I’ve been a blogger for a long time now, and during that time I’ve read some amazing blogs written by people that I now consider friends. I’ve read blog posts that have made me cry and others that have made me laugh. Writing that’s inspiring and writing that’s educational.
These are words on a screen that have made me feel less alone. That have reached out and given me a virtual hug when I needed one. They’ve helped me realise that there is someone else out there who understands me. Who knows how it feels to be a wife, a mother, to suffer from a chronic illness or just to be a human being.
And to those amazing bloggers, I say thank you. Thank you for saving me during the sleepless nights. Thank you for helping me when I needed it. And thank you for taking the brave step of writing what is in your head and your heart.
My Favourite Bloggers
I used to run a series on my blog called My favourite bloggers. It was designed to introduce you, my dear readers, to blogs I love and that I’m sure you will love too. I don’t want these men and women to be purely a name on a list or in a blog post. I want you to see in them what I do. And to love them as I do.
So I’ve invited my favourite bloggers to come on to my blog and answer some questions. And it seems only fitting that these questions are based around their favourite things. So without further ado, let me introduce you to Abbie who blogs at Lilypad and Bow.
My Favourite Bloggers Featuring Lilypad and Bow
1. Please tell me a little about yourself and your blog?
Hi, I’m Abbie! A 28-year-old mum from Yorkshire. My blog follows the lives of my two children Lily (who is 5) and Archer (who is 2) and my blog mostly focuses on parenting, children’s fashion and decor, mental health and my photography.
2. What is your favourite book, song or film of all time?
My favourite song of all time is Patric k Park – Something Pretty. Just listen to it and you’ll know why. It’s a thing of beauty! It sounds sombre but I’ve had it pegged as my funeral song since the day I heard it.
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’m a big lover of woodland and greenery so a tranquil forest walk, maybe with a lovely lake in the middle where I could sit down with a picnic and read a good book. I don’t ask for much! 😉
4. What is your favourite memory?
On Christmas Eve as a kid, my mum and aunties took me and my cousins to a wood where we spotted deer running in the distance. Then as if that wasn’t enough we all heard bells and in my little mind, it meant Santa and his sleigh was nearby. It was the most magical thing ever ever ever. I’ve been obsessed with deer ever since. (Though looking back my mam blatantly had a cheap bell in her pocket that she was jingling about. Sneaky!)
5. What is your most treasured possession?
I’m going to have to be cliche here and say, my children. They’re the only thing that I would try and save in a fire. Anything else, I’m running out of the door to save my own ass.
6. Which of your blog posts is your favourite and why?
I’m very fond of my week in pictures series. It’s not the best in terms of words but I love having all the photos of both the mundane and the adventures to look back on. And I’m pleased to have kept it going for so long. If I want to know what I was doing on a certain date I just skip back and look at the photos from that week, it’s very helpful!
7. Which bloggers do you most enjoy reading?
I have a few that I check back on regularly. You, Lucy, as the way you talk so openly about mental health and your struggles inspires me and has made me feel less alone on more than one occasion in the past few years. I hope to one day be brave enough to talk about mental health so honestly in the way that you do. Kaye from Hello Archie is a blog that I’m forever stalking. Her photos are gorgeous and her children’s style is just the coolest. And also Amber from Meet The Wildes. Her life is pretty fascinating. Two sets of twins and another on the way. Wow, not all heroes wear capes!
8. Which brands are you proudest to have worked with?
Out of all the brands I’ve worked with, I think the smaller children’s fashion brands are my favourite to work with. I adore unisex children’s fashion and I love photographing outfits and these work from home children’s all seem to have amazing artistic vision.
9. Share a photograph that sums up your blog and why?
It would have to be this one. I’m not entirely sure why though. I like that I’m actually in the photo with the kids for once. Because I’m usually the one behind the lens. And I love how completely candid it is. Also that they’re both trying to talk to me at the same time which pretty much sums up every second of my every day. Ha ha! Oh, and they’re both wearing adorable matching outfits which always helps.
10. What has been your favourite moment as a parent?
I think my favourite moment has been one of the smaller moments. Sometimes I’m just sat on the sofa watching them over the rim of my coffee and they’re playing on the floor in front of me and they look so happy. Not happy because we’re on an exciting day out somewhere or because they’ve just been given a treat -just happy in general, you know? And that makes me happy. And proud of them. And proud of myself for creating two such beautiful humans who are happy and healthy and enjoying life. (Then two seconds later they’re squabbling over the lego and woosh, the moment is gone.)
11. And finally, what’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
In general probably:
“Promise me that you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.”
In terms of parenting:
“You’re a parent. It’s your circus. Those are your monkeys. “
Thank you, Abbie, for appearing on my blog and answering my questions. I love the best pieces of advice that you’ve been given.