Hi! I’m Bridie
In April 2016, I started writing my blog, Bridie By The Sea when my daughter was almost one year old. To that point, I’d thrown myself into a world of nappies, milk, so little sleep and in the process I felt a little lost. For the first time in my life, I didn’t even recognise who I was anymore. I wanted something for just me and along the way, I’ve built up an engaged community of like-minded mums who feel the same way.
As Emma has grown into a fully fledged toddler with a very spirited mind of her own, what started off as a digital diary of our lives has turned into travel inspiration for young families in South East UK. Our family love exploring new places together, starting on Brighton beach, where we are from. We’re slowly getting to know all the beautiful places around us in sunny Sussex and hope you’ll join us for the ride.
Here at Bridie By The Sea, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with well-known brands and travel to exciting places that we otherwise wouldn’t have seen. In just 14 months, this little piece of me and mine has become something so much bigger and I couldn’t be prouder of it.
Who am I?
My name is Bridget, or Bridie for short. It’s a nickname that my other half gave me from the moment we met and it’s stuck. When I moved to Brighton just two months before Emma was born, I became ‘Bridie By The Sea’ – a little twist on Brighton Football Club’s chant ‘We are Sussex By The Sea’.
I’m mama to Emma, who was born in April 2015 and step-mama to James, born in October 2003. Our two brilliant children are 12 years apart but couldn’t be closer. James is absolutely Emma’s hero and she would do anything for him – in fact she’d probably jump off a cliff if James was heading that way! Seeing that sibling love grow and grow will always be something that makes me feel so lucky.
My partner, who I usually refer to as ‘my other half’, is my steady hand and always has been. He’s funny, smart and understands that anything I say in rage when Emma won’t sleep at 3am should not be taken personally.
Meet James and Emma
James is 13 years old and mad about all things football. He’s usually found with his friends kicking the ball around, and has always loved being outdoors. I will always be reluctant to be labelled as ‘stepmum’ because of the connotations it naturally has…I think the world of him and really love spending time together in the evenings, laughing over an episode of Impractical Jokers or Modern Family.
Emma is 2 years old and every day sees her getting more curious. Although she didn’t say many words to begin with, she is now chatting our ears off all day! Her favourite things are puzzles, the beach (“throw stones mummy!) and her many, many cuddly toys – often lined up on the couch while we read books. Far from being a princess, Emma is usually found in the garden, picking up sticks and looking for snails or worms. A fussy eater through and through, she has an unfortunate expensive taste in food, including smoked salmon and avocado.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about our family, please don’t hesitate to say hello via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or over on Twitter. For my media kit and to read more about my recent collaborations, right this way…