Home Loan Finder has scoured the Internet to find the top 23 Aussie Mummy Bloggers with the X-Factor! These are their stories...
Voting has now closed. Well done to all bloggers on a tremendous effort!
With a very honest and witty take on life, Kim Berry lays it all bare on her blog All-Consuming, which has been on the go since September 2003. Relaying the trials and tribulations of raising four boys and living with her mother, and one very patient husband, Kim's blog offers readers a no-holes-barred view of life as a busy mum, and food lover. Some of her posts will have you in stitches, while others reveal a more serious side – one of her boys has special needs, so it's not all fun and roses –but with good humour, and smatterings of shared recipes, All-Consuming will have you coming back for more.
|Written by Brisbane-based Bec Waterhouse, Bad Mummy details her life as a mum to two little girls. Past posts reveal her time with them as babies was far from smooth sailing – her eldest daughter Erin was born at 26 weeks gestation, but amazingly has survived without any long-term problems, while Abi was plagued with colic for months, resulting in endless sleepless nights and restless days. It all sounds a bit full on, but it has given Bec plenty of fodder to feed a growing blog about motherhood and all that entails.|
|Childhood101 was originally founded by Christie Burnett in 2009 when as a new stay-at-home mum she decided to not give up work entirely, just change tack. Initially used as a platform to share her thoughts and ideas on parenting issues, Christie's blog quickly transformed into an informative website inspiring other parents to create happy, memorable childhoods for their children through good old-fashioned fun and play. Childhood101 now has a team of writers with a wide readership; Christie's writing has appeared in a number of magazines and websites.|
|As the name suggests, Diminishing Lucy is about one woman's battle to lose weight while juggling the joys of raising three small children. Based in Adelaide, Lucy writes about, not just her relationship with her children and husband, but also on the relationship between her emotions and food, and how that has shaped her over the years, both physically and psychologically. Her blog is a great forum for other busy mums looking for pointers on how to shed a few pounds while keeping the family happy, too.|
|Prone to rambling outbursts as her thoughts come to her, Eden Riley is something of an icon among the mummy blogger world. On reading her bio you realise she really hasn't been dealt the best hand in life, but copes with what she's been given admirably. Living with three boys and a husband – who was diagnosed with Non- Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2008, but is now in remission – and dealing with the fallout of a tumultuous upbringing, Eden Riley sucks her readers in with frank and funny rundowns of her everyday life.|
|Good Golly Miss Holly|
|If you're averse to frequent sprinklings of the eff word then you'd better click away now, as Holly Homemaker just loves her expletives! It's probably this refreshing stance and devil-may-care attitude that draws her readers in. As well as sharing her experiences as a blogger, her no bones about it posts reveal hilarious accounts of the births of both her children, a struggle with post natal depression in the past, and how she's carving a new career for herself as a nurse, detailing her journey on the way.|
|If anyone wonders where the name Good Goog originated, goog is a childish name for an egg in Australia, and also just happens to be what author Zoey sometimes calls her daughter, Riley – in a good way, of course. Good Goog hit the blogosphere in 2009 as an outlet for Zoey's passion for writing and has since become popular reading amongst other blogger mums and parents alike. Her photos, especially, are worth logging on for.|
|Hear Mum Roar|
|Hear Mum Roar is a mainly a blog about creativity and motherhood, and the challenges that brings. It's about finding fun things for the kids to do while being frugal, which always requires a level of creativity in itself, and teaching them about a greener way of life. Like a few other bloggers, the brain behind Hear Mum Roar chooses to remain anonymous, but it doesn't take away from the fact that she offers a lot to other parents – many of her posts are informative and insightful, drawing readers back time after time… even when your hosting service threatens to eat your blog, which hers has.|
|Not intentionally created as a mummy blog, Just Me is the personal musings of Sarah, mother of six-year-old Alexzander and soon-to-be three Juliette. She is quite open about being an IVF mum and writes about her kids often, but the blog doesn't entirely revolve around them. She is a bit of a craft queen, loves decorating cakes and hopes to one day become a professional photographer; until then she'll be wandering about the web, being just her.|
|Having been around since 2006, Miscellaneous Mum is one of the older Aussie mummy blogs in cyberspace. Written by professional writer and publisher Karen Andrews, Miscellaneous Mum started out as an avenue to relay her personal thoughts and feelings as a mum and wife. Five years on Karen is still doing that, but now teaches other people how to run a successful blog, too.|
|With a varied background in publishing, sales and PA work, Jodie Ansted is happiest now as a stay-at-home mum to three boys. She started her blog Mummy Mayhem in late 2009 after rediscovering her love of writing and blogs regularly about life with her family and blogging. Jodie also has a penchant for good food and wine, which inspired her to start another blog Mummy Mayhem's Recipe Box. In it she shares everyday recipes, meal plans for kids, and even how to make your own colourful Playdough.|
|Not Drowning, Mothering|
|Not Drowning, Mothering is yet another witty blog about motherhood, this time detailing the antics of life with three children while contending with a husband, a cat and a dog into the bargain. Some of the posts are laugh-out-loud funny, and you don't have to be a mum to appreciate the humour as it's not all about parenting. Although, other parents will definitely appreciate the Domestic Godlessness section of the blog, there parents volunteer to share scenes of their not-quite-so-domesticated bliss through photos of their respective homes in total disarray. Neat freaks, beware!|
|By her own admission the author of Picklebums, Kate, says the blog is an eclectic jumble of this and that, a bit like the oddment box at your local fabric shop. There are posts on parenting, cooking, gardening, living sustainably and some fabulous shots of the countryside where they live, which might make some people pine for the same change in life the Picklebums (not real name) undertook.|
|Random Ramblings of a Stay at Home Mum|
|Random Ramblings of a Stay at Home Mum did indeed start out like many other mummy blogs, with Lori delivering words of wisdom on parenting and sharing her woes on post natal depression, until January this year, when Lori suffered the tragic loss of her husband. Lori, a mother of two young children has stayed unbelievably strong throughout her ordeal and continues to write daily, sharing her emotions and very personal thoughts with her readers.|
|Some Day We Will Sleep|
|Sleepless Nights is written by Tasmanian Veronica Foale, a mother to two young children, Amy and Issac. Four-year-old Amy is undergoing testing for Asperger Syndrome and has been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, as has two-year-old Issac. Veronica herself suffers from the inherited connective tissue disorder, which sees joints partially or fully dislocating at any time. It's painful, annoying and there is no cure. Veronica writes about life with her kids, dealing with Ehlers Danlos and raising ducks on her farm for market.|
|So Now What?|
|Even though Bern Morley's blog, So Now What? only went live about a year and a half ago, it has quickly gained something of a following amongst parents. The mother of three and wife to one shares stories about antics with her family, hilarious nights out with the girls and more serious posts about dealing with a child with Asperger's. No matter what's up for discussion there is always the hint of humour, which makes it a good read.|
|Otherwise known as Catherine Oehlman, SguiggleMum is one of the more well-known blogger mums online. As well as frequently updating her own blog this mother of two is a teacher, writer and radio broadcaster – she has a weekly slot on Brisbane radio. Being an avid book lover many of SquiggleMum's posts relate to literacy and the importance of reading for children. She also offers lots of tips and advice regarding play, especially of the outdoor type.|
|Tina Gray (dot) Me|
|With the tagline: experiencing life at several WTFs per minute, you know you're in for a bit of a laugh reading Tina Gray's blog. The mother of five has been blogging for quite some time – since around 2004 – and has made it her mission to learn how to earn using her blog. She mainly blogs about her family and home life, but also gives her ten cents worth on blogging, women's issues and photography. More recently, Tina was part of the planning committee for the Aussie Bloggers Conference, which makes you wonder where she gets the time to do it all!|
|Under the Yard Arm|
|Under the Yardarm was started in 2009 by mum and teacher, Naomi. After spending time lurking around other blogs by mums she decided to sate her appetite for the written word by diving headlong into the blogging arena. With an honest approach to her stories on motherhood and being a woman Naomi is like so many other mums, seeking the perfect balance between work and life while juggling a handful of children, and a dog.|
|It all started in 2006, when the woman behind Veggie Mama read Fast Food Nation. From then on, she ditched the flesh and turned to vegetarianism, which unbeknownst to her would lead the way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a foodie journalist. With an already established career in journalism, it was easy to transfer her skills to the online world allowing her to revel in a passion for food, sharing scrummy vegetarian recipes. At the minute, though, Veggie Mama is mainly cooking a new bubba, which should be ready any time soon!|
|Wheres My Glow|
|Some people swear on their grannies that a certain 'glow' comes with pregnancy. Well, like so many other mums, Glowless completely missed that boat and dedicated an entire blog to the fact. It details her not-so-glowing changes through pregnancy, birth and what it's like to be a mum to her little nine-month-old boy. In the real world Glowless works as a freelance makeup artist, but admits to being slightly addicted to social media so spends most of her time on the intertubes.|
|Written by Mrs Woog, a mother of two boys, Woogs World is a blog about daily life as a mother and wife. With smatterings of humour in each post, Mrs W attempts to make the most of the mundane. As well as posts about her family's antics she carries out a number of product reviews so other mums know what is tried, tested and recommended.|
|Writing Out Loud|
|After deciding to pack in her corporate career and become a stay-at-home mum, writer Megan found that she needed something to fill her time and stop her brain from turning to rust, so she started blogging. Writing Out Loud is not just about mummyhood, though stories about her two-year-old daughter appear frequently; it's about whatever is happening in Megan's life, whether it's renovating, travelling, baking or photography, she's happy to share her journey with you.|
Background to the Awards
Home Loan Finder has worked with the team at Aussie Mummy Bloggers to recognise the leading 23 Aussie Mummy Bloggers currently wreaking havoc on the Australian blogosphere. The awards feature exclusive interviews with each of the bloggers revealing details of how they got into blogging, what they enjoy blogging about most and links to the posts they are most proud of.
Whether they are offering readers their most addictive recipes, giving tips on their latest arts and crafts projects, discussing what topics NOT to bring up at your next dinner party or just writing about the trials and tribulations of being an Australian mum-each of these bloggers has been chosen for bringing something new to the mummy blogger community to keep their readers coming back for more.
Vote for your Favourite Blogger - the Blogger with the Most Votes Wins an iPad 2!
You can take part in the awards by voting for your favourite blogger from the awards with the blogger with the most votes at the end of the two week voting period taking home their very own Apple iPad!
How do I Vote?
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The blogger with the most Facebook Likes and Twitter Tweets at the end of the two week period will be declared the official winner of the awards!
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