Friday, 24 October 2014

Love the Little Things

Joining in again with Morgana's Love The Little Things linky...


This week I heard that a very good friend, who is pregnant with her first baby, has got obstetric cholestasis. It's the same condition I had during both my pregnancies. She hasn't got the typical itch though, which is normally the main symptom (the itch was horrendous for me). I'm just glad they've discovered it & she'll be induced early like me. If you want to read more about the condition, then have a look at the ICP Support website here.


I've been reading up on cake & biscuit decorating. I went on a Zoe Clarke course a while back & had bought one if her books before I attended (so she could sign it for me!) and I also have the Biscuiteer book.


I've been trying out some Christmas baking (hence the reading above!). I'm attempting miniature sponge cakes and spiced biscuits. Keep an eye on my Instagram feed for more photos as I make progress... it's harder than I thought it was going to be :-/


I love my new fuscia Zoe Dress from Boden.

Littlest sporting her Rapunzel get-up!


I've been watching and laughing at these Dear Kitten videos that my sister sent me the links for.

Which leads nicely only this......

And lastly...

I'd like to introduce Rhubarb & Crumble, our new kittens. Aren't they adorable!! I love them already, as do the kids. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Christmas Gift Guide - for the ladies

I'm putting together a series of Christmas gift guides for my blog, starting with 'For the Ladies'. If you have any products that you'd like featured over the series, then please do drop me a line. You can find my contact details on the 'About Me' page.

Jo Malone cologne

This is not something I'd buy for myself, but I would happily be gifted a Jo Malone scent. I personally love woody scents rather than floral, so for me I think I'd choose Wild Fig & Cassis or Dark Amber & Ginger Lily.

O.P.I. nail polish

You can't really go wrong with a nail polish; they make an ideal Christmas stocking filler. If you're unsure of the recipient's taste, then go for a neutral shade like I Sao Paulo Over There from O.P.I. or Kiss on the Chic. I'm also thinking about making up a little gift bag for the teachers to include a nail polish and a foot cream, with the message 'For your mistle-toes' on the tag!


Regular readers will know I'm a stationery geek, so for me this is the perfect gift. I'd love a Filofax and it's already on my Christmas wish list. After much deliberation, I think my ideal one would be The Original Organiser in a patent leather finish in the colour Fuscia, just like this one:

iPhone 6

Technology isn't just for the boys. I'm due an upgrade and would love an iPhone 6. Not sure I can afford it though, hence why I'm suggesting it as a Christmas gift ;-)


Another ideal stocking filler is a gorgeous lipgloss. My sister and I recommend bareMinerals Glazed Donut.

Urban Decay Naked2 eyeshadow palette

I have heard and read many a good thing about these eyeshadow palettes, but I'm yet to invest in one myself. The colours are beautiful and this is bound to be well received as a Christmas present.

Leopard print bag

I am a fan of leopard print, and I'm sure many other women will be the same. I love the look of this bag from Boden. It looks to be a great size for everyday use and has a shoulder strap as well as a grab handle.


I've already purchased my winter slippers, but this is also another gift that would be ideal for most ladies. I love these super soft slippers from The White Company. A great colour too so they shouldn't get too grubby. I ruled out the champagne coloured ones!

Kate Spade Watch

This watch is stunning. I love that it's simple yet very stylish.


I love all things stag, and this necklace is in the sale just now at Hobbs. Ticks loads of boxes for me!

Or this statement silver necklace from Wallis (also in the sale right now!):

Kitten, puppy or some other pet animal!

Obviously don't go buying pets without discussing it first with your other half or whatever, but we are absolutely loving our little kittens Rhubarb and Crumble that joined our family at the start of the week. More on them later!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Giveaway: Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair

It's no secret that I absolutely adore Christmas. This wasn't always the case, but I think with the addition of the little ones, Christmas is once again magical and I love the run up to the big day each year. (However the shops are getting earlier and earlier at introducing their Christmas stock and I think September is far too early for Christmas!)

Anyway, if you haven't been already, then you really must check out the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair, which arrives at the SECC Glasgow on 20th - 23rd November 2014. It's a must for all Christmas fans like me!

There will be almost 300 stalls under the one roof, selling gifts, decorations and festive food; and in addition to the stalls there are three informative theatres - cookery, lifestyle and craft & create - each offering advice and demonstrations. The art demo on 'painting a stag' intrigues me and I would love to get along to the 'creative gift wrapping and styling' session.

Ticket details can be found here, and if you insert the code Blog14 then you will be given a discount of £1 off the ticket price. This offer is valid until the day before the fair, at all three fairs - Glasgow, Harrogate and London.

I do have two tickets up for grabs however and all you need to do is follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. Huzzah!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone!

Giveaway ends on Wed 12th November, which will allow me enough time to get the tickets sent out to the lucky winner.
UK residents only please.
Prize is two tickets for the Glasgow fair, there is no alternative prize.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Our October Holiday - Antics in Aberdeen and a trip to A&E

The kids and I had a super busy five nights for our half of the October holidays. We 'jumped in the car and broomed to Aberdeen' to stay with Auntie Ali and then we also managed to stop by my dad & Jo's for an overnight stay on the way back to Glasgow too.

On Friday we had lunch with my aunt, uncle and gran before heading back to Ali's house. We had a quiet night as we knew that Saturday was going to be a busy one...

Auntie Ali copied a YouTube tutorial to create a fishtail braid for the littlest's hair

We did some baking, thanks to Aldi. There's a competition to win a £50 voucher and a hamper with Aldi in this earlier blog post.

We did a photo shoot in Ali's home studio. I love this giggly photo of the littlest.

Next was time to face paint, and I let me daughter go crazy...

...and ended up at the park with this on my face!

My son with his face paint eye mask

Enjoying some silliness with friends :-)

The next day after breakfast we headed to Drum Castle for their Christmas craft fair...

It was a lovely crisp autumn day. Look at all the glorious colours in the fallen leaves!

The park at Drum Castle is fab - the kids loved it.

There was a zip slide, a willow maze, climbing frames etc all in gorgeous surroundings

I caught up with Life with Munchers for a bite to eat at Mains of Drum

And then this happened....

We had arrived at the car park at Hazlehead Park and we were very excited to be meeting lots of friends and family for a play which probably contributed to what happened next... My eldest tripped (if you know the car park, then you'll know it's not a good surface... it's loads of chuckies and is very bumpy) and literally fell flat on his face. I was pushing the buggy with littlest who was tired and he wasn't holding my hand. The crack was horrific. There was tonnes of screaming and blood was gushing from his nose, mouth and head. His forehead immediately stuck out in a massive lump, about 2cm out if not more. Another family stopped to help me which was so lovely of them, giving me baby wipes and helping me get back to my car. The wee man was complaining that his right eye was sore, so the littlest went with Granddad and Nanny Jo (when they arrived) to the park to meet the others whilst the eldest and I headed off to ARI A&E. He was an absolute star. He very quickly perked up thankfully and even more so once he got some ibuprofen mixture into him. The doctor, Marcus if I remember correctly, was fantastic and the nurses too. Lots of checks were done and then the cuts were cleaned up. Thankfully all was ok and we were sent home. I found the whole experience exhausting, terrifying and generally horrible. There were lots of tears...more mine than his! I felt like such a bad mummy.

Poor guy has two black eyes now :-(

But despite the black eyes, you wouldn't have known anything was wrong as he was just his usual self. He was even farting (loudly) on the hospital bed and laughing his head off and making me smell his sweaty socks during a silly game of 'I spy', and again laughing hysterically. 

Relaxing once the kids were in bed!

When did she get so grown up!?

At Granddad & Nanny Jo's in the garden. You'd think it was summer, but she insisted she was warm and didn't want a coat.

Relaxing in front of the fire... perfect end to the holiday.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Christmas - Traditions, Snow Globes & Shopping

When we were growing up my sister used to collect snow globes. There was a beautiful, musical Christmas one that I loved so much, which I think sadly has broken :-(

Anyway, for the past couple of years I've bought a new snow globe each festive season in a bid to start a new collection (you can see our wintery polar bear one in this post). The kids love them, as do I.

I've been scouring the internet to find one for this year and here's what I've found:

There are so many beautiful Christmas decorations at Cox & Cox - I love the hanging flocked deer, the snowball cluster light garland, the small fawn, the display domes, the Christmas tree jar... I could go on and on!

I ended up buying the silver stag one from Laura Ashley, and you can see what else I bought in this vlog...

Friday, 17 October 2014

{Love The Little Things}

I did manage to join in last week with Butwhymummywhy's weekly linky, 'Love the Little Things' but as I was on holiday I forgot to add my link - oops! Anyway, you can find last week's post here.


I know, it's too early for Christmas stuff but I bought this magazine at the supermarket when I was on holiday this week and I'm looking forward to trying some of the recipes. The littlest has already got her eye on an amazing looking chocolate cake. Watch this space!


I was delighted to discover that Season 3 of Homeland was on Netflix. I'm hooked again and am loving it!


I've actually bought a few items of clothing for myself this week. I'll write more in a separate post, but for now here is my new striped top from Boden Clothing and my super cosy slippers from Marks and Spencer. 


R shared this song with me - I'm all about that cake, about that cake... no salad!

That's me to a T folks ;-)


We've baked a few goodies this week including peanut butter brownies and cherry & almond cakes.... *sings* I'm all about that cake....

And Lastly...

I have a competition running just now where you can win a £50 Aldi voucher and a hamper too. All you need to do is complete the Rafflecopter which you'll find here.

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