How to ‘Date’ your Husband…

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.

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The Ultimate List of Girl’s Night Movies!

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 ūüôā Enjoy – and don’t forget to leave suggestions too!

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Mother’s Day Crafting with Homebase and Tea & Crafting

It’s almost that time of the year when dads all over the country¬†go into panic-buying mode to organise Mother’s Day presents from¬†their kids. If us mums are lucky we get husbands who either know our tastes perfectly or ones like mine who always ask what I would like *bonus*, I also have a daughter who LOVES to get crafty and make me gifts to treasure too and if I’m honest those are always my favourites!

I was invited by Homebase and Jane from Tea and Crafting to their #HomebaseMothers event in the Finchley Road store to have a go at creating some simple homemade gifts.

I love getting crafty, although I have to admit my projects often end up as ‘pinterest fails’, so when they said that these crafts were suitable for everybody *not to mention easy enough for kids* I figured that even I would be able to do them well! Thankfully I didn’t show myself up by making too much of a mess… ¬†well not unless you count an exploded can of fizzy drink and a smashed plant pot!

I got straight into making some cute coasters when I arrived Рthey were so easy to make and used just plain tiles, tissue paper or paint and PVA glue so are a real budget friendly project Рin fact Lily and I will be making some more of these over the Easter holidays as I have stocked up on the white square tiles; getting a box of 44 for just £4.34, total bargain! Continue reading

It’s The Little Things 3/52

This is fast becoming one of my favourite posts to write each week – I love taking a moment to sit back and reflect on the past few days and feel gratitude for the little moments.

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This past week has been busy crazy and I’ve been on a roller-coaster of emotions. I went¬†up to Glasgow for my Uncle’s funeral where I cried that I’d never again get to sit and hear a story from Uncle Pat, cried with happiness for a man whose life was spent serving and loving others and whose beautiful family are a testament to that, and I cried with hope that he is taking a seat in the heaven he so fervently¬†believed in. And I laughed too; at stories shared by family and friends, at the jokes around the table once most of the guests had left, at the little cousin I’d never met before and who spent an hour telling me jokes. I smiled until my face ached, hugged and caught¬†up with family I hadn’t seen for 17 years, spending an evening chatting and laughing with cousins I barely remembered but who I will definitely keep in touch with.

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Bucket (or F*ck It!) List & Goals – January 2017

If you’ve read my blog before chances are ¬†you’ve heard me talk about my Bucket List aka F*ck It List – it’s here if you want to take a look.

It’s essentially a list of things I’d like to do or places I would like to go in my lifetime. It’s a pretty long list and i’ll be honest, even I find it quite overwhelming when I see how much is on there!

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The (not Big, not Fat) Quiz of The Year 2016 – reflections on the year & goals for 2017 tag!

Gosh that title is a bit of a mouthful isn’t it? Thank heavens i’m not writing this hungover (or still drunk!) – I actually love this feeling of waking up on New Years Day sober and fresh after a decent night’s sleep!

2016 was a strange year – in a way it flew by but there were also times where it seemed to drag on forever (especially that night where I stayed up to watch the US election results and cried into my cereal!!!)

I have done some amazing things this year, met some incredible people and had some fantastically fun times. Yet of course there has been darkness in this year too – and i’m not just talking on a global scale a la Trump and Brexit; for me my battles with anxiety and depression have really come to the fore, I ended my relationship with my mother after my parent’s horrendous divorce *although on reflection that’s only been a positive experience for me*, I have lost friends and family and I have had a very stressful work year. But I look at those things and whilst they were definitely negative parts of 2016 I can honestly say I am in a happier place now than I would have been if I hadn’t gone through them – I am so much stronger than I ever realised that I was; and that’s a really amazing thing for me to have realised.

Enough of the rambling; Rebecca at Mummy Est.2014, Jen at Just Average Jen and Lorna at Mums Wine HQ¬†tagged me to join in with ‘The (not Big, not Fat) Quiz of the Year 2016 and so here goes:

What was your highlight of 2016?

Ooooh….. this is so hard because I really did get to do some amazing things in 2016… I’m going to have to pick three:

  • Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland (I’ve still not got round to blogging this but I will do!)
  • Our family holiday to Prague
  • GLASGOW!!!

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Blogger Event – Yours Tattoo app launch breakfast

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This week I was invited to attend Yours Clothing’s Blogger breakfast for the launch of their new test-a-tattoo app and so yesterday I got up extra early and even brushed my hair (not that you can tell in any of the photos *yay*) and made my way over to the Bourne & Hollingsworth building in Islington.

Unfortunately the transport strikes turned what was supposed to be a simple 30 minute journey into a one and a half hour journey Рleaving me a hot mess, literally sweating buckets and anxious as anything by the time I got there.

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