Scottish Highlands : A family Adventure

Scottish highlands: river running across the landscape with hill to the right and beach in front, grass behind

Scottish Highlands

We went for a holiday in the Scottish Highlands earlier this month. This was a location that was a little different for us as we love hot holidays, but with a toddler we thought we would try something a little different. We based ourselves in a self-catering lodge near the village of Ballater, close to Balmoral Castle and had ourselves a little Scottish adventure.

2 dolphin fins off the Moray Firth coast.
Wild dolphins off the Moray Firth in the sea.








Red deer in a Scottish valley
Red deer in a valley near Loch Muick.

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Bibetta Lunch Bag review

Green Bibetta lunch bag opened by a toddler looking inside it

J started nursery a couple of weeks ago and just as I was remembering that I needed to buy him a lunch box for his packed lunch, I was offered the opportunity to review a Bibetta lunch bag. It could not have been better timing!

Bibetta lunch bag in 4 different colours green, turquoise, pink and dark blue

The Bibetta lunch bag is available in a range of funky designs and colours, as seen in the photo, of which I like them all. I requested the green one and it arrived a few days later on my doorstop for me to open with great excitement. The bag is made of washable neoprene, the same material as a wetsuit, so it is 100% waterproof. The neoprene makes the Bibetta lunch bag really stretchy and versatile, so there is lots of room inside for hungry children.

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Good Reads: Inspire &Flourish August

Good Reads Lady reading a book

Inspire & Flourish Linky

I love the Inspire & Flourish Linky run by Kate over at The Less Refined Mind. It allows me to force myself to sit down once a month and consider what my Good Reads have been in the past few weeks. I have been really busy studying this month in every free second I have to prepare for my new venture of becoming an antenatal teacher, so I haven’t been able to do as much reading as I would have liked, but as usual there is so much quality out there that the difficulty is choosing my top 5!


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Life as a stay at home mum

Mum (me) holding J's hand

I have been a stay at home mum for almost 8 months now and have absolutely loved it. So much so that I could happily continue in this role forever more. However, since that is not going to be the case in a couple of months I wanted to write about it now while I had the chance.


Having read Why Parenthood is Nothing Like I Imagined by The Unmumsy Mum this morning I felt inspired to write this post today (even though I have a long list of posts that I either need to finish or actually write). I tried really hard not to have an image of motherhood prior to J’s birth. It was a bit of a journey to get to his arrival and I couldn’t allow myself to jinx it by imagining all the wonderment that being a mother was finally going to bring. My sister passed away shortly before she was born and I was really scared that this would happen to J, so I protected myself as much as I could by banishing all exciting and wonderful daydreams before they could really take root.

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Good reads – Inspire & Flourish Linky #2

Good Reads Lady reading a book

Inspire & Flourish Linky

I have decided to join in with the Inspire & Flourish Linky run by Kate over at The Less Refined Mind. The linky aims to improve your DA, which is fantastic news for us bloggers! At first I thought the rules seemed a little bit complicated, but actually it is a really easy concept once you’ve had a go, so don’t be put off. The benefits are all yours!

This is week 2 and I have found it quicker than last week, but I still had to go and revisit some of the posts as I couldn’t remember who had written what. Lesson learnt! This week I will be keeping a written list. Bonus is that I get to share lots of great posts with you, my lovely readers and have a great record of them for myself in the future.

To be scientific I am going to keep an eye on my DA score over the next few weeks to see how this linky impacts it (after all that is why it was set up). My current DA is 19. Hopefully I will see that rise soon 🙂 and I will let you know.

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