Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring The Helpful Hiker

This week on Other Boggers Family Lives I am featuring Lauren who blogs at The Helpful Hiker. Lauren blogs about the great outdoors, walks, camping and family days out feature regularly on her blog. So let's find out more about the family behind The Helpful Hiker. 

Photo of the Helpful Hiker Bloggers family photo by a lake



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

I live with my husband Luke and three-year-old son Finn, who both feature in my blog quite a lot. I'm also currently expecting our second baby due at the beginning of August. 

2.) Where do you live?

We live in a Victorian terrace in the centre of Northampton. I love living here, we can walk to the shops, pubs and restaurants but there is also great parks on our doorstep. Plus, the big attraction of living in the Midlands is that it's not too far from anywhere!

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

It might seem strange for an outdoor blogger to live in a town, but we have some great green spaces right on our doorstep. It's also not a massive town, so it's only a few minutes to drive to the countryside. We love going for walks, exploring country parks and looking for quirky places to visit. 

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

I'm happy right where we are. In fact, we're in the process of moving and it looks likely that we'll stay in the same area. Maybe when we're retired I might be tempted to move somewhere a little more scenic, like the Peak District. But I love the convenience of having everything on my doorstep at the moment. 

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 in a village not far from Northampton and had quite an idyllic childhood in many ways. I went to the village school and have fond memories of maypole dancing and playing out with friends all the time. I thought I'd always be a country girl, but after moving to Hull to go to uni I fell in love with urban life. I moved around a bit with work, but ended up settling in Northampton a few years ago and enjoy being somewhere familiar where I have roots. 

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

This year is taken up with moving house and the new baby. I'm hoping that we'll manage a few adventures in between the chaos. I'd like to visit my parents in France and also a trip to Wales may be on the cards to do some coastal walking. 

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

Our family life is busy and the best of times, but at the moment it's just madness! I work long hours in my day job so it's a real balancing act. I love how me and Luke have managed to forge a really effective partnership where we both have to support and help each other to get things done. It can be stressful, but we largely work together. I used to beat myself up, but now I'm really proud of my family and everything we've achieved, despite the pressures on us. 


Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions Lauren, it sounds like you have such a busy year ahead. I hope you enjoy the rest of your pregnancy and get to visit your parents in France this year. If you would like to find out more about Lauren and her family visit her blog www.thehelpfulhiker.com

Or follow her on social media 

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Twitter  TheHelpfulHiker
Instagram  thehelpfulhiker

Don't forget to check out last weeks post featuring The Smallest Of Things if you missed it. If you would like to take part in Other Bloggers Family Lives just send me an email at newcastlefamilylife@gmail.com











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40 comments

  1. I'd love to retire somewhere more scenic too...we often talk about where that could be. The Peak District sounds like a good option!

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    1. I have never visited the Peak district before x

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  2. It's lovely to find out a bit more about Lauren - I also live in the midlands and it is great living near so many beautiful outdoor spaces :)

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    1. It is always nice finding local bloggers x

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  3. What a lovely read! I'm due our second baby in June and can't imagine juggling a house move and pregnancy! Wish you the best of luck :)

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    1. After moving last year I don't think I could cope either lol x

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  4. I really relate to what Lauren says about being living in a town but being an outdoor blogger. We spend so much time outdoors, you’d never think we lived in a city!

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    1. Your instagram really does looks like you live in the countryside x

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  5. Oh your not too far away from me. I live in Bedfordshire and love where I live as like u its so convenient having everything on the doorstep.

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    1. It is always handy having things close by x

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  6. Good luck with the baby :-) It sounds like you have a lot on your plate at the moment but equally are a good team together

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  7. I enjoy reading you other bloggers lives post. It is always great to find new bloggers and get to know them better :)

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  8. I like the idea of being in a city but close to outdoorsy stuff x

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  9. I love reading about fellow bloggers. Wishing Lauren lots of luck when the new arrival comes x

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  10. It is lovely when bloggers give each other a platform! x

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  11. I love reading these posts and it sounds like Lauren has a busy year ahead. Best of luck with the new house and baby x

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  12. Great interview. It was nice reading about Lauren. I hope she visits France. It is a lovely place.

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    1. I really need to re-visit France as I have only been to Paris x

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  13. Always nice hearing about other people.

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  14. congratulations to her for her second baby! That must be so exciting!

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  15. I love this series, its really interesting!

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  16. I've come across this blog recently, so it's great learning more about the people behind it! It sounds like an exciting year with a house move and a new baby!

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    1. Glad you found it interesting, it really does sound like an interesting year for them x

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  17. Lovely interview and good luck with the new baby :)

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  18. I enjoy getting to know other blogger in these kind of posts.

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  19. Sounds like you've got a busy year this year! Love learning more about bloggers lives!

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    1. They do sound like they have a very busy and exciting year ahead x

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  20. We live in the midlands too ! We have some beautiful places here haven’t we :)

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    1. I have never visited the Midlands before, it sounds lovely x

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