Every week I feature an interview with a blogger, so that whether you know of them or not, you can get to know them a little better! This week we meet Gemma from Mummy’s Waisted. Thanks so much for taking part Gemma 🙂
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
I’m a mum of two (one of each), living on the South Coast of England with my lovely hubby too. I have been blogging since New Year 2018 and also work in internet marketing and freelance writing. Before that, I worked in accounting for 15 years, so it’s been a big life change for all of us!
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
I love a good book, especially crime thrillers. I’ve also started to get into gardening, pretty small scale stuff but I’m very proud of my tulips this year and can’t wait to grow vegetables with the children.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Being chosen for a sponsored post on my blog with a major high street retailer was a huge boost to my confidence.
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 lack of control, so when I’m faced with an unexpected situation, or where my children are being stubborn about something, I just want to stamp my foot back at them! I’ve still not found the magic phrase to turn things around, and tend to just get cross instead.
The most rewarding part at the moment is seeing how they are both developing new skills and becoming little people in their own right. My son has really struggled with shyness, so seeing him running off to join a party brings me to (happy) tears!
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 so fortunate that my husband and I co-parent, and we do have lots of family support locally. I’ve also lowered my expectations on a lot of things, especially after having my second child. Although I’d like to do the hoovering more often, other things are more important, and it does get messy again very quickly!
Why did you decide to start blogging?
I sort of fell into it, as I started writing content for one of our websites (about waist shaping) and loved it so much that I started my own separate blog. It’s been great to write down a lot of the things swimming round my head!
Tell me a bit about your blog?
It’s family based, so I blog about parenting and have lots of product reviews. I also have The Busy Mum’s Guide To…which is where I break down a topic like GDPR and tax into the ‘need to know’ essentials, to save parents and small business owners having to trawl through Google to try and understand it.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
I’d like to expand The Busy Mum’s Guide To…into more topics, covering different aspects of parenting as well as business concepts.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Have realistic expectations about what you can achieve in the short and long term, especially if you are in a niche which is already full of established bloggers.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why
1. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) so that I could persuade him to do another reunion concert
2. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) because I was too star-struck to talk to him outside a gig once
3. My dad (who passed away in February) so I could tell him all the exciting things that me and the kids have been doing.
Tell me three random facts about you
1. My grandad helped J Edgar Hoover set up the forensics section of the FBI
2. I used to work in pharmacies dispensing prescription medicines
3. I have a heart shaped uterus!