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Hi there, I’m Kate!

I’m a wife to Sean and mum to our little dreamboat, Evelyn who has just turned one. I’m a primary school teacher who loves gin, lotus biscoff spread and gold bars. We live in Lancashire, not far from the bright lights of Blackpool. I’m proud to be Lancashire born and bred and can’t wait to show it off in all its glory!


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Blackpool is definitely Lancashire’s claim to fame – I was one of those really lucky kids who had Blackpool Pleasure Beach just down the road, and got to see the illuminations over and over – but there’s a lot more to this North-West UK county that the bright lights of Blackpool.


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I met Sean whilst on Pilgrimage to Lourdes with the Church when I was 17. I told my best friend that I was going to marry him and what can I say? I’ve always got what I wanted! We planned and dreamt of starting a family from pretty early on and had our baby names all picked out right from the start. 



Neither I or Sean can stay indoors for long. We love being outside and active- exploring as much as we can. That also ties in with us being complete foodies. Eating out at new joints is our favourite thing to do! I’m pretty sure I’m 90% coffee.



I’m not afraid to admit that I struggle to juggle a feisty one year old who doesn’t like sleep, a demanding job as a teacher, a messy household and a fitness regime all whilst trying to be me – a gin (or six) certainly helps to ease the struggles of being a modern mum.


10 facts about me:

  1. Growing up, I desperately wanted to be a speed camera. I was obsessed with my Dad’s video camera and thought that a speed camera was a person sat in the bushes filming all day.
  2. My faith means everything to me but I’m also completely fascinated with what other people believe and why.
  3. I’m a proud breastfeeding mama and we are still going strong 13 months in! If you find me alone, you’re guaranteed to find my pumping machine in tow!
  4. Whilst I sometimes wish I could be travelling the world, I’m a real home bird at heart. When I was younger, we were supposed to move to Australia and now I do have a real bee in my bonnet about visiting!
  5. I gained 7 stone in pregnancy (surely that has to be a record) and I’ve lost it all again within 12 months.
  6. I’m also trained as a swimming teacher, lifeguard and segway instructor.
  7. When I was pregnant, I drank gravy like tea. I’d like to say this is something that repulses me now but it really isn’t! If it was socially acceptable to order a cup of gravy in a cafe I would be all over it! Maybe it’s a northern thing?
  8. When I was 18, I left home and headed to Edinburgh University. Within two weeks I was broken hearted and couldn’t stand the thought of being away from Sean. I left and came home for a year out trying to convince my parents that I hated the course and it was nothing to do with Sean. The next year I enrolled in the exact same course at a closer uni!
  9. However, I do now have a first class degree in Ethics, Philosophy and Religion from Lancaster University and this has to be one of my proudest achievements. Blood, sweat and tears. Literally.
  10. I love to exercise and have run a half marathon! Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to do a full one.

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Children’s Wellbeing | Kids these days – they’ve got it made – or have they?

I’m a primary school teacher and I’m a mum to a beautiful, bright and bubbly six-year-old. I witness the ups and downs of wellbeing in children every day. Every parent faces the same dilemma – how to ensure the wellbeing of our children – particularly from a mental health perspective in a world that is more pressured than ever in more ways than one.

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GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM | He’ll love this mystery foodie tour of Leeds if he loves his grub!

It was a great way to see parts of Leeds you might otherwise miss on your daily commute. We had some delicious and varied food choices accompanied by some nice drinks along the way. I’d genuinely be so happy to get this as a Christmas present. I always imagined food tours might be a bit pretentious and maybe not the kind of thing my other half would enjoy, but this wasn’t at all. The type of food offed, as well as the beers, sampled definitely kept him happy!

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GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM | He’ll love this immersive Crime Scene Investigation Experience in Yorkshire

Anyone who fancies themselves a bit of a sleuth. If you’re an armchair detective and work out “whodunnit” before Poirot even twiddled his moustache or love watching real crime documentaries then this CSI Experience in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire is for you. Vouchers don’t have to be bought in pairs but I would say that to get the most out of the experience you’d be best off going with likeminded, crime-fighting friend.

Kelham Island Food Tour:

REVIEW | Kelham Island Food Tour in “The Shoreditch of the North” – Sheffield

If you love food and don’t know Sheffield very well then the Kelham Island Food Tour could be the one for you. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, filled with many tasty delights whilst discovering new places around the much loved industrial part of town. The first time I ventured away from my city-centre haunts was shortly after finishing uni, when we discovered the Fat Cat pub and (more importantly) £2 pints of ale. It dumbfounded us that we’d never even heard of this part of town, so finding such an amazing place to drink after four years living in Sheffield was quite a late discovery!

The Green House

REVIEW | Festive Food at The Green House in Sutton Coldfield – The Midlands

I am a pub girl through and through and a glutton for a good, hearty menu. Forever hunting out new locations to catch up with my friends or to go for lunch with the family, so was super excited to discover this little gem situated in the beautiful Sutton.

Elements Derby

REVIEW | Teddy Bears Picnic at Elements Coffee House in Derby

I had already heard good things about Elements. Despite only just celebrating their first birthday, they’ve been nominated for two awards in Marketing Derby’s food and drink awards (Best Newcomer and Best Customer Service). Thanks to their beautifully curated Instagram feed they were firmly on my Girl About radar.

So when Elements got in touch to invite us to try their teddy bear’s picnic themed children’s menu I jumped at the opportunity. I can’t tell you the last time I enjoyed a delicious lunch out with my toddler. We have loads of fun but I’d pretty much resigned myself that civilised lunches at nice places were largely a thing of the past. I was intrigued to see whether this was the answer. In the week or so before, Lily was bubbling with excitement. I remained somewhat sceptical.

The Stratford

RECOMMENDATION | The Stratford Brasserie, Stratford – East London

Thursday night a couple of weeks ago and my Dad was in town. My step-mum had gone to an ABBA event at the O2 and he didn’t really fancy getting all dressed up like a Super Trooper, so we decided to go out for a bite to eat. I’d been to The Stratford once before when it first opened in the summer and was impressed with their Stratford burger, so thought it was worth having another look.

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REVIEW | Girls Afternoon Glamour at Charles Worthington, West London

Girls Afternoon Glamour is an experience unique to Charles Worthington, who is one of the most prestigious and renowned hairdressing names in the U.K.
Charles has won many of the industry’s most prestigious accolades, developed an award-winning portfolio of products sold worldwide, styled A-list celebrities, and collaborated with some of the best names in the fashion and beauty industry. All this whilst seamlessly remaining a family business.

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