This month, I’ve started a new bloggers series called Blogger of the Month, where I showcase a fantastic blogger that I think people should visit, and get to know the writers behind the blog.
This month, we’re focusing on Nature Mum Blog by Kelly Robinson-Key. Let’s find out a bit about her, shall we?
- Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am 28 years old. Getting married to the love of my life next August. We have two beautiful children together, Freddy who is 4 and Evie who is 1.
I studied as an environmental scientist before having my children. My son was born 10 weeks early and my daughter has undiagnosed seizures so am currently unable to go back to an employed position.
I love everything outdoors and believe that the environment needs protecting for our future generations to enjoy the beauty that we enjoy today.
- When did you start blogging and why?
I started blogging almost a year ago. 6 weeks before I started my blog I had been training to be a lecturer at my local college. My baby was only 5 months old but I had applied to train there before I knew I was pregnant. I thought I would be able to look after her and do my training. I was very wrong! I was spending so many hours studying towards my course, learning the course I was to lecture on then lecturing and watching lectures that I was missing out on my family more than I wanted too.
On my last day I cried the whole way home. I phoned my sister as I had no idea what to do and she reminded me that I am only 27 and my degree is always going to be there. My children growing won’t be. She was right. I did not want to leave my babies or miss them growing. I couldn’t miss my daughters first words or steps, or miss my sons first days in school. I then had a very difficult phone call with the college and told them I couldn’t carry on. Since then my daughter started with her seizures, where she can fit up to 5 times a day and my son has struggled in school. So I do believe I made the right decision at the time.
I am a person who has to keep busy, my mind works overtime even when I am just sat on the sofa with a cup of tea. I had to do something. I have always shared ideas and our family adventures plus recipes on my Facebook and friends kept telling me how much they enjoyed my posts.
I didn’t know much about blogging so started researching how I could share my content. Then from there Nature Mum Blog was created. I haven’t looked back since.
- What is unique about you and your blog?
My partner always tells me I am quite a unique person. I get incredibly passionate about things and my mind is always working. I am always thinking about 100 things at once. I need to write it down otherwise my brain is just overcrowded with thoughts.
I use my blog for my creative side. I love to cook, I love to explore and I love to educate. My blog allows me to do all three. I don’t write about my day to day stuff on there I try to keep it educational. I want to show families that they don’t need to spend £100s on outdoor adventure activities or just stick the tablet or TV on to educate about the great outdoors. Showing children wildlife on their doorstep will open their imagination and give them a wonderful gift of wanting to help those who need it, ant or man.
So what is unique about my blog? It is probably that it has educational posts that run on the same topics and not much about my general life is posted on there.
- What is a typical day for you, and how do you manage your free time (if you have any)?
Free time, what is that again?
This may sound crazy but any free time I have I either hoop or work. I don’t like not doing anything. I started hula hooping at the beginning of the year to help me lose weight for my wedding but I have found it relaxes and de-stresses me too.
Working is also a release. I write children’s books and am currently in the process of writing to YA novels. I am able to write down all my crazy thoughts and produce a book!
- Why should people visit your blog?
If you want ideas and inspiration on how to get your family outdoors or cooking different recipes, then my blog is the place for you. I have posts on Home science activities, walking in wales, nature activities and plenty of recipes. Now my son is back in school I will be adding a lot more content over the next few months.
- What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Never listen to anyone’s advice or opinions.
So many people in my childhood and teenage years told me what I could and couldn’t do. I failed most of my GCSE’s as we moved house several times and I lost all of my coursework! I was told I could never go to university. I quit that school, went to college then the University of Plymouth and achieved a 2.1 BSc (Hons) Degree. I have since been told I wouldn’t make anything of being a blogger or a writer. Being told I can’t do something just spurs me on so watch this space!!
- Tell me something about yourself that most people don’t know.
I seem like a confident bubbly person but am easily affected by the smallest confrontation. If I get the wrong meal in a restaurant I would eat it anyway. One nasty comment will stay with me for years. So don’t judge a book by its cover and treat others how you wish to be treated.
- And finally, what’s your favourite colour and why?
Sky Blue! It is fresh and reminds me of happy sunny spring mornings.
If you want to keep up to date with Kelly and her blog, you can do so by visiting http://kellyrobinson-key.co.uk/