#coolmumclub: Meet the members…Sarah and Louise

I have sooo much in common with Sarah and Louise. Firstly I’m a Sarah. Secondly, I’m a Kent girl. Thirdly I’m a massive fan of silly… It must be so nice to share your blog with your BFF. It sounds like they have a right giggle along the way…good luck girls! We love your blog!

x MMT

Allow me to set the scene.

It’s 1995, we are dressed in something tie dyed with khaki combat trousers and Adidas gazelle trainers. We have long, straight, centre parted hair and loads of leather bracelets. There is a waft of patchouli incense in the air and Alanis Morrisette is wailing about the irony in everything. We are wailing along with her.

Sarah and I have known each other for 20 years. We met through mutual friends on top of an old fort in Dover, Kent, where it was, at the time, a totally cool place to hang out if you were 15 and looking for somewhere to skulk about with your mates.

We very quickly formed a close friendship based on laughter, silliness and cans of weak lager.

Over the years we have shared and supported each other through the highs and lows of teenage angst, boyfriend bother, university stress, work and training traumas, wedding planning, marriage, pregnancies, child birth, post natal anxiety and of course through the epic journey of motherhood.

We first wrote together not long after we met at aged 15. We climbed a tree in a field near Sarah’s house on a Saturday afternoon, and equipped with a can of beer, a guitar and 3 chords, we composed a song about a boy we knew. It wasn’t our finest work (no really it was shit) but it has provided years of entertainment. (And the boy, our muse, now happens to be Louise’s husband and father of their two daughters.)

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Our blog is so many things to us:

We both LOVE writing and it has provided a platform for us to explore where our writing wants to take us. We both had a few ideas for our first posts but beyond that neither of us knew if and what would end up on the ‘page’. Thankfully, six months on we are still inspired everyday by the bonkers-ness of parenting.

It’s also become an outlet for silliness. We had no idea what a ‘vlog’ was six months ago, since then we have started playing around with making videos. We’ve recorded our ‘Mother Song’ performance (if you can call it that) and Louise’s parody of ‘Wouldn’t it be Loverly’ about needing a room somewhere after a rainy half term week with the kids. We’ve got another 2 utterly stupid vlogs in the making and shed loads of ideas for others. God help us when our children become teenagers and realise what we’ve been up to!

Basically, we are just having a bit of a laugh. It’s like being 15 and up that tree all over again. Except that we are now on the wrong side of 35 and there are 5 crying children at the bottom. Actually, now I’ve written that, I’m wondering if this isn’t an early mid life crisis?? Oh bugger.

“Get down from that ruddy tree and do something useful!!”

Our blog is therapy, everyone says that but it truly is. I wish we’d started about 5 years ago! We’ve both experienced crippling anxiety, before and after having children and have at times, been pushed to our absolute limits. Now we are both in a place where writing and laughing (and wine) are our coping tools. Aside from the ‘getting it all off our chest’ aspect of blogging – one of the best and most surprising things about it, is the community spirit and the warmth that radiates from other parent bloggers. That feeling of ‘we are all in it together’ is so refreshing.

Having the blog to focus on has also given us a bit of ourselves back. Obviously we both love being mums and without our beautiful, funny, crazy children, the blog wouldn’t exist. But having a creative outlet like writing, particularly a blog – which needs almost as much nurturing and attention as the children – forces us to carve out ‘me time’ on a regular basis which would otherwise be absorbed by laundry or cleaning or something equally as mind bogglingly dull.

Believe it or not, before sprogging up, we both worked in early years; Sarah trained as a teacher and I was a nanny. Nowadays we both run our own businesses (we clearly have too much time on our hands). Sarah is a holistic therapist, trained in reflexology and baby massage and is building up a busy, successful practise. I run a nanny agency, matching super duper nannies with families across South Kent. (I, however, can only fantasise about being able to afford child care whilst I try and work. Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?)

We live about 30 minutes from each other in South East Kent. I’m by the sea in Folkestone with my husband and 2 girls aged 4 and 6 and Sarah is out in the sticks, in a beautiful village with her husband and 3 kids, aged 1, 2 and 8.

Here’s where we are; social medially….

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahandLouise1

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahandlouisemumstheword/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahandlouise.mumstheword/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtnc9kRGbQjYNThqc5gdETg

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/sarahandlouise

Aaaannnd…. A bit of shameless promotion for our businesses:

http://www.naturalreflexionsholistictherapies.com

https://smartnannysolutions.com

Thanks for reading!

Sarah and Louise

xx

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28 thoughts on “#coolmumclub: Meet the members…Sarah and Louise

  1. sarahandlouisemumstheword Reply

    Thanks so much for featuring us 😉 x

  2. Mummy Muckups (Anna) Reply

    What a blast. Totally just had me back sipping cheap moselle and orange belting out, “It’s like RAIN on your wedding day!!!” Good times. You are so lucky to have each other. #coolmumclub

    1. sarahandlouisemumstheword Reply

      Good ol’ Alanis! Her music really conjures up the vibe of our teenage days. Thanks for reading! x #coolmumclub

  3. Lisa Robb (@workingmumy) Reply

    Such a good post!!
    I love getting to know people through this kind of thing 🙂
    Lx
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com
    #coolmumclub

    1. sarahandlouisemumstheword Reply

      Nice to meet you Lisa 😉 #coolmumclub

  4. mummyfever Reply

    This is really very ‘cool’ and lovely to find out some more #coolmumclub

  5. beautybabyandme Reply

    I love this – great to read more about you and embrace the silliness 🙂 I love that you guys have a site together, makes it so unique. What a great friendship xx #coolmumclub

  6. Something About Baby Reply

    What a lovely way to write, with your best friend! Great to meet you #coolmumclub

  7. justsayingmum Reply

    Oh how totally wonderful to share such a passion with your best friend – I want a partner in crime for my blogging now! Gorgeous to read more about you too and I am going to check your vlogs out for sure – they sound hilarious! Thank you for sharing on #coolmumclub

    1. sarahandlouisemumstheword Reply

      Thank you! We do have a lot of fun and having two of us takes the pressure off a bit too. Thanks for your comment 😉 #coolmumclub

  8. Lucy (@Lucy_at_home) Reply

    I just love the fun that bounces off the page reading this! It sounds like you two have such a blast together and that is really lovely. I think writing my blog up a tree might be quite useful, although trying to get internet connection might be a little difficult! #coolmumclub

    1. sarahandlouisemumstheword Reply

      Ha ha! I might suggest that Sarah and I do our next Vlog from the top of a tree.. that could be fun! #coolmumclub

  9. ljdove23 Reply

    Oh how fab to have a blog together, that’s such a great idea and you can really bounce of eachother. I love that it helped you with your anxiety, I find that my blog is SO therapeutic in dealing with my anxiety too. Great post, and fab to learn more about you! #coolmumclub

    1. sarahandlouisemumstheword Reply

      Thank you! Yes, I agree, it’s a great outlet and it definitely helps with anxiety. Thanks for reading xx #coolmumclub

  10. Louise Reply

    I love the sound of still being 15 together and just having fun with your videos and your blog. I have to confess I haven’t come across Sarah and Louise’s blog yet so will have to go check it out now! 🙂

  11. Back With A Bump (@backwithabump_) Reply

    I always love these getting to know you type posts! #coolmumclub

  12. powerporter Reply

    How amazing that you get to blog with your bestie!! Sounds like the perfect way to blog! I also find blogging so cathartic especially after two people #coolmumclub

  13. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    I love Sarah and Louise so great to get to know them a little bit better thanks to you #coolmumclub co-hosty mosty! xxx

    1. sarahandlouisemumstheword Reply

      Ah thank you for that lovely comment! #coolmumclub

  14. Mum in Brum Reply

    Loved reading this! It must be so nice to be able to share the blog with your bestie – would make it so much more fun! I agree that blogging gives you back a sense of yourself away from the kids. Sounds like you’re having a blast with it, keep having fun! x #coolmumclub

  15. alisonlonghurst Reply

    Lovely to meet you both, Sarah and Louise! I love your ‘Mother Song’ and will go and check out more of your vlogs. You sound as if you’re having a blast doing what you love together. It’s so important to have a bestie to see you through the mundane, the excitement and the shit. Alison x #coolmumclub

  16. Mess and merlot Reply

    Hello Sarah and Louise (now totally picturing Thelma & Louise everytime I say that)!! Lovely to get to know you through the magic of ‘Meet The Members’, I can already tell I’m going to like this blog 🙂 #coolmumclub

  17. Over Heaven's Hill Reply

    Ah I love it, great post. I love reading posts like this 🙂 #coolmumclub

  18. DomesticatedMomster Reply

    Nice to meet you Sarah and Louise! I envy your friendship as I have plenty of friends but no one I share everything with and speak to on a regular basis. Thanks so much for sharing with us at #coolmumclub and of course many thanks to the hostess Sarah!

  19. min1980 Reply

    Loved this post and you both sound fab. I want to be on top of that fort hanging out with you in 1995! Will defo check out your blog. #coolmumclub

  20. Tooting Mama Reply

    So lovely to get to know you both, and what an amazing friendship you have, I’m loving the cool mum club vibe.

  21. Cheryl @ Tea or Wine Reply

    What a great idea to write with a friend! Loving the story of writing music about a boy up a tree! And you’ve made me want to go and listen to Alanis Morisette now. #Coolmumclub

  22. absolutely prabulous Reply

    SOOOO pleased to see these two featured on here. I love them. But oh God, how HOW do all these bloggers manage to run a fab blog AND work in another job at the same time? I’m compressed. #coolmumclub

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