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.
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Five Of The Best Face Masks Around, And Why We LOVE Them

I have this thing for face masks. For all things beauty-related actually, but particularly face masks. I could write all day about various lotions and potions I have tried. I am certainly not a...
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The Skirball Center – A Little Bit Of Urban Fun In LA

We recently took a trip to LA with some of our great friends to visit the Skirball Center. I had no idea what to expect from the museum, but any expectations I had were...
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The Story Of A Disorganized Mom

I recently took the Clifton Strengths test for a conference I attended. It won't surprise anyone who knows me well to hear most of my results fell into the Relationship Building category. People are...
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The Museum Of Ice Cream

Yes you read that right; there is a museum of ICE CREAM in Los Angeles, right on our doorstep. And it's EPIC.  This place is literally an Instagrammer's dream. My boys were in awe of...
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Spinning The Plates Of Motherhood

In my previous life as a teacher, my boss used to talk about spinning plates, and how we couldn't always keep all of the plates spinning. Sometimes we have to let a plate drop...
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DIY Pumpkin Decorating (And Some Pinterest Fails….)

DIY pumpkin decorating may or may not be my thing! I love to DIY stuff. Sometimes it looks great and other times, not so much. I had planned this post to be one of...

It’s Okay If It Wasn’t The Best Day Of Your Life….

Giving birth... Women often say it was the best day of their life. For me it wasn't, and I think it's ok if it wasn't the best day of your life. It doesn't define you...

You Know You Are A Soccer Mom When….

It's soccer season, which means it's soccer mom season. Shout out to all the soccer moms out there! You know you are a soccer mom when: Your weekends revolve around the game schedule Just this week...
You Know You're A Golf Widow When....

You Know You’re A Golf Widow When….

My husband is a golfer. He has been a golfer as long as I've known him. I know there are more partners of golfers out there. So, you know you're a golf widow when... You...
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Fun Date Nights Around Anaheim

Date night. The Holy Grail for most parents. We all need time together to reconnect. Get out there and have some fun! When we first moved here I had no idea what fun there was...
Teaching our children that real beauty is about loving YOU

Teaching Our Children That Real Beauty Is About Loving YOU

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But shouldn't we be teaching our children that real beauty is about loving YOU? I want my boys to understand not all people look like...

A Brit’s guide to the BEST stores in the US!

We have been in Anaheim Hills for 2 years now, so I think I am qualified to write a post that is a Brit's guide to the best stores in the US! I have extensively...

Have You Ever Had A ‘Mom Life’ Crisis?

Help - I think I am having a mom life crisis! Send cookies and wine... Have you ever had a mom life crisis? You know, that moment where you look back at your pre-mummy life and...

Boys And Pink – Can We Drop The Stigma?

Boys and pink; why is it socially unacceptable? Our girls are 'allowed' to like 'boys toys' and dress in 'boys clothes' but when a boy likes pink it is considered so taboo. Still. In 2016!  Boys...