Three years after having Danny, we had Rebecca, then a surprise baby, Caitlyn (that’s another story!), and our family was completed with Izzy in 2011. I love being a mum of four and can’t imagine my life without the “Evans-Crittens” now.


When Izzy was born, I wanted to write about it so I started a blog. I’d previously written a LiveJournal, a running blog (who was I back then?!), and very briefly a family blog and I imagined it to be like that. Just family and friends reading my posts to catch up with our family life. But blogging had changed. Now anyone from the online community could come and find your blog and read it. I met lots of new people and readers along this journey. Along the way, it’s offered me lots of opportunities, paid work, and eventually became my full-time job. I’m forever grateful for how blogging has changed my life and allowed me to work from home while bringing up four kids. I’d love to have time to write more personal posts again though. Here’s a start with Blogtober…

Read more: Our first family blog:

Our first post on this blog (previously hosted on blogger):

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And so much more…

Isn’t it strange how in some ways we stay the say and in others we change lots over the years? Sometimes a memory will show on social media and I don’t recognise the person I used to be at all.

Currently, I love writing, photography, reading, drawing (with Izzy), sewing (mainly cross-stitch), and crafts. I want to get more knitting and crochet done over autumn and winter, it’s just a case of getting started. Music is life – I love listening to it, going to gigs (well during pre covid days) and singing and dancing along. Films, TV, and theatre are important to me too. I can’t wait to go and watch my first live theatre show since covid soon. I love nature, being outdoors, enjoying the sun, sky, and sea. Alternatively, you’ll find me on a woodland walk. Generally, I spend most of my time working, parenting, being “Mum’s taxi”, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and not enough time tidying, gardening, exercising or reading. There’s just not enough time to do everything. I try to have fun along the way!

Three Random Things About me:

There’s lots more I could say but I need to take Caitlyn to football. If you want to know more, ask a question or have a nose through this blog! If you’ve written a “This is me” post leave a link in the comments so I can come and read it.

Start Blogging This Blogtober

Are you taking part in Blogtober? I meet people all the time who tell me they want to start blogging, if this is you, why not start this Blogtober! Set up a free account on Blogger or WordPress and start writing. It’s great fun and who knows where it could lead?

Happy Blogtober all!

Join in with the Blogtober 2021 Linky!

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  1. October 1, 2021 / 9:32 pm

    Hello Claire,
    I enjoyed your post! You have a lovely family. I stumbled on Blogtober while reading a fellow blogger’s post. I made a request to join the FB group but hadn’t been accepted before I created my first post. I wish I’d joined the ‘This is Me’ theme but didn’t know about it.
    I too live in a tightly knitted family. During Covid I even homeschooled my granddaughters. So, It’s nice to meet you today! ~Susan

    • Claire Evans
      October 2, 2021 / 12:21 pm

      Hi Susan, nice to meet you too. So nice to hear you have a close family and homeschooled your granddaughters. It was a strange time, we’ll always remember, wasn’t it? xxx

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    October 2, 2021 / 10:12 am

    Hello great insight into your life

    Poppy dresses are beautiful and comfortable

    • Claire Evans
      October 2, 2021 / 12:15 pm

      Hi, oh they really are! xxx

  3. October 2, 2021 / 10:29 am

    Nice to get so much about you. Sorry to hear you lost your Dad at such a vital point in your life. I lost my Dad when I was much younger but appreciated that I still had my Mum to attend my graduation. Pembrokeshire is a beautiful part of the Country and it sounds like you are happy there with your family. #blogtober21

    • Claire Evans
      October 2, 2021 / 12:15 pm

      Hi Anne, so sorry to hear you lost your Dad when you were young. Yes, it did make me appreciate having my mum there, it was just a shame as he’d talked about it so much and was the person who most wanted to be there, bless him. Yes, I do love Pembrokeshire xxx

  4. October 2, 2021 / 12:46 pm

    Hi Claire, nice to meet you. Good luck with your Blogtober challenge.

  5. October 2, 2021 / 1:28 pm

    It’s lovely to learn more about you.
    So sorry about your dad. It sounds like he would have been so proud of you for graduating uni. I am glad Danny is doing well. Both of my girls had open hear surgery to fix holes in their hearts, they’re left with leaky valves now but are doing great.
    Good luck with Blogtober x

    • Claire Evans
      October 2, 2021 / 1:49 pm

      Hi Kim, Thanks for the comment. So glad your girls are both still doing well. It’s a scary time when they have surgery, isn’t it? Up until his diagnosis, the Cardiologists were hoping his problems were due to a hole in his heart too, but then of course instead found it was unformed on left side. Thank you xxx

  6. October 2, 2021 / 8:05 pm

    Nice to meet you thanks to #Blogtober21. Wow, I admire you for having earned your degree in math. I assume you used to teach math too? I wanted to study math at uni when I was about twelve, but that wasn’t to be in part because I’m blind and in part because, well, advanced math is nothing like calculus as you no doubt know.

    I’m so happy your pretty grown heart child Danny is still with you.

    Enjoy the rest of the month. I look forward to seeing what you’ll share with us.

    • Claire Evans
      October 2, 2021 / 11:00 pm

      Hi Astrid, thank you! So sorry maths wasn’t to be for you. I have to admit, I far preferred school maths to university level! 🙂 When I was teaching, I taught at Primary School so all the subjects which I found very interesting. Thank you, we are so lucky with Danny. Enjoy the rest of your month too! xxx

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