Welcome to the first post in my new blog series called Other Bloggers Family Lives. I mentioned last week that I was starting this series and I have had an amazing response so far, thank you to everyone who has agreed to take part. Each Wednesday I am hoping to feature a blogger who will answer a few questions about their family and where they live, a way to find out more about some of my favourite bloggers and also to hopefully help you find some new blogs to read.
I am pleased to have Sam from North East Family Fun as my first blogger featured in this series as she is one of the reasons I actually started blogging in the first place. I have known Sam for years and she is just as nice and friendly in real life as she comes across on her blog, we actually use to sit together in high school and we grew up in the same town. It was through Sam's blog that I discovered pregnancy blogs and decided to start my own blog when I was pregnant myself.
North East family Fun is a really popular blog that is full of loads of great ideas for family days out here in the North East and beyond. Sam is always on social media where she is always happy to help others out and she has even started her own social media management business, as well as running two blogs and being a mum to three children. I honestly don't know how she manages to do it all!
Here is a little more about the family behind North East Family Fun.
1.) Tell me a bit about yourself and your family ?
We are a family of 5 redheads so you defiantly can't miss us! I live in Northumberland with my husband Steve and our three children Harry (9) Heidi (6) and Jack (5). I work from home as a full time blogger and social media manager and also run the North East Network of Brilliant Bloggers with Karen (Monkey-Feet) and am a director of the Northumberland Mumpreneurs.
2.) Where do you live ?
I live in a three bedroomed house in Cramlington, Northumberland, I love it as it is quiet and next to lots of grass where the children can play. It's about 15 minute walk to the main shopping centre, coffee shops, restaurants, pubs and leisure centre and about a 25 minute walk to school. I absolutely love where I live and defiantly see this as our forever home.
3.) What is your favourite thing to do as a family where you live ?
I don't normally like to spend a lot of money if I can help it as money doesn't go far when you are a family of five. Our favourite thing to do is to pack a picnic and head to a national trust property where the kids can play and we can relax. Gibside, Cragside, Wallington and Seaton Delavel Hall are our favourites.
4.) If you could live anywhere where would you ?
Although I said this is my forever home we do dream of retiring to one of Northumberland's coastal villages - Alnmouth, Amble and Craster are our favourites, All three of these places offer stunning coastal views and nice welcoming pubs with homemade food - what more could you need ?
5.) Did you grow up close to where you live now and what are your favourite childhood memories of where you grew up ?
Yes, I can actually see one of my childhood homes from where I live now so I have defiantly stayed close. When I grew up our street had a real community feel - in the summer we used to all play rounders together, have massive water fights or play giant games of hide and seek. There must have been about 25 children in our street. We also organised coach trips with our neighbours and I always remember going to Flamingoland every year. If you went through the Tyne Tunnel in them days, it meant you were heading for a fantastic day out.
6.) Have you got any exciting family plans for the year ahead ?
Yes we have a few trips away planned - a UK break over Easter and then a family holiday trip to Spain in June. We also hope to add a four legged friend to our family in the late summer - everyone is VERY excited about that.
Harry turns 10 this year so I will have a child in double figures and it is out 10th wedding anniversary too! OMG where does the time go! I'm sure we will plan something lovely to celebrate both.
7.) What is your favourite thing about family life ?
Watching your children grow into lovely, kind people is just amazing. It's the little things I love the most - when they write you a little love note or you catch them playing nicely. Our house is never quiet when everyone is home but I love that no one could ever complain they are bored.
Now that the children are getting older the boys can go to the cinema with Steve to see the latest Superhero movie too which means I get out of it now! Yeah.
Thank you Sam for taking part, I loved reading your answers as it sounds like you have a great family life and have lots of great things planned for the year ahead. As I grew up in Cramlington and still live nearby I know what a fantastic town it is, it is where we are planning on buying our forever home someday soon too.
To find out more about Sam and her family visit her blogs
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If you would like to take part in Other Bloggers Family Lives then please just send me an e-mail at Newcastlefamilylife@gmail.com. You don't need to be a parent to take part either as the questions can be easily adapted.