Get To Know Me Tag – Parent Blogger

Get To Know Me Tag – Parent Blogger

Hey hey,

Apologies for the absence on my blog, between having postnatal depression, WordPress issues and my daughter refusing to sleep, it has been a nightmare trying to write! I’m actually typing this on my phone with my wriggly 10 month old sat on my lap watching Hey Duggee.

I saw this Get To Know Me Tag over on Journaling Jenny’s Blog. Despite putting myself out there on the internet it can be hard to get to know the blogger behind the screen so here are even more questions that help you get to know me better.

1. Do you have any nicknames?

​Yep, I have quite a few but Viv is the main one. My full name is Vivienne but I shortened it when I started secondary school because no one could bloody pronounce it! My name is pronounced Viv-een (like in teen) but people always say Vivian and it’s annoying having to correct people all the time!

2. Are you named after anyone?

Not anyone of significance. My parents were watching Gladiators as you did in the 90s and named me after one of the contestants on there!

3. Do you have any siblings?

Yep, I have an older sister called Janine who is 2 years older than me. It’s just the two of us, and as much as I love our close bond I wished I had brothers growing up.​

4. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in North Birmingham and still live here today.

5. What activities did you do in school?

I used to play rounders which I was surprisingly good at! I also used to run track in Athletics and I was really fast when I was younger and won a few medals during tournaments. Outside of school I did Aikido for a few years but gave them all up because I couldn’t be bothered anymore. I seriously regret that now though!

6. Where did you go to university?

I went to Nottingham Trent Uni and I loved it! The good old days of Trent Army!​

7. What activities did you do in university?

I didn’t manage to join any societies in uni as I had a part-time job at ASDA so I could afford to live! I went out raving most Fridays with my friends if drinking counts?

8. What did you study at university?

I did a BA Honours degree in Health and Social Care.

9. What was your first job out of university?

I was a personal care assistant for older people. The intention was to gain a year’s vocational experience in the care sector once I had graduated. I planned to go on to study a masters in Mental Health Nursing, but I changed my mind about what I wanted to do.

10. What kind of music do you like?

I like a variety of music. I love bashment! (Also known as dancehall) I like RNB and love UK rap and drill. My Spotify playlists are soo random.

11. What’s one hobby that you’d like to take up?

I used to do pole fitness in 2016 but haven’t been back since then. I also used to go to the gym and do weight training. I’d love to get back into them but it’s so hard finding the time!​

Me inverted on a pole at pole fitness

A photo shoot I did at pole fitness in 2016.

12. What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up?

When I was a child I wanted to be a primary school teacher. As a teenager, I wanted to be a social worker and throughout my uni years, I wanted to be a mental health nurse.

13. What’s the biggest project on your to-do list?

I need to do a marketing plan for a business that I’m involved in, and there’s so much to do for it!

14. Do you have any irrational fears?

I don’t think any of my fears are irrational to be honest! I do have quite a few which are heights, butterflies, ladybirds, and spiders!​

15. Have you ever travelled outside the country? If so, where?

Yes, I’ve been quite fortunate to have travelled outside the country since I was a baby. These are the places I’ve been:
  • Jamaica
  • Tenerife
  • Gran Canaria
  • Zante
  • Amsterdam
  • Brussels
  • Barcelona
  • ​France
  • Florida
  • Mallorca
  • Lanzarote
  • Mexico
  • Scotland
  • Virginia and Washington DC
Me touching a dolphin's nose in the sea in Mexico. Get to know me tag: I love travelling.

Swimming with dolphins in Mexico.

16. When’s your next vacation and where are you going?

I don’t have any plans as of yet but I would love to go back to Jamaica! I’ve been 3 times and I love the food, the weather, and the people. My partner’s grandad lives out there so it would be nice to go and see his house. I also want to go back to Tenerife with my partner, and Rotterdam and Iceland are on my bucket list for the next few years too.

17. Do you speak any other languages?

No, but I know bits of Spanish which I seem to speak very fluently when I’m drunk on holiday!​

18. What’s one talent that you wish you had?

​I wish I could sing! I sing all the time and would like to do it without a certain someone (my Mr) taking the mick because I’m out of tune!

19. What’s something that you wish you could do one more time?

Spend time with my nan who passed away in January. I’d want to tell her how loved she is and just appreciate the time spent.

20. If you weren’t in your current job, what would you want to be doing?

I’m not working at the moment because #momlife, but I’d want to be doing my last job. I was the store and social media manager of the first Virtual Reality Arcade in Birmingham which I absolutely loved, and I was so passionate about the job it didn’t feel like work.

I now nominate these lovely bloggers to complete the Get To Know Me tag: Mum Founded, Rice Cakes and Raisins, Mama Home Life, Mama Makes DoMy Dreamality, Smith Little Life and Mummy Carter.
If you’ve enjoyed reading the Get To Know Me Tag you may also enjoy the Parenting Alphabet Challenge and the New Mum Tag 2019. You can keep up with me on my Instagram and Twitter where I post snippets of my daily life.
Viv x
A pinterest pin of the Get To Know Me Tag with a photo of me beside a flower wall.


  1. June 17, 2019 / 8:02 pm

    Oh wow I didn’t know you said your name like that and I love the fact they got the name from Gladiators! I loved that show!

    • Viv Simone
      June 18, 2019 / 12:43 am

      No one does because of the way it’s spelt unfortunately for me. Thanks I like that too!

  2. June 17, 2019 / 7:55 pm

    Wow. You’ve visited so many places.
    I love lanzarote myself but have lots of places on my bucket list.
    I do love these tags they really help you to get to know other bloggers

    • Viv Simone
      June 18, 2019 / 12:45 am

      I know I’m really lucky that my parents took me on holiday every year as a child, and my love for travelling continued as an adult!

  3. June 17, 2019 / 2:22 pm

    I love the idea of pole fitness but I’ve never plucked up the courage to try it. Maybe one when once the kids are a bit older

  4. June 17, 2019 / 10:34 am

    I’d love to try pole fitness. Love the photo of you in Mexico with the dolphin.
    I’ll have to watch Gladiator again now and try and find Vivienne!

    • Viv Simone
      June 17, 2019 / 10:47 am

      Thanks, I was so scared of the dolphin!

  5. June 16, 2019 / 7:32 am

    Great list of places you’ve travelled to. And that pole dancing pic!!

    • Viv Simone
      June 17, 2019 / 10:52 am

      Thanks x

  6. June 15, 2019 / 7:30 pm

    I am feeling very old now – I loved Gladiators haha!
    Thanks for the tag!

    • Viv Simone
      June 15, 2019 / 8:15 pm

      Haha! I vaguely remember it. I look forward to reading your tag! x

    • Viv Simone
      June 15, 2019 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks, I’m impressed too because I don’t think I’d be capable now haha! Thankyou x

  7. June 15, 2019 / 6:28 pm

    Number 18, that’s me too. Although my sister is far worse so I think I can deal with an ok/average voice 🤣

    • Viv Simone
      June 15, 2019 / 8:18 pm

      Haha I can agree with that! x

  8. June 15, 2019 / 2:14 pm

    Your real name is so pretty! I think it’s actually pretty cool to be named after a gladiators contender, kind of iconic! X

    • Viv Simone
      June 15, 2019 / 5:03 pm

      Thankyou! x

  9. June 15, 2019 / 11:04 am

    That pole fitness photo is incredible! I tried pole dancing once and it hurt so much and left so many bruises I was like … nope! Not for me. I greatly admire those who can do, it takes great strength and balance!

    • Viv Simone
      June 15, 2019 / 5:04 pm

      Thank you! Funnily enough you get used to the bruises but it’s been so long now I need to mentally prepare myself for the pain! x

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