Hello there and welcome to another #PoCoLo and it's looking like it's going to be a hot one - if you were here last week it was great to see you, and if you're new here this week you're very welcome. Once again I'm joined by Nikki from Something Strange, so as well as checking out our Blogger Showcase, please do pop over and say hello to @MrsTubbs.
Who'd have thought us Brits would be looking forward to some rain so much?
I am officially melting and Thursday evening struggled to keep cool at all. I don't want to moan about the weather but I am looking forward to some cooler temperatures, and have this feeling that if it does rain then quite a few of us will be giving a little, or perhaps a bit bigger cheer.
Although I appear to have developed a new routine on my walking commute home, which is a stop at our local M&S for a cool down in the chiller section, and I don't think I'm the only one. I've bumped into the same people wandering around slowly to cool down, phffing as we went.
In more exciting news a wedding invitation arrived this week, and for a wedding at The Grosvenor no less, so some shopping is going to be required. Well, it'd be rude not to hey?
This week's photo sums up the week for me, and you might be surprised to know that it's one from my recent visit to RHS Hyde Hall in Essex and not somewhere more exotic.
Blogger Showcase: Andreia from LifeMakeupStyle
1. Who are you?
Hi my name is Andreia I am 24 years old and a stay at home mum to my little princess, V (9 months old). I am a avid list maker. I make lists for EVERYTHING!! In my free time I like to watch mummy vloggers on YouTube and going for strolls with my little baba. My favourite TV programme is Desperate Housewives, I keep rewatching it over and over again. Have currently just finished my 4th time.
2. How did you discover blogs/blogging?
I first discovered blogs when I was about 15 and started becoming interested in the world of makeup and fashion. I would spend every moment that I could scrolling through blogs and watching YouTube tutorials. It was always beauty and fashion related blogs until I moved out of my parents house and in with my partner. I started having a yearn for a baby so my interests changed from beauty blogs to mummy and lifestyle blogs and YouTube channels. Then about three years ago I decided to start my own blog and called it LifeMakeupStyle. I have also since started blogging about motherhood and my little peanut.
3. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because of my love for makeup and fashion. My family and friends always came to me for advice on those topics which made me think "well, if they like what I have to say maybe other people will too?!” and that’s where my passion for blogging started.
4. What do you find most challenging?
Finding the time to write posts. Especially now that I have an infant. It’s difficult to find the time to sit down and actually think about what your writing when the baby is trying to jump inside her toy basket and gets stuck with her legs flapping around in the air. I love being a mum more that anything in this world so everything else kind of takes a back seat when it comes to baby V.
5. What is your favourite topic to write about?
Motherhood and household without a doubt. I think because those two things are now what I do 24/7 so I find it easier to write about them. Sometimes I feel like I am getting too old for the beauty blogging side of my blog. It’s important to me to make other stay at home mums and young mums understand their value and offer some advice along the way
6. Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?
I began blogging for fun but have since started setting my self goals. This has been since I’ve had my daughter. I’ve become more determined to provide her with a stable future and also so that when she’s older she can read my blog when she has her own children and it will hopefully help her.
7. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
My favourite thing about blogging is the community. Everyone is so supportive and helpful. I also love to get emails from other mums telling me their stories and expressing their gratitude for my posts. That makes all the hard work worthwhile.
8. Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so what did you think?
I have never attended one but hope to have the opportunity to in the future. I feel like they would be very informative and helpful.
9. What are your 3 best posts?
10. Describe yourself in 3 words
Loving motherhood always... I don’t know if that counts because it isn’t 3 different descriptive words but I feel like that small sentence sums me up to a T.
11. Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?
A little of both really. I am a “coffee and biscuits” person.
12. What is your idea of a perfect night out?
Going out for a nice dinner with my OH and the baby and then coming home to watch a movie with popcorn and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
13. Your perfect night in?
Take-away and movie snacks whilst watching a comedy, or if it’s just me and the baby it ends up being mummy and baby in bed watching our favourite movie Moana.
14. What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?
I think they would say that I have a big heart. I always try and help everyone else and sometimes forget about myself. According to my parents I have always been like that.