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Oh My Blog! Mum Edition Featuring: Lavender Lemonade

I have been an awful blogger. I can only apologise, most importantly to my guest poster for this post Tilly. This month has met me with some down moods & slight health concerns, along with the non-motivation to do very much. I have struggled. But we’re not here to focus on that. I’m posting my Oh My Blog! Guest post (finally) and even though it’s mother’s day themed, I’m sure a bit of appreciation for our mums can be welcomed any time of the year.

oh my blog marchOh My Blog is a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers come together to answer a series of questions on a specific theme. This is a chance to get acquainted with a whole range of bloggers, some of whom you may not have heard of before, and learn a little more about them!

This month, the theme is Mums (because it’s Mother’s Day soon!) and we’re hosting Tilly from Lavender Lemonade.


Introduce us to your mum. What’s her name? What does she do? Reveal her age if you dare!

My Mum is Gillian. She’s a pretty awesome woman who has come through so much in her life to blossom into the inspiration she is now. She was diagnosed at 28 with Rheumatoid Arthritis and that deteriorated to the point she was in a wheelchair not long afterwards. We never really saw eye to eye at that point as it was something huge for us both to come to terms with, but over the last few years we’ve come through the harder times.


What’s the one thing your mum always used to say to you?


The censored version is; DILLIGAF. One of her favourite comedians coined this phrase and it literally means ‘Does It Look Like I Give A F’ – in the sense that we should be ourselves and not care what anyone else thinks of us.


Someone’s playing your mum in a film. Who is it and why?


Nobody could possibly play my Mother – I’m not even kidding. She’s one in a million and cannot be portrayed by anyone but herself.


She’s won the lottery. What’s the first thing your mum buys for herself?


New casters and suspension for her wheelchair. Preferably casters that light up.


What embarrassing story about you does she always tell when you meet new people?


The one where I was really small and she dressed me in my best to go shopping with my Grandmother. New dress, knee high socks with cute little t-bar shoes and everything. Only for me to be in the middle of Clarks (pretty posh in those days!) bending over and flashing my bare bottom off exclaiming to my mortified Grandmother “Look Nanna, no knickers!” – Mum had forgotten!


What are your plans for Mother’s Day this year?


A card and a long phone call! We don’t see each other as often as we’d like to, but we talk a lot and she shares her LUSH stash with me when she sees me!


What’s her favourite TV show at the moment?


Game of Thrones. She started reading the books long after I had, and got into the show soon after – now she can see why me and Mike are such big fans and dedicate a night to watching it together when there is a new series!


What’s the biggest or most important thing that your mum inspired you to do?


Become involved with Autism. Autism is my speciality when it comes to education and I wouldn’t have had the confidence to go down that route without her in my corner in her own little way. She (and the rest of my family) have always encouraged me to blog too, which is a huge entity in my life – so I’m grateful for that!


Your round at the bar! What’s your mum drinking?


Wine! She’s partial to a good big glass or three!


What’s the biggest difference between you and your mum?


I’d say our ‘fuse’. She has a very short one, and can blow up pretty easily when stressed or under pressure – where as I’m pretty calm and keep all my turmoil inside when dealing with a crisis.


Most important question of the lot. What is your mum’s stance on 50 Shades of Grey?


She loves the book – the opposite to myself. She did own more than one copy at one point, and copies of every single knock-off version of the same book!


What’s your favourite memory of your mum?


On holiday in Scotland when she could walk without crutches or a wheelchair – we were hiking in the far north and I just remember having both my parents there, striding along behind me as I ran off getting muddied in the peat bogs and ruining my lime green jersey tracksuit. Thanks for that fashion choice, Mother.


What do you think your mum was like as a kid?


Probably a lot like me – very lost in worlds filled and fuelled by words.


Cast your mind back a bit; what was the thing you did as a child or teenager that made your mum the angriest she has ever been with you?


She once discovered in my very early teens I had been using just conditioner on my hair while my greasy lank locks drove her mad. I didn’t know that you needed to shampoo first!


Finally, what’s the BEST piece of advice your mum ever gave to you?


Don’t let anyone drag you down!


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