A Colourful Friendship

A big shout out to those who have been patiently waiting for my blog. I obviously set quite a precedence when I launched this back in September. Throughout the last few days I have had numerous people contacting me asking for the latest instalment, including my very special Godmother who was convinced she was having technical problems because she couldn’t find it!!!In essence, it has been a couple of weeks since I posted and there has been a pretty good reason why!

Part of the reason for launching my blog was to teach myself new skills, which in turn, should hopefully contribute to my personal growth. So this week I set myself the challenge of recording a piece of audio to upload onto the blog in an attempt to build a better relationship with you the audience, making my thoughts more engaging and personal. A special Thank You to the person who has forgiven my blondness on more than one occasion and helped me to get this live. Recording this episode was completely out of my comfort zone, which is the whole point I guess!

This week’s piece contains a podcast, which is a digital audio file, typically available as a series. I wanted to try to create a series of podcasts about topics important to me and hopefully meaningful to you guys too. I have drafted in one of my best friends so that we can both share thoughts and ideas. Some of you who went to school with us will remember her as Hollie Slaytor. The first episode is called A Colourful Friendship.It’s ironic because as I write this, one of my favourite songs is playing in the background and it is called ‘Circles’ by a band called Passenger. If you get chance you should listen to it online. Singer, Michael David Rosenberg, wrote it about a friend he had grown up with. They lost touch at the age of 16 or 17 and have since re-kindled a special bond.

This is a very similar story to me and Hol. Our friendship growing up was fulfilling and comedic. We lost touch through College but have come together again through motherhood. I recall Hol comparing it to that of the recent Spice Girls reunion! We have picked up where we left off and still have lots in common. Friendships are the key to happiness, in my opinion. It is imperative to have fun, recall stories and talk about how you really feel.

Have a listen here:-

N.B It is not perfect by any stretch but hoping to improve my editing skills with practice!

In future episodes, we will chat about how friendship links into having a healthy state of mind. The topic of mental health is extremely important to Hol and we will hear about her experiences and how I can relate to some of what she talks about, particularly when it comes to anxiety. In sum, we are just having a friendly tea and talk sesh but deeper than that it is critical to have friends who will support and encourage you in life.

Please feel free to post your thoughts and comments on my blog. If you have one take-away from this it is to get back in touch with an old friend and make their day! x

Golden Sands

The weather has been super during this October Half Term. I would almost go as far as describing it as an Indian summer; a period of unseasonably warm, dry weather ☀️


We spent the week along the Lincolnshire Coast, nestled on a Sandy Shore. The children enjoyed donkey rides on the beach and even a paddle in the sea!


The reason we chose Lincolnshire was because we are forever trying to find a mid-way point between us in Norfolk and  lifelong friends in Lancashire. The journey typically is around 5-6 hours if we travel all the way – which is quite frankly an endurance test with 2 children in the car, especially if we encounter delays! It can be super stressful!


I took this photo of the sunrise, when out on an early morning run. I only managed to get out once – just a token gesture really so that I could enjoy a glass of wine, or two, without feeling too guilty!!!


We set up camp for 5 days in a seaside town called Mablethorpe. I probably only see Kerry once a year for high days and holidays. They say true friends are never apart, maybe in distance and never in heart!

We go back many years; playgroup, primary school and brownies. I moved away at the age of 10 but we continued to spend summer holidays together. Our parents would meet near Newark, Nottinghamshire to do the hand-over.


This weekend the clocks have gone back and we have seen the last of the summer sun. The children have returned to school and the plans for the Christmas festivities are well and truly underway.  

Time to put the kettle on and enjoy a cup of coffee in the peace and quiet, whilst embracing the week ahead.

Happy Halloween to you all! x


Half term is in full swing so I can’t promise this week’s blog to be too long as Flo & Ted are keeping me busy with Halloween costumes! They have also carved their pumpkins ready for 31st October! 

I thought I would continue the theme from last weeks blog – which was exercise. I had some amazing feedback from friends who told me it was ‘beautifully written‘ and how they were ‘glad I had found my love for the pavement and the therapy it can bring.’ 

Coupled with running, I also like to keep fit by attending a Zumba class once a week. I have taken part in various Zumba classes over the years but there was something special about the class I walked into 12 months ago. I went with a friend to a class only 10 minutes from home and I was instantly made to feel welcome. For those of you who don’t know what Zumba is, its an aerobic fitness class featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance. 

This particular class is run by a very special lady called Rachel Evans. It is basically one big party, where we all wear extremely bright neon colours and dance for an hour! Team Rachel is like one big family and Wednesday evenings are often the highlight of my week! No matter how tired I am from 2 days commuting to Ely and back, I always look forward to my workout. 


Rachel (and Lucy) run the show together and work hard to organise events outside of our exercise class. Over the last 12 months I have attended 3 masterclasses run by 3 different International presenters. I love it! We really do have such a laugh and it really is a super way of burning calories, making new friends and finding new confidence. 


Thank you Rachel – our class really is much more than learning a dance routine! I think you and Lucy are both beautiful people inside and out x


The Colour Crimson

Wow – my blog, Life in Colour, has been live for a month and you are all still reading it! Thank you so much for all of your support and to all the people following me!

This week I have been asked, by a friend at work, to write about my exercise journey and running in particular. It is ironic really because the two things I hated the most at school were reading and cross-country. Now I am working in the publishing industry and running is the highlight of my week! Crazy how life changes!

My journey started roughly around a year ago, which coincided with a promotion at work. I found myself running once or twice a week; not to get fit or lose weight but to reduce stress. It is true that if you are feeling anxious, stressed, tense and/or having trouble sleeping then running ticks all the boxes. In my opinion, the mind and body are not separate; what affects one affects the other.

I track my fitness via a mobile app called Strava. It’s an online social network for like-minded cyclists and runners. I don’t have any big ambitions with running, I merely just like getting out for half an hour to clear my head and listen to some music. My stats are currently telling me that this year, I have run for an average of 57 minutes a week. I average 5 miles and I have done 56 runs so far. In 2018, I have run 181 miles!


I started off just doing 1 mile at a time, my race, my pace. I have built it slowly from there and am happy just doing a few miles a week. At the end of the day, running is cheaper than therapy and this is the main reason I pound the tarmac! It alleviates all the stress of work and triggers a positive high.

Strangely enough, I enjoy my own company so up until about a month ago I would go out running alone. In recent weeks I have started running with some of my best friends and it is a totally different experience. We never plan a route, we just meet up at 9am on a Friday morning and run for around half an hour. We have a good old catch up on the week’s events. Popular topics usually include work, children, insecurities, school dilemmas and more (but that’s a whole new blog!) What is discussed on the weekly run, stays on the run, right ladies?! Our cheeks are the colour crimson by the end. As Audrey Hepburn once said, ‘there is a shade of red for every woman.’


I bet you can’t guess which trainers are mine?!

My best advice for anyone starting to run is to make it a habit. It is also a great idea to keep a log of your distance and time. Running is also extremely popular and I am always amazed at how it connects people. Connecting with people is a basic human need. Focussing on common goals is a good way to start conversations and build relationships. There are literally so many benefits, as well as putting the colour back into your cheeks.

Next week is the October half term holiday and I am looking forward to a week off work with the Flo & Ted Show. There will be plenty of new content for the blog, I am sure 😉



Orange Blossom

This week’s blog is dedicated to my sister, Charlotte. If I had to pick a colour for her, I would choose orange. She is optimistic, independent, adventurous and fun. She is 14 months younger than me but has towered over me since as long as I can remember.


We were born in Lancashire, where we lived for the first 10 years of our lives. We made some of our best friends, some of whom we are still very close to today. We moved to Norfolk as Dad worked in the shoe trade. Norwich is famous for a shoemaker called James Smith. The company he founded was called Start-rite Shoes and are still successfully trading today. Dad joined them in 1997 as Export Manager and I worked there briefly in the sales office whilst studying and Charl worked in the factory shop. Inevitably Dad travelled the world with his job, leaving Mum to bring us both up on her own.

Charl is the complete opposite to me. Not only does she look a lot different, she is an extravert. She is incredibly strong physically and emotionally. She is adventurous and independent, often not having a care in the world. Some would say, we are different flowers from the same garden!

I will never forget the day she told me she was pregnant! I don’t think I can recall being so shocked in my life. I mean, there is no reason why she shouldn’t be pregnant, aged 31, she lives with her husband at ‘The Manor’ in a modest village outside of Norwich. Having been the older sister, I have experienced most life events before she has, including motherhood. I just could never imagine her settling down and compromising her lavish lifestyle! This consists of eating out multiple times a week, going abroad several times a year and continuing with her gym routine and HD Brows. She has always had her #ownagenda

On Thursday 13th September, she gave birth naturally to a beautiful baby boy called Hugo! I am an Auntie! He weighed a healthy 8lb 7oz and perfect in everyway. That evening, we drove to the hospital waiting for her to be discharged from the Midwifery Led Birthing Unit. I felt like I was waiting for royalty outside the Lindo Wing at St Marys Hospital in London! Hugo appeared in a tangerine coloured car seat, carried by a very proud Daddy. Hugo was peacefully sleeping, undoubtedly exhausted from birth. Flo & Ted were over the moon by the first sight of their baby cousin.


During Charl’s pregnancy, she never had any strong opinions on birth or parenting a newborn. She has obviously watched me bring up Flo & Ted and managed hundreds of children within a nursery setting so must understand the routine? She will agree with me in saying, I don’t think anything can prepare you for life with a newborn! It is a game changer! Sleep is definitely over rated!


Charl is doing amazingly, breastfeeding on demand, baby wearing, lots of skin to skin contact and co-sleeping;- all contributing factors of a strong attachment. I couldn’t feel more proud of her. Breastfeeding is a subject very close to my heart, as I fed my babies for 10 and 14 months respectively. It was possibly a bigger achievement than my BSc Hons Degree in Business Management!

I love the fact Charl can call me for advice. Mum is a Health Visitor so I am hopeful that between us we can give her all the love and support she needs to flourish into motherhood – something I never thought she would even consider! There was once a saying that …‘Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite their struggles.’

Super Proud of you Charl x


A Rainbow of Autumn Colour


It is the 1st of October, the nights are starting to draw in and the temperatures are feeling a little cooler. Today, I am taking delivery of the first batch of fuel for the wood burner. For those of you who know me, will understand that being cold isn’t an option! I adore cosy nights by the fire, bright, crisp mornings and the phenomenon of autumn colour.

There was once a saying, a Sunday well spent brings a week of content! This was certainly the case for me. I spent yesterday in my wellies! I nurture a small vegetable patch at home, ample enough to feed the family. I dug the remaining King Edward potatoes up from the midsummer season. I also tended to my red coral lettuce plants, where I harvest a few leaves at a time (or as many as I need for supper!)


The main reason I ‘grow my own’ is to educate our children. They love being involved with the garden and I believe it is important for them to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle.

In addition, we also planted over 100 spring bulbs, including tulips and daffodils. Autumn is the right time to put spring bulbs in the ground, giving them the winter months to put out roots in preparation for a colourful display!

eddie gardening

Although my weekend in the autumnal garden may seem like a routine exertion, planting bulbs, digging up vegetables and pruning roses vastly improves physical, emotional and mental health. Wellbeing is a key perk of spending time in the garden plus the children had fun too. I guess the only negative was cleaning up the muddy footprints off my Amtico floor!!!

If you can relate to any of the above or would like to get in touch, I would love to hear from you. Alternatively, I will be back with more colourful insights next week x

Welcome to my blog

My name is Sophie and I am a Mummy to two beautiful children, Florence (age 6) and Edward (age 4). I live in Norfolk and work 3 days a week managing a publishing company. Outside of being a Mum, a boss and a wife to Mark, I like to keep fit by running and attending a Zumba class. Socially I meet with my local friends, where occasionally we converse over a bottle of Prosecco on a Friday morning!!!

Flo and Ted

Starting my own blog has been something I have been thinking about for a while. There have been a multitude of reasons why now is the perfect time: –

My youngest has just started full time school and I suddenly have some free time. This has affected me emotionally far more than I ever thought it would. As many of my friends and family know, Eddie is very much a ‘Mummy’s boy’ and has been glued to my side for the past 4 years 24/7. Suddenly he isn’t there and I almost feel like I am grieving a loss. Walking home from School after drop-off on my own for the first time was very strange. I know he will be having a great time, making new friends and embarking on his early years education but seriously, the house is so quiet I could hear a pin drop.

The second reason is that I just wanted to do something positive for myself. As all working mums know, there is literally not 5 minutes in the day where you can stop to think. It feels like you are on a treadmill and there is no stop button. Going to work often feels like a break because at least you can enjoy a hot cup tea and go to the loo on your own!

The third reason is that I wanted a way to communicate my thoughts, feelings and experiences. A friend once told me it would ‘fix me.’ It is true that most of us suffer with a degree of anxiety which is merely provoked by simple everyday situations. I feel that writing improves my mood and is certainly a useful therapy to explore.

You may be curious about the name of my newly launched blog,’ Life in Colour?’ Well I wanted to choose something that reflects me and my personality. I am renowned for wearing bright colours, particularly in the office! My home is also decorated in bright colours.

I also wanted to choose something which reflects what my blog is about. In sum, it will cover a whole host of things from interior design ideas, diet, exercise, experiences of being a mum, how I deal with anxiety and mental health, my relationships with friends and family and how I choose to relax from the busy life that I lead. I can also take special requests if you have a topic in which you would like me to narrate.

I hope you can all come on this journey with me. The feedback I have had so far on social media has been truly overwhelming.

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Soph x