First of all, can tell us a little bit about you and your blog?
I'm Ashleigh Millward, I'm 25, Mum to Sebastian who was born in April 2010 (now 3) and owner of The Canterbury Toy Shop, an online shop selling lots of traditionally styled toys, most of them wooden, for pre school children. I've also just published my first children's book "Emily", which is set to be one of a set of 6 stories (I've just finished writing the 2nd to be published soon). I started my blog around my 25th birthday, when, for a bit of fun, I put together a list of 100 things that I wanted to do between the ages of 25 and 30 (hence www.25to30.co.uk) my blog has grown from the list but I'm still aiming to get everything crossed off and I still post every time I complete one of the "tasks". These days though I blog about everything from days out with Seb and my husband John, to loads of recipes, interior and fashion inspiration posts and the occasional beauty product review. It's very much a lifestyle blog and can't really be put in to any "category"!

And can you introduce us to your little one?
Seb is 3, and really he's a typical little boy. I am trying very hard to discourage any gender stereotyping (something I feel strongly about as a toy shop owner) so he has a mixture of typically "boys toys" as well as things that were clearly designed with girls in mind, and a heap of gender neutral stuff, but somehow he's still ended up being drawn predominantly to cars, trains, planes and his favourite thing, ever, on the entire planet - bin lorries (???) Because I am busy running the toy shop from home, and also have several other businesses as well as writing my books and working as a freelance copywriter, Seb goes to pre-school 3 days a week. We seem to have a pretty good balance. We live literally about 30 seconds from the beach, so in his free time he's pretty much burying himself in sand or getting soaked! His best friend is our labrador, Ruby.

How often does Seb feature on your blog?
In passing, very often. I don't do that many sole parenting posts though. There's always an occasional mention and/or photograph though!

How has being a Mummy changed your life?
In so many ways it's actually pretty crazy. If I compare my life pre-Seb and my life now, they are two very different lives. Having Seb was the inspiration for me setting up my own business for a start. I thought that having an (unplanned) baby would be the end of my social life but actually I've made so many friends as a Mum, now my closest friends are those that I've met because we've had babies of a similar age, and that's a real blessing. I'm much more driven and ambitious as a Mum, where I think people assume that parenthood will have the opposite effect on people. I got married last year and in his Father of the Bride speech my step dad said that he thought that having Seb "was the making of me", which was nice! 

What's your favourite thing about being a Mummy?
Is it bad to say the social life? We've always got someone who we can call or text and meet up with at short notice, or stick a post out on Facebook asking if anyone fancies coming over for tea - and there'll always be a response. I love having this whole new (reliable) support network around me. My least favourite thing though, is that during pregnancy I developed an allergy to tomatoes. My doctor said it wasn't uncommon to develop allergies whilst pregnant, and that it would probably disappear once the baby was born... it didn't.

Finally, please leave your blog and Twitter links so that my readers can come and follow you too!

First of all, can tell us a little bit about you and your blog?
My name is Laura and I have three little children, a girl who's 11, a boy who's and another little boy who is 5. I have been writing my blog for six months and I can't believe how fast the time has gone. My blog is mainly about my love of makeup and skincare. I am a bit of a skincare obsessive, the reason for that is I suffered with really blotchy spotty skin as a teenager and it made me really self conscious so once I started working I started trying out all different brands of skincare, not knowing my skin type and seeing what worked best. 

And can you introduce us to your little ones?
Liberty, Joel and Rylee.

How often do Liberty, Joel and Rylee feature on your blog?
Well, Liberty's name features daily, as my blog is named after her, I don't tend to include them too much unless it's relevant and as they don't wear makeup not too much, I've started using anti spot things on Liberty and her skin is going a bit mad.

How has being a Mummy changed your life?
I was a bit of a party girl before having the children, but after having them I hardly go out or do anything. I am a different person now, everything I do tends to be about them or for them. This is the only thing I've done that's for ME time. 

What's your favourite thing about being a Mummy?
There are so many rewarding things, all the steps children take as babies to walking, to saying 'I love you'. I love watching their Christmas concerts and yes I cry, but seeing them do well and growing up, being polite and respectful to others makes me so happy.

Finally, please leave your blog and Twitter links so that my readers can come and follow you too!


You can find part 1 of the Yummy Mummy's Take Over here.

Screen Shot 2012 09 18 at 20 20 07