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About Us

GinGin & Roo is an award-winning UK parenting and lifestyle blog.

Hello!

Hi, I’m Jennie. It’s great that you’re here. Let me tell you a little about me and the GinGin & Roo blog.

I’m lucky enough to live in Cornwall with my two daughters – GinGin and Roo – and their daddy, Jon. We love playing outdoors. Whether that’s a day at the beach or a stroll in the woods, we love to be outside. We love reading. We love playing board games. We love exploring nature. And I quite like Gin.

We’re slowly making home improvements to our 1970s house. Make that VERY slow progress!

Officially, I’m a doctor. Not a medical doctor. I can’t diagnose your illnesses – I mean I can have a good guess – but I’m not that sort of doctor.

I have a PhD in History and, once upon a time, I used it properly in academia. Yep, I used to be a university lecturer who specialised in early modern British history. I held posts at various universities in the UK. I had stuff published. And I was well-known in my field of expertise.

A couple of years after having our first baby – GinGin – I decided I wanted to spend more time as a mummy and made the difficult decision to leave the academic world behind. I took a job as an A-Level lecturer at our local college. It was definitely challenging, but gave me much more family time.

Then our second baby – Roo – arrived! I felt I’d missed too much of GinGin’s childhood and I didn’t want to do that again with Roo. So after taking a year of maternity leave I returned to my job at the college, but only two days a week.

GinGin & Roo Blog

To be completely honest I started the GinGin & Roo blog by accident. It began over on Instagram, where I wanted to document GinGin and Roo’s childhood. I often went over the character limit in my descriptions and realised that I needed more space to write.

So this blog was born. I write about GinGin & Roo. Their exploits. And their adventures. But I also write about other “mummy blogger” type stuff: family life, living in Cornwall, succulents (I love succulents!) and places to go with kids in Cornwall. Most importantly, I write about raising two strong, independently-minded girls, as well as the struggles – and massive rewards – of motherhood.

What Next?

If you’re new to the blog, here are a couple of my most popular blog posts which give you a flavour of what GinGin & Roo is all about:

Get Social

Come and join us over on Instagram – the place where the GinGin & Roo blog was born – where I share snippets of our daily lives on the grid and in my stories.

If Twitter is more your cup of tea you can find us there too 🙂

Or why not head on over to my Facebook page, where I share lots of fabulousness I find from across the internet (you’ll see it’s mostly about sustainability and strong female role models – two things I’m massively passionate about!)

St Ives - New Years Day 2018-2

Hello! This is me with GinGin & Roo.

 

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