Do you ever imagine your future? When the tots have grown into beautiful young adults, your best friends, the ones you confide in, holiday with and giggle with. Me too. I basically want to be Helen, Just Saying Mum in the future. Her stunning brood are going places and she is on a path to success of her very own. Her blog has evolved into something pretty spesh since I first found it, and I’m happy to think of her as one of my blogging pals. I just can’t believe it’s taken me this long to feature her in this series, #JustSaying.
Thanks so much for taking part Helen, lovely to find out a little more about you! (I love an exclamation mark too).
Hi! I’m so excited to have been asked to write a post for the Meet The Member series because, apart from being the coolest of cool linkys, it was my first ever linky I joined all those months ago when I first started blogging. Talya and Sarah hold a really special place in my heart as do all you gorgeous members, of course! Ah, I should point out here that I do love an exclamation mark. I am generally a very over excitable person and my life demands exclamation marks left right and centre so bear with me! Oops it’s almost a habit. Phew a full stop actually made an appearance.
So, what can I tell you about me? Well, I’m Helen and am married to the most handsome man, who is in fact my childhood sweetheart, and we have three amazing teenagers. Georgia is our eldest daughter at 17, Ella is 15 and Sammy 13. Oh and boy do they do what teenagers excel at doing – being teenagers! I jest, they are totally fabulous and they make me smile, laugh and burst with pride every single day. Yes, I am that cringey about it because I honestly feel that way – white Instagram perfect picture all the way! Oh of course there are days that are less fun and games but that is what being a parent is all about and you have to find the best way of managing those days because like it or not that is your role! Hey, they’ve never been teens before and that can be tough and I’ve never had teens before so I’m learning too – my own adolescent behaviour has certainly reared its head during parenting I am sure – my children will certainly vouch for that!
OK, so why did I start blogging? Honest reason? Because I thought I could go viral like the Unmumsy Mum. I’m not even joking. I haven’t even added an exclamation mark as the statement is too awful to punctuate and give any more attention to so swiftly moving on to the second reason and the one that is banded about more freely! My eldest daughter, Georgia, is a model (and now an actress – eek!) and as she’s under 18 I am her chaperone so literally spend hour after hour sitting in a freezing studio as she gets changed into the 50th outfit of the day. It’s not as fun as it sounds, I promise. Oh, of course, there are some fabulous experiences but in general it involves a lot of sitting and waiting so, having always loved reading blogs and writing I thought I’d give it a go. And, just like that, justsayingmum was created based on my three always ending every sentence with … just saying. It started mainly as a musings of raising three teens but sometimes it isn’t always funny so there have been some heartfelt blogs along the way. Mainly, though, I try to focus on raising positive teens.
I have loved every minute of it and have been blown away with the total gorgeousness of the blogging community. Never a dull moment! But I don’t only blog. I have also started vlogging and am really keen to grow my YouTube channel as I embark on a series of justsayingmum chat show style vlogs interviewing other bloggers about their blog! Please get in touch if you’d like to be part of this … come on you know you want to!
So, when I’m not blogging? It’s hard to remember that I do something other than write some days but I am a piano and songwriter teacher, which I totally adore. In fact, I’d love to be in a band when I grow up – anyone want to join me? Let’s do it! Never too old and dreams aren’t just for the young!
Well, that’s me. That’s my little part of the blogging community carved out for all to see. Come and say hello on social media – I’ll leave my links below and I hope to chat to some of you soon on the vlog … just saying!
Thanks a million for having me girls.