First up is Deborah Patrick (Debs), writer of the very popular blog Super Busy Mum. I know Debs through her Mad Mid Week Blog Hop which I regularly link up to each Wednesday. If you’re on the look out for a new linky, give this one a try as there’s a lot of variety and a nice community spirit to it! Debs is a Mum of five, living in Northern Ireland. She is getting married later on this year and is a keen photographer.

This year to celebrate Mothers Day, I’ve interviewed a group of Mums that I particularly admire. They are all Mothers with different experiences, views, stories and opinions. Some are from the blogging and social media world whilst others are ones I know in real life. I’m running the series through out this week and we’ll be talking about birth stories, parenting advice, sleep deprivation and much, much more!

 

How did Super Busy Mum begin?
I was a SAHM with a very little {8wk old} newborn and a friend of my partners advised me to start up my own blog, having just done it herself also due to having a little baby at home also. I did, having never blogged before and I never thought I would keep it up but here I am, 2 and a half years later and I could not be prouder of my little corner of the internet. I am also not a natural writer. I’m one of those people with a funny accent who live in Northern Ireland who writes as she speaks! lol.

How do you feel about your social media following and influence?
When I started my blog I didn’t realise you had to start up social media platforms to connect to it all. But I quickly learned and at first, I thought starting up a Facebook page for my blog was a stupid idea, like, who would like it? Then there is also Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and so on. But looking at my social media audience now? I’m in awe and so thankful to everyone who follows me….I’m unsure on the influence I have but I’m just chuffed that people want to read what I am waffling about.


How do you feel about sharing and giving parenting advice?
I am more than happy to help in whatever way I can in regards to sharing parenting advice. I mean, we’re all in this one big giant boat of nappys, weaning, teething and sleepless nights together, right?

Whats the worst parenting advice you’ve ever been given?
Gosh, there has been a few dooseys and I’m unsure if I can even pin point one particular one. Just know that you should always go with your gut. It’s a simple as that. If you think something isn’t quite right then make changes.

Who is your idol/ hero and why?
Idol in the blogging world? Oooh that’s a good question. I have a few and not to sound all fan girl or anything but I am a massive fan of Katie from Mummy Daddy Me – aren’t we all? Her ability to control that golden light is to be envied people! lol. But, as a photography fan and someone who wishes to progress in that field, I love to be inspired by Katie and to try and capture those beautiful family moments of my own.

Pre-motherhood, where would we most likely find you?
Where would you find me? Ha! This is pretty tragic but I was a SGT in my local ATC {RAF Cadet force} and I would generally be found down in the barracks helping out at the Squadron house. Or perhaps we would be away on exercise, running around the woods on a survival task or even found on the range shooting SA80s with SUSAT sights, on a 500m range with moving targets.

If you have a child free day/ evening what do you like to do?

Wow…I would be LAZY! Haha. But in truth I would only chill {like a boss} up until about midday and then I would start to get twitchy.

How are the wedding plans going? Do you have a theme in mind?
We are getting married in September {OMG!} so the plans are in full swing. But we are having quite a non-traditional, hassle-free sort of wedding. A 4pm service and then jumping straight into fork buffets and dancing – with a candy cart thrown in for the hell of it. But yeah, it’s all going grand so far!

What has been the most challenging aspect of being a Mother?
Keeping my cool when it matters. With so many kids at home things can get a little mental, then you have each one trying to gain your attention and before you know it you are rocking back and forth in a cupboard in your kitchen praying for it to be bedtime! But yeah, keeping calm and dealing with things one at a time has been a true challenge for me with being a Mum.

What kind of Mum did you think you would be?
I don’t know I think I just hoped I would be a good one.

Did you turn out that way?
I’d like to think so.

In what ways are your children like you?
My eldest son has all of my freckles. He’s the only one to gain them out of them all. He looks like sunflower seeds have stuck to his face too, poor boy, lol. Other than the freckles they all look like me. Its like I have an internal genetic template that stamps them as they are being baked!!

How will you be celebrating Mothers Day this year?
I have no idea! How it is spent is left in the hands of my partner and the children, so who knows what they have in mind for this year! I’ll just have to wait and see! 😉

The Mothers Day Interviews : Deborah Patrick

11 thoughts on “The Mothers Day Interviews : Deborah Patrick

  • March 3, 2016 at 11:06 am
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    This is really nice – I admire Deborah's blog a lot so it's really nice to get to know her that little bit more! #BrilliantBlogPosts

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  • March 3, 2016 at 11:06 am
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    This is really nice – I admire Deborah's blog a lot so it's really nice to get to know her that little bit more! #BrilliantBlogPosts

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  • March 4, 2016 at 8:15 am
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    I really love these types of posts 🙂 Love reading them. Thanks for sharing #PicknMix

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  • March 4, 2016 at 8:15 am
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    I really love these types of posts 🙂 Love reading them. Thanks for sharing #PicknMix

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  • March 4, 2016 at 11:39 am
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    I love her blog and shes just so amazing in taking photos! This is such a lovely interview. #pocolo

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  • March 4, 2016 at 11:39 am
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    I love her blog and shes just so amazing in taking photos! This is such a lovely interview. #pocolo

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  • March 4, 2016 at 2:13 pm
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    Great interview. I also have trouble keeping my cool – not with the children though – but with their father! Haha. It is a massive ask. I am now following her too as I want to find out more about her wedding! Thank you for the introduction and sharing and linking up with #FabFridayPost

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  • March 4, 2016 at 2:13 pm
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    Great interview. I also have trouble keeping my cool – not with the children though – but with their father! Haha. It is a massive ask. I am now following her too as I want to find out more about her wedding! Thank you for the introduction and sharing and linking up with #FabFridayPost

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  • March 8, 2016 at 1:47 pm
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    I love interview posts, it's lovely to get an insight in to the people behind the blogs a bit more sometimes 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

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  • March 9, 2016 at 10:14 pm
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    It's lovely to find out more about the blogger behind the blogs, especially one that I don't read all that often (oops!) Thanks for linking up to #PoCoLo x

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  • March 10, 2016 at 4:07 pm
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    I love this – especially as I did exactly the same, my friend started a blog and hey presto here I am over a year later 🙂

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