About Me

About Me

Hello **waves** and welcome to my little corner of the internet! My name is Jess and I am a thirty something mum of two who lives near Bristol in the South West of England. I have two children named James and Evelyn and I have been a stay at home mum and blogger since giving birth to James back in 2009. 

Before I had children I went to college just after finishing school to study Fashion and Design in college and then went on to working in a lovely little cafĂ© in my local town. I stopped working there a few weeks before having my son and have been at home with them ever since. 

I first started this blog as a space to blurt out my feelings after I became pregnant with my second child. I had suffered badly with post natal depression after having James and wanted a space to share my feelings and thoughts without keeping them all whirling around in my head. I quickly realised that sharing my thoughts with other parents was actually helpful to people other than me. As parents we are often sucked into this perfect world and having real parents share real thoughts actually helped others. It felt great knowing that my bad times could turn into a positive and so my blog grew and grew helping other mums and parents in their own parenting journeys.  

My blog is space where I share all kinds of parenting advice, stories, help and inspiration. I share honest family posts and reviews of all kinds of family friendly products, days out or even holiday destinations to help other parents make informed choices with honest reviews from a real family. 

Tantrums To Smiles is a family lifestyle blog where we share our slightly crazy day to day life and adventures. We are an outdoor loving family on a budget who love trying new things. I share our lives, the amazing highs of holidays and milestones and the honest gritty truth of sleepless nights and parenting fails and everything in between!. I hope that my blog helps other parents to realise that every parenting journey is different but all amazing in there own way and we have to learn to love ourselves to realise how amazing we can be. 

About James

James was born on Sunday 11th October 2009 (6 days early) at 4.24pm at Southmead Hospital weighing in at 7lb 7.5oz and I instantly fell in love with him. He took his first steps at 14 months and quickly learnt how to walk, run and get up to all sorts of mischief! 
James is a sociable, happy go lucky boy who loves to be outdoors exploring or playing his LEGO. James also swims for a swimming club and loves entering gala's and competitions, he currently swims four times a week but this will increase as he gets older. He loves being outside running around or kicking a football around too and plays for a local team. He likes to keep busy and work hard but he is just a cheeky chappy at heart.  

About Evelyn

Evelyn was born on Monday 9th June 2014 (4 days early) at 1.52pm at Southmead Hospital weighing in at 7lb 15oz. She was instantly a little character and milk monster!
Evelyn is our sassy, kind and totally crazy youngest member of the family. She loves dancing, swimming, horse riding and all animals in general. She is long sighted and therefore will need glasses (or contacts) for the rest of her life. She also has hypermobility which she thinks is super cool and she like to show everyone how bendy she is! She loves to dance and is part of a lovely local dance group, she even got to perform in a group at a local fayre! 

So now you have met our whole family and we look forward to sharing our adventures with you on this blog! 

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