A little bit of history…
This online magazine and Mummy blog: MummyConstant started from just a little online pregnancy journal, in a revolt against “paper“. I wanted to document my first pregnancy and it has been going strong ever since. I became pregnant with Noah in February 2010 and my first blog posts came the very next month. I wanted to capture the feelings and photographs (of course) of my pregnancy and beyond that too.
I had no idea then that we would have another child 18 months later, or that the blog would be here over six years later. It is incredible to be able to capture all of the fun we have as a family and we have been on an amazing adventure. Some adventures just because of the things I write. And snap. And vlog. And put on social media. Oh well, you get the picture!
I have been told that blogs that are not in a particular niche, do not do well. But I can honestly say that this blog crosses quite a few boundaries and why shouldn’t it? My role as a Mummy doesn’t end with running around after the children. It includes my hobbies and our lifestyle, which is what is captured on MummyConstant. I write about all the things we do and enjoy, I take photos of everything and when it’s possible I capture it on video too.
So, who’s who…
In the Constant household there are quite a few of us, some of the furry variety and then there’s the man cubs. I often refer to the pets as furbabies and frequently call the dogs woozles, that’s just to keep you on your toes and of course, bring a little A A Milne magic to the blog. I love Winnie-the-Pooh! Right, where was I, ah yes, the Constants. Let me introduce you…
Yes, that’s me. I am a 34 Mummy of two school age children. I am the one that writes MummyConstant. The one that makes you laugh (hopefully), cry (not too often) and remind you that you are not alone (everyday). I have a love for photography and this comes through on the blog. I love taking photos. I take them everywhere I go and of everything I can. I flit between my husbands DSLR, my new toy for 2017, Sony A5100 and my iPhone for taking photos. I use them all to take videos too, but have a GoPro to add some extra underwater fun in where possible.
My day job is looking after a local governments website and I am PM for their most important efficiency saving project: Digital by default. My background is web design, creation and my career has been in IT support. So I do get labelled as the “geek” quite often, at home and at work! I love solving IT related issues. I think that’s why the blog has survived this long: the change of platforms or the new theme design. It creates a new chapter of learning and skill that I add to my baggage. I love to learn new things.
I love Italian food, that’s probably my favourite, a glass of red wine and I cannot start the day without a cup of tea with a spoonful of honey. I often skip breakfast, unless I make my “grab and go” smoothie in the Nutribullet before I leave. Naughty me. I am quite creative. Let’s face it, I am very! I love playing the piano, singing and I love writing music. I can sort of play the guitar too and I am hoping to pick this up when hubby has had a few more lessons. I am reasonably new to crochet, which is what relaxes me in the evenings and I love making up little items for people. I do love to draw too. I come from quite a creative family, my Mumma and Sister are extremely artistic and my Uncle is a really good singer. So it definitely runs in the family. The other thing I love is good ole fresh air. Something I am planning to make more of in 2017.
This is who I often refer to as hubby or Daddy. He is my fitness freak and professional photographer partner in crime. I get a lot of my inspiration from him, he has so much energy and is one of those people that gets up and does it. If he thinks it, he’ll do it. He decided at the start of 2016 that we was going to get fit and he did. He lost a lot of weight and completed some pretty crazy challenges, including the three peak challenge and his first triathlon, he simply puts his mind to something and achieves it. Hubby is the one that owns the Canon DSLR, I call it the big camera. I love the quality of photos that we get off this camera and we use two different lenses to get different styled shots. The zoom lens is great for getting up close shots of the children.
Hubby is a marketing manager, so he helps with ideas and concepts when I need him to. It’s good to have people in the know and I have learnt a lot from him over the years too, which is always handy. So there you have it, my husband. The one with the rather awesome beard!
This is my little man cub, born November 2010, changed our lives forever. My birthing story will forever haunt me, but after those first few hours things were perfect. Noah was a brilliant baby, happy and slept really well. I loved spending his first nine months with him, just us two on most days. It was a lovely start to motherhood. I am very lucky. He has grown up to be a very intelligent and loving little man. When he wants to be he can be the most thoughtful person, thinking of others and being so kind and gentle. But he does like to squabble and pick on his little sister when she winds him up! Noah is a typical boy and loves his vehicle toys, computer games and being outside: biking, playing, on the trampoline or splashing in the sea.
This is my princess, born May 2012, yes call us crazy. An 18 month gap between both children has it’s ups and downs. Isla loves all things girly and creative – she loves playing with her dolls and teddy bears. She often has picnics with them in her bedroom, it is very cute. She also loves to sing, dance and make things. She reminds me of a mini me. She is very loving, but she just knows how to press everyones buttons, that shows a sign of intelligence if you ask me.
Then there is the furbabies…
We have three pets, consisting of two dogs and a cat. We got the Jack Russell first, he was born in 2007 and is called Rambo. Then hubby came home from work one night with our cat, Rocky, who was an engagement present in 2008. Last but by no means least, there is our Cocker Spaniel, Snoopy. The dopey one of the bunch, but the cuddliest. He was born in 2009 and we got him just after we got married and settled into married life. That was all before the children came along and livened the family home up.