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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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  • We just laid out our crazy plan for 2020. With highlights including: 💡Our ‘Vintage’ modern caravan project
💡A return to Burma with J’s mum Irma
💡A nostalgia tour of Thailand with Story, getting to drive the old Ford classic car we left behind that has had an amazing restoration 💡Returning to the Philippines 💡Uncle Omar’s epic wedding to Tia Jael in Spain
💡Going to the south of France to find the place where J proposed to me (We can’t quite remember where it is yet 😅)
💡Exploring the Algarve in depth with our new home on wheels (& then beyond, to the north)
💡And the importance of making memories with Eden the dog while she still has most of her health intactIt’s a super ambitious plan that will give us the most amazing memories and experiences to share with Story.I wrote a full explanation in a blog post that’s linked in my bio, reading it back to ourselves it even seems unbelievable to us.But if there’s one thing we’ve learned about ourselves in the last 8 years, it’s that all you have to do is take the first step and then the rest falls into place piece by piece.Go read it! There’s even a link in there to a mini documentary we filmed of J’s mums first return to Burma which will give you a taste of things to come 🤩It’s so exciting
Swipe across to see all the pics#caravanlife #caravanlifestyle #vanlifeeurope #burma #myanmar #thailand #fordescortmk1 #travelwithkids #vanlifewithkids #exploringeurope #plansfor2020 #8milesfromhome
  • New video now live on our YouTube channel! We had such fun filming this one at an amazing new discovery. Our little explorer was in her element, splashing in EVERY puddle on the walk to the waterfall.  Thank goodness for puddle suits, even after hours walking in streams, puddle splashing & picnicking next to the falls, Story’s clothes were completely dry when we got back to the car! Go check out the video, it’s a good one, smiles at the ready!
Link in bio to watch video 👆🏻 #youtubefamily #travelwithkids #waterfallhike #toddlerlife #portugal #8milesfromhome #3yearsold #familytime
  • Since having Story we have tried to minimise our camera equipment & be less laden down with electronic gear on a day out. This particular day whilst our family were visiting we swapped the smaller vlog camera for our 'big' pro camera & J set about capturing some moments. After sitting down to edit these shots, I think we will be making more of an effort to start practicing photography again & give our trusty SLR more outings. I have to admit, photography was a passion of mine that has fizzled out & stopped completely once Story was born & I got consumed with being in 'mum mode' but I feel it's time to get back behind the lens & rekindle the love.  Swipe to see some lovely family moments in the medieval castle town of óbidos 🍂#familytime #travelwithkids #3yearold #obidosportugal #autumnphotography #5dmkii #canonlens70200mm #toddlerlife
  • Story had a wonderful surprise for her birthday, a trip back to her favourite place in Lisbon. The Oceanarium.
The phrase of the day was, “look at that stingray”. She must have said it over 80 times 😂
We stayed in there for 3 hours then went to the gift shop and bought her some new cuddly’s, including, yes you guessed it, a stingray toy. 😅
Look out for it in future videos! .
#oceanarium #lisbon #3yearsold #animallovers #happybirthday #storyember #oceanariodelisboa #seathefuture
  • Happy Birthday #storyember . Our definitive world for the past 3 years. We have poured every ounce of our individual selves into you, and to see you grow up has been our reward.
This little video is a collection of you, your moments and your journey. 3 years condensed down into snippets of your life to date. We have so much more to show you.
Thank you for being epic 💪🏻💪🏽 #3yearmontage #babymontage #happybirthday #youtubefamily #familytravel #travelwithkids #3 #wherehasmybabygone #growingup #vegankid #veganfamily #livinginportugal #8milesfromhome #thesetinymoments
  • Having family stay with us recently, we were so thankful to have some great weather days. Having visitors so late in the year we were worried we would be faced with rain, wind & unsuitable beach days but Portugal kept the sun shining for us & we were able to get out & put our toes in the sand. We watched horses ride along the beach & stood in awe of the massive waves but my favourite part of this day was watching Story & her little cousin Leonie running free. Laughing, crying, falling out & making up straight away. A little window into how simple life should be .
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#autumn #permanentbeachweather #praiabomsuccesso so #silvercoastportugal #cousins #familyvacation #travelwithkids #almost3yearsold #toddlercousins
  • Things are not going well this week 😔 Everyone in the family is sick apart from Eden! We don’t usually get ill so it has been a set back of headaches and fevers all around. It feels like we are on the tail end of it now and we are all happy about that.To battle the sickness we’ve been trying to get some nice doses of outdoor time. We went leaf collecting in the forest when the Autumn weather was just right.We collected some (safe, edible, non toxic,) singer parasol mushrooms under the supervision of our expert local friend Americo and made a delicious risotto.Spent time caring for our baby chicks who are looking much bigger and stronger now.And witnessed the most beautiful sunset from our garden overlooking the farms.Admittedly, not being well has derailed us on the content creating front. We haven’t managed to finish any filming for our YouTube channel because our equipment is also in dire need of repair and tlc. (Even our gear is sick 👎🏽) But we are trying to pull something together for this Sunday , so we just wanted to thank you all for being patient while we are offline recuperating.Enjoy these little snippets of the last week and we’ll be back to making videos soon enough 🙏🏻 #autumnactivitiesforkids #fallactivitiesforkids #travelwithkids #livinginportugal #youtubefamily #leafactivity #almost3 #almost3yearsold
  • Currently working hard on editing the next video, it will be an all nighter for J to try & get it finished on time. Have you watched our latest video on all things Lisbon?
We really enjoy our days out in the city & always find some thing new to do there each time we go. It can sometimes be difficult trying to keep a ‘threenager’ entertained on a full day out but Lisbon never disappoints!
#lisbonportugal #daysout #familyvlog #unusualplaces #thingstodoinlisbon #familytravel #travelwithkids #youtubefamily
  • J asked me today, imagine what life would be like if we only had to do one thing. But do it REALLY well.
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It made me think, I could take better photos? I could spend more time writing recipes maybe? Our blog? Our jewelry store? The videos we make etc
The list just kept growing in my brain until we both realized that doing just one thing would never have led us to where we are right now. Playing in the rock pools with #storyember on a weekday and still somehow making it our work.It’s always a personal battle for us, trying to balance how much time we spend doing each element of our jobs. But when it all comes together and we have video memories like this one to treasure forever, it’s totally worth it. ☺️
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Have you watched our latest YouTube video yet? This short clip comes from the full version on our channel. Link is in my profile bioOr click this one if it works
https://youtu.be/85yTqqfOpjQ#familytravelvlog #travelvlog #travelwithkids #worldschooling #8milesfromhome #youtubefamily #workfromhome #remoteworklife #movingabroad #livinginportugal #baleal #portugaltravel #portugal #familyvloggers #tinymomentseverywhere
  • While at our local beach recently we came across this very realistic sand croc, Story couldn't stop talking about it & it inspired us to go make our own... swipe across to see our attempts at some sand art! Daddy made the crocodile while mummy made the turtle, I'm pretty pleased with it. Makes a change from sand castles! What do you think?! #beachlife #sandart #familytime #travelwithkids #sandanimals #daddydaughter #sandcrocodile #storyember #fozdoarelho #silvercoast #worldschoolers #artiseverywhere

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