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Who is She?


Last Spring was a tricky time for me and I started writing this blog mainly as free counselling if I’m honest. I desperately wanted to get certain thoughts out of my head and although I’m a fairly open book I don’t really discuss my past or innermost feelings with anyone other than my husband and very close friends. When Mummy Tries was born it came with the decision to remain anonymous.

I chose the name because it perfectly describes my parenting style. I always try my very best and that is all I can do. I don’t get it right every time (who does?) but my kids and hubby always come first. I experience just as much (largely unfounded) parental guilt as the next mum, but ultimately my conscience is clean.

I fell pregnant with my third baby just weeks after creating the blog and feel it was all meant to be. What better way to document my family’s journey? As soon as I tapped into the *amazing* blogging community I was hooked and wanted a piece of the action. I started joining in with linkies and visiting lots of other blogs. I’ve made real connections; supported others through tough times and felt thoroughly supported as well. I consider myself privileged to be in the company of some truly great writers, and wonderful people.

At the beginning of this year I plucked up the courage to start writing the book I’ve been talking about for a very long time. My 5yo daughter has had lots of sleep problems in the past which meant that when my baby boy came along I was so used to the lack of Zzzzzz’s that I’d often start my day after his 4am feed. I got the first draft written sitting in bed typing on my tablet in the hour or so before my girls woke up. Thank goodness for the light that Springtime brings and hurrah to being used to severe sleep deprivation!

So why put my face to the blog now you might wonder? I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while, and the time feels right. I commissioned the fabulous Helen Braid to redesign my blog a while back, and the artwork came through this afternoon. It seemed appropriate to reveal my identity at the same time as sprucing this place up. So here I am. My name is Reneé, and I am Mummy Tries.

Thank you to my loyal supporters, and welcome to anyone reading for the first time. I hope you’ll stick with me throughout my book publishing mission. I have a feeling it’s going to be one hell of a ride! 

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Full time wife and mummy to three, home educator, blogger, wannabee chef and published author. Follow me on my journey through life...

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  1. mummytries says:

    Thank you so much Laura, such a kind thing to say! Sorry I missed this comment when you first wrote it xx

  2. Lovely to put a face to the blog 🙂 Your drive is inspiring xx

  3. You are too kind lovely, thank you for being fab xxx

  4. Thank you so much you lovely lady! It feels good to be out in the open now 🙂 xxx

  5. What a gorgeous face. Can’t believe you’ve kept it hidden for so long! So good to see you on here and I’m still blown away by your amazing energy too. The new blog looks fabulous. Please keep showing your wonderful face xxx

  6. So lovely to have a face to connect to – I often feel I connect best with blogs where I have more of a feel for the person, through image as well as the writing. Lovely lovely blog, lovely lovely you! x

  7. Oh no! … That’s pressure 🙂

  8. Thank you Sarah 🙂

  9. Thank you Vicky! Hopefully we’ll get to meet soon in real life. I’m definitely going to Brit Mums Live, but maybe before then as that’s ages away xxx

  10. Thank you so much 🙂

  11. I would love to meet you Afra!

  12. tee hee, thank you Maddy for the fab little writers community you and Chrissie have created recently xxx

  13. And you rock my world too baby! Love you soooooooo much!

  14. Thanks so much Lauren! For me blogging anonymously allowed me to find my voice and my feet as a blogger. I don’t think I would have been comfortable writing some of my earliest content straight away if I was ‘out’. I’m glad I have now though, and can share this part of my life with friends x

  15. Ahhh thank you so much Carrie, it’s nice to have you here 🙂

  16. If you want to write a book then just do it. Even if you think it’s rubbish and no-one will read it, do it so you can tick it off your own personal bucket list xx

  17. and you are too kind my lovely xx

  18. I’m really happy with it, but still haven’t taken the leap into the world of self-hosting. Think I’ll have to outsource it as you suggested x

  19. Thanks so much Dean! I will be checking in every now and then to see if you have 😉

  20. Thanks so much Suzanne, it’s nice to hear that. I have almost finished my book edits now, and am excited about the next stage of that journey and seeing where it will lead 🙂

  21. It felt so strange last week, but now feels normal. I’m pleased that I’m able to share this part of my life with other people in my life xx

  22. Thanks Karen xx

  23. Thanks Caroline, I’m in love with the design xx

  24. Thanks Raisie 🙂

  25. Thank you so much Kim xxxx

  26. It really is 😉

  27. Thank’s so much Aby xx

  28. Thank you so much hon! I would love to meet you in real life one day, perhaps we can orchestrate a playdate for the toddlers at some point? xx

  29. Thanks so much Leigh! xx

  30. Thank you so much for dropping by Debs, and for all the luck 🙂

  31. And you my dear are on mine too! I’ve just bought my Brit Mums live ticket for next year, but hopefully I’ll see you around Xmas time? It would be fab xx

  32. Thank you so much for all your support Julie xx

  33. Thanks so much Jill! Lovely to have you here 🙂

  34. Thank you so much you lovely lady you! It felt like such a big deal last week, but now it’s kind of normal. I’ve had some very touching text messages from friends over the week saying that they’ve been enjoying reading. It’s nice to share this part of my life with them xxx

  35. It’s a big step, but I’m glad I did it. Thanks so much for dropping by xx

  36. Thank you so much for popping over 🙂

  37. Thanks so much Fiona! I hope to properly meet you one day 🙂

  38. Thanks so much Jo!

  39. Oh you are too kind lovely lady!

  40. No way? How is that possible 😉

  41. Thank you. The very talented Helen Braid designed it, I love it!

  42. Thank you so much Izzie! Hope to meet you in real life one day xx

  43. Thanks so much Becky! It’s funny trying to picture someone when you don’t know what they look like at all isn’t it. I’m so chuffed with the blog makeover, Helen’s fab xx

  44. Thank you my dear, I’m thrilled with Helen’s work 🙂 xx

  45. tee hee, better late than never lovely day xxx

  46. I canny believe how late I am to the party!! Yay! Renee! Nice to meet you… Properly! 🙂 LOVE the new design. It looks so fab xxxxx

  47. Hello gorgeous lady, lovely to see you and love the new look of the blog x

  48. OMG Renee, how did I miss this?! SO lovely to put a face to the blog, I was trying to imagine how you looked every time I ventured here, or you commented on my blog! Fabulous! xx

  49. It’s lovely to meet you at long last, Renee!
    Congratulations on the new blog design… it looks fabulous!

  50. Nice to meet you Renee! It’s great you feel confident now to be yourself and I love your blog header!

  51. Popping over from #AllAboutYou. You know I kind of pictured you like how you look in real life 🙂

  52. Hello Renee!! You are totally gorgeous and its so good to put a face to the name finally 😀 Loving the artwork too!

  53. […] panic I managed to get it back up just in time for my redesign to go live. On Thursday night I posted this which revealed my identity. It was an exhilarating experience which left me buzzing.  I […]

  54. Lovely honest post! Good luck with the book. #MagicMoments

  55. Fantastic to meet the REAL you, a big Hello Renee. How exciting to have a book on the go too, it really sounds as though life is coming together for you. #MagicMoments

  56. You’re blog looks amazing. I am looking forward to following your book progress 🙂

  57. Hello! I too also anonymous by name but my face appears rather a lot! Congratulations on your blog success and good luck with the book 🙂 Popping over from #magicmoments xx

  58. Awww Reneé hello you beautiful lady 🙂 so lovely to have a face to your lovely blog and what a beautiful blog make over you’ve had!! I’m so happy that you’ve made a decision to put your name and face to your wonderful blog!!! Xx

  59. Very nice to ‘meet’ you and well done for your lovely blog. Ive very much enjoyed reading it today. Im defiantly coming back

  60. Hi Renee, how did I miss this? It’s lovely to meet you at last and put a name and face to your lovely blog. Wishing you lots of luck with your writing and blogging. xx

  61. Hello Renee! Lovely to meet you 😉 Love the blog design and so pleased you have choose to reveal your identity as you are definitely on my ‘must meet that blogger’ list Zx

  62. debsrandomwritings says:

    Hi, nice to meet you Renee. I think you have chosen a good time to ‘reveal’ yourself. A blog revamp is exciting and letting people meet the real you is exciting too….I wish you and your blog success for the future!
    I found your post on #PoCoLo.

  63. Hello Renee, it’s so lovely to put a face to you! Love the blog look too xx #WotW

  64. Yep, you look as lovely as I thought you would! P.S.
    You are a brave girl! x

  65. Love the new look. We are Helen fans here too. Good for you on ‘coming out’! 🙂 #pocolo x

  66. Hi, blogging is so addictive, isn’t it…and in a very good way! Good luck with your book.

  67. Nice to meet you Renee…..So lovely to put a face and name to the words….The blog is looking fab by the way xxxx

  68. Hello Renee, nice to meet you and your blog looks great too. 🙂 #PocoLo

  69. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) says:

    Hi Renee! Nice to put a face to the lovely blogger 🙂 loving the new look to the blog too, gorgeous design. Congrats on the revamp and “coming out!” Xx

  70. Hi Renee, great to see you. Love the look of your new blog. 🙂

  71. Hello, Renee! Loving the new look blog and so lovely to see you. Does it feel strange to be out?! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  72. suzanne3childrenandit says:

    Ah great to “see” you at long last! It may sound weird but I had never really found it a hindrance, in getting to know you, that your blog was ‘anonymous’ but it does make it nicer to see your face 🙂 Header is great. Good luck with the book!

  73. Hello Renee! Lovely to meet you. Like you, or shall I say, “the old you”? I preferred to be the “unknown” one on my blog. At the moment, I like it that way. Who knows, you might have just inspired me to come out too? 🙂 #wotw.

  74. Yay, it’s lovely to see you and well done for taking that leap. And the new blog looks like it was worth the moments of stress 🙂

  75. Hello beautiful lady! You are fab.

  76. Nice to finally see you! Thanks for the trust you gave your readers. Oh and I have kitchen envy. #wotw

  77. Hello Renee, well done on unveiling the face behind the blog and putting yourself out there in the public. It’s great to see you. Fantastic news about starting the book – inspiring. I’ll get around to mine – someday! Xx #pocolo

  78. Hi Renee It’s nice to meet you and the revamp looks amazing…Helen did mine too and each one is so different. I’m looking forward to seeing where your life leads to next (but not in a stalker-y way!)

  79. Hello Renee, it’s nice to put a face to a blog I have enjoyed reading.
    Love the header, it’s perfect.
    It must be a big step revealing yourself after being anonymous. I often wonder if I made the right decision to reveal myself from the outset, but I think I did.
    Have a lovely weekend x

  80. I am so proud of you for doing this, and for the wonderful blog you have created!

    Renee / mummytries – you rock my world

    Andy (I’m the hubby)

  81. Hooray! It’s lovely to put a name (although I did have a sneak preview… Shhhh) and a face to all the lovely, supportive comments. Love the new look. Xxx

  82. Hello Renee. congratuations on your unveiling – look forward to meeting you in the”real” world. #pocolo

  83. I am brand new to your blog! Hi! Your design and blog looks amazing and I will be returning. Wishing you lots of luck for your book venture! #PoCoLo

  84. It is so lovely to meet you and put a face and name to the blog after all of this time communicating. Renee, you look just as lovely as I thought you would and I love your new blog look 🙂 I wish you every continued success gorgeous lady. Thank you for continuing to link to PoCoLo 🙂 xx

  85. It so absolutely wonderful to meet you after all this time of communicating. Renee, you are just as lovely as I thought you would look and I love your new blog look. Well done on the big reveal and I wish you continued success. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

  86. sarahmo3w says:

    Hell Renee! Nice to meet you! The blog is looking lovely too 🙂

  87. Thank you so much Sara. You’ve been such a support over the last 18 months, if I were listing people in this post you would be among the names (along with most of the people who have commented below). Feel very lucky to be a part of this xx

  88. Ahhh thank you my lovely, I remember you commenting on my very first posts. I will definitely at be at Brit Mums next year as have just secured a sponsor. Hopefully I’ll make it out before then though, would love to meet you hon xx

  89. Thanks so much Tim. Helen Braid did the artwork, it’s fab isn’t it!

  90. Hi Nadine, thank you so much for your very kind offer but I honestly don’t have the time to read at the moment! I would love to review your book at some point in the future, but it probably wouldn’t be this side of Xmas. Is that okay? Reneé

  91. Thanks so much Charlotte! Speak to Helen lovely, she is awesome x

  92. Thank you my lovely Sam, another person I have to truly thank for all your support. And yes Helen is fabulous, such a talented lady. I am thrilled to bits with what she’s created here.

    I really like the subtle changes you’ve made on your blog hon, had a look yesterday while I was reading your Joy post. I just could not get my content to transfer over and the tech team were useless! Definitely a self host fail this side ( but I cancelled the contract and got an instant refund. With everything else I have going on I’m going to look into outsourcing this project. You would never guess that I once worked in IT would you 😉 xx

  93. Thanks so much Denise. You have been such a cheerleader and huge support, it means so much xxx

  94. She really is, she has done a wonderful job! Thank you for your lovely comment Sian xx

  95. Thank you so much my lovely, I am so very pleased with the blog – Helen is an amazing artist! It’s nice to finally just come out and be me… thanks for being part of my journey xxx

  96. Thanks so much for all your support Carol, means a lot x

  97. Thank you Chrissie! I hope to be following your book publishing journey too soon xx

  98. So lovely to meet you Renee!! It’s wonderful to be able to picture you now, and to call you something other than ‘lovely’ 😉 Love this post xx

  99. Hi Renee – So nice to see you!!!!! It’s been lovely to have followed your wonderfully honest blog since the start, and I’m so happy you’ve felt you can ‘unveil’ your identity now – can’t wait to meet you in person now (no getting away from it) at one of the blogging get togethers in the future 😉 xx

  100. Welcome Renee. Really like the new header!

  101. Hi Renee, great to *meet* you! Well done on ‘coming out’ – I think it can be quite liberating to blog as who you are and see that the sky doesn’t fall in! Good luck with your book. I wrote a book myself to help writers find the time to write. I’m happy to send you – a fellow blogger a review copy to help you – if you would post your thoughts on Amazon for me? Here is the book:
    If you want to take me up on my offer, just email me:

  102. Lovely to finally be able to put a name and face to the blog.

    Love love love the new header – I want one!!

    All the best with your ongoing book journey.

  103. Oh wow Reneé! So exciting! This seems really weird, like I’m talking to a different person all of a sudden but so great at the same time! I love the new look blog too – I guess you got it figured out or is this still I feel almost a bit underwhelmed by my move to self-hosted because my blog pretty much looks exactly the same but little changes for me in my side-bar and adding commentluv, etc. – it makes it all feel so much more… mine! Helen has done a fab job with the header too. Perfect depiction of your little family 🙂 X

  104. Perfect picture, captures what you are all about with your food and your cooking, and your lovely open smiling face 🙂

  105. It’s lovely to see your face!!! Well done for coming out. Love the new header too 🙂 She’s very talented xx

  106. Hi Renée, nice to meet you! It’s lovely putting a face to your wonderful blog. The new design looks beautiful and the header is just right. What I see matches what I enjoy reading several times a week. xxx

  107. LOVELY to meet you lovely lady! I’ve followed your blog pretty much from the outset and I LOVE the new look x

  108. Aww, love this, the new blog and you. Here’s to a fab journey. Let’s do this shiz, Reneé! X

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