(20)17 Tit-Bits on Coffee, Kids & Ice Cream

Happy New Year! I’m sure it was 2012 just five minutes ago and already it’s 2017. Is anyone else wondered how that happened? By this point, I was pretty convinced I would be back in my size skinnies, with an enthusiasm and zest for life that comes with daily yoga practice and an over consumption of kale. Rather than an over reliance on caffeine and a mild addiction to fried goods in any form, but c’est la vie! There’s always this year to reform, right?

Much like everyone else, during December I was mainly busy dishing out Father Christmas related threats, panic buying presents and trying not to drink booze pre 12pm.   So the blog fell on the well-fueled back burner along with my will power and ability to make a rational decision. To those new to Coffee, Kids & Ice Cream you’d be forgiven for thinking I just wrote ranty posts regarding my under carriage, so to mark the start of 2017 I thought I would tell you 17 tit-bits about me and the blog (see what I did there…) to give you an idea of what we’re all about.

  1. Above and beyond anything else, Coffee, Kids & Ice Cream is a tool that helps me survive daily life as a Stay-at-home-Mum. Whether it is a post on a personal experience, a parenting related news topic, or a recommendation on a new soft play centre that sells damn good coffee – this blog is my space to process and share my honest feelings on parenthood (and life in general) in the hope that it resonates and makes another mum (or dad) having a shite day feel that tiny bit better
  1. I am married to an ice cream pedlar with a factory in East London called Valente Brothers. In answer to the most common questions: yep, we pretty much always have ice cream in the freezer. No, I don’t eat it all the time. Despite it being totally delicious (obvs) I’m a savoury girl, hence the fried food addiction
  1. In those hazy days pre-kids I always thought my parenting style would be something along the lines of Mary Poppins (play games, all sorts). In reality it’s more Miss Trunchball on a hangover
  1. In between blogging, housework and shouting at my kids I am attempting to bash out my first novel – a life long ambition. I have just finished a three-month course with the Faber Academy learning the craft of fiction writing and the goal is to have a first draft finished by August 2017 (now I’ve said it, I HAVE to do it!)
  1. I have the mental age of a 13 year old. I grapple daily with the thought of being a grown up and the ruder the joke, the better
  1. Weird for a blogger but I’m not a big fan of social media. On a good day it’s great, on an average day it’s informative, and on a bad day it’s down right depressing. Why don’t you log off you may ask? Because I love sharing my ramblings and I hope, one day, when I start begging approaching publishers, my online profile will spark their interest. That’s why every like, share and comment counts. It may just be a post you flick through in your newsfeed, but to a blogger every post is a step forward towards a long-term goal and your support helps us get there (nauseating moment over…I’m so sorry…)
  1. I am the youngest of three children and I have two big brothers. I rarely see my eldest brother and his boys and this makes my heart ache
  1. BC (before Coco) I worked in Entertainment PR. Highlights include film premieres and photo shoots with the likes of Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Fassbender (even if it was ordering their cabs and tracking down Leon chicken salads). Low points include slogging my guts out to push the likes of Furry Vengeance on DVD. Don’t remember that one? Yep, enough said
  1. We own two lop eared rabbits called Biscuit and Blue. We should rename them BIG and MISTAKE but luckily for them they are super cute. Despite the fact Blue recently pissed in the sofa
  1. We celebrated New Year’s Eve with a morning sesh at All Star Lanes, a Happy Meal at the Golden Arches, followed by hot dogs on the sofa watching Hot Fuzz. We hit the hay at 10.30pm – rock ‘n’ roll!
  1. My family has a history of mental illness. My mum has suffered from depression since my dad left when I was seven, and I sadly suffered from this dick of a disease in 2013. I feel much better these days, but I will always worry I could slip back to how I felt back then.  The reaction to the post I wrote on my experience titled, Why Mum Must Come First (Sometimes) is what convinces me to keep on blogging
  1. My top three favourite ways to relax are book, bath and…a spa. Very little makes me happier in life than a super firm massage
  1. I hate how society loves a label. SAHM vs working mum, bottler feeder vs boob feeder. Ultimately we’re all parents trying our very best to keep our offspring alive and our sanity in tact. Enough said on the matter
  1. I lived in a girls boarding house attached to my school for ten months whilst my mum lived abroad. When I moved out one of my boarding buds drew a massive penis on my bedroom wall. It was St Trinians on speed
  1. I have no shame in writing about my vagina as demonstrated in my post, Let’s Talk About Fanny. Ok, maybe just a little bit when my neighbour told me her husband had read it #awkward
  1. Other than the odd freebie (I’m talking one or two) I haven’t made a penny from Coffee, Kids & Ice Cream. I’ve decided to shy away from product reviews, as I like the freedom of rambling on about whatever topic I fancy. Also if I keep banging on about my fanny, the only brand that’d be willing to work with me is Tampax
  1. I’m the kind of girl that advertises for friends. Determined not to hang around a blog event like a Barbara no mates I put up a post asking for any potential pals who’d like to hang out. Not sure what this says about me, but I hope it shows I’m a more mates the merrier kind of girl. In short, you can always sit at my table…

So here I am in all my glory! I hope upon reading this you’re more inclined to love me than leave me, but for those who stay, I hope I’m able to provide a few laughs along the way in this mad journey we call parenting.

Gemma x

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