When I sat myself down for a stern talking-to recently, I asked myself what were the things I wished I had more time to do. Then I set about paring down the bits that were getting in the way of that. Besides squeezing my kids until they yelp, up near the top of the list was taking the time to read more blogs. I find them endlessly entertaining, inspiring, and useful. I have learned so much by reading what others do, and I was really missing out on what was happening. I have squished a few more new favourites into my blogroll and I indulge whenever I can… but it’s always good to share! Here is what I’ve been reading and loving lately:
Tammy is an Aussie living in Washington DC – and with every post, makes my American-politics-loving heart positively emerald with envy. She lives in a big, beautiful old house near the Capitol and documents her snowy days, trips to the stunningly gorgeous places a short drive from her new city, and her thoughts on life, love and motherhood. Her family is impossibly gorgeous and she is honest and warm. Not ashamed to say I stalk this one often!
I know Mrs Sit Down Mummy in real life but we hadn’t really chatted before. I was intrigued when I saw she had a blog, and I snort-laughed when I first read it. Girl is hilarious! We now hang out more often, but I still can’t get enough of her stories of growing, birthing and being a mum to twins (you might remember this great photo if you follow me on Instagram), and how she now tries to stop them setting fire to the carpet and screaming through shopping centres. She is fabulously relaxed and has learned a lot on her journey as a mum – and even though I don’t have twins, I can totally relate. And also want to punch the old cronies who say judgy things to her!
I like to think I go to Design Mom for handy hints and tips, but really it’s just to perve at her impossibly glorious life in the French countryside. I am a rampant consumer of her bucolic tales, and I constantly marvel at how many children she has and how they all seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. I want to know how she does it all from home, and I’m addicted to the interiors she posts of other people’s houses. The Living With Kids series has made me want to mop my floors more often and buy more art. And it led me to getting hooked on…
Laura is married to a Hollywood producer and director (but before you yawn, it’s the dude that produced the Jackass TV show and movie, so it’s quite crazy and fun!) and lives the life most people only dream about. She has a ridiculous big house, two children and a really fabulous way of writing. I have been reading all her travel with toddlers tips and generally getting a peek inside a world very far removed from mine. Sometimes that’s fun when you’re stuck indoors for three days straight due to rain and the kids are all snotty and you haven’t slept in about eight years.
Back before she was Photo-A-Day queen, Chantelle was probably my number-one blog crush. Still is! When I first had my blog sorted out with a professional makeover, my designer asked what I wanted it to look like. I sent her nothing but a link to Fat Mum Slim. Back then it was all pink and her header was spelled out in Scrabble tiles, which I thought was just the most amazing thing ever. Chantelle is so creative, so warm and funny and heartfelt, but most of all I just think she’s interesting. She could be writing about potatoes and will find a funny little angle I never saw coming. She is quiet and humble and infuriatingly talented! I never fail to come away from her blog wanting to be better at everything.
Speaking of inspiration, Steph at This Brown Wren has me squirrelling away most of her posts for when my babies are older. They go on nature walks, paint with beautiful watercolours, play with natural toys and look like they’re having a peaceful blast. Steph also makes wonderful clothes from vintage patterns and fabrics – even making a shirt out of a tablecloth recently which I thought was amazing. She’s where I’d like to be.
So there you have it. A cup of tea and a peek into someone else’s life. Now to make some time to comment more!
Who are you loving at the moment?