Welcome to my blog! I’m a freelance copywriter, home maker, crafter, and (most importantly) mum to two cheeky girls, Ava and Thea. I’ve set up this blog to record the brilliant things my girls say, and also to share some tips and tricks I have picked up over the years. Some of them may even save you a few pennies. I’m also hoping you will share your helpful advice too, and what your lovely kids are getting up to.
I’ve been meaning to start a blog for years. Ever since I started my maternity leave with Ava back in 2010. But I didn’t know if anyone would be interested. And I was worried I wouldn’t have much to say. I don’t know if anyone is interested yet (please do let me know either way) but it turns out I needn’t have worried about not having enough words.
I hope that I’ll be able to look back at my blog when I’m an old lady, and be reminded of all the funny, silly, frustrating days of being a parent. Hopefully Ava and Thea won’t be too embarrassed.
At the time of writing this, Ava has just turned four, and Thea is 22 months. Here we are about six months ago, along with my husband Ryan.My first career was as Entertainment Editor and Broadcast Journalist for a group of radio stations. My second was as a Copywriter, and then Senior Copywriter for Avon Cosmetics (I’ve been a beauty junkie as long as I can remember). My third, and most exhausting, yet rewarding, job is being a mum. And at the end of last year, I made the huge and very difficult decision to give up that great job at Avon, to spend more time with my family. So now I work for myself, as a part-time copywriter. Join me on my journey to see if I can find that elusive work/life balance.
My mum and dad are my parenting role-models. My mum was always around when we were little, and although I can’t manage that, I’m hoping cutting back on work will help me at least take a step closer to this. So far, it really has!
It’s meant I’ve had more time to just be with the girls, and more time to cook proper dinners for us all. I love cooking, especially baking, so this has been a real joy. More time to keep up with the events at pre-school and nursery, so I can make costumes or print pictures for their homework. The house is also (slightly) tidier, and I’m almost keeping up with the washing!
I’m borderline obsessed with Pinterest, especially for interior and crafting inspiration. Check out my boards here. Since moving to our house in Spring 2014, my boards have been increasingly crammed with beautiful imagery of tasteful, pared back lounges, functional yet homely kitchens, and quirky kids’ rooms. I’m slowly working my way to achieving something similar in our real life home. Progress can be frustratingly slow, (anyone tried decorating with two kids running around? not the best plan!) but we are getting there. Keep an eye out for some before and after posts.
I’ve been married to Ryan for nearly eight years, but we’ve been together for way longer than that. He’s a research scientist and a Dr (not the medical kind) so I’m hoping some of his sciencey brain power has been inherited by Ava and Thea. So far, they’re shaping up to be a bit more arty like me though, but that might just be my influence.
Get in touch if you have a question or comment, or need a freelance copywriter, I’d love to hear from you either way. Pop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @pinkscharming and check out my Ava and Thea spam by following me on Instagram where I’m @pinkscharming