#coolmumclub: Meet the members…Muma on the edge

I was over the moon when Lyndsey agreed to write me an intro to her blog for this series. Truth be told, I’d been hoping she’d write one for quite a while as I think she is one of the coolest Mum bloggers I’ve come across yet. There’s something about the way Muma on the edge is written that gives it a certain charm – if this Muma is on the edge, then I’m right there with her, holding her hand and ready to jump in a Thelma and Louise kinda fashion. If you haven’t come across this blog before, then please jump right in – I promise you’ll feel like you’ve known her forever…

x MMT

When I was asked to take part in this series I jumped at the chance. I love taking part in #coolmumclub linky and think MMT’s posts are brilliantly written, packed with sass. So thank you so much for having me!

The trouble is, I do feel like a bit of an intruder. I have taken a quick look at the past 3 entries to this brilliant series and am having a bit of a panic; I have never been a DJ like Sunita at Lucky Things , I’m definitely not a rock chick like the uber-cool Rebecca at Rock and Roses Mama . And sadly, I am not a motivator and inspirational guru like the incredible Ursula at Mumbelivable .

This week, I’m afraid, you get me, Lyndsey, and I blog at Muma on the Edge. I have been a stay at home Muma since our first daughter was born. That’s nearly 6 years out of the workplace – which scarily is more than the amount of time I had spent IN it! I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s just say the frankly bonkers world of recruitment was not going to lend itself well to juggling motherhood. I felt I would have been failing on the work front and failing on the home front. By choosing the SAHM route I get to concentrate all of my efforts at home – but somehow have never managed to utter the phrase ‘I got this’… Bugger.

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If I’m being perfectly honest I have found parenting to be a bit like trails on the Crystal maze. Totally baffling, completely frustrating, and as soon as you do work out what you are supposed to be doing with this miniature human, time has marched onto the next phase, and you have to dust yourself off and start again.

So Why blog?…

I started my blog purely because I was not nailing parenting. BUT I was finding it quite amusing. I had never really thought about writing before; I avoided English like the plague at school – I am very dyslexic and always understood that English was not to be my subject. Well, you know what, screw that, because I have discovered that I absolutely adore writing. Not only that, but I love people reading my waffle and identifying with the same parenting nightmares that I experience on a daily basis. Now when something truly bananas is going down at home I try not to lose my sh*t over it. I no longer feel like I am the only Muma in the world enduring toddler tantrums of epic proportions. Instead I storm my laptop and share it with anyone that will listen! I suppose in that respect blogging has become my therapy, and I am a far happier Muma since discovering it.

I scrutinise restaurants for their child-friendly attributes…

I also write for Restaurants Brighton which is a restaurant review platform for the Brighton area, where we live. My husband and I love eating out, it’s probably our favourite thing – is that sad?! Anyway, we momentarily lost our minds thought we’d begin a quest to discover the most child friendly restaurants and scream their names from the rooftops. Or at least my little blog! Taking our children to restaurants is always a fraught experience, but the more we do it the more wine I need better they get. Ok that last sentence isn’t strictly true. At all. But we are persevering.

It basics really isn’t it, is there a child’s menu which doesn’t just involve a fried potato? Is the loo bigger than Easyjet’s? Is there any form of entertainment other than spreading salt and pepper over the floor whilst banging massive metal folks on the table top? Simple really Mr Restaurant owner…

I had better tell you a little about ma famille…

We have 2 little girls, Darcie who is 5 and just started year 1, and Lila who will turn 3 in January. In a nutshell Darcie is a 5 going on 15. Her favourite colour is black, and she will only wear a colour palate of this shade. She was utterly horrified yesterday when the school celebrated Diwali by having a non-school uniform day – in favour of wearing bright clothes.

She: “So I’ll wear my black leggings with the grey butterflies on then”

Me: “Um no, sorry. It has to be colourful”

She: “ok” *looks thoughtful* “I’ll wear the check skirt – perfect”

Me: “yeh, that’s black, white and grey. That’s not colourful”

This went on for a while. You catch my drift. Her favourite after school activity is to watch the gymnastics after school activity. Well – at least it’s free.

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As for ToddlerMonster, I don’t really know where to start without sounding like I may actually hate my own daughter which is totally not the case – I love the fact that she will grow up.

A little example of where we are at with said ToddlerMonster:

We visited Lego Land during half term (send medal). It was actually a brilliant day out, despite the fact that we were at the mercy of sweet little angelic looking Lila. If Daddy wasn’t within sight (ie, loo break) it was utter meltdown. At one point she was licking the ground. The noise – even by theme park standards – was blood curdling. I was powerless to comfort her. Instead she turned into a rod of iron and somehow managed to turn up the decibels some more. So I stood next to her while she rolled around like a crazed beast, for 20 minutes at one point while Darcie and Daddy did a ride together.

It was horrifying, and humiliating and made my face burn bright red, with tears just teetering on the edge of my lids. BUT I know that time does march on, it is ‘just a phase’ and my gorgeous year 1 chick keeps me sane. And if all else fails, I always have Isla Negra chilled.

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I should really tell you a little bit about my blog

This may seem strange, but I only really have the ability to blog with humour. I find it very easy to laugh at myself, esp when I am muttering ‘I hate my life’ under my breath. It’s a sort of outer body experience. This really is the tone of my posts. I try to do sentimental, but never really manage to do it without a bit of funny. It safe to say that when someone tells me I made them laugh, it makes my day.

I’ve been loving Instagram recently and have a whole host of Memes thanks to the ridiculousness of my family life. You won’t find recipes, or impressive craft projects, furniture renovation doesn’t feature either. Nor do organisational tips or How To’s. I’m sort of an anti-house wife. But that’s ok. I’m ok with that now, after years of trying to be ‘perfect’.

I’m disorganised, pretty scatty, I tell it how it is, and LOVE to party, Like, really love to party. (I’m not talking South of France table tops, with blazing magnums you understand.) AND I love entertaining – signature dish being Sausage Surprise.

I’ll leave you with that thought…

Thanks for having me MumMuddlingThrough xxx

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26 thoughts on “#coolmumclub: Meet the members…Muma on the edge

  1. Rhyming with Wine Reply

    I love Lindsey”s blog with a capital – she has a level of humour that comes across so effortlessly and I always have a good giggle with her as she shares her trials and tribulations. Her description of the Toddler Monster made me simultaneously nod and chuckle at the same time. (I have a toddler monster of my own!) Thanks for sharing MMT. You know I love this series! X

  2. Mummy Muckups (Anna) Reply

    Very cool! Just popped over to you on Instagram. A great blog!! #coolmumclub

  3. Helen Reply

    I’ve recently discovered a meme app and I love it haha, a giggle never goes a miss in the midst of the chaos!

  4. Back With A Bump Reply

    I love these getting to know you posts. A lovely read and i love a bit of humour! #coolmumclub

  5. beautybabyandme Reply

    I love your blog Lindsey and it’s lovely to read a bit more about you! Will be checking out your Instagram! xx #coolmumclub

  6. Chilli Regina Reply

    Yet another brilliant mom blogger;). I love her effortless humor. Everything is easier with a bit of humor in your life!
    #coolmumclub

  7. Mummy Rules Reply

    I met Lyndsey at BritMums and she is gorgeous and very lovely!!! We admired a baby-oil covered man together early on and then buddied up for the day, haha! I also have two girls and have been a SAHM since baby 1 was born AND i also cannot manage to write without humour despite the fact that I am not laughing at the time!! It’s therapy I guess. Lyndsey your blog is fab – see u on Saturday! #coolmumsclub

  8. Sunita Reply

    Hey Lyndsey, loved reading more about you. Totally agree that muma-ing is not about being perfect! Why put that pressure on our little ones? I know where you’re coming from when recruitment and time at home with kids clash. I love that your blog is abut your sense of humour (always envy mama bloggers who have good jokes!). Nice hanging out with you at the #coolmumclub x Sunita P.S. Ignore the DJ bit about, I’m a true geek at heart.

  9. Mess and merlot Reply

    Great to get to know a bit more about you and your blog Lyndsey – I never ‘wrote’ anything before I started my blog either, you’re a natural clearly -love your writing style and FML take on parenthood 🙂 PS, My kids are 5 and 8 and I’m still too scared to brave Legoland so I salute you you crazy but way-nicer-than-me mummy! 🙂 #coolmumclub

  10. justsayingmum (@justsayingmum) Reply

    Oh so lovely to read more about you and I love your blog too – love your humour and not taking yourself too seriously! I always look for your posts on linkys – I really should just subscribe!! #CoolMumClub

  11. five little doves Reply

    I love this, so good to learn more about you Lyndsey and your take on life is to be admired. As a mum of five I find myself struggling to find ANY humour in the day whatsoever!! #coolmumclub

  12. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Yay love Muma on The Edge! Feeling the #coolmumclub members love man! xxxx

  13. Angela Watling Reply

    So funny! When I got to “At one point she was licking the ground.” I cried tears of laughter. Mainly because I feel this may happen to me within the next 12 months. given yesterday my daughter cried for not letting her drink bath water from a sponge… I’ve read some of Muma on the edge’s posts but clearly not enough. I will be remedying that! #CoolMumClub

  14. tinmccarthy Reply

    coming over to check it out later today!

    #coolmumsclub

  15. Lucy At Home Reply

    I love these sorts of posts where you get to find out about people! I’m a SAHM and it’s always nice to know you’re not alone! #CoolMumClub

  16. Lindsay Reply

    Great! Just checked out Muma on the Edge blog and recognise a lot of it from my own, disastrous life at times. Thanks for a good read! #coolmumclub

  17. Island Living (@islandliving365) Reply

    Awww I love this, just LOVE!! I am fan of Lyndsey’s blog and her fab writing 🙂 #coolmumclub

  18. The Unsung Mum Reply

    Great series! So going to check Lyndsey’s blog out right now! #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      Join in! Send me your submission 🙂

  19. thishappenedtometoday Reply

    This is lovey, nice to meet you Lyndsey 🙂 I will be checking out your blog.
    We live in Burgess Hill now but did live in Hove for nearly 10 years and come back all the time. I would love to see what restaurants you recommend as we love eating out too! #coolmumclub

  20. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) Reply

    So lovely to find out more about you and your blog – and looking forward to reading more of it! I do love your analogy of parenting being like the Crystal Maze and I was feeling your pain on reading about your day at Legoland – we’ve had moments like that too and I’m sure every parent out there can relate! #coolmumclub

  21. Alana - Burnished Chaos Reply

    Love the crystal maze reference, I’d never thought of it before but parenting is sooo like that! Think I may have just found me new favourite blog x
    #Coolmumclub

  22. Mrs Lighty Reply

    Aargh how have I not come across your blog before?!!! I think I’d love it!! And I love the Crystal Maze analogy of parenting…right off to read more… You are definitely right in there with the #coolmumclub!!!

  23. tammymum Reply

    Aaah this was brilliant I love muma on the edge too. Always such a fab and engaging read. So nice to read a bit more about you! Xx #coolmumclub

  24. Helena Reply

    Great to read about Muma on the Edge and know we aren’t alone when it comes to understanding our tots. #coolmumclub

  25. absolutely prabulous Reply

    I love Lindsay. Met her at BML and remember thinking how sickeningly gorgeous she is and then she also turned out to be lovely (ugh) and THEN I got back to Malta and at some point ended up having hilarious tweet convos with her and now I just officially luuuuuuurve her. She is just too much fun. And this post is her down to a t. The toddler bit and lego and just the whole thing. Brilliant. #coolmumclub

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