We Are Family: The legal process of adoption



One of the saddest statistics in 2013 was the rising number of children in the care of local authorities, which now exceeds 68,000 children and is set to rise again in 2014.

A staggering 24% of these children – just over 16,000 – are aged 4 and under.

These figures are even more poignant when you consider a record number of women are set to use invitro fertilisation (IVF) to help them start a family this year, and over 25,000 would-be parents made enquiries about adopting a child.

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RBS app adds to Mum’s bag of magic tricks



Magic…  it’s all about sleight of hand, isn’t it?

So much of it looks real, but behind the scenes it’s just clever trickery.

Like when you become a Mum.

You can pretty much fool your children into thinking you have magic powers. And they don’t find out until they’re older that it was all deceit.

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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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