This week we meet the lovely Louise from Mummy Miller. Thanks so much for taking part Louise ðŸ™‚
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
Hi, I'm Louise and I'm 26 years old. My husband Stuart and I met at 15 in secondary school and have been together for nearly 11 years now, married for 2.5 years. We have a little boy, Oliver who has recently turned 1. We live in Surrey, it's a beautiful place to live and we really love it here. I am currently a nursing sister and Stu works as a roadside mechanic. We actually live at the other end of the road from my mum which is pretty handy for babysitting purposes! My sister is currently living and studying in London. Stuart's mum lives in Wales and his dad lives down near the coast. He is one of four, he has an identical twin and an older brother and sister. His sister is also a blogger.
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
Relaxing on the sofa, watching Netflix! Stuart and I are massive Netflix addicts, we end up watching it most evenings as a way to wind down. We have probably watched most series on there now! If Oliver isn't around or I have someone to keep an eye on him, I really love to bake. I bake pretty much anything, my favourites are cupcakes and macarons!
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Probably becoming a nursing sister. I qualified as a nurse in 2012 and started working on a surgical ward in my local hospital. I progressed up the ranks and after 2.5 years I was offered a ward sister position. I love my job and my qualification is definitely something I am proud to have achieved. It's hard work but so rewarding.
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
The tiredness is so hard. Before I had Oliver I would easily sleep for 12 hours straight, for the past year I have managed to last on about 4 hours sleep at most in a row! Constantly being on the move and having to pay attention 24/7 adds to the tiredness as well!
The most rewarding part is obviously the love. No matter how rubbish your day has been Oliver will always give me a big smile and a cuddle (and sometimes a nice slobbery kiss too!)
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 wing it completely! I am never on top of my housework because I struggle to do it with Oliver around. I just work around him really. I try and get things done when he naps but usually when he falls asleep I spend the time watching TV or doing bits for the blog.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
I originally started my blog when I went on maternity leave, but I didn't have the time with a newborn. When he was about 3 months old I deleted my old blog and restarted it. I wanted my blog to be somewhere to record what we had been up to and how Oliver grew and progressed.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
Mummy Miller is about my life as a mum, Oliver's life, and what we have been up to. I enjoy sharing our experiences and reviewing products we are loving. Sometimes I have baking posts if I have made something and want to share the recipe.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
At the moment it is a hobby, but I would love for it to make a little bit of spending money from it but it isn't what motivates me. I know it will take years for me to get to that point, so for now I just enjoy sharing our lives and experiences.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Just go for it! I started blogging in 2013 and then gave up after a month or two because I didn't have a real focus. When I restarted blogging after I had Oliver I had a focus for my blog and found a great community of bloggers. My advice would be write because you love it, don't focus on the figures, how many views you have had, how many people are following you. It takes months, even years to gain a true following. If you write good content that people want to read then it will all follow.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
1. Mary Berry – she's just so cute and I could swap baking tips and recipes with her
2. Tom Hardy – because he's just gorgeous and seems like a nice guy
3. My dad – he was killed 3 years ago in a car crash. We weren't speaking to each other at the time as we had had an argument. I would have liked to have spoken and seen him one last time and told him I loved him.
Tell me three random facts about you
1. I'm scared of birds, mainly pigeons. I freak out when they go near me, and I hate it when they start flapping.
2. I hate the name nan/nanny, I don't know why but it really makes me cringe!
3. I went to Jay Kay's (from Jamiroquai) house when I was younger. My dad used to deliver high end cars and he often took me and my sister along in the holidays or at weekends. We had a tour of his house and he showed us his hat cupboard. After this we went to feed the swans in his lake. My mum made us write him a thank you letter when we got home!