We (Ruth Hill and Loretta Andrews) are two friends who met during our first-time mums’ antenatal classes in 2009. We are passionate about being the best mums we can be but also not losing our identity as women in the process. We soon realised we’re not the only mums who feel this way, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. What can you realistically do in the busy world of a mum to fulfil both criteria of mum and woman?
A happy and fulfilled mum equals a happy and fulfilled child and vice versa.
We firmly believe you can have both! So, ‘More than a Mum’ aims to help you do just that: You’ll find practical and bite-sized chunks of information, support, encouragement and resources to help you be a brilliant mum AND rediscover your identity as a woman.
Ruth is the provincial half of More than a Mum! No longer living in the big smoke she has moved out to Wiltshire to get back to her country roots. She is a secondary school teacher, breastfeeding peer supporter and home educator. She is Mum to Munchkin, a 5-year-old girl, who really knows her own mind and B2 an 18-month-old boy busily developing his own, cheeky personality! Ruth has an English degree, PGCE and Masters in Education. She believes that everyone should have the chance to be who they want to be and that where there is a will to achieve, there is always a way.
Name: Ruth Hill
Country girl with fond memories of the big smoke
Age: 30 something
Mum of: 5 yr old girl (Munchkin) & 18mnth old boy (B2)
Likes: Cheese, gin, good food, eating out, books and walks
Dislikes: Marigold gloves, sitting still through films
Top mummy tip: Be kind to yourself
Top woman tip: Make some time for you every day; even if it’s just 5 minutes
Vice: Can be blunt
Obsession: Stationery & gin
Loretta is a radio producer and presenter, freelance writer, professional singer and mum to a boisterous 5-year old boy. She has a first-class degree in Professional & Creative writing with Media Arts. Loretta is passionate about seeing women, especially mums achieve their dreams and reach their full potential.
Name: Loretta Andrews
Brown girl with big dreams
Age: 30 something
Mum of: 5 yr old boy (Bearcub)
Likes:Music, chocolate, dogs, books & eating out
Dislikes: Pushy parents, the word ‘cluster’, housework
Top mummy tip: Trust your instincts
Top woman tip: Dare to dream again
Vice: Bit of a control freak
Obsession: Toiletries & blogging