Travelling Toddler: Edinburgh; Part 1.

It’s been a while since I properly wrote on here but whilst wandering around Edinburgh with our now-toddling-toddler, Cub, I realised that perhaps refreshing a few reviews from the perspective of someone with a child wasn’t a bad idea. Overall we had an incredible time, if exhausting, in Edinburgh and the people were a large…

Still Learning

Over the last month I have learnt quite a lot about myself, particularly in the 30 Day Self Portrait Challenge, but sometimes life lessons come in smaller pieces. Mine surprised me in hindsight. I thought I would share them with you as I can imagine both are pretty common.

Happy 2015!

 HAPPY NEW YEAR! I haven’t written a post in a really long time, but it’s a new year and so I thought I’d start off with a look at the last year, what I managed, and what I didn’t, and what my plans are this year. My child is asleep next to me and so…

Baptism: Tipples

Have you ever noticed that a lot of Christian events will be focused around food? Alpha has a meal; Christmas & Easter are food-filled festivals traditionally; even the old style tea and quiche is for some reason integral to Church of England parish events. Well, to be honest, in this Bear household we aren’t much…

The Trouble With Dragons, Debi Gliori

8/52, 6th May 2014, Week 19 (about 10 books behind… moving on through!) I’m reading to Cub and they are gorgeous books, some of which I love. Despite them being much shorter this is not a cop out: I do feel we should be discussing them with as much of a standard as you would…

Planning A House Without The Pride

  I love houses that become homes. I love how a building can start to symbolise who lives there and represent the life they are trying to live. This is a bit strange seeing as I was unbelievably bored by architecture in Art History classes. I think this is because the walls, the roofs, the…

Inducing Labour: My Experience

As you probably all know by now I’m generally not a fan of pregnancy, specifically in myself. I know I have had it lucky the entire way through and there are so many women out there who would be telling me horror stories of vomit-filled 9 months and braxton hicks as well as bladder issues…

Academic Kids: Preparing for Parenthood

There are a number of Universities that have taken on the mentoring/networking idea of “family” within their student populations. However, I think it is fair to say that St Andrews does it differently. For those who don’t know there are a number of traditions that keep the fun alive and even for alumni, memories are…

New Year & Resolutions For 2014

This is the time of year that the internet fills with resolutions, challenges, advice, and leftovers from the feasts enjoyed previously. Although I don’t want to bore you all silly I thought I would think over, and write about, the lessons from 2013 and my hopes for 2014.

Are We Getting Old? Couple In The Cotswolds

You know every now and again you’ll have those moments when you realise just how much time has passed since certain points in your life? For example, reaching the end of high school, or graduating, or when you first have to pay an electric bill by yourself. These moments seem to be the moments when…