Art class @artroom32 has been such a life saver in the last few weeks. Before Thomas was born I imagined I would entertain Katie in much the same way I always had: I went to the Botanics. Thomas screamed all the way round hating his pram and Katie kept trying to run away when I wanted to feed him. The play park. Try pushing a swing whilst feeding a baby. This one actually wasn’t so bad as Katie is happy to play while I sit on the bench but isn’t great in poor weather. And swimming? I had the sense… View Post

Since 2004, the phenomenon that is ‘parkrun’ has been spreading across the country: volunteer-led, free-for-all 5K runs, every week, on a Saturday morning. Edinburgh of course, is no exception. In fact there are now two Edinburgh parkruns – the original at Cramond and a newer one in Portobello. Beyond the fact that is free the parkrun website explains a little more about what makes it so good:

When I think of Edinburgh homes ‘modern’ is not what comes to mind. I actually picture of New Town’s Georgian townhouses, or the labyrinth of Old Town. But in fact, there are an ever increasing number of new builds in Edinburgh – my home included. Previously, I renovated a typical Edinburgh tenement flat – think few rooms and impossibly high ceilings! I could go for big statement light fittings and gather an eclectic mix of furniture and it just somehow worked. I stripped the original doors back with great abandon and had a great time perusing Edinburgh’s various salvage yards and antique… View Post

As a busy Mum I very much like the idea of having a functional wardrobe. It needs to be comfortable to wear, withstand a fair degree of baby/toddler goo and be practical enough for me to have a shot on Ben’s skateboard! It’s no surprise to me that the ‘Mum uniform’ is often considered to be a Breton top, skinny jeans and a pair of Converse, perhaps with a scarf thrown in to mix things up. In Edinburgh over the summer I would say that Converse are replaced with Toms, but the pattern generally remains. I have several variations of… View Post

The Contented Calf cookbook came to me recommended by my friend Megan. I was really lucky after Katie was born to meet a fantastic group of Mums who were also all breastfeeding. Even so, I still worried a lot. Katie was a very ‘pukey’ baby suffering badly from reflux. I was constantly fretting that she wasn’t getting enough milk and that my supply wasn’t good enough. So this time round I knew that I wanted to try and feed Thomas but was concerned that I would find myself in the same situation. Fortunately I had a really good midwife who… View Post