I’m Jo and I am the creator of what is quite probably the best mummy blog in the TA1 postal code area. I’ve won a good clutch of awards, including the Vuelio ‘Best Parent Blog’ award twice, Best UK Blogger, and I’m currently ranked by Vuelio as the number one parent blog in the UK. As my kids have got older I’ve broadened my content and I particularly enjoy creating recipes and writing about food and travel.

Here I am, out for a walk:

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I started Slummy Single Mummy back in 2009 and my blog covers everything from UK mini breaks to pension planning. I have a background in journalism and copywriting, and also love public speaking. (I’m a bit of a show-off.)

You can see lots of examples of my work here.

I like chatting, so if you have a podcast, I’d love to be on it! I’ve been on Scummy MummiesDrunk Women Solving CrimeNot Another Mummy Blog and Postcard from the Past among others.

I also wrote a book – My debut novel, Playgroups & Prosecco, is out now and available to buy here

I am always happy to hear from brands about products, events and projects relevant to me and my family. I live in Somerset with my 20 year old daughter Belle, but can travel if it’s something super exciting or there is a really top notch lunch on offer. My eldest daughter Bee is 27 and lives just around the corner with my baby grandson, Joey, who was born in June 2019. I am totally open to grandson related opportunities. I also have three cats, AND a dog, so bring on the cat treats and dog friendly holidays. Read more about my advertorial policy here.

I have some rather jolly testimonials, and these are some of the brands I’ve worked with over the last few years:

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If you’re interested in promotion through my blog and/or social media channels, but aren’t sure about what exactly you get in return, pop me an email and I can send you my latest media pack.

Think we’d work well together? Contact me now.

Here’s a picture of me and baby Joey. Joey loves it when the wind blows in his face. He’s easily pleased.

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  1. Sally Guyer
    17 December, 2009 / 1:29 pm

    This is great Jo, well done you.

  2. 18 December, 2009 / 8:22 pm

    Picked your Blog up from Gingerbread….well done… you write very well!

  3. 29 December, 2009 / 11:24 pm

    found your blog through very impressed well done :)

    • 30 December, 2009 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks Pete, glad you like it – do tell your friends :-)

  4. Sharon
    2 January, 2010 / 12:12 pm

    Hi Jo,

    I love reading your blog. its a lovely reminder that I am not the only one who is split between loving being a parent and wantingto be selfish and have some time to myself 9which very rarely happens).

    Keep up the good work – I look forward to reading more in 2010 :o)

  5. 2 January, 2010 / 4:32 pm

    Thank you Sharon, I’m glad it struck a chord with you – it is so hard to get that balance isn’t it? Just how much TV IS it ok to let the kids watch while you blog?? Who knows…

  6. 6 January, 2010 / 1:03 pm

    Hi Jo,
    love your blog can’t beleive you are a single mother, can only be by choice as you are pretty scrummy. Love your style of writing and you have some great posts. Keep it up.

  7. 6 January, 2010 / 10:39 pm

    Thanks Gary, it’s amazing what a bit of make up can do :-)

    Glad you are enjoying the writing – please keep reading!

  8. 26 January, 2010 / 1:20 am

    Hi, I’ve linked to your blog from my website. Love it! I’m just behind you (I’m 30 and a half and my son is 13 and a half) x

  9. 1 February, 2010 / 6:40 pm

    Hi Jo, I don’t know you from Eve, but I’m really enjoying reading your writing and as a single mum myself your articles strike a cord :-) keep up the great work Di :)

    • 1 February, 2010 / 6:47 pm

      Thanks Diane, I hope I can at least make you feel like you’re not alone, even if I can’t do anything useful like share the housework :-)

  10. 1 February, 2010 / 7:20 pm

    Hi Jo, and I thought you were going to help with the ironing mountain :) haha

  11. 28 February, 2010 / 11:35 pm

    Hello Jo, I really, really like your blog. It’s refreshingly honest and it makes me laugh. Would you be okay with me adding a link to your blog on my home page?

    • 1 March, 2010 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you! Of course you can add a link – I’m very flattered to be asked :-)

  12. Roz Chandler
    18 May, 2010 / 9:18 am

    Well written blog.
    I will bookmark you as often we are looking for copywriters…..
    Take a look at

    You would be a great contender – a single mum who can write well and looks natural……..
    Let me know your thoughts.

    • Lisanotallthere
      18 May, 2010 / 8:43 pm

      Hi Jo…I just wanted to echo the comments you’ve already had, being an expectant mummy (my bump is due anyday) I love your writing style, and will definately be checking in more often, your humerous approach to what I’m sure can be tough at times is an inspiration, especially to someone like me who has no idea what to expect from motherhood!!

      Ps. I have just clicked through to the competition mentioned in your previous comment from Roz Chandler, I must say it sounds like a great opportunity…it says you can win a package worth up to £50,000 and I agree with Roz that you would stand a great chance! You go girl!!!! :-)

      • 19 May, 2010 / 10:25 am

        Thank you! I’m gald you’re enjoying it, and hope you manage to find a spare minute to keep reading once the baby is born – good luck with being a mum :-)

    • 19 May, 2010 / 10:30 am

      Wow – it’s an amazing looking prize! You’ve got so many great entrants already with loads of votes though – I’m not sure I have enough friends :-)

  13. lisa whelan
    27 May, 2010 / 1:32 pm

    i’ll vote for you to get the ball rolling, i bet you know more people than what you think! Good luck

    • 27 May, 2010 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you! I think perhaps I need to let people recover from the MAD blog awards before I start begging for votes for something else :-)

  14. lisa whelan
    9 August, 2010 / 12:13 pm

    al bless ya, well if you change your mind the closing date is 3rd sep so let me know the name you put yourself under and ill log on and vote for ya, good luck

  15. 19 October, 2010 / 9:52 pm

    Is that actually you in the big photo on your blog? If it is, you’re gorgeous!

    <3 Milieu

    • 20 October, 2010 / 8:42 am

      Ah! Thank you :-)

      Yes it is me, but with a lot of make-up and bright lights…

  16. 21 June, 2011 / 5:26 am

    I just do facebook I don’t do Twitter because all I can handle is 1 outlet I do not have the time to be working to many .People and keeping up with more than 1 and facebook is my choice of reaching out to others . I will post things from other sites but that is all.

  17. 21 June, 2011 / 7:46 pm

    Hi Jo just changed my email and re-subscribed to blog Hope all is well with you , and requested face book too

  18. Carrie Singh
    14 November, 2011 / 5:43 pm

    Hi, have recently become a mum myself and have really enjoyed what I’ve read so far! Thank you!

  19. 31 January, 2012 / 4:45 pm

    Hi Jo, have just started to follow you on Twitter, a, a new blogger. Your blog is great love reading your posts! Emily xx

  20. Harun Ali
    20 February, 2012 / 9:47 am


  21. 8 May, 2012 / 4:24 pm

    Interesting blog and a perfect way of comunication, I wil keep having a look often, greetings from spain

  22. 30 May, 2012 / 7:04 pm

    Ooh have just read your ‘online mummy network’ article in my local NCT newsletter. Small world

    • 31 May, 2012 / 7:12 pm

      Yay! Good to know my name is getting about – I hope you enjoyed it :-)

      • 31 May, 2012 / 7:37 pm

        I guess it’s reassuring to read about other people who’ve found online fun and a way to meet people and make opportunities. I’m not much of a tweeter in terms of building relationships there, but just don’t have time with full time job, 2 repping sidelines, and toddler as well as my blog and catching up with my online friends groups. So much to do, so little time for mums these days!

  23. 17 September, 2012 / 2:19 pm

    The first thing I notice was your age. I realized I’ll be 33 3/4 in about two weeks. :)

    • 18 September, 2012 / 3:14 pm


      I am actually 34 now… don’t tell anyone… I just wanted to be like Adrian Mole…

      • 18 September, 2012 / 3:17 pm

        I won’t tell ;) I assumed it wasn’t a running count. And yes, Adrian Mole rocks.

  24. Sue
    23 October, 2012 / 4:35 pm

    Hi! My name is Sue, and I’m from SlimKicker, a fitness/diet app and online website. I bumped into your blog today and it captured my interest!

    I’m contacting you b/c we’re about to release a fitness tracker (similar to FitBit) early next year, and are looking for bloggers who would be interested in receiving 1 for free to review when it is out (negative or positive).

    Would you be interested in doing this? You can email me at: sue (at) slimkicker (com) with ‘Review’ in the email heading if you are.

    In case you don’t know, our online website SlimKicker basically turns your fitness/diet goals into a level up game. The tracker will work with the website, and allow people to track calories burned and number of steps they walk automatically. The more they exercise, the more points they rack up! That’s basically how it will work.

    Anyway, hope to hear back either way…

    – Sue
    P.S. You can choose not to display this comment as this is more of a private comment :)

    • 1 November, 2012 / 8:51 am

      Sorry Sue, I only just saw this – you went to spam!! Oopps.

  25. 20 January, 2013 / 8:01 am

    Jo – this is a beautiful blog and such easy reading. So impressed you juggle this with two kids. Thanks for the twitter follow and do stop by my blog sometime.

    Jo / foodiemominlondon x

  26. 20 January, 2013 / 8:02 am

    Adding you to my blogroll too x

    • admin
      4 September, 2013 / 12:00 pm

      Thanks :-)

    • admin
      4 September, 2013 / 12:00 pm

      Thank you Francesca, that’s very kind of you!

  27. 4 October, 2013 / 2:29 pm

    Wow, this is inspiring although am not a woman, It shows the kind of strength you have as a woman. This blog is wonderful..
    Thanks for following back on twitter!

  28. 20 November, 2013 / 7:37 pm

    Love how you write – I just stumbled across your blog and I think it’s great. I’m new to this blogging malarky and it’s really inspiring to see how people who know what they’re doing go about things!

    I have a book coming out in January – it’s a parenting book about how to deal with picky eating and I’d love it if you’d consider reviewing it… If you’re interested, I’d be really happy to give you more information.


    Emotionally Aware Feeding

  29. 4 July, 2014 / 4:25 am

    Nice tip! But do you know you can send anonymous email with attachment for free, you can send unlimited email securely with http://sendanonymousemail.wordpress.com/ and no registration required, make a joke/prank to your friends and have fun.

  30. Kristen John
    19 July, 2014 / 10:58 pm

    Hi Jo,

    Hope you are good and also your daughters. Your writing style catch my eye. I am the manager of http://www.vacantbuildinginsurance.org/. I want a marketing person that has the vast knowledge about social media and brand awareness. So kindly contact with me if this something you feel easy to go.

    Many thanks in advance.

  31. 26 September, 2014 / 9:28 am

    Hi there Jo, I have come across your blog and seen that you welcome comments regarding new products, I wondered if you could take a look at this new opportunity I have come across and see what you think, I am a stay at home mum of two little girls, one 3 years and one just 5 months, I was looking for something to do than just ‘being a mum’ :0) I have come across a great Mineral Makeup and Skincare company that is huge in the US and OZ, it is launching in the UK in October, it is the fastest growing direct sales company so I think it will be an household name like Avon! Only with this one there’s no trudging the kids going house to house with a book, its all done through online virtual parties! Two questions really, would you be interested in trying out some of the products to review for me and also do you think it may be something some of your mummy followers who are stay at home mums like me be interested in finding out more about it like I did? It may just give even one mum a new focus aside being a mummy like it has for me :0) I value your feedback, Regards Keeley http://www.youniquebykeeley.co.uk

  32. 24 October, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    What a great blog Jo. I always smile to myself when I come across women taking the initiative (especially with little ‘ums in tow), using their skills and being creative and fabulous. I’ve recently started a small enterprise of my own that I hope will pick up speed, so I may well be contacting you at some point to do a review or something. The main most inspiring thing is that blogging and the internet have brought women together, brought female (and maternal) voices out of the kitchen and into the light, and given us the confidence to strike out and try something we wouldn’t otherwise have had the confidence or support to do. Keep up the good work!

  33. 7 February, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Hello there,

    My name is Raphaël, nice to e-meet you.

    I am part of the social and content team at Eaglemoss.
    We will soon launch our MyLittlePony collection – in a few weeks. Can you please contact me as soon as possible, we would like to propose a collaboration. :-)

    Thank you so much,

  34. 30 March, 2017 / 10:56 am

    Well done Jo. Love the layout.


  35. 24 May, 2017 / 9:23 am

    Hello Jo

    Would it be possible for you to drop me an email regarding a product review.

    Many Thanks


  36. 24 October, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    Great blog Jo – I’ll be getting in touch shortly as I’ve a couple things I want to pass by you.

  37. 6 December, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    I found you because you were lovely enough to follow me on twitter ;-)

    I’m just starting out and I keep getting told to niche this and niche that but I don’;t want to, so it’s really refreshing to find someone who is brave enough to write about everything and anything and still do really well at it.

    Thanks for the inspiration

    Angie xx

    • Jo Middleton
      8 December, 2017 / 11:56 am

      Thank you Angie, it’s lovely to know I’ve been useful :-)

  38. 18 January, 2024 / 11:12 am

    yes this is Informative and useful!!

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