My name is Emma Reed and I am an Author, Blogger and Freelance Writer. I live in Hampshire with my husband, Rob, my 7-year-old son, Jake, 3-year-old son, William and the latest addition to our family, Tessa the Border Terrier puppy.
I would describe myself as fun, outgoing, honest, musical, sociable and a bit of a control freak… I just like things organised! Who I am today has mostly been determined by the fact that I was brought up by a strong, single mother– my best friend and role model– who was sadly taken from us far too soon by the big C word in 2003. This has led me to look at life from a different perspective and to continue to do things that would make her proud… my boys being the biggest thing I could bring!
I’ve been a trainee veterinary nurse, a store manager and a teaching assistant prior to having children (I know, very varied!) but my new venture of becoming a writer began in February 2016 when I self-published my first book after having my first son, Jake. ‘Your Teething Baby, from one parent to another’ came about because I found very little information about the teething process when I so desperately needed it so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I have brought together everything I have learnt and researched on this topic in order to try and help other parents going through this development. It is available now on Amazon as a paperback for £10.99 and kindle for £4.50.
Writing my book led to the start of my blog which began as a place for me to share my thoughts and parenting experiences, to give you ideas for days’ out, to provide tips I am learning about parenthood along the way and to voice my opinions on the tough parts of being a Mother. It does still hold a lot of these values but in the last couple of years, I have taken a more eco-focused route not only in my writing but also within my life. With my main messages that anybody can be eco and small sustainable steps are the way forward, I want to show my readers that living more eco-friendly shouldn’t be hard, that it is achievable and simple to fit in with your lifestyle.
Of course, the biggest inspirations in my life and for my writing are my boys, so let’s meet them…
Jake, well what can I say? He came into our lives on Christmas Day 2013 via emergency c-section and has continued to surprise us ever since! He is an energetic, active boy who jumps into things with both feet and it is very hard to get him to sit still… unless a good film is involved. He is caring, sensitive, sociable and loveable– you just cannot resist that cheeky grin! He has taken to being a big brother so naturally and adores William. He is big on family and has the softest spot for his Auntie Jen (my sister). He started school in 2018 and I still really miss having him around every day and getting up to all of our adventures but he is already doing so well and has so many new friends.
My second crazy little bundle of joy who decided to pop on into the world a whole 8 weeks early! I know, I don’t seem to do normal when it comes to having babies! Born weighing just 4lb 2 oz he has astounded us since his arrival by coming home from hospital after just three weeks in NICU, gaining weight, observing his brother and learning from him which led quickly to smiles, sitting up, moving about and eating very, very well all within months. He is a smiler from the moment he wakes until he goes to sleep and he makes each day special. He is now two is always running about and causing chaos all over the house and is a constant reminder of how amazing preemie babies are; I am very, very proud of him.
He is also the main reason that I began a more sustainable way of living.
It All Started With a Cloth Nappy…
We made the switch to cloth nappies in 2018 which has led to many more eco-friendly changes and my passion for saving the planet being reignited. I am loving our eco-journey and documenting what we are doing on my blog as well as on my social media. My hashtag #TheCheekOfClothNappies is becoming more and more popular and it is helping to raise awareness of the benefits of going reusable. Making these changes is important for our children’s future and I will continue to use my platforms to inspire others to consider what swaps they can also make.
And will I have any more babies, you ask? Well, never say never…
My blog has developed over the last few years and has turned from my hobby into my little business. I love the fact that I can work from home and around my two little guys and of course, they love getting involved too. Jake adores reviewing the products and since making his first YouTube video he is very eager to appear in more. William is already proving very popular with his infectious smile and was selected as a Turtle Tots Ambassador in 2018.
I now also offer freelance services for others who need content provided for their websites and I am currently the blog writer for Splash About. A blog is a great way to bring traffic to your site and if you would like to speak to me regarding writing for you please do so via the contact me page.
*Images courtesy of Ewa Jones Photography (You can read my full review here)