With our imminent move to Australia, I thought it was the perfect time to overhaul my blog design and think about where I’m going to take the content over the coming months and years. There’s still plenty of work to be done on the site, so please bear with me as I get it all finished off with my designer as not all of the links and boxes work just yet and many of the images need realigning. I picked up the best ever quote at Blogtacular recently (courtesy of the fabulous Isa Seminegea) which gave me the confidence to get it out there as work in progress: Done is better than perfect.
What have I been up to…
I’ve been taking a bit of a blogging break because in between getting my blog redesigned, renovating our entire house ready to sell, planning our big move and writing a new column for a national travel magazine (I’ll tell you more about this exciting news soon!), I’ve barely had a minute to spare. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into blogging again and reading and commenting on other blogs, because I’ve really missed it!
TalesofaTwinMum was created to show the positive, fun and bonkers side of raising twins. Life has moved on… we added another baby to the mix 20 months ago and are now about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime by moving our family of five to the other side of the world. Such a big change in our lives made me realise I needed to change my blog to keep it fresh.
What is TalesofaTwinMum all about…
There will still be plenty to read about family life and having twins, plus the usual reviews and updates on our big move to Oz, but I’ll be throwing in more family travel and family lifestyle pieces too. I wanted to create a space to write about everything to do with having a young family. Whether you’re interested in useful articles or personal pieces, I hope you won’t be disappointed.
The major reason for us moving to Australia is to give us an outdoor lifestyle, so it only seems right that the blog reflects that. I’m really excited to see how our lifestyle is going to evolve, not only with the change in climate but also within the home. Houses are different over there, communities are different and I hope to explore our new way of life on my blog.
Another reason I’ve decided to include lifestyle on my blog is that for the last five years I’ve been surviving in a house full of babies. I found it difficult to think about anything other than feeding, sleeping, nappies and – in the small bit of child-free time I’ve carved out in my week – work. Having completely renovated our house ready to sell over the last few months, I’ve rediscovered my love of interiors. I’ve always been passionate about design, but it was an interest that got lost when I had children. This was because my boys were destroyers – any vase, lamp or breakable thing that was within reach was quickly smashed or had to be packed up into the loft until they were older. I’m pleased to say E isn’t a destroyer, so now the boys have grown up a bit it’s time to let my creative juices flow again and I’m hoping to show a new side of me on the blog.
Keeping it real…and what this blog isn’t
It’s not turning into a glossy photography blog (I wish I was a professional photographer, but alas I’m not), or a blog that sets unrealistic goals for you to aspire to, or a blog that shows how incredibly beautiful my children are (although I kind of think they are). I’m no good with messy play and I’m not that great at craft. My kids have hair with knots in, faces with chocolate on and shoes covered in mud from all the puddle jumping. If we review a train set, you can be sure if I give it a good appraisal it’s because it’s study enough to withstand being hit over someone’s head without being damaged (usually T1 hitting T2 but one day I’m sure he’ll turn and get his own back). I want my blog to feel like a true reflection of me and my family.
I hope you enjoy the evolution of my blog as much as I’m enjoying it! Be sure to let me know what you think of my new look!