Welcome to Little Steps.

This is a lifestyle blog

that also covers the following:

life as a mum,

as a little family,

living in the coastal countryside of North Cornwall.

My name is Dean.  I’m from the Philippines, currently based in England.  I’m female, not male, by the way.  I’m a former volunteer in West Africa where I met my husband and life partner.  I have a degree in English Literature and used to work in the media. At the moment, I’m a part-time writer and full-time mother and dog-walker.

I used to be a coffee-drinker, but ever since giving birth to T, I can only drink one cup in the morning.  I have now been turned into a tea-drinker.  I am not a morning person.

I have a beautiful little brown-eyed girl I call T, who looks a little bit like me, a little bit of my husband, but a lot like herself.  She loves books, the outdoors, gymnastics (because her leotard is shiny) playing the cello, and walking through graveyards.  It’s her thing.

Then there’s the husband whom I call the grumpy Historian.  You’ll see a lot of photos of his back.  I’m keeping him anonymous lest his students find him and actually think that he has a life outside teaching.

He is a morning person.

As a family we love exploring the outdoors, travel, going on trips, even if it’s just a day trip in the country.  We are members of the National Trust and English Heritage (handy when you have a small child and thinking of what to do over the weekend).

We like eating, though admittedly we are homebodies and prefer home cooked meals to eating in restaurants.

The three of us love to read, running out of bookshelves is a constant fear in our house.

We love to watch films, although at the moment, the only films we watch in the cinema are all for children, however, my husband and I are old-school and probably are the only ones who rent DVDs online, delivered straight to our door-step.  No, we don’t watch Netflix.  We’re eclectic and like World Cinema as much as mainstream.  The husband loves comedies, the sillier, the better, to him, Baby’s Day Out is a grand movie.  As for me, I’m a sucker for love stories, who cares if the storyline is crap?

You’ll also read a lot about Doc, little T’s dog.  He is a Bedlington x Springer Spaniel, I guess you can call him a Bedspring.  Like all dogs he loves the outdoors and running around like a loony, but hates the water.  Any kind of body of water, he stays away from.  It’s his thing.

We used to have a cat called Boots.  But she dumped us for an old woman who lives alone.  I don’t blame her.  One of these days though, we plan to cat-nap her back.  I’m not a cat-person, but I miss her and want her back. Wish us luck!

Update:  The historian has successfully cat-napped Boots back.  You can read all about it here.

If you wish to contact me, you can email me at deanb.littlesteps@gmail.com

All photos in this blog were all taken by me, or sometimes the Historian, unless stated.  Please do not use or copy without my permission.

Thanks for dropping by!


The short film below encapsulates what Little Steps is all about: FAMILY LIFE.



  1. Surprise Mama

    I love your blog and I nominated you for a Liebster Award. If you want to hear more about it, check out my post here: http://wp.me/p3n0e5-5M which will be posted at 9:45 EST. Thank you so much for all of your inspiration and happy blogging!!

    • Dean B

      Thank you so much! This is my third in a month. Will check out your post once it’s up and running.

  2. Samantha

    Thanks for following my blog! 🙂 I look forward to reading yours. It’s so cool that you grew up in the Philippines — you probably are more in touch with the culture than I am, lol.

    • Hi Samantha, you’re most welcome. I actually lived back home (Philippines) all my life and just travelled abroad, would always come home, till I worked in Africa and met my husband there. The rest they say is history. We are planning to move back sometime in the future. There is no place like home, and home to me will always be the Phil =)

  3. Just found you’re blog and loving it. We’ve recently moved to Singapore (from UK) with hubby’s work and currently having a ball. Looking forward to visiting all the countries around. However my heart is in North Cornwall and plan to relocate back there eventually. Enjoy your time there – I am most envious!

    • Thanks for dropping by! Wow, where in North Cornwall did you come from/lived?

  4. bsmart2013

    Never managed to live there yet!!! Parents from Exeter, uncle lives in croyde. Other uncle was teacher in camelford and aunt a nurse there. As a child spent all holidays in and around Port Isaac, Gaverne etc and indeed since meeting hubby we have camped yearly on Bodmin moor near Blisland. Never so happy as standing on the coast path in any weathers looking out. Boscastles sunsets are spectacular. Great artist in Pt Isaac (Katie child’s – Cliffside Gallery) if you get a chance, 2 lovely dogs too! Will miss my visit this year but hubby has promised when we return….

    • I love Exeter! I love university towns/cities. Yes, it is lovely here like I say to everyone (beginning to sound like a broken record =) And yes, Cornwall has a very impressive list of local artists … especially with the artist’s commune in St. Ives! Anyway, don’t worry. Cornwall will always be waiting for you when you come back =)

  5. houseofbedlam

    Thanks so much for liking my post –
    The picture of you and your little one is so sweet – your blog is lovely, will check back often.

  6. Strange Corners

    Hello! Thank you for the follow 🙂 Nice blog you have here. Mabuhay, Philippines!

    • No worries. I love finding blogs by fellow Filipinos too! 🙂 especially a blogger from my old University! 😉

  7. domesstique

    Hiya! Thanks for visiting my blog and the comment. I really like your blog 🙂 And oh! I am from the Philippines too. So lovely to meet fellow Filipino blogger. I am new in England and do fancy a new friend 🙂


    • Hi Melody! Great to “meet” you! 🙂 Send me an email if you have any questions 🙂

  8. Anya from Older Single Mum and The Healer

    Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment on my post about becoming an older mum. I shall keep an eye on you here! :)o

    • Oh and thank you for the tips! 🙂 So glad I found your blog. x

  9. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    YOu are my fave blogger hehe! Anung show yun trabaho mo dati! I love childrens shows esp the educational ones hehe. I am always sorrounded with kids so I get to know childrens show kahit matanda na ako. Wow writing in our language is weird now =P #pocolo

  10. Have just come across you via #abitofeverything. Whilst I don’t have anything useful to contribute about your linked post as my Shakespeare days are long behind me, I do love your about page! Love the bit about your munchkin looking a lot like herself! Cheers.

  11. Aadil Patel

    Really liked your blog, can’t really relate to much being male, single and in my early twenties :p. Can appreciate the design and features though and might just steal a few for my own blog

    • Thank you! I can imagine that’s the case. Perhaps, when you have a family of your own 🙂

  12. Beautiful blog Dean! Just dropping you a note as I’m currently drafting an email to you. I’d love to work with you throughout 2017. Hopefully speak soon, Amy x

  13. Catherine Walder

    You have a beautiful space here, Dean. Lovely to meet you. Where are you from the Philippines ??!

    • Catherine Walder

      Or “where in the Philippines are you from?” Sorry, got excited there 😀

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