#coolmumclub: Meet the members…Mummy Rules

I was so looking forward to meeting Tilly from Mummy Rules for the second time at #Blogfest16 having met her at #BML16 earlier in the summer. Tilly is so loveable and easy to get on with, her blog reflects exactly how she was in real life. I was absolutely gutted to hear that Tilly had to bail from #Blogfest16 due to Mum-commitments (i.e. sicky kids situation) so here is a little piece of Tilly for you all to love, and to lift her vom-instead-of-conference week.

We missed you Tilly!

x MMT

Hello there, Cool Mums Club, it is I, Tilly at Mummy Rules here to introduce myself at last. The truth is, I’m not a very good blogger. If this was a Blogging School I would be told off a lot for not handing my homework in on time and not putting enough effort in. The fact is, I’m not the most regular contributor, I just write when I can, when I fancy it or when my feelings are bursting to be written down!

In January this year, I started Mummy Rules heavily pregnant and restless. I was waiting for my second baby and everything was ready, except there was something lurking in the back of my mind….

I had a few unresolved feelings from my first birth and the newborn experience. I suddenly felt an urge to write about it…which I did one day, in my first post, Landing on Another Planet. I’ve always loved writing since I was a little girl: writing my feelings and expanding my imagination has always given me an enormous sense of calm and well-being, so it’s no surprise that after that I felt much better after writing my first ever blog post.

For some mad reason, I then pressed “publish” and with butterflies in my tummy, shared it with my friends and family. I was so relieved and happy to find how much it seemed to resonate with people; I received messages from friends saying how much they appreciated the honesty and how it made them laugh. I recall that around the same time, Louise and Lucy from Pink Pear Bear and This Mums Life tweeted me to ask if I wanted to join in with the linky they were starting. What the hell is that?! I thought, and said “of course!” I linked up the day after my baby was born. Madness! Straight away, the blogging world had hooked me in. I felt like I’d joined a secret club…it was amazing, addictive and eye opening. I soon found my favourite Linkys, #coolmumsclub, #chucklemums and of course #bigpinklink (I hope it’s ok to name drop others here?!!), joined Mumsnet Blogging Network and started making some great friends – at local blogging get-togethers and online.

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The trouble is, I had found myself with not one, but two new babies in February. A second perfect little girl (planned), and a blog called Mummy Rules (a happy accident). In the beginning I got used to a lack of sleep and found myself writing at crazy hours when I was awake with my baby. Then, a few things happened. We moved house. My husband took a job away for 3 months. And (with the exception of the first two weeks after moving which were horrendous) baby started sleeping through the night. With a new location, flying solo and being reunited with my long lost beautiful friend sleep, blogging has very much taken a back step. I fell behind at Blogging School over the summer and goodness knows if I will ever catch up. I admire and envy bloggers at the top of my class, who post every week, or twice a week!

My posts tend to be funny, although I don’t mean them to be; when describing a challenging day with the children I suddenly become very light hearted about it all (whereas in reality I might have been sobbing in the loo at one point, stuffing a Freddo into my mouth for comfort). It’s therapy…

Talking of hiding in the loo, I’m a ‘stay at home mum’ *cringes at that phrase* so I do look after my daughters 24/7. It hasn’t always been like that; I used to work full time in a law firm and officially qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive the same week that I gave birth to my first. But rather than put my years of experience and study into practice, I immediately found myself entering another job with no training whatsoever: MOTHERHOOD; and haven’t returned to law since! As any mother knows, parenting it’s the hardest and most rewarding job in the world. There are times when I would swap a cold tea and watching Ben & Holly for the umpteenth time, for a hot tea and a full lunch hour with my colleagues; but there are also plenty of times where I think how much I prefer to be pushing my daughter on a swing in the park to sitting in a boardroom in an uncomfortable suit…

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The last thing to say is that I have a book in me… I’ve written a few chapters and I’m really excited every time I think about it…my aim is to finish it before…my daughters are old enough to get their ears pierced?!

Well I think that’s about enough. If you’d like to hear more, then do take a look at my blog Mummy Rules.

Thanks so much for having me Sarah.

Tilly x

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21 thoughts on “#coolmumclub: Meet the members…Mummy Rules

  1. sarahandlouisemumstheword Reply

    Beautiful! We love you Tilly x

  2. Sunita Reply

    Great post Tilly, so cool to hear more about you. Wow handling a baby on your own for 3 months must have been tough! I really don’t think there are any rules about blogging – WE set the rules, they’re OUR blogs and OUR lives. I know we may put too much pressure on ourselves. Nobody can physically be a full-time blogger as we have lives to live after all and there are other fun things we like to do 😉 x Sunita #coolmumclub

  3. Mummy Muckups (Anna) Reply

    And what a beautiful baby it is! Love this world of blogging. Completely get the cry/chocolate shove. #coolmumclub

  4. beautybabyandme Reply

    I love your writing Tilly and it’s fab reading a bit more about yourself. Very excited about the prospect of you writing a book too! xx #coolmumclub

  5. Back With A Bump Reply

    This aounds fab and all the best eoth writing a book! #coolmumclub

  6. Chilli Regina Reply

    Another cool mum!! I can relate, when you say that writing makes you very light hearted about the struggles you may go trough during the day… I noticed that with myself too. Nothing is so bad as I thought it was when it’s on “paper” and humor sneaks in without me knowing that!:)
    #coolmumclub

  7. bobsys mum (@stressed_mummy_) Reply

    Well done on even starting your book. I write a page every now and then!! #coolmumclub

  8. Janine Reply

    Sounds like Tilly and I have quite a lot in common when it comes to blogging. I also write just when I feel like it. That might be twice a week or twice a month. I’ve also been known to take 3 Month breaks when needed. I know many bloggers like to blog every day or at least every other day but I just don’t have it in me. I write when I have something to get off my chest and I try to make it light hearted too, even though many a time I have also been found sobbing in the loo, but hey – you don’t want your blog to be all doom and gloom do you. I look forward to hearing more from Tilly soon and will be looking out for her blog from now no.

    (Unhinged mummy stopping by from #coolmumclub). Thanks for hosting MMT

  9. Island Living (@islandliving365) Reply

    Yaaaaaay! I love Tilly’s blog and Tilly and exciting about the book. Yaaaaaay #coolmumclub

  10. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Ahhhh love Tilly! Much excitement on the book front – woo! Can we have a launch with all of #coolmumclub involved please! xx

  11. Winnettes Reply

    This is brilliant! Good luck with the book, I love the time frame… I think blogging when you can is the best way, it is definitely therapy.
    #coolmumclub

  12. Five Little Doves Reply

    I love this, very funny but also so much I can relate to! I used to blog solely when I had the time, but over this last month I’ve had a mad rush of reviews and giveaways and it’s reminded me why I prefer to just write when and as I feel like it. I’m definitely going back to that in the new year! #coolmumclub

  13. thetaleofmummyhood Reply

    A lovely read, we’ve all been sat in the toilet eating chocolate at some point haha!!

    #coolmumclub

  14. Ursula (AKA Mumbelievable) Reply

    So lovely to get to know you better! Cheering you on for the book lovely. #coolmumclub Xxx

  15. Rhyming with Wine Reply

    I like your style! Blogging really does feel like a secret club doesn’t it? Nobody else in my world really knows anything about it and they certainly don’t get it, but once you’re in it’s like a whole new world! Fab to find out more about you Tilly. Such a shame you couldn’t make it to Blogfest this year but I hope to meet you at the next one maybe? xx #coolmumclub

  16. Mrs Mummy Harris Reply

    It sounds like Tilly had a tough few months (I don’t think I could do three months alone) lovely to meet you and I’ll check out your blog #coolmumclub

  17. rockandrosesmama Reply

    Oooooooh I am excited and intrigues about the book!!! Heading over to your blog now <3

  18. Helena Reply

    Love it you do all the different courses, training for jobs and such. That you kind of assume there’d be one for motherhood too. #coolmumclub

  19. Carol Cameleon Reply

    Lovely to hear how your blog was ‘born’ Tilly! The book sounds fab! #coolmumclub

  20. Something About Baby Reply

    Love this story, I hope you get further in your book writing than I did! #coolmumclub

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