Who am I?


My name is Janis, also known about the place as ‘Janis Hill – Author’, ‘Eclectic Mumma’ and ‘Hey You!’

To learn more about my reviewing style – My reviewing style.

For a list of the sorts of things I like to do and review – Things that interest me.

About me…

Well, I am a Boutique Social Media Influencer – self-proclaimed – as well as being a Virtual Assistant, Reviewer, Author, Mum, foodie, student and Haus Frau.

You see, I like to keep busy and I like to use my chatty, fun nature to share what I think about things through various forms of social media.

Places I currently work with – mostly on a barter system – are:

  • Curiosity Quills Press
  • Kensington Publishing
  • Murdoch Books
  • Mouths of Mums
  • Mums Central
  • Living on Little – Real Food on a Budget

So my reviews, articles and in general social media spruiking can be seen by an audience of over 200,000 people on any given day. Pretty cool huh?


I live in the Adelaide Hills with my husband and three children – the latter lovingly referred to as ‘Demonic Hordes’ – and an ever increasing menagerie.


When not being a Writer or Reviewer, I’m a self-confessed Haus Frau by choice (meaning this is the career path I want right now). I do this by trying to find the right balance between horde wrangling, keeping house, café visits – for much needed hot chocolates – and loads of reading and writing. Add to this I’m currently doing a degree in Internet Communication and you can see that having a ‘real job’ would simply get in the road. So I’ll stick to what I’ve got thanks.

Seriously though, one of the main reasons for this life choice are my kids – who I call Eldest Horde, Middle horde and Horde#3 online. My oldest two, both girls, have recently been assessed and Eldest Horde is Highly Gifted and Talents while Middle Horde is Twice Exceptionally Gifted and Talented (meaning she has a learning disability too). Seriously these are horrible labels as make out that their lives are all sunshine and roses. It’s not.

Then there is my son, Horde#3. He was diagnosed HFASD (Asperger’s in old terms) in 2014 and I’ve spent a lot time since then getting him into full time school, getting his support teams sorted out, all the fun stuff you do when designated his Primary Carer. It’s not a job I actually get paid to do, but it – and helping my girls – is the most rewarding job I could have right now.


The reason I love doing what I do and working for the clients I deal with is because I’m mildly obsessed with supporting local businesses and wholefood producers. I love helping businesses with their social media presence so they can focus on the important things, like making me chocolate, raw vegan desserts, soap and so on.

I also have a bit of a cookery book habit. As in, I love to collect them, the older the better. It’s great to be reminded of what food used to look and taste before it became a reality television competition prop. And old food isn’t all lard and offal you know. Though I am a bit partial to some good lardy cake.


Because of my passions and opinionated view, I became a reviewer in May 2015. In 2016 my product reviewing took off and, to date, I’ve been sent over $1000 worth of items – most kitchen appliances – to review for free. As of 2017 I have picked up work as both a Virtual Assistant (VA) and article contributor to a few different online locations.

As you can see, I may be Boutique, but I am obviously good at what I do.

Where you can find me…

Besides this blog, I can be found on different parts of the internet doing different things.

On Facebook:

Janis’ Journal – Eclectic reviews of a Busy Mum – the Facebook representation of this blog and so all reviews I do here get shared there.

On Twitter:

@Eclectic_Mumma – this is my new Reviewer account as so has barely any followers… yet.

On Instagram:

Look for me as Janis_the_Eclectic_Mumma.

Other places I can be found…

If you’re interest in looking at some of my older reviews, made before I created this blog, please check out my Amazon or Goodreads profiles. I also be found on Netgalley, but you will need to be a member (and a publisher I think) to see my profile.

I also lurk over at LinkedIn… but not that often.

So, do I sound interesting enough for you? If you would like to get in touch – contact me.

Nice to meet you!




4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Judy
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 11:55:48

    Hi Janis i was reading your review on this Phillips all in one cooker
    did you ever re-write your own version of the instruction manual and recipes?
    Just bought one myself and quite agree with your blog!



    • janishill
      Aug 02, 2016 @ 10:59:52

      Not a manual… but yes I have been writing up recipes for my own version of a cook book. Glad it’s not just me being picky and other see the flaws too! It’s a great little appliance, shame the paperwork fails to support it though.



  2. Judy
    Aug 02, 2016 @ 16:10:25

    Thanks for your reply
    If you would like to share your recipes I would happily try them out 🙂



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