Interview with Gina Caro of Gypsy Soul!

Gina Caro is an award winning blogger, freelance writer and editor. Amongst other things she writes about parenting and thrift which I think is a great combination and I love reading her blog Gypsy Soul (formerly Cold Tea and Smelly Nappies). I asked her a few questions about her blog and she decided to change the name which you can read below:

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1. When did you start blogging and why?

I started blogging back in 2011 after I’d seen an article in a magazine about making money at home. We had just moved down to Devon from Kent and I wanted to find a way to have flexible work that I could manage around the children. I have always enjoyed writing so blogging seemed like a good option so I decided to give it a go. Blogging does become an addiction and I couldn’t imagine my life without it now.

2. What topics did you blog about then and how have things changed?
When I first started blogging I mainly wrote about the children and parenting in general. Since then I have found that I write less about the children and more about our lifestyle, thrifty living and our days out. I have changed my blog to reflect this.
3. Why did you decide to change the name of your blog?
I chose the old blog name, Cold Tea & Smelly Nappies, as it pretty much summed up parenting for me at that particular time, however 5 years on and my youngest is now at school so no more nappies and as I now get a bit more time to myself I regularly enjoy a hot mug of green tea. The name just didn’t fit my blog any more. I felt it was time to make a change.

I chose the new name, Gypsy Soul, as I felt it reflected who I am as a person. The following quote about sums up…Someone who possesses a gypsy soul is a person always in need of change and/ or adventure. A Gypsy soul seeks the next best thing in any life situation. They can be very passionate and often inspired by different ideas and experiences. Their sense of identity isn’t always sure of what they want out of life but they are determined to find it.

4. When did you become interested in thrifty and why?

I have always been interested in getting a bargain, even as a child, but I think it was emphasized more when I started working for Cancer Research UK when I was 17. I started out as a stock processor in one of their high street charity shops. My role was to process all of the donations ready for sale on the shop floor. I was constantly amazed by some of the things that people would just give away, from designer coats worth over £500 to entire silverware sets. It really opened my eyes to the bargains that could be had if you knew where to look for them.

5. What are 3 of your favourite thrifty tips that are also good for the environment?

Don’t waste food has to be the top of that list. We always make meals from our leftovers and I even keep the scraps from vegetable peelings to make our own stock.

Buying in bulk can be good for the wallet as well as the environment as the products generally work out cheaper and have less packaging than lots of individual items.

Install energy monitors in your home. We had some installed and since having them we have noticed a significant change in our energy usage habits. When you can physically see the money you are spending on electricity it makes you think twice about how you use it. Not only are we saving money each month we are also helping the environment by using less resources. It’s a win win situation.

6. Do you find that being thrifty and being eco go well together or conflict?

That’s a really interesting question and something that I constantly struggle with. In some ways the two can compliment each other very well but in other ways it’s a nightmare. For example I’d like to start buying bamboo toothbrushes for all of the family to help reduce our household waste, however the bamboo toothbrushes can cost over double what a normal plastic one does. This is when the two clash and finding a balance can be hard. I guess if more people use the eco friendly products then they would be able to bring the price down but what are the chances of that happening? This question has really got me thinking. I think I might even get a blog post out of it.

7. What are your plans for the future (e.g. with the blog/ in general) and what would you choose to do given unlimited time and budget?

I plan to continue to grow my blog and hopefully with the rebrand gain some lovely new followers as well as holding onto my old ones.

Gosh if I had an unlimited budget what would I do? I’d probably advertise my blog more to reach more people, I’d also get an expert in to go through it with a fine tooth comb and cross all the t’s and dot the i’s, just to make sure everything is functioning as it should be. The technical side of blogging is not my strong point. Here’s to, hopefully, many more years of blogging to come.

A big thanks to Gina for answering my questions! If you want to find out more pop over and visit Gina’s blog Gypsy Soul here!

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  1. Zoe

    You are welcome – I really enjoyed reading your responses!

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