All About The Blogger – Heels and Hooves
As part of the All About The Blogger Linky, I’m introducing the lovely Katie from Heels and Hooves
I’m Katie, I’m a 35 year-old mum of two girls, Lottie, 2 and Frankie, 1. I also have an elderly horse called Ben, who is 27 this year. I’ve been married to Gary for five years, and we all live in a little village in Hertfordshire. I work part time from home as a marketing consultant and blog about parenthood, horses, family life and lifestyle over at Heels And Hooves
Q1. How would your best friend describe you? (not sure then ask them)
Kind, caring, considerate, thoughtful, supportive, loyal and fun would be the positives. But my bestie is pretty honest, so she also said I’m very direct, honest and annoyingly indecisive.
Q2. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
In my trademark indecisive mode, I can’t choose one thing. I love blogging as I adore writing and recording memories of my gorgeous family.
I’ve recently started blogging about my eldest daughter’s special needs, and I’ve been blown away by the support I’ve received from strangers online. But I’ve also been really delighted that I’ve been able to offer a bit of solace to others in a similar situation.
And finally (told you I was rubbish at decisions), I love the friends I’ve made with other bloggers and the friendliness of the blogging community in general.
Q3. If you could change anything about blogging, what would it be?
Hollow following to boost stats. If you like what I post, follow me. If you’re just after followers and are playing games, please leave me alone.
Q4. If you were invited to a Blogger’s Cocktail Party, which three bloggers would you invite and why?
Emma at Farmers Wife and Mummy because she’s kind, gorgeous, funny and a lovely friend
Chelle at Free Spirit Living because she is one of life’s kindest loveliest people
Lucy at Mrs H’s Favourite Things because she’s a lovely lady, and is always thinking about others
Q5. What is the best blogging tip you have been given?
Be yourself. You are your unique selling point and being true to yourself, rather than imitating others, is what people will want to read.
Q6. When you aren’t blogging, where is your favourite place to visit for a day out?
Our local garden centre – Van Hages. Because that’s what happens when you have kids, you start seeing garden centres as days out! This one has a mini farm, a miniature railway, gorgeous homewares, clothes from the likes of Joules and a café with delicious cake and caffeine. Oh and plants. What more do you need with small children?
Q7. Tell us about your guilty pleasure. It could be food, drink, a TV programme or your favourite band.
ITVBe. I literally love all the reality series they put on – TOWIE, The Real Housewives of Cheshire, Sam and Billie Faiers Mummy Diaries, Ferne Mccann, etc etc. If they broadcast it, I’ll binge watch it.
Q8. If you knew you were going to be marooned on a desert island and could take 3 luxury items with you, what would they be?
My family (I’m counting them as one because I’m greedy). I know it’s a bit soppy, but I’d be lost without them.
My kindle – what’s a beach holiday without a good book?
Q9. What was the last good book you read?
When I was invisible by Dorothy Koomson. I have read all but the latest of Dorothy’s books and loved every one of them. Her stories always have really interesting characters, and the plots always have a bit of a twist. There’s usually something big that you want to find out, which keeps you turning the pages. They are true escapism.
Q10. Describe your perfect date night?
I’d have at least two hours for a long soak in the bath, a bit of pampering and getting glammed up. Then we’d go for a really nice meal where we’d have a good old uninterrupted chat. Then we’d go for cocktails and dancing and let our hair down a bit. Oh and if possible, could we have someone to get up with the kids the next morning, so that we could have a lie-in and not have to parent with hangovers.