May’s addition of Women’s Health magazine has an article by Speedo advertising their #MAKE1KWET campaign. The idea is that by following their training plan, you can coach yourself to swim 1K in the same time it would take to run 5K or cycle 10K in just three months. My problem is that I can already swim 1K in less time than it takes me to run 5K. To make it worse, my swim time (swimming breaststroke) is 25 minutes whereas I can bike 10K in 18 minutes. I’m left with a dilemma, either I’d really bad at running, mediocre at swimming,… View Post

A few years ago, we hit on the idea of planning a Road Trip via National Trust Properties. We had been gifted membership for Christmas, and were keen to make use of it. Having been invited to a wedding in Sussex we wondered how best to get there with the then 20 month old, Katie. She wasn’t great at travelling in the car but we wanted to take lots of stuff with us. We decided that lots of stops was the answer and to break the journey down into manageable chunks.   Working out where to stop To begin with,… View Post

When I heard that Jen’s beautiful son Finlay had died, it felt like the world had somehow gone wrong. Children aren’t meant to die. Certainly not out of the blue. It was like we had all somehow wandered into the twilight zone. As the blur settled into reality, I’ve watched Jen through her grief; unsure if there was anything I could possibly do to help. I have however been certain of her strength and beautiful nature. There are few people I admire more in life – both on a professional and personal level. I had wanted to ask her to guest post for some… View Post

I can’t actually believe that April contained the Easter holidays as it already seems so long ago. We had a brilliant time over the break – in the first week I took the kids rock climbing, swimming, and hung out at the park loads. Then we embarked on an epic road trip to Sussex to enjoy a few days mooching around Brighton. I was then meant to fly home with the kids. Mike set off back to Edinburgh with the car and all was going to plan. Until I realised that he had left with my wallet and passport. So… View Post

Let’s be honest. Changing nappies is never going to rate highly in anyone’s favourite activities. It’s just one of those things that you just get on with. Whilst you may get people who are nostalgic for baby days, I would question whether nappies really are one of their highlights. So why do I add to the chores and use cloth nappies? With Real Nappy Week underway, I seems timely to bring together my 4 reasons that we chose to opt in. I should be clear that I am largely shallow for my reasons for using reusable nappies. I mean, some of my reasons are… View Post