News

How Stay at Home Mum blogger Jody Allen struck it big

Jody Allen and Walt Collins will co-host the Seven Network's Stay at Home Mum television series from April.
Jody Allen and Walt Collins will co-host the Seven Network's Stay at Home Mum television series from April.

THE self proclaimed Gympie "dag" who has built a multi-million dollar empire out of her online advice for stay at home mums is about to launch a television series based on her website.

Mother-of-two and former Gympie council employee Jody Allen will join TV personality and producer Walt Collins in the new Network Seven parenting series, Stay at Home Mum.

 

Jody Allen and Walt Collins will co-host the Seven Network's Stay at Home Mum television series from April.
Jody Allen and Walt Collins will co-host the Seven Network's Stay at Home Mum television series from April.

They'll be doing silly things like getting dads to put up and collapse prams, checking out the YouTube videos of parents and kids that have gone viral, doing street surveys on issues like 'How soon after giving birth did you get busy?'.

The 30-minute shows will be shot in Melbourne and go to air every Sunday afternoon for 13 weeks, starting in April.

READ MORE: Mumpreneur Jody Allen is a state digital champion

A very excited and nervous Jody told The Gympie Times this morning the program had been two-and-a-half years in the making and that she was now on a steep learning curve about how to be television presenter.

 

WEBSITE: Jodie Tydings, Jody Allen, Nicole Millard and Debbie Morgan.
WEBSITE: Jodie Tydings, Jody Allen, Nicole Millard and Debbie Morgan. Craig Warhurst

"I am terrified," she said.

"This is an area I am not familiar with. I have had to have a lot of media training.

"I am determined and hope the show stays true to the website. I want to keep the naughtiness in there as much as I can - as much as I am allowed to."

Jody and Walt have already shot the pilot and are about to begin filming the 13 episodes. This will involve Jody spending 2-3 days each week in Melbourne for the next 13 weeks, something she has mixed feelings about.

 

Jody Allen and Walt Collins will co-host the Seven Network's Stay at Home Mum television series from April.
Jody Allen and Walt Collins will co-host the Seven Network's Stay at Home Mum television series from April.

"I love my family and I am going to miss them so much on the days I am away. I also love my house and just being here in my pyjamas," she said.

In anticipation of the time she is going to be away, Jody has been spending as much time as she can in her pyjamas, not leaving the house.

 

Jodi Allen at home in Gympie.
Jodi Allen at home in Gympie. Craig Warhurst

How are hubby Brendan and the boys feeling about it all?

"Brendan is super excited and the boys are so used to all this they think it's normal. We go to see a show in the city now and they just think it's normal that we get to meet the person on the stage after the show."

 

Jody Allen's star is about to take a quantum leap into television.
Jody Allen's star is about to take a quantum leap into television. Jody Allen

As if that was not enough, Jody's third book, How to Live on $50 a Week, is released later this month, but has already pre-sold 22,000 copies.

"I am stoked," says Jody. The book can be ordered through the Angus and Robertson website, or will be available in Big W and all book stores after February 27.

Gympie Times

Topics:  editors picks jody allen stay at home mum television debut television program whatson


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'It could happen to anyone': family's drug abuse message

FIGHTING ADDICTION: Family Drug Support is opening a new, free support group in Caboolture.

'It could happen to anyone': family's drug abuse message

A gem find for the ages

JOINT EFFORT: Roger Dunstan, Geoff Bilbow and John Campbell admiring their historic gem donation.

A gem find for the ages

Farmer's hailed for 'heroic' work

BRAVE ACT: Stephen and Gavin Scurr have been awarded a Local Heroes award by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Farmer's hailed for 'heroic' work

Local Partners

Free blood pressure check for Bribie Island

Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check arrives at Bribie Island Shopping Centre tomorrow as part of a series of events taking place across Queensland.

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

KIM Kardashian has been slammed by her followers after posting a tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Charlie Hunnam in a scene from the movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!