My epiphany came when I was either in my late 20’s or just into my 30’s, I can’t remember when exactly. Apart from the years I met and married my husband, most of the others merge…. I walked into one of the many bootcamp style gyms in Cheltenham, and there on the wall were the words, “Don’t wish for it, work for it”. A great motivational sentence. Seeing that there in huge letters not only made me squat deeper, burpee faster, but in that moment it dawned on me that… View Post

My Miscarriage Story

My Miscarriage Story

I have never had a miscarriage before. My first pregnancy when I was 28 went from the excitement of looking at the two lines on the stick, to a straightforward pregnancy and finally the birth of my beautiful, now 8 year old daughter, Charlotte. Fast forward a few years past an unhealthy marriage, divorce, single parenthood and losing my house to a devastating earthquake, I finally met a man who changed my world. After a short but magical period of time,  we got married in November last year. Imagine our… View Post

A Message for Les CheltenhamGrands-mères

A Message for Les CheltenhamGrands-mères

This blog is going out to the the Grannys on the block. And the Nanas, Nannys, Nanoos and Mormors too, cos we Mamans know you rightly like to shake up the generational name game these days to fend off unwanted ‘Little Old Lady’ status. Now, you know we love you right. We literally couldn’t do this mothering stuff without you to spin the occasional plate for us when things get out of sync. So here are some (tongue in cheek) handy tips on how to be the best CheltenhamGrand-mère in… View Post

Conquering Eyeliner

Conquering Eyeliner

Hi everyone Firstly a little update – Barnaby is now 10 weeks old! It’s crazy how time flies with babies. I know everyone tells you that but I didn’t really appreciate it until it was my turn. Since my last blog, I’ve returned to weddings part-time which is great to keep my business going and have a little time for something different to the daily baby routine but I didn’t expect it to come with such a sense of guilt as well. Ben is a thoroughly involved, modern Dad so… View Post

CheltenhamMaman HQ Interviews….. Jane Gray – the ultimate multi …

CheltenhamMaman HQ Interviews….. Jane Gray – the ultimate multi tasking MumBoss

It’s been such a long time since we’ve interviewed a special Maman and when the lovely Libby at Carousel showed off her new paintings in the shop to me a couple of months ago I was totally wrapped up by the story of where she got them from. As is so often the case an introduction from one Maman to another meant that just a few weeks later I was sat in the beautiful, light family room and kitchen of the lovely CheltenhamMaman, Jane Gray. CheltenhamMaman HQ: Jane… so wonderful… View Post