8 Miles From Home. Not 80, Not 800.

But just 8 miles from our home in England, our car broke down and left us stranded. We talked a lot, and decided it was time to get a dog, move abroad, change our jobs and make movies about it… Read the whole story!

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  • The last few days have been so surreal. Almost dreamlike.
With skies so blue it hurts your eyes and temperatures just warm enough to feel comfortable bare foot on the clean sandy beaches.
As many of you know we are transitioning between houses right now as we move from central Portugal to a new location nearer the coast. And Story has absolutely loved it!
We were worrying a little that she may be reluctant to leave the old house. But there’s something we’ve noticed about Story, she can be happy anywhere, and the unknown doesn’t seem to concern her.
We are about to embark on a brand new journey in our lives and we believe this chapter is going to be full of joy, happiness and wonderfully rewarding moments to make into memories.
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  • Goodbye old home 🏡 Swipe the photo to see the day we arrived 8 months pregnant with an unnamed bump. A whole lot of unknowns ahead of us, but with hearts full of excitement for  the most pivotal chapter in our lives.
Then see us as we are now, with a whole new ‘Story’ and ready to turn the pages of change once more.
Story Ember El-Haj is now 28 months of age. Full of personality and an absolute highlight of our daily life. We are moving south to a new home, where there will be so much more fun to share with the world.
Moving forward and big change is never easy. But we are feeling so positive about this new chapter in our story, that it is making the transition so much easier.
We hope you’re just as excited as we are for what is about to come!
Wish us luck.
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  • It’s Pancake Day today! Are you cooking Pancakes? 🥞
Story and I made healthy No flour banana and oat batter and the pancakes came out better than I ever imagined. I think I’ll be adding this recipe to my next recipe book 🥞
Watch the funny video of us making them on YouTube
Search ‘8milesfromhome pancakes’ and you’ll find it 🤗
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  • This little girl is always happiest playing in puddles! Winter or summer, England or Portugal ☺️
Story covered up her pretty dress, and took full advantage of her water resistant suit on our last little day trip into Coimbra.
When do kids lose interest in puddles 😂?
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  • Saying goodbye with a ‘Drones eye’ view of our old house in Mortágua 🏡
We’ve made so many important memories here that we’ll never forget.
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What will you remember most from our time in this house?
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Refresh our memories with your favourite moments if you’ve been following our journey long enough to have some 🥰
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  • We’ve had some amazingly sunny days recently. Warm enough for me to be on a mountaintop in a dress!
Portugal’s winter has been quite mild this year for which we are very grateful 😋
And those classic deep blue skies that we’ll always associate with this country were just begging us to do a little photoshoot with #storyember so we took full advantage.
What’s the weather like where you are right now? 😌
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  • Oh my goodness where did my baby go! I dried Story’s hair with my hair dryer because it was such a cold afternoon. And out popped this young woman! She looks so much older than 2 years like this, but those baby cheeks are still there ☺️
We love you #storyember 🥰
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  • My 2 year old sipping espresso at a Portuguese cafe 😂 (Don’t worry it’s actually a Carioca de Limao 🍋)
I imagine looking back over all these photos with her when she’s a teenager and reliving all the sunny moments while reciting all the funny moments. Then I remember we have thousands of video diaries she can watch too to see what her life was like !
Technology is fantastic .
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  • So if you watch our YouTube videos you’ll know I just completed a full 3 days without eating food!
And believe it or not, it was one of the most interesting things I’ve experienced to date.
I really feel like I understand how my body works now, which is something I’ve battled with for years. Especially as a teenager (pics included above)
Weight loss can be a difficult subject to tackle as all our bodies are so different. But let’s just say I made more positive changes to my physique in 3 days during this experiment, then after 60 days of ‘insanity’ 1.5 hour daily exercise workouts. That is what I find so crazy.
Fitness pros say that weight loss or gain is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise and now, I totally agree.
If you want to see what I’m going on about check out my latest video called ‘no food for 3 days’ on YouTube. The results are surprising ☺️
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  • In a few weeks we will be leaving the home where our life with #storyember began. The place that inspired her ‘fly free little bird’ book. The walls that contained all of our late night conversations about dreams and hopes, and surrounded us as we worked late into the nights to try and make those dreams a reality.
As I watched my baby girl sleeping by the roaring log fire, on top of her oversized teddy bears, I realized that this isn’t something we should be sad about.
A house is a house, but a home is when I’m with my husband, my baby and my dog. Carving out a life full of interesting experiences. Whether that home is in a city apartment or a farmhouse, a camper van or even just a car for a short while, it is more of a feeling than a place. More emotion than bricks and mortar.
Of course... I still want a house of my own one day full of our treasures from around the world, but I also don’t want that place to be an anchor that binds and imprisons us.
We will find the balance that suits us, and we hope the next house that we dwell inside will create as many lovely feelings of home as this one once did.
Right now I’m just consciously enjoying every tiny moment like this one, and looking forward to recording many more, as our family grows up together 🥰
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