Meet The Long’s

Hello and welcome to our blog, I’m Philippa a 28 year old mother and stepmother to six wonderful children who we raise in Berkshire, United Kingdom.

Aplatefor8 started out with a very different goal in mind, Michael and I gave birth to our sixth child in June 2017. A baby girl who we named Thea, at five weeks old we realised something was seriously wrong and it wasn’t just the usual baby stuff they had lead us to believe. We had a frightful discovery that  Thea has a Congenital Heart Disease called Tetralogy of Fallots and was currently struggling to get enough oxygen around her body. At 7 weeks old our baby girl was critical and fighting desperately for her life and an emergency theater space.

While confined to the hospital room, lonely and away from my family and other children I began to document the struggles of being a CHD mum on our Instagram page @aplatefor8.

Today Thea runs around with all of her siblings despite her heart condition and awaits further surgery. Although she may need to take life a little slower than her peers there is no stopping Thea and our family.

As a large family we get questioned on a regular basis how we keep our shopping bill ridiculously low and yet eat healthy. So since Thea’s surgery the Instagram page has bloomed into a page for sharing meal ideas and documenting weekly shops for low prices with the an insight into how a large families lives and the odd mum hack here and there.