Catching up and looking forward

Catching Up and Looking Forward


its been a little while, sorry about that!

Lets Have a Little Catch Up!

There have been a few reasons for my absence!

We are very lucky here that Mark gets 4 weeks leave in December.  With Arthur now at school too that obviously means he has that time off too!  I try not to, but I also inevitably kind of down tools on the blog front over school holidays!

It’s also been the minor event that is Christmas!  I haven’t written a specific post about it, which is rubbish of me but we did have a great time!  It was the first year that Arthur really ‘got’ Christmas and it was so amazing to really see the magic through his eyes!  Freddie really enjoyed himself too!!

Seychelles Christmas. Catching up and Looking forward

We had Marks parents stay with us for two weeks, and so they were here for Christmas and New Year.   It was lovely to have family here over this time and definitely helped us all get into the spirit of things, which can sometimes be tricky when it’s so not Christmassy here at all!!

So now we are already over a week into 2017 and I’m finally writing my first post of the year!

Looking Forward & The Exciting News!

if you follow me on Instagram (if not, you definitely should be!!) you may have spotted that I mentioned I had something exciting coming up.

No it’s not a baby.

I have been commissioned to write for Culture Trip.  An online magazine style website helping its almost 3 million a month readers discover the world’s cultures.

culture trip

So this month I will be writing a bunch of different articles all about the Seychelles!

I am so proud of myself for this!  I would never have thought for a minute when I started this blog 3 years ago that I would receive an opportunity like this!

So, I will be shouting out on social media about this lots, so keep an eye out for when my posts go live!  Also, if you’re looking for travel inspiration or want to know more about a country you’re planning on visiting, you should definitely check out Culture Trip!


Having an opportunity like this, has made me evaluate my blog a little.  I, for now at least, am planning on taking a break from my monthly blog link up ‘my expat family’ .  It was taking a lot of my time.  Whilst I enjoy reading all the posts I feel it may have run its course a little.  Instead I will focus that time on writing posts.

I want to start writing updates on the boys again (I don’t know why I ever really stopped that).

I also want to ensure that I continue to share lots about Seychelles.  Information for people visiting, and an insight on our lives here.


There, I feel a little more up to date now!!


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Seychellesmama is 2 years old!

Yesterday I had a lovely little note from WordPress letting me know that I had been blogging for 2 years so Seychellesmama is 2 years old!  Happy blogging birthday to me!

Seychellesmama is 2 years old!  My blogging birthday

I can’t believe it has been 2 years already!  I have become so attached to my blog and so fond of blogging.  I really think it has done so much for me.  Being a stay at home mama is without doubt insanely rewarding and I am so lucky to be in the situation that I can stay at home with my boys, but it can sometimes make your brain feel like it’s turning to mush!  Blogging ensure that my brain still functions!!  I feel like I get better all the time too – by no means do I think I’m awesome at it, but I’m definitely better then when I first started.  There’s so much to learn and I’m really enjoying figuring it all out!

I’ve also ‘met’ so many wonderful people thanks to my blog and now regularly chat to mamas all over the world, I love that this happens!!!  I remember when I started the My expat family linky I was SO nervous that no one would join in, but a year and a half later it is still going strong!

My expat family linky

Im also really excited to be co-hosting another blog linky starting this month called Fit Mamas Club.  I find the blogging community so supportive and so I can’t wait to see mamas supporting and motivating each other through this!  Selfishly it will also help me stay motivated with my fitness too!!

Fit mamas club linky

Of course the main reason why I blog is my boys and while they are my lowest rated posts in terms of stats, my favourite posts to write are my monthly updates in Arthur and Freddie!

Arthur & Freddie

Some really wonderful opportunities have come my way thanks to this little blog too, and I’m so grateful for them all!  I’m even going to be published in a book (more info on that very soon!!), I can’t tell you how excited and proud I am about that!


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My expat family

Hi!! Welcome to the first ‘My Expat Family’ blog hop! For the first one I wanted to keep it nice and simple so just link up any post you like about your expat family life, new or old!! Please add the badge to the post you are linking up by copying and pasting the code from the box below into your post so people can navigate back to the link up easily!  The link up will be open until Sunday night

To share the love, please do ensure to read and comment on some of the other posts linked up.  If you tweet the link and copy me in (@chantellevr) I’ll retweet for you.


Seychelles Mama

My Expat Family. A linky for expat family/parent bloggers to share stories of family life as an expat.

I’d love to hear any feedback you have on the link up…how often should we run it? Should we do a theme?  That kind of thing!

In the meantime I look forward to reading about your expat family!

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