Six Super Simple End Of Year Gifts For Teachers



I can’t believe it’s here already. The boys have only two weeks left until they break up for the Summer holidays.

For me, it seems like five minutes since Blake started school, and I wrote this.

But I know for the teachers at our primary school, time probably hasn’t flown quite as much. Because a workplace where you have to control upwards of 25 excitable kids …. well that’s not easy is it?

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Dennis The Menace, Square Sausage, and Carol Smillie’s Knickers!




A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Ideal Home Show Scotland.

I don’t often get a day out by myself. So I jumped at the chance to leave Mr G to entertain the boys, while I spent a Saturday shopping, taking in the sights, sounds and smells (and maybe doing a bit of celeb-spotting).

I’ve already told you how the lovely people at Sterling Furniture took a group of us through the key interiors trends and styles for this season.

But the rest of the day was pretty eventful too.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Under £50

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It’s that time of year again, when you need to show your appreciation for the Dad in your life.

If you’re anything like me, you not only have to shop for your own father but on behalf of the kids for their Dad too!

And while the men in my life protest that they “don’t need anything” or that “socks will do”, I hate being predictable.

So here’s my pick of Father’s Day gift ideas  for all different budgets.

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The Ideal Home Show Scotland: Style With Sterling




I was lucky enough to be invited to a bloggers event at The Ideal Home Show Scotland, hosted by Sterling Furniture.

Since we’re always looking for good ideas for brightening up our house, I jumped at the chance to go along, meet some other bloggers and draw up my own wishlist of what I’d love to do to our ramshackle home.

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A Week In Politics


I don’t normally blog about politics.

It’s not something I feel comfortable discussing.

It’s just one of those subjects where it’s important to have a view – but there’s no winning in a debate about it. Mostly because people can get very aggressive if you don’t see things their way.

So until recently, I preferred to remain silent on the subject.

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Competition: Win a canvas print from PhotoBox


The older I get – or rather the older my boys get – the more sentimental I become.

They are just growing up so fast. And the photographs we’ve taken over the years are my connection to the babies who have almost disappeared in the little men I see before me.

Which is why I love buying canvas prints – as gifts for the grandparents to remind them of how far we’ve come, but also as keepsakes for myself.

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Win a pair of tickets to the Ideal Home Show Scotland

Celeb Scotland Show 2014

Your home is supposed to be your castle, according to the well-known saying.

Mine is more like Castle Greyskull – and that’s on a good day!


But the boys are getting older now, and with both of us working, we’re not as skint as we used to be.

So it’s time to start thinking about doing up the house.

Which is why I’m very excited to be attending The Ideal Home Show Scotland at the end of this month.

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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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