Vhairi Jane M

Looking for another taste of expat life, Vhairi M. relocated from Scotland to the cusp of the Woodlands in June 2019 with her oil-and-gas-finance-Excel-loving-husband, rambunctious son, Innes {August 2017}, and equally rambunctious, cocker spaniel, Luna. Prior to this latest international adventure, the pair lived in the other-worldly desert oasis of Dubai for several years. Whilst there, Vhairi worked on travel, food, and lifestyle magazines, which saw her eating witchetty grubs in the Australian outback, cooking breakfast with Gordon Ramsay, and sipping champagne at Prince Harry and Prince William’s {circa-Meghan} annual charity polo match. Nowadays, she spends much of her time writing children’s books. In 2020, Vhairi published a chapter book {Hamish Montgomery and the Cursed Claymore}, and a picture book {Great Auntie Betty and the Serengeti}, and looks forward to releasing more kidlit in the near future. Keep up to date with all her books news @vhairijanemoir on Instagram and via her website vhairijanemoir.com.

The End of the Baby Years: Letting Go and Moving On

It’s time I sold my stroller. It really is. It serves no purpose. It hasn’t been used for over a year. It sits in an already cluttered garage, gathering dust.  Yet, the thought of parting with this defining...

War of Words: The Rising Toxicity of Private Facebook Moms Groups

  Facebook moms groups: Most of us are, or have been, part of them. A private, digital ‘safe-place’, where moms can gather, post, get/give advice and a little sisterly solidarity whilst chuckling at the odd...

The Fear of Pregnancy and Childbirth: Overcoming Tokophobia

The Fear For some, it’s snakes or spiders. For others, it’s heights, flying, or enclosed spaces. For me, it was pregnant bellies and childbirth. The idea of touching a friend or relative’s bump did not fill me...
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The Pursuit of Perfection: How Not to Be a Martyr of Motherhood

  “Free yourself from perfectionism,” my good friend OT McAlpine wrote in her blog, before introducing award-winning parenting guru, L R Knost’s quote: Parenting has nothing to do with perfection. Perfection isn’t even the goal, not...

Celebrate the Games at Houston’s Top Japanese Restaurants

It is twelve months later than anticipated, and under various constraints, but the world's sporting elite have gathered in Tokyo to celebrate the very best of global athleticism.  The torch has been lit. The games have begun.    And...

Parenting:: Is it Time to Start Thinking Like a Man?

We all know men and women are wired differently, and this affects their thinking when it comes to parenting. But is one way better than the other?  “We are excellent parents,” my husband boldly stated...

2 Years Without Family:: Expat Life in a Pandemic

Of course, no one could have foreseen that as we, an expat family, set off on our Houston adventure two years ago, we would have not returned to Scotland since. Or not know when...

National Water Safety Month:: The Day My Son Almost Drowned

May is National Water Safety Month. As we enter into swimming season, all moms need a reminder that the unthinkable can happen within seconds. One Houston mom shares her story, which thankfully had the...
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It’s Snake Season in Texas:: Here’s What You Need to Know

“Oh my god, it’s huge.” From behind the glass of our patio door, my husband shone a thin laser of light outside into the darkness with a flashlight. “I’m not going to be able to...

Pedal Power:: Liberation on an Exercise Bike

Mom Genes A funny thing happened when I first climbed onto my new exercise bike and began to peddle. I almost cried. Now, this wasn’t because I am woefully unfit as one might suspect, having done...