Taking part in the LifeCaptured project, sharing memories, month by month.
What is your idea of the perfect morning?
Right now, the only thing on my list of a perfect morning is a lie in. I literally do not care about anything else right now. I am obsessed with sleep, because I don’t get enough of it. Anything beyond that would be a bonus, but what I’d love is a lie in (just until like, 7:30am. I’m not asking to stay in bed until 10 or anything crazy like that. I’d even take 7am. I just… 4:30am is NOT THE MORNING… Theo doesn’t get this yet. When do they become late sleepers? Ever? Help!). Once I’ve had my lovely lie-in, I’d take a long shower and then head down for breakfast, eaten at my own pace. Baked eggs with spinach and chorizo would be a nice start to the day. I’d eat it slowly while reading the weekend papers and drinking a hot cup of tea, or maybe a decaf cappuccino from the coffee shop down the road. But if that’s all too much, I’d just take the sleep.
What songs or music do you listen to in the car?
I don’t have a car, but what I listen to all day when I’m at home is Absolute 80s OR I put Spotify Discover on. Spotify usually generates quite chilled out music, so nice to have in the background, whereas Absolute 80s is good for singing and dancing, both of which I do a lot of with Theo.
When was the last time you felt embarrassed? What happened?
When I was at a hen do a couple of weekends ago, we learnt a dance routine and then had it recorded. If that wasn’t embarrassing enough (actually, I wasn’t really that embarrassed about just doing the dance bit), at one point I did TOTALLY the wrong thing, then encouraged everyone else to do the same, only to see the instructor wildly shaking her head, at which point we all had to correct ourselves and get back into the correct position. THAT’S going to be embarrassing to watch on film…
Describe your ideal house.
My house, but with just a little bit more space. I think we have the perfect number of rooms, but I’d like most of them to just be a bit bigger. Or a few of them to be a lot bigger. I would also have Marie come and style all my rooms, because her house is BEAUTIFUL and I basically want to move in there.
Do you find it easy to talk to strangers?
It depends on the stranger. There are a lot of ‘strangers’ that I know through the internet, who I feel like I already know when I meet them for the first time in person. And if there is a clear thing in common that we can talk about, then I’m happy to chat to anyone and everyone. But I’m not great with small talk for the sake of it, especially if the other person doesn’t divulge much about themselves.
Name your eight favourite blogs.
This is a totally impossible question to answer, as it changes almost every week. But, in no particular order these are the people who, when I see a notice of a new blog on Instagram or Twitter, I immediately click through to read, or bookmark to read later.
1// Elise Joy – my favourite, favourite blog, although sadly very infrequently updated these days. Luckily, Elise is still doing a regular podcast, which I am a huge fan of.
2// The Parent Crap – I think my parents think I’m a stalker of the Heritage family. I kind of am. But after reading Stuart Heritage’s column in the Guardian about his son (who is almost the same age as Theo), I started following him on Instagram. He regrammed his wife one day, so I started following her, then I discovered her blog (she’s very funny), and now I’m in a Whatsapp and Facebook group with her and a bunch of other mums, and we’re friends on Facebook. The weird world of internet relationships!
3// Me & Orla – Sara just makes everything seem to magical, even the most mundane. But she has enough ‘real’ life on there to keep it from feeling too saccharine or unapproachable. Her Instagram feed is just stunning, too, which is apt, given that’s where she’s started.
4// Gathered Cheer – If you’re needing a bit of lifestyle inspiration, Ruth’s blog is beeeeeaaautiful. So many pretty pictures on there.
5// Sprunting – A fab food blog, with some gorgeous looking recipes. I haven’t met Catherine in person, but she seems really lovely and we have a fair few bloggy friends in common.
6// Space for the Butterflies – A personal blog all about parenting three little ones, I love Carie’s tone of voice and wish I was as relaxed a mum as she seems to be! We run the ‘One for them and one for me’ monthly book series together and she always has some great recommendations.
7// Circle of Pine Trees – I met Laura at last year’s Blogtacular and felt like a bit of a fangirl. Her blog is SO beautiful. Earthy tones
8// A Cup of Jo – a great mix of serious posts, fascinating insights into other cultures, design and fashion, books, humour – this blog has everything just about covered!
What are your favourite blogs right now? I’m always looking for new ones to read – would love to hear about the ones you love!