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Mum and sons picking strawberries at Millets Farm, Oxfordshire, wearing Bobo Choses pink thoughts vest and One More in the Family harems Mum and sons picking strawberries at Millets Farm, Oxfordshire, wearing Bobo Choses pink thoughts vest and One More in the Family harems

I've always been someone who tends to avoid travelling too far from home—flights abroad have been far and few between, and after kids appeared (we'll skip how traumatic that was), I made even more excuses to stay put. As much as I'd love to explore the world, something always holds me back; whether it be my own fears or suddenly having two small humans to consider (and all the stuff that comes with them), it's just never been on my radar.


Yet we still love to explore our country and the countries surrounding us; we love our day trips, we love finding beautiful spots that aren't so well-known and we relish in being able to easily access them by car. I often consider how different my life would be if I'd never learned to drive; I wasn't one of those who simply flew through lessons and their test in a few months, it took closer to two years and almost giving up before I finally passed. I'm not a bad driver (I know, that's something a bad driver would say), just someone who didn't have a whole lot of confidence in their late teens, someone who'd experienced a whole lot of bad luck.

Mum and sons picking strawberries at Millets Farm, Oxfordshire, wearing Bobo Choses pink thoughts vest and One More in the Family harems Mum and sons picking strawberries at Millets Farm, Oxfordshire, wearing Bobo Choses pink thoughts vest and One More in the Family harems Mum and sons picking strawberries at Millets Farm, Oxfordshire, wearing Bobo Choses pink thoughts vest and One More in the Family harems

I found my independence when I learned to drive, a confidence I didn't know I had and the opportunities it opened up for me; the relationship I wouldn't now have and the first incredible job I couldn't have taken. My life would have taken an entirely different course, one I don't wish to consider whilst I sit here and write, glancing at the two beautiful humans in front of me whom I wouldn't want to change a single thing about.

I've lost track of how many car journeys and adventures we've experienced in this year alone, now as a family, and finally the boys are getting to an age where we don't have to drag along the kitchen sink. We've been everywhere, from a 6 hour drive to the beautiful Mousehole, to the family holiday home in Wales and in-between. There's still more to come and it's always important to ensure we have everything we need on those when we know we'll be travelling far, just so e're covered in case anything should happen.

Mum and sons picking strawberries at Millets Farm, Oxfordshire, wearing Bobo Choses pink thoughts vest and One More in the Family harems Mum and sons picking strawberries at Millets Farm, Oxfordshire, wearing Bobo Choses pink thoughts vest and One More in the Family harems

With two little boys, cuts and bruises have become a part of daily life, and as one of those Mums who loves to worry, I know how important it is to make sure we travel with all the necessities on any long journeys; blankets, coats, chocolate fingers and a first-aid kit being among them. Engelbert Strauss (whose current great-grandchildren manage the company, how incredible is that?) originally began selling products for the workwear field, but have started to branch outside of the world of heavy-duty boots and soft-shell jackets, to bring other highest-quality products to it's customers, including focusing on personal protection (something I occasionally need when there are Hot Wheels being thrown at incredible force from the back seat of my car).

So, whether we're driving for 20 minutes to pick our own strawberries or we're on the road for 200 miles to our next stay-cay destination, at least I know we're covered for any accidents that may happen along the way, and when you're surrounded by boys, accidents seem to happen a lot..

Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with Engelbert Strauss.


I've always been someone who tends to avoid travelling too far from home—flights abroad have been far and few between, and after kids appeared (we'll skip how traumatic that was), I made even more excuses to stay put.
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