Introducing Rosie…The other Half of Happy Loves Rosie

This is our daughter Rosie, she has just turned 14….she is the beautiful one in many of my photographs, she is so photogenic with the most amazing crystal blue eyes and pretty blond hair, she is growing up fast, too fast in fact!

She has always loved to try on my make-up from an early age…I have images of her in my head, clomping around in Nanny Bridget’s high heeled shoes, a feather bower and bright pink lipstick….she hasn’t changed much, and because I have never told her off for wearing make-up she has developed a passion for it….she is a young aspiring makeup artist and will soon be studying Hairdressing. We have taken her out of school and home educated her, we really didn’t like the morals that were being set for her within a state school and they used to tell us (as indeed with all schools) that she was a slow learner!

This is a collage that Rosie has made from re-cycled used stamps.

Since she has been away from all those hormones and peer pressures, she no longer worries what other people think of her and has become her own personality, she is kind hearted, never swears and does mean impressions! In september she will be attending college for one day a week to study for 3 GCSE’s and is also going to be taking on a hairdressing course…..There really are choices out there you know! you do not have to send your children to school – you can give them a far better education at home…

We have learnt many many things together and with access to the internet there is so much out there to learn….she has learnt how to use photoshop and how to draw fashion models and textile designing, we have had a fun time and despite what the teachers used to say, she has definitely proved them wrong – I suppose its all the one to one – but we are all having a lovely time at home learning and being all together and just recently she has been training for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, that’s what got us started on the Camping malarkey!

She also has the most amazing singing voice, kinda Joss Stone meets Christina Aguilera and she is making a CD as part of the award….I am so proud of her and love her to bits.

We recently celebrated her birthday and what with the cup cake phenomenom….that is spreading rapidly at the moment, Fred decided to make Rosie a cupcake tower for her birthday Cake….which turned out rather lovely…..We spent the day in London and the highlight was visiting the Mac makeup counter at Harrods with her friend Lauren, they both had their make-up put on by the professional make-up artists there and we took in a few sites on the way home.

A good time was had by all!…Happy 14th Birthday Rosie, You are a wonderful daughter and I love you to bits. xx


It’s now 2022 and we are just as close, Rosie has had lots of health problems over the years due to her Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, but you wouldnt know it as she puts the bravest face on.  She is now 29 and has a Fiance called Jamie, he is perfect for her and loves the bones of her, they are trying to save for a home together but these days it is so hard to get a foot on the ladder isn’t it!

She still loves make-up and fashion, her favourite shops being Lazy Oaf and Lucy and Yak and she loves Etsy for those one of a kind finds.

Life is hard for her but we still try to look on the bright side of things! you have to do that don’t you as life can be so blooming grim sometimes…Her laugh is infectious…she is my Rock and I am still so proud of her x


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  1. msaims
    15th August 2007 / 7:01 am

    you are beautiful.

  2. Linda
    7th August 2007 / 10:07 pm

    Oh, good for you homeschooling! It sounds like your daughter is thriving with it. 🙂

  3. vintagechica
    3rd August 2007 / 12:45 pm

    I have just found your site via AllSorts and had to comment on this post. What a wonderful mama you must be…to have the faith in yourself and your daughter to go against the system and homeschool her. You obviously made the right decision. Good luck Brittany and happy birthday!

  4. Jessica
    28th July 2007 / 1:28 am

    What a beautiful picture of your daughter laughing. What kind of camera do you have?

  5. Visty
    27th July 2007 / 4:59 am

    I just found your blog through Bue Yonder…so good to hear other parents’ experiences homeschooling older children happily! I homeschool our 7 and 9 year olds here in Washington. I am hoping to keep it up.Your daughter is beautiful; love her artwork!

  6. She sure is strange!
    25th July 2007 / 12:10 am

    YEAH for Homeschooling your lovely daughter!! We have homeschooled from the beginning with our 14-year-old son and 2 daughters(11 and 7). I wouldn’t have it any other way, we have such great relationships with our kids, much better than our public-schooled counterparts. Enjoy it!! Great blog too, beautiful pics!Molly

  7. Violet & Rose
    24th July 2007 / 11:28 am

    What a gorgeous girl! And talented too. Here’s wishing you many more birthday’s as lovely as your 14th Brittany.

  8. Ginger Patches
    23rd July 2007 / 7:05 pm

    I love all your pictures and really loved your camping stuff (we are campers too but not with style like you guys!) I also homeschool my 3 and it is sooo worth it. My oldest will graduate next year and it has gone too fast. I love those cupcakes: )

  9. Stefani
    23rd July 2007 / 5:29 pm

    I think that for years to come, you and your daughter will treasure this time you’re having together. What a good Mama you are! She looks like a lovely girl, and clearly has some artistic talent!

  10. Rosemary
    23rd July 2007 / 3:02 pm

    i only recently found your blog, and i so commend you for homeschooling! I did that also for awhile, and often wish i had continued. But my darling daughter is a social butterfly and needed to be around people! LOL! You will not regret one minute homeschooling, and what a wonderful bond you will form with your daughter. I can’t believe shes only 14, i really think she looks 16! Shes lovely!Best wishes! Love your blog 😉 Rosemary

  11. *BB*
    22nd July 2007 / 2:07 am

    Sounds like an awesome birthday! And what an absolute stunner your daughter is! It sounds much more like she was bored in school, not slow. I’m always happy that there are parents like you still around to help their kids thrive in a better environment.

  12. Mary
    21st July 2007 / 10:40 am

    Happy birthday to Brittany. She looks a lovely daughter. Good luck to her in realising all her dreams mary

  13. Sophie Honeysuckle
    21st July 2007 / 7:47 am

    Hope she had a wonderful birthday!!I love your blog-your photos are fab!!

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