A Quick Cuppa With… Big Man in the Woods

Today’s Q&A is with vlogger, blogger, postcaster and radio presenter (phew, that is quite a list!) Big Man in the Woods.  

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Tell me about yourself…

Hey, I’m also known as Big Man in the woods, I live in West London, married and 2 children. I vlog, podcast and blog about my camping experiences, scouts – as I’m a scout leader.

Name one random fact about yourself.

One of my YouTube videos has featured in FHM 😉

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My Late great Grandad Harry; he died when I was 12 and still to this day miss him so much. A few years ago, my mum gave me a ring of his to which I wear all the time.

Tell me more about your blog…

As I said earlier on, it is about camping (in a nutshell). I enjoy the great outdoors, and as a scout leader I have lots of tips, tricks etc… about camping. So I chat about that, new camping equipment and review camping gear. 

Do you blog full time or do you work as well? How do you juggle your time? Any tips?

I don’t blog full time. I have a full-time job in an Operating Theatre. As well as my job, I have 2 young children, I’m a scout Leader, podcast and also have a weekend Radio show both Saturday and Sundays. I honestly don’t know how I find the time.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to fellow bloggers?

Just do it! Don’t listen to negative comments or be put off by the lack of readers, listeners etc. they will come in due course. Just type, speak, dance or whatever you do….

How do you relax/ spend your ‘free time’? 

Spare time???? What’s that? A big cup of tea!

What are your favourite family activities? 

Play time in the park is amazing, I love to watch my Daughter run around, screaming and laughing as we cross the rope bridge pretending that the crocodile is trying to bite us.

My other favourite time is just sitting down with a cup of tea and a biscuit and talking to each other, what have we done at school/ work, what books are we currently reading.

As a Radio presenter, I loooooooooooooooooooooooooove music. I always have music playing around the house, in my shed, on the walk to work. What makes me smile to much is when we all have a sing and dance in the kitchen.  Who knew that my 4yr old daughter would be a massive fan of The Beatles and knows all the lyrics to “ here comes the sun”

Where is your favourite outdoor place to visit?

The Local Park

Best family day out? 

Audley end miniature Railway. See this 
vlog from a recent Christmas visit there.

Thank you for taking part!

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Find Big Man in the Woods at the following channels:

Website: www.bigmaninthewoods.co.uk

Facebook: Bigmaninthewoods

Twitter: @memarkyates

Instagram: @big_man_in_the_woods_

YouTube: bigmaninthewoodsuk

100 Days of Home Ed #LoveHomeEd – Day Two (Butterscotch and Cognac)


​We are a family of 5, with three boys aged (very nearly) 4, 5 and 6. We live just outside of the Peak District. We have always intended to home educate, and none of the boys have ever been to nursery or school. Now that my youngest is a little older, we plan to spend 2017 exploring the Peak District and getting outdoors as much as possible. 

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Hot soup on a cold day.

How long have you been home educating for and why did you decide to do it?
Initially we felt that the starting age for nursery/school was far too early and we’ve always maintained that ‘kids should be kids’. They shouldn’t be told they need to learn literacy skills at the age of 4 if it is not something that comes naturally. We wanted our children to enjoy getting outside and exploring their own interests and passions.

As the months passed we found ourselves more and more comfortable with home education and life-learning. While we’re not sitting here saying our boys will never go to school, currently it is not on the horizon. We’re enjoying how much the boys are learning about life and having so much time to spend as a family.

How would you describe your approach/ style of home educating?

We don’t have a particular learning style and generally take an autonomous approach to education. At the moment, my eldest son is crazy about fossils and will wax lyrical about Brachiopods and Crinoids if you give him the chance. My middle boy has spent today learning about the old railways that used to run along the High Peak Trail as he was begging to know more after we stumbled across an old wheel pit on one of our walks.

We do use Julia Donaldson’s ‘Songbirds’ books to help the boys learn to read, but there is no pressure. Sometimes they just want to be read to, other times they will shun the reading books in favour of Beano magazines or Argos catalogues!

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Fossil hunting

What was your home educating highlight last week?
The highlight of the last week was enjoying the freedom of home education, as it is most weeks. We’ve been swimming, spent time with friends, built boats to sail on the lake, built a dam in an overflow on the lake to stop the boats crashing down the waterfall, visited two different disused quarries while fossil hunting, visited Middleton Top where the boys learned about the railway, followed a map around the area and learned all about how the limestone rock was formed. We’ve cooked dinner together every night, spent time with family, visited the park, cleaned out the hens. The list is endless!

What is your favourite thing about home ed?

Our favourite thing about home education is the gentle rhythm of our days. There’s no stress or rushing around. We have the freedom to visit places throughout the week without feeling crowded or rushed by the sheer volume of other people that you often find on the weekends. My husband works 4 on/4 off so we have lots of time to go away for long weekends to the beach without having to worry about school attendance.

As well as that, the support network in Derby is phenomenal and about 90% of all the people we know (we moved here 4 years ago) are also home educating.

What do you find most difficult about home ed?

The thing I find most difficult is trying to find one on one time with each child. It can be a little stressful trying to sound out words with the youngest saying, ‘ ‘duh’ for ‘dog’ when you’re trying to form the word ‘little’.

What advice would you give to fellow home educators?

The advice I would give would be to not second-guess your decision to home educate. Sometimes you meet another home educating family and their approach is diametrically opposed to yours, leaving you feeling as if perhaps you’re doing it wrong. You’re not. You’re taking the route that suits you best as a family.

Read more about their adventures at butterscotchandcognac.wordpress.com

100 Days of Home Ed #LoveHomeEd – Day One (Katie)

This series kicks off with Katie from At Home With The Grays. Thanks for starting us off Katie! 


I’m Katie, my children are Alana (15) Josh (12) Nick (2) and number 4 due in 8 weeks. We live with my husband also who works as an IT Manager, and I work part time as a Slimming world consultant.

How long have you been home educating and why did you decide to do it?

We have been home educating since July 2014. Nick was about 6 weeks old and had some health issues. Throughout my pregnancy we had had constant dealings with both the children’s schools. Alana had always done well and enjoyed school, she had been excited to start secondary school yet in her first month she got conjunctivitis and was not allowed to attend. She missed 2 weeks as antibiotics were not clearing it, friendship groups were formed and when Alana returned it was too bullying. 

Meanwhile a new head teacher had started at the primary school, she took a dislike to Josh and again endless problems followed. 

After an academic year of bullying, physical assaults, meetings and then an emergency GOSH admission with my baby we took the plunge and deregistered. It was originally a 6 month plan while I was on maternity leave. We planned to put them into new schools in the January after a 6 month period to de stress. But it didn’t happen. We didn’t look back. 

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Briefly describe your home ed style. Do you have a ‘typical’ week, and what does it include if so?
We take I suppose a semi structured approach. Alana opted to do her science igcse double award last year so she had a science tutor with a group every Monday.  She sat exams in may and had quite bad anxiety attacks so we decided she wasn’t going to focus on any more at this time. She was 14 when she sat her exams though. Both children are working on a photography course, they complete courses online via Alison and future learn. They use a combination of books,  websites and TV programs and documentaries. We attend various workshops and home ed meets as well as organising trips out to various places. They attend a youth connexions home ed teen group weekly where they are working through various AQAs as part of the unit award scheme. 

We also take the children away visiting different locations, last year we cruised Italy with them enjoying Rome, pompii, naples, pisa etc…. 

But with pregnancy, and a toddler, and me being self employed, it is equally important for us to have down time. They see me doing admin, they handle money with me, they talked with me through my tax return etc…. and they are expected to help with household chores and cooking etc… 

What was your highlight of home ed last week?

My home ed highlight last week, a bit sad and not overly home ed related…. but my husbands nan, i.e. the childrens great nan, was in hospital. The drs handed over to palliative care and told us there was nothing they could do. 

Without the restraints of school we were able to work through this together.  We were able to take the children to visit the hospital in the evening, they had their chance to say goodbye, and we were able to spend our time with friends. She passed away Wednesday evening and my 12 yr old didn’t cope well, he was unable to sleep but he chose to learn how to edit his photography and use photoshop as a distraction, we were able to support this and he was at it till gone 11pm but no school the following day meant no worries. We have been able to grieve and support our children to grieve. 

What is your favourite thing about home edding your child/ren?

My favourite thing is being there to see that spark, when a new interest or understanding clicks I love seeing it. I was there to witness my toddler playing “shop” for the first time. I am getting to enjoy so much more. When my older children were his age they were in preschool already and I was told new things they learnt by key workers. It’s great being able to observe it myself. 

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What do you find most difficult and why?
Difficulty, not much. There are moments when I doubt myself, think omw what have we been doing. But I can sit down and think and it passes. Other people’s judgements can be harsh, but usually I’m pretty good at ignoring them. I know my children are doing well. 

What advice would you give to other home educators?

To other home educators I would say don’t compare yourself. Everyone’s children and family needs are different. Everyone’s days will look different. We home ed because one package doesn’t fit everyone, so do your own. Respond to the needs and interests of your children and judge your success by their happiness and progress emotionally as well as academically. 

Learning takes place in many ways, with many appearances. There are times when academically we haven’t done much at all, these are the times when family situations have meant that we have focused on emotional wellbeing, resilience and coping strategies without even realising it at the time. These life lessons are just if not more important. 

To read more about Katie, check out her blog At Home With The Grays or her facebook page here.

Introducing 100 Days of Home Ed #LoveHomeEd

A fellow home educator has set up this brilliant idea of a 100 day photo challenge, starting tomorrow (6/2/17), for everyone to share our home ed adventures. To take part, simply use the hashtags #100DaysofHomeEd and #LoveHomeEd to share your home ed photos on the social media channels of your choice. 

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Feeling inspired by this challenge, I have decided to host a daily Q & A series with home educators. It will be great to read about a variety of home educating families and celebrate the diversity within our community. If possible, I aim to run this series for the full length of the photo challenge; so hopefully I will share a guest post daily for the next 100 days! Therefore if you home educate and would like to take part, please get in touch with me asap at livinglifeourway@outlook.com Thank you!

Lastly, if you have a blog post about your home ed adventures, please feel free to share it on the linky below so that we can all have a read! This linky will be open for the next 100 days too. 

Happy home edding!

A Quick Cuppa With… Paige Wallbank

​When asked who is her biggest inspiration, Paige Wallbank answers her future self. I cannot even describe how much I love this answer! Read on to find out more about this brilliant inspirational woman…

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Hi, I’m a 26 year old mum to two gorgeous boys, I’m currently doing a photography course and do bits and bobs for family and friends.

I have a fiance I have been with for almost 7 years and I feel very lucky to have these three people in my life, it wouldn’t be the same without them. I love coffee, lush bubble baths and rubbish reality tv! 

Name one random fact about yourself.

I have freckles in my right eye.

Who is your biggest inspiration? 

Is it bad to say my future self? I want to be my inspiration and someone else’s one day, I have gone through so many bad times as a child. I’m building myself to be a better stronger person and would love to be that in the future.

Tell me about your blog. What is the main theme? What inspired you to start it? 

It doesn’t have a theme at all, I write about anything and everything, my journey as a parent, lifestyle posts, beauty and fashion with film and book reviews, maybe the occasional rubbish baked cake, who knows. It’s basically an online diary with things I like thrown in.

Do you blog full time or do you work as well? How do you juggle your time? Any tips?

I blog 3/4 times a week if I can, I struggle finding time with my children with two under 4 , I basically just turn my computer on when they go to bed.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to fellow bloggers?

Be yourself, don’t compare and just do you.

How do you relax/ spend your ‘free time’? 

Reading, bubble baths, walks up the forest, spa days if I’m lucky.

What are your favourite family activities? 

We love long walks up the forest, spontaneous trips away near the beach, going to the park, making things, family board games.

Where is your favourite outdoor place to visit?

The forest, I feel like I’m in another world once I’m up there.

Best family day out? 

We loved going to Trentham Gardens, so much to do outdoors.

Thank you so much for doing this, I loved your answers! 

To read more about Paige, find her at the following places…

Blog: www.paigespreferences.com

Twitter: @Paigewallbank

Instagram: wallypaigex

A Quick Cuppa With… The Baby Boat Diaries

I literally cannot believe that tomorrow is February! How was everybody’s January? I won’t lie, ours has been tough. Hopefully February will be better! Anyway, today I am excited to introduce you all to another fab blog; The Baby Boat Diaries

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Hello, thanks for joining us! Tell us about yourself…
I am 25 years old, from the East Midlands. I have a 13 month old daughter and a 27 year old man child. I have alopecia areata. And work in early years.

Name one random fact about yourself.

I have a BA combined honours degree in Dance and Drama. And a postgraduate Early Years Teacher Qualification.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration for most of what have done is my Aunty Nadiya. She inspired me to go to University and to Breastfeed. She has been a big influence in my life. Through childhood, adulthood and motherhood.

Tell me about your blog. What is the main theme? What inspired you to start it?

My blog is www.thebabyboatdiaries.com I started the blog following the birth of my daughter during my maternity leave. The main theme is Parenting and a bit of personal. My daughter was my main inspiration. I had a lot to say about becoming a mum.

Do you blog full time or do you work as well? How do you juggle your time? Any tips?

Blogging is something I do for fun. Although this year I hope to make more time for it. I work pretty much full time as an Assistant Manager in a day nursery. I fit it in where I can!

What is the best piece of advice you can give to fellow bloggers?

Speak from the heart. Personal posts every now and again can be very uplifting for you and your readers.

How do you relax/ spend your ‘free time’?

With my family!

What are your favourite family activities?

We love going outside for walks.

Where is your favourite outdoor place to visit?

The Zoo!

Best family day out?

We had a great time visiting our nearest Sea Life Centre on Aoife’s 1st Birthday. Even included a train ride to get there!

Sounds wonderful! Thank you so much for taking part, it was lovely to meet you!

Find out more about The Baby Boat Diaries here…


Facebook: thebabyboatdiaries

Instagram: thebabyboatdiaries


A Quick Cuppa With… The Happy Weaner

​Hello everyone, how are you all today? What plans do you have for this weekend? I’ve got my brew on the go, so here’s a little bit more about Claire and Lucy from The Happy Weaner

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Myself Claire, and Lucy met through a mutual friend when our boys were just 6 weeks old. We were subsequently adopted into the BEST NCT group and have been able to support each other through the roller coaster of being first time parents. Lucy is a professional photographer and I am a primary school teacher. 

Myself and Lucy are ‘no good’ in the kitchen and found weaning a bit of a minefield, plus I was petrified of choking but felt the pressure to do baby led weaning. So, back in August we thought that we’d combine our skills and Lucy would film and edit me ‘teaching’ parents how to cook for your baby if you are not a confident cook. We have a whale of a time filming and try to ‘keep it real’, especially when we’re LIVE!

You launched your blog live on facebook just a couple of days, congratulations! Tell me more…

We aim to share EASY recipes and live food hacks for fellow weaners. We are also starting to review products and will always be honest. On the blog we’ll also be sharing a little bit more about life with 1 year olds. 

Who is your biggest inspiration? 

For Claire – My husband (he’s just a wonderful human)

For Lucy – my parents, they have given me the best start and inspire me everyday.

Name one random fact about yourself.

A random fact about Claire – I can fit a malteaser up my nose #USEFUL

A random fact about Lucy – Her mum has just been nominated for an MBE for services to special educational needs #PROUD

How do you juggle your time? Any tips?

We both work alongside The Happy Weaner but I am part time and Lucy is freelance which makes it doable. We try to set aside a day a week to get everything done, this helps us focus on specifics and then we have the rest of the week with family/to work.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to fellow bloggers?

As long as your’re enjoying it, keep doing it.

How do you relax/ spend your ‘free time’? 

Claire- I love a good social media session on my phone, when my husband is doing bath time I love to grab a drink and scroll to me hearts content.

Lucy- I’m keen writer and illustrator and I’m working on a series of children’s books so I try to get as much of that done as I can.

Since Living Life Our Way is a family lifestyle blog, I’d love to hear more about yours…

What are your favourite family activities?

Claire- Simply being together as a three piece. Going anywhere, doing anything is so much easier with the 2:1 ratio. 

Lucy- We love eating out as it means I don’t have to cook! So we trawl Didsbury and Heaton Moor sampling the food. 

Where is your favourite outdoor place to visit?

Claire- My husband’s parents farm, where we had our wedding reception. 

Lucy – My parents live nearly next door to Tatton Park and it’s a great place for a runaround. My brother also lives on a canal boat so we like to visit the boats. 

Best family day out?

Claire – Doing a local walk and ending it in a pub.


Thank you both for taking part!

Check out more from The Happy Weaner here:

Blog: www.thehappyweaner.com
YouTube vlog

Facebook: The Happy Weaner

Instagram: The Happy Weaner

Have a lovely weekend! Katie xx

A Quick Cuppa With… Notaneffingfairytale

If, like me, you could do with some lighthearted relief about now then you are in for a treat! Today my hilarious guest poster is stand up comic, actor and comedy writer Cookie Kibbles. Enjoy!

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Hi! Please start by introducing yourself…

My name is Cookie Kibbles and I am the writer of NotaneffingfairytaleI am a stand up comic, actor and comedy writer by trade (i.e I am skint), and I have two children – a toddler and a teenager which I can tell you, isn’t funny AT ALL. 

Name one random fact about yourself.

I once kissed Liam Gallagher and it was crap.

*(Living Life Our Way disclaimer: this is the guest poster’s opinion only, and the fact can not be verified 😉 LOL)*

(Excuse me a minute while I stop laughing!) Who is your biggest inspiration? 

Dawn French. She is a brilliant, brilliant comic writer and actress and a lovely person too. If I could have anyone’s career, it would be hers. Right from the early days of her career everything she has done has been amazing.

Tell me about your blog. What is the main theme? What inspired you to start it? 

My blog is an odd one, it’s a collection of articles that I have written, some of which have been published and some for my own amusement. It is a mixed bag of comedy, parenting, relationships and anything else that interests me. It started life as a parenting blog, but it’s now mainly about anything that I want it to be – relationships, life etc… And swearing. I like swearing. I either write with a comic slant or very seriously and I probably over share way too much.

I also do a series of stories about ‘Mummy Princess’; a fat, functioning alcoholic Princess who is married to an idiot. It’s mainly based on my life and it’s where the whole Notaneffingfairytale idea came from.

Most of the comedy based blogs start out as notes for stand up sets and are then expanded into articles.

Do you blog full time or do you work as well? How do you juggle your time? Any tips?

I am totally the wrong person to give advice on this one, seeing as my life revolves around watching Jeremy Kyle and the Kardashians. 

What is the best piece of advice you can give to fellow bloggers?

Don’t worry about what you are writing, write the things that you like. 

How do you relax/ spend your ‘free time’? 

I drink. At home, at the pub, I am not picky. For me it’s important to have my own life away from my husband and children, so I see friends in the evenings quite often.

What are your favourite family activities? 

Oh God, after 14 years of this parenting lark, I would have to say not many. Sad, but true. When my son was small I did all the zoo’s, soft play centers and days out and most of the time, it was a real slog and none of us enjoyed it. It was a never ending chore of tantrums when we’d have all been better off staying at home.

This time around, I have a toddler who is a real homebody. She loves animals though, so I do take her to the local urban farm from time to time. But this time, I don’t feel the pressure to be out and doing family activities.

Christ, I sound like a miserable old git!

Where is your favourite place to visit?

Pub, pub lunch, more pub, chippy on way home.

(Seriously though – Hounslow Urban Farm in west London is pretty near us and a nice place to visit).

If you fancy a laugh and want to read more from Cookie then head on over to her at the following places:

Blog: www.notaneffingfairytaleblog.com


Instagram: instagram.com/cookiekibbles

Twitter: @cookiekibbles

A Quick Cuppa With… Not A Perfect Parent

​Continuing with my guest series, I have another blogger for you today; the lovely Naomi from Not A Perfect Parent. So grab yourself a cuppa and welcome Naomi to my little home on the internet…

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Hello Naomi! Please introduce yourself…
I’m Naomi! I got engaged to Babs in January 2015 and then Lola was born in January 2016! We live in Maidstone, Kent and hopefully moving soon as we desperately need a bigger place for all Lola’s toys! Babs and I met whilst we were working together a few years ago, I left the company and then he left, I went back and then he went back! That’s when we got together!  I fell pregnant only 6 months after we got together and it was 1000% the right thing regardless of what anybody said about us not being together long enough! Lola is our entire world!

Name one random fact about yourself.

I have a degree in Music and Education Studies! I’ve always wanted to be a music therapist! One day that dream may come true but I don’t think it will be any time soon!

Who is your biggest inspiration? 

Giovanna Fletcher! She is fantastic, she is so down to earth and speaks about everything that would not normally be spoken about. I love that she speaks out about post baby bodies, breastfeeding and baby led weaning! Her new book is released soon and I really can’t wait!

Tell me about your blog. What is the main theme? What inspired you to start it? 

I decided to start my blog as something to look back on as Lola is growing up. She has grown so quickly and I already find myself thinking I must go back and look at what she was doing each month! Each month I include a monthly update on Lola and everything else is around Parenting and Lifestyle. I post a lot about breastfeeding, baby led weaning and challenges with a baby!

Do you blog full time or do you work as well? How do you juggle your time? Any tips?

I’m a stay at home mummy to Lola. It worked out so much more cost in childcare than me going back to work. I would love to be able to spend more time blogging but I don’t get a chance as I’m too busy chasing Lola everywhere! The fortunate thing is that as I’m not working it means that Lola and I have managed to go to quite a few events that we would not have necessarily been able to attend if I was working.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to fellow bloggers?

Enjoy what you write! I stupidly took on a few too many reviews a while ago so I felt like all I was writing was reviews which seemed to loose the point of my blog. I now try to make sure if I’m taking on a few reviews at once that I set myself different deadlines so I can have a mixture of posts on my blog!

How do you relax/ spend your ‘free time’? 

I don’t know what free time is anymore! If I could have a couple of hours free I would just curl up on the sofa, eating rubbish and watching crappy TV!

What are your favourite family activities? 

Swimming! Lola absolutely loves swimming! It’s lovely seeing her so happy when in the water she really is truly a water baby! Lola also loves our days out as we have been to so many different places using our English Heritage membership.

Where is your favourite outdoor place to visit?

I love Knole Park but surprisingly I’ve only been once with Lola since she was born! I love that you can walk through the grounds of Knole Park and have the deer running round you! We have been to Cobtree Country Park a few times and also Mote Park as they are both great places for going for long walks and have fantastic cafes for once you are exhausted! Especially in this weather to warm up as well!!

Best family day out? 

We love going to Zoo’s! Lola first visited the zoo when she was 6 weeks old as we have annual passes and we make sure to visit every few months. Our annual pass is for Howletts Zoo in Kent and I really don’t know what we will do when it expires in February! Since Lola was born we have also been to London Zoo, Paradise Wildlife Park and Smarden Wildlife Heritage Foundation.

Thank you for taking part Naomi, lovely to ‘meet’ you!

You can find Naomi here:

Website: notaperfectparent.com

Instagram: notaperfectparent

Twitter: naomiemma

Facebook: notaperfectparent

A Quick Cuppa With… Pure Nourish

I hope everyone is ok? Yesterday might have been considered blue Monday, but I hope it passed by in a rainbow of colours for you all! And if it didn’t, I hope today feels a little brighter… and please remember my inbox is always open!

Today my guest post series features Latoya of Pure Nourish talking about her biggest inspirations and her love of reading…

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Hi Latoya, thanks for being part of my guest series! Can you start by telling us abit about yourself?

I was born in South Africa and moved to Scotland when I was 8. I now live in Manchester with my partner, Drew and my daughter, Amber.

Name one random fact about yourself.

I have a Dettol obsession.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Blogger wise I love Zanna van Dijk and The Food Medic, they both give professional health and fitness tips and balance careers whilst being successful bloggers. Away from blogging Oprah and Michelle Obama. Both fiercely independent women who have came from very little to become the women they are today.

Tell me about your blog. What is the main theme? What inspired you to start it?

My blog started off just covering Nutrition, I had just given birth and I wanted to document my change in lifestyle and better food choices. It now covers health, food and lifestyle.

Do you blog full time or do you work as well? How do you juggle your time? Any tips?

At the moment I blog full-time and work 3/4 days a week during school hours. It is hard to juggle both and be a mum but I get up an hour earlier to do any admin like emails, schedule tweets and promote new posts. I also blog a lot at night once Amber is asleep.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to fellow bloggers?

Don’t compare yourself to others. When I started out I would get frustrated at not being able to get to the gym as much as some health bloggers or have as much time to post recipes. But I was balancing work and being a mum and they were students with more time. It can be upsetting if other bloggers are getting opportunities that you aren’t, but if you work hard and network those opportunities will come your way.

Such wise sensible advice! I completely agree, thanks for that reminder. How do you relax/ spend your ‘free time’?

I love reading, especially self-help books and self-development. My aim for 2017 is to read a book a month. Away from reading I enjoy walks with my family and I always make time to watch Coronation Street.

What are your favourite family activities, apart from walks?

Going for meals, we usually go for a nice lunch twice a month. We also enjoy country walks and art-based crafts.

Where is your favourite outdoor place to visit?

Our local park. Nice and close and it’s always quiet and well maintained.

Best family day out?

A family swim followed by ice-cream and home for Disney movies.

Sounds fabulous 🙂 

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