I am who I am

I’m a freelance writer..
People hear this and look interested.
“Oh! Do you write books?”, they ask.
“No, I write press releases,do translations,produce web copy, ghost blogs, articles and 101 other bits and pieces”
And the shutter comes down.
“Oh, so you don’t writer proper stuff?”

I’m a blogger.
In fairness the shutter barely wobbles in the wind with this one.
The common response goes along the lines of…
“Oh, really?”, without looking up.

I’m a Mummy Blogger.
I have to say as labels go this isn’t one of my favourites. I find it slightly disconcerting to receive emails addressed to “Mummy” that haven’t been sent by my kids. “Mummy blogger” is a title loved by some and hated by others. As there is with all labels, the Mummy Blogger label has a stereotype attached to it. Mummy bloggers are those who make stuff up all day to get freebies right? Wrong. As a Mum (or a Mummy) who blogs (so you can see where Mummy Blogger comes from) I enjoy writing about my family, our home, our lives and our opinions. It is unfortunate that this is a label that can be used negatively as I know many people who fall under the Mummy, or Daddy or my preferred name parent blogger tab who are simply bloody wonderful people and talented writers.

I’m a WAHM (or work at home mum).
“So you work from home and look after kids at the same time?” *Insert raised eyebrow here*
Good Lord, is it possible that I may be able to work from home full-time and not damage my children? Clearly I neglect them terribly. As a WAHM I am bound to be letting something important fall by the wayside, (I agree with this actually, in my case it is usually sleep and dusting behind things).
Believe it or not thousands of men and women work from home very successfully, with children in school, nursery or at home. The joys of organisation i.e. working like a ferret on speed during nap times, and after bedtime as well as at a ridiculously early time of the day can all be part of the parent who works from home.

Some might say I am a mumpreneur.
“Oh God, not another one!”.
Calm down folks, it’s just a title. I am a Mum who runs a business. You have to admit that mumpreneur sounds infinitely better than Mumisiness-woman? It isn’t a term that I use myself but hey-ho.
Personally I couldn’t give two hoots what people call me (to my face or otherwise), a label is just a label. People are often grouped together by common interests, goals and other life choices. Ok, there is the potential for stereotyping and abuse with this but from a personal standpoint I don’t care if I am a blogger, a WAHM, or a Mumisiness-woman.

If you really want to know who I am, my name is Nicki.

"Nicki" (prounounced Nick-ee). Mother, wife, daughter, sister, writer, blogger, cheese eater, social media addict, flower lover, interior design show fanatic, Slimming World member, user of sarcasm.

Precious Parcels

Anyone who follows me on Facebook, Twitter or reads the blog will know that occasionally I do an old-fashioned shameless plug for Precious Parcels.

Someone asked me recently if PP was my business and I have to admit that I almost fell over laughing. I have none of the¬†creativity¬†needed to design the lovely items my friend Natalie does, or the artistic talent. In fact, I was told at school that everyone should take a creative subject when it came to their exams i.e art, drama, music, sewing… but in my case they’d make an exception (how rude!).

No, Precious Parcels is the creation of the lovely Natalie who has been very busy lately. Already offering a site full of gorgeous handmade and personalised items she decided she’d spend last weekend putting together some new ones. Sundays are good days to know about Precious Parcels as over on the Facebook page from 10am-10pm a sale tab appears on the left-hand side where you can pick up some fantastic bargains so today I am pointing you to the sale and showing off these lovely new items.

New personalised clocks!

These clocks are lovely, Kieran has a blue one and adores it. It is his first clock and as he told his cousin it is “a proper grown up one because it tells the time AND has my name on it”. Natalie has extended the clock range as you can see here:

4 new clocks added to the already popular personalised clocks range.

As well as these new clocks she has added some lovely hanging hearts to the site:

So there you have it, my shameless plug for my very creative, hard working and ever so slightly nutty as a fruitcake friend and her fab business Precious Parcels. If you are looking for something new for the home, the kids or as a gift have a nosy at the website and don’t forget that from 10am to 10pm every Sunday the sale tab will appear on Facebook so grab yourself a bargain.

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