Sounds random right? I guess once you’re married you’ve left the ‘dating’ stage of your relationship behind, but I’m thinking more along the lines of going out on a proper ‘date’ the way you would have when you first met.
Scott and I got together when I was 17, our first date was to Greenwich – we went to the cinema to watch Pan’s Labyrinth, walked through the park drinking milkshakes and for dinner to a little Italian restaurant. After that first date we were always going out – bowling, to parties, gigs, weekends away, meals, cinema etc – of course we stayed in together too *how do you think we got Lily ;)*
I remember the excitement of getting ready to go on our dates – picking out an outfit, curling my hair, applying the glittery eye shadow that was super on-trend back in the days *this was pre the existence of contouring*, calling my friends to discuss every minute detail of my outfit and our plans and all of that nice buzzy feeling waiting for him to knock on the door.
It’s been ten years, one wedding and one beautiful daughter later and whilst we do go out it’s not labelled as a ‘date’ but I’m starting to think it should be. And so I’ve planned out a list of ways to ‘date’ my husband – it doesn’t have to be expensive nights out but I’d like to get dressed up intentionally to go out together. One of the most wonderful nights we had recently was for our anniversary last year when Scott took me to Opium Bar in Soho – we had cocktails, dim sum and I’d got dressed up (even wearing heels) for the occasion. It was exciting and fun and we both had such a good time – it’s been 7 months since then and we’ve not really done anything similar and I think it’s important that we make more time for ‘us’ as a couple not just as a family or individuals.
It was my hubby’s birthday yesterday so this week’s meal plan is a bit late as we were busy celebrating!
This week is going to be super busy, plus we are all back to work/school *eurgh* and so I’m not going to be wanting to spend much time in the kitchen (tbh I never ever want to spend much time in the kitchen anyway ha!) so this week’s recipes are simple and quick family meals. Also between birthday celebrations and Easter half term we’ve spent a fair bit so I’m sticking to a super thrifty budget this week, and as before any new recipes are marked with an asterisk* 🙂
You know that saying ‘the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence’? Well that’s definitely the case for me when it comes to working from home – it was one of those things that I dreamt of happening until it actually did and now I actually miss my office ha! For those of you thinking about going into working from home this might be helpful – and even if you aren’t it can be good to see that it’s not all a bed of roses!
I’m travelling back from Aberdeen today (well technically Glasgow as I arrived here last night!) and plan to pop into the supermarket on my way home to do our big shop for this week. I’m looking for easy meals that I can throw together without a fuss and some lighter dishes to make the most of the weather whilst the sunshine lasts. Anyone else struggle to eat heavy meals when the weather is nice?
I love cookbooks and have quite a collection (not that I use them all to be honest!) and I think Scott might have rolled his eyes when I bought this one home – pretty sure he expected it to sit and gather dust with the others in our kitchen.
I’d actually come across Miguel some time before on Instagram and loved his easy, budget friendly takes on meals but its quite hard to remember things that I see on instagram – I much prefer a written recipe that I can follow easily.
I love a girly night in with my sisters or friends, chilling out and sharing a bottle *or three* of wine, some snacks and some stories between watching (or re-watching for the millionth time) our favourite girly movies. I’m planning a big movie night at the moment so asked a load of other bloggers what films they always love to watch 🙂 Enjoy – and don’t forget to leave suggestions too!
I was tagged by the wonderful Debbie from ‘My Chaotically Eclectic Life’ to share my A-Z of Books.
I am a massive reader (when I get the time) and love taking the time to sit and read and my husband is a keen reader too so we are really glad that this is something that we’ve passed on to Lily: you can see some of our favourite children’s books of the moment here. I don’t always read new books either; I have a few books that I’ve read countless times, it’s almost like spending time with old friends when I curl up with my much loved copies of The Borrowers, Harry Potter or Little Women.
I love to encourage other people to read and am forever recommending books to friends – sometimes I’ll be reading a book and it’s like a lightbulb goes off above my head and I know exactly who will enjoy it; so far I’ve never been wrong *although they might just not have wanted to tell me ha!*
I thought I’d join in with this tag to give you a little insight into my reading loves!