A list of things you don't need for a baby. You don't need a nursery or nursery furniture, new or fiddly toys, baby monitors, dummies or many other things that companies try to sell new parents.
Guidance for dads and other partners on how to be supportive in the first few weeks of breastfeeding a newborn. Practical tips including providing food and water, doing nappy changes and housework and also providing emotional support.
Here are the top places to go in Edinburgh to escape the crowds at the typical tourist spots, especially during the Edinburgh festival. Go to the beach, go to the hills or find that village vibe, all within a few miles of Edinburgh's city centre.
Guidelines for visiting new parents with their baby in the first few weeks. Don't turn up unannounced, don't create extra work, be helpful and admire the baby.
Read through what I found surprising about the experience of breastfeeding as a clueless first-time mother—from possible positions to sleeping and breastfeeding to fountains of sweet milk gushing everywhere.
Explore a wide variety of baby name ideas inspired by the stars, skies, moons and all things celestial.
What you need to buy for breastfeeding at the start, and some things you think you might need that you don’t. Avoid falling in the trap of buying things you don’t need.
30 baby name ideas that beginning with the letter U, with information about meanings, popularity and famous bearers of the names.
Advice on how to not let on you are pregnant while avoiding drinking alcohol, including possible excuses.
Santa Claus doesn't have to be male. This is a guide to some of the female gift-givers found in European culture including La Befana, Tante Arie, Frau Holle, Perchta, and the evil Gryla.
A list of around 50 baby names that are inspired by Christmas and the Winter season.
A list of baby names that begin with the letter F, including their meanings, origins and popularity. If you are thinking of naming your child with a name beginning with F, this list should provide you with some ideas.
Ideas of what you can do with spare GU pots. These small glass ramekins are very useful.
Comprehensive list of baby names beginning with Z, including currently popular names, historically popular names, celebrity names and names from around the world. Z is an exotic trendy letter to start names with.
This article describes the rules of Hide and Seek, the classic game that is popular with adults as well as children. It also explains how to play and gives tips on venues, timing and hiding. It also gives rules for some common variations, including Kick the Can, Sardines and using a home base.
These names are becoming trendy according to the United States Social Security Administration baby name statistics for 2017. The meaning for each baby boy and baby girl name is also provided.
Easy and classic card games which are good to play with children. A great way to spend family time with classics like Snap, Old Maid, Go Fish, Crazy Eights and Rummy.
Victorian and Edwardian baby boy names that were once popular and in the top 100 and are now rare and not even in the top 1000 names in the USA. A lot of these names were popular due to US presidents and celebrities of the time.
List of pretty Victorian girls names that were in the top 50, that are no longer popular.
This is a guide to Hungarian culture and mentality including what foreigners should know when meeting Hungarians, from greetings, cuisine, geography, history, customer service to the language.
Learn to play the classic card game Cheat, also known as Bullshit, where the winner is usually the player who is the best liar.
Instructions on how to play the classic game Old Maid, where the punishment is that the loser gets hit on the knuckles with a pack of cards.
How to play the classic parlour game "Who am I" including example questions and answers
Popular and traditional Scottish names for baby boys. This is a list of some possible choices.
Whist is a classic card game. This article explains how to play, some tactics and strategy and some of the many variations of the game.
A list of 16 things that change as you reach your thirties: less partying, more staying in, more and more marriages, and children with less insecurity.
A summary of cliche plots found in romance novels. The heroine doesn't know how attractive she is. She meets a rich businessman who whisks her off her feet. It takes them a while to trust each other.
Instructions for playing the traditional classic card game Stop the Bus. This game is also known as Scat, 31, Blitz and Bastard.
This is a simple version of the card game Rummy that is good for children. I've also included some other variations of the game that are really fun to play.
Scottish baby names to avoid using because they aren't really Scottish, have negative or unfortunate meanings, are old men's names, don't sound nice, or are too popular.
Easy-to-care-for plants that are excellent for humid apartments, offices, and houses.
Popular and upcoming Scottish names for baby girls.
Here is a tourist guide for visiting the city of Szeged in the southeast of Hungary.
Different versions of Santa Claus and his companions including the real St Nicholas, Sinterklaas and Black Peter, Pelznickel, the Krampus, Ded Moroz and Old Father Christmas.
Guide for the budget travellers on a budget on visiting Vienna on a shoestring. How to save money travelling from the airport, getting around the city, and visiting attractions.
How to play 'Switch', a simple classic family card game where the aim is to get rid of all your cards first. There are different versions of Switch where different cards have special powers.
Explore the beautiful countryside and pretty market towns of Herefordshire. Especially recommended for lovers of cider and medieval history.
It's raining, but do you really need an umbrella? Is it worth the bother? A discussion of the pros and cons of umbrellas with 5 reasons against using umbrellas and 5 reasons in favor.
The Isle of Staffa near Mull off the West Coast of Scotland is worth visiting to see the spectacular Fingal's Cave with its amazing natural beauty, and see some puffins.
A local's perspective and tips on being a tourist in Edinburgh, Scotland, including hints on avoiding gimmicks, and what you shouldn't do, so as not to give tourists a bad name.
The tiny island of Ulva in Scotland is an excellent place to visit for a day trip from the larger isle of Mull. Go for a picnic, walk around the island and learn about its heritage.
What to do and how to get to Mull, the second largest isle in the Hebrides.
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use public transportation to get to this fairytale castle in Bavaria, Germany, including guidance on the best value tickets to purchase.
Watch students in St Andrews walking along North Street, you might notice that they all swerve at the same point. This is to avoid stepping cobbles with Patrick Hamilton's initials.
Obsessed with fairy tales and building castles King Ludwig II had almost bankrupted Bavaria when he was found dead, under circumstances which remain mysterious to this day.
A celebration at Scotland's oldest university to welcome new students. A tradition involving academic parents, raisins, a foam fight, and Latin raisin receipts.
Inchcolm Island in the Firth of Forth can be visited by ferry. It is an excellent place to explore for a few hours with a medieval abbey, world war fortifications, and wildlife.
A guide for people considering moving to Edinburgh and privately renting property.
A guide to cycling round the Scottish Island of Great Cumbrae
This cinnamon and honey ice cream is easy to make, and cannot be beaten by any other flavor of ice cream for wonderfulness.
Scottish criminal law is unique in allowing three sorts of verdict: 'guilty', 'not guilty' and 'not proven'. This article outlines the origins of this verdict.
Rules and tips to play the game known as Bastard—and by many other different names. This is an easy-to-play game that combines strategy and luck.
Bookkeeping tips for small businesses and freelancers based on experience of working in an accountancy firm. Be organised by knowing what you have spent, and what you have received.