About me

I’m a 35 yr old Aussie expat full-time mum of 3 girls, 5 and under, living in London whose  mission in life is to some how escape the unavoidable groundhog day that comes with having kids!

I love my kids but I also love having a life – especially the one I had before my kids where I was free to travel, shop and eat out. I’m still trying to reconcile that life with motherhood. And that’s what this blog is all about.

I’m a mum, but I’m still young at heart – hence the title of my blog:

“mum at heart”

This is my second time living in London. The first time I came was in my pre-kids life when I worked as a banking lawyer in the city. I returned to Australia prematurely to have kids and missed London so much that I came back – with the kids. People think we are mad. Most people leave London to bring up their kids in Australia, not the other way around! Its been a very different experience to the first time my husband and I were here, but I’m determined to not let it stop us from enjoying all that London has to offer. And I’m happy to say that so far it hasn’t.

In my quest to escape groundhog day I’m always on the look out for new and interesting things to do – with the kids, with my husband, and on that rare occasion, just on my own. To that end I’m constantly on the Internet – scouring websites and blogs for inspiration on travelling with kids, things to do in and around London with the family and great restaurants and bars to visit on date nights with my husband.

I hope this blog gives you the inspiration to escape groundhog day – from ideas for fun and re-energising date nights with your partner, to entertaining days out on the weekend with the kids (that you’ll actually enjoy too!). For the days in between, I will also be blogging about my experience of “Bump, Baby, and Beyond” – useful advice that should come in handy if you’re pregnant, struggling through your baby’s 1st year or trying not to strangle your young children.

Please join me in my quest to escape groundhog day. If any city can achieve this, it has to be London!


4 Responses to About me

  1. Hi Mum at Heart
    Thanks for commenting on my blog and WeekendNotes articles. There is a London page for WN that may have some good kid-friendly day trips for you, but reading about you on your blog, maybe you could start writing them! I can’t believe the difference between travelling with kids and without them… You take them to the most incredible cities in the world and ask them later what they liked best, they say ‘watching ScoobyDoo at the hotel’ or something equally dismal. We wouldn’t change our lives for an instant though, right?

  2. Hello! your blog looks great, I am an ex-pat Aussie Mum too living in London. I want to send you my media release about the fab show I am producing at London’s Southbank for parents and children under 5 years, but can’t see an email to send it to, so am popping it in here.. hope that’s ok?

    Media Release – 22 April 2013 – For Immediate Release

    Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall comes to London Wonderground at Southbank Centre.

    Australian DJ, Monski Mouse, brings her hit parent’s and children’s dance event to the London Wonderground this summer with, Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall.

    Two sold out Adelaide Fringe seasons (2012 & 2013), an Edinburgh Fringe and bookings at festivals such as Norfolk and Norwich Festival (Sold Out) and the Freedom Festival, Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall has been getting heads and shoulders, knees and toes bopping along since its launch in February 2012.

    Monski Mouse has made a career from DJ-ing quirky retro tracks, while dressed as a glamour-girl-mouse, for the last ten years, at arts festivals and clubs including Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe. Since becoming a Mum in 2010, Monski Mouse expanded her focus to the morning audience, of bubs, toddlers and parents/carers, in a career move that fits in with her current role as a working Mum.

    “I count myself really lucky to able to adapt my performance career to make work my daughter can enjoy, and I am totally blown away by how much she absolutely loves the Baby Disco Dance Hall.” says Monski Mouse,”Plus its so much fun to have dance before tea time, what a absolutely wonderful way to spend your day!”

    The event features Monski Mouse hosting and DJing, two experienced early childhood performers as ‘dancers’, who work with the audience, and a ‘baby area’ where the non walkers can roll around to the music.

    “I feel extremely privileged to be performing this disco, the delight I get to see in young children’s eyes and their parents faces is incredibly special, I am a very, very lucky mouse.” says Monski Mouse.

    Designed for children under 5 and their parents and carers, to dance and have fun together, Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall runs every second Sunday from 26 May through to 15 September, tickets are available through londonwonderground.co.uk

    “Children were dancing, parents were singing and EVERYONE was smiling” Radelaide Rover

    “Monski Mouse is the best DJ in the world” James Campbell – Comedy for Kids
    “Creates a unique atmosphere and allows friends, parents, carers, grandparents (you name it) to join together by dancing ” ★★★★ Three Weeks
    “This quirky event was clearly a hit.” ★★★ Broadway Baby

    Web: monskimouse.com Twitter: @MonskiMouse Facebook: @MonskiMouse

    Venue: London Wonderground Spiegeltent
    Time: 15:00 Running Time: 45 minutes
    Dates: 26 May, 9 &23 June, 7 & 21 July, 4 & 18 August, 1 & 15 September 2013
    Tickets: £8 – bubs under six months free!
    Bookings: londonwonderground.co.uk or call 0844 545 8282

    • mumatheart says:

      Hi there. I just saw your comment now! Can’t believe I didn’t see it. I have to apologise! I hope Monskimouse was a hit and do let me know if you want me to post anything for you in the future. Its been a pretty crazy couple of years. I actually went back to work nearly one year ago and I’ve struggled to post ever since!!!

  3. Ruby and B says:

    I’ve only just found your blog! I’m an Aussie expat too and we moved here 2.5 years ago with our two young children. Everyone thought we were mad too but we love it here! I actually found your blog when I was google Maida Vale. We live in East Dulwich and I’m itching to live closer to Central London x

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