About Me

Hello, I’m Sara! Welcome to my blog. Here you will find stories about our adventures, days out, crafts and activities; alongside tales of our expat life, and the challenges and opportunities that it brings. You will also find thoughts on motherhood and identity, and the odd poem and piece of creative writing and A LOT of cakes! A mixed, but hopefully entertaining, bag.

When we relocated to the US back in 2012, I found myself without a job for the first time in 20 years. I discovered that, while I was truly grateful for the opportunity to stay home with the children, each moment of joy was balanced by a moment of ‘gah, this is hard’! Couple that with the cultural differences (it’s not quite like the TV shows you know…); my life changed, a lot. Some days that was awesome, some days not so much. But, that change also resulted in this blog, and every opportunity that has come my way since.

This blog is about, to almost quote a famous song, a Scottish woman in Boston (I most definitely take tea my dear) coping with life, kids, schools and an unexpected language barrier! Tea and cake (preferably in a cafe, on my own…), sci-fi shows and pink fizz keep me sane, after a fashion!

I have three beautiful children, two boys and a girl, who by turns amaze, amuse and drive me nuts. My wonderful husband is fantastically hands on with the kids, puts up with my ‘it’s a disaster’ moments with good grace, can’t keep up with any TV that has more than two characters and has selective deafness… 

As this blog has grown it has become a place for me to share my writing. Being a writer has long been a middle of the night dream for me, and to be able to write and have people read, and like, my words has been more than I could ever have hoped for when I started Mum Turned Mom.

I have written opinion pieces. I have shared my thoughts on (and struggles with) writing and mused on motherhood, parenting and identity. I have written poetry and prose; something I haven’t done in many years. And more than that, I have had the courage to hit publish and been thrilled to see my creative writing shared by others, including regular mentions in the BritMums Poetry and Prose round up. How amazing is that?!

It has been, and continues to be, a wonderful journey.

It has also given me the creative space to share a new-found love of cake design. Making, increasingly elaborate, birthday cakes for my kids has become a thing! And, after my Princess Poppy cake went viral, I have begun to focus on creating more cakes with easy to follow step-by-step instructions so that others can make amazing cakes without needing any special skills or tools. 

I hope you stick around and read a few stories or get inspired for your next craft or cake. There’s lots for you to see!

Why not start here?

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21 thoughts on “About”

  1. I can certainly relate to the ‘language barrier’ having moved from the US to New Zealand! Who’d have thought it’d be so hard!

    1. I know! It’s nothing major, just lots of little things :) And then there’s the spelling…! Some days I feel that every conversation I have has resulted in a blank look at some point :) Of course my accent also doesn’t help! Thanks so much for commenting xx

  2. H i Sara,
    Looks like life in Boston is treating you all well. So delighted for you. I have read some of your blogs they are so funny. I am sure you days are filled with funny stories to tell. I think Fergal talks to Mick every so often. It is lovely so see the children so happy and contented. Enjoy the summer , Ann x

  3. Hi Sara,
    I would like to invite you to be part of the “Word of Mom” guest blogging roster.
    Check out the program: http://www.whattoexpect.com/community/word-of-mom.aspx

    If you’re interested, please let me know ASAP so I can give you more details and get you scheduled in the calendar. I’m happy to discuss over the phone, too, so please don’t hesitate to set up a call.

    I’m thrilled about having you be one of the participants in this program.

    Regards,
    Dan

    Dan Weissbrodt
    Partnership Director
    WhatToExpect.com
    dan@WhatToExpect.com

  4. Greetings! I’m Heather and I have a quick question about your blog! My email is Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com :-)

  5. Little White Dinosaur

    Love your blog and can definitely relate to living in a different country and all the adjustments that go with it. Looking forward to reading more. :)

  6. Hey there, The title of your blog just “clicked” for me (you’ve commented over at my site a few times through PODcast linkups). It’s so fascinating to read your thoughts coming from the opposite perspective I’m used to hearing (I know several people who have left from here to go there). I also just noticed that we’re neighbors (I’m in Providence). Look forward to continue reading
    ~Ruth Anne

  7. Hi there!

    I found your blog after one of my friends shared it with me on Facebook and wanted to run a few things by you. I’m working on a tax/business project, and I think it’s something you could definitely relate to! Let me know if you have a moment to discuss.

    Thanks!

    Andrew

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