About us

HELLO THERE, I’m Mary – Mama, wifey and creator of this family & Lifestyle blog of ours.

I live in East Yorkshire with my husband ‘Nath’ (Nathan) whom I adore, and we have been married now for 9 years. He is evidence to me that dreams come true! We are best buds and love to do all kinds of things together from seeing the world, to vegging out with a movie; we just strive for fun together and to enjoy life despite its struggles! We are both active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and this is very much our lifestyle and ordinary.

Nathan works in Supply chain since recently completing his degree as a mature student (with a young family – it was nuts). And I am a stay at home mum / blogger/ Trainee counsellor! We love to travel, see historic and beautiful places, watch films, go to the theatre, eat treats, be outdoors, and laugh together!

Currently we are surviving enjoying being the parents of these 3 little nutters – Ethan, Megan and our rainbow, Alice! 

Ethan is 8 and loves Lego, reading, bikes, music and disco lights. He wants to be a DJ or work in a theatre one day! He is such a joker, very caring when he wants to be, and he enjoys making a massive mess and building things, as well gardening, swimming and theme parks! 

Alice is 2 and is as just as nuts as everyone else – she is a lot of fun to have around! She loves playing with dolls, laughing at animals, going to the park, and looking at books!

Then there is Megan (who prefers Megs or Megsie) she is 6. Megs is stubborn, tough and a thrill seeker too, but she also loves all things princess, unicorns and animals. She is very funny and likes to talk… A LOT! She has some of the best dance moves you will ever see (self taught) and hopes one day be a Zoo Keeper (or trapeze artist)!

They all get on wonderfully (except when they’re fighting), and thrive best when outdoors. I adore being their mother and taking them on life’s adventures and showing them this beautiful world!

In September 2014 our 3rd baby (who we named “Poppy”) was diagnosed with CHD and later Trisomy 18…despite carrying to term, she died shortly before her due date and our pregnancy ended in a stillbirth! Our lives have never been the same since.  

I decided to start  blogging during my pregnancy to not only update friends and family, but to document our lives as we try to live it to the full despite the “hearty problems” that weigh us down, and this has become our mantra in life. Since starting this blog, I have become a finalist at the 2015 Butterfly Awards and being shortlisted for inspirational writer, as well as appearing on Channel 5 News earlier this year!

I have since decided to move on from writing about my loss in such depth, and now only reference parts of it whilst writing about loss and grief from a more general angle. I have reached a place in life where I feel I don’t need to share it with the world so much, but rather now, continue to tell our story and focus our blog more about our lives adventures together – our family moments, our days out and travel, and my personal loves (of food, theatre, history, bargains and my semi-cool modest style!) … It’s Basically anything around our family & life as we try to live it to the full…

The Hearty Life is wholesome, jovial and filled with vigour, cheer and devotion (and plenty of adventures and bargains we hope too). This is what we try to create despite the pain of loss we have faced. So without further ado –  Welcome to our Hearty life!! 


  1. Auntie Jukie
    July 13, 2014 / 10:12 am

    Mary I think you are simply an amazing woman. I’ve known you since birth and who would have thought that that little girl doing the ‘star tracking across the universe’ with your sister Jo could turn out the way you have! I feel honoured to be your Auntie and very proud to be able to watch you grow more and more. Xxxxxxxxx

  2. May 12, 2015 / 3:01 am

    You have a freestyle writing challenge awaiting you! Whenever you have time. It would be interesting to see what you write! It’s on my blog 😀