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A Year of Change // A Year of Adjustment

A Year of Change // A Year of Adjustment

2018 – Year of Change Here we are, and it’s nearly Christmas. I remember standing by our Christmas tree last year with my baby bump and saying to Robin “I cannot believe this time next year we’ll have a nearly one year old next to our tree” – and now it’s here and we have […]
Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Christmas Is Coming… Ok, so, CHRISTMAS. Sorry, I know it’s still November, but everyone’s talking about shopping aren’t they? Black Friday fever… even though no one in the UK had even heard about this American phenomenon until about 2 years ago… I’m not the best at being organised when it comes to the festivities, I […]
That Disney Magic…

That Disney Magic…

Our First Disney Experience: Halloween 2018 This year we weren’t sure if we’d manage to squeeze in a family holiday as we knew we’d be moving at some point. So on a bit of a whim, back in May, we decided we’d take the kids to Disneyland Paris. I’ve never been to any Disney, Robin’s […]
[Trying to] Save the planet, one nappy at a time! [AD]

[Trying to] Save the planet, one nappy at a time! [AD]

Waste, Waste Everywhere… Last month we (finally) moved house after a rather stressful few months. We moved into a new build and quickly realised we hadn’t ordered our wheelie bins… not an ideal situation for a family of four. There’s nothing like packing your dirty bin bags into a car to take them to landfill […]

TheEdinburghMum X TheFringe2018

Fringe Festival 2018 August is fast approaching… HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? I know right? Seems like just yesterday we were snowed in! Let’s hope the great heatwave returns for the month to maximise our outdoor cider drinking and street food eating in time for the biggest event of the Edinburgh calendar – The Fringe! For […]
Scout @ 6 Months

Scout @ 6 Months

6 months of you Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday that we welcomed our little 7lb bundle into the world and completed our little family. It’s not always been easy… at times, it’s been the hardest thing in the world… But Scout has made it an absolute pleasure. The past few […]
Motherhood: Levelling up in London

Motherhood: Levelling up in London

Taking the Plunge This weekend I travelled down to London, solo, to see one of my dearest friends. She hadn’t had a chance to meet Scout yet, and it was proving difficult for her to find a date she was able to get back up to Scotland. So on a bit of a whim, I […]
3 Reasons to Join Turtle Tots [AD]

3 Reasons to Join Turtle Tots [AD]

In April, when Scout was 3 months old, we were invited along to try out level one of Turtle Tots. There are classes held all over the city on every day of the week. We chose to swim on a Wednesday morning at Damhead as this is the day that Oscar’s in his childminder, so […]
M&S Café @ Fort Kinnaird [AD]

M&S Café @ Fort Kinnaird [AD]

Café Revive I was recently asked to pop along to Fort Kinnaird to check out the newly refurbished M&S Café and I quickly obliged as Fort Kinnaird is somewhere I already spend a lot of time… and probably the majority of my money! I’m not a fan of dragging a toddler into town every time […]
Time: An Instagram Filter for Life?

Time: An Instagram Filter for Life?

Sugarcoating Life Last March I wrote a blog post about my experience of overcoming cancer in 2011 and my feelings towards it now when I look back. Well, recently I’ve been thinking even more about it. However, this time I’ve been trying to remember the true reality of my situation. I can’t help but think […]
Maid Of The Forth

Maid Of The Forth

So, on the day after the sunniest May Bank Holiday on record we took a trip on the Maid of the Forth to Inchcolm Island. Of course, this is Scotland, so it rained all day, but we had such a great adventure regardless! The Crossing The Maid of the Forth sets sail from Hawes Pier in […]
Baby Massage with Claire Houston [ad]

Baby Massage with Claire Houston [ad]

[Please Note: I was offered a place in the class free of charge in return for a review. BUT ALL VIEWS ARE MY OWN!] Join a class, any class… I remember being a new mum with Oscar and thinking that I had to join some sort of class, any class. It was a right of […]
A Note To My Friends…

A Note To My Friends…

When I became a Mum, I changed and sometimes it takes me by surprise how much. Of course, for the most part the changes I see in myself are positive, and I embrace them and am immensely proud of them. However, there have been times that I have felt like I may have lost a […]
Suzy Snooze – Review [ad]

Suzy Snooze – Review [ad]

Please note: the Suzy Snooze was gifted to me by the lovely folks at BleepBleeps! Gadgets… I love ’em. A gadget to help your toddler sleep better and give you a lie-in? SIGN ME UP. I hadn’t heard of the Snoozy Suzy before and I’m surprised, because she is right up our street. The Snoozy […]
A Different Mother

A Different Mother

A better mother second time round? Nope. Just different… I knew from day one that I was different. Within the first few hours with Scout being Earth-side a profound difference was obvious. But it took me by surprise. When I became a Mother The joy I felt when Oscar was born was immense but there […]
I Couldn’t Live Without…

I Couldn’t Live Without…

“Oh but you need *insert insanely priced ridiculous item here*…” Before we became parents for the first time, we were told about lots of things we “needed”. We were first time parents, we didn’t really know anyone else with babies so I just took people’s word for it and probably wasted a lot of money […]
Let’s Talk Placenta

Let’s Talk Placenta

This Hippy Sh*t Before I had Oscar I was clueless about the placenta… as I was with EVERYTHING surrounding birth… and babies… and parenthood (and the list goes on). But no one talks about the placenta, do they? And I suppose it’s not that important is it? It’s only the organ that provides your growing […]
Capturing Us

Capturing Us

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” — Aaron Siskind It can’t just be me that thinks photographs are so special. I’ve always loved them. In fact, when I was about 11, I […]
Adventure List: Part II

Adventure List: Part II

“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.” -A.A. Milne  My first proper blog post back in January 2017 was an Adventure List of places in and around Edinburgh that we wanted to visit with Oscar over the coming year, and we managed […]
Seven Days Of Scout – From Bump to Babe

Seven Days Of Scout – From Bump to Babe

“Just when you think you know love, something little comes along to remind you just how big it really is” A few weeks ago I wrote a post centred around my positive birth experience with Oscar. When I tried to put it all together, I realised just how much of the detail I’d forgotten. Caught […]
Looking Forward to Another Positive Birth…

Looking Forward to Another Positive Birth…

It’s coming round quick… Well here’s a crazy thought – this time next month it’s *very* possible that we’ll have a new wee baby in our lives. A brand new (hopefully cute) sleep thief… In preparation for seeing our Consultant this week to discuss our birth choices, I’ve been thinking a lot about my previous […]
3rd Trimester

3rd Trimester

28th week of pregnancy, the Third Trimester – well, that kinda snuck up on us… Time really does go so quickly, especially when you barely have a second to think about the fact that you’re pregnant but I’m loving it. I finally have an actual bump and don’t just look like I’ve piled on a […]
Twenty Weeks

Twenty Weeks

A little update Well, it’s safe to say 20 weeks has flown by. I planned on doing an update long before now, but life with a toddler seems to always get in the way, so then I thought I’d just wait until our 20 week scan to make sure everything was alright. I’m not an […]
Fringe Fun 2017

Fringe Fun 2017

So, if you’re anywhere near Edinburgh right now you’ll be more than aware that the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is kicking off for its 70th year and it’s gonna be a good one. Ya know, it is only the best Festival in the world + it’s on our doorstep. I’m excited. I have so many good […]
Piss Off Eczema 

Piss Off Eczema 

Ya know, social media can get a bad name and there are people out there that go out of their way to deceive or just be plain nasty, but for every one of those people, there are 10 looking to help. I found this out first hand recently when I posted a few stories on […]
Travelling With A Tornado

Travelling With A Tornado

Well, we returned from our Italian trip two weeks ago, and I think we’re just about recovered & back to reality…! Last year, we went to a lovely 5* hotel in Tenerife and sat by a pool. We didn’t do an awful lot, and we also made use of the Baby Club on a number […]
Back To Work: 1 Year On

Back To Work: 1 Year On

“The obligation for working mothers is a very precise one; the feeling that one ought to work as if one did not have children, while raising one’s children as if one did not have a job” – Annabel Crabb Today, the 26th April 2017, marks one year since I returned to work after 9 months maternity […]
20 Facts About Me

20 Facts About Me

I’ve been tagged a few times to post 20 Facts About Me but put it off because I reckon I’m quite boring. However, I’ve loved reading everyone else’s posts! So here they are, 20 Facts About Me, enjoy! Share the Love...FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterestemail
That Time I Had Cancer

That Time I Had Cancer

Your life is your story. Write well. Edit Often.  In September 2010 I started back at uni ready to smash my 4th and final Honours year at the University of Glasgow. It kicked off the same as the years usually did, with lots of nights out, visits to The Arches and jugs of Vodka Red Bull… […]
Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” — Amy Poehler I originally started a version of this post a month ago, I couldn’t find the words I wanted to use, and I also didn’t want to sound smug. But […]
Eighteen Month Update 

Eighteen Month Update 

As with every age milestone, I’m not quite sure where the time has gone. But here we are, on the 11th February 2017, having just put our eighteen month old baby toddler to bed (before rapidly scoffing a Chinese takeaway – we know how to live…) This time last year I was starting to worry about […]
Timehop: Our Weaning Nightmare (OK, I’m exaggerating)

Timehop: Our Weaning Nightmare (OK, I’m exaggerating)

Timehop: the daily struggle of the phone app that tries to kill you off by reminding you of either how gloriously pregnant you looked (Note: you looked so fresh because you could sit and watch box-sets all day on the weekend and sleep whenever you fancied, remember?) or it’s reminding you of how teeny tiny […]
2017 Adventure List

2017 Adventure List

There are so many brilliant things to do in and around Edinburgh, but so many that we’ve not yet got round to doing – we’re still relatively new to the city! I was so lucky during maternity leave to have Robin around so much, his shift pattern means he gets a fair amount of quality time […]
Welcome, Hi, Hello!

Welcome, Hi, Hello!

After debating with myself on and off for weeks, well, months… Ok, a year… I thought I’d take the plunge. Why not? YOLO! What’s the worst that could happen? So here I am, deciding to write a blog that I hope people will enjoy reading, but mostly, one that I will love writing. I hope […]