Viv Jones

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I am Viv, stay at home mom (mummy) to Edison who is 7 and Arlo who is 5. I am married to my best friend and university sweetheart Steve. In October 2014 we moved 5321 miles from our beautiful Victorian home in Sheffield, England to Anaheim Hills and are loving the wild adventure this move has turned our life into. I am so very grateful that this move has given me the opportunity to quit my kinder teacher role to stay home with my crazy whirlwinds and enjoy the adventures of modern motherhood. I love farmers markets with my little foodies, antique shops, restoring antique finds, reading, baking, eating out and trying not to spend everything we have in Target! Oh and chips. I LOVE chips (crisps for any Brits reading this). All the chips.

Autism And Arlo – The Regular Girl Update

I have written Arlo's story and his subsequent update over the past 2 years. It's officially time for update number 3 and it's a GOOD ONE! I'd also like to introduce Regular Girl, an...
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No Spend Journey Month One

Our No Spend Journey - Month One At the start of January, I wrote about the no spend journey we were embarking upon. To keep myself accountable, I pledged to write at least one post a...
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Momcationing With A Chevy Suburban

Picture the scene. 6 moms. Zero kids. The open road, and a Chevy Suburban.  This was our reality a couple of weeks ago when we were given a Chevy Suburban for a weekend conference in...
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Embarking on a No Spending Journey

At the end of December, I discovered a new favourite YouTuber. Her name is Hannah Louise Poston and for the entirety of 2018, she did a No Buy Year. No spending for an entire...
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Best Restaurants On Christmas Day In Orange County

This year we are going on vacation just before Christmas. Exciting you say?! Yes, it is very exciting. Costa Rica, here we come. However, we return very late on December 23rd and that causes...

Flawless By maurices – A New Beauty Brand For Busy Moms

Flawless by maurices  We are excited to introduce to you Flawless by maurices! Maurices are a hometown retailer that brings affordable, versatile, and flattering fashions to real women ... and their beauty line is following suit. We got our...
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Our Visit To Great Wolf Lodge Anaheim

Great Wolf Lodge - it's become synonymous with 100% fun in our household. We recently took our second visit there, and here's why we love it. They have thought of everything to ensure that...
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Kids Eat Free At These Popular Orange County Restaurants!

Orange County is an amazing food hub with so many great restaurants. But eating out when you have kids isn't always easy. We've created a round up of restaurants where kids eat free in...
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Oh Hi, Ojai! A Child-Free Mini Vacation

Ojai (pronounced OH-hi). One of the most beautiful places to visit in Southern California. We were lucky enough to spend 2 days there child-free (shout out to Grandma and Grandpa for watching the boys!)...
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An Open Letter To My Son’s First Grade Teacher

Our amazing First Grade Teacher. What can I say? You deserve to be given a gazillion dollars a year for the work that you do. Teachers can be so underrated. But I want you...
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An Open Letter To My Son’s Preschool Teacher

To My Son's Preschool Teacher, You are a Goddess among women. You are a Queen. Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise. You take in other people's children and you love them like you would...

Candytopia LA – An Instagram Dream With Edible Perks!

Candytopia Museum in LA is one of those amazingly Instagrammable places. I went there with a friend and we were kid free. Yep, you read correctly. KID FREE. I love sweets, my friend loves...
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Why We Quit YouTube Kids

Yes you read that right. We. Ditched. YouTube Kids. Even writing it has me wondering if the YouTube police are going to come knocking at our door. It's been about a year since our...
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Autism And Arlo – Update

In September I wrote a post about my sweet Arlo and his surprise autism diagnosis. We've had a few messages asking how our little whirlwind is doing, so I figured it was time to...