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Thursday, 7 April 2016

The Blog Spot Interview with Sarah from Mum of Three World

Sarah Wood, Mum of Three World, Blog Spot Interview
This week's blog spot interview features the fabulous Sarah Wood from Mum of Three World. Sarah's was one of the first blogs I discovered when I made those first tentative steps into the blogging community back in 2013 and I've been reading all about her highs and lows of family life ever since.

Sarah is a freelance writer and mum to 3 children with a passion for extra-curricular activities. Sarah is wonderfully supportive to all 3 of them and can often be spotted tweeting live from the touchline, or trying to beat her personal best on a run. Sarah also writes book reviews and is co-host for the Loud 'n' Proud linky.

Here, Sarah shares her thoughts on the reality of motherhood, her top 5 books and her only vice... 

What inspired you to start blogging?                                         
I had an idea that I wanted to share the funny things my kids said and a blog seemed like a good way to do that. I had no idea how you set up a blog, though. I didn't realise they were so easy, until a friend started one. One day. nearly 5 years ago, I was reading her blog and I just clicked on a few links and all of a sudden, there was my own blog! I've never looked back. I didn't know if I ever would have started blogging if I hadn't clicked on those links that day.

Before becoming a mum, what did you imagine parenting would be like?
I didn't think it would be a walk in the park, but I definitely thought it would be easier than it is. I had an image of it all being very beautiful and happy.

What's the best advice you've ever been given?
You can start a sentence with 'and' and 'but.' I've never had much parenting advice, I've always followed my own instincts, but that advice from my first boss has put me in good stead as a press officer and now freelance writer, not to mention my blogging.

How do you unwind at the end of a crazy day?
I have very little time to unwind as my boys are always up and under my feet until gone 10. My daughter, who is 10, struggles to get to sleep and has this routine in which I have to go and check her regularly. By the time she's asleep, I'm ready for sleep myself. I do read a few pages of a book before I drop off, though.

What's in your handbag?
A lot of half-used bottles of antibacterial hand gel! I'm slightly obsessed with hygiene, although I'm getting better. There's my purse and keys, of course, my daughter's prescription sunglasses, various forms of medication, sun cream and crumpled up receipts.

Where would your perfect holiday destination be?
Somewhere warm and sunny, but not too hot, with a bit of culture. I like the beach, but I'm not a sun worshipper and I'm terrible at sitting still. The idea of a resort with a pool actually fills me with horror. I'm not keen on flying, so I'd like to be knocked out for the duration of a flight and just arrive somewhere nice without knowing I've actually travelled!

Chocolate - milk, white or dark?
Dark! I used to love milk chocolate, but I suffer badly with IBS. I went to an alternative therapist in desperation as nothing was helping and she told me to start eating dark chocolate (there was plenty of other advice too) and I've never looked back. I absolutely love it. I eat it every day and it's my only vice.

What makes you happy?
Spending time with my family, without the pressures of work, school, housework and my kids' endless hobbies. Apart from that, it has to be seeing my daughter perform. She was in panto last year and nothing could beat that - I nearly burst with pride!

In my next life I'm coming back as a...
Giraffe. Or an elephant. Or a panda.
They're my favourite animals and they are all magnificent and intriguing in their own way. Although I wouldn't like the idea of being endangered.

What are your top 5 books?
This is a very tough one, because I absolutely love reading and enjoy pretty much every book I read. Some of the most special books to me are:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Room by Emma Donoghue
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Harry Potter by J K Rowling (the whole series as it's one big story).

Name one thing that bores you stupid.
So many things! Housework, sitting still, rubbish TV (which is about 98% of what's on)...

Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with and why?
Freddie Mercury (reincarnated, not his corpse). He was my childhood hero and I still think he's the most fascinating person ever. I'm sure he would be a total diva and possibly not even a very nice person, but I'd love to chat to him about his music and his crazy life.

Copyright ©2016 Izzie Anderton
Image credit: Sarah Wood


  1. Nice to hear some insights about her life from Sarah. I love reading her blog and she's certainly very friendly and it's nice to have her as a reader/commenter on my blog too.

  2. Thanks very much for featuring me! It's weird to read about myself :)

  3. Sarah's was one of the first blogs I read too....
    It's nice to know more about the lovely lady :) x

  4. I didn't know she loved Freddie Mercury. Learn something new every day :)

  5. Ooh I love finding out more about people and there were some interesting things in there. Can you start a sentence with and and but? I do, but I didn't think you could.

  6. What an fab interview! You sound very interesting Sarah....but I knew that already ;)

  7. Great interview!! I am with you on the whole housework thing just yuck lol. Freddie Mercury was an incredible, talented man.

  8. I love reading more about what people are like, what a fun interview idea :)

  9. I think I need to go on holiday with Sarah, she likes all the same things as me. A lovely read from a great blogger.

  10. I love reading blogger interviews, you find out so much more about someone!xx

  11. Great interview, I follow Sarah's blog too so its nice to find out a bit more about her

  12. It's always lovely to find out more about the person behind the blog - thanks x x

  13. I love get ting to know bloggers better. I follow Sarah too!

  14. I love these interviews, finding out a bit more about the person behind the blog!

  15. I'm glad to know dark choc's healthier - I prefer it anyway! I'm with Sarah on Life after Life. It's a great read.

  16. I share Sarah's horror of a holiday resort with a pool, I have no idea now how I came across Sarah's blog, probably through Britmums

  17. Oh this reminds me I only recently watched ROOM for the 1st time and do now want to read the book. I love the what makes her happy. I shocked myself at how quickly I started blogging too. I used to get IBS in 2001. Great interview which I enjoyed reading xx

  18. What a great interview and it's lovely it's with someone I know too. I like that and the fact you've teased out a bit more about Sarah too. Have a lovely weekend x


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