Our family holiday in Egypt



Not your typical choice for a family holiday, I’ll admit.

But when my brother-in-law booked an Easter break in Sharm El Sheikh, we took a look at whether we could afford to join him and the rest of the family – and decided to go for it.

Mr G has been to Sharm a couple of times, pre-children, for scubadiving holidays. The Red Sea is apparently the best location in the world for diving, with a rich underwater population and plenty of shipwrecks to explore.

He always wanted to go back, taking us with him. But we assumed we’d have to wait until the boys were a bit older.

We were wrong.

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Our road trip to Cornwall – travelling with kids


Up until last Summer, we’d never been brave enough to take a car journey longer than three hours with the kids.

People say that children will sleep on long road trips. But not my two. Once they stopped taking daytime naps as toddlers, nothing could get them to close their eyes before bedtime.

So the idea of endless hours on the road had the potential for whining, shouting, pleading, tears and tantrums.

And that’s just from me!

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Coffee Trifle: The perfect dessert for espresso lovers


I’ve always been a bit of a coffeeholic.

Even as a child, I made a beeline for the coffee creams in a box of chocolates, or the coffee cake at family parties.

But I was brought up in an old-fashioned northern household where the adults drank tea. So coffee was an occasional treat.

It was when I was pregnant with Brodie that my tastebuds changed, and even the smell of tea turned my stomach.

But my craving for coffee was heightened.

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Hair Trends 2014


The new BBC3 programme Hair has certainly whetted my appetite for new styles, although perhaps not all of us will be feeling confident enough to wear the outlandish looks featured on the show.

But a glance through a few magazines, and there are plenty of ‘dos’ which your average woman could carry off with flair and finesse.

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What you are missing when you knock the no makeup selfies


I’ve read a few blog posts lately, shared on social media, which are knocking the no makeup selfies.

They accuse women of belittling the bravery of cancer patients, they claim they are self-publicising and doing absolutely nothing to raise awareness, they question what they’ve done for the cause, when we’re all aware of the disease anyway.

I’ve even read about a cancer patient who’s offended by the whole movement.

Here’s why they’re missing the point:

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Getting the country gent look with Joules


If you’re going for strolls in a cold, damp climate, you really need to dress the part. And Brodie fancies himself as a bit of a country gent.

We bought him some green Hunter-style wellies over Christmas, and he’s been wearing a wide-brimmed hat he got in a dressing up set – as he finds it shelters him from the rain better than any hooded coat can.

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Calling Mum

mother and daughter on the phone


How often do you call your mum?

The average woman will spend the equivalent of two months of her life chatting on the telephone to her mother, according to research.

The study by Sainsburys Mobile found that women make an average of three calls a week to their mum, with each conversation lasting just over 16 minutes.

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Eschewing The Fat: Little Things Mean A Lot


I started my Slimpod journey this week.

And I’m feeling more positive.

Is that the Slimpod, or me? Hard to tell. But I’ll happily accept either.

I’m listening to the honeyed tones of Trevor Silvester every night, as he tells my subconscious all sorts of messages about visualising how I want to look, treating food simply as fuel to burn, listening to my body and stopping when I’m full….

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Team Honk Relay: Scotland The Brave


Well, it’s done – and what an exciting few days it’s been.

After much fretting that Scotland might not raise the required £500, the Team Honk Relay has ended with more than £1780 on our fundraising page.

To contribute to a total of over £26,000 from the 10-week challenge, passing a baton from Lands End to John O’Groats.

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Waiting for the Team Honk Relay


We were up at 7.30am – early for a Saturday.

And after loading a packed lunch into the car, it was off to Perthshire and the shores of the River Tay.

Mum was taking part in a whitewater rafting challenge for the Team Honk Relay.

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