Get To Know Me


Hi Lovely!

My name is Sam and I write Memories and Mayhem. I’m an almost 40-something and I live in Essex with my husband Mark and two teenagers, Abby and Harry. I started writing this blog because I’ve always wanted to be a bit of a Carrie Bradshaw (how much of a cliche´is that!), but honestly I love to write and I’ve always felt that there was a little creative part of me that wasn’t getting any love. Along the way I’ve come to realise that I love helping other people, both in their personal and professional lives. I like to think that I’m good at solving problems and I am finally putting that business degree of mine to some use!


I Want To Make Memories

My main goal in life is to fill my kids’ heads with as many memories as they can cram in.

Selfie of a family in an open top car. The parents and one passenger are wearing sunglasses, the other passenger is wearing a baseball cap. There are palm trees in the background.

I absolutely love to travel and I want to take them to see as much of the world as possible. I had a very different childhood (albeit a very lovely one) to them and I’ve made it my mission to give them all the experiences that I wasn’t able to have. So if I get the chance to travel I always try and take them with me, although we do have a growns-up only break every now and again. I share our travel memories with you to give you ideas of where to take your family.

Both my children are teenagers now so I only write about travelling with teens, if you have young children I may not be the resource for you but please know that you are very welcome to stick around. I also have a fledgling Facebook group for travelling with teens and tweens, please do pop over and join if you like the sound of it. You are welcome to ask any questions you may have about travelling with older kids in there or alternatively drop me a message and I’ll do my best to answer it.


Taming The Mayhem

It was through talking to some family and friends, who were all going through various issues, that I discovered just how much I love helping others. I use my business degree to help guide businesses to take the next step with their business, sometimes you just need fresh eyes on a problem to see the way forward. I’m not a lawyer nor an accountant so I’m afraid I can’t help you with those things and I advise that you seek professional advice if you have legal or financial questions.

I also coach people through any problems in their personal life. I show them how they can take small steps to improve a bad situation and how that can then lead on to making bigger changes and turning their lives around. Please do get in touch if you need some help with something.


Self-Confessed DisNerd

A family photo with Mickey Mouse

I am a huge, massive, Disney fan. I love the movies but I love the parks best.

I’ve visited Disneyland Paris three times and will soon be making my 7th trip to Walt Disney World. I even managed to convert my husband into loving Disney and in 2013 we became Disney Vacation Club members, meaning we have Disney timeshare. A trip to Walt Disney World can be completely overwhelming so I try and share as much of my knowledge as I can. If you’re planning on heading to Walt Disney World please go and check out my Disney section. If you can’t find the answer to your particular question please hit me up with an email as the chances are I can help you but just haven’t got round to writing a full post about that yet.

House Renovation

Ah, the mayhem in my own life! In 2015 Mark and I bought a 1960’s house that needed a lot of love and a huge amount of money spent on it. We have been gradually renovating it and are almost finished, but it has been a mission with plenty of highs and lows. I share our experiences to help anybody else that is either starting out with a renovation project or is knee deep in the fun of builders, planning permission and piles of bricks. We all know that it will be totally worth it in the end, but sometimes it feels like a never-ending journey.


What I really love (apart from my family of course!)

The rush of heat that hits your face when you step out of the airport in a hot country, shoes (it is my dream to own some Louboutins), bags, Disney, Formula 1 motor racing, Gilmore Girls, Friends, fresh flowers, candles, make-up that I can’t afford, long walks with Chester (my chocolate labrador) and getting in bed with a good book.


Where You’ll Find Me

Instagram is where you’ll usually find me, I like to talk a lot of nonsense on my stories. I’m pretty boring though, just to warn you!

I’ve already mentioned my little Facebook group, but I have a page too – I often share posts from other people that interest me on there.

Send me a Tweet if you fancy it, I’ll probably reply pretty quickly because nobody really talks to me on there so I’ll get super excited if I get a notification!


I hope you enjoy reading my blog. If you have any questions about travelling, Disney, house renovations (or anything else!) please do get in touch and we’ll do our best to help you.