We have been having some beautiful Autumn weather in Edinburgh recently. Although there has been a definite chill in the air it has been accompanied by bright sunshine and the air is lovely and crisp. I had all three children with me today so spent some time playing outside to make the most of the good weather but also had a fair amount of menial chores to get done such as food shopping. When I can, I like avoid the supermarkets as think it’s more fun to go to local shops – they usually have nice displays and the staff are often… View Post

The National Museum is a great place to entertain the kids, especially on a cold day. It’s not that easy to find activities that suit both Katie and Ben but I find this a great standby. It’s a vast place and there always seems to be something new to discover: today was no exception. For some in Edinburgh the half-term holidays have just begun and for others it’s just ending so there was a selection of ‘free’ activities on to suit school age children. We were greeted by a guide on our arrival who was there specifically to direct families to the… View Post

I left ‘style’ as the last category of this week because I have been unsure what to write about. A lot of doubts have crept up in my mind, in part through things people have said but also because I have a few insecurities of my own. I was about to delete the category and come up with something else when a wise friend advised that I should absolutely keep it because I find it difficult – and that’s what I should write about!

Like many other children, my step-son Ben often has things he is intensely interested in for a short amount of time. So when designing his room I didn’t want to focus on a theme that he might not be interested in next week. Additionally, I wanted something that could be easily adapted as he got older and that was also budget friendly. As a starting point I chose an adaptable wall colour: Skylight from Farrow and Ball. This is good for a small room as the colour becomes more intense in a smaller space but I also find it changes depending on… View Post

As you should be able to tell from my last post about Edinburgh Parkrun, I enjoy running! I can’t pretend that I have ever been particularly fast or have won many prizes, but I found it a great way to keep fit and meet up with friends. I’m very lucky that aside from the renowned marathon festival, there are events throughout the year in Edinburgh of a variety of length which helped to keep me motivated. However, after having Thomas I’ve been very unsure exactly where to start in terms of getting back into fitness. With Katie, I began by just… View Post