The name Unicorns, Dinosaurs & Me came from the children’s love of unicorns and dinosaurs. For the purpose of the blog, Nikki’s daughter is referred to as Unicorn, her son as Dinosaur and her husband as Daddy Dino. Last but not least, the latest addition to the family is Millie, the rescued Siberian Husky/German Shepherd cross. They are a family of four living in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK.
Nikki and Daddy Dino met at The University of Greenwich in London in 2004 and then married in 2009. The Unicorn came along in 2012 which was fabulous timing as the family were still living in London so Nikki could pop off to watch some of the Paralympics during her maternity leave. The Dinosaur came along in 2017 and has been a total whirlwind since the moment he arrived! He was overdue but when he did decide to make an appearance, he went for it and was born in a speedy 52 minutes!
Nikki Knight is a freelance digital marketing expert, copywriter, content creator, blogger and mum of two. She teaches small business owners how they can do their own digital marketing and is especially passionate about encouraging business owners to write blogs. Nikki often speaks publicly about this in small group workshops, training sessions and even on BBC Radio Gloucestershire. She loves an ampersand (&), the colour pink, anything glittery or sparkly and all things unicorn! She also likes to drink Prosecco, cocktails and tea.
Nikki is a former teacher and Head of House at a secondary school on the outskirts of London who moved to the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire during maternity leave in 2012. When she returned to work, she worked in Adult Social Care Assessment for the local authority. She become fully self-employed in 2022 when her son was diagnosed with leukaemia.
Since her son’s diagnosis, Nikki has become an expert in childhood cancer, nasogastric tube feeding and the effects they can have on families and day-to-day life. She is passionate about educating people on the impacts of childhood cancer as well as supporting parents who find themselves in the same situation. Nikki has drawn on her own experiences to publish 2 books aimed at helping parents manage a leukaemia diagnosis and take care of their own mental health when caring for a sick child as well as a book for general mental well-being. Nikki is enthusiastic about promoting the charities that have been involved in supporting her family.
If you are interested in working with Nikki, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or head over to the Work With Me page to see the brands they have collaborated with so far.
About The Unicorn
Unicorn, born in 2012, loves unicorns, her friends and spending time with her family. She’s a bit of a smart cookie and loves school, lockdown was really hard for her because she missed everything about school and learning at home just wasn’t the same.
She likes to be creative and is an absolute genius when it comes to Lego! She’ll have a go at anything and everything but will soon let you know if she doesn’t like it.
About The Dinosaur
Dinosaur, born in 2017, is your stereotypical boy. He loves to be dirty and the dirtier the better, When he comes home from school filthy, you know he’s had a good day. He knows more about dinosaurs than most adults and cannot walk past a dog without asking if he can stroke it!
He likes to do arty activities, play outside and absolutely loves a story! The lockdown was really good for him and he thrived getting to spend so much time with his sister. As there are 5 years between them, he was desperate to do everything she could which meant his physical skills and language ability developed exceedingly quickly!
In February 2022 he was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. He is undergoing daily chemotherapy until the end of treatment in March 2024. It will then be another 5 years before he is officially given the all-clear in 2029. He is currently on the waiting list for an ADHD assessment.
Daddy Dino will be popping up from time to time to write but will generally spend his time helping to review things and taking photos. Daddy Dino mainly enjoys writing food-related content, he is a keen chef and loves nothing more than pottering about in the kitchen creating new recipes. He is a keen rugby fan and enjoys going to Kingsholm to see Gloucester play.
Millie is a 9-year-old Siberian Husky/German Shepherd cross. She joined the family on Father’s Day 2021 from Saints Sled Dog Rescue. She is an absolute sweetheart and settled into family life remarkably quickly. She can usually be found sleeping in her day bed next to Nikki when she works, chasing around the garden with the children or looking for attention as she is a big softie who loves a tummy rub.
She likes to join the family out and about and they are always looking for dog-friendly and family-friendly days out so she can come too. As she is part husky and they have a high prey drive and practically no recall, Millie has to stay on her lead when out but when she goes to the secure dog field, she moves like a rocket and sounds like a racehorse!