Thursday, 5 September 2019

A first trimester update

I have been so quiet on here, on social media, and to be honest in real life too. Going back to work full time and navigating Arthur’s toddlerdom has been super hectic and juggling it all has not been easy. When you throw in this latest news and the crippling exhaustion and nausea that goes with it, will then you can imagine I have managed very little. Ally and I are cautiously optimistic to be having another baby in January next year and  If you have been on these pages for a while you will know our history with infertility, IVF and miscarriage makes pregnancy a hard journey. It is difficult to trust the process and it can be hard for others around you to understand your approach to it, so we have been keeping our heads down and trying to survive as best we can as we waited for some reassurance that things were as they should be.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Deluxe Pedicure at the Chamomile Sanctuary Spa

As you might have seen in my last review, I had a really fantastic facial treatment at Chamomile Sanctuary Spa last week and have seen great results from it. I was lucky to also be shown the Spa’s new nail room and was given my first ever proper pedicure which I can’t believe I have waited so long to have! I was tickled as I went in and saw the high padded seating bank they have created in this white serene room, I felt like a proper VIP sitting up on there plunging my feet into a bubbly bath. It is the perfect way to relax and just how I pictured a pedicure to be thanks to the movies! It would be so much fun to go with a group of friends to all be sit and pampered at the same time and give your feet the 5 star treatment.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Merry-Go-Round Glasgow

Having helped run a social enterprise shop when I lived in the East end of Glasgow,  I am pretty passionate about them and what they can provide for people. Actually one of the first things I checked when I knew I was moving south was what similar projects were over there!

Merry-Go-Round in Glasgow’s southside is an institution for parents and parents to be. From their legendary big sales at the Briggait (including the invaluable fill a bag for a fiver table), to the drop in groups and sessions they provide for all aspects of parenting. Their shop is special place for so many people. From the moment I knew we were having Arthur we started popping in regularly to pick up bits and bobs along the way and in my maternity year when money was beyond tight, I would pick up as much as I could. I have also attended events from Drag Queen story time, to the breastfeeding clinic and the nappy club! I am so passionate about pretty much second hand anything and I love the feeling I get from saving something from landfill and giving it a new home. We have bought things from baby carriers to bottles to cloth nappies from the shop, it is pretty crazy that so far they have rehomed over 130 00 items, that is a whole 42 whole tonnes of stuff that would otherwise be in landfill.

Friday, 24 May 2019

The St Enoch Centre Selfie Store

I couldn't let the weekend roll in without posting all the details on the super adorable Selfie Store that the St Enoch Centre have installed as part of their 30th birthday celebrations. I always relate the centre to having fun, my earliest memories of St Enoch was coming through from Perth for my first trip to a big city and getting to go to the Disney Store and it blew my mind! I can only imagine the double whammy now for little ones of seeing the Disney Store and Hamleys in there...a childhood dream.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Crystal Clear COMCIT facial at the Chamomile Sanctuary Spa

You have heard me wax lyrical about the wonder that is Edinburgh’s Chamomile Sanctuary Spa before as I am continually impressed with the treatments and technologies they offer. I love that they are constantly keeping up with the latest procedures and they are all so passionate about learning so they can offer clients an incredible service.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

The New Normal

I wrestled with this post for 2 whole months, Specsavers had generously fixed me up with a new pair of glasses for it which was originally pitched as a mum makeover type piece. To give you context, I am due back to work next month as my maternity leave comes to an end, and boy is this a time of such mixed emotions. Settling Arthur into his new long term routine aside, the emotional impact it can have on a mum can be huge. Do I even know who I am anymore? Can I get us ready in time in the morning? Am I capable of interacting with adults or will I sing twinkle twinkle at them? What do I put in a bag if not Sophie the giraffe and 6 types of rice cakes?
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