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About Me

I'm a qualified social worker, freelance journalist, sub-editor and proofreader based in Sussex.

Most importantly, I'm a single parent to my gorgeous 4-year-old son, who I call Chunk within this blogs.

I currently write pregnancy blog: The Pregnant Pessimist, parent blog: Confessions of a Single Parent Pessimist and plus size/tall Fashion and Beauty blog: Tall, Curvy Mumma.

Within social work, I assess foster carers & kinship carers on a freelance basis for local authorities & IFAs.

Writing is my passion, particularly if it can help to raise awareness and/or empower people in a positive way. As a teenager I spent my spare time working as a youth consultant for local councils, charities and organisations to advocate for the needs of young people/mental health/sexual health and more. Through this voluntary work I began to write for my local newspaper (The Argus) on their monthly young people's page about the different ways young people could fight for their rights, feel empowered and access support services in the area.

This gave me the 'writers bug' and I've been a writer ever since. When I became pregnant in 2011 I began to blog about my pregnancy journey, and from there on it has become a passion and concrete part of my life.

Journalism and social work are two careers where writing (and writing well) is essential, and I strongly believe the written word is the most effective way to engage and expand your customer base.

What I can offer

Sponsored posts, product reviews, advertising banners and giveaways on my parent & lifestyle or fashion blogs

Proofreading, editing and rewriting content


Feature articles for newspapers/magazines

Freelance article/blog writing

Social work assessments (Form F, Form C, SGO, Pre-birth etc)

This Blog

This is a blog about my life as a single parent to my beautiful little man Chunk and about life in general. 

I became a single parent when Chunk was 6 weeks old, and I've done literally everything (financially, emotionally and practically) for him ever since, and I'm still alive to tell the tale!

My first blog, The Pregnant Pessimist, detailed my experiences of my pregnancy in all its detail and this is the next chapter.

I call myself a single parent pessimist,  because I'm blunt, honest and realistic: something many of those optimists out there would describe as pessimistic :)

As well as my rants, advice and general chit chat, I also review places/products/services that are relevant to parents, home, lifestyle and children and families, from parenting books to potties and mummy pampering products! 

You may also find the odd competition giveaway and random post about my lovelife.

Nothing I write is to offend, it's purely a space for me to vent and reflect on my achievements and failures in the wonderful, but scary world of lone parenting.


  1. Really good blog, I love reading it, well done!

  2. I was just searching for blogs to follow and the title of yours really caught my attention - I love how honest this is! More people need to tell the truth about the ups and downs of parenthood.

    I'm not a single parent, but my husband is a medical resident working 80+ hours a week so I take care of our 5 month old daughter alone 98% of the time. Can't wait to dig in and find some stuff I'm sure I'll relate to!


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