Friday High Five #8

It’s been a hard week – financial year end in Scotland + Rocky Horror in Glasgow + poorly husband makes for a busy Maggie. Here’s 5 happy things to ease us in to this (much needed) weekend together.

  • The tribute paid to David Bowie at the BRITs this week was spot on. Annie Lennox describes perfectly the devastation I know I still feel, Gary Oldman has a couple of the best stories about Bowie to make you chuckle, and Lourde’s version of Life on Mars is haunting.


closet green dress

  • This Geo Print Dress from New Look makes both my eyes and wallet hurt so good! It’s in the sale for £41.60, so I’m trying to justify it as a pay day treat!


  • In praise of good coffee! Sometimes I just need to take myself out for the day, get a good coffee and read my book. Brew Lab is my new favourite spot in Edinburgh for that. They’re a little hip, but the coffee is incredible! Plus, they’ve just opened a new branch that’s much easier for me to get to.


Maggie Bob Wants: Bedroom Makeover 2016

I’ve been watching The Great Interior Design Challenge. It’s like Bake Off meets Changing Rooms and appeals directly to the part of me that reads House Beautiful in the bath in my generic rented flat. If you’ve never seen it we’re a few episodes in to the current series but you’ve definitely got time to catch up on iPlayer.

Because we’ve always lived in rented accommodation, we’ve never really been able to decorate for ourselves. However, we’ve always opted for unfurnished and we’ve slowly been able to put our stamp on our current Edinburgh flat – rearranging the living room last year has really made the room work much better and given us space to put up photos and personal knick-knacks so it feels more cosy and, well just us.

Next on my hit-list to personalise is our bedroom. We’ve moved most of the furniture out and turned our box room in to a walk-in wardrobe. That means all that is left in the bedroom is our (slightly broken) ottoman bed, two mismatched units serving as bedside tables and my old rocking chair. Plus the pink curtains/beige carpet supplied by the landlord. It’s nice having a minimalist space for sleeping, but I feel like I want to make it a bit pretty. So I’ve done what I always do – went virtual window shopping.

The husband would like a red and black theme, but my fantasy planning has lead me to a charcoal grey & dusty pink combo that I love, so that’s what I’m going for (I’m sure the husband can be convinced). Now I have a flood of ideas, I just need a free weekend to put them all in to action. Here’s my top 3 wants in each category for my new look bedroom.



Charcoal Kiss Me Goodnight Thermal Curtains | Dunelm | £49.99
Soft Velour Curtains | Next | £65
Rita Silver Luxury Striped Curtains | Julian Charles | £21 (sale)


V&A Viennese Rose Duvet Cover | House of Fraser | £70 (King duvet cover only)
Light Pink Duvet Set | H&M | £29.99
Vintage Paris Lables Bedding Set | Debenhams | £37

Bedside Tables


Marcos Side Table | Made | £49
Anastasia Bedside Table | Flora Furniture | £124.95
French Dawn Shabby Chic Bedside Table | ScoutAbout Interiors | £165



Flower Burst Wall Art | Etsy | £53.91
Faux Fur Heart Cushion | Primark | £3
Rose LED Fairy Lights | Etsy | £23
Folding Ottoman | World Stores | £32.99
Alice Starry Sky Ceiling Shade | John Lewis | £45
Soft Fluffy Throw | Primark | £15

More of my bedroom makeover inspiration can be found on my Pinterest board. Let me know what you think, or what colours you like for a bedroom.


Maggie Bob Clicks: MediSafe App

I’ve sometimes joked that age isn’t measured in years, but rather in the number of pills you have to take every day just to keep you going. Thankfully I’m in reasonably good health but I still have three medications I take every day. I’m quite good at taking them on time, but I often lose track of when I’m running out and need to renew my prescription. My husband has 5 daily tablets to drop, plus others on an as needed basis, and as one of the side effects of his illness is forgetfulness, we have to be super organised to make sure he takes the right dosage each day, doesn’t accidentally double up, and orders his new drugs in plenty of time. Thus, we were pointed in the direction of MediSafe.


MediSafe is a free smartphone app* to help you organise your medications and prescriptions. Medisafe boasts that their users have 86% compliance with their medicine regime compared to the national (for USA) average of 50%. It has a virtual pill box (divided in to 4 timeframes for each day) in to which you load the medicines you need to take. There’s an auto-suggest feature in there with a huge list of medicines in it, or you can free type the name of yours. You can customise the dosage and appearance so that your virtual pill box looks just like your real one. So why, you may be wondering, is this any better than a plastic pill caddy you can pick up from the pound shop?


Because you tell MediSafe what time you are supposed to take each pill, it can pop up on your phone and remind you if you’ve not done so. Mine alerts me at 9am every day, by which point I’ve usually taken my medicine and I just mark it as ‘taken’ on the app. However, where this works brilliantly is you can have MediFriends – so I also get alerted if my husband hasn’t marked his pills as taken, and I can give him a gentle prod. This is a god-send for someone with anxiety as he doesn’t have to do any of the remembering. You can also add dependants – people who don’t have their own app log in (children, elderly relatives) who you can keep track of medicines for yourself.


The alerts to re-order prescriptions is also very useful. I usually bung my boxes of tablets in the bathroom cabinet, and keep one strip at a time in my handbag, so I lose track of how many I have left, and often find myself re-ordering with great urgency. When you set a new medicine up with MediSafe you tell it how many dosages you have. Then every time you mark a medicine as taken it reduces the count in your ‘medicine cabinet’ and alerts you at your chosen limit (eg 5 tablets left). This is a huge relief to me as it gives me enough notice to fill out a repeat prescription request or make an appointment to see my GP. The app is really easy to set up and use, and has fit nicely in to our lives already in the fortnight we’ve been using it. There’s other features we’ve yet to use, like tracking doctor’s appointments, that I’m sure we’ll find useful.


Hope some of you might find it useful too!



* You can download MediSafe from GooglePlay, AppStore, or Amazon, depending on your device.

Maggie Bob Makes: Lunchbox Muffins


Last Sunday I was desperately rooting around my kitchen trying to find something that would do me for my lunchbox over the coming week – you know, the one just before payday when you have to get a bit creative with the contents of the cupboard (not just me, surely?). In among the many tins of kidney beans and passata – I’m a hoarder – I found a jar of sundried tomatoes I had bought on offer in Lidl a while back and inspiration struck. I would make some savoury muffins.

Starting with a basic batter recipe I threw in some things I happened to have and gave everything the requisite time in the oven. I was expecting these to be edible but maybe in need of some tweaking, like most kitchen experiements. Imagine my surprise when I tried one and found it to be pretty damned spot on first time. Husband suggested buttering them, which proved to be a moment of inspiration, and two of these wee beauties plus a few pickled onions worked perfectly in my lunchbox.


These were made on a Sunday afternoon and the last ones consumed on Thursday so I can also confirm they keep well in a cake tin or other airtight container. You could tweak the fillings to suit your tastes and what you have in, but here’s the recipe as I’ll be repeating it again this weekend:


250g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
50g grated cheddar
100g tinned sweetcorn, drained weight
60g (about 8) sundried tomatoes, chopped
200ml milk
1 medium egg
4tbsp oil (I used the stuff in the tomato jar)



  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180c and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases or squares of baking parchment.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt in to a large mixing bowl, then stir through the cheese, sweetcorn and tomatoes. This step is important as coating the fillings with the flour stops them sinking in your batter.
  3. Whisk the milk and egg together in a jug and then whisk in the oil.
  4. Gradually add your wet mixture to your dry mixture, stirring to combine, until you have a thick batter – it will be quite lumpy, don’t worry
  5. Spoon your mixture in to the muffin cases and bake in your pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes – until risen, golden and cooked through

As always, I live for when people cook my recipes, so please do leave a comment if you give these a try. Enjoy!