Life Stories

Selling Your House (whilst trying to stay sane)

The realities of preparing your home for a potential buyer viewing

Three weeks ago we decided to put our house on the market. We have lived here for 12 years and our children have grown up in this little corner of the world. We love our home…

5 min

Big Little Trip: A Mother and Daughter Travel Adventure

Part 5 – Costa Rica, Pura Vida

Lisa has spent almost a decade juggling her career as a television producer with single motherhood, she is now taking a year out to go backpacking around Latin America with her nine-year-old daughter, Lily. You can…

9 min

Opulence and Poverty

A week in California

I’m writing this through bleary eyes after a rubbish 2-3 hrs of sleep due to jet-lag. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining – getting to spend a week in Los Angeles and Huntington Beach in…

6 min

Amsterfam: Ten Things The Netherlands is Doing to My Body

From London to Amsterdam with three kids

Time for a top-to-toe stock-check: here are ten ways my body has changed after half a year in The Netherlands. Hair Imagine, if you will, the love child of Brian May and Ursula the Sea Witch….

5 min

Be More Danish, Part 3: Be More Outdoorsy!

Relocating family life to Copenhagen

The first thing I should say is, this was written before the #beastfromtheeast paid us all a visit, BRRR!!! But anyway, hello ducklings! And holy mackerel, but how is it the start of March already? Does…

5 min

What Do I Do Now?

When someone you love has dementia

She looked up at me innocently, her soft blue eyes with their flecks of grey widening like a small child’s. She looked so mystified and innocent that I could hardly bear it. ‘One, two, three, seventeen,…

8 min

Amsterfam: Fizzy Chewits

From London to Amsterdam with three kids

Setting aside the incomprehensible language, the wormholes of homesickness and the abject horror of an existence without Branston pickle, there is much to be said for family life in the Netherlands. The Dutch have some ingenious…

7 min

Xian Hui

A story of hope and survival after stillbirth

Where do you start with the hardest and most bittersweet story you will ever have to write? The story of my little darling girl that died, the longed for baby that we tried for nearly three…

14 min

Steph Dwyer – Endurance Racer

Support, encouragement & belief

As I drive through the Yorkshire Dales on a cold and snowy morning, I am dazzled by the beauty of this part of the world. I feel very at home here. I catch a glimpse of…

11 min