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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  • 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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  • My latest YouTube video is really sweet. I’m really enjoying cooking with Story on camera. It’s a fantastic way to record our memories, while teaching Story how to cook, work and eat well, all in one fell swoop!
We made a Vegan double chocolate chip loaf cake together and Story was full of character as usual. It’s amazing to think that once this little human was just a spec of life inside my belly bump. Now she is standing at the kitchen counter making cakes.
If you have a moment, go watch it. Better still, go make the cake too it’s really tasty 😋
https://youtu.be/8dMxdZV8Eis
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  • It feels good to be on the road again. We don’t know what will happen to us this year. But here’s to an interesting life full of adventures and experiences 🥂
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  • Who knew Spain got this cold 🥶 .
#drivingthroughspain #spainiscold #freezingcold❄️ #snowyfun #storyember # #drivingtoportugal
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  • He’s here! Uncle Kam and Aunty Chelle did us a favour and popped out baby boy Devon Leon El-Haj early so we got to meet him before we leave England in a few days time. It’s amazing to see how different all the kids look to each other and it’s going to be interesting to see how Story and Leonie take care of him as the baby of the unit 😊
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  • Story has fallen in love with the Stick Man children’s book and just recently we found out there was a Stick Man walking trail only a 30 minute drive away! You can see from her reaction how much she enjoyed herself there. Story has grown into such a caring little girl and was giving stick mans leg a kiss because she thought he’d fallen in the sand and hurt himself. She fills our hearts with so much joy and love it’s indescribable!
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  • Making the most of city life at #winterlights2019 around #canarywharflondon .
Story was a bit confused being out late past her bedtime but once the lights turned on she realized she was there for something magical.
Big thanks to uncle @fathergoodofficial for suggesting the night out and uncle @o.becreative for driving us up there in the ‘White Car’ as Story calls it. 😊
Check out their Instagram pages for more pics of our night out.
And tune in to @8milesfromhome on YouTube tonight at 6pm for our Winter Lights Vlog
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  • We’ve been offline for a few weeks now, trying to get our lives in order to jump start 2019 in a new direction. 😌
It’s time to give you all an update on what’s happening. We are currently still in London working everyday on our new projects and helping J’s mum around the house due to her broken ankles. 👣We’ve been informed by our landlady that our contract on our house in Portugal will not be renewed so we are looking for a new home. 🏡
We will be returning to Portugal to collect our stuff and hopefully find somewhere new to live in the next few weeks.🙏🏻
To add to that last week J’s uncle passed away and the family has been hit emotionally with the lead up to his funeral.😞 We will be staying for the cremation before we make any plans to leave England.
Story has grown up a lot in the last few weeks and we are desperately looking for a place to call home so we can get back to some form of regular family routine that’s right for us.
We wanted to say thank you for being so patient with us while we have been offline dealing with these changes. We plan to be vlogging again next week with our new channel direction included and we’re excited about where things will lead in 2019.
See you all soon .
#storyember #lifeupdate #plans #2019 #8milesfromhome
  • My family 🤗 We had a nostalgic tour of the forests near where we were raised on a sunny winters morning and it really brought out the memories for us all.
Story was insistent that we all move into a local tree house, so we squeezed in for a family selfie before she ran off to find a felled tree to pretend was a boat. 😂
What a beautiful winters morning. I included a few pics of me as a 3 year old at the same place if you swipe right to the end. 😌
Have you got an area that’s stayed the same for generations too?
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#childhoodmemories #eppingforest #eppingforestwalks #getoutmore #wintermorning #englishweather #generations #familyphotos #londonlife #storyember

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