About MummyBarrow

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About Me

Hello, and welcome to my corner of the world wide interweb.   I started blogging as the 140 characters on Twitter were no longer enough and as I have so much to say people increasingly suggested I blog.   That was 2011 and I haven’t looked back.

Not for one second did I ever think that in 2013 I would win not one but two Brilliance in Blogging Awards.  One for my use of Social Media (ie being all over it) and another in the Commentary category for being a founding member of Team Honk and the work we started with Comic Relief.  Or that in 2014 I would be involved in winning another Brilliance in Blogging Award for Team Honk’s work, and also a MAD Blog award for the same.    Team Honk is something I fiercely proud to be a part of and is something that is a direct result of blogging and shows perfectly the power of social media.   To date it has raised over £70,000 for Comic Relief and brought together a band of over 200 bloggers to not only raise funds but awareness of the good work the charity does.

As for me personally.  Well I am rapidly approaching 50 and the wrong side of a size 16.  Mum of three and married to Mr B .

All my friends call me T (family call me TT), so pull up a chair and join me

I am MummyB and just trying to get through each week to be honest.   I am a firm believer that life is for living and we make our own luck in life so I like to grab each day with both hands.  That isn’t to say that I also like to collapse on the sofa with a cuppa and a few biscuits every now and again though.   This blog has allowed me to do some incredible adventures, either alone or with my family and I will always be grateful for those.   I am passionate about a whole variety of things and hate to see injustice in the world.
I also have a new found love of photography so like nothing more than grabbing my camera at the weekend and heading off to take photos.  Before coming home to a large glass of gin.
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Mr B is my long suffering husband.  He is fluent in French and German and really likes the finer things in life.  Give him a decent bottle of wine or a fabulous steak and he will be in heaven.   Works in IT  and has a long commute so being able to relax is high on his list of priorities.   As is more time to play golf.   And play with cameras.
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Spare time together is rare as weekends are spent with extended family who often need our attention but we are trying to find that balance again where we get to spend a bit more time at home, or  planning the next trip.  Especially since we bought Betty the Bus (our gorgeous new camper van) recently and have only managed one overnight stay in her so far.    Mr B is also a keen golfer and photographer, though clearly not at the same time.  Whilst I like to explore, I am not one for lying on a beach.
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C is now 24 and has left home to set up her own nest and is now married to Mr M.   Working all the hours she can, C is never idle and makes me proud everyday.  She is a fashion junkie, and a fierce shark activist who will pick up any plastic she finds that isn’t in a bin.
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J is 23 and walked straight into his first job after leaving college.   Doing all things accounting that I can’t begin to understand (having done A Levels that made my brain hurt when I even thought about them)  Heavily into music and a complete petrol head, more so now he has passed his test and has his own car, which has rapidly become his pride and joy.   We have more cleaning products than Halfords.   When it comes to cars he knows it all.   And then some.  Also into every gadget known to mankind.   He makes me smile and very proud every day.
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E is 19, working more hours than should be legal and the proud owner of a car called Patrick.   More computer literate than I care to admit and knows it all (and I don’t mean that in a sarcastic way, she really does).   One of the most streetwise people I have ever met who has organised several trips abroad with friends where she has thought of everything for every eventuality beforehand in a way that makes me think “you are so brilliant”.      Another one that makes me proud of everything she does.
The rest of the household is made up of a mad dog, two cats, and a couple of chinchillas.
I think that is pretty much all you need to know about me, and the rest of the Barrow household but if you do have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask here or drop me and email:  tanya at mummybarrow dot com  or tweet me @mummybarrow

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