This week we meet the lovely Vicki from Tippytupps. Thanks so much for taking part Vicki ūüôā
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
Well, myself and my husband met when he was the boy next door. Yep, we are that cliché! I used to live next to his mum and met him through her. Fast forward almost 12 years and we are married and live in a little village in North Wales along with our daughter who is two and our son who is currently 8 months old. We have a huge extended family though with three sets of parents, a plethora of brothers and sisters and lots of nieces and nephews that we try our best to spend time with!
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
Well, my spare time used to be taken up with my hobbies which were writing, photography, sewing and knitting. However, since being made redundant in January and going self-employed, my hobbies have become my business therefore any free time is currently being poured into that in some form or another.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Without a doubt having my children. Pre-kids I had a corporate career and I no doubt would have said some kind of award or acknowledgment or a project going live but in reality, all that pales into insignificance when faced with 2 kids under 3. Therefore, depending on what mood they’re in, my biggest achievement some days is just making it through the day!
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
The smiles are the most rewarding. To see their little face light up when you enter the room like you’re the centre of their world – and for that moment you are. Or their excitement on discovering something new and in their glee wanting to show you immediately. The hardest for me is the lack of sleep. Neither of my kids sleep through the night yet and some nights they play tag team where only mummy will do which means I can count the sleep I get in minutes rather than hours. That’s hard.
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?
Sheer momentum and caffeine (and wine)! Genuinely I don’t know – I live in awe of mama’s who look like they continually have their shit together. I guess we all get on and do it because we have no choice but to do just that really. Who else is going to do it if not us?
Why did you decide to start blogging?
I started blogging as a diary – I have kept a paper diary on and off since I was a kid so it was a natural progression to move it online. I started with a Tumblr account back in 2014 then moved over to WordPress in 2015. I did this on and off for a while until in December last year I went self-hosted and decided to turn my little online diary into a blog.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
It’s a parenting and lifestyle blog which pretty much follows the ups and downs that make up our lives. It’s a lot about being a mummy and wife, some stuff in there about trying to reclaim ‘me’ and my body post children, and lots of crafty things for adults and kids.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
I thought for a while about finding a ‘niche’ to be attractive to readers and grow my following, but I didn’t want to lose sight of what this blog was designed to be which was a diary of our lives to capture those little moments which we would usually be overlooked or forgotten. Therefore, my family is my niche and my hopes are to just enjoy this little corner of the internet that I’ve made for myself and if I can get lots of followers and monetise at some point too? Well, that would be the cherry on the cake!
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Do it for the right reasons. If you’re in it to make a quick ££ then you are in the wrong game. Those people lucky enough to make a living solely from blogging have either been doing it a long time and their hard work as paid off, or they were just bloody lucky and in the right place at the right time! However, if you are doing it for you then just enjoy it, take your time and find your voice. The rest will come with time (I hope!). Ps… I’m still waiting!
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
Ooh such a tough question!!
I think Stephen King as I would love to speak to him to try and understand how such a creative imagination like his works!
Then maybe Jane Austin as the other side of the spectrum, though I think she was pretty feisty in her day and could hold her own.
Finally, David Bowie as I think he is such an inspiring individual who was not afraid to ignore the labels that society tries to pin on us and just be himself. Plus, Labyrinth is one of my all-time favourite movies!
Tell me three random facts about you
1. I love to knit. Yes, it’s an ‘old lady’ hobby as I am regularly told but I find it relaxing. Not that I get time to do much anymore!
2 I also used to play rugby until a nasty knee injury left me with a torn quad which still gives me trouble now over 10 years later.
3. I’m a book worm which isn’t a random fact apart from that my guilty pleasure is cheesy teenage fantasy / sci-fi. Yes, I know!!