About 2017-08-13T14:50:20+00:00


I am Hannah, a mother of four children aged 6 and under. I turned thirty in 2016, but like to pretend Im still in my 20’s.

We write about our journey to lead a happy, modest, simple, frugal & green life.

Our house is full of love and laughter, with 4 children their is never a dull moment or warm coffee.

I am a stay-at-home parent. I am very lucky & grateful for this, even when things are hard & exhausting.

I married my soul mate back in 2008, and for our honeymoon we went to the ‘arse-end’ of Edinburgh*, without a coat.

It was perfect, and I wouldnt change it for the world, although Mr T swears to do more holiday research before booking again (and take his coat)

*It wasnt that bad, we just got a little lost on the way to our hotel!

We are geeks

Mr T loves programming, and works in ICT, and spends most of his day working with technology.

I love web design & typography art and I spend most of my day counting to check I havent lost a child.

Our really geekness, comes from gaming. We love games, board games, strategy games and massively multiplayer online games.

And we may get slightly competitive.

All in a year.


In January, whilst on holiday to Brugee, we decided we wanted to be together forever.

We got engaged in Feburary, on the pier at a local seaside town.

We bought and moved into our home in August

We said our vows in September, and became man and wife.

And to make our year perfect. On 27th December 2008, we found out we were expecting a baby.

It was a crazy, perfect, life changing year.

Our Values

We believe the best things in life arent things.

We love family days out. Making memories. Exploring & capturing the moment with photos.

Being together with no distractions

Hot chocolate with marshmallows to warm up after a cold walk

Singing songs, solving riddles, reading books, playing games

And capturing memories with photography, both the perfect and imperfect ones.

Life after debt

The recession made things hard for everyone. Like many families found we had more money outgoing than incoming. We were struggling and living well below the poverty line.

We cut back to bare minimum, lived simply and we paid every spare penny towards our debt. It took 6 years, but in 2014 we became debt free! We vowed we would never have credit again.

We discovered that if we used the money we had been paying on our debt, to overpay our mortgage, we would pay our mortgage off nearly 10 years early.  

Our aim is financial freedom, to be mortgage free by forty. (for Mr T, I would be 38)


Living an intentional life through minimalism

Our journey to minimalism started unknowingly. When we were struggling financially we decided to empty our house of things that we didnt ‘need’ to sell help us out in the short term. I began walking around the house activley looking for things to sell, what things did we have that we didnt want or need anymore? It became slightly addictive, if im honest.

Minimalism is a journey, and we have a long way to go, but it does make a lot of sence to me. Why do we have over 50 cups, glasses and beakers when we are a family of 6?

It’s not just about possessions. It’s a intentional mindset, and its about simplifying your life, commitments and time so you spend more time doing things that make you happy.

I ♥ Quotes

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln
Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect

Keep in touch

I would love to hear from you, contact me via email ‘hannah@thesimplethings.me’ or via my contact page.