WE PUKKIN' LOVE MOTHER PUKKA
We totally adore her. Yup. Possibly our all time favourite. She keeps it real. She keeps it kind. She is hilarious. And she is a total babe. Uh huh. We pukkin’ love Mother Pukka.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT WORK LIFE BEFORE MOTHER PUKKA.
It was a medley of squashed-grapes-in-bag, pneumatic eye twitches, galloping to make the Tube and being sat on one of those small toddler chairs to be told off by daycare for being late. The dream.
AND WHAT MADE YOU START SUCH A ROCKIN' HILARI-ASS BLOG AND INSTAGRAM FEED.
I was done with hanging out on community halls that smelled of feet singing ‘Wind the bobbin up’. I’m not saying they’re bad, I just wanted back IN to society with my kid. I wanted to do the same stuff I used to (other than snogging randoms in clubs) and that’s where this began. In a community hall that smelled of feet.
YOU HAVE YOUR FAMILY INVOLVED TOO. OUR FAVOURITE HAS TO BE GRANDMOTHER PUKKA. OLD SCHOOL COOL. HOW ON EARTH DID YOU MANAGE TO GET THEM ALL INVOLVED. I STRUGGLE TO GET MY POOR-LONG-SUFFERING-INSTAGRAM-HUSBAND TO TAKE A PHOTO FOR ME. SIGH.
My mum is a live wire. She’s the first to try stuff out – regardless of whether she can do it or not. I applaud that self belief! I love her motto: ‘I’m not over the hill, I’m on top of it’ – that was all her. The other members of the family just thought it was easier to get involved otherwise I’d keep yapping in their ear about ‘this Instagram thing’. They succumbed.
I AM NO NATURAL BORN WRITER. AND AN EDITOR'S WORST NIGHTMARE. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR THE BLOGGIN' NON-WRITING BEGINNERS LIKE ME.
Don’t follow anyone else’s path. I grew up reading perfectly-written journalistic pieces – it’s what I wanted from my career. But when I started this, I thought it had to come from me. And there’s nothing perfect or poised about my mind. Cue Mother Pukka.
THROUGHOUT YOUR BLOGGING JOURNEY, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNT IS.
It’s my Dad’s motto: never look up to people, never look down on people. It’s the same online – that person with 178 followers deserves just as much time in a message as the 1.6m person (not that they ever come a knocking!). It’s a fickle pixellated world out there and no one likes a gargantuan ego.
ANYTHING EXCITING HAPPENING FOR MOTHER PUKKA'S FUTURE.
I have a dirty curry on order and a glass of lukewarm red in hand. The dream.
BIGGEST MUM FAIL.
Finding my toddler touching/fingering the dog’s bum. The dog was whimpering with pleasure; I started crying at the traumatic vision.
FAVOURITE MUM MOMENT.
Managing to successfully rest a Digestive biscuit on my newborn’s head without waking her; I got to look at her and get my tea and biscuit. It’s proof you really can have it all.
Flash mobbing London’s Trafalgar Square with 158 mothers who all believe in flexible working for people who happen to be parents. We dressed up in neon Lycra and sand the lyrics to Salt N Pepa’s ‘Let’s talk about sex[flex] baby’. It was a massive frickin’ moment.
YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION.
My mum @grandmother_pukka. She’s a woman who always built me up to do whatever I wanted and never had brakes on her bike. She inspires me with her bat shit crazy ways! Like yesterday she said: “I was up shit creek without a ladder.” Why a ladder Mum, why not a paddle?
WORD THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH.
Baps. I can’t handle the word.
WORD THAT MAKES YOU CRINGE.
Moist. If you combine moist with baps, I go to a dark place.
People elbowing on public transport. We’ve all got to get somewhere; no one’s need to get on that bus is more important than anyone else’s.
I was kinda OK until I watched Netflix’s Stranger Things. Now literally everything in the world freaks me out. Past 8pm I’m a mess.
GET YOUR STALK ON.
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@mummas_health_hub for fitness that doesn’t make you hate yourself
@selfishmother for mothering advice with massive heart
@steph_dontbuyherflowers for amazing gifts for new mamas
@hustleandfox for an agency that gets small parent-run brands
@delicisoulystella for all the LOLS