It’s been almost five years since I started this blog. It began during the summer holidays back in 2013 as a hobby for me, to give me something to focus on as we were trying (and failing) to conceive our second child. O was about the age that G is now and posts largely focused on raising a toddler, with a few work posts thrown in. Those early posts make me cringe and smile in roughly equal measure, but that’s where I was in my life and that was what I wrote about.
As I found a little community within the blogging world I started to write more personal posts, ones that often made me cry writing them, but the support from those in similar situations was amazing and helped me through some of the toughest times of my life. I can never express how grateful I was and am for the kind words from people I had never met, taking time out of their lives to send me messages to let me know they were thinking of us. For now I have made those posts private but I may reinstate them in time. Luckily we got our happy ending and our gorgeous son is rapidly approaching his second birthday.
For a long time I felt my blog had a direction, a focus, but then G arrived and life was busy with raising two little boys and there wasn’t much time to pop back over here to update. As O started school I didn’t feel I wanted to share what he was up to and having written through the toddler phase before, it wasn’t something I wanted to do again. So where did that leave me?
To be honest, I had absolutely no idea, and so I stayed away. I accepted guest posts (something I had always been very reluctant to do) just to keep things ticking over, to have something on here rather than nothing. I accepted a few reviews to give me something to write about but the love wasn’t there. And I think that showed.
I have time and time again questioned whether I should give this up, or should I start again completely new, but if you have ever tried to think of a blog name, it is bloomin’ hard, and actually Not A Frumpy Mum still sums me up to a tee I think. I am just a normal mum who doesn’t want to become old before my time and turn into a frump. I am never going to be super trendy but I like to look nice and hopefully still quite young(ish) at almost 40.
The me who started this blog is very different to the me writing it now. The baby days which I was in the thick of are now slipping away and yes, I feel a bit nostalgic for them, but I am ready to embrace my growing family as the boys get older and to find some time to spend back here.
Moving forward the focus of posts is going to be less on the children (although I am sure they will make some guest appearances) and more on our home and interiors, more on fashion and lifestyle, more on what I enjoy. There may still be the occasional guest post if I think it’s relevant to my new focus, there will be less reviews (unless it’s something I love and want to share with you) and a bit more of me having a chat about what I like, what I’m up to, and no doubt a few rambling as well.
Here’s to a fresh start, and I hope you enjoy popping over now and again for a read.