A fellow blogger (Dad v World) asked on Twitter how many bloggers have quit their full-time job and now blog as their only job from home. It’s been three months since I started my blog (my first post) and have so far made absolutely diddlysquat. I have since returned to my paid job from maternity leave and my job is my only source of income. The tweet got me thinking about who would be on my list of inspirational professional bloggers. I hope by learning from them (and others I’m yet to uncover) so that I can turn my own blogging passion into profit.

Inspirational Professional Bloggers

In the parenting blogging world there are lots of parents who run their blog professionally. These are a handful of professional bloggers and their blogs that inspired me to start mine.

The Unmumsy Mum

Whilst on my first maternity leave my NCT group and I discovered The Unmumsy Mum. We loved her unique take on motherhood. Her posts used to make us feel better that we are all in it together.

Her posts are bound to make you laugh. One of my favourite posts was Fuck you supermum. It’s refreshing to read a blog written with such truth, humour and honesty.

Hollie Poetry

It wasn’t her blog necessarily that inspired me but her poetry. I’ve only just discovered her blog from writing this post. Her words describing motherhood hit the nail on the head for me. See some of her most famous poems here. 

If I could write a poem that was 10% as good as hers I would be happy.

In The Playroom

Anna who runs In The Playroom, is the first blogger who I met in real life. Meeting Anna and hearing her story, pushed me over the edge to starting my own blog. I had been pondering starting one for six months before, but until that point had never met another parent blogger.

In The Playroom has some great craft ideas for young children. Such as Valentine crafts and Alphabet crafts.

I’m sure there are many other bloggers who will continue to inspire my work. My long-term goal for Mumversation is to keep up the momentum and refine my writing. So that one day I can be seen as a professional blogger.

If your new to my blog here are some of my favourite posts: Working parent vs stay at home parent and why I didn’t enjoy pregnancy. 

Thanks for reading.

My birthday is coming up next week in January, I’m turning 35. Woo hoo! I am perfectly comfortable with my age. However it has made me think is there anything else I want to achieve before I hit my 40s. So I have decided to create my own before 40 bucket list as motivation.

Why create a Bucket List

If I think back over the last five years I realise I have completed a hell of a lot. Having my two children and getting married for a starter are absolutely at the top of my list. These were all huge, life changing events. So as I look forward now to my hopes for the second half of this decade, I want to focus on just living and enjoying life as a family of four.Bucket list - under 30 running London marathon

Having a bucket list gives me focus on what I hope to achieve and ambition to succeed. I only choose things which are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) as I know that goals with these attributes are far more likely to happen.

On my bucket list before I turned 30 there was only one goal to run the London Marathon. This was a SMART goal because it was:

  • Very specific to a place and distance.
  • Measurable as it was completed once run.
  • Attainable as I had run three half marathons before this.
  • Realistic as I gained a place through the ballot.
  • Timely as I had a place secured when I was 29 years old.

Before 40 Bucket List

  • Have afternoon tea at the Ritz (just me and hubby) – this has been something I have wanted to do for ages. This is likely to be achievable as we have already booked it for hubby’s birthday later on this year. If you would like to go, see their website.Bucket List - afternoon tea
  • Get a grown up kitchen – this is a big one for me. We moved into our house and renovated before having children. The only room we didn’t touch was the kitchen, before I reach 40 I would love to have a kitchen of my choice. We hope to start work this year so is an attainable goal.
  • Take the girls to Disney Paris – I would love to go to Disney World Florida but I’m not sure that’s likely in the next five years. Especially with us hoping to invest in our kitchen! However I would love to do a smaller trip of Disney Paris with the girls so they can get a taste of the magic.
  • Start reading again – Having children has definitely taken away any leisure time I had for reading. I would love to get back into reading a handful of books each year.
  • Take longer video recordings of the family – Smart phones have made it so easy to take short videos of the family. However I want to capture longer video recordings. Then in the future and really visualise what our lives were like. This is attainable as I have a camcorder, I just need to get it out more.
  • Grow my blog – Mumversation is still in its infancy, I hope that over the next five years I can grow my blog much further. From my first post in November 2017 I hope to continue building my content and community. My overall goal is to create a place where it’s ok to speak about all the things that make us mums.

Here’s to the next five years

This is my current bucket list. I’m sure it will evolve regularly over the next five years.

I hope you enjoyed reading my bucket list, if you have any comments you can add them below or look me up on my Contact me page.

Today my youngest daughter started nursery for the first time at eleven months old. It was the day that I started the letting go process. Since she was born a year ago she has been fully my responsibility. Today, she has to learn to be without me and I have to learn to share my little girl with the world. The reason she is starting nursery so young is I am returning to work after my second maternity. As a family we had lengthy discussions about how me working would fit our family life and the reasons for returning to work. With two pre-school children our childcare costs are excessive so this decision did not come lightly.

My main reasons for returning to work are:

  • Getting back me – being a mum is everything I have wanted in life, but I do feel like I’m losing some of me being at home. Having returned to work once before between babies I know that work can be a break! This inspired my mum needs a break poem.
  • Financial reasons – you can’t get away from the fact that life is expensive and working helps us our family manage overall finances now and in the future. As a family we have ambitions for our home and life and money will definitely help us get there.
  • Nursery opportunities – my eldest daughter has been at nursery for two years now and I have seen the wonderful things a good nursery can teach children. Having the patience and energy to complete projects and tasks with small children takes great skill. After having my toddler at home more the last year I truly appreciate the work nursery staff do everyday.

Even though I have multiple reasons for going back to work, it doesn’t make the transition process any easier. Walking away after dropping her in today broke my heart a little bit. Having gone through this before, I know it gets easier but it needs time. At the moment she is refusing to eat there, so this is my main concern, but I’ve read that the change in environments can make this happen.

As a parent I think you are predisposed to worry and feel guilt about every decision we make. I just need to remind myself that we are making the best decision based on our circumstances.

If your thinking about going back The Guardian wrote this article offering advice on going back to work after children.

As we approach the New Year we all start to reflect on where we are and where we want to go. In a world where we hear so much negativity it’s important to be positive. 2017 was special for me and my family for many reasons.

Why 2017 was special for me

My youngest daughter was born

In January 2017 I went through child birth for the second time. My labour started on my due date at 2pm and by 10pm our gorgeous daughter was born.

2017 has been full of adventure with her learning to smile, laugh, sit, crawl, eat, stand and almost walk.

As we approach the New Year and her first birthday, the future for 2018 looks very exciting.

My eldest daughter turned two

We were fully into the toddler years with my eldest this year. I could have done without the toddler tantrums at times. But watching her grow and learn has been unbelievable.

My highlights of living with a two-year old have been;

  • Her language has developed so much that we can now have full conversations.
  • She has learnt to value friendships.
  • She is becoming a being in her own right and developing her own ideas.

The next stage in 2018 will be all about the three’s and the preschool days.

Celebrated three years marriage with hubby

We got married whilst I was pregnant the first time, so this year we got to celebrate our third anniversary.

I couldn’t think of anyone else I would want to share this parenting journey with. Watching my husband with our girls, makes me very happy.

Started Mumversation!

In October this year I finally built up the courage to start my own blog.

I’m still very much in the early stages of writing but I am loving being part of the blogging community.

Mumversation gives me a freedom I didn’t have to express myself and challenge myself to do something new.

if your looking for ideas for what to do with your family this New Years Eve see my post here.

What I hope for in 2018

As we approach the New Year I have been thinking of what I hope for personally next year.

My 2018 wish list;

  • A smooth transition into work – I know going back will be tough at times but I’m hoping that we can establish a routine that works for us.
  • A break with the family – we didn’t manage a holiday this year with the baby so I would love to get away in 2018.
  • Time with family and friends – my brother and family are moving abroad soon, so along with my dad (who also lives abroad) half my family will live in a different continent. I hope in 2018 we can maximise time spent with family and our friends.
  • Finally Blogging! – I hope that whilst I’m back at work I can keep up with and develop Mumversation consistently. Watch this space for more in 2018.

2017 was special

 

New Year’s Eve changes significantly when you have children. Whilst they are young it’s difficult to go out celebrating late unless you have babysitters. There are ways to celebrate with the children by creating your own family friendly New Year’s Eve.

Family friendly new year's eve

Family Friendly New Year’s Eve

Have an early New Year’s celebration

Why wait until midnight? Instead celebrate alongside another country with the children, as they move into the New Year. Samoa is one of the first places, turning to midnight at 10am London time. With Australia, New Zealand, China and India all moving into the New Year across the day.

Legoland do this at their resort by celebrating New Year’s at Kid Standard Time (KST). They put on a firework display at 9.30pm GMT especially for families.

Play a Netflix New Year’s Eve Countdown film

In December Netflix release a number of animated movies which countdown to midnight. Simply search ‘countdown’ or ‘New Year’s Eve countdown’ to find the latest releases.

If your still feeling Christmassy you could alternatively watch a Christmas film on one of the streaming channels article here..

Attend a family friendly New Year’s Eve Party

Across the country more and more places are putting on family New Year’s Eve parties.

They are sometimes run in the middle of the day or earlier in the night and include meals, entertainment, music and fun.

Some examples of family friendly parties are both. Look up hotels in your local area for closer options.

Cardiff Cantref Centre in South Wales runs a party for families.

Casey’s Venue Telford kick off their family friendly party at 6pm.

Chessington World of Adventure run their own party including a meal and entertainment.

Take the family to a New Years Day parade

Rather than take the children out on the 31st December save your celebrations for January 1st.

In London there is the annual New Year’s Day parade. Starting in Piccadilly from midday and ending at 3.30pm in Parliament Street.

Hopefully these have given you some ideas to enjoy with your family. Happy New Year to you all.