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Introducing Junior's new weekly columnist: Kirsty McCabe

Mum-of-two and Scottish weather presenter Kirsty McCabe joins us here at Junior online with her weekly 'Something for the Weekend' parenting blog, which will now be appearing here every Friday. Introducing the latest member of our team...

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Kirsty with husband Renato and their sons, Ethan, 3, and Logan, nearly 1

Kirsty has two sons, Ethan, 3, and Logan, nearly 1, and is best known for her work as a TV presenter and meteorologist. She began her career as a weather presenter for the Met Office, broadcasting on BBC local, national and international TV and radio stations, before joining GMTV and then ITV's Daybreak.

Kirsty now covers Channel 5 weather and writes features for The Weather Channel. Her 'Something for the Weekend' column will be published every Friday here on Junior, covering essential topics for all parents, from the trials of teething to toddler tantrums. We find out a bit about Kirsty behind the scenes...

What did you want to be 'when you grew up'?

I first read about geophysics when I was 12. I then enjoyed telling people I was going to be a geophysicist because they rarely knew what it was. I did become one but I didn't want to work in the oil industry, like most of my fellow graduates did, so I veered towards climate change studies and ended up working in the world of weather.

What did you like wearing most as a child?

I wanted to wear whatever my big sister Fiona was wearing and in true sister fashion I used to 'borrow' her clothes a lot. Then deny it, of course! 

What were your favourite books as a child? 

I was a huge fan of the Malory Towers books and The Secret Seven. And of course, like most Scots I have a soft spot for The Broons and Oor Wullie - my mum still buys me the annuals every year.

What do you like to cook for your family?

I'm a big fan of home-cooked food and often look to Annabel Karmel's books for inspiration. I like to make a big batch of things like macaroni cheese so I can freeze up some portions for later use. I don't want to spend all day cooking so I love quick and easy recipes. My toddler and I often bake together, usually cupcakes or flapjacks but we did a great gingerbread house last Christmas and we're attempting to master cake pops now!

Where was your best family holiday so far, and where would you most like to travel to?

Going to South Africa for Christmas last year was brilliant. My South African in-laws got to celebrate Ethan's third birthday (he was born on the 25th!) and meet their newest grandson, Logan, for the first time. The boys also got to meet their great grandmother, who turns 100 this year. I did miss my own family, but we managed to Skype on Christmas Day. We would love to travel to New Zealand – but it is so far away! We'll just have to wait until the boys are a bit older...

Kirsty will be writing her weekly blog here on www.juniormagazine.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter @juniormagazine and watch out for the hashtag #somethingfortheweekend every Friday to join in with the conversation

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