This week I had my first training session with Susan of streamline personal training, so as promised, here is the news: I had been a bit apprehensive because I knew that the session was partially aimed at assessing my current level of fitness and I knew it would likely be a long way off what it had been pre-pregnancy! However, Susan was great at reminding me throughout the session that the body does ‘remember’ and if it has been possible before then it will be again. So with that in mind, it was interesting to see what I could do… View Post

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