Mummy V's Blogger Interviews - Clare From Mudpie Fridays
For today's interview I am delighted to welcome Clare from Mudpie Fridays.
My name is Clare, a thirty something mum to one. Almost three years ago my husband and I were blessed with a fantastic little boy, who for the purpose of my blog is referred to as Monkey. He really is the light of our lives. I am also a career girl, always have been ever since I graduated with a BA honours degree in Business and a major in Marketing. I really do enjoy my job and I am in love with motherhood. Financially I was always going to go back to work, so the question I have been asking myself ever since is it possible to have both?
Determined to reach the right balance between the two its been an interesting ride to date, sometimes its not as even as it should be, and there are days when I don’t feel as though I do either role particularly well. However I am getting better at not beating myself up about the odd mistake and accept that everything is a learning curve and that parenthood is the most wonderful journey of all.
The purpose of this blog is to share some of the activities that Monkey and I get up to. The intention is that the majority of these can be replicated quickly and simply when time is short, or when you are juggling the pressures of everyday life and need a quick fix of sanity, or if you are a career mum like me you can still satisfy that urge to create.
How did you come up with the title for your blog?
Can you believe it I was hanging out washing! I had been thinking about starting a blog on and off for a while but the main thing that was stopping me was the name. I was absent mindedly thinking about it and it just popped into my head. I don't work a Friday at the moment which means I have more time to spend with my little boy (Monkey) who will turn 3 in June. Because of this I knew I wanted to include Friday in the title. He loves making mudpies so it just seem to fit.
Who designed your header and why did you go for that particular design?
The logo I down loaded from Vista Print - not very interesting really! Ideally I would've preferred a drawn cartoon of a mudpie. Maybe in time. The header I use for social media and sometimes makes an appearance on the blog is one of rainbow coloured sensory bottles. I took it in our conservatory when the sun was shining through and making the glitter dance all over the floor. Monkey loves these and often requests that we make more, they are pretty (I love rainbows) and it sums up what the blog is about. DIY learning and crafting activities for the under 5s.
What do you hope readers will get out of your blog?
I really hope they enjoy it and take away some quick and simple ideas they can replicate with their little monkeys. I try to purposefully include things which are easy and not labour intensive so that working parents or those which are time constrained can feel as though are doing something for their little ones too. I use to love trawling through the pages and pages of brilliant ideas on Pinterest only to become demotivated when I realised the amount of time and planning that needed to go into some of the things. Working long hours and trying to run a house (badly!) as well didn't leave much time for 'extras'. Where my ideas do appear to be more time consuming such as the story bags I have written about, I have tried to include links to the resources so its in one place to make life as easy as possible. Parenting can be hard so we really should all try and help each other out ..right?
Who are your favourite bloggers and do you think they have influenced your own blog in any way?
Ive only been blogging since the 9th March and for the first month I pretty much blogged in isolation :(. It wasn't until I opened a twitter account that I started to speak to other bloggers and understand what a linky was! My favourites have got to be the ones I made contact with first, which are the #HappyDaysLinky with is hosted by WhatKatySaid (http://www.whatkatysaid.com) and Jenna from TinyFootsteps (http://www.tinyfootsteps.co.
uk). Its a very therapeutic linky as you get to remember all the best bits of your week. The other one is #TwinklyTuesday with Lisa from Mummascribbles (http://mummascribbles.com) and Caro from the TheTwinklyDiaries (http://www.thetwinklediaries. co.uk). Their blogs are full of great advice for newbie bloggers.
Which of your blog posts is your favourite and why?
My first ever - because it was my first! Its a dinosaur small world play set up that I had put together for Monkey. It was the reason I wanted to started to share my ideas. It had been so easy to do and he had taken so much enjoyment from it I felt compelled to share it. You can read the full blog post by clicking on the below link.
What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
My notebook - in fact about a week after I started my blog my old one gave up the ghost.. it was a reconditioned one which I had, had for about 7 years so its no wonder really. I thought about buying another make of laptop but decided if I was going to do this seriously for me only a MAC would do. So I treated myself to a new one and love it so much, I would be lost without it. I think its all down to the keyboard and how easy it is to use. I know the question said one thing but can I also just say my camera....I have always used it to record Monkeys story to date and those photos (like any parent) are among the most precious things in the world to me.
Tea or coffee?
Tea - or more recently skinny chai latte - like a hug in a mug!
Telephone or face to face?
Face to face - I have a lot of meetings in the job I do. Recently I had my first video meeting. I found it very different! I had no idea how much I relied on facial expression and body language, which I just couldn't pick up on via the video feed. I also tend to find that people respond better when you look them in the eye, especially if the discussion is going to be about something which is sensitive for either party!
Hot or cold?
Hot - as I've gotten older I feel the cold so much more! My husband is very hot blooded though so we struggle when it comes to the heating... this year I brought a huge fake fur throw. It is so warm and snuggly (although Monkey has decided its his) that we've not had one disagreement about the heating all winter! Because of this I do prefer hot drinks and if we were planning a holiday then I would be looking for somewhere warm over a skiing holiday.
Any last words for your readers?
Please stop by for a visit, I hope that you find something that inspires you to be creative with your little one.
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