Hi there. So you’ve found my blog. Well, I’m thrilled to have you here, welcome.
So you’re probably wondering who the hell is BattleMum. Let me enlighten you. I am Catherine, or Cath for short, whichever you prefer. I am (ehem) 40 and am originally from Dublin. We are an Irish expat family now living in the Algarve in Portugal (we hijacked my parent’s retirement), by way of the United Kingdom, where we lived for 15 years.
Who are we, you ask? We are me, my husband BattleDad and our 4 year old son BattleKid, aka Hurricane Alexander. BattleDad and I have been together 17 years and married for 7. We also have one crazy 6 year old German Shepherd, the BattleDog, who might be 6 but is still 6 months old in his heart.
We moved to Portugal because BattleDad finally
wore me down convinced me to live somewhere warmer. We realised BattleKid had spent two-thirds of his life indoors due to the wet weather and we wanted something different for him. So we gave up a beautiful six-bedroom house in Wales and moved south in May 2017.
It also meant me giving up a job I loved within the science industry. Oh yeah, did I mention I used to be a mad scientist? Having been the eternal student and spending nine years in university (yes, you read that right, 9 years!), I finally achieved my goal and graduated with a PhD in Chemistry in 2004, after which I joined BattleDad in the UK.
BattleMum was started as a parenting and lifestyle blog during the last few months of my maternity leave but changed focus last year when I realised I loved writing about our travels more than I did about the parenting side of things. Writing posts about travelling get my juices flowing and my fingers typing, and when you find joy in something you gotta go with it, right.
We are very much a wanderlust family. BattleDad and I were always keen to travel pre-BattleKid and, while we enjoyed new cities and cultures, I have to admit we were a bit lazy about where we went, sticking to Europe. Having seen my sister-in-law continue to travel with two, three, four, five and now six babies in tow, we decided to follow her lead when BattleKid came along and to carry on enjoying travelling with our son along for the ride. And we’ve even become more adventurous with trips to New York and Yellowstone under our belts.
So now, BattleMum is a family travel and lifestyle blog which focuses on family travel. I share our family holidays, travels, days out and hints and tips in the hope we can inspire more families to get travelling, even with toddlers and young children in tow. Many people put off travelling with their kids while they are young because they worry about the “what if’s”. Well I want to dispel those fears and show families that travel CAN be enjoyed even when the kids are little.
Some of our holidays have been package holidays, some are stay-cations and some are to far-flung destinations. We also enjoy days out to both popular and less well-known places. We have a long family travel bucket list and our long-term plan is to work our way through it. We want to discover the world together as a family, while sharing our experiences with my readers. So, I do hope you’ll come along for the ride and become inspired to travel more, even with your babies and toddlers. Because it CAN be done!
So that’s BattleMum and my family in a nutshell. Ex-mad scientist, keen traveller and a wife and mum.