This week we meet the lovely Alex from Better Together Home. Thanks so much for taking part Alex š
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
Hiya! I'm Alex and I am a mum to seven-going-on-seventeen Lily-Rose and wife to my super patient husband Scott. We live in a teeny flat in Central South East London, in the same area my husband and I both grew up. We actually found out after we got together that we had mutual friends and had met as kids but we didn't 'meet properly' until I was 17 and Scott was 18 and we both had weekend jobs in a market. I used to do the tea and coffee run and was always getting him tea – eventually he asked me for my number on one cold Christmas eve, kissed me under the mistletoe and the rest, as they say, is history! We got married in 2012 when our daughter was 2 – she was the sweetest flower girl we could have ever wished for!
After having Lily we tried for another baby for five years, unfortunately I have secondary infertility which is partly to do with my PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and so we can't have another child without IVF which just isn't affordable for us – something I have definitely struggled with. We are lucky to live quite close to my dad and Scott's mum – both of whom Lily has great relationships with. I also have four sisters and a brother who we spend a lot of time with and, having grown up in the area – a close group of friends too. Lily is so lucky to be surrounded by so many people who love her and look out for her. That being said I am desperate to move out of London so that we can buy our own place – I'm sure it will be many years before we can *or at least before I can persuade Scott ha!*
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
I love craft beer, crafting, spending time with my sisters and friends and travelling. Travel is one of my biggest passions and I'm slowly developing an interest in photography alongside that.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My daughter – she is incredible!
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
The hardest part is the mum guilt – I'm a full time working mum, plus run my own small business and blog so life is pretty hectic and it can be really hard to juggle it all. The most rewarding part is those moments where she tells me how much she loves me, how happy she is to have me as a mum – it definitely makes you forget all the stress and hard work!
Parenting in itself is no mean feat; how do you juggle everything you need to in order to get everything done on a daily basis?
I'm all about the lists and being as organised as I possibly can. It's not easy but I keep a diary, an online calendar and am forever looking for apps to make our day to day lives run a little smoother!
Why did you decide to start blogging?
I've always loved writing; years ago my plan was to be a war correspondent and journalist but that fell by the wayside when I tried working at the Daily Mirror (I hated it) and so I changed my mind about going into journalism. Since then I've always written short stories, including some that have been published, and friends were forever telling me I should blog so I decided to just go ahead and do it!
Tell me a bit about your blog?
I have owned my blog url for 2 years but only started blogging properly last October. You can find me at Better Together Home where I talk about pretty much everything – honest motherhood, lifestyle, travel, food, interiors and crafts – all of the things that make me who I am.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
I never got into blogging to gain followers or hit number targets – I just enjoy writing, I love sharing my thoughts with people and meeting other people through social media. It's been a crazy few months but has definitely opened up some fantastic opportunities for us. I'd love to share more travel on the blog and am starting to experiment with YouTube too!
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Just. Do. It! Write from the heart, about things you care about and enjoy it – it shouldn't feel like a chore!
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
Oooh… Brian Blessed, David Attenborough and Billy Connolly – I think they would have fascinating stories, make me laugh out loud and hopefully take me on some adventures because they all loved my company so much!
Tell me three random facts about you
1. I love history
2. When I was a kid I wanted to be a marine biologist until I saw Jaws and Deep Blue Sea.
3. I have an allotment which I'm loving when I get time to get down there!