About me | You're not from round here.

About me

Hello! My name is Siân and I am a 33 year old Mum of two, a boy born in March 2009 and a girl born in March 2011. I graduated in July 2014, as a mature student studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics. I now manage a Bed & Breakfast in the Yorkshire Dales.

I was born in Yorkshire but moved to Oxford at the age of five when my Mum and Dad split up. Currently I live in the Yorkshire Dales, having moved to Yorkshire eleven years ago from London. We moved here when I married at the age of 21 (it'll never last - my wise father said), but we are still very much happily married. 

The title of my blog is taken from the fact that because I don't sound like I am local I am treated as if I am not. An offcumden is a local word used to describe people 'not from round here'. You can read a post on what an offcumden is here.

I have worked as a football analyst, a sports researcher, an assistant producer in sports news, in one of Her Majesty's prisons and, more recently, on a mental health ward (to name but a few).

When I started university I became interested in fitness and going to the gym. I'm not aiming to lose weight, just to get fit (which seems to be working). Sewing, baking and reading are what I do in my (very little) spare time. I also love sport, football, rugby union, golf and formula one being particular favourites!

This blog is my escape, my place to write what I am feeling and, occasionally, to rant. I write product reviews and also accept advertising. Click on my advertising, PR and disclosure page for more details.

You're not from round here was shortlisted in the 2012 Brilliance in Blogging awards in the Fresh Voices category. I was chosen to write a guest post for Caitlin Moran's website for the launch of her book 'How to be a Woman' and again for the launch of 'Moranthology'. I have also featured on Parentdish.

If you are on Kindle, you can find my blog in a downloadable format on Amazon.

You can follow me on Twitter @HelpfulMum where I have over 4,500 followers
Like my page on Facebook where I have over 1,800 likes
View my videos on YouTube where I have over 100,000 views
Follow my blog on Google+ where I am in over 1000 people's circles.
Follow me on Instagram, where I have 980 followers
Find me on LinkedIn
E-mail me helpfulmummy@hotmail.com

Stats correct as of 21.11.14

PR - I welcome contact from PRs about brands and events which are relevant my blog. As a full-time student, I am eager to review products and would love to attend events with or without my children, if I am not studying. My children were born in March 2009 and March 2011 so please make sure products or events will be relevant to them.

Advertising - I encourage advertising requests and sponsored posts. Please e-mail me for rates: helpfulmummy@hotmail.com

If links are required in sponsored posts, or any post that I am compensated for then the link will be 'nofollow'.

I limit reviews or sponsored posts to one a week so that I can keep my blog fresh with my own content for the majority of the time.

I will incorporate details of any compensation provided for coverage on this blog as I believe in complete disclosure.