I’ve never been a Mum and think I’d be pretty useless at it too. Therefore, I’m rather in awe of Kristen Bailey’s guest post on Linda’s Book Bag today all about being a ‘souper’ mum! Kristen is celebrating her latest novel Second Helpings which was published by Accent Press on 17th November 2016. Second Helpings is available for purchase in e-book and paperback here. Kirsten’s first novel in this series Souper Mum is available for purchase here.
Souper Mum is the story of Jools Campbell, a stay-at-home mother of four, who becomes an unlikely foodie hero when she stands up to a pompous celebrity chef, Tommy McCoy on a reality show. Armed with fish fingers and a severely limited cooking repertoire, we watch as she becomes a reluctant celebrity and learns some important life lessons about love, family and the joyless merits of quinoa.
Exactly eighteen months after squaring up to a pompous TV chef, Jools Campbell finds herself back in the fame game as she becomes a judge on a family cooking show. How will she cope being back in the limelight, juggling being a working mum? What happens when she finds out her old nemesis, Tommy McCoy is her fellow judge? The knives are sure to fly as ‘Souper Mum’ makes her triumphant return.
Seven Secrets For Being A Souper Mum
A Guest Post by Kristen Bailey
- Souper Mums operate on sleep. Where possible, sleep. Of course, this is easier said than done so catch sleep when you can. This may be in the day while you’re watching Judge Rinder in mismatched pyjamas with a chocolate Bourbon stuck to your forehead, or when you’re in the car waiting for the school gate to open. If the blighters are up at 6am on a weekend, you have full permission to throw them all a brioche and put on Netflix, then crawl back into bed. It’s why the world created Netflix.
- Souper Mums’ Guide to Laundry
- No one ever died wearing an unironed school shirt.
- It’s mismatched socks or no socks.
- Also, totally fine to wear said socks two days in a row.
- Ribena/grass/paint stains come as standard. Wear them like nouveau fashion statements.
- Souper Mum’s Guide to the School Run
- Lots of caffeine.
- Contrary to popular belief, it’s totally fine to do the school run in your pyjamas, just put your trackies and hoodie over the top.
- No one is looking at your hair bundled atop your head like a small mammal’s nest. Or the fact you don’t have any make up on. Or a bra.
- Get the kids in and leave, making sure to avoid the mums with the clipboards, the ones gloating about spelling tests, the ones who look like they’ve come from the gym…
- Cake Sales are the benchmark by which you can measure a Souper Mum. There will be some who send in perfectly risen cupcakes, iced within an inch of their lives and covered in glittery sparkles and shards of caramel. There will be those who send in cupcakes that have been shop-bought but put in their own Tupperware to make it look like they baked them. Others will send in a pack of Jaffa Cakes, others will forget…*whispers* none of it matters really because we all know kids just lick the icing off and never eat the cake anyway.
- Souper Mums sometimes make a spag bol from scratch. Other days they will serve fish finger sandwiches with a packet of crisps that have to be eaten in the car or else everyone will be late for swimming. There is nothing wrong with fish fingers. They are endorsed by Captain Birdseye – a man with genuine naval expertise. Level everything out with boxes of raisins, apples and a token bit of cucumber; all of which you’ll find in between the car seats three months later.
- Souper Mums drink. Not in the day if possible but when you know you don’t have to get back in the car again that day, it is totally fine to open up a bottle and have a cheeky glass of something. If your day has involved vomit, public tantrums, temporary traffic lights, toilet training, a lost remote control then up the stakes and hit the hard liquor. Drink with other Souper Mums to console each other.
- *whispers again* The seventh secret is that…there is no secret to motherhood. Everyone’s winging it, and you’re doing just fine. If any of the above sounds familiar though, I’d like to introduce you to my Souper Mum; Jools Campbell. Her adventures in motherhood and modern life were published in June 2016 and the next instalment of her story, Second Helpings is out this month. Both novels take a refreshing look at family, celebrity culture and the joyless merits of quinoa. Both are gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians.
About Kristen Bailey
Mother-of-four, gin-drinker, binge-watcher, receipt hoarder, hapless dog owner, enthusiastic but terrible cook. Kristen lives in Fleet, Hampshire in a house overrun by Lego and odd socks. Her debut novel, Souper Mum was released by Accent Press in June and its sequel, Second Helpings was released on 17th November.
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