Monday, 22 May 2017

Interview: Natalie, Founder of Style Me Sunday

I have a great interview for you today from Natalie (@stylemesunday) who seems to be popping everywhere at the moment from an @olivelovesalfie event to filming for Ebay @ebay_uk She is one busy lady! 

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Do I need to trim my bush?

Well, after I posted a photo on Instagram of a tree I found, that strangely resembled a pair of legs and a lady garden, I realised we don’t discuss our bushes enough. 

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Friday, 5 May 2017

Bad Mum Magazine

I started Bad Mum Magazine around September time, in 2016 and it has grown into the colourful, informative and fun website you see now.

Bad Mum Magazine represents the real bare face of parenting from real parents and people took to the idea quickly – quite frankly without them, it wouldn’t be what it is now.

I accept guest posts from people, I have regular features that appear weekly, fortnightly or monthly, I have horoscopes each month by Russell Grant, I conduct many different interviews (from Sandi Thom to the Editor of Caboodle magazine) myself, I also have a book club and Mum 2B section too.

I run the whole “thing” by myself – from running social media on all platforms to editing all the posts to filling the pages with content to answering all the emails – everything. But, I absolutely love what I do and I can honestly say, I am super proud of Bad Mum.

If you would like to appear on Bad Mum magazine, have an idea or would like to discuss work opportunities with me, then please do contact me at hellobadmum@gmail.com


To see the website click here





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Interview with the lady behind the #MumBag campaign and PANDAS foundation

Unless you have been living underneath an Instagram rock recently you would have seen the very clever #MumBag campaign sweeping through everyone’s accounts, revealing photo after photo of the contents of Mum’s handbags for the world to see.
Why? Well, I had the pleasure to speak to the very lady herself who starting this whole idea and ask her exactly why this all began.
Hi Annis, thank you so much for answering a few questions about your #MumBag campaign that is supporting PANDAS charity and is sweeping through Instagram Land grabbing the attention it deserves. For anyone that hasn’t yet seen the campaign what is it and why did you start it?
So, the #MumBag campaign is an online fundraiser to raise awareness and cash for the Post Natal Depression charity PANDAS foundation.org.uk  - It’s asking for Mum’s and Dad’s to share a picture of the contents of their #MumBag or #DadBag on social media with a text to donate number.
The idea came about after I read Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up where she suggests emptying your handbag every day and thanking it for its hard work.
I emptied mine and was shocked by the contents – and hit by the realisation that I was a toyshop/ chemist/ cafĂ©/ bank/ entertainment system.  I thought that I can’t be alone in this so started to look inside other people’s bags on my blog to satisfy my own nosiness and purge my own scuzziness.
I asked a friend to take part who said, “OK I’ll share the shame.” And that was my light-bulb moment. I thought ‘there is no shame in that bag’. We lug it about to sustain our small people. And in the same way there is no shame in PND and mental illness, it is not baggage to be ashamed of.

What made you chose the National Charity PANDAS?
When I started to write about my experience of PND, I started to think about what would have been helpful when I had it, or realised I’d had it. The answer to that would be some support from someone that was not a doctor or someone who knew me.  So I did a little research and came across them. I approached them with the idea and they gave me the thumbs up and support to do it.
Adele recently spoke out about her PND (Post Natal Depression) which is absolutely brilliant in helping others speak out. Do you feel it is important that we make people aware of Pre and Postnatal mental illnesses and it is spoken about more freely without it being a taboo subject?
Absolutely. We are the first generation with so many platforms to share and discuss ideas and problems. And with such a strong Mama presence online at the moment who are not afraid of #keepingitreal and being warts-and-all, now, more than ever, talking about PND should be easy and un-judged.

If anyone wants to join in and share the contents (scary thought) of their handbag online, what do they need to do?
Remember – it’s not scary, it’s easy and – there’s really #Noshameinit
Here’s what to do:
  1. . Tip/ display the contents of your Mum bag on the floor and take a photo
  2. . Post it on Instagram and/or Facebook
  3. . Make sure you include all of this blurb:

I’m sharing my #MumBag (or #DadBag) to help Mum’s with Post Natal Depression

Text PANDAS £3 to 70660 to donate to Pandasfoundation.org.uk
#showusyourmumbag too TAG MATES HERE

#PND #noshameinit #showusyourmumbag #showusyourdadbag
#PANDASfoundation #itsoknottobeok @pandas_uk @mrsyellowblog

Text costs £3 plus network charge. PANDAS Foundation receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer’s permission. Customer care 01691 664275 Charity No 1149485.  

. Remember to text a donation
5 . Encourage as many people as you can to do the same by tagging them in your post
What is the most important item in your handbag that you simply cannot live without?
Phone, purse, pompom, pombears and pampers.
Thank you so much and please keep up the good work!
Thanks for having me!

Campaigns like this are so easy to start but you need a great idea that will catch on and the backing of a great charity like PANDAS foundation.
I was lucky enough to ask Tillie Mabbutt, Media and PR Officer from the PANDAS (Pre and Post Natal Depression Advice and Support) foundation what she thought of the #MumBag campaign and what effect it has on raising awareness for an important topic like PND.
 "The impact of a campaign such as #MumBag can be huge for a small charity such as PANDAS. They have the ability to bring together vast numbers of people to show, that no matter what is going on in life, we all have similarities.  
The #MumBag campaign really shows that we all carry 'stuff' around with us that may seem insignificant or unknown to others, but actually can display a little slice of who you are and what you have been through in life.
We rely solely on donations and grants, so by encouraging people to donate, means we have that financial help to us continue our much used services.
But it also flags us up to parents and their families who may be struggling alone at the moment and don't know where to go for help.  That means we can provide the support that is needed, where it’s needed."

Tillie also shared the contents of her #MumBag with the world!



So, it would only be right that I also share my bag too.



Please keep this amazing campaign going on its travels around the social media world and please donate to the very important charity PANDAS. The more we talk about taboo subjects the more they will become normal. There is no shame in the way you are feeling.

For any more details please go to www.mrsyellow.com or @mrsyellowblog on Instagram and Facebook to speak to the lovely Annis.



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Interview with Milly Smith from the Selfloveclubb

Hi Milly, thank you for answering some questions for Bad Mum magazine; it is very much appreciated!

I love your @selfloveclubb Instagram account and wow, you are at 119k followers and growing by the minute (now on 123k!!) This is a massive achievement; congratulations! When do you start the SelfLoveClubb and what made you take the leap to start in the first place?
Thank you so much! Its been crazy especially since I only started my account in November! I started the account from being purely fed up of feeling inadequate, ashamed and embarrassed about my natural body. I wanted to not only improve my body image but the body image of others and hopefully spread a positive message regarding mental health out into the world.
I absolutely love Instagram and I think it is a great tool to use for free; especially starting a new venture or business. How do you find Instagram and has it been a big part of the SelfLoveClubb?
Its great and so popular at the minute, it seems everyone is using it on a daily basis! Its been huge and selfloveclubb would not have been as popular if it wasn't for instagram and the opportunity to share images to huge audiences, at the touch of a button. Its a great tool and allowed me to connect with the rest of the body positive/mental health community.


You are also taking the YouTube world by storm. I love all your YouTube videos and you are so natural in front of the camera! Was it scary recording your first one and putting it out there?
Thank you so much, that's so sweet. It was terrifying!! I was that nervous on my first video I didn't even look into the lenses, I looked into the viewfinder instead ha! I find that now I can talk to the camera quite easily and it feels a lot more natural. Its quite therapeutic for me in a way and allows me to vent my thoughts like an online diary.
You are a Mummy and the work you are doing to make us love who we are, is such an important message to send out; especially to the younger generation. How do you add this into your parenting on a day to day basis?
I agree, its a hugely important message for young men and women. I’m very mindful of the language I use about my body around Eli (my son), I won't ever insult my body in front of him. I spend a lot of time naked around him and bathing together as I want him to grow up realising nudity isn't shameful or inherently sexual! I will be very open with Eli about mental health and enforce the importance of it just as much as I would his physical health. As Momma's we are raising the future and I want to help make that future stigma free in regards to mental health and help get rid of body shaming.

It is so important for boys (and men) to learn how to respect and appreciate women and our bodies too. Has your son started to ask any questions about the work you do and what do you tell him?
Hes only 23 months at the moment so all he's interested in right now is pointing to my body parts and naming them ha! When he does start to ask questions I will be very honest and straight with him. I want to teach him about sexual consent from an early age and how to be respectful. We are a very communication based house and I want him to know he can come to me with questions about his body and that its not shameful or embarrassing.

I love your no fuck attitude towards so many things from beauty products promising us an amazing summer ready body to people’s opinions about your health. Have you always been like this or is it something you learnt over time?
I have definitely not always been like this ha ha! I used to be SO consumed within diet culture and what others thought about me. I learnt how to hate my body, use beauty products to change myself from an insanely young age like most of us do and I have had to re learn to stick a middle finger up to it all! I’ve had to learn how to respect myself and my body and stop allowing the media and others opinions into my thoughts and its been the best thing I've ever done. Letting go of diet/beauty culture has changed my world.

I see you are very open about mental health, chronic pain and suffering with your eating disorder. I have Fibromyalgia and I am normally in pain but look “normal” from the outside. Not many people know this but I also suffered with an eating disorder when I was a teenager which also come with OCD. I was living on a cracker a day. So, to see you promoting body positivity, talking about these issues and making it more accessible is vital. Do you find it easy to talk about all these issues or is something you still find difficult?   
I'm so sorry to hear you suffer also, its so dreadfully horrible when you have an invisible illness as there is always ignorant people who refuse to acknowledge your pain unless they can see it visibly. At the start of my page in November I definitely found it difficult; I would hover my finger over the post button and avoid posting it for hours before I did. Now I find it much easier, its still raw and sometimes scary but the negative ignorant comments no longer bother me and I no longer let them affect my mood. The fact that i can see it helping so many is a huge driving force for me to post quite personal and raw things, it makes every ounce of pain I have endured worth it.
You partner (who is also on Instagram @positivitypoppa) has joined you on many of your YouTube videos and he is a lovely guy, and seems so supportive. You can also find him on his Instagram page wearing a bikini!! It must be great to find a partner that totally understands what you stand for and even helps you along the way?
He is beyond amazing, words cannot express what a tremendous human he is. Hes on this journey with me and is learning as I learn and it's meant so much to me. He feels my pain and my moods too. He's my best friend and when I'm down, he's down so to learn together and support each other is so important. We’ve always been so similar but to see him starting his own male bopo account was just awesome and really meant so much to me. He gets me, he sees my passion, respects it and supports me with it and that's a beautiful thing.

You started the #mybadassbody hashtag and campaign; are you shocked at how well it has done and taken off?
I've been so overwhelmed to see people using it in their posts, it's been so lovely. I wanted to use it as a hashtag for us to celebrate the non aesthetic things about our bodies. Its been so lovely to read peoples posts about how they're appreciating their bodies and why.
You are a strong believer in Girl Power and eliminating girl hate; there is a strong Mama tribe on Instagram now that is sweeping through in a very honest way. Do you think all this honesty can only be a good thing?
I adore it! I think honesty is forever the best policy. We’ve spent so so long in a society that tells us to hide our ‘shameful’ parts or to always appear ‘picture perfect’ especially as a Momma Bear. I want people to see what its like behind the scenes, behind the happy selfies. It allows people to feel less alone, less ashamed and less likely to hide their struggles.

Lastly, everyone must leave us with a parenting confession they have never told anyone before…take a shot if it helps!
Ha ha oh gosh! Eli used to have this car that made the most annoying noises in the world, he loved it and I may have ‘accidentally’ put it in a sink of water so that it no longer worked… naughty Mummy.
Thank you again for your time and please carry on with your message and being so body positive, as we need a lot more of it!

All photos credited to Milly Smith



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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Huffington Post - To Comment Or Not To Comment Is The Question!

Unless you’ve been underneath an Instagram rock lately you would have seen the ever growing group of females, mostly all Mum’s, taking over your feed and flooding you with their Kick-Ass vlogs, blogs and books. And, it certainly is impressive.
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Article for Huffington Post UK's Life Less Ordinary series - I Watched My Stepdad Die and No Longer Fear Death


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Interview with Sandi Thom

I was lucky enough to interview Sandi Thom (singer of one of my favourite songs 'I wish I was a punk rocker') about her new single 'Tightrope' which tells a very personal story of how Sandi felt when she suffered with pre and postnatal depression after the birth of her son, Logan. 



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Interiew with Dean Edwards; Resident Chef on ITV's Lorraine Show

Recently I was lucky enough to interview the resident chef on ITV's Lorraine show; Dean Edwards and girls I can report back he is very charming (and single.) 



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Interview with Zoe from Dress Like A Mum

I am super excited to have another fabulous person featuring on Bad Mum. I was lucky enough to interview the lovely Zoe, the Founder of Dress Like A Mum!! 

Zoe has created an amazing Instagram account (@dresslikeamum) and website for us Mum's to feel like we can still dress like a normal human being even though we are a Mum. If you haven't already seen Zoe then read this interview and then head over to her Instagram account, to see her famous mouth open poses! 



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Interview with Kayti Peschke, Editor and Creator of Caboodle Magazine


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Interview with Amanda from Gage Huntley

As soon as I discovered Gage Huntley on Instagram (@shopgagehuntley) I knew I needed to speak to Amanda about her Fuck You jewellery and how she has made it happen. 

I could honestly spend a fortune on her website! After this interview please take a look and before you know it, you will be covered in bad Mama gold, too. 


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Interview with Anniki Sommerville; Super Editor of Selfish Mother and part of Hotbed Collective

I was lucky enough to interview Anniki Sommerville (@annikiselfishmother) who is the Super Editor of Selfish Mother, and who has just begun on a new venture involving SEX; more below! 



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