When I was pregnant with Katie, my first baby, I packed an crazy amount of stuff in my Hospital Bag. Water spray, fluffy socks, and weirdly brand new PJs from The White Company. I dutifully read every book going and carefully, detailed my packing list in my Moleskin Baby Book. Fast forward three years, when we had Thomas, I spent so little time at the hospital I’m not sure I even opened my bag. Let alone recall what was in it. Looking through my old list and reminiscing, I’m curious what other people took with them – the good, the… View Post

June has been a funny month. In some ways it’s gone quickly but in others it’s felt like it’s gone on forever. For the first time ever, I’ve actually been away from the kids for a substantial amount of time. For the last 5 years or so, I’ve needed to go on a training course for work. All kinds of things have meant it’s just been put off. I’ve always been really reluctant to have five nights away from the kids and it just felt like too much. This year, I decided to finally bite the bullet and just go for… View Post

I’m ashamed to say that despite living in Edinburgh for almost ten years now, I had failed to visit Holyrood Palace until now. However, with the allure of a Family Activity Day and Katie’s utter belief that we’d bump into the Queen – it was on the agenda for not one, but two weekends running. For anyone who reads the blog regularly (so Mum/Megan/Francesca?!) you’ll remember that I posted to Facebook and Instagram about Maria Merian’s Butterflies. Family Activity Day As a one-off event, TV presenter, explorer and entomologist George McGavin was hosting a day in which visitors could learn… View Post

June is almost done and I am definitely on the count down to the summer holidays. Do you have a necklace you wear all the time? When I was in Brighton over the Easter holidays I spied a number of simple gold necklaces in shop windows. They were generally a bit more quirky in design but I thought they’d be great for summer. I love the layered look when people wear more than one together. I think it’s a great way that you can make even just a plain T-shirt look a bit smarter. For the longest time, I had to wear… View Post

Sometimes in life, it really is good to try new things. To take the opportunities to form memories rather than staying in comfortable routine. Which is why this week – I’m trying something different and heading to the Söderberg Jazz Festival. Söderberg is an artisan Swedish Bakery based in Edinburgh that actually brings a lot of joy to my life. Their decaf coffee is actually incredible. They have cardamon buns to die for. The decor of their various branches are beyond Scandi heaven. AND they do some amazing dairy-free, soya-free ice creams that Katie can enjoy. Oh and some of the… View Post