A Quick Cuppa With… Ready For A Cuppa! 

Not many people can truthfully claim they used to be a big fat yellow cow! Meet Nina from Ready For A Cuppa, and find out more…

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​Tell me about yourself…

Hi, I’m Nina. I blog and vlog over at Ready For A Cuppa. I am a 30 something year old mum of 5-year-old boy girl twins, Step mum to a teen and wife to a geek.

We live in Nottinghamshire! But we love our paradise Isle of Lanzarote and hope that one day we can move out there!


I Started my YouTube channel in December 2015 as a bet with my stepson who wants to be a YouTuber. The bet was to see who could get the most subscribers. I now have over 200 and he has 5.

Name one random fact about yourself.

I used to be a big fat yellow cow – I worked as part of the entertainments crew at Fantasy Island in Skegness. One of the costume characters we had was Moo Moo from Old Mcdonalds farm (It used to be a kid’s program back in the 90s).

Who is your biggest inspiration?

I Love Kirstie Allsopp, I attended a Q&A with her back in summer 2016. My question was “My friends and I often say that we would love to be more like yourself instead we are a little more Miranda. Who is your inspiration?” Her answer was anyone who can juggle a full time career and family like Davina; however the queen is her top inspiration! (You can find this over at my YouTube Channel).


Blogging and Vlogging wise I think my inspirations are Jules Furness for her simple life goals, and Brummy mummy of 2 for her wit.

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

So my blog is all about me, my family and our adventures. I am currently planning content about changes I want to make in 2017. My theme for this year is de-clutter, organize, minimize. I’m going to be blogging about turning my house into a home by getting rid of the clutter and adopting routines to help us be less stressed.


I also blog about my anxiety which is a something I think Ive had most of my life! I started blogging this time around to go hand in hand with my you tube channel. So if I didn’t feel like picking up the camera I could still let you know what’s going on in our lives!

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

Tips? If anyone wants to give me some that would be great! Although I work on my blog and social media full time, it’s not an income for us at the moment! I would love to make that happen this year. I need to start planning out my Blogging day better too.

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

Just do it! If you have something to say type it. Its your bit of the internet! Blogging is very cathartic when you write from the heart! Just do it!

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

I volunteer at the local theatre in my spare time. I love it! I love the buzz you get on a show night! I work back stage and there is always something to make you laugh!

What are your favorite family activities?

It’s cheesy but as long as we are together it doesn’t really matter! Hubby spends a lot of the year working away so when we are all together it’s nice whatever we do!

Where is your favorite outdoor place to visit?

There is a lovely place near us called Sherwood pines. It’s great. There are cycle tracks and trails to follow on foot. Dotted around the woodland are little play areas and sometimes they have a special book themed children’s trail like super worm or The Gruffalo.

You can park all day some even take a BBQ and sit by their cars having lunch. If you don’t want to take a BBQ or picnic there is also a café.


There is also a go ape which my two aren’t quite big enough for just yet!

Best family day out?

At the moment it has to be The Tropical Butterfly house near Sheffield. Me and the Kids love animals and there is lots more than just Butterflies to see. There are meerkats, lemurs that you are able to get up close to. And more! There is the all important Play area and café!

Thank you for taking part!

You can find more from Nina here…

Blog: readyforacuppa.com

Youtube: youtube.com/channel/UCxjb7cCVf1O9A_Zg_8JfD8A

Instagram: www.instagram.com/readyforacuppa/

100 Days of Home Ed #LoveHomeEd – Day 4 (Mummies Waiting)

Introduction

I’m Jade, mum to Kairi (almost 4) and Naminé (just turned 2). We live in Ely with my Husband Ryan and our Mini Poodle Coco. We are 4 very different people with very different interests and we love to share our journey over on our blog www.mummieswaiting.com and social media.

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K making a bird house using tools.

How long have you home educated for and what made you decide to do it?

We have been home educating seriously since Kairi turned 2. Though I am a true believe of the thought that we all home educate from birth, 2 was the age where I really started to track the girls learning, offer them more education based experiences and really put effort into helping them learn.

We decided to home educate for many reasons, I have worked in Nurseries and Schools and, although I enjoyed my jobs, I do not agree with the school system and how children are herded through like cattle. Like myself, my husband would like our girls to be able to follow their own path. Bullying in schools also comes high on our list of reasons not to send the girls to school and the fact that after taking away registration, breaks etc they only get 2-3 hours learning a day, which would easily be done at home.

Our biggest reason is that we know our children, we know that while other children may thrive in school, we do not currently feel that Kairi will, we have watched her thrive with us for the past 4 year and are astonished daily by the things that she has learnt and explained to us. This was how we knew HE was the correct decision.

Briefly describe your home ed style. Do you have a ‘typical’ week and what does it include if so?

We are very child-led, if they want to play with he kitchen we will slowly move our play to writing shopping lists, adding up the totals and weighing all the ingredients out as we bake a real cake.


A typical week for us includes a lot of travelling as we don’t like to sit still. Currently we attend one active class and 3 for socialisation. Thursday we will visit family and our ‘spare time’ we fill up with messy play, activities or work books.

What was your highlight of home ed last week?

Last week we talked about money, I spoke to the girls about the shield that can be found on a £1 coin and explained that with newer coins they all have part of the shield. We looked round the house for parts we needed and made the whole shield. Nothing more was said.


A few days later Kairi asked her dad for money to buy a t shirt, when he replied ‘what money?’ she answered that she needed ‘the pennies with the shield’. I was absolutely amazed as I didn’t believe the information had gone in. It made me totally remember why we home educate and reminded me to trust our children with their education.

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The coins with a shield

What is your favourite thing about home edding your children?

I love the quality time with them and the opportunity to watch them learn, but my absolute favourite thing is when they teach me something, they’ve learnt it all by themselves and they tell me, they are so proud and i’m so proud too. Its a wonderful feeling.

What do you find most difficult and why?

I struggle with talking to people about HE, it’s a subject where people have such strong opinions and although most of the time wont say anything, you can feel them looking down on you as they speak.

What advice would you give to other home educators?

If you are thinking about it, take the plunge and do it. If you are already doing it, remind yourself often about how much your children have learnt, what you’ve taught them and how they could cope in the world around them if you left them right now. You have done an amazing job so far and the fact you worry about their future, means you wont let them down.

As well as finding Jade and her family on their blog, you can find out more about them on the following social media platforms:

www.facebook.com/mummieswaiting

www.twitter.com/mummieswaiting

www.instagram.com/mummieswaiting

100 Days of Home Ed #LoveHomeEd – Day 3

Introduction

​Hi, I am currently a stay at home mum to three children that have never been to school. I share the responsibility of HE with my husband.

Over the last 10 years I have also been a waitress and a student, graduating from the OU with a science degree last year.

We all live on a narrow boat on the grand union canal.

Why did you decide to home educate your children?

We decided to home educate initially in the early years because I believe compulsory education is too formal, too soon, and European models of education are far superior with better long-term results and positive effects for self-esteem. We continued because by 7 my son had a great circle of friends and we were a part of a vibrant and busy home eduction group.

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After listening to a talk at the reptile house, M and A get to hold a python.

How would you describe your approach? Do you have a typical week?
We encourage our children to explore the world, we offer new experiences and opportunities to develop skills.

There are also plenty of opportunities to meet with others during our days that are not limited to 9-3. Our friends range in age and include both home ed and “schoolies”

We have no regular week, we take advantage of events and festivals, and trips that are organised by others. We like to be outside but also take time to work on projects at home.

What is the hardest part of home educating?

The hardest job is to balance the needs of all three children without becoming overwhelmed.

What was your home ed highlight of last week?

Last week we went to a working farm to see ewes in lamb. This is one of many trips that we do annually and it’s lovely that the farmers remember us and welcome our group.

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Down at the farm A holds one week old lambs and helps the farmer number the newborns.

What advice would you give to other home educators?
My biggest piece of advice is go slow, too often people rush in sign up for everything and get worn out. Do your research and discover you and your child’s learning style, and use that infomation to decide what to do now and what to leave for later but most of all have fun and enjoy the experience.

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)

Introduction

​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! 

Introduction

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…

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!

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