About me

Hello! I'm Jen, a midlands-based mum of three boys. I've previously worked as a nurse but am now self-employed, splitting my time between running my business and blogging. 

Rice Cakes and Raisins is a parenting and lifestyle blog. The idea was first born after the birth of my second-child, when I began to have faith that after all the worry, self-doubt and guilt that can come from being a first-time parent, that really, I'd been doing just fine. 

I want others to know that it's OK to just be you, to not have parenting and adult life completely figured out, that it's OK to sometimes be a bit rubbish at it, to want to scream into the abyss one minute and at the next, squeeze them to pieces because they've been so cute you might die. 

My journey here hasn't been entirely smooth sailing; our first pregnancy wasn't to be and the pain and sadness of this time still creeps up on me when I'm not expecting it. I hope that by raising awareness of miscarriage in this blog, I can be of some support and comfort for others who have experienced this. We now have three beautiful boys and for that we are so blessed. Life now is very busy; it's varied and chaotic, but ultimately happy! 

I've called the blog Rice cakes and Raisins because if there was any one product that has summed up being a mum for me, it's rice cakes and bloomin' raisins (wipes too- but that didn't have such a good ring).