Hi, I’m the founder of this blog and the author of Bringing Up Race: How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World. I started Babes about Town way back in 2010, before many people understood what a blog was. Back then, none of us had any idea where blogging would take us. We loved creating fresh content and connecting with each other online and (more often than you might imagine) in real life.
Some of my closest friends have been made through the blogging world. I also have best friends who still don’t fully understand how blogging works. My blog has been a creative studio, a canvas, a portfolio, a golden ticket, a backstage pass, a scratch pad, a safe space and a hub for some of my randomness. It’s my happy little corner of the Internet. It’s also been a source of joy and inspiration for thousands of readers in London and around the globe.
Blogging has helped me refine my mission which is to help you RAISE YOUR GAME. Here’s my original statement when I launched Babes About Town:
‘Our mission is to inspire you to Raise your Game – both as a parent and as a play partner for your kids, your friends, your other half and your Inner Babe.’
So what does this mean to me? It’s about expressing and celebrating creativity. It’s about being more playful, more joyful, more purposeful. It’s about doing what you’re good at and doing what you love, then kicking things up a notch. It’s about having a competitive edge without ever forgetting the importance of teamwork and collaboration. It’s about reaching your highest potential and having tons of fun along the way.
“This is the real secret of life—to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play.” ~ Alan W. Watts
And listen, I know it’s not all fun and games. Life is hard and parenting is hard work. Some days you’re too tired of stepping on LEGO to see the magic in building your child’s imagination, brick by brick. However, if you make room for play (however that looks for you), it can ease that sense of overwhelm and drudgery. After all, play is therapeutic.
“Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humour.” ~ Dr Stuart Brown, MD
12 Fun Facts About Me
I have royal blood, for real.
I am also a Prince nut.
Like, seriously obsessed by His Royal Badness.
I’m deeply into music and my tastes are pretty eclectic.
A while back, I shaved my hair right off. Loved it.
I am in love with the Hot Dog King of England.
That didn’t stop me chatting up Hollywood hottie Clive Owen (swoon).
I get enraged by dog poo on the streets.
I had some pretty wise advice for myself pre-baby.
I think blogging is a gateway drug.
I have danced flamenco on Spanish TV — read all about it + 10 more fun facts here.
Every year I interview my boys on their birthdays. In 2020, my little lad interviewed me.
Words to Live By
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”