I COULD write a book about the embarrassing things that have happened at school, things we've read in Alex's school diary and the like.

Top of the list would be the moment when I was watching Alex walk into his reception class and yesterday's pants fell out of the bottom of his trousers.

I quickly bent down to give him a goodbye kiss and sneakily scooped up the offending garment, hoping no one realised what I was doing.

You can just imagine the cringe-worthy writeup in Alex's 'what I did at the weekend' school book, after we'd taken him to Ascot horse racing one weekend on one of their popular family days.

Alex had written a very entertaining entry all about gambling and how the 'bookies' work out the odds. I dread to think what his teacher thought.

Yesterday, Alex delighted in telling me about a project he'd been working on at school to celebrate Mother's Day.

The children were asked to create a menu for their mums - things they know their mums would love to have for dinner.

Alex told me he put lasagne and toad-in-the-hole on the menu, and then he added an extensive wine list to go with it, featuring beer, red wine, white wine and Prosecco!

Oh the shame... Alex explained that only he and one other child in the class had added alcohol to their menu, but with the other child being the daughter of one of the teachers in the school, that didn't make it feel quite so bad.

My food and wine consumption has been kept in check since I started dieting a few weeks ago, and, after giving up my expensive gym membership, I've discovered a cheaper way to exercise and help fight the flab which is well worth exploring.

Curves in Uxbridge is a women-only gym with the great tagline - no men, no mirrors, no makeup. It's a unique 30-minute circuits-based workout that uses all the major muscle groups and burns up to 500 calories a session.

Best of all, you can fit it in around the school run or your lunch hour if you're working.

Curves are also doing a great offer at the moment, where they will waive the joining fee if you take along a bag of non-perishable groceries that will then be donated to the women's refuge in Hillingdon.

The refuge houses mums and their children who are fleeing domestic violence, so it's a fantastic organisation for them to be supporting.

The offer is only available until the end of the month, so if you're interested you haven't got long to sign up.

Find out more at www.curvesuxbridge.co.uk or call 01895 251 954. They are located in Redford Way, just behind Blockbuster. **Can you help?

Are there burning questions you have about the MMR vaccine but you don't know who to ask? I'm working with the immunisation lead at Hillingdon Primary Care Trust (PCT) to answer the most common questions that mums have about MMR.

I'd really appreciate Gazette readers emailing me their questions that I can put to the PCT for a future article in Sunshine magazine. You can email me on cathy@sunshinemagazine.co.uk. I'll pass on all the questions and we'll answer a selection in the next issue of Sunshine. Hope you can help!