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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Meal Planning Monday // When Life Gets in The Way…

My plan this week was to have another #mealplanningmonday post to share with you (and to do so every Monday) but sometimes life just… gets in the way…

Sadly my great uncle passed away and so tomorrow I fly up to Scotland to go to his funeral and to take care of my Nan – my flight is early morning and I’m not back until Saturday which means I’ll spend most of this week in my favourite place (unfortunately not for a positive reason).

The week after I’m back up there twice – once for a meeting and the other time to see Still Game live and so the next two weeks will be really hectic and busy for me.

As such I’m not going to have the time to plan out all of our meals, shop to a budget or cook nice fresh food for my family – Scott will be in charge of the cooking for the next few days so tonight I’ll stock up the fridge with some super easy basics for the two of them to eat (also he’s having his friends up one evening so that night they will probably order in takeaway *there goes the minimal spending budget ha!*

And so here’s the ‘very loose and likely to change’ meal plan for this week…

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Fitbit Charge 2 Review: And how I’m using it to get fit!

I mentioned the other day in my #TheGoldenBurpee post that I recently got the Fitbit Charge 2 as a present from Scott (my husband) and that I am planning to walk the West Highland Way for Macmillan Cancer Support this summer (it’s a 96 mile walk eek!). I am determined to get fitter this year and I really think that using the Fitbit will help me achieve my goals 🙂

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Now that my fractured foot is healed I am starting to do lots of long walks in preparation for the WHW, and whilst waiting for it to heal up over the last few weeks I set myself a minimum step count of 10k per day to increase my general fitness and motivate me to set myself better habits! Having my Fitbit with me every step of the way definitely keeps me on track and helps to motivate me to keep going when I’m struggling – even with my sore foot I found it really useful.

I love the fact that it monitors my heart rate with its PurePulse technology and lets me know when I am pushing myself enough to meet my targets, at the moment I am walking purely for distance but once my fitness level is better I will go back to jogging and so will be able to use the Fitbit’s monitoring tools to increase my speed and cardio health. Continue reading

A Simpler Life… Drink More Water & Brita Fill and Go Review

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My skin for the past six or so months has been going completely nuts – I don’t know if its simply stress, or not having the healthiest of diets, all the alcohol consumed over the last few months of 2016, the pill – or perhaps a combination of all of the above! I’ve also been getting really bad headaches and when I visited my opticians I mentioned them to him – my prescription hadn’t changed since my last appointment so he suggested that they could be due to dehydration which is something I’d never considered!

I used to spend a fortune on various products that claimed to ‘cure’ any skin issue you can imagine but as I’m cutting back on spending in order to save money and live more intentionally I have decided to forego a trip to the beauty counters of House of Fraser and instead try what could be called ‘the oldest beauty trick in the book’ – drinking more water.

I’m a big fan of water…. when it’s in the sea, or the swimming pool, or a bubble bath or refreshing shower… but to drink? Not so much! I’ve never ever really enjoyed drinking water – the taste of tap water and the fact that its unfiltered has always put me off, particularly as we live in a hard water area so drinking the water always leaves a funny taste in my mouth.  Also I read up on all of the different chemicals and pesticides such as Chlorine, Fluoric acid, Aluminium Sulphate, and even hormones that can be found in unfiltered tap water – not to mention the fact that it travels through pipes that are lord knows how old and dirty.

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To help with that I bought myself a Brita Fill and Go and it honestly makes such a difference to the taste of the water – the best thing is that I don’t need to wait for a traditional fridge filter jug to filter the water and these bottles don’t take up a lot of room in the fridge either. I’ve been filling mine every morning and somehow managing to drink that my lunchtime at which point I refill it again and I do the same before dinner too! I’ve been doing that for about a week now and already feel a lot more hydrated (and so does my body if the amount i’m needing to go to the toilet is anything to go by! *TMI*!) Now my challenge to myself is to drink 4 of these bottles a day – each holds 600ml so that’s 2.4 litres in total!

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My Review of Minimalism: A documentary about the important things

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Last night Scott and I curled up on the sofa together and watched this documentary ‘Minimalism: a documentary about the important things’ which is film created by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus aka “The Minimalists”, who share their stories through their websites, books and podcasts. I’ve already followed a part of their journey so I was keen to watch this, and this was the first real look at minimalism that Scott has had (other than me giving away and donating tonnes of our stuff!).

I had kind of expected the documentary to solely focus on Joshua and Ryan and have to admit I was pleasantly surprised that it incorporated the varying levels of experience of many different people too. Obviously there was a lot of focus on the two friends but there was also a lot of input through the stories and experiences of many others who have been down the path towards minimalism including a few I already knew such as Leo Babuata of Zen Habits . I loved the balance between personal stories and input from specialists in the fields of consumerism, economy, social studies, history and culture – they added a factual and studied edge to what could have otherwise been a reiteration of blog posts I’ve already seen elsewhere. I also really enjoyed seeing the architects and designers who created apartments and solutions to small living spaces such as the one we are in currently.

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Fail to Plan = Plan to Fail?

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I’m trying to go forward into this new year continuing to get organised and finding more ways to make life a little easier; there is so much going on that I have to juggle – a full time job, our home life, family, friends, blogging and the seemingly millions of random tasks and events that come up everyday!

To help me out I want to treat myself to a new planner – I’m on the lookout for something that is a binder style as I like having the flexibility it gives such as having the option to add my own personalised inserts, and to take out sections that are no longer relevant etc

Here are a few designs I’ve seen but I’d love some recommendations if you know of any that might suit 🙂

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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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