Hi! I’m Alison…
I’m a writer and podcaster and I live in London with Mr P and our eldest daughter, born in 2010 and our twin toddlers. I started this blog in 2011, while on maternity leave. Not ANOTHER Mummy Blog? Yep, another one!
My aim, when starting this blog, was to impart the small amount of mum knowledge and experience I had, in a bid to help other (equally clueless) new mums. As my daughter grew, I wrote more about travel, style and opinion but always through the lens of motherhood. In 2018, after a long road of secondary infertility and IVF, our twins arrived.
In 2017, I launched Not Another Mummy Podcast which shot straight to the top of the iTunes Kids & Family chart . Not Another Mummy Podcast is now one of the UK’s top parenting podcasts with guests including Philippa Perry, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Rosie Ramsey and Meg Mathews. Have a listen, for interviews on all sorts of issues from mum guilt and miscarriage to birth trauma and transgender parenting.
My debut non-fiction book – OMG It’s Twins – is published in March 2021 by Vermilion. A guide to the emotional rollercoaster of having twins, it pulls together my experiences with other twin mums’ and lots of expert views. Pre-order it now!
As well as all of that, I’ve written features for magazines like Grazia, Red, Gurgle, OK!, Mother & Baby and more.
My blog has been featured in lots of places like The Telegraph, Grazia, Alex & Alexa. Read more over here. I was named as Best Blog Writer at the Gurgle Awards 2011, run by top brand Mothercare. The blog has been named as Netmums Blog Of The Week and Mumsnet Blog Of The Day on a few occasions, which is all rather fantastic!
Here on the blog, you’ll find…
I’m not short on opinions. I’ve written about sexism, parenting, feminism, page 3 and asking for help. Not everyone agrees with me, but wouldn’t the world be a boring place if we all agreed? I love hearing what you think, even when (actually especially when) you don’t agree, so do comment or email me!
It’s a crazy old journey, this motherhood lark, isn’t it? My posts cover topics like post-natal depression, our identity as mums, feeling guilty about how much we use our phones, body confidence, IVF and lots more. I also talk loads about motherhood over on Instagram so come find me there!
Before I became a mum, I was my friends’ go-to person for advice on hotels, mini breaks and holidays. Actually, that hasn’t changed but now I’m giving advice on family friendly and child free breaks and holidays to friends. I’ve written about loads of our adventures as a family – from Beaches Turks & Caicos, Paris and Pine Cliffs, Portugal to Luxury Family Hotels, Walt Disney World and Camp Bestival. I love a posh hotel but I’m also equally at home in a caravan!
I don’t pretend to be super stylish – in fact I fully admit that I play it safe in the style stakes with my love of Breton tops and skinny jeans. But the thing is, in the real world, we don’t all wear super on-trend outfits that give a nod to the catwalks, do we? So I like to think of myself as someone who does an OK job at putting together a regular wearable outfit or two. And another thing… *whispers* I’m not a size 10. I’m not even a size 12. It’s all well and good looking amazing in outfits when you’re a slip of a thing, but for lots of us, it’s a bit trickier. So here I am, flying the flag for playing-it-safe women with curves. You can now shop my Instagram in case you see anything you like!
Want to know more about me?
I love Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, posh candles, Beyonce, bright colours, M&S, decent burgers, musicals, pretty stationery, nice hotels, H&M kidswear, photography, holidays, statement necklaces, Disney, my sofa and Boden. I always seem to say the wrong thing at the wrong time, I wish I were one of those people who LOVES exercise (I’m not) and when I was 19, I was given such a bad haircut that I looked like a boy and my flatmates called me Alan for a whole year.