In the spirit of trying new things – I recently headed to the beautiful The Tartan Blanket Co. HQ for an evening workshop. In the company of my wonderful friend Jo (and furnished with a large glass of red wine) we settled down to receive an introduction to Modern Calligraphy. Hosed by Rachael and Cara of Paper Parade – we were soon learning about the different types of inks and pens available, exactly how we should be holding our pens, and the trick to getting thick and thin lines with a dip nib. As opposed to a traditional font –… View Post

Over Christmas, I think the kid’s have been required to reflect on a lot of things. Many have been lucky enough to be asked repeatedly ‘What do you want do you want Father Christmas to bring?’  resulting in much pondering about what items should make the ‘list’. But actually, even CBeebies told a version of Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ – encouraging even the youngest of children to look beyond themselves. And of course, the story of the baby Jesus, born into poverty, often prompts adults to ask children to imagine what that situation must be like. It seems to me,… View Post

Recently I actually succeeded in finishing one of my personal resolutions for 2017. After a few years of attempting it, I’ve read 52 books this year. I’d like to say that they were all in some way intellectual, akin to to War and Peace, or at least by authors of good standing… but I can’t. I’ve read a massive array of books from fiction aimed at teenagers to ‘how to’ guides relating to blogging. I’ve made my own rules up and made it my personal thing. But has it made a difference to my life? At the point at which I… View Post

Merry Christmas Eve! Hope you’re all prepared for the big day tomorrow and can find some time to relax! We wanted to say thank you so much, truly, for reading Edinburgh with Kids. It means a lot that you take the time to come here. This week we’re spending time with our families and enjoying our various traditions. Some of the wonderful people who have contributed to Edinburgh with Kids this year have shared their favourite things to read over Christmas with you – in case you’re looking for inspiration… “The tradition we had when we were children was to read another bit of the nativity… View Post

Have you started wrapping your Christmas presents yet? If you’re anything like me, the answer will be no but it will be on a very long to-do list! I generally follow the same formula each year; opting to shun the garish shiny paper and attempting to find some style by using that well known combo of brown paper, twine, luggage tag and twig (stolen from the Christmas tree). I think in the back of my head, I’ve always felt better using recycled paper amongst all the excess packaging of Christmas. My family traditionally would use gift bags each year, and would just use… View Post