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.

Why This British Mama LOVES Halloween In America

Halloween. It is a great American tradition. In the UK it isn't 'done' like it is here. So here are some reasons why this British mama LOVES Halloween in America. Pumpkin patches     OH THE PUMPKIN...

Being A Social Nomad In A Place Full Of Tribes

So I think I am a social nomad. This is new to me. I am lucky to be able to say I have a lot of friends and I always have. As someone who has...
To My Biggest Baby As You Start School

To My Biggest Baby As You Start School

To my biggest baby as you start school, Somehow 5 years have rushed by and it is time for you to start Kindergarten. I'm lucky, if we had still been in England I would have...
why me time is so important to our family

Why ‘Me Time’ Is Important In Our Family

I want people to know why 'me time' is important in our family. It's something so many mummies don't get enough of. Either by choice, or by necessity, or by circumstance. We knew when we...
toddler tonsillectomy

Surviving A Toddler Tonsillectomy

My toddler recently had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy and I am just about surviving! While it is fresh in my mind I thought I would go through the things that have helped us get...
Let's empower all mums

Let’s Empower ALL Mums {Including The Ones Who Stay Home}

I didn't choose to be a stay at home mummy. Sometimes I feel like I shouldn't tell people that like I need to be constantly and eternally grateful to have the gift of staying...
breastfeeding

Things I wish I had known about breastfeeding

Breastfeeding. When I was pregnant with my first I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it. It sounded easy from what we were told at antenatal classes and read online, but I just wasn't...
The Love Story of How Mummy Met Daddy

The Love Story Of How Mummy Met Daddy

An Alternative Love Story! To my 2 little whirlwinds, I am going to tell you a kind of love story. It is a true story of how I met your Daddy. It's been 16 years since...

Dust and Things – it’s not what you think! {Sponsored Post}

Disclaimer: We have partnered with Dust and Things to bring you this sponsored post on the many quality products they provide for you and your family. When I heard I was getting my chance to write my...

A Long Distance Mother/Daughter Relationship

13000 miles. That's how far away my lovely mummy is right now, and most of the time. Before we moved to the US we were still over 3000 miles apart. For 7 years we have...
social media

Motherhood And Social Media

Social Media - it's the elephant in the room, isn't it? How so many people's lives appear perfect because now we can filter what we want the world to see. I am not sure exactly...
Dinosaurs in SoCal

Dinosaurs In SoCal

There are so many places to see dinosaurs in SoCal! Does your kid love dinosaurs much as mine? He is a man of few words, but many of those words are ridiculously long dinosaur names that...
grief we are all different

Grief. We Are All Different.

In the past few years, I have seen some of the people I love dearest experience grief. More recently I experienced it myself, and it has changed me in a way I think will be...
English a Translation

English – A Translation!

When we considered leaving the UK and taking a position that gave us scope for adventure, ensuring we went to an English speaking country was top of my list. I've since realized that there...