I’ve been a blogger for over five years now. During that time, I’ve read some amazing blogs written by people I now consider friends, and I guess, colleagues. And as a result, the list of my favourite bloggers has grown and grown.
I’ve read posts that have made me laugh and others that have made me cry. Writing that’s inspiring and writing that’s educational.
Words on a screen that have made me feel less alone. That have helped me realise there is someone out there who understands me. Who knows how it feels to be a mum, a wife, suffer from depression or just to be a person living on this planet.
And to all those amazing bloggers, I say “thank you”. Thank you for saving me during sleepless nights. Thank you for helping me when I needed it. And thank you for being brave enough to put yourself out there and write.
Introducing my favourite bloggers
Before I changed my theme on my blog, I had a page dedicated to a list of my favourite blogs and bloggers. And I decided it was about time that I recreated this list on my new blog layout. (It’s only taken me 6 months).
If you are looking for new blogs to read then please take a look at the list. They are all different. But they are all wonderful. And I know that you’ll love them as much as I do.
However, I want to introduce you properly to my favourite bloggers. I don’t want these men and women to be purely names in a list. I want you, my dear reader, to see in them what I see. And to love them as I do.
So I’ve invited each of my favourite bloggers to answer some questions. These are loosely based around their favourite things. (I am so original)!
I am honoured that the first of my favourite bloggers to be joining us is Hannah from Make, Do & Push!
Hannah’s blog is simply stunning. Her writing is exquisite and her photographs are beautiful. They are filled with life and colour.
Hannah is also hugely inspiring. She writes honestly about the struggles of motherhood. And she also shares the most amazing recipes for children who suffer from Cow’s Milk Protein allergies and soya allergies.
So without further ado, over to the lovely Hannah…
My Favourite Bloggers featuring Hannah from Make, Do & Push!
1. Please tell me a little bit about yourself and your blog?
Hi I’m Hannah and I blog at Make, Do & Push! which I’ve been writing for almost five years now! I started it as a way to continue writing post-grad and to document my first pregnancy. I now have two children under five!
We live in East Yorkshire, but I’m a born and bred Sussex girl, having grown up in Brighton and the Sussex countryside.
I mostly blog about children’s fashion and our adventures, with a little bit of baking thrown in for good measure! My son suffers from Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) and a soya allergy, so I’m currently enjoying creating recipes for yummy things he can eat.
2. What is your favourite book, song or film of all time?
My favourite book of all time is Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which I blame for my love of the Yorkshire accent… and hence marrying a Yorkshireman! Our wedding was loosely themed on the book.
3. If you were to have the perfect day out – what would you do, where would you go and who would you be with?
I would go to one of Yorkshire’s AMAZING beaches with my family, a picnic and my camera. The beaches up here span for miles and they’re sandy – which is a novelty after (quite literally) cutting my teeth on Brighton beach as a child!
4. What is your favourite memory?
Oh gosh, that’s a tough one.
I think it would probably be the evening I met my husband properly for the first time.
We’d met once previously on a training day, but all he talked about was hockey and I thought he was so tedious.
However, a few weeks later I’d organised a retirement do at work for a member of staff, and the cake that my manager had ordered was fairly disastrous and hilarious… anyway, we giggled through the whole afternoon, and then went to the pub where we talked and laughed until last orders were called. My manager came along for a drink halfway through the evening, and he couldn’t believe this was the first time we had really met, as we were “very familiar”.
Anyway, the rest is history! We were living together about 5 months later!
5. What is your most treasured possession?
Other than my children? My DSLR camera.
I used photography as a sort of therapy to help with my anxiety and agoraphobia after having my son, and taught myself how to use manual mode… now people are hiring me to take their photos! It’s insanely wonderful!
6. Which of your blog posts is your favourite?
I love writing my poems and H-Bear’s birth story is one I treasure, because I had him at home: http://makedoandpush.co.
7. Which bloggers do you most enjoy reading?
8. Which brands are you proudest to have worked with?
I’m currently collaborating with Google which is pretty exciting – they invited me to the most amazing dinner in London a few months ago where the champagne flowed and I had the BEST time!
9. Share a photograph that sums up your blog and tell us why?
Oh gosh… it’s difficult to choose just one… I guess it would be this one from Siblings in January.
The blog is mostly about these two munchkins, and the light was so gorgeous on our adventure at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
10. What has been your favourite moment as a parent?
Bedtime every night? 😉
I guess the first time each of them each said ‘Mummy’.
I also love it when they both want a cuddle, so they clamber onto my lap and we have a squish as a three.
Oh, and giving birth to H-Bear was pretty epic as I did it in a pool, in our family room, with no pain relief and guided him into the world with my own hands. Possibly my most empowering moment!
11. And finally, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
“It’s ok not to be ok”
I wish someone had said this to me sooner in life!
Thank you Hannah.
It has been lovely learning more about you. I love the story of your proper meeting with your husband. I am a sucker for a romantic tale.
If you’ve never read Hannah’s fantastic blog then you must go and take a look. It is beautiful.
Hannah has recently been announced as a BiB Awards 2017 finalist for her stunning photography. So you really should follow her sensational Instagram. You can also follow Hannah on Twitter and Facebook.