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Kirsty

Hi, I’m Kirsty!

I’m about to turn 30 (sore subject) and originally from Ripon in North Yorkshire, but now I live in Horsforth with my 2 year old son Caspar and partner of nearly 6 years George. I’m also expecting baby number two and excited (read – nervous!) to do it all over again! Sometimes I think Caspar might be a genius but I also caught him licking the stairs the other day, so there’s that. There’s also over a foot in height difference between George and I, luckily I love heels.

I studied at Newcastle University and took part in student radio where I was deputy station manager and female presenter of the year. I even ran a night and DJ’d at a few venues in in Newcastle, oh how times have changed. Nowadays I love a good Instagram story, vlogging about family life, Caspar’s tantrums and my many new purchases…

I moved back to Yorkshire after graduating to work on a film investment fund (investing in Peaky Blinders amongst others – yes, I’m on IMBD!) and now work for ITV.

My hobbies include attempting to balance life before and after motherhood – eg googling the OfSTED rating of the nearest primary school but also wondering if I can sneak away on a three day Hen Do in Croatia. I also enjoy being on a diet but never losing weight and although I am permanently trying to save money, a parcel seems to mysteriously land on my desk roughly every other day. I’m obsessed with interiors and homeware and on the rare occasion I go out, my go to karaoke song is Valerie.

I’m on a mission to find activities and experiences equally fun for both child and parent – I know they must exists and I’m going to find them!

 

10 Facts About Me:

1. I really don’t like Disney or comic books and I feel like this is going to severely affect my future parenting success.
2. I think Beyonce is overrated. 
3. I’m not a pet person…I like animals but don’t want one in my house
4. I used to present on the radio and DJ at a few nights in Newcastle. My confidence far outweighed my experience or skill, but I was young enough not to care
5. I was born in Belfast to a Northern Irish Dad and Scottish mum, but raised in wonderful North Yorkshire 
6 . My pet hates are – people not thanking you for letting them through the door / car out etc, people sitting with the big light on in their living room *shudder*, your change being given as coins on top of notes and basically everything BREXIT
7. I lost my beautiful mum in May to cancer and I will never ever get over the loss of the beautiful light of my life. I can’t succinctly sum up my feelings, but both having her and losing her shapes me entirely and daily 
8. I met the love of my life online and haven’t gone longer than 8 days apart since our very first date
9. We bought a house last year and I’ve loved finally being able to create our family home. Doesn’t stop me checking rightmove on the regular though…
10. I’m all about what’s doing right for you. I’ve had lip and nose fillers and until I can financially commit to lifetime of botox I’ll continue to photoshop out the lines on my forehead…

 

Kirsty Xx

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