All About Me

become the best youHello there, and welcome to my blog!

I’m Reneé, wife to Andy and mum to Polly (8), Clara (5) & Freddy (3). 

I’m a passionate mother, home educator, real food enthusiast, head chef (in my house at least) and published author

As the name of my blog suggests, I’m a mummy who tries her hardest to ensure that her children have a good start to life, a start that I didn’t have. My posts are gritty and real, and I’ve been told by readers that I make a genuine difference to their lives.

Food is everything to me! After being given the news that I was ‘infertile’ following a PCOS diagnosis in 2007, I removed refined sugars and processed carbs from my diet. The result astounded me – an unexpected pregnancy less than two years later, and two more to follow within four years! Small healthy steps over the last decade have led me to a place where I am confident enough to know how to feed my family. I really enjoy sharing my genuinely healthy and unique recipes, and I think you’ll like my hazelnut balls, which are a copy cat for Ferrero Rocher.  

I cover a variety of other topics apart from food, which include my own mental health journey, and recovering from two breakdowns in my twenties. My first book Become the Best You is part memoir part self-help, and details how I got myself from rock bottom to happy wife and mama. I also blog about my eldest daughter’s autism, and the decision to pull her out of mainstream school in 2015 and home educate her, as well as the younger two.

In addition to all this, the blog has documented my entire journey to becoming a writer. I am currently in the process of publishing my second book – a novel about one woman’s roller coaster journey through motherhood.

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21 Replies to “All About Me”

  1. Thanks so much for the mention! It’s certainly a topic that has many different opinions. I’m definitely in the camp of leaving meaningful comments if a post resonates, also love sharing though, obvs 😉

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  3. Oh you are lovely, thank you hon! Hugs always welcome around here xxx

  4. I absolutely love your blog. Your writing always captures me. Lots of hugs and I hope you get some lovely z’s soon. Xxx

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  6. She is just fab isn’t she!! This is Helen’s website for anyone that is interested in a blog revamp

  7. Great new look for the Mummy Tries blog – well done to Helen Braid of All At Sea for another stunning production.

  8. Thanks Maddie xx

  9. So lovely to read more about you Mummy Tries. And hats off to you for surviving with three kiddiewinks! I can barely handle two!!! Here’s to About #SoFoLo Maddie from Gammon & Chips. xoxo

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  11. Thanks for all your lovely comments Merlinda! I get a lot out of writing about my past, it has been really cathartic 🙂

  12. Thanks Mel. I love your blog too! Can’t wait to hear your news xxx

  13. Le Coin de Mel says:

    I really enjoy your blog and finding more about you. Xxx

  14. Thanks for all your support honey xx

  15. Le Coin de Mel says:

    It is nice to find out a bit more about you. I completely understand and respect your choice to be anonymous, even though I have to say frequently wonder what your first name might be as we read each other’s blog regularly. x Mel #PoCoLo

  16. I love your post! Esp when you are tallking about your past. I wish that I have the courage to published (I have locked) those really really honest entries. #pocolo

  17. Hello Sandra,

    The book sounds fab, and I’m really flattered that you’ve asked me to review it, but right now I just can’t commit to anything. My third baby is only 10 days old, and I also have a 2yo & 4½yo. I’m also trying to write a book myself…lots going on. When things calm down a little I’d love to take a look.

    All the best xx

  18. Hi Mummy Tries,
    I’ve just had two of my short stories published in an anthology and wondered if you would review the book on your blog?
    It’s called ‘The Milk of Female Kindness’ and includes short fiction, poetry, art, memoir and medical writing on the theme of honest motherhood. Some of the writers have recently given birth, others are grandmothers. Some, like me, are childless; my writing is inspired by memories of my own mother. Some of the pieces will make you smile, others are heartbreaking.

    I’d be very happy to send you an e-book or hard copy, or some sample stories.
    Best wishes and thanks,
    Sandra @

  19. Hi Mummytries – I’m really enjoying reading your posts. I see that our children are similar ages although my eldest turns 4 in early Sept so will just miss the next school year. Its very good to hear the thoughts of someone in the same position though. Congratulations on a great blog!

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