When Mum in a Nutshell Met The Unmumsy Mum

When Mum in a Nutshell Met The Unmumsy Mum

Ok, so that’s not entirely true in that I have yet to meet the author of  best selling book The Unmumsy Mum and parenting blog Goddess Sarah Turner, but we’ve chatted, briefly. Well, a couple of times, on Facebook and email to be precise.

But I feel like Sarah knows me more than I know myself, that she’s crawled inside my brain and had a rummage round with my thoughts and penned them on her award winning blog and book. Have a read of either the above and I’m sure you’ll recognise yourself in her tales of parenting is REALLY like.

So when an exciting text pops up on my iPhone from my equally excited Sarah fan, telling me that she, THE UNMUMSY MUM is holding a book signing at our local library I may or may not have done a little fist pump in celebration.

And I’m excited about this for two reasons;

I’m a blogger, (like you didn’t know) a title which sometimes feels like that title should come with its own little tag line explaining exactly what a blogger is. (answers on a postcard for that one please) And even more so down ‘ere in Devon as we tend to do things a little delayed though.

We let the Londoners do their thing, laugh about it, tell each other how ridiculous it is, that” ee’ll never catch on” then gather down the pub havin’ a zing zing about it in the local. (I personally don’t do that last one but it definitely happens, I promise ‘ye)

And then we do it, what ever IT is. That ridiculous thing that’ll never catch on, whether it’s wearing pink shirts, owning an iPhone phone or taking a selfie. We get there in the end, and that-there Devonshire lass, (yes, she’s from Devon, Exeter to be precise) is ‘there’ and some, whilst taking the blogging world by storm.

And that is why I’m excited, The Unmumsy Mum is showing the rest of the country, and the world, what Devon AND blogging has to offer, in a nutshell.

And she’s done it with gumption.

an interview with in internet sensation and best selling author, The Unmumsy Mum

photo credit The Unmumsy Mum

“If one more person tells me ‘it’s probably just a phase’ I’m probably just going to smack them in the face.” (Knackered Me, 2012).

Aside from showing the rest of the country that us Devonians can keep up with the rest of the country, there is another reason why I am so in awe of this lovely lass;

My background is in child development but I hung up that professional mantle last year, I still share my knowledge now and then however on Mum in a Nutshell with the aim of helping fellow readers and keeping the knowledge fresh in my mind.

Sarah however, tells it like it is.

From the sleepless nights to organising children’s parties  no matter how old your children / child, as soon as you start reading, you find yourself nodding and laughing as you realise that it’s all normal, a problem shared is a problem halved which makes you feel so much better.

And it gets even better as she’s now penned a book The Unmumsy Mum documenting her step in the baby hurricane and admittance that life as a new parent hasn’t gone completely as anticipated. I don’t think there is a parent out there who doesn’t sympathise with Sarah’s take on parenting and the normality of life with a baby or toddler.

Anyway, it’s time for me to stop talking and I’ll hand you over to the lady herself and unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you may already know a little or a lot about her but here’s a little bit more as she’s very kindly agreed to a 5 minutes interview with yours truly.

You have to leave your home in 5 minutes,(ok that’s completely unrealistic with a toddler, 15)  never to return what would you take with you? 
Well, I’d take the boys (if they’re behaving – my husband included), a selection of photos (you can’t put a price on those), the boys’ special bears (they won’t sleep without them which would make the first night somewhere else a nightmare) and baby wipes (obviously).

What did you want to be when you were little? (please don’t say bigger!)
?I never really wanted to be anything. Does that make me sound really flaky?! I LOVED school, and was a proper geek, but I never had a firm career goal in mind, though I did hope it might one day involve writing…
What was the last lie you told?
Last night I told Henry (4) that it was ‘way past his bedtime’. It wasn’t, I just had my eye on the Chocolate Orange in the fridge.

What’s the strangest conversation you’ve had with your toddler?
Every conversation is a bit strange and random, to be honest, usually involving an imaginary monster friend, a ‘special watch’ and some kind of mutant super power (I blame the Turtles).

Clotted cream on top of the jam or the bottom?
Jam then cream, CREAM ON TOP (I’m very passionate about this)

an interview with the fabulous author and blogger The unmumsy mum

Sarah’s book, already a Sunday Times best seller,  is available to buy here 



  1. 10th March 2016 / 7:28 am

    Oh I wish The unmumsy mum was coming to my local library 🙂 great interview and totally cream on top! X

    • 10th March 2016 / 11:09 am

      It’s worth checking to see if she is. Totally with you with cream on top too

  2. 11th March 2016 / 4:22 pm

    Fab interview, there are so many authors I would love to meet, I think I’d be too awe struck to come up with questions to ask them though lol

    • 11th March 2016 / 8:04 pm

      I keep thinking of better questions but wanted to keep it light hearted and not too deep or prying

  3. 11th March 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Think I definitely need to get my hands on this book, I do love the unmumsy mum!

    • 11th March 2016 / 8:03 pm

      It’s a great one to dip into now and then or to cheer you up after a rubbish day

  4. 11th March 2016 / 6:14 pm

    I love Sarah’s blog and I got her book for Mother’s Day. She is what inspired me to begin blogging in the first place.

    • 11th March 2016 / 8:02 pm

      I love finding out why people started blogging, I’m sure Sarah would be super flattered to know that.

  5. 11th March 2016 / 7:46 pm

    No, no, no, no, no!
    Cream on top of jam is SO Cornish!
    Proper Devon maids always do cream with jam on top! (Sobs hysterically).
    Other than that – great interview.

    • 11th March 2016 / 7:49 pm

      Now I’m embarrassed. It seems I was unable to spell my own name on my last comment! I’m Seaside Belle (intermittently a fellow Devon blogger) not Seaside Bekke!

      • 11th March 2016 / 8:11 pm

        The cream acts as the butter. You have to apply the jam liberally and kind of wedge it on with some nifty knife work.
        Maybe you need to practice more (well that’s the excuse I’d use to enjoy a few more). If you ever fancy a research field trip, I’d be happy to join you.

        • 11th March 2016 / 8:26 pm

          I will practice this week solely on your advice and in the name of Devon!

  6. 11th March 2016 / 10:30 pm

    Fab intro and ‘yay’ for Devon bloggers! It’s so nice to be part of the gang. I have to say that I am also a firm believer in jam then cream. Mr TB is the other way round and scoffs at my scone arrangements. I had no idea until I met him that it was such a big thing! 🙂

  7. 13th March 2016 / 6:46 pm

    What a lovely post and I am always a jam on top of cream girl and definitely twice more cream than jam ha x

    • 14th March 2016 / 10:16 am

      ha, that’s a good point and the perfect incentive to get me to give it a go!

  8. Jo O'Meally
    26th November 2016 / 9:16 am

    Great interview Ali! Love Sarah x

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