Hi, I’m Andrea and my hubbie is Paul.  We are mummy and Daddy to two rambunctious boys, Chaos 3 and Mayhem 19 months (obviously not their real names, changed to protect their online presence).  We are currently housesitting in central Portugal but home is the UK.  Everyday we spend together as a family, ‘entertaining’ the boys, having picnics, visiting river beaches, cafes and trying to stay sane.

We used both have hectic teaching jobs but quit our jobs, flat and lifestyle after Mayhem, then aged 11 months had a major operation to remove a benign Teratoma.  After seeing our child go through so much, being so fearful of losing him, living on the edge, we knew that life would never be the same again.  The whole experience turned our world topsy turvy, it completely changed us and our outlook.  As a result we decided to drastically change our lives, blow the savings, as after all, what are savings for if you don’t have family, and spend as much time as possible together with our little tribe before the boys leave us and spend most of their days at school.

This blog is a reflection of our families journey together and our passions; our need and want to be frugal, eco-living, getting back to basis, cooking, gardening, cloth nappies, breastfeeding, gentle parenting, travel and housesitting, our adventures and experiences along the way.


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