About Rainy Day Mum


I’m Cerys (it’s a traditional Welsh Name and pronounced Keris!), founder of Rainy Day Mum. You may have guessed from the Mum instead of Mom that we are from England and live in a wonderful corner of the country, Suffolk. In 2009 I became Mum to J and was fairly quickly followed by T, with 18 months between them I found that doing creative, playful and fun activities with them kept my days alive and reduced my stress levels of having a newborn and a young toddler.

Rainy Day Mum - Cerys Parker

Rainy Day Mum was founded in June 2011 3 months after T was born and we started sharing ideas for Creative Family Fun with babies and toddlers, as my children have grown so has Rainy Day Mum with ideas for preschoolers, kinder (reception aged in the UK) and fun for family as well as parenting ideas and recipes.

Prior to having kids I led a very different life starting off as a Marine Biologist working in Greece and Costa Rica and when I met my husband I changed careers and started to teach high school Information Communication Technology and occasionally Science. Whereas my 20’s were mostly spent living from a backpack my 30’s are being spent parenting and turning a house into a home for our family.

Meet the family

J from Rainy Day Mum

J was born August 2009 and is my little monkey, he loves all things nature and wants to be a Jungle Explorer when he grows up. A book worm he’s fascinated by Non-fiction books although loves sitting down together and reading a story book together. He started school in September 2013.

T from Rainy Day Mum

The other little monkey is T born in March 2011 she’s been at home with me since then and will be going to preschool for the first time in September 2014 and starting school the following year. What she wants to be when she grows up changes every day but varies from a Racing Car drive, to post man, to a mermaid depending on her mood. She loves nothing more than digging in the dirt and making flower cakes in the garden.

Why Rainy Day Mum?

So why am I called Rainy Day Mum – well have you ever visited the UK? It Rains – A LOT – so Rainy Day Mum seemed a great name for a site for a mum from the UK.

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rainy day activities for children

101 Ideas for Rainy Day

35 activities for babies and young toddlers

35 Activities for Babies and Young Toddlers

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Cooking with Toddlers

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12 comments to About Rainy Day Mum

  • clare nicholas

    Thought this may be a good one to add.

    No cook playdough reciepe

    Quick rhubarb biscuit crumble


    250g plain flour
    50g salt
    140ml water
    1 – 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
    Few drops of food colouring (optional)

    Preparation method

    1. Mix together the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the water and oil.

    2. Knead well until mixture is smooth about 10 mins. You might need to add a bit more flour or water until the consistency is smooth but not sticky. (i use my food mixer with plastic bread dough blades attached)

    3. Add food colouring and knead until the colour is fully blended.

    4. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until chilled enough to use.

  • Kristen

    Wanting to let you know I have nominated you for a blog award! Here is a link to check it out!!

  • Cerys, Thank you for stopping by my blog. I just love what I am finding here on your wonderful blog!!

    Lisa x

  • Hi RDM,
    Just thought I’d let you know that I’ve added your links to a couple of noticeboards in Netmums plus a very verbal recommendations too.

    I’ve got piccies of Olympic pizza & will be making them again for Para-olympics. Let me know if you want them x
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  • Cerys, Thanks for telling us “your story!” And for sharing those lovely smiles from your children. I enjoy your blog and share it with my readers quite a bit! Hope your 2013 will bring sunshine and lots more smiles:)

  • Thanks for sharing this wonderful post! Keep up the good work!

  • Hi Cery

    After reading your blog I’m contacting you on behalf of a new UK-based online retailer and blog focusing on soft furnishings and (as you might guess from the name) sofas in particular.

    The site is 123sofa.co.uk that offers a really niche and clever product where the customers can choose any of the sofas customised to their choice. So they can choose from whatever length, width and depth they want and hundreds of fabrics. All this and delivered within 28 days.

    We’re looking at ways to promote this service on the website as it appeal to a specific clientele.

    The post would be entirely original and composed of some interior design or furnishing tips, with a brief section mentioning the launch of the new brand. We recognise that there is likely a charge for this kind of service and this is something I’m completely happy to discuss.

    If this sound likes something that you might be interested in, if you could get back in touch with me by email that would be fantastic.

    Hope to hear back from you soon.

    All the best,

    On Behalf of 123sofa.co.uk

  • I love your blog! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: http://toddlefast.blogspot.com/2013/07/versatile-blogger-award.html. Looks like you’ve been nominated before – no surprise to me! You’re welcome to take another round, or just feel loved. You were one of the first blogs I discovered and I still get so many great ideas from you.

  • Meehell

    Thank you so much for this blog i <3 Rainy Day Mum!

  • tiddlebot3000

    My friends Meehell told me about this and now i can’t stop reading! Please keep it up you are an inspiration to me. <3 love you so much #yolo swag #loveyou #keepitup #twerk

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