Get To Know Memories and Mayhem

Welcome To Memories and Mayhem

Hi Lovely!

My name is Sam and I write Memories and Mayhem. I’m 40 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.

If you don’t want to read all this, there’s a short video further down that gives you an overview of the blog. 


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.

Travel (Memories)

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

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.



The House Renovation (Mayhem)

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.



Self-Confessed DisNerd

A family photo with Mickey Mouse

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

I’ve visited Disneyland Paris three times and have recently returned from 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.






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, 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’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 I’ll do my best to help you.