How I chose the name for my blog

March 15, 2018 admin 0

So many people ask me how I chose the name, The Strawberry Fountain, for my blog and so I thought I’d let you in on the secret. When I first started writing my blog I knew that I wanted to talk about two things: parenting and beauty reviews (although I don’t do many beauty reviews any more), anyway, I knew that I wanted something that could cover both so names like The Parent Blogger or […]

A personal update

February 13, 2018 admin 0

It has been one and a half months since I left my career as a teacher to become a freelance writer. It has been the quickest 6 weeks ever, it literally feels like it has passed in the blink of an eye and teaching seems such a distant memory. I miss my students, loads, people think this sounds weird but I genuinely do miss them and wonder how they are getting on. It’s a bit […]

What I’m really doing when I say I’m working

February 5, 2018 admin 6

It’s February, it’s raining, it’s cold and I’m bored. I am sat in my office trying to find some inspiration to write a wonderfully witty post about my children or a heart felt post that will resonated with my readers but nothing is happening. Instead I find myself dreaming of a holiday some place warm and the map behind me is not helping because I just keep looking at all the places we haven’t been […]

Do you encourage your children to meditate?

September 21, 2017 admin 0

A few months back I started to become acutely aware of my stress levels  and the impact this was having on my health and if I am totally honest, my relationship with my husband and my boys. As a teacher it seems to be a part of the job, that we accept the work load and ridiculous expectations put on us without question and just live a life that is so full of stress it is […]

days out

We were right, they were wrong

June 30, 2017 admin 0

We were right and they were wrong, I knew it all along. I don’t know why my husband and I ever thought that a 7 year old and a 4 year old were wiser or smarter than us. I don’t know why we believed the promises and justifications that left their cute little mouths or why we let ourselves fall for those deliciously beautiful big eyes they both have, again. But we did.   You […]

My first experience of a blogging conference with Blogon

May 22, 2017 admin 2

On Sunday I attended my first ever blogging conference with Blogon in Manchester and to say I was a nervous wreck would be an understatement. I booked it on a whim a few months ago after a couple of glasses wine, a shot of courage and chaser of inspiration and then shut it from my ever anxious mind until the day itself. Well, that day was yesterday and I survived, just! I left with plenty […]

An anniversary afternoon tea at Patisserie Valerie

April 19, 2017 admin 0

This weekend my husband and I celebrated 6 years of marriage and as part of my gift to him we went for afternoon tea at Patisserie Valerie at Cheshire Oaks. Now had you asked me a few years ago how I would celebrate anniversaries, or in fact how I would spend any child free time we managed to get, I can assure you an afternoon tea would not have been my answer. It would have […]

My trip to the Very dresses event in Liverpool

November 23, 2016 admin 0

One of the best things about blogging is an event, most of mine are usually aimed at the boys. We go  out for the day, or even the night, and eat food and play with plenty of toys.   But last week was totally different, an invite arrived from Very. It was addressed to me and not the boys, and this made me feel rather merry.   It was the Christmas dress preview event, with […]

Why I hate bonfire night

November 5, 2016 admin 2

Bonfire night used to be on of my favourite nights of the year. Wrapping up warm, getting cosy near the bonfire, playing with sparklers and watching the beautiful displays fly across your head, oh how I used to love it. Now I dread bonfire night, in fact I dread the whole weekend. My eldest is scared of loud noises, always has been. When he was tiny he was frightened of the hover, (a good excuse for […]

My exciting news about forever living

August 21, 2015 admin 1

I am so excited right now, I cant stop smiling and I am buzzing with ideas.   After doing several reviews on various forever living products and seeing fantastic results from the c9 (losing 6lbs in 9 days), the toothpaste and the bee pollen tablets I made the decision to sign up and become a business owner, promoting products I truly believe in and genuinely use myself. At first I was a little worried it […]