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I am a last minute-gifter. Let’s just start off by saying that. Every year I can almost guarantee that I’ll still be doing a last minute dash on the 24th (and swearing to myself that I’ll be more organised). This...

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My very first Instagram post was of a pizza. A margherita, of all choices, was my first foray with the platform. The only second thought I gave to my picture was a Valencia filter and thirty seconds to contemplate #TwoForTuesdays...

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A week at a beautiful villa in Cyprus with James Villas?  Don’t mind if I do. Summer. Whether you are five, or twenty-five, summer is the memory-maker. It’s the chance to do something different, to go somewhere new, or to stay at home and make time for the people we don’t normally make the time for. What is it they say? – we have twelve or so summers with our kids (until we become uncool and X-Box and Instagram takes priority). I want to cram as much as possible into those twelve. I want the pictures, the stories and the ability to make time stand still, at least for a week or so. And that is exactly what we got in our week in Cyprus as James Villas Ambassadors.  Is it sad that part of me feels as though by sharing our experience, I’m finally accepting that the summer is over? I normally wouldn’t be this sad to see it go. I live for chunky knits and a pumpkin spice latte or ten, and under normal circumstances the ability to pack away the denim shorts is welcomed with open arms. With this summer though, it’s hard not to be sad to see […]

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I told myself that I would be organised for our trip to Cyprus this month well ahead of time. We travelled to Gran Canaria in Spring, and I moaned endlessly about the lack of summer clothes available on the high...

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Sunday morning. A time for rest, relaxation, and a bloody good breakfast. Right? Wrong. It seems that easy-going weekend mornings are not something programmed into a one year old. Before Harrison was born, Sunday was my day . I wasn’t...

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  Keeping my little one cool in the middle of the Scottish summer is not exactly something I have to contend with all that often. Let’s be real. I live in Scotland, a country where most years our summer amounts to a magical fortnight at some point in May, always cited by The Sun as the hottest two weeks in the UK ever. This year, in some strange twist of fate, over two months later our summer is still going, and the heatwave is only just starting to die out. With temperatures to rival Spain, suddenly the question of which raincoat matches my sons’ favourite wellies was replaced with a whole host of worries around keeping him cool in the heat. While my own top tips are limited to minimal clothes and more ice-lollies than sense, I’ve teamed up with WaterWipes to really delve into how to keep babies cool. This July, they partnered with a child dermatologist to highlight the importance of protecting baby skin throughout the summer months, something I’m sure we could all be more aware of.   For those of you who haven’t heard of WaterWipes – where have you been? – all joking aside, they […]

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  Earlier this year, we finally dipped our toes into the realms of family travel, and with our next adventure fast approaching (3 weeks, but who’s counting?) I’ve been deep in the realms of nostalgia over our trip to Gran Canaria back in May. Holiday Gems have recently launched a campaign around popular attractions and landmarks in a few of the sunny destinations we know and love, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to revisit our trip to share my top three attractions to visit with kids, As the third biggest canary island, it boasts golden beaches, a stunning landscape with the added benefit of a big city to explore it’s easy to see why it is coined a ‘continent in miniature’.. Gran Canaria was our very first adventure as a family, having never travelled to the Canaries before, we went with an open mind and fully expecting sunshine, sea and a good cocktail or two for us, little did we know it would have so much for our little one as well. Take A Stroll Through The Instagram Village 1. Visit Puerto De Mogan Puerto De Mogan is a picturesque resort and fishing village on the South-West Coast […]

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  Edinburgh with kids, really? I know what your thinking. What could a city known for whisky, kilts and questionable accents have to offer for a family holiday? Well, surprisingly– a lot. Scotland may be my home, but I still find myself constantly surprised at just how much it has to offer. Living just outside of Glasgow, a trip to Edinburgh is a bi-annual for us, and every single time I find myself with a new favourite restaurant, museum or park, and a load of fresh love for the capital. Edinburgh is somewhere I’ve always loved, it’s a city with a buzz, plenty of history and so much on offer for all ages. We made our first trip of the summer there last weekend, and I thought it was about time I finally got around to sharing the good, the bad and the ugly to navigating Edinburgh with kids. How To Travel To Edinburgh COACH IS THE NEW TRAIN Edinburgh is not the place to drive. If you are travelling for an extended period of time, I would rent a car to travel a bit futher out, but for the sake of a a day trip or even a weekend […]

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  It’s not that I actively prevent myself from sleeping. Trust me, I like to sleep. I love sleeping. It just so happens that I have a toddler who doesn’t – and who hasn’t for the best part of nearly two years. I can’t necessarily help the fact that my sleep is not always up there with the recommended 8 hours. I’ve spent many an hour reading through articles, poured over The Gentle Sleep Book and I’ve had one too many a cry over the fact that my child isn’t the best sleeper. My outlook has changed as time has gone on, and I am simply embracing the extra cuddles and my recurring membership to the 3am no-sleep club, because after all – they won’t be little for ever. Instead of trying to fix something that isn’t so easy to fix, I made the switch to make the most of the little sleep I do manage to get.   Sleep isn’t for the weak; it’s for the smart. It’s for the realistic. It’s for the normal functioning humans. The long-term solution is to fix the root cause of your exhaustion: your lack of sleep. But, sometimes it’s just not possible, straight away. […]

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  I’ve had this blog for nearly two years (craaazy) now and it’s pretty suffice to say that my photography has improved ten fold since my very first post. For reference, that post contained a single photo taken on my iPhone in a bathroom stall of the local shopping centre. It was bad – but I’ve spent the last two years educating myself and I’m now a dab hand at getting a passable blog photo. I’m not the only one who’s photography skills have improved though. I first drafted Jordan in to take some pictures of me and Harrison around a year ago when I was all but absent in pictures throughout Harrisons’ first year. It was a rather uphill battle, given that Jordans’ photography experience started and ended with annual drunk snapchat of his beer at Christmas time, but after many an argument over out of focus and over exposed images, he’s grown into the perfect Instagram husband.   Disclaimer: Jordan is a willing particpant in all things Instagram. Well, less willing, and more ‘if I don’t do this I’ve got no chance of watching the World Cup later so I’d better just do it quickly…’ – HOW TO […]

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