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Rock My Family

Author: Charlotte O'Shea

Come on admit it, how many of you guessed the next “rock my” adventure?! turns out we’re not so great at keeping secrets. But what the hell, we’ll be shouting it from the rooftops soon enough so we may as well give you lovely bunch the heads up on this fine Thursday morning.

Our maternity section has been more popular than we ever imagined, we’ve somehow managed to build a wonderful community of parents that give each other useful advice and constant support. From a personal perspective, I honestly don’t think I would’ve felt as confident as I have at my new role as a mother had it not been for all of the well wishes and positivity received on my Mabel features over the last 18 months.

As many of you will know, Rock My Style was never supposed to have a family focus as such and as a result we have kind of had to shoe horn it in. Part of our decision to create a dedicated family blog is that certain topics that we feel are really important to talk about are not always, well… stylish. And so certain motherhood related subjects are not entirely appropriate for this particular blog. The last thing we want to do is completely confuse our audience. And actually, some subjects are so thought provoking and so necessary that they should to have their own place within the world wide web, not a teeny tiny afterthought section of a drop down menu that isn’t updated regularly.

Rock My Family will have everything you already know and love about our existing websites, unique ideas, inspiration, beautiful photography and the opportunity to comment, seek advice and join in the daily witty banter. But it will also endeavour to conquer the more controversial aspects of parenting, we want to create a space where you folks always feel welcome, where you are able to find the answers to difficult questions without feeling judged or intimidated. We will ensure all judgy pants are left firmly at the proverbial door.

Rock My Family will have a team of 6 core writers, all Mamas with littles of different ages, juggling the joys of parenthood, making mistakes and learning as we go. In the not too distant future we will enable the ability for submissions via the blog – we would love to share your stories and experiences too.

We are aiming to release the new blog mid October, in the meantime you can visit www.rockmyfamily.co.uk and sign up for updates and of course follow us on our various social media platforms.

Thanks so much for being with us through this exciting and evolving journey, we can’t wait for you to join us for the next chapter.

{Contributors}

Photography by Little Beanies and Anna Clarke Photography

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119 thoughts on “Rock My Family

  1. Yay! So excited for you all! Have been madly sharing the Facebook page with all my mummy and mama-to-be friends.
    Such blooming gorgeous families too! x

    1. Ha ha Emma it does feel like an empire sometimes – and that I might lose my mind trying to remember everything (!) thanks so much for your continued support x

  2. Yay! Congratulations! I became pregnant a few months after RMS began and remember coming back to some of the maternity posts I’d seen along the way. Also, not to sound too negative but while I do look on other websites sometimes for general baby shaped advice, the tone and the way people talk to each other can sometimes be a bit unpleasant. So this will be a lovely change I’m sure! It will mean more time will be needed at the start of the day for blog checking when I go back to work soon though.. Xx

    1. Hi Jennifer, I would absolutely agree – I couldn’t find anything in the UK that I could relate to, and apart from rather judgy forums, anywhere I could seek advice from real Mums.

      I don’t like to advise anyone to get out of bed earlier but promise the new blog will be worth it πŸ™‚ x

    2. We definitely promise to be totally lovely all the time with a generous dose of real life thrown in. I can always send my littles round to wake you up extra early if you need a few extra minutes reading time!!! X

  3. This looks very exciting Charlotte & a really important addition I think. Family is all that matters – and being a mother is the most important job in the world. Really looking forward to reading this. Dee x

  4. Fab news for a rather bleary eyed Thursday morning. Looking forward to the launch and lots of lovely non judgy pants chatter.

  5. Amazing! I’ve followed the ‘Rock my’ sites since my wedding a few years ago. We’re now expecting our first baby so perfect timing πŸ™‚ xx PS Just wanted to say thanks to Charlotte for an old post which recommended Tracy Anderson’s ‘Pregnancy Project’ DVD – it’s really helping me keep my sanity! x

    1. Hi Katie! Yay, it’s so lovely to hear people follow us from blog to blog πŸ™‚

      I love Tracy, I’m going to make time to do her 15 minute dance cardio at some point today x

  6. Aah this is so exciting, I can’t wait to read! Being a mummy is tough sometimes and I’ve found a sense of humour is what gets me through most days, so having some like minded mummies (and daddies) to bounce off will be soooo much fun! Sometimes it’s like you’re reading my mind xxx

    1. Absolutely Tabitha, we want to keep a sense of humour throughout RMF. And we will definitely be having some posts from a fathers perspective x

  7. Very excited about this! I love the fact that I discovered RMW when I was engaged, then moved to RMS when I was pregnant and now will have RMF to lose more hours on and to join in with as Teddy grows up. Best of luck with it, I am sure it will be a huge success.

    Also, excellent shoes Mabel x

    1. Thanks Laura! her Granny bought them for her when her other pair were scuffed to hell. They are actually now in the Startright sale – Granny has bought her the pale pink pair in the next size up x

  8. So excited! I read RMW whilst engaged and have read since RMs since the launch. My baba is now 6 weeks so looking forward to RMF!

  9. Wow! Congrats on the new venture. I hope you manage to strike a balance between aspirational and more down-to-earth content, not all of us have glamorous jobs, live in picture-perfect country cottages, go for lots of cocktails with other yummy mummies or dress our kids exclusively in Boden! πŸ˜‰
    Seriously though, looking forward to seeing how it all turns out, I think I will probably switch to RMF rather than RMS as it’s only really the family stuff on RMS that I read anyway! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Sophie, Yes the balance is really important, we endeavour to do that across all of the blogs. We hope that RMF will offer everyone something useful as well as inspiring but above all a little touch of positivity every day x

      1. Another happy mama here who has followed you here from RMW and is very excited about RMF!! I’d also like to echo Sophie’s comments above (something I think I also did on yesterday birthday party post!!) and ask for more affordable ideas!!! πŸ™‚

    2. We do hope you love the new blog! I will put a disclaimer in now that I do live in the country and own a fair amount of Boden. Please don’t hate me! I am however rather lacking in the cocktail drinking and am more likely to be found doing piles of ironing or contiunuing in my never ending quest to pick up a whole toy shop off my lounge floor! I promise we will share it all! X

  10. Congrats to you all again this is great that it just keeps expanding you must work soooooooo hard!
    Whilst not a parent (nor aiming to be) I still enjoy reading about other peoples journeys and thoughts on things, and I think the great thing has been that it is still good to read even if you don’t have kids of your own! Also all of the kids are very cute! Can’t wait to see the new blog! ? xx

    1. Bless you, thanks Alex. I promise Adam and I didn’t deliberately take on team members who were eventually going to have extremely photogenic children…. it just turned out that way! πŸ™‚ xx

  11. YAASSSSSS! This is going to be epic and I cannot wait to share my tales of parenthood with you all.

    Lots of love, Thor x

    Sorry, I mean Becky… My son is currently going through a phase where he only calls me Thor and it’s starting to stick… must be the blonde hair or something.

    1. I think Thor should stick. defo. I take it he’s a Marvel fan?

      My nephew Oliver has invented a game where I’m a supervillian (I’m ‘Anti-Karen’ and my special power is sloppy kisses and auntie hugs) and he has to kill me (nice of him). I guess it comes with the territory. xx

    2. Ummmm that is pretty darn awesome – so much cooler to be called Thor than mummy. You’re a superhero in his eyes. Adorable!

  12. Woohoo!! This is awesome news. I am so excited about this. I have been following RMW and RMS and with a little lady baby who is one month of age, I will definitely be following RMF. Looking forward to it!

  13. Yay! This is brilliant news. From obsessing over RMW last year in prep for my big day, discovering RMS to pull me out of my post-wedding blues and now moving onto RMF to help me make sense of my 4month old! This is awesome news. Loved the Monday features. Sharing with all my mama friends immediately! X

  14. Woo! This is the news I’ve been waiting for. Like so many above, I’ve been following the Rock My…Empire, loving RMW when I was planning my wedding, then RMS when I bought my house, and now I’m 18 weeks pregnant so this is perfect timing! Can’t wait to share the loveliness.

  15. Waaahoooo!!! Such exciting news!!! πŸ™‚ Really please for you all.

    I am so looking forward to a second blog to read with my morning coffee first thing in the morning – can’t wait!

    Also, I am about to embark on my own journey of fertility treatment and it’s hard not to feel alone sometimes when all your friends seem to be falling pregnant at the drop of a hat. I’m really looking forward to tapping into the advice and support of all the lovely RMF readers in the future πŸ™‚ This has made my day!!

    Much love!

    1. Hi Sarah, it is exactly making folks such as yourself not feel alone that we want to achieve with the new blog, we hope to cover everything we can, with both real people experiences and advice from qualified experts too xx

    2. I too had fertility treatment to get my son, who is now 8 months old. I had three of my best friends fall pregnant within two months of each other when we had been trying for a year so I know how you feel! Stay positive, stay calm and good luck!!x

    3. I know exactly what you’re going through. I had fertility treatment and it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and it’s tough when everyone around you is getting pregnant super quickly.
      My daughter is now 15 months and we are considering embarking on the fertility journey again. It is worth every hard second, I wish you the best of luck and stay positive, something I wasn’t very good at in hindsight but I definitely think helps x

  16. Yeeeeeey!! My first baby is due this Saturday and have loved the baby related posts over the past 9 months. I’m feeling very relieved to have an honest, purchase recommending, encouraging website to support me. Charlotte you beaut… Always knew it was coming! πŸ˜‰ x

    1. Ha ha thanks Jenny! And we will definitely be recommending purchases πŸ™‚ also this Saturday?! SO exciting! x

  17. This is so ace.

    As a couple of you girls saw yesterday, we’ve embarked on our slightly alternative journey to rocking our family, so I’m full of huge hopes that I’ll be taking advice and words of wisdom from the new blog at some point in the future.

    It seems like such a natural move for you all, as so many of your RMW and RMS readers are moving into different parts of life, many becoming Mums along with you. It’s the perfect place for your online community to stick together.

    Good luck guys, I’m sure it’ll be another triumph.

    See you over there! (everything crossed)

    xxx

    1. Karen you’re going to be the best mummy! Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures too – keep us updated every step of the way. We’re all totally behind you!

      1. You girls are so kind, thank you.

        It’s been quite freeing to finally be able to speak out a little, and we’ve had so much support, we’ve been overwhelmed. I’ll keep you posted I promise. It’s going to be mega xx

  18. Waving every blue & grey pom pom I can find from the other side of the globe.

    Cannot wait to read and chat about all of your beautiful RMF tales. You do such a great job of keeping the Rock My blogs supportive, kind and drama free Tiny. Meaning RMF is destined to be a haven for all us mama’s not remotely interested in the politics and pantomime that’s associated with parenting these days. xo

    1. What a perfect way to put it – there will be absolutely no pantomime πŸ™‚

      And ahem, we do own rock my retirement……I’m not even joking πŸ˜‰ x

  19. Whilst I can’t say this came as a huge surprise this is still very exciting news! ? I don’t yet have children (it is however in the 2 year plan!) but still find the family posts really interesting and will for sure be following. Xx

    1. It’s so lovely to hear that folks without littles still find the posts interesting, it makes me believe they must genuinely resonate with readers in some way/be written from the heart x

  20. Ekkkk so excited for our latest venture!!! Becoming a Mummy has been the craziest thing that has ever happened to me, and as the one with the youngest baba hopefully I’ll be able to share stories with those of you who are just about to start the journey or who have teeny tiny ones!!

    And for the record, I don’t live in a country cottage, I haven’t drunk a cocktail since I discovered I was pregnant (!) and Elle doesn’t own any Boden. I do have a very glamorous job though – I’ll give you that πŸ˜‰

    x

  21. Well this is mighty exciting. My littlie is not far off two now and I have always enjoyed reading about Mabel’s adventures, as well as adding some comments from my own experience. I was never really a commentor pre-baby but there is something about motherhood that makes me want share my newly found knowledge if it can help others! Ha. Looking forward to the new blog. Good luck with it all. xx

  22. I’ve been bursting at the seams trying to keep this a secret before the grand reveal! We are so so so so so excited to be a part of this exciting journey and to share all the trials and tribulations mistakes and successes too at being mummies! It has been a rollercoaster but one hell of a ride and we’re going to be with all of you every jam-smeared, muddy puddle step of the way. Looking forward to seeing you all over on RMF!

  23. I actually clapped my hands together like a little kid when I saw a mention of this on IG – fabulous news! I’ve enjoyed the maternity section since the start but especially now as I’m 12 weeks! It’s going to be brilliant, just like the RMS and RMW – long live the RM Empire! ? xx

  24. Yay!! Such brilliant news. I’ve read the whole maternity section in detail since having my little girl 15 weeks ago and find the content and comments so helpful. It’s so nice to read comments where people are supportive of each other rather than judgemental. After all, we’re probably all doing it differently but we all love our children the same! Xxx

    1. Quite Mrs D, all of us bunch at RM HQ do things differently to each other – but that’s perfectly fine, it’s good that we can all share our varied experiences and pick up advice (or ignore it!) from others going through the same stages x

  25. Charlotte you are a massive inspiration! Congratulations on the massive success of your ‘Rock My…’ empire πŸ™‚ I have loved following you since YAYW days when I was also getting married.

    I love your team and the comments from our lovely community!

    Well done and yay to another blog to fill my day

    XX

    1. Bless you Stacy, Goodness YAYW seems like a lifetime ago! but it’s exactly where is all started πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much for your continued support x

  26. I can’t keep up! I’ve just been able to become a RMW reader, so RMF is a little way off but I really hope I’ll be a reader in the not too distant future! Huge congratulations to you all – 1) on building the most epic empire and 2) on having beautiful, beautiful families! x

  27. Hey everyone

    SO excited to share this with you all & SO excited everyone is on board and loving it as much as us.

    With the largest family, oldest children and the craziest age gaps I look forward to sharing our amazing journey so far and learning from you all too.

    xxx

    1. Hurray for your oldest children and crazy age gaps Lorna! I’m slowly building up a whole new network of friends who fit into the ‘how do you do life with and 11, 9 and 1 year old’… its just madness! So glad you’re part of the team πŸ™‚

      1. Ah thank you Amanda πŸ™‚

        Our kiddies sound like they are very similar ages & our lives the same amount of madness! THE most rewarding madness ever though right πŸ˜‰ xx

        1. Haha – I’d best save answering that for a night that hasn’t involved 4 mega tantrums, 3 lost uniforms and attempting to keep a shouty overactive 17 month old still through an extremely quiet and strict G3 hour long ballet exam class.
          8pm and I’ve got at least another half hour of getting my head around Y7 maths homework then I’m totally hitting the freezer for a mini magnum. (Would say wine… but that would have involved pre-planning and getting said shouty overactive 17m old out AND in the car at Tesco and we really didn’t need that today) Looking forward to sharing in your craziness! πŸ™‚

  28. 3 years after getting married, (RMW was definitely an inspiration!) and we have yet to still achieve our much wanted for family!! Infertility has taken me on one huge rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows, which I am still riding out! However, I love all your family and baby blogs on RMS and read with hope that one day I will be able to relate to it all!
    In the same way that people have commented on ‘judgemental’ family/mummy blogs, which you can’t relate to, I have also found it the same, on this sometimes, very lonely journey – Rock My Infertility – probably not a blog you’ve thought of, but would LOVE something similar!!! (Or maybe just a couple of light hearted features!)
    The style, sense of humour and prettiness on these pages always makes me smile and I look forward to checking in daily! Keep up the fantastic job! xxx

    1. Hi Lindsay, I am so glad that these pages make you smile. I hope that we can absolutely cover infertility, different experiences and offer advise on such topics. Thanks so much for your feedback x

  29. Yay!! I can’t wait to start reading this blog.

    I have gone from RMW, to RMS and now nearly 6 months pregnant have been waiting for the RMF reveal.

    xx

  30. Very excited for Rock my Family!! Really enjoyed the Monday posts even whilst going though fertility treatment! Was well worth it though as now 26 weeks pregnant! Feel the new blog is going to further enable my tiny person shopping addiction! x
    P.S. For anyone looking for some funny, honest posts about infertility, I found unpregnant chicken really helpful.

    1. Thanks Charlotte! Gosh, all of these blogs are so bad for my bank balance?! We did a RMF shoot yesterday and Lolly had brought so many lovely things along – I wanted it all!!! x

  31. Fantastic news!! I’m delighted, as with many people above, I was an avid RMW fan when planning my wedding, it was invaluable! Since getting married I’ve moved across to RMS and I had my little girl around the same time you had Mabel so I’ve been loving the Maternity posts and super friendly community! Although my bank balance has def taken a hit from the RMW days and hasn’t stopped since!
    Can’t wait to follow this blog too, huge congratulations! x

    1. Yay thanks Angela, I hope you and your little girl are doing well, it’s such a fun time – Mabel is learning new words every day, a right little chatterbox. I can hardly keep up! xx

  32. YAY, had my fingers crossed this was coming.. after a struggle to start our family (something I think it should be easier to be honest and open about) we’re now expecting our first little in 3 weeks! It will be nice to have another Rock My… blog to browse when I’m no doubt up at 4am with the nipper!

    Congratulations, you’re an unstoppable team! xx

    1. Congratulations Lynne! And absolutely, definitely an important subject for the new blog. We plan on doing stuff at random times on RMF social media for the 4am wake up call reason! x

  33. Loving your work Team Rock My….! Loved RMW & RMS, and now can’t wait for RMF, especially as I’m 22 weeks and expecting my first little one in January πŸ™‚

  34. Wooo! I have been waiting for this announcement – so excited for you all, and very much looking forward to adding RMF to my regular blog reading material. x

  35. I knew it what just a matter of time before we saw you guys launch such a blog and what great timing. My baby Frederick is one week old today. Giving birth and the huge roller coaster of pain and emotion in these first few days was not as expected so am hoping there will be lots of honest and helpful chat and guidance as well as the aspirational posts. Also to echo some comments above, money is one of the biggest worries with a newborn what with huge loss of income for maternity leave and then looming fear of childcare bills on top of large mortgage etc when returning to work. Tips on managing this stress whilst remaining a yummy mummy within a strict budget will be very welcome! Good luck guys, can’t wait for the official launch. Xx

    1. Congratulations on the new arrival! Those first few weeks are definitely a tough one and nothing really prepares you for it. I promise it does get better so just keep doing what you are doing. And try to rest when you can! With my first I was able to do a lot of sitting around but when Alice was born (great name!!) I had a toddler to contend with too. We are all going to be sharing our own experiences with you and believe me we all found it tough at the start. It is sooooo worth it though. Plus we will be sharing plenty of the old budget buys for mummy and baby! Enjoy your newborn snuggles with Frederick xx

  36. So excited about this – congrats to you all and I’m sure it will be a huge success! Thank you for creating such a nice corner of the internet! I’m another one for who the timing is brilliant with a little one due in December. The maternity posts on RMS have all been re-read and I’m really looking forward to more!x

  37. I’m excited about this! I always save your family posts as Mabel is a few months older than my daughter Luella so it helps me prepare! Well done! Xx

  38. Yippppeeee! Very exciting. I have been eagerly awaiting this announcement and can’t wait to get involved in some family/baby related banter! My lovely little 5 week old daughter didn’t come with instructions… So much to learn and definitely agree with others that a positive online environment will be so very refreshing. Well done Charlotte and team! X

  39. I have been eagerly awaiting this announcement! I was a RMW follower and was thrilled when you started RMW. This is just the perfect follow on. I love the style of writing and the community feel of the blogs. Such a fantastic idea. I can’t wait for it to get into full swing! I really do admire your team and I think you have got something pretty incredible here ? xxx

  40. I just discovered your blog via Roses and Rolltops and love it! It’s full of all the things I like reading about but being a mum to two under two and seeing you are also launching a family site sounds fab! Looking forward to it xx

  41. Yahoo! Knew you would do this next seeing how popular the maternity posts were. I’ve three months to go until my bub arrives so delighted a new blog is around with tried and trialed items and suggestions as I’m in the dark with it all!

  42. Oh I’m so happy. It is incredible what you’ve achieved over the years. This growing RM Empire is something so inspiring and the ‘crew’ is amazing. I also think that I’ve never and nowhere found fans/supporters that are indeed supportive rather than judgemental. This is also an achievement all of you can be incredibly proud of! You created something so special with RMW and RMS and I can’t wait for RMF!!! I always loved the family/maternity posts even though we were struggling to become a family too. I still enjoyed the posts immensely. Even more so at 25 weeks πŸ™‚ So keep up the incredible work and damn you are all very attractive people inside and out!

    1. Anja so very pleased for you! Congratulations! Our sense of supportive community is what we are most proud of, long may it continue x

  43. Amazing idea! I’ve been a (quiet) follower since the RMW days and think you guys have done, and are doing, a brilliant job of giving your readers exactly what they want. I’m hoping RMF can do a feature on how to squeeze more hours in the day, as I have a toddler and a baby and am about to start a new big-promotion day job after maternity leave (Monday!) as well as setting up my own business. I’m guessing you have a lot of tips for this πŸ™‚
    Congrats again. x

    1. Hi Joanna *waves* I hope you feel you can be a “louder” follower now πŸ™‚

      We do indeed have lots of tips, although actually I would also like to know how to squeeze more hours in the day x

  44. I am incredibly excited about the launch of Rock My Family!

    I’d love to see some content geared towards those of us with older children. It often feels like the internet is brimming with advice for new mums, but those of us that have been at it for over a decade could still use a little help! I’m yet to find a blog that talks about the challenges {and joys!} of raising tweens/teens and I certainly don’t have the same kind of support network that I did when my two were babies. My original NCT group is now scattered across the globe, so I always feel a little wistful when Charlotte mentions nights out with hers!

    xxx

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