Welcome to nonstopmama, I’m so glad you’re here – tea/coffee/glass of red?!
This is where my life of the last don’t-make-me-count-them years as a beauty and features magazine writer meets the working-from-the-kitchen-table-and-always-running-late mama I am today (which I wouldn’t change for anything. Although I once tried deliberately NOT re-setting my watch when the clocks went back to improve my time management. It didn’t work).
My family has affectionately named the shelf where I store those books with titles like Confessions Of A Happily Organised Family as “Nice Idea, Never Going To Happen”.
I remain optimistic.
As a child, my dream was to be Lois – “You’re Superman!” – Lane when I grew up. Or Maria in The Sound Of Music (a non-starter, as anyone who has witnessed me trying to lead a Sunday School class will testify).
I stuck with the writing, and have had the pleasure of working on a range of British magazines and newspapers, including the Telegraph, for whom I had a weekly column for several years (the closest I came to Lois Lane-dom, although I never really had the right hair. It was blow-dried straight to within an inch of its life for my byline photo. One friend accused me of wearing a wig).
I’m even more grateful for grace, faith, friends and the wonderful, immediate and extended family whom, truly blessed to have been adopted as a baby, I’ve spent the last four decades finding out about. They are all nothing short of amazing, wonderful and more than a bit crazy-balls (I have Italian genes. Which explains a lot, including the hair).
But that’s another story, and the book which I’m trying to get around to writing.
I have endless admiration for ALL those who care for babies and children – in any and every capacity – and those who mother them in all the different ways possible.
How to go back to beauty, fashion and the frivolous stuff from there?
More than anything, I really hope you’ll have FUN here!
What these pages are absolutely not about is aspiring to be a ’yummy mummy’, or anything or anyone other than the gorgeous, wonderful mama YOU ARE, right now and in whatever form that takes, At every age and stage of life!
But a new lip gloss, nail polish or super-flattering pair of jeans certainly adds to the fun, no?!!
BIG THANKS and lot of love!!
Jenni Baden Howard
Mama, editor and author of NO books on organisation.