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About Me


My name is Michelle Hannell.  Previous to working on Mummy Rates It I worked at SHE and Good Housekeeping magazines, as a journalist @ (The Evening Standard’s website) and as Deputy Editor @ I also trained as a YMCA Personal Trainer.

In 2006 and 2007 (a busy few years) we had two children: Noah 6 and Ferne 5.5, who are now both at school. I fit blogging between being a Mum, wife, friend, doing the school run, taxiing kids to Beavers, local campaigning (The Upper Norwood Joint Library) and creative writing.

In April 2013 my family and I will set off on a big sailing trip around The Med and across The Atlantic. I will continue to blog throughout our travels (more details below).

About my blog:

Mummy Rates It covers lifestyle, fashion & beauty, health & fitness, lifes & loves and of course parenting and reviews of products (suitable for women, mums, families and kids). I test all the products I am sent to review but also use my very own ‘mini testers’ (one pink and one blue) who help me put toys and kids products through their paces. They’re not shy to give their opinions on products and believe me, sometimes they come out with real gems!

New to 2013 is the Sailing and Travel category. Throughout our travels I will continue to blog – perhaps even more so – and remain open to reviewing products (I can provide a UK address) and writing stories. If you have a particular place/restaurant/hotel/tours or other stories you think we may be interested in checking-out and writing about when we are on our travels please do get in touch. We will be sailing around the Greek islands, Sicily, Sardinia, Ibiza, Morocco, Canary Islands, taking part in the ARC rally and then around the Caribbean islands and possibly further.

I continue to be very much present on the social media scene. You can follow and tweet  me @mummyratesit, like and follow the Mummy Rates It  facebook page, my Pinterest boards and  Google + page. I’m also a member of blogging communities such as Tots100 (I’m a Top 500 blogger), BritMums and LoveAllBlogs.

I positively encourage and welcome comments, feedback and advice from anyone who cares to take the time to contact me – so don’t be shy.

If you would like to send me press releases or other information please contact me at

PR/Competitions/Independent Reviews: If you have a product that you would like me to review, a competition you would like me to run or a story that you think I would be interested in please get in touch at  Please do bear in mind that all the reviews on my site are independent and are compiled using my own opinions.

Sponsored posts/posts for clients etc

I am happy to write sponsored posts for a fee but insist on marking them with either ‘Sponsored Post’ or words of a similar effect. Please get in touch to discuss this in more detail.


Please contact me at to discuss advertising opportunities on my site.

Enjoy the site and I look forward to hearing from you.

Twitter: @mummyratesit