Aby from You Baby Me Mummy nominated me recently to answer the ’10 things you didn’t know about me’ tag. So here are my answers to her questions.
1. What’s your name and where’d you come from? (paying homage to the late, great Cilla)
Hello! My name is Amber and I’m from SE London.
2. Why do you blog?
Why do I blog? On a personal level as a record of our love and adventures for the future in general and our children specifically, should they wish to read it. From a less naval-gazing perspective because I think that families like mine should be depicted in every day society, not just talking about our gayness and what that means for us (although I do that too) but also just living, sharing the same experiences as other families.
3. Where would you travel to that you haven’t already been and why?
I’ve been fascinated by the Isles of Scilly ever since I stumbled upon Arthurian mythology as a child and learned of the possible connection between Scilly and Lyonesse. It’s not terribly far; we should go.
4. Who’s your favourite Blogger?
That’s like asking me to choose a favourite child. Only harder because I only have two children to choose from, but there are thousands of bloggers!
5. If you could collaborate with just one brand on your blog, who would it be?
Oh goodness. I’ve been fortunate to have had some really exciting collaborations with names in the baby fashion industry, reviewing clothes for Frugi, Lilly & Sid and Maxomorra recently. Sharing the twins’ wardrobes is a passion and it’s always so exciting when brands approach me with a vision for how we can work together.
That said my big love and one of the driving forces behind my blog is photography. I guess the ultimate dream would be to collaborate with Nikon or Lensbaby or GoPro to see what we could produce together, or with a lens rental company that wanted a blogger to demonstrate what could be done with different lenses.
6. What is your proudest achievement, aside from your children?
Can I say the blog? I’m really proud of my blog and of making the final (twice) in the MAD Blog Awards in my first year of blogging.
If I can’t say my blog then getting my head together from a deeply unhappy teenager who didn’t like herself at all and wasn’t entirely sure that she wanted to exist, to become the confident and happy partner and mother that I am today.
7. Why did you choose your blog name?
Ah, my blog name. I was thinking of our little Josephine-dog at the time and imagining her future relationship with our unborn twins. I had this vision of her as the third sibling to the twins, trotting after them and trying to do everything that she did, but being thwarted because her fur and tail meant that people didn’t recognise her as a little girl but as a dog. Actually, she’s decidedly not fond of her human siblings and would rather not chase after them anywher unless the grown-ups are coming too. I thought about changing the name but I think it’s a little too ‘known’ now.
8. Who’s your no. 1 celebrity crush?
Oh. I’m not actually sure that I have one. That’s a bit rubbish, isn’t it?
9. What is your biggest regret in life?
Not studying medicine. Perhaps I’ve watched too much Grey’s Anatomy but oh, I wish that I had studied medicine.
10. What’s your no. 1 blogging tip?
Develop your photography skills. Purchase a DSLR, learn how to use it and develop a simple RAW editing workflow. I’m going to be publishing a tutorial on this soon so keep an eye out for that if you’re not sure that you’re maximising your camera’s potential.
What don’t I know about you? If you’d like to answer the same questions on your blog, respond in the comments and I’ll tag the first five of you.