Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Emma And Family

Welcome to another week of Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring Emma from UK family lifestyle blog Emma and Family. Emma blogs about life as a young family, trying to conceive, her home and recipes. So let's find out more about the family behind Emma and Family. 

UK Blogger Emma and Family

1.) Tell me a bit about yourself and your family?

I am a 24-year-old Psychology post-graduate with aspirations of becoming a clinical psychologist for children and adolescents, I am taking a career break whilst child rearing and now work part-time as a brain injury rehabilitation support worker. My partner Fabio and I got together in 2013 during our 3rd year at university, having knowing each other since our 1st year. Within a year of our relationship, I was pregnant with our son Harrison. Harrison was born in November 2014, he is gorgeous (I know I am biased, but seriously this little boy is beautiful, he is half Portuguese and a dark and handsome thing with big brown eyes to match) and is a cheeky little mummy's boy. We also have a cat called Darcey, named after the ballerina Darcey Bussell, she is Harrisons begrudging best friend.

2.) Where do you live? 

We live in Reigate, Surrey which is a small village just outside of the M25. It allows us to enjoy a certain aspect of country living but is only a 30-minute train journey into central London to enjoy the city buzz too.

3.) What is your favourite thing to do as a family where you live?

Our favourite thing to do where we live is to go for walks up in the Surrey hills, we are only a 5-minute drive from the Surrey Hills where they held cycling events at London 2012. It has stunning views across Surrey and also has charming woodland to explore. We tend to put Harrison up in a sling on my back for our family adventures, as he is getting older we are enjoying letting him explore on foot more.

4.) If you could live anywhere where would you?

If we could live anywhere we would probably live in my partner's home country Portugal for a slower, warmer pace of life. However, we are very close to my parent's, sister and grandmother and would never consider moving away from them as the relationship between them and my son is one of my main priorities in our family, having grown up extremely close to my own grandparents.

5.) Did you grow up close to where you live now and what are your favourite childhood memories of where you grew up? 

I grew up about 25-minutes drive away from where I live now, where my parents and grandparents still live. It is just the right distance away of close to home and easy to get to but not so close they can pop round for tea uninvited! My favourite childhood memories of where I grew up are going out with my Grandad on our bikes and exploring local woodlands and countryside. My grandparents were pivotal in my upbringing as my mum was a single parent working full time so I spent a lot of my time at my grandparents.

6.) Have you got any exciting family plans for the year ahead?

We have lots of exciting family plans. We recently bought our first house after years of renting. We are starting with a new build blank canvas and we are excited to put our mark on our first home.

7.) What is your favourite thing about family life?

My favourite thing about family life is those simple moments that make you suddenly feel the rush of warmth and joy about how comfortable and cosy family life is. It's those moments when you are all sitting on the sofa watching a film together, or watching my partner and son lay on the floor playing together whilst I cook dinner. Those moments when you just take a moment to appreciate the simple moments that give you that warm feeling in your heart.

Thank you so much for taking part Emma, Surrey sounds like a lovely place to live. I love that you are so close to your family and spend a lot of time with them, I am exactly the same and really want my children to stay close to family too.

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  1. I'm with you Emma - it's the simple, normal family moments that make family life so special :)

  2. Really enjoy reading about other bloggers' lifestyles - Reigate is nice ...,my parents used to live in Redhill and I'd go and visit them - and great Emma now has her first property so she can focus on doing it up!

  3. I really enjoyed reading this and all about Emma's idealic Surrey life. I live away from my parents (very far) and while we live in a beautiful place I think the decision to stay close by family is a sensible one if you are able.

  4. I think a lot of us agree with a simple slow paced life is what the doctor ordered. I am hoping to make it to Portugal this year

  5. Oh I remember the cycling in Surrey for the olympics! That's a lovely area.

  6. I've just moved to Portugal to be closer to my parents who retired there and for the warmer and slower pace of life. Being close to my parents is important now my son is getting a bit older x

  7. I am a massive fan of Portugal too! And what an adorable baby.

  8. I've always wanted to go to Portugal. I'll get there one day.

  9. What a lovely photo of the three of you
    We had a wonderful holiday in Portugal last year. The fact that it's on the same timeline probably helps when it comes to managing the children!
    We downsized to enjoy a slower pace of life, which certainly helped me when our second child came along. And yes, I think you're right, it is the every day, ordinary moments which are important.
    #10 Blogger Club

  10. The simple things really are the best! I've never been to Portugal and I don't know how this has happened! 😂

    Kat x

  11. It's so interesting to get a little insight into other bloggers lives. I would love to live in Portugal and take advantage of that slower and warmer pace of life!

  12. It's great to read about other bloggers. I love Portugal too, the climate is fab!

  13. I used to live near Reigate in Surrey and I am Portuguese. It is so nice to hear that you would like to live in Portugal x

  14. Lovely post. Family walks are just great aren't they? You can bet getting out in the fresh air and getting everyone walking and running around :)

  15. Lovely to find out more about you Emma! We live on the Hampshire/Surrey/Berkshire border so understand what you mean about the local area :)

  16. Lovely to meet Emma! Congratulations on buying the house! Exciting times.

  17. Lovely interview. I hope you achieve your dreams of becoming a clinical psychologist for children - such a worthwhile job :)

  18. Aw what a lovely post and to be starting your own new build house too sounds exciting - blank slate to put your own stamp on!

  19. It's so exciting moving into your first home and it sounds like Emma has a lot of exciting times ahead of her with her gorgeous family


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