Post Comment Love 27th - 29th October

Hello peeps! Welcome back to Post Comment Love, live here and with Stephanie, every Friday, waiting for your awesome posts to be linked up. I hope you've got some great ones for us this week.

It's almost the end of half term. We've not done too bad to be honest - the boys have managed to entertain themselves a lot of the time while the Hubby and I got work done. We did take Wednesday off so we could take the boys to Alton Towers and LP took his new (old) camera with him and wanted to take lots of photos. He's suddenly found an interest in taking photos and I had an old digital camera lying around so I gave it to him. He was so excited when he found out we'd be going to Alton Towers because he was looking forward to taking photos. 

When we arrived at Alton Towers the Hubby and BP hurried off to go on The Smiler while LP and I wandered around taking photos. It was good because they had all their Halloween decorations out so LP had lots of things to take photos of. 

BP has spent a lot of time writing and drawing through this holiday and I have to admit to being impressed with some of his writing. He puts me to shame - he really does. It is a truly amazing thing to see your own child's talents surpass your own. 

My exercise has continued this week, despite my treadmill breaking on Monday. I got up Monday morning all ready to do my walking/running but the treadmill was being very strange and it wouldn't run at a continuous speed when I was on it. Admittedly it is probably more than 10 years old now and I've been using it daily just lately so it might have had it. I hope not. Instead of the treadmill I did do a couple of days walking outside, I don't particularly enjoy it because I have to watch where I'm walking - we live in a rural area where there are lots of horses. I'll leave the rest to your imagination. Yesterday I decided to give the elliptical a go - we've had one for ages, it was given to us by my brother-in-law, so I put it to the test.

After 30 minutes, that almost killed me, I was quite pleased with the results. I burned just over 300 calories, was super sweaty, and I felt like my legs would give way beneath me but boy did it feel good! So until the treadmill is fixed I'll be using the elliptical, and if the calories burned continues at that rate I might switch to using the elliptical all the time. 

Well that's it from me, how has your week been?
Have you done anything fun this half term?

Blogger Showcase Andolina from Lessons from a Student Mom

Who are you? 

My name is Andolina. I’m currently a stay-at-home mom of two boys. I’m also a college student and lover of learning. I’ve been in college for pretty much the past 8 years. I took some breaks, switched majors a couple of times, and so on. Because of this I call myself a professional student, ha-ha. But there’s so much more to me than that. I have too many hobbies to list, and even more interests.

How did you discover blogs/blogging?

I discovered blogging through a creative outlet of mine. I taught myself how to knit a couple of years ago. A lot of my learning was because of other bloggers in the crafting niche. For two years, I’ve considered starting a blog but I was always too afraid of the what-ifs. I thought that I had to have all of the knowledge before I could succeed. The thing about blogging is that it is a never-ending learning experience. There will always be something new to learn and a new way you can do things.

What do you find most challenging?

Blogging is a challenge in itself and it takes so much work. But I’d have to say that the biggest challenge for me was overcoming the anxiety and just starting. I’ve never had trouble connecting with people, and thankfully that has allowed me to make some amazing connections in the blogosphere.

What is your favourite topic to write about?

My favorite topic to write about would be mental health. I’m a huge mental health/mental illness advocate. I want to be a part of the movement to raise the stigma and spread awareness. But most of all, I want to help those who are suffering the most, the ones with mental illness that may feel like there is nowhere to turn. Second to mental health would probably be blogging about blogging. I love to help people and there’s always a way to help someone with blogging.

Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?

A little bit of both. I decided to jump into blogging because I wanted to turn it into a full-time business. I want to launch courses and help others even more. But I also enjoy writing a great deal and decided that I’d have less anxiety writing small articles than writing a full novel right now. Although I did participate in NaNoWriMo last year and completed 30K words of my first novel! Now I just have to finish it.

What is your favourite thing about blogging?

My absolute favorite part of blogging is definitely the connections I’ve made. I’ve met so many like-minded people and it’s unbelievable. I don’t think any other industry has a community that is more focused one community growth rather than personal growth.

Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?

I have yet to attend a conference. I would love to be able to attend Bloggy Conference in Sandusky, Ohio though. There’s still time so I haven’t given up hope yet.

What are your 3 best posts?

It’s hard to choose my top posts, but I’d have to go with these three:

Describe yourself in three words!

If I only had three words to describe myself I’d have to choose: dedicated, compassionate, nerdy

Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?

Oh, coffee and cake for sure! Actually, skip the cake just give me an extra coffee. If I don’t have a coffee nearby, something is probably wrong.

What's your idea of a perfect night out?

My ideal perfect night out… That’s a tough one. I haven’t really thought about a night out in years. I’d have to say that my perfect night out would be to someplace quiet and outdoors. Like stargazing in a big open country field. Or driving through the “backwoods” with my favorite music playing. I’m a very quiet and calm person and I deeply enjoy activities to speak to that part of myself.

Your perfect night in?

My perfect night in would be my boyfriend by my side, a great book, and a cozy blanket and a cup of coffee.

What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?

I’m horrible at giving myself credit for anything, but I’d have to say that my kids and/or boyfriend would say that my best quality would be how loving/helpful I am.

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