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Hi, I'm Amber.

Hi, I'm Amber.

When my husband, Terry, was diagnosed with kidney failure, I quit my job and started a blog: because life’s just too short not to follow your dreams, and I had apparently always dreamt of getting paid to write about my life on the internet*. I even wrote a book about it. I’ve been described as a fashion blogger, a mummy blogger, a lifestyle blogger, and “a total drama queen,” (That was my husband, btw…). Mostly, though, I’m a storyteller – and this is where I tell my stories. Want to read some?

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A Week at Wave Resort, Bulgaria
A Week at Wave Resort, Bulgaria

A Week at Wave Resort, Bulgaria

Posted on 5 Comments Location: 12 min read
We’ve just got back from a week at the beautiful Wave Resort, in Bulgaria: an all-inclusive hotel on the Black Sea. Here’s how we got on…

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My Pregnancy Diary is Now Available as a Book!
My Pregnancy Diary is Now Available as a Book!

My Pregnancy Diary is Now Available as a Book!

Posted on 2 Comments 4 min read
Just in case the online version of my pregnancy diary wasn’t enough for you, it’s now available in paperback and ebook format, too…

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A Ride on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
A Ride on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

A Ride on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Posted on 6 Comments Location: 3 min read
The cutest little steam train in Kent, plus a visit to Max’s favourite place in the entire world. Also: an actual, real-life miracle. Yes.

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How I’m Using Patreon to Write a Book (& More)
How I’m Using Patreon to Write a Book (& More)

How I’m Using Patreon to Write a Book (& More)

Posted on 13 Comments 5 min read
In a bid to motivate myself to finish the second draft of my book, and tell some of the stories I’ve never been comfortable sharing on the blog, I’ve signed up for a Patreon account: here’s how I’m going to be using it…

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A Visit to Hever Castle, Kent

A Visit to Hever Castle, Kent

Posted on 16 Comments Location: 4 min read
Our visit to Hever Castle, Kent: childhood home of Anne Boleyn, and site of some of the prettiest gardens I ever did see…

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What’s next for blogging?
What’s next for blogging?

What’s next for blogging?

With readers using adblock, brands expecting to pay bloggers with products rather than cash, and everyone still obsessed with Instagram, I’m starting to wonder whether there’s still a future for blogging, and what it might look like, if so…

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What’s the hardest stage of parenthood?

What’s the hardest stage of parenthood?

Posted on 23 Comments 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…

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A Day at the Farm
A Day at the Farm

A Day at the Farm

Posted on 1 Comment 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…

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7 Things You Googled That I Will Answer For You

7 Things You Googled That I Will Answer For You

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…

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Exploring Scotland | Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Perthshire

Exploring Scotland | Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Perthshire

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…

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Florida with a Toddler: Our Tips
Florida with a Toddler: Our Tips

Florida with a Toddler: Our Tips

Posted on 2 Comments Location: 11 min read
When we made the decision to take our then 16-month old toddler on holiday to Florida this year, I think a lot of people thought we were just straight-up crazy. Here’s how we got on, plus some of our best tips on how to do Florida with a toddler…

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Parenting With Anxiety
Parenting With Anxiety

Parenting With Anxiety

I’ve always suffered from anxiety, but, since I became a parent, most of my anxieties have revolved around Max, and the possibility that something might happen to him. Here’s what it’s like to try to parent when every day seems to present you with yet another thing to worry about..

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What happens when a pale girl tries self-tanning drops

What happens when a pale girl tries self-tanning drops

When a pale-girl tries a self-tanner, it’s probably going to be a recipe for disaster, isn’t it? Here’s how I got on when I decided to try out Tan Luxe’s self-tan drops…

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Florida With Kids | A family day at Volcano Bay water park, Orlando
Florida With Kids | A family day at Volcano Bay water park, Orlando

Florida With Kids | A family day at Volcano Bay water park, Orlando

Posted on 1 Comment Location: 7 min read
Earlier this summer, Max, Terry and I were invited to try out Universal Orlando’s water park, Volcano Bay. Here’s how we got on, and how we handled our first trip to a water park with a toddler in tow…

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Pale Girl Problems: 12 things people with pale skin will understand
Pale Girl Problems: 12 things people with pale skin will understand

Pale Girl Problems: 12 things people with pale skin will understand

I got 99 problems, and skin like a vampire is most definitely one. Here’s a (lighthearted, please don’t write in telling me I need to get some real problems …) look at some of the problems pale-skinned girls (and boys) have to deal with…

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Exploring Scotland | Drummond Castle Gardens, Crieff
Exploring Scotland | Drummond Castle Gardens, Crieff

Exploring Scotland | Drummond Castle Gardens, Crieff

Posted on 10 Comments Location: 0 min read
Drummond Castle Gardens are always right at the top of any list of things to do in Crieff, and when you take a look at the photos in this post, it’s really not hard to see why…

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Life’s too short for…

Life’s too short for…

When I wrote about outsourcing my ironing a couple of weeks ago (It went really well, by the way, just in case you were wondering: everything basically came back to me looking brand new. I’m too sacred to actually USE any of it now, obviously, for fear of spoiling that crease-free …

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18 Months of Max
18 Months of Max

18 Months of Max

Last weekend, Max officially turned 18 months old, and I turned 172. Or that’s what it feels like, anyway…

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A Stroll Down Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, Florida
A Stroll Down Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, Florida

A Stroll Down Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, Florida

Posted on 2 Comments Location: 4 min read
In my last post about our trip to Universal Orlando, we were at Islands of Adventure, where we’d just enjoyed a visit to the village of Hogsmeade, complete with a trip around Hogwarts castle. And, once you’ve done all that, there’s only one thing left to do, isn’t there? Go to London…

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Can you still call it ‘baby brain’ 18 months later?
Can you still call it ‘baby brain’ 18 months later?

Can you still call it ‘baby brain’ 18 months later?

Is ‘baby brain’ real, or am I just getting more and more absent-minded?

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