GIRL ABOUT HARROGATE
Hi there, I’m Sarah!
I have lived in Yorkshire since I was 2 years old. I grew up in Baildon, near Bradford and moved to Harrogate in 2011. I love Yorkshire. I love the wildness of the moors and the dark beauty of our old mill towns. I love the prettiness of our picture-postcard villages and the history hidden around every corner. Yorkshire has it all and I am lucky to be bringing up my kids in such a wonderful place.
I have three. Archie, Martha and Mabel. Someone once told me “three’s a breeze.” It’s not. That was a lie. They’re gorgeous and fabulous and of course I love them dearly. They are also a constant irritant and the hardest thing in my life. I fail at mothering on a daily basis. I shout. I mouth “f**k off!” under my breath. I use phrases like, “because I said so!” and love being told by the treasures of my loins that I am “soooooo strict” and “sooooo unfair”.
I am, however, somehow managing to raise three wonderful, balanced, kind and considerate little humans, so I am doing something right.
I run. This is mainly to counteract the impact of my favourite hobbies; drinking wine and eating pasta. I ran the London Marathon once. I said never again and so far, I have stuck to my pledge. I have run the Great North Run half a dozen times and am currently considering a massive challenge in 2020 – Watch this space!!
I sing in a band. We play at weddings and events around Yorkshire and you can usually find us entertaining pissed-up farmers in the Black Sheep Brewery tent at the Great Yorkshire Show each July.
I was once in a girl band managed by Mr Motivator – Odd fact, I know, but true!
I used to be a cheerleader with proper pom poms! – I was a Bradford Bullette and danced on the pitch at Murrayfield to Tony Hadley singing “Gold” live. I wore American Tan Tights. He wore a floor length, black leather coat.
I used to work in financial services and lived in London throughout my twenties. I now work as a freelance copywriter, all thanks to my mum. My lovely mum was diagnosed with early on-set vascular dementia in 2015 at the age of 64 and her rapid and destructive demise inspired me to write and share her story through a blog (www.mycrazymum.com) Writing my blog not only helped me deal with the grief and trauma of my mother’s illness, it has transformed my life. So, thank you, Mum – (bloody miss you, though!).
10 Facts About Me:
1. I am actually Scottish. Born near Edinburgh and moved to Yorkshire when I was 2. Always considered myself slightly foreign growing up, thought it made me more interesting.
2. My first job was as a Saturday girl at the local vets. It was whilst there I discovered our dog from years earlier had not been sent to live on a quiet child-free farm, as we were told by our parents, but was PTS!
3. I worked in a gym whilst at university and sat next to Jet from gladiators at the Sports ball one year.
4. I met my husband at school. We were 14. He asked me if I wanted to wear his cardigan – it had bullet shaped toggles – I said no thanks.
5. I lived in London in my 20’s and was in a girl band managed by Mr Motivator. Yes, he wore a lot of unnecessarily colourful Lycra!
6. I ran the London Marathon in 2005, the year Paula Radcliffe took a dump at the roadside. ( the news will try and have you believe she had a pee, those on the course knew better!)
7. I was threatened and followed home from school when I was 13 by a man on a motorbike. An elderly couple found me and walked me home. I never saw them again or even found out their names. I had a sweat-inducing, paralysing fear of the sound of motorbikes for about 2 years and could be seen diving into people’s driveways and bushes if I heard one.
8. I was horse crazy growing up and would dream of owning my own pony. I wrote to Santa every year to ask for one and even asked Jim’ll Fix It to turn my rocking horse into a real horse. Luckily he never replied.
9. My mum was diagnosed with early onset vascular dementia in 2015. She now lives in a care home needing full time care for all her basic needs. She doesn’t know any of us. My heart is forever broken and I miss her every day.
10. Motherhood is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It is also the best thing I have ever done.
Brands We Love
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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