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Mummy and Max, Florida 2019

Hi, I’m Amber, and I’m a first-time mum on a mission to prove that there’s still life after parenthood. (Er, there is, though… right?)

I live in central Scotland with my husband, Terry, and toddler son, Max, and this blog documents my attempts to figure out parenthood, one blog post at a time: from surviving tokophobia and anxiety to give birth in the first place, all the way through to the daily trials of life as a mum.

I’m the author of My Blogging Secrets and Closet Essentials, both available on Amazon, and I’ve been writing about my life since I was 11 years old: want to know more?

What’s the hardest stage of parenthood?

What’s the hardest stage of parenthood?

Posted on 5 min read
When Max was tiny, I thought parenting a newborn must surely be the hardest thing in the entire world. I was wrong…


A Day at the FarmA Day at the Farm
A Day at the FarmA Day at the Farm

A Day at the Farm

Posted on Location: 5 min read
As we all enjoyed our day at Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre in Perthshire so much, as soon as we got home, Terry and I started looking for somewhere similar – but a little closer to home –  to help us in our ongoing mission to keep Max entertained and out of trouble. Fortunately for us, we didn’t have to look very far here. Almond Valley Heritage Centre has been right on our doorstep for years now, and has been recommended to us by… well, by pretty much everyone we know, basically. Here’s what we thought of it…


7 Things You Googled That I Will Answer For You

7 Things You Googled That I Will Answer For You

Posted on 11 min read
Every so often, I like to take a look at my blog analytics to see what kind of things people typed into Google which brought them to this site. Here are some of the most recent questions, and my answers to them…


Exploring Scotland | Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Perthshire
Exploring Scotland | Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Perthshire

Exploring Scotland | Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Perthshire

Posted on Location: , 3 min read
When I said that Highland Heather Lodges, where we had a three-day stay last month, had a ton of different activities right on its doorstep, I really wasn’t joking. Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre was literally just a five minute drive from our cabin, which placed it pretty high on our list of things to do in Perthshire…


I also wrote a book...

I wrote a book about crying in the shower, quitting my job, and figuring out how to make a living by writing about my life on the internet.

My Blogging Secrets is the story of how my husband’s kidney transplant changed both of our lives. It’s also a realistic guide to blogging, filled with tips and advice from a full-time blogger.


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Parenting & Pregnancy

I used to consider myself childfree for life, but one day I decided I was tired of getting to sleep as much as I wanted and wear clothes without spit-up on them, so I had a baby. Yes, it surprised me too, to be honest.  Baby Max was born by elective c-section in December 2017, after one miscarriage, one ectopic pregnancy, and a lifetime’s worth of health anxiety and tokophobia. I wrote a pregnancy diary for (almost) every week of my pregnancy, and my parenting posts cover my journey so far, as well as providing some honest advice for first-time parents.

Style Advice & Outfit Inspiration

I’ve been photographing my outfits for over 5 years now. It’s less weird than it sounds. OK, no, it isn’t. It has, however, allowed me to build up a fairly comprehensive style diary, which I’ve categorised by season and style: so, you can browse my outfits for spring, summer, autumn and winter, or take a look at my casual or maternity outfits, depending on what you’re looking for. I also have some style advice and sample capsule wardrobes for you: come and take a look!

Blogging & Social Media

I’ve been making a living from blogging for over a decade: here’s everything I’ve learned, including how to start a blog, how to grow a blog, how to make money from blogging, and what it’s really like to make a living online.

Travel & Adventures

I love to travel: and I’d also love to take you along with me. Er, metaphorically speaking, I mean. Like, you can read my blog posts, but you can’t actually come on holiday with me, because that would just be weird, OK? Where was I? Oh yeah: having lived in Scotland my entire life, I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the country (And, well, visiting all of the Outlander filming locations I can find…), and my posts on Scotland cover all of our adventures here. Once you’re done with those, you’ll also find info on my travels within the rest of the UK and Europe, and to the United States. Finally, although I’m in no real position to be handing out travel advice, I’ve written some anyway, including posts on how to pack a suitcase, what to wear to the airport and more. Or, of course, you can simply choose to read all of my travel blog posts in chronological order: enjoy!

I try beauty products so you don’t have to

I got 99 problems, and skin like a vampire is one… Trying to find products suitable for redheads is another. Oh, and my habit of getting myself into trouble by buying magnetic eyelashes online, or letting my husband do my makeup, say, is another.  Over the past few years I’ve had my eyebrows microbladed, tried eyelash extensions and hair extensions, and I’m currently in the middle of a smile makeover. I try beauty products/treatments so you don’t have to – so whether you’re wondering whether Alpha H’s Liquid Gold really is as good as everyone says it is, looking for ways to get rid of sleep lines, or on the hunt for the best foundation for pale skin, I’m here to help. Or to TRY to, at least…