Get To Know Us

Welcome To Memories and Mayhem

Parents with a girl and boy standing in front of a lake

My name is Sam and I live in Essex with my wonderful husband Mark and our two children Abby and Harry, as well as our cat Cinders and our dog Chester. During the week our lives are busy with work and school, so we like to spend our weekends having fun as a family, that may be by simply hanging out at home or going on a day trip, or going further afield for a city break. When we’re at home we are working on our house renovations, bringing a tired old house into the modern world.

 A little more about us

We love to travel and want to see as much of the world as possible, but we have to fit our travels in around school and jobs. As well as visiting far flung destinations such as Hawaii, we also like to do weekend city breaks and staycations within the UK too.

I started the blog as a place to record all of our trips together as a family – the memories – and to document our house renovation – that’s the mayhem! I love to write and this little part of the internet has become my place to share our stories.

Travelling with teenagers means that we choose destinations that will appeal to them and their interests as well as ours, because let’s face it teenagers get pretty moody when they’re bored! So we share the places we’ve visited with you to help inspire you to find somewhere to take your family. We are big Disney fans and are Disney Vacation Club members, we have travelled to Walt Disney World many times and have a wealth of information that we love to share with you too.

As well as trying to cram in as much travelling as possible, we are also renovating our 1960s house and we share the highs and lows of that journey with you here too.

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 and getting in bed with a good book.

I hope you enjoy reading our 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.

Sam xx