Tell us a bit about yourself…
Hey, my name’s Charlotte, I am a 20-something year old Mama living the normal life in Surrey with my partner in crime Liam. Over at Simply Together I share the ups and downs as first time parents, our family travels & general lifestyle updates.
Q. Why did you start blogging?
I dipped my toes into blogging whilst I was away working for Disney Cruise line. It was a way for me to easily keep everyone up to date with my travels and a place to document my adventure. When I got back that blog fizzled out. When I fell pregnant, I decided to re-start and give blogging another go. Again, a way to keep family and friends across the globe in the loop with all the goings on of our life and a place to document our life together. Since then, it’s slowly but surely becoming something more and I’m so excited to see where it takes us next!
Q. Were you inspired by anyone to start blogging – if so, who?
I wasn’t inspired by anyone in particular to be honest. I have other bloggers now who inspire me all the time and who have become my online mama tribe <3
Q. How long have you been blogging?
I started in 2015 – 2016 whilst on the ships. Then I started Simply Lottie late 2016 which then turned into Simply Together in 2017. So, not that long!
Q. Best parenting advice you’ve ever received (is there such a thing?!)
The nights are long but the years are short – too fecking true!
Q. What are your parenting bugbears?
I don’t want to offend anyone, and I’m sorry if I do.. But people who feel the need to judge other Mamas. Breastfeeding or bottle feeding, baby wearing, baby led weaning, traditional weaning, dummy or no dummy. co-sleeping or no co-sleeping, Stop with the judging already and just support each other!
Q. What advice you would you give to new parents?
Trust your gut and learn to take the opinions of others with a pinch a salt. Go with the flow and dont be too proud to accept help if you need it. Children grow too fucking fast so enjoy every single stage. As I said above, The nights are long but the years are short.
Q. What advice would you give to people thinking of starting a blog?
Do it for you and make sure you truly enjoy doing it.
Q. What are your favourite blogs (parenting or otherwise…)
Oh wow, there are a few Mama bloggers who have helped me ALOT!! I love and am lucky to also call them friends. Here goes – Jess, Rachael, Caitylis, Gee, Charlie, Laura, Eileen, Maisie and Georgia. Another Blogger/Youtuber family who I have been following for years are Brad and Hailey from Somewhere Devine – super cute couple. She’s American, he is British. They have 2 beautiful little girls, Lucy and Greta. They are a husband-wife team and make THE most amazing Youtube videos EVER that always make me want to go traveling! #FamilyGoals
Q. What are your tips for a successful blog?
I’m the wrong person to ask to be honest! But it would be;
- Write for yourself and do it because you love to write
- Don’t try to be someone you’re not
- Be yourself
Five things we don’t know about you…
Autumn/Winter are my favourite seasons.
I have an obsession with going all out for Holidays.
I’d love to have a big family.
I love black and white films – Casablanca & Sabrina being firm favorites.
Musical Theatre & Disney are a big part of my life and made me who I am today for many reasons, and for that I’m forever thankful.
You can find Charlotte at the following – BLOG, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM & PINTEREST.