I’m Claire. A 27-year-old wife, stay-at-home-mother of two, and perpetual student and researcher.
I love reading and studied English Literature at university, but while I enjoy reading novels and non-fiction and everything in between, I absolutely adore cookbooks and would devour them like Harry Potter books if it was socially acceptable to do so. Sadly, the person sitting on the train buried in a copy of Weelicious or Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals is viewed with suspicion and bemusement. On the plus side, it might guarantee me a double seat to myself!
My love of baking, cooking, research and writing totally gobble up my life (and may result in a few glazed pairs of eyes when I am able to talk exuberantly for 20 mins on milk!), but I have come to accept this about myself, and my family are usually happy about it as long as they get to taste the results.
A few years ago I started a personal blog (www.lifewithopenarms.com) as a creative outlet, and found myself so thoroughly enjoying it, I started to wonder if I could make something more of it. And so, the food section of my blog slowly morphed in my mind into a proper ‘grown-up’ website, and I started to research and plan vociferously in the background, trying to decide exactly what I wanted to write about, at least in a more specific way than simply: “FOOD”.
Around the same time, I was being asked a lot of questions about our decision to raise our children “sugar-free” (more accurately “low-sugar”, but it is very low!), and I was being asked for advice quite a bit (and causing even more glazed eyes!). At least, when I wasn’t being told I was crazy and that it could “never work for me”. As more and more people witnessed my daughter doing hilariously wonderful things like choosing blueberries over cupcakes, I started winning them over with this choice of lifestyle (or rather, my daughter did!), and it became apparent that a website about this way of life might be a good idea.
So here we are!
Please don’t for a second think of me as an expert on this subject. I know quite a bit through research and experience, but I am not a trained nutritionist, and my children are still young. I am simply sharing my own experience and what I am learning through trial and error, so take it with a pinch of salt (just not sugar!).
As a side note, please be aware that sadly this website is not cheap to run, and so in order to keep it going you may well come across some affiliate links, sponsored posts or advertising. I promise all opinions are my own and I will never endorse any product I do not 100% believe in! If and when you purchase through these links, you are supporting this website and my own wonderful family (see the little girl in the picture above – she eats a lot of food. She easily costs as much as the website to keep going!), so thank you! 🙂