Wine Loving SAHM Mommy Blogger’ cliché.
- How long have you been blogging and what is your favourite and least favourite thing about it?
I’ve only been blogging since August 2016, about 8 months now, but I only seriously kicked it up a notch in January of this year, embracing the likes of Instagram and Twitter as a way of promoting my content and linking up with other bloggers.
I love the positive and supportive nature of the parent blogging that I have found.
I don’t like all the techy stuff that is necessary behind the scenes.
- If you could pass on a piece of advice to a newbie blogger what would it be?
I still feel like I’m a newbie blogger so I’m not sure I’m the best one to be passing on advice, but personally I feel that we need to be original. Know what you want your blog to be about, and stay true to that.
- If money were no issue, and you could tick one thing off your bucket list what would it be and why?
Oh no, where do I start. Probably a luxury trip to the Maldives (or Thailand, Hawaii, Seychelles, Mauritius, Zanzibar). Basically, I’m a sun loving travel junkie who has had to clip her wings a bit since becoming a mum, but now the girls are older I’m starting to dream of travel experiences I can take them with, as well as some I can do with my just my husband – I just wish my mom lived closer to help with the baby-sitting.
- Can you share some love and tell us what blogs you are enjoying at the moment and that you would recommend?
I really love Just Saying Mum by Helen who blogs about her life as a mum to two teenage girls. Her writing is so positive and beautiful.
Another great one is One Messy Mama by Jacqui. She’s another great mommy blogger who also embraces the honest side of messy parenting.
There are so many more I love reading too. I participate in a lot of linkys which I love because you get to read so many different blogs. Every blogger has their own story and I love the little insights you get into other people’s lives.
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