#MeetTheFamily…Tammymum

#MeetTheFamily…Tammymum

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:

Tammymum

Cringe. Feels a bit weird to introduce myself and I am definitely not going to write my own spiel of an intro. What I will say however is that, it has been a quiet week or so on the linky, what with the Easter holidays so I thought I would fill the #MeetTheFamily gap. It may be that this series has run its course now, I am not sure. Either way it has been a good run and I am thrilled and grateful to all of those who taken part. Perhaps there are some legs in it yet. WE will see, either way THANK YOU. If you want to take part in the series please do feel free to get in touch. So here goes…

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

I am Sarah and I am from Bristol now living in Tamworth the West Midlands. I miss my family and home but have my own little family and life now in the middle of this fair country. I am a mum of two tiny terrors, with quite frankly a ridiculous age gap, just 11 months between them. My eldest will be 3 in August and my youngest 2 in July. My days are BUSY. I also have a step daughter who eats pizza at crazy o’clock and is an impossible size 4. Nope not jealous at all… All of this is of course shared with the lovely Mr Tammy.

Me and family

Here we are, trying to eat lunch? Take a family selfie? Who knows? It’s just a day in life.

I started my blog as a family blog sporadically documenting our family life. As the time has passed I started writing about particular passions and interests of mine such as travel and interiors. I have however been known to dip my toe into the world of fashion and food. It is well and truly a lifestyle blog.

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 am now a SAHM. It was a hard decision to walk away from my legal career that I worked hard to build. I find being a SAHM infinitely harder than lawyering but 100% more rewarding and I have no regrets. My free time is largely spent in front of my laptop but Mr Tammy and I do like to make sure we have some time together, we like to try and eat out, go on bike rides etc. I like to partake in a spin class where I can or kill myself trying to run.

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

My blog started in October 2015 but it was good 6 months before I took it seriously and posted regularly. My favourite thing is totally selfish – it is what it gives me. It gives me something for me, my own space and time that is wholly mine. Somewhere to flex my creative muscle and lose myself for a few hours. It is something I have built and something that gives me opportunity for the future.

Like many who have taken part in this series before me I hate the self promo. I am useless at it and would no doubt be a better blogger if I could get over myself. I also don’t much care for the need for a tribe or clique. As someone who can be a little socially shy or awkward I find this hard, especially in larger groups of people. Yet this really is a great tool to have at your disposal as a blogger and a fantastic way to make friends.

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

Er, play your own game. If you want to blog for a hobby, an outlet, great. A career, fantastic, but only measure your ‘success’ by your own yardstick. Try not to compare yourself to others who are on a different page or have a different agenda. After all, you never really know what is going on behind someone’s screen so what are you comparing yourself to anyway?

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

Oh gosh, if money were no issue I would live the life. I would be lording it up all over the world, showing my little family everything there is to offer. We would travel everywhere. Not going to lie or play it down, we would be doing it in STYLE. Private jets, cooks, teachers, supping Cristal harbourside in Monaco, YEP. #noshame.

ME Drinking champagne

Just practicing for my bucket list lifestyle….got the pout down right?

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

This is hard as there are so many good blogs out there but I will try to keep it short. I love Katie from The Squirmy Popple, she hasn’t written anything I havent enjoyed. She has a way with words that pulls you in and engages you. I equally enjoy Helen’s blog from Just Saying Mum. She writes with wit and style that makes me smile. We are at very different stages of parenthood but I selfishly love her blog because she reminds me that my time will be my own again one day and to keep the positivity. A message I am trying to take with me and live by. Ditch the negative people. I also love Suchrita from The PHD Mama. She writes so articulately and always has something interesting to say. I always feel like I want to read what she has written and that must be a sign of a good blog.

So there you have it, my attempt at #MeetTheFamily. As always you can also find and follow me here:
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19 Comments

  1. April 19, 2017 / 6:21 am

    Becoming a SAHM and leaving a career I loved was the hardest decision I’ve ever made. But your right, it is infinitely rewarding.

    #FamilyFunLinky

  2. April 19, 2017 / 6:59 am

    I left behind a career and it was a hard decision, but definitely wasn’t one I regret. I love being a SAHM. Best job in the world. Love your advice about playing your own game. You’re right, you never know whats going on with other people behind the scenes so theres no sense in comparing yourself to others. Just be true to yourself and your own agenda.. #FamilyFunLinky

  3. April 19, 2017 / 8:37 am

    Just actually LOLed at your ‘If money wasn’t an issue’ answer!! Haha: Champers and private jets- well why not!! Such honesty!

    Loved reading this, I feel as if I know you now!!

    Your age gap is quite something – you have created best freidns for life right there. Will they be in the same school year as well?

    Big love, L

    xx

    #familyfun

  4. April 19, 2017 / 10:16 am

    Loved this and I think I must have sold myself short when I had my “money no object” chance on #meetthefamily. Your idea of Cristal in Monaco sounds much better! Great blogging advice too. It gets boring pretty quickly if you start comparing yourself or doing it on other’s terms. I also agree about Just Saying Mum – we will have lots of free time again some day! #familyfunlinky

  5. April 19, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Ah can’t believe you never did one of these already! I think we’d be great pals – your idea about travelling in style is totally me! Lets to champagne afternoon tea in the maldives one day?! #FamilyFun

    • Tammymum
      April 19, 2017 / 3:20 pm

      Ha yes I would be more than up for that. Whoever wins the lottery first yeah?

  6. April 19, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    I don’t think it sounds selfish at all to say that you love blogging because it’s something “for you”. We all need something for ourselves. I feel the same way about my blog #familyfun

  7. April 20, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Awww wow wow wow thank you so much for the shout out! Just so kind of you my lovely! I adore reading your blog too! Glad that I give you a little glimmer of hope. Oh and oh my word hell yeah to ditching the negative people – the freedom it gives you is insane! I, too, like you blog to have my own creative space but also something that is mine and only mine. I think that when you become a parent you feel that you are no longer your own person – which is great most of the time – but it’s wonderful to be able to sneak away into a world that is totally separate from that too. Great read and so fab to have yourself on a meet the family post! xx #FamilyFun

    • Tammymum
      April 23, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      Yes definitely agree with you on ditching the negative. Doing so and focusing on the positive is having a great impact. All hail the blog and the time and space it gives us to be us and just us again eh? Thank you for your comment lovey

  8. April 20, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    I totally agree with what you’ve said about your blog being just yours. I feel this so much! Lovely to read about you! #familyfun

  9. April 20, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    So lovely to read more about the lady behind Tammy Mum. Glad that you have found your comfort zone outside of your career and have big aspirations for the high life too – we all need to have those dreams. It’s amazing how many of us are out there using blogging as a creative outlet as well as an opportunity for some me time. Great advice about not judging yourself by others’ success – it’s all relative isn’t it? Thanks for hosting. #FamilyFun

  10. April 20, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    This is a great post and it’s great to read about how and why others start this blogging malarkey! #familyfun

  11. April 20, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Ah so pleased that you got to do #meetthefamily. It was nice to get to know a bit more about you Sarah. I’m sure the series still has some legs…I hope so anyway as I really like it. #familyfunlinky xx

    • Tammymum
      April 23, 2017 / 7:12 pm

      Ah thank you xx

  12. April 21, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    Love the idea of lording it up and travelling extensively. A girl can wish hey? #FamilyFun

  13. April 23, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Love your blog hun – this was a lovely little insight! #familyfun

    • Tammymum
      April 23, 2017 / 6:38 pm

      Thank you x