45 Facts about me (on my 45th birthday)

I know right, thats literally forever! I know for some of my readers, 45 years is double their lifetime. Im really pleased for you young gorgeous things……no really……Im so pleased for you………hmph!!  I thought I would share 45 facts with you as I turn 45 today. Blimey…..

So, I have done a few fun posts like this, so thought I would put a little spin on it. There are 40 quick, very random, very truthful facts, but then I danced with the devil himself. I made the dangerous decision to tell my kids that they could ask me five questions. They could ask me ANYTHING and I would answer.  So there will be 5 q&a questions too! Its just a bit of fun, lets go………

The Facts

Im the only blonde in my immediate family. My parents and brother all have brown/black hair. The milkman was a blonde….just sayin…..


When I was 13 I had to have my stomach pumped in hospital because I got drunk on Tia Maria. My brother found me dancing in a field…….

My Dad is one of 10, (which there is a long story behind) I have a HUGE family

I started work aged 13, working on a market stall in Basildon, Essex.

I was a county netball player

I have been arrested 3 times. Held in custody once (for being an illegal immigrant), de-arrested on site twice more (once for drunkeness, once for the purpose of a full search)

I have been a non meat eater for 31 years

I went to the Maldives for my honeymoon 20 years ago, it was paradise

I cleaned the pizza pans for Pizza Hut for a week as a job when I lived in Australia.

I worked in a night club as a shot girl when I was 18. It was so much fun

I have dived The Barrier Reef with sharks

I lived in a bedsit when I was 16 as I thought I was a grown up. It was short lived when the landlord offered me magic mushroom cake! My Mum and Dads rules didnt seem so bad sudenly…..

Me and my friends went up and down the country to illegal raves in the 90’s in my 1973 beetle.

My Mum is from East London, my Dad from South London

I left the UK to go backpacking with my friend aged 17

I did party plan as a job for a few years when I first had my boys. For The Body Shop at home and Partylite Candles

I owned my first house when I was 22, my parents told me to always invest in property

I had 6 bridesmaids at my church wedding, they wore red,  (very frowned upon, but I liked red)

I asked my husband out for our first date. I got fed up of waiting for him to ask me.

My favourite toy as a child was a purple monkey called TopOff

I have large, but faded scars on my forehead and legs from an awful car accident I had aged 17

My eldest son was offered the opportunity to earn a living playing football, he turned it down as he wants to be a fireman

I am short, just 5ft 3

My youngest son was a model and amongst other jobs, has appeared in Vogue, modelling for Armani

I once played the lead role of Nancy in Oliver Twist at school and cried while singing As Long as He Needs Me (I was an emotional girl)

I wanted to be a forensics investigator or author when leaving school, both still would be the dream

I have a love of writing poetry and short stories and have a huge folder full of them

I would have had six children if all of my babies/pregnancies had survived. I always wanted 6 boys

me and my babies

I long to finish the book that I have been writing for about 20 years! I have two chapters and the plot written, plus tons of characters.

I love fancy dress. I make a lot of effort in my costume, I take it seriously. My favourite costume I ever saw was a complete cardboard replica of the Starsky and Hutch car, with the two blokes in it dressed the part. It was brilliant. I was gutted it wasnt my costume.

I once drunk 13 schooners of lager, (schooners are just under a pint) in less than an hour. I was literally water boarded with lager as part of my “welcome” when I went to meet my husband (then boyfriend) in Australia. See Mum, you always thought he looked after me in Oz………

I had an obsession with the film The Wizard of Oz (and those red shoes) when I was little, and still feel all warm and fluffy when I watch it. I can recite the whole film, and literally thought I was Dorothy. There’s no place like home……..

I had dimples on both my cheeks, but lost one after cutting my face falling out of an apple tree when I was 5.

A book (and poem) that had a huge affect on me, changed the way I thought, and cemented my love of literature/reading was “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou. I read it when I was 17/18 and the verse in the poem Caged Bird,  “His wings are clipped and his feet are tied, So he opens his throat to sing” still makes my throat catch and my chest tighten.

One of the first nursery rhymes I was ever taught, (bear in mind I had an East End mother) was,

Little fly, upon the wall

Aint you got no clothes at all?

Aint you got, a little vest

To cover up your little chest,

Oh gawd blimey, you must be cold


My favourite flower is a peony. Or white roses.

I have always had an obsession with animals and cried my eyes out when I met a possum and a koala in Australia

I am a secret fan of Neil Diamond. Love on the Rocks? Sing it to us Neil

I was suspended from school twice. Once in the 3rd year and once in the 5th year.

I am on my second house renovation. We buy houses that need a lot of work with the aim to double our money. You get used to living in building sites! (my next house will be perfect, no more building sites)!!

When I was about 10, I collected erasers, and had a collection of about 200


Q&A’s from my kids

Why did you smoke when you was young?

Because I was stupid and thought it was cool. Plus I loved Rizzo in the film Greece and she smoked. (I gave up aged 24)

Whats your favourite place you have ever visited?

Ohhh gawd, thats a hard one! Either the Magnetic Islands in Australia or Thailand.

Why did you marry Dad?

He made me laugh every day, he wanted a life of adventure. I just knew the first day that I met him that I would marry him.

If you did it all again, would you still have had kids?

yes. A million, gazillion times yes. You boys are the one thing I know I got right in my life.

What is your happiest memory of us being all together?

Ohhh there are so many! Literally thousands. I think our holiday in Lapland was something very special, and I had dreamt of taking you boys there since you were born. It was everything I had dreamt and more. Very magical time.



So, thats it! I wanted to throw it open to you that read my blog, to ask me anything too! My intention was to put it on my social media, so people could send me any question at all. I forgot! Im such a dope! So, please, if there is anything at all you want to know, ask away.  You know me by now, Im an honest gal, I will give you an honest answer! I hope you enjoyed this little bit of silliness. Age is just a number and in truth, I still feel 25 in my mind. I have no issues with getting older, so many people dont get the pleasure!! Embrace your life, live each day with purpose and do what makes you happy. there is a whole world of adventure to have out there.

















  1. Lise
    April 6, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    This was so fun to read, it was nice to get to know more about you Kerry! Happy birthday again, remember that you’re only as old as you feel, my dad in his late 60’s and he still acts as if he’s in his 30’s. So no need to dwell on your age hehe. x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 6, 2018 / 3:09 pm

      Hahaha! It was fun to write them actually. I wanted to do five questions from anyone that reads my blog too, but I just ran out of time! Thank you for the birthday wishes xx. In my mind, Im still 25 hahaha

  2. Susanne
    April 6, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    Wow, you’re a wild one from what I read here! Arrested, dived with sharks, etc etc!! You’ve done lots of things in life, good for you! I love the 70’s beetle by the way! 😀

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 7, 2018 / 8:25 am

      Its certainly been fun! I was obsessed with beetle cars. It was literally my pride and joy. I tried to find a photo of it but they are all in my parents loft. We had such happy times in that car. Id love a vw camper van now. Thank you for reading xxx

  3. Blush and Brews
    April 6, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    This was a really fun post to read! So many surprises you wild child! 🙂 Happy birthday, I hope it’s wonderful for you 😀

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 7, 2018 / 8:28 am

      hahaha! These days my wildness is staying up past midnight. I had an amazing birthday, thank you so much xx

  4. April 6, 2018 / 6:30 pm

    Happy birthday!!!! This was such a good idea, I have been thoroughly entertained 🙂 And I am also very envious of your exciting life…you have had so much fun!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 7, 2018 / 8:27 am

      Ahh thank you! Im so relieved that you enjoyed. I worry that its putting too much of myself out there and its boring. Its been a fun filled life for sure xx

      • April 7, 2018 / 1:41 pm

        Anything but boring! I’m a little surprised you have survived to see your forties 😉 Hope you had a brilliant day 🙂 🙂

        • kerrylifeandloves
          April 7, 2018 / 8:00 pm

          Hahaha! My mum says the same xx

  5. April 6, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Happy Birthday Kerry ! What an awesome life, I hope I’ll have as many things to tell when I’m your age ! 😊

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 7, 2018 / 8:30 am

      Thank you so much. Life has been fun thats for sure. I was always searching for adventure and fun. I think my boys have the same trait so i am now learning what its like to be the parent of a wild child haha! Thanks for reading xxx

  6. April 6, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    Reading this made me smile so much (that milkman comment made me snort with laughter)! You’ve done so many amazing things in your life and I certainly aspire to have so many colourful memories to look back on and laugh about when I turn 45. Happy birthday! You rock that Chanel giiirl xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 7, 2018 / 8:33 am

      Ahhhh thank you, Im so glad it made you smile. Its been a fun life for sure. My moto used to be “as long as no one gets hurt” hahaha. That seemed to give me free reign to do what I wanted. The down side is I think my boys have the same trait, its scary being the parent of a wild one! Thank you for reading xxx

  7. Janis
    April 6, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    Another great post Kerry and I hope you’ve had a fab birthday! xx
    Question: If money was no object how would you spend a dream 24 hours?

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 7, 2018 / 8:42 am

      Ohhh thats a good question Janis! Hmmmmm. I think I would get on the Eurostar to Paris, have lunch in a real Parisian restaurant, then wander around looking at the sites. Id love to see a show, of course pop into Chanel to pick up a bag, (one for Mum to) then come home again. What a dream 24 hours would that be!

  8. April 6, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Again happy birthday!!! It was great reading more about you & it seems like your life has been one big adventure!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 7, 2018 / 8:43 am

      Hahaha. It has had some amazing fun times for sure! Thank you so much xxx

  9. Sandra
    April 6, 2018 / 11:18 pm

    Happy, happy Birthday! Love your post. You’ve lived a very adventurous life!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 7, 2018 / 8:46 am

      Thank you so much Sandra. It has been full of fun times for sure. Im so glad you enjoyed the post, it was a little bit of fun xxx Thanks for stopping by x

  10. The Laura Jessica
    April 7, 2018 / 4:39 am

    I really love this post. I loved that you weren’t writing all perfect facts about yourself mrs troublemaker 😀 and then the questions your boys asked you! Love it 😭. I’m glad you had a great day xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 7, 2018 / 8:48 am

      Ahh thank you so much. I think I sometimes worry that I put a little too much truth out there, but life is life and I dont see the point in pretending its a certain way eh! People that read my blog get me warts and all haha. I think I got off pretty lightly with the boys questions do you?? Thank you so much for reading xxxx

  11. Jean
    April 7, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    My wild child, wouldn’t have had you any other way, maybe a good thing I didn’t know everything that was going on at the time. I wonder what the next 45 years hold for you, I don’t think I will think about that too much. ENJOY LIFE xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 7, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      Ahhhh Mummy, whats the saying, “give them roots and let them grow”. I survived it, with the tales to tell. And had a lot of fun……..haha

  12. Samantha Kresz
    April 8, 2018 / 12:16 am

    I loved reading this post! Hope you had a lovely birthday!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 8, 2018 / 7:34 am

      Thank you, I had a brilliant birthday xxx

  13. April 8, 2018 / 9:40 am

    AW Kerry what a fabulous post! I feel all teary now. It was absolutely lovely to read and loved reading a little more about you, you’re making me want to go out and have an adventure! Hope you had a fabulous birthday!xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 8, 2018 / 1:37 pm

      Well, this makes me incredibly happy! If you have the desire to go out and have adventure, my work here is done hahaha! Im so glad you enjoyed it, thank you so much for reading xxxx

  14. April 8, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    Oh I love this Kerry and now I definitely want to meet you IRL … my sort of gal pal for sure.

    I’m 55 in May .. wonder if I could think of 55 things for a blog post?? Dare me!!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 8, 2018 / 1:38 pm

      hahaha! i think we would get up to much mischief! Ohhh I double dare you Mrs, do it! Thank you so much for reading. Its just a little snippet of the girl behind the blog as they say!

  15. April 11, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    You’re so right. Sometimes people complain about getting old, but when you think some other people don’t get the chance, it puts things into perspective. On a lighter note, have you written about Lapland on the blog? I’d love to read about it!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 11, 2018 / 1:59 pm

      Its a great lesson to remember isnt it. x Its so weird that you ask about Lapland. as someone else asked me a while back, so I have a post in drafts waiting to be finished. I will let you know when I get it finished. I have a few little travel posts coming up! Thank you for reading my lovely xxx

  16. April 15, 2018 / 8:32 am

    I loved reading this, I can imagine the raving in the field. I blooming loved the 90s, good times

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 15, 2018 / 8:48 am

      They were so good! Watching the sun come up with a thousand other people, blissfully happy but exhausted from the dancing, I reckon I would have loved Woodstock haha! Thanks for reading xxx

  17. April 18, 2018 / 11:24 am

    I loved this post Kerry! I’m such a nosy person, and it’s always good to get to know more about the bloggers who’s posts you read. I bet you have loads of tales to tell based on some of the brief but funny anecdotes in these responses. I’m sensing a wild life!

    I admire your son very much for turning down the opportunity to be a professional footballer in favour of being a fireman. What a great lad.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 18, 2018 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you! Im so glad you enjoyed it. Some of the things that were coming back to me writing this, are stories not for the blog haha! I found one of my travel diaries that I kept when I was backpacking for a couple of years, now THEY are a fun read…… lol
      He has a beautiful heart, we are incredibly proud of him, thanks you xxx Thank you for stopping by xxx

  18. April 26, 2018 / 8:48 am

    Happy birthday Kerry hope you had a good one. Loved reading this post! So fun to get to know you more and a great idea to celebrate that way! X

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 26, 2018 / 9:32 am

      Thank you! I had a blooming fabulous birthday. I hope it shows the woman behind the account a bit more xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 18, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you! It was fun to write actually, me and my mum had a good giggle. I appreciate you reading xx

  19. October 16, 2018 / 4:34 am

    I found your blog after I did a search for “is blogging self-indulgent” and I read your post and enjoyed it. Now, after reading this post, I feel I have found a long-lost twin. I’m also 45, a mom, I write poetry, and my favorite flowers are white roses! I also started my second blog this year. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      October 16, 2018 / 12:25 pm

      Ohhhhhh hi twinny! I am so glad that you have found me. I truly think that we are meant to cross paths with people, so I am so pleased to “meet” you. I just adore writing poetry, its like my therapy. Are you the same? I mainly do a mix of travel and “think pieces” so I hope that you find them interesting. I will pop over to your blog and have a read. Thank you so much for stopping by Darlene. xx

      • October 16, 2018 / 5:51 pm

        Hi Kerry, Yes, come and visit! My first blog is my poetry/painting portfolio and my second one has a focus on my love of all things French. I agree- writing poetry is therapeutic. With poetry, I like to take my messy thoughts and try to create something pretty and if another person connects with something I’ve written, that’s just icing! So happy to meet you here. Have a good one!

        • kerrylifeandloves
          October 16, 2018 / 8:42 pm

          Ohhhh I love the way you have said that! Take messy thoughts and make them something pretty. Love it! xxx

  20. January 6, 2019 / 10:09 am

    I can imagine you raving! The 90’s were some great times. When I was 14 I drank a full bottle of Archers with a straw, you should have seen me trying to steer my chair up the ramp into the back of my car!
    Loved getting to know more about you, sounds like you’ve always had guts and been up for adventure!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 6, 2019 / 12:36 pm

      Ohhh Gemma that tickled me, I bet you were all over the place! Archers is pretty lethal! How funny. My Mum would probably say I have always been head strong and free spirited…….. haha xx

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