#coolmumclub: Meet the members…Anyway to stay at home

Welcome back for the Autumn-Winter collection of #coolmumclub: Meet the members! Hope you all had an epic summer, filled with ice cream, paddling pools, sandy toes and PJ days. 

We are kick starting the series comeback with Briony, aka Anyway to stay at home. Without further ado, I’ll hand you over to her. Thanks for being a superstar submission Briony! Be sure to give her a follow @anywaytostay, and join the rest of the thousands of us avidly following her finding that magical way to stay at home…

x MMT 

Hi everyone,
I’m so pleased to be taking part in #CoolMumClub meet the members. I’m not exactly new to this blogging thing but it’s only been in the last few months I’ve really got involved with the amazing social side of blogging and embraced linkies! So it’s really nice to get to join in with something like this.
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I started Any Way To Stay At Home a couple of years ago whilst I was on maternity leave. As you can probably guess I didn’t want to go back to work. Yeah, you guessed it, I wanted to Stay At Home. It’s changed a lot since I first started it and it’s only recently I’ve started to feel like I’ve found my feet.
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 Well I didn’t, I went back to work. It wasn’t an easy experience for me. It just wasn’t where I wanted to be, physically or mentally. So I kept on blogging, partly to keep me sane and partly to explore ways I could leave the office job and work from home. I took loads of courses in social media and eventually managed to find my first client and became a Social Media Manager. Leaving the office job behind me.
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Working from home, looking after a two year old and blogging is not an easy balance but it is really bloody fun so that makes it easier. Even if at the moment I find myself with no work and facing the very real prospect of having to return to the world of an employee, even if only for a little while, but I know I have tried and that it is a possibility.
Blogging has bought so many amazing things into my life. It has given me confidence and a sense of self I had lost a long time ago. It has bought me amazing new friends and a supportive community I can turn to at any time of the day or night. It has given me experiences I would have never dreamed of as well as some pretty cool toys for the boy. Whilst blogging isn’t and probably never will be a money maker for me, it has opened the doors to a new career that I would have never thought possible.
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My blog is about me me, it doesn’t have a niche or follow any of the ‘blogging’ rules. I write about what I want when I want. Mainly crafts, days out, holidays and the joys of working from home with a toddler, of which there are very few. Ever had to explain to a client why they just received an email consisting entirely of the letters E, Y and K? It’s an interesting conversion. You won’t find much negativity on my blog though, the occasional rant, but mainly I try to write positively as it helps me think positively.
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I just love that I’m getting to spend time with my boy and I plan on making the most of it. We spend our days playing, going to the zoo, making a mess and cuddling. The two of us watch TV, probably too much. I do housework and he ‘helps’, I redo housework. I’m not scared of glitter but I hate play-doh. We go and watch trains go by at the station or catch some motorcycle or car racing at a nearby track. He embarrasses me regularly, most recently by very loudly proclaiming ‘Mummy’s big tummy wobbles like jelly’ whilst poking my tummy to prove his point, he isn’t wrong. We spend quite a lot of time coming up with new and ingenious ways to make Daddy jump when he comes home from work, you know like hiding poorly underneath a blanket and giggling. We just try to have fun.
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I don’t really have any aspirations for my blog in the future. I honestly feel that if for whatever reason it all had to stop tomorrow then I happy with what it has given me thus far. I do hope that it continues though and grows little by little. I hope to meet more amazing people and do more amazing things. Mainly I just hope that I get to carry on having fun with my little family.
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So this is me, mum to one, blogger, attempting to be a social media manager, slightly lost but having fun.
Briony xx
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25 thoughts on “#coolmumclub: Meet the members…Anyway to stay at home

  1. Sunita Reply

    Hey Briony – so lovely to hear about your story and how cool you’re ARE officially a social media manager! Ha ha i may well need your help one day! Well done for following what you wanted to do. It’s lovely we have our blogs to give us a creative and social outlet. Will head over to your blog soon x Sunita #coolmumclub

    1. anywaytostayathome Reply

      Aww thank huni! If you do ever need my services just get in touch. I’ve been loving your blog, was having a good old read today xx

  2. beautybabyandme Reply

    I love the essence of your blog Briony – having fun! Life is so short and we forget the importance of things like having fun all the time. Like you I’m a stay at home Mum with my boy and I love it! Great to read more about you hun xx #coolmumclub

    1. anywaytostayathome Reply

      I just try to have a giggle with my son, whenever we can, sometimes he’s driving me crazy but normally it’s pretty great xx

  3. thefrenchiemummy Reply

    I love the fact that you say that your blog is for you and you don’t care about a niche. Your blog looks like you are ahving fun and it’s the most important in my humble opinion. Well done! Carry oon what you are doing as I really enjoy your posts! #coolmumclub

    1. anywaytostayathome Reply

      I just figure my whole live doesn’t have a nice neat little pocket to fit into, so why should my blog 🙂

  4. Kerry Reply

    Hi Briony, i’m a stay at home mum to a fiesty 2 year old, I run a business and have just started blogging, so I know how hard it is to juggle everything! It definitely beats having a full time job where you have to be somewhere at a certain time though. I recently started blogging as a form of therapy really after suffering from post natal anxiety. I am loving it so far and everyone in this community are so lovely and supportive! Just getting the hang of linkies too! #coolmumclub

    1. anywaytostayathome Reply

      I wish I’d started using linkies and really embracing the blogging community sooner, it is so much more fun now and everyone is lovely xx

  5. Sarah Reply

    Hahaha! I know that feeling – I’m desperately trying to scrabble about to find ways of not going back to work after my mat leave… we’ll see! Congrats on becoming a soc media manager! #coolmumclub

    1. anywaytostayathome Reply

      It is so tough and I’m still not certain it’a going to work out, but it’s been amazing trying 🙂

  6. Rebecca Reply

    Congrats!! I’m still working full time day jobbin’ while striving to stay at home and work blogging and writing… I’ll get there one day!! ~ I’m only in month 2 so fingers crossed!! So much love for what your doing… Nice one <3

    1. anywaytostayathome Reply

      Keep on trying and you’ll get there! It is worth it if it is what you want. I am at my happiest beavering away at home with my son snugged up next to me watching a film, it happens like once every two or three months, he’s not good at being still!!

  7. Mrs Lighty Reply

    Ah you can just feel the fun that you guys have together coming through in the post! Lovely member of the #coolmumclub and I’ll definitely be checking out more of your blog in future!

    1. anywaytostayathome Reply

      Thanks! We do have fun, he’s at such a great age and makes me laugh every day 🙂

  8. Harriet Reply

    “We just try to have fun” Amen to that!! If you manage it, then you’ve already succeeded! #coolmumclub

    1. anywaytostayathome Reply

      I always figure the housework can wait, there’s only so long my son will actually want to hang out with me so I plan to embrace it 🙂

  9. Lucy At Home Reply

    Hi Briony! It’s so nice to hear how happy and contented you are with how things are at the moment. I’m a stay at home mummy too and it really is as lovely as you make it sound! I’m sure your little boy loves having his mummy around too. Congratulations on nabbing a work at home job too! #CoolMumClub

    1. anywaytostayathome Reply

      It is the best year I’ve spent being at home to watch him grow and change, it’s flipping hard work, but it’s just the best isn’t it

  10. Talya Reply

    Lovely to get to know Briony a little better. Love her outlook! As always a lovely edition of the series. Loving our #coolmumclub reunion lady! Xxx

  11. Sharon Parry Reply

    Hi Briony, it was great to read all about you. I went back to work part-time after my eldest was born and absolutely hated it. It took me seven years and another two kids before i actually left and started working from home! #coolmumclub

  12. tinmccarthy Reply

    way to make it work girl!

    #coolmumsclub

  13. Rhyming with Wine Reply

    Hi Briony! Lovely to find out about you and your blogging story. Love the idea of hiding from the hubby when he gets home from work. I’m so going to do this next week! 🙂 x #coolmumclub

  14. bridiebythesea Reply

    Lovely to hear more about you Briony – I really like your attitude to blogging and like you I am a stay at home mum with a 1.5 year old xx #coolmumclub

  15. beautybythegreen Reply

    It’s lovely to meet you Anyway!!! I’m a fledgling blogger- a bit late to the party really!.. Not sure what a linky is or how exactly it works. I’d like to join up next week! If I can work it out. I enjoy writing too. I am a stay at home mum to my little boy as I absolutely and completely adore every second of it just like you. I also do some work from home and am studying a degree as well. I am happy not to go back to work yet. I have the rest of my life to work when he is no longer little. These mere few years are just so precious! I’m so happy you are enjoying it too. 🙂 xx

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