We are so excited to announce that our blogger of the year is not one but two bloggers! One Hull of A Mum and One Hull of A Dad are two bloggers who are married but share different opinions, blogging styles and more. This dynamic duo does a lot in the blogging world, with many friends and readers from all over the world. Read more about One Hull of A Mum and One Hull of a Dad, how they met, what blogging is to them and some mad flirting skills 😉

Expect honesty, humor and a lot of fun with these two bloggers!

Let’s hear from One Hull of A Mum First

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Tell us your love story… How did you two meet?

Me and Rich met in 2005, I was working at a supermarket as a check out girl and he kept coming in for his dinner, One day he came in with my cousin….Turns out they worked together!! I told her that I thought he was a little bit dishy and thought no more about it. My job sucked and was looking for a new one so my cousin asked if I would be interested in working at her place (I’m sure Rich has told you all that I went to work there so I could stalk him!!) So off I went. I couldn’t look him in the eye and every time he walked past me I’d half smile and put my head down….Why would he fancy me!?

Over the next few weeks of constantly awkward hello’s we all left to go home and it was snowing, hard!! I thought at that point it would be a great idea to make a snowball and throw it at him!!! I couldn’t even make eye contact to say hello yet I threw a snowball at him!! From then on we started chatting, exchanged numbers, had a few dates, got married and had two children!!

You two are a dynamic duo of blogging husbands and wives. It is a definite relationship goals situation. Did you both decide to blog at the same time or separately?

Aww thank you! No we didn’t I was really REALLY surprised when Rich said he was starting a blog! He never talks about his feelings and bottles everything up, So It was a shock to hear he was telling the world about his life. I started a few months after Rich did, I have always read and been interested in Blogs so when he started one and explained how easy it was I knew I had to start my own.

Both of you have honest blogs that are no nonsense. Why is it so important to portray real life instead of an Instagram perfect parenting blog?

It’s important to us to be real! It seems people have gone from posing fake happy/perfect family life to posing and looking stressed. I don’t get it I don’t get time to “pose” either way. I want to read “real” parenting blogs, the ones with the tears, tantrums and stories of sexless marriages. The ones that make me feel “normal” and not alone when I read them!

What was the first month of being a parent like for you?

The feeling was amazing the amount of love I had for this tiny person was incredible! It was a love that I had never felt before. Then there is the other side of the story which is pretty grim! I had a bad birth and I was pretty immobile for the first week or two. I went from having a full nights sleep to 2 hours a night! Its a big shock to the system and I found myself crying at adverts!! It was exhausting!! but amazing!! Put the two together and its pretty strange.

Where do you both see your blogs in five years?

I don’t really see my blog going anywhere different because right now I find it hard to understand why people read the things I write! I am dyslexic so it can be pretty tough, especially when I see people slating others on their writing, but I just write what’s is in my head and my heart, it will make sense to some people! I would love to be at stage were people want me to write for them. At the moment though I love writing and its for myself as an outlet, its like a digital therapy!

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Tell us your love story… How did you two meet?

We met at work. We both worked for a fashion retailer called Matalan back in 2005. Kerry used to work for Lidl and I would sometimes pop in there to get something for my dinner. This is where she would stare doe-eyed at me as I saunter up to the checkout with my sandwich and bottle of coke. She would tell her cousin who worked at Matalan with me about how she found me simply irresistible. A few months later Kerry got a job at Matalan, her stalking level was just upped a notch. Kerry has an infectious laugh and is beautiful, I am neither. “opposites attract” has never been more fitting than us two! I’m not quite sure what else attracted me to Kerry, it definitely wasn’t the time she threw a snowball at my head in the car park after work About four months after working together and going out with work friends we went on a few dates and then the rest as they say, is history. We have now been together 11 years, married for 7 and have two children together!

You two are a dynamic duo of blogging husbands and wives. It is a definite relationship goals situation. Did you both decide to blog at the same time or separately?

Separately. I have been blogging about a year and a half now. Christmas 2016 I got a tablet for and I had thought about starting a blog. I had no idea what I would write about but I just had it in my head that I wanted to give it a go. Fast forward six months later when I actually decided to act on that thought and my first blog post was born. Kerry started her blog a month later after she saw how straight forward it can be to set one up, after all, if I could do it then anyone could. Both of you have honest blogs that are no nonsense.

Why is it so important to portray real life instead of an Instagram perfect parenting blog?

Simply put, parenting is hard. It is too tiring to try and create the picture perfect social media profile, plus everyone knows that your life isn’t really like that so why lie? We’re both honest about how hard parenting can be and also about how amazing it is. It is also very helpful to see that many other parents are going through the same things as you. If we were the only people posting “True” family life photos I would be very concerned about my parenting technique. If I can make just one dad think “I’m glad it’s not just me” with something I post then I’m happy. We all have great times, we all have bad times in parenting and pretty much everyone is having the exact same times as you.

What was the first month of being a parent like for you?

Tiring. I was scared. I wasn’t sure if I could do the whole parent thing. When Joseph was born I was instantly in love with him. When you take them home and the visits from family members stop, you realise you’re on your own and you have to keep this tiny thing alive by yourselves. I didn’t sleep very well as every little noise he would make in his cot would wake me up or when I didn’t think he was making enough noise I would wondering why, what was wrong with him? Turns out nothing. He was fine, we were tired and I found a new love for coffee!

I blog as a hobby, I don’t do it for the money or free stuff (although that is awesome!). I write because I want to. I am still to this day surprised that people enjoy what I write, I would just like this to continue. For anyone to recognise my blog as something they enjoy is amazing and I want to thank The Babyspot for recognising us both, we love you! I had no idea that awards for blogging, blogging conferences etc even existed, being nominated for a blogging award would be amazing and to win one would be even better. I wont change the way I do things though to get these awards, I want to stay true to the fact that I write as a hobby where and whenever I have something to say.