What I… Lisa from Forts and Fairies

Finding new bloggers doing beautiful things on the internet always excites me. I think it’s because I fell in love with blogs waaaay back in the year 2000 when I had my first (rather boring) job and access to the internet for the first time.

Blogging has meant I’ve met so many lovely, interesting people that I may otherwise never have known and I’m so grateful for it! Who knew when I started my own first blog back in 2003 that I’d end up here!? Crazy, right!

My first blog is no longer, but this blog started at the end of 2010 and I’ve been writing something here daily every since (well not weekends, that would be next level CRAZY!)

As a way of creating a community amongst the blogging world of South Africa I’ve been interviewing new and amazing bloggers almost every week since April 2011. My interviews have slowed down somewhat in recent months as I now have so many different interview series and I want them all to get some airspace, plus I don’t want to be a purely interview blog!

My blogger interview series is still one of my faves. I love it because it takes you behind-the-blogger and also helps to introduce my readers to new bloggers they otherwise may never have heard of (and let me know if you have ever found a new blog you love this way!)

Today I’m sharing my space with Lisa from Forts and Fairies

Lisa is mom to a three-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son. She started out her career in law but most recently has been Editor-in Chief of a video game website! Quite different options!

She blogs in order to capture her experiences as a mom in order to share these with her kids one day. She’s been writing since her daughter was born so that she won’t forget the memories of this special season and the wonderful, crazy adventure called motherhood.

Read on to find out more about Lisa…


What I…


Blogging can be hard work, and somedays I feel overwhelmed with balancing Forts and Fairies with looking after my two children full time. But I know that I love my blog, it’s a space where I can share stories of parenting with other moms, where I can discuss the latest toys, books, and games that I have enjoyed with my kids, and where I can save the memories of my time as a mom to two little ones who I love very much.


My family. They are always the people who will hug me when I’m sad, hold my hand when I’m lonely, and make me smile with their silly antics. Although this very same family can give me a few new grey hairs somedays too, I love them with all my heart. My family includes my two Labradors of course, and the playful way in which they steal my socks, give cuddles whenever, wherever and their loyal friendship over the years makes my heart very full of love.


A lot of books together with my children! I’ve just finished reading the new Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child, The Midnight Line, and now I’m busy reading Artemis by Andy Weir. I have a few books lined up on my bookshelf waiting for me to find some quiet time, next up is Believe in Me by Susan Lewis. I also have a whole bunch of new books on my wishlist, such as Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz and Still Me by Jojo Moyes.


To visit the beach with my kids, to build sandcastles, dig great big holes, search for sea shells, and explore the rock pools for little fishes. There’s a reason they call it vitamin sea! The bush is also calling me and I’d love to pack the family up and go on an adventure, to watch the wonder on their faces as they see an elephant for the first time and enjoy some time outdoors under the stars.


Being a mom you’ll normally find me in jeans and a T-shirt, or anything comfortable that I can get down on the floor with and play with my kids. As much as I love the warm days and outdoor fun you can have in Summer, I have grown to love Winter because it’s a wonderful time to dress up in cosy scarves, soft down jackets, and comfy leather boots.


To escape to the Berg for a few days with my family to enjoy some special time together. There’s something about the mountains that rejuvenates my soul and brings me peace. This mom needs to refill her cup, and the mountains have a knack for doing just that.


Images: Lisa Trollip

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your space with me Kathryn. I look forward to reading about more new bloggers soon!

  2. So lovely to read about my friend Lisa on your blog! I love writing too but need to be more proactive and update my blog more frequently too. You ladies inspire me to make that effort. Thank you for sharing. Lisa is such a genuine, sincere friend and now an incredible mom. I am sure many other mothers will be able to relate to her and learn from her too.

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