Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

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No, it’s a Blog actually! Why, how, where, when? Not even sure myself actually? Yet. . . . 

It all started with an absolute need to vent/off load some personal stuff, and boy did it help! A problem shared . . . and all that (even if it only shared anonymously and virtually)

What has blogging done for me?
Well it has acted as a modern day version of ‘Dear Diary’.
But what it has also done has re-awakened my former self. As in ‘self’ before kids.
I was a bit of a techy geeky creative type. Yes, I once HAD A LIFE, a career, and even a wee bit of talent, if I can be so modest as to say so myself.

To Infinity and beyond
What does the future of blogging hold for me? Again, not actually sure yet? It is currently part-diary, part-creative experiment, part-social network experiment, part-experience/confidence builder. Heck, I’ve even gone and starting teaching myself CSS coding! How geeky can I get?

Who Is She?
As I have said there was some personal stuff on twomumsy, hence the cloak of anonymity. I must say twomumsy is a far more interesting character than the plain Jane who created her!

Is anonymity really the best choice? Will it limit my blogging success? Will it stop me making real connections/future friends/chance to work with brands on reviews? How will I ever attend a Blogging Conference or networking event? Have I chosen the best platform for my blog (wordpress)?

Leader not a follower
I must say folks, I am pretty astounded, and honoured to have gathered over 700 followers on Twitter in less than a month. I ‘follow’ many other parent bloggers too. I only wish I had more time to dip in and read posts more often. I have read some absolutely brilliant posts over the last few weeks, and I have only dipped my toe into the sea of blogs out there.

Joe Bloggs
My areas of interest are mainly parenting/single parenting/older mums/creativity/fibromyalgia/dogs. I have read a number of great blogs written by dads, mums, single or otherwise, by couples, even by babies! I will set up a Blog Roll link on Twomumsy in the very near future to share some of my favourites with you.

I look forward to contributing and participating in this whole new world of blogging. Or will twomumsy just peak, crash and burn? Let’s hope not. . . .

Watch this space. . . . and once again, thanks for being remotely interested!

Five for Friday

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© Max Blain | Dreamstime Stock Photos

Five things that twomumsy doesn’t do (very often) – but really should!

1 Defuzz
I never ever shave my legs unless I really, really have to! For example, if I am undergoing some form of medical that requires me to expose said legs, or I am going to a swimming pool, which rarely ever happens – but amazingly did so this week. Hallelulah, I hear you cry; and wonder which is indeed the most staggering? Is it that (a) I did indeed shave my legs, or (b) I went to a public swimming pool for the first time in 12 months.
I do shave the pits though, come on, I am not a total neanderthal!

2 Mani/Pedi
Ugly, scary and more often than not sweaty – meet my feet!
Pedicures are only done on a needs-must basis, partly due to the difficulty in locating them due to my more than generous waistline. My feet are not the most attractive of feet. Can feet actually be attractive? I suppose so, if you like that sort of thing! I only unleash mine on the unsuspecting public when I truly have to – on balmy summer days. Of which of course, we have few – or should that be PHEW! I am long overdue a visit to the podiatrist.

3 Pluck/tweeze/thread
Sort out the facial hair situation . . . Quite hairy, and rather scary (bit like the legs really). The brows are rather bushy and unkempt. I blame it on my astigmatism, I can’t see anything without the specs on. I don’t DO contact lenses anymore (but maybe I really should?) In the years post-childbirth the hormones have not been kind to twomumsy, and I now have the beginnings of a lady-tache on the upper lip. Am also starting to sprout a few hairs in the nostril region too. All most unattractive, and unlady like.

Photo: PA

Photo: PA

4 Dye
The barnet, that is! Along with the dog, I am going more and more grey by the day. I blame THE GIRL and THE BOY – they have a lot to answer for. Kids eh, how do they manage to age you so fast, whilst simultaneously still keeping you young at heart?! The colour of my hair is not the only problem, Susan Boyle, eat your heart out! Just call me Frizzy Miss Lizzy. Bad Hair Day? Is there ever a good one?

gokwan5 Get a Stylist
Well, after reading all of the above, is there any point, really? Probably not, but twomumsy could certainly benefit from some serious style advice. Please don’t call Gok Wan – there is no way that twomumsy will be stripping down to her smalls (okay, I admit, not-so smalls) on national TV, not in this life-time! Nor Trinny and Susannah (am showing my age now).

Most of my wardrobe is black, or at least dark, and shapeless – and usually bought at the supermarket, along with the milk, bread and toilet rolls. HELP, please!

No, I am probably beyond any assistance, there is only one thing for it – CALL THE FASHION POLICE!
Guilty, as charged! Throw away the key.

I fear I am a lost cause, forever TOO MUMSY, that’s me – twomumsy.

More Slummy than Yummy?

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© Jinyoung Lee | Dreamstime Stock Photos

OK, so I have never professed to be a YUMMY MUMMY, but this blogging lark is fast turning me into SLUMMY MUMMY of the year!

I am still pondering whether investing in my laptop was the best decision I ever made, or in fact the worst??

The truth is I have become well and truly addicted to this blogging lark, hook, line and sinker. Plus all the social-networking that comes with it, Twitter, Facebook. My day is taken up reading other blogs for personal interest or in the name of Research. Mail Me, Poke me. Like me, Tweet me, Pin me, Bookmark me. I am absolutely amazed to have over 600 followers on Twitter already, in such a short time. Thank you! Retweet me, spread the word. Twomumsy to conquer the world!  ****(please note twomumsy is no longer available on either twitter or Facebook : sorry to disappoint folks!)

I find myself living in a virtual BLOG WORLD, as in . . . thinking about it all the time, – what would make a good post? Pretty much my whole life is being written in my head as a future post, much as I used to be thinking up my next Facebook status. Haha, Twitter – it’s the future don’t you know! Facebook is so last year!

But step inside the four walls that is called HOME, and you will begin to see what has suffered, at the expense of it!

The kids are not exactly going unfed, but less cooking has been going on and less preparation of good meals. I am not exactly saying that THE BOY is turning into a fish finger, and THE GIRL into a Smiley face, not yet anyway.

Less housework is getting done in general, and believe me, I err on the slovenly-side to start off with. I am definitely on the slippery slope to SLUMMY-MUMMYVILLE!

The kids are going to school in unironed uniforms, going to bed later, watching more TV – fending for themselves a lot, they are not exactly feral, yet, but you get the picture.

So, come on BLOGGING YUMMY MUMMIES of the world – Can you please tell me just exactly how do you do it? You claim to cook fresh meals from scratch, whilst breastfeeding your baby in a sling, wearing your unblemished Boden outfit, in your clutter free minimalist homes. Whist managing the most interesting, exciting, up-to-date organised BLOG at least once daily, about how utterly fabulous your life is, how well-dressed you and your babies are, and how well-groomed you keep yourself. Oh and not to mention that you have had the most exciting amazing time getting all-artsy and crafts with the kids earlier. Clearing up the mess afterwards, whilst whisking up a simple yet nourishing lunch, and having a bun in the oven – both literally and metaphorically!! ***

PLEASE, Please tell me your secret? Or, please tell me, it is not your REAL LIFE? Please, please, pretty please @ifeelsoinadequate.twomumsy

One thing I have learned from parenting blog addiction is that fabricated or not, there is so much going on that I have not been doing with my own kids. So in the past few weeks, I have tried to ignore the calling of the housework (even more than usual) and actually been swimming with THE BOY, been to the park more with them both. And that is just the start! We have done more crafting at home. I might even let them get the Playdoh out later! Now, hang on a minute, let’s not get too excited, eh?!

I haven’t quite worked up to the BIG ONE yet, that I keep promising them . . . FULL ON MESSY PLAY, with finger, hand and footprint painting, the works! I am working up to it though. I mean come on, there is mess, and there is MESS!

So thank you Blogging Parents of the world. . . for inspiring me, in more way than one. And putting me in mind of the important fact, of which THE GIRL constantly reminds me:

CHILDREN DON’T KEEP!

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Anyway, thanks again for listening. Thanks for the support! My name is TWOMUMSY and I am addicted to BLOGGING. There I have said it!

***NO OFFENCE INTENDED. Please do not take offence at the above paragraph. It says more about ME than YOU!

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