Worth Casing Blog Spotlight | Mums Take Five

Aussie Parenting Blog | Mums Take Five featured on AGent mystery case

Today, I’m super excited to be introducing you to our latest worth casing blogger, Bel from Mums Take Five. Mums Take Five provides a space dedicated for busy mums. With all things family related: Recipes, Reviews, Gardening, Crafts, Outings and much, much, more. It’s your place to head to find solutions, relate with other mums and become inspired.

 

Aussie Parenting Blog | Mums Take Five featured on AGent mystery case

 

How long have you been blogging and why did you start? 

 

Mums Take Five was established back in 2009, seems so long ago now.  It all began with a silly suggestion from my husband and turned out to be something that just worked and an endeared part of my life.

 

MT5 has changed and evolved over the years but still has the same basis an easy everyday resource for busy mums. We’re just the standard stuff, the real stuff, without the fancy bells and whistles. We’re heading into our eighth year of blogging this year, and can definitely say we’re in it for the long haul.

 

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Can you tell us a bit about your blog and what we can expect to see in the next 12 months? 

 

We share lots of recipes and crafts, a bit of gardening, handy tips and some great stories. We enjoy sharing our lives in the hopes to inspire, motivate and relate with other busy mums. Our readers like our recipes and crafts most and we have great engagement with our competitions.

 

We’ve been lucky enough to work with some really great brands in the children and parenting space, and we love to share these brands and the opportunities for our readers that come with them. Over the next 12 months we’ll be looking to evolve MT5 yet again, and as our children get older we’ll naturally create content that can grow with our kids.

 

Having been in the business of blogging for 7 years now, I’ve learnt a lot about all that techy stuff (which I love), the business stuff, and about the mum running a business from the dining room table amongst the piles of washing and the overflowing dishwasher.  MT5 will be pivoting a little to share these experiences with my reader so that I can continue to support the MT5 community as we all look to achieve our dreams, goals, and business ideas.

 

Do you have a favourite place or dedicated space for blogging?  

 

The dining room table is usually my hover space for writing.  As long as I’ve got laptop, power, and a fresh cup of coffee I’m all good.

 

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What are your must have tools and resources when it comes to blogging?

 

My phone for taking quick pics, I use Google Drive for writing, sharing, notes, bookwork…. everything and I love PicMonkey for quick photo editing and making things look awesome.

 

Have you ever experienced blogger’s block and what are your top tips for when it strikes?  

 

Thankfully bloggers block is not something I’ve ever really experienced. In fact it’s the opposite. I have so much content and not enough time to publish it.  I’m forever writing notes and ideas down (my draft folders are quite horrific).

 

What have been your blogging highlights and biggest challenges?

 

I’ve been really fortunate with some wonderful opportunities working with some great brands. I’ve also done a bit of work for brands that hasn’t been related to MT5 at all and I have enjoyed those opportunities.  I’ve met some fabulous people and made some life long friendships.

 

Another highlight would have to be the massive growth of my technical knowledge.  I had no idea when I started my little blog that I would need to know as much technical stuff as I did, let alone find it fascinating.  I really enjoy the massive forever evolving online world, there is always so much to know, learn and discover.

 

Biggest challenges is time management.  I’m still a Mum to three busy kids first, I have a house to run and I also assist a couple of small businesses with their digital marketing.  Balancing everything can sometimes be tricky but I’m pretty driven so it all gets done.

 

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Who inspires you and what’s on your Worth Casing list when it comes to other bloggers? 

 

I like to read blogs that educate me and provide me value.  I think it’s really important as a blogger to establish your own identity, and to really know what you want to achieve with your blog. Blogging has evolved so much in the years since MT5 first started.

 

Everyday there’s a new blogger, and the techniques behind blogging are always changing. I like to keep on top of these trends, reader demographics and changes so that I can evolve with the tide. I like to look to the larger digital marketing firms and brands serving my target audience and see how I can re purpose their same strategies on a smaller scale to my niche audience. I view MT5 more as a site, providing guidance, resources, and community, rather than a bloggy blog.

 

What advice would you give to anyone that is thinking about starting a blog of their own? 

 

Have a plan. Start as you mean to go on. It takes a lot of hard work, make sure you’re ready for it. Know that blogging isn’t an overnight success, but it can be quite enjoyable to share your story with your readers and know that you’re genuinely helping them.

 

If you weren’t in the business of blogging what would you be doing? 

 

If I wasn’t blogging hmmmmm maybe my own pizza shop. I’ve been told I make the best pizzas around. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen with my kids creating new and interesting recipes for MT5. So if I wasn’t blogging, I think I’d still be in the kitchen, but ideally it would be a slightly larger kitchen with loads more bench space, and without the little fingers getting into everything.

 

 

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Have you met Bel from Mums Take Five? When was the last time you took five minutes for yourself?

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  • All the techy stuff! Constantly changing and slipping out of my head.
    I always enjoy a read around Mums Take 5.

    • I love the techy stuff. Probably more than the social media side of things.

  • Good to read and I must take five minutes for myself and go over for a browse.

    • Yes, definitely take five and go over and case Mums Take Five!

  • I must confess, having grown kids I haven’t really visited Mums Take 5 before though I just had a browse now. Lovely to hear another blogger’s story, awesome to have been blogging since 2009 and still going strong, quite an achievement!

    Visiting from #teamIBOT x

    • I must confess, I replied to everyone’s comment in my head and then became distracted and only now at 3:30 am find myself playing a game of actually replying catch up.

  • Nice post Raych I started in 2009 and am still publishing rubbish LOL

    Have a blogtastic week and thanks for commenting by 🙂

    • LOL Steve. I love your Wordless Wednesday posts. I always start my Tuesday over at your blog.

  • Great feature, well her cooking/baking looks delicious!!
    Thanks for hosting this week
    Have a beautiful week!

    • Thanks Karren. How are you? Have been thinking about you.

      • I am really good thank you for asking, Im looking forward to some cooler days to enjoy being outside.

        • We’ve had the coldest winter here. Well cold for us. And so wet.

  • pioneerpat1

    Nice interview. I try to take at five minutes for myself everyday. Sometimes I take more.

    • I need to take more than five minutes more often myself.

  • Lovely photos. The children eating muesli is impressive. I like her blog name. When the kids are young, it is hard to grab those 5 minutes of “me time”. Moms have to juggle so many things! Thanks for hosting and have a fabulous week!

    • I think I’ve blocked out that year I had three under three with the youngest 10 weeks premmie. I definitely didn’t get 5 minutes to myself back then. Seems so long ago now.

  • LydiaCLee

    I like the comment about drive to get things done – I think that’s how busy people seem to be able to write a book while doing all this other stuff too – I’m lacking a little in that department…

    • I’ve been lacking in the drive department myself lately. Just complete lack of energy will do that to you.

  • It is always nice to discover new blogs.

  • I love discovering new blogs and linkups. I am hoping to get my butt into gear and organise a linkup soon. Off to discover more new blogs!

    • Me too Kit. I don’t have nearly enough time to go looking these days. Keen to hear about your linkup.

      • I’ll be sure to let you know! I need to get a few ducks in a row and you know get clear in my head the purpose of it and also let go of the fact that ppl may or may not be interested (so that would totes crush me if I set it all up and noone linked up). And I also need to let go of the need to control it too much. Sure there will be a “theme” for the link up but am I ok with ppl not playing along with the theme. But I will be sure to let you know xoxo

  • Hi Bel! So lovely to catch up again! It’s easy to get so busy as a blogger and not make the rounds.
    The blogging universe does change constantly. There are so many new blogs all the time. I miss the early days sometimes!

    • I’ve been struggling to make the rounds myself. So tend to start here with everyone that links up and then if I have time, I head to other link ups for inspiration.

    • bel

      Hi Jody!!
      Haven’t seen you in ages!!
      It is so different huh. Good to see you xx

  • Impressive blogging pedigree! It must be amazing to look back on how it’s changed in that time.

    • The blogging landscape has certainly changed a lot in that time.

  • Denyse Whelan

    It was great to share your blog here Bel. I take more than 5 minutes for myself a lot now that I have no family responsibilities! Congrats on your blogging history and current blog too!

    • I think my 5 minutes involves playing catch up with blog reading. I generally make myself a pot of tea and start blog hopping. Before blogging, I would have picked up a magazine or newspaper.

  • Maria Parenti-Baldey

    Wow! You’re an expert with blogging having started sometime ago. That apple pie photo looks delicious. Will take 5mins and some. Thank you for sharing.

    • I’ve been craving that cake all day. NEED the recipe pronto.

  • Merlinda Little

    I think I started 2003. I love reading other blogs and I decided to make one myself. My first post are so bad haha. Picmonkey is my fave when it comes to editing photos!

    • Have you kept your first posts or deleted them? Keen to hear why you thought they were so bad.

  • Pretty sure I remember seeing some of these shots on Instagram. 😉 Love reading about how/why others are blogging. It’s fun to check out new sites.

    • Do you follow Mums Take Five on Instagram Emily? I’m always inspired (& hungry) thanks to the food images.

  • Sounds like a great blog! Thanks for sharing.