Hi, and welcome to my blog.
I’m Clare, a mum of one, Freddie who is actually called Frederick, or Fred, or the Fredster depending on our mood, he was born in December 2009. I am also step mum to a girl and a boy, who are 23 and 19, my step son lives with us, however, if I am honest he lives mainly in his bedroom! We also live with my husband Stu, daddy to the boys and our Westie.
When Freddie was born I was working as a Finance Director in an engineering company and planned to be a working mum, so Freddie started full time nursery at the age of 3 months. All was going well until he turned 18 months, myself and my husband worked away a lot and we working in excess of 60 hours a week each plus time at home. As I had had no maternity leave I decided to hand in my notice in October 2011. The CEO was convinced I would be back after 6 months, but nearly 6 years later I have never looked back. In 2013 I started a business making memory blankets which lasted about 2 years. It was successful but I didn’t really enjoy it as I have always been a business woman.
Therefore most of the time I have just been a wife and a stay at home mum, I have of course listened to children read at school and look after my God Daughter, however in 2017 I decided to start a blog about our lives, I also with the help of my son Freddie have launched the best UK kids subscription box Fred’s Box.
(Neither of us actually look like this now, this is nearly 5 years and about 3 stone lighter, but you get the jist!)
Freddie is a typical boy, everything is done at a million miles an hour and he is into most sports, currently playing cricket, rugby, and swimming, but has done Judo, tennis and football. This brings me on to his dad, well Freddie definitely gets his sporting interests from him. He would sit for hours (if he could) and watch any and every type of sport out there, including tiddlywinks.
Surprisingly as Freddie is such an active child he absolutely loves reading, and playing with minifigures and trading cards, and in fact can be lost in that for hours, although he can’t do anything quietly so he is either shouting to me, or singing, or humming or even talking to his invisible friends!
We love weekends where we are altogether, Stu works away a lot and although we miss him we have got used to it now. We love eating out, seeing friends, and going to London to the theatre amongst other things.
Last year I turned 40 and Stu turned 50 so we celebrated our birthdays with Freddie in Jamaica, it was absolutely stunning and we will definitely be returning. (Blog to come shortly!)
So what is this blog about?
I will tell you of our days out and family fun to inspire and to recommend, our reviews of anything we’ve tried as a family or us individually, trials and tribulations of being a mum and anything else I can think of!