Ashley Gardner AKA @mumblepieblog #showtherealyou

Ashley is a first time mum to beautiful Maggie. Maggie is 8 months new and has been a huge inspiration to her mumma creating her new blog, http://mumblepie.com.au/wp/ . So proud of Ashley for taking the leap and starting her webpage. She is a farmers wife, which I think is so cool (yes I just said cool). Ashley is a journalist and a crazy cat lover. She contacted me to be apart of the segment and of course I was happy to have her share her story. Being a new mummy my self, I am constantly looking up mummy blogs and vlogs to seek what other mummas are going through and if the feelings I feel  are the same as others. 
This weeks #showtherealyou woman is Ashley Gardner AKA @mumblepieblog so put your feet up, have a wine or a cuppa and enjoy the read…
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Firstly, I love your Instagram name @mumblepieblog! Can you tell me how you came up with it?
Thank you! Mumble Pie  is my blog name and came from a play on “humble pie”, my love of food and becoming a mum and its associated ramblings. It took me a while to think of something fun and original – there are so many great bloggers out there and I think being original is the key!

 Can you tell myself and my followers a little about yourself and what your page/blog  is all about?

I’m a 29-year-old, mum to eight-month-old Maggie and wife to farmer Ian. We live in a small country town in NSW on a farm and when I’m not a mummy, I’m a journalist at the newspaper. I’ve been on Instragram for a while now, mostly posting pictures of my cats, farm life and food, but when I was pregnant last year I decided to start a blog to document our lives as we delved into the world of parenting in the hopes that someone out there may relate to my experiences. I also love to feature other Insta mums and bloggers who I have a mum crush on, like yourself and Amy Waterhouse (not Winehouse). Sometimes I don’t get a lot of time to write blog posts, so it gets over taken with pictures of Maggie, but that’s mum life! I also love to cook, so often I will include recipes and pictures of food on my pages.

As a busy mumma what is your go to workout? How often do you find the time to move your body?

I find the easiest workout to do as a busy mumma is to put Maggie in the pram and go for a long walk around the farm, she goes to sleep and I get exercise, everyone is a winner. I log onto Snap Chat in the morning and see that you have gone for a walk, and I think yep I better get off the couch today and go for a walk! I attempt to do some form of exercise every day, but it doesn’t always happen, as you know, babies are unpredictable. Although I’ve recently found my motivation again and have joined a local boot camp, as well as a boxing class. I also love to play tennis, so I play in a competition once a week. My Fitbit also holds me accountable, unless of course it’s charging, then I can’t leave the couch if the steps don’t count!

 Favourite activewear?

As someone who has always been self conscious of their body, I have always opted for whatever covers everything up the best. Since becoming a mum, I am less self conscious – go figure? So now I wear tights as pants and am in love with a pair of Lorna Jane, suck me in, 3/4 tights. I also recently purchased a Caden Shae nursing sports bra, and that was certainly money well spent! I love it!

When you are having a rough day, what do you believe helps you to pull through?

Smiles from Maggie fix everything! I’m also lucky to have a very supportive husband and hands on Daddy to Maggie so if I need a break, he is there! Also going for a walk around the farm is great to clear the head.
Favourite quote or mantra?
“Happiness is simple: someone to love, something to do, something to look forward to” – Rita Mae Brown

Do you ever get a chance to share date night with your man? If so where do you go?

We were able to have a date night for my birthday recently so we went to the movies and out for dinner in Tamworth. There actually isn’t a lot of places to go where we live, but just being able to spend some quality time together every now and again is nice!
What is one of your proud mumma moments?
Maggie has recently started to crawl, so that is my latest proud mumma moment! I think everything she does is wonderful (true biased parent here), so I have so many proud moments!

Something you do for yourself?

I love to relax in a bubble bath, so I try to do this at least once a week! I also love to cook and read books so that’s usually where you can find me when Maggie is napping.
Bootcamp has become my new proper me time. Ian takes Maggie on the tractor and I go to town and go to bootcamp with a friend, I’ve been sick lately so have missed a couple of sessions and I really miss it.

 Who inspires you?

My greatest inspiration lately is all the mummy bloggers I follow, you, Amy Waterhouse
The Young Mummy, The Modern Mumma, House of White and Mad Max Mum are some of my faves. We are all in this together and I love the support fellow mummies create, even if you don’t know them personally, reading blogs or looking at Insta photos can be very inspiring!

 Dream job?

This will come as a total surprise to most. My dream job has always been to become a pilot, very different from journalism. It’s a hard and very expensive field to get into, especially in the country, so maybe one day! I have always loved to write though, so journalism was always on the cards. Maybe I could combine the two.
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