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…

www.thebabyboatdiaries.wordpress.com

Facebook: thebabyboatdiaries

Instagram: thebabyboatdiaries


Twitter: 
@babyboatdiaries

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.


Lucy – WE LOVE BLACKPOOL!!

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

FBfacebook.com/notaneffingfairytale

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 🙂 

Thank you again for taking part!

You can find Latoya at her blog…

www.purenourish.co.uk


Or on instagram…

www.instagram.com/purenourish

A Quick Cuppa With… Mummy Lauretta

How are we up to the middle of January already? That seems impossible! Anyway, joining me for a quick cuppa today is mum of identical twin boys, Laura. 

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Hi Laura! Firstly please take a moment to introduce yourself…
My name is Laura, I’m 34 and a mum to 5 year old identical twin boys. I live in Nottingham with my partner who is Italian. I work 3 days a week in an office and qualified as an NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor and Antenatal Practitioner last year.

My blog Mummy Lauretta is really in its infancy.  I started it in September last year. I’ve wanted to do it for a long time but what with studying and volunteering I’ve never found the time until now.  It’s a parenting and lifestyle blog.  I’m focusing on my life as a twin mum, family recipes and other things that interest me such as our days out, holidays and natural products I use.

My initial training is in languages. I graduated with a degree in Italian & Spanish in 2004. Everyone asks if that’s how I met my partner but we actually met randomly in a nightclub in Nottingham in the summer of 2003!

You sound busy! How do you juggle your time? Any tips?

I work 3 days a week now my boys are at school and with my NCT work and keeping the house clean etc I’m super busy.  I’m mostly working on my blog in the evenings when the boys have gone to bed so it’s slow progress but knowing that people are starting to read my work is amazing.  I have a calendar in the kitchen that is also a family organiser. Everyone has a column plus there is another for birthdays and other events.  As long as everything is written down on there I know what is going on and can keep on top of everything!

How do you relax? I’m not sure ‘spare’ time is the right word?! 😉

I’m part of a dance group and go to a class once a week. It’s only an hour but it’s my time where I can relax and de-stress.  When I’m in the mood and find time I love to read too. I recently read ‘Me before you’ during the Christmas break.

Who is your biggest inspiration? 
I suppose I would have to say my boys. They are constantly asking questions and look at the world so innocently.  Although sometimes it drives me crazy, it also makes me want to find out new things and expand my horizons.

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

I’m so new to this that I’m not sure I can give any advice yet but if I had to say something thing it would be to just write about what you love and what inspires you.  Also read lots and aim to keep learning are two of my goals for 2017 🙂

Life with twins must be fun! What are your favourite family activities? 

We don’t get that much time to spend together as a foursome so our most common thing to do is to go to the park.  The boys take their bikes and we walk. We also love to watch family films together. For example, we recently watched Zootropolis and Kung Fu Panda 3.

Where is your favourite outdoor place to visit?

Rushcliffe Country Park. It takes about half an hour in the car to get there from our house but is brilliant for a family day out.  The children’s play area in my opinion is the best in the area with something for children big and small.  There is lots of green space, picnic areas, a lake, cycle paths, outdoor gym, bmx track and skateboard/scooter ramps.  All for a £1 voluntary car parking fee. The boys learnt to ride their bikes without stabilisers there this summer.

Best family day out? 

White Post Farm  – it’s a 15 minute drive from our house and we have spent so much time there. When the boys were 2 we got annual passes and were there on Wednesday afternoons nearly every week. The boys loved it and had their 3rd and 4th Birthday parties there.  There are animals outside and indoors, trampolines, a go kart track, outdoor play area, indoor soft play, indoor sledge track, lovely cafe and farm shop and pet shop too, something for everyone. 

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Photo taken by Peter Jones (Laura’s brother) www.peterjones.photography

Photo Credit: Peter Jones Photography 

Thank you for taking part and all the best with your goals for 2017! 

You can find Laura here…

Website: www.mummylauretta.com

Twitter: @mummylauretta

Instagram: @mummylauretta

Facebook: facebook.com/Mummy-Lauretta

Pinterest: mummylauretta

A Quick Cuppa With… The Speed Bump

Due to the popularity of this guest post series, I am excited to announce that I am hosting it twice per week! Every Tuesday and Saturday, I will be doing a quick interview with a blogger or small business owner to find out more about them. I do love a natter, even when it’s a virtual one! 

Today my Q&A is with Maddy, who is a fab mum blogger at The Speed Bump.

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Welcome and thank you for getting involved! Tell me about yourself…

My name is Maddy, I’m 22 and I live in North Wales with my new husband Daf and our two-year-old daughter Celyn.

Name one random fact about yourself. 

I have an octopus phobia. I’m terrified of them!

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Probably my mum. She’s had to deal with so many hardships and difficulties in her life and she just takes them in her stride and handles them like a boss.

Tell me about your blog. What is the main theme?

What inspired you to start it? My blog is The Speed Bump. It started in 2013 when I found out I was pregnant at 19. I felt like all the pregnancy information I’d been handed didn’t feel relevant to me in the slightest, so I started my own blog in the hopes that other people in my situation would find it useful too. Over time it’s followed me through pregnancy, and then balancing having a newborn and studying, and now adjusting to the big wide world!

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 mum, but I prefer to think of myself as blogging full time! 😉 I juggle my time by sticking Fireman Sam on Netflix and writing while my daughter is distracted!

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

If you’re not loving what you’re doing, stop doing it. Your passion shows in your writing, and your blog is so personal – write what you want, not what you think others want to read.

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

I love video games! If I’ve got free time I’ll probably be on the PS4.


What are your favourite family activities?

We love going to the park. My daughter is at the age where she’s obsessed with parks right now, so we always end up spending hours there, but it’s nice to spend time together as a family. We also love sitting together and reading – The Gruffalo is her favourite.

Where is your favourite outdoor place to visit?

It would have to be the beach. We love going for walks on the beach – we went to Butlins for our honeymoon over Christmas, and even went for a walk on Minehead beach on Christmas Day!

Best family day out? 

Chester Zoo. It’s not too far from us, there are so many animals to see and you can spend a lovely day wandering around.

It has been great reading about you and your beautiful family Maddy, thank you so much for sharing!

Read more from Maddy here…

www.thespeedbump.co.uk

Facebook: thespeedbumpblog

Twitter: @maddyleigh1994

Instagram: @thespeedbumpblog

A Quick Cuppa With… Devon Mama

Today, I have the pleasure of ‘meeting’ Hayley, who blogs at Devon Mama​. Here she is talking about her whirlwind 18 months, her love of the beach and her hatred of lasagne… 

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Hi Hayley, thank you for taking part! Tell me about yourself…

Hi, I’m Hayley and I live in rural Devon with my husband, son and our very bouncy dog. In the last 18 months, we’ve gotten married, had our little boy and I’ve turned 30 – it’s been a bit of a whirlwind! 

Exciting times – congratulations!

Tell me a random fact about yourself, anything at all…

I have a genuine fear of lasagne. It makes me feel physically sick just thinking about it!

Who is your biggest inspiration? 

Anyone who manages to juggle parenting with his or her career and get that balance right. I love the uprising of mum-preneurs. Although I REALLY hate that term! 

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

Devon Mama is primarily about parenting and the ups and downs that go with it. I try to cover family friendly recipes, reviews of products that we’ve used and insights into how I’ve found parenting… things like ‘The 6 Stages of Making New Mum Friends’ or a piece on bullying by medical professionals when I felt like my health visitor was railroading me. 

I started the blog when I was midway through my pregnancy as a way to keep a bit of ‘me-time’ and document how I was feeling. I didn’t really commit to it properly until my son was four months old. I got lost in a baby mist and just didn’t have the time. Since that point I’ve tried to give myself the time to do it and use it as an outlet for frustrations as well as a memory book of our adventures.

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

I blog in my free time (well, the late evening and early morning!) alongside working part-time and raising our son. I’ve recently returned to work two and a half days a week with some of that being at home. The hardest bit has been getting that balance between the two and not feeling like I’m compromising on both. My tip? Make sure you find childcare that you LOVE. We found a great nursery that goes on walks around the village, has a huge outdoor area and plenty of staff-children. I’ve heard nothing but great reviews and can only praise it so far. If you’re happy that your child’s being looked after then it makes it far easier on you all.

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

Get involved with other bloggers. I always thought it was a bit airy-fairy when people talked of ‘the community’ but I’ve found a number of friends through blogging. I’ve found Twitter to be the best way to connect to people at the beginning and from that I’ve joined Facebook support groups, general chat groups on Twitter and blogging support on Instagram. It’s like having a cheerleading squad of likeminded people that previously I never would have met. Plus, they’ve inspired me to do more with my blog! 

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

I enjoy walking the dog – thankfully we live in a beautiful part of the world for it. I’ve made some great friends through my son and often catch up with them. If it’s just me at home, I love blogging, reading and watching trashy US TV shows… There’s just not enough free time these days!

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

What are your favourite family activities? 

We love to cook and I can’t wait until our son is old enough to join in more. We live by the beach so can often be found down there, especially in the winter. It’s a beautiful place to go for a stroll and blow away the cobwebs. Finally, we spend a lot of time with our extended family. 

Both my husband and I have huge families that live within a 15 minute radius of us. Our weekends are normally jam packed with visiting them and catching up with grandparents, parents, cousins… the list goes on! I loved growing up with family members so close and I want that same upbringing for my children.

Where is your favourite outdoor place to visit?

The beach, for all the reasons mentioned above. In the summer, it’s always heaving with people so we prefer to stay home but I’ve spent many a summer’s evening on the beach with friends; eating, drinking and being silly! In the winter, it’s even more special. There really is nothing better for the soul, especially if you’re in a little bit of a baby funk. We strap on the baby carrier or get out the pram and go for a good walk by the sea. It’s definitely refreshing!

Best family day out? 

Stourhead Estate in Wiltshire. The gardens are beautiful, there’s loads of space for children to run around and there’s a pub on the estate. Plus it’s National Trust so it just FEELS educational! I’ve written before about my extreme love for the place, it’s one of my absolute favourites.

Thank you so much for taking part!

A Quick Cuppa With, Devon Mama, blogger, interview, Q and ADevon Mama is run by Hayley; a 30 year old mama, wife and recovering sleep addict. Living with her husband, baby and the world’s bounciest dog in rural Devon, Hayley can be found attempting to cook, Googling everything and embracing the strange new world that is parenting. Add in a house with ‘a lot of potential’ and a return to her ‘real’ job as a Company Director and it’s organized chaos at the best of times.


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