Bunting and Fairy Lights

So we moved into the kids bedroom over a year ago and I’m only just getting round to finally painting and making it “our room”. I’m not sure if it’s because subconsciously, it would mean that A) Thunderpants and Bubblebutt are growing up or B) We define idly won’t be having any more kids and it’s the end of that time of our lives.

Thunderpants had this room painted by my sister in law and when it was finished, it looked absolutely amazing. The request was that I had wanted a winter scene as its one of my most favourite times of the year and of course, being Canadian.. I love the snow.

So a mural of a Mamma bear and baby bear in the forest, with trees that my sister in law made branches with pegs for bird lights and butterflies to sit on. It was stunning and I was so sad knowing that I had to paint over it. I shed a tear and worked in silence whilst I reminisced of her early years and bringing her home for the very first time.

When I was thinking about how to make it more “us”, I wanted to bring in my love for holistic therapies, candles, freshness and light. I’m a sucker for fairy lights and bunting… You’ll find it everywhere in my wee flat and I couldn’t resist buying these pink butterflies which I’ve had hang over our new IKEA bed. 

  
I got the lights and heart bunting from the Range as well as the heart and lanterns. The pictures are of our last summer in Canada – a girly 3 week holiday with my daughter , a pic of my Dad who died just over a year ago and a pic of Thunderpnts and I when she turned 2yrs old. 

On my other wall, I plan on putting up a shelf , a mirror which I will paint and some more pics and fairy lights. I still need new curtains for our window and as the other walls are white, I’ll probably get blue if I can find it in the same shade. 

We are also going to replace the floor with the same laminate that we have throughout the house. That’s the plan so far! What do you think? And are you a fan of bunting and fairy lights? 

Life as a Student,Mum,Wife &Employee

So I’m nearly 3/4 of the way through my Complementary Therapies course… It’s been tough and there have been tears. Tomorrow is our first exam in anatomy and physiology and I am bricking it because it’s been difficult for me as I’ve never done biology or any in depth science, before.

Juggling work, study and family life has also been incredibly difficult but I’m starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve gotten to study with some very lovely people and taught by the most inspiring, creative and professional lecturers. I’ve been incredibly lucky and I know that this is the path that I was meant to take in life.

I won’t lie when I say that it will be a relief to have the course finished in June not because I don’t enjoy it but it’s because I need time to just slow things down a bit, re read and do more practice. I want to be a therapist that knows her stuff because for me, complementary therapies is no longer a treat or pamper, it’s about treating people who have conditions, illnesses and diseases… But in an alternative way. 

I have seen first hand, how these therapies can help people in ways that medicine can’t. I’m not dismissing medication, not at all but I think in some cases spending time getting to know a person as a whole rather than just based on symptoms, can be far more beneficial in helping a person than a 10min conversation with a GP who is watching the clock.

I have learned things about myself whilst doing this course, I have learned to let go of things and I have also learned to surround myself with positivity and this year, I have encountered a lot of that. I’m not saying that my life is all roses because that’s not realistic but I know how to cope better when faced with difficulty. 

The power of meditation, visualisation, connecting with the universe and realising what is important , goals etc.. That’s what this year has been all about. I now know what my goals are rather than what I think others expect of me. I’m not going to be rich in any monetary sense of the word but my richness comes from my knowledge gained this year and from those that I allow into my life. Who can go wrong with that, huh? 

Lose 10lbs By Christmas..?

Is it possible for someone who hasn’t been in the gym for 5 months, to totally revamp their diet and get back into exercise and actually do this?! 
I don’t know but I am sure going to try! I started reducing my portions and cutting out bread , not eating after 7pm to let my digestive system do the work and used visualisation to help me get there and achieve.

  
Last night I went to the gym… It took me approx 50 mins to do a 5k – running and majority of it was spent walking but it made me feel great. I know I can do this, I will do it and I have an incentive to do it.

In total, I have approx 2 1/2 stone to lose, which is like to have completed by July as that’s when I am next going home to Canada and I’d like to be able to wear clothes that don’t make me feel uncomfortable.

So I guess I’m going to start a series of blog posts which may just be about what I have eaten for the day and what exercises that I have done. 

  
Current weight : 12 stone 2, started sunday and feeling good so far! Here are some

Examples of other meals that I make..  See,

I don’t believe in starving myself, instead it’s about clean eating and using foods with high nutritional value

 
I like to plan ahead and I’ve found through boiling eggs and cooking chicken, that I don’t need anything that isn’t good for me nor am I craving sweet stuff because I have food to hand and I’ve also made sure I drink at least 2 litres of water a day. 

 
So off I go to sleep,not hungry but looking forward to getting up at 06:00 for the gym !

Lake of Menteith  Hotel:A review

Last night , my husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary in the beautifully set , Lake of Menteith hotel.

I had been looking for a hotel which wasn’t far from home but long enough away that made us feel like we were far enough from the city and we could breathe!

I was on Twitter and someone had mentioned it when asking for suggestions not to far from Glasgow , and after viewing their site I liked where it was and it looked stunning. I contacted them via Twitter and called them the next day to make further arrangements (we booked the Lake Superior room)including dinner.

We set off a bit later in the evening once we dropped the kids and dog off, and arrived shortly before 7pm. We were shown around the hotel before going up to our room and I do believe after seeing how lovely it was, that we chose appropriately.
  
We loved the huge bed and the beautiful bathroom which made me quite glad that we decided to take some bubble bath with us and I’m sure you’ll agree! I also loved the small touches to the room such as the tunnocks tea cakes and tunnocks caramel logs, and coffee machine.

  
After relaxing for a bit before dinner which was booked for 8pm,we headed down to the lounge and had a drink before being seated. I didn’t take pictures of the food because it was packed and I felt it wasn’t appropriate to do so. We both had a starter and main, both were super delicious and so filling that we couldn’t have a desert. I should also mention that the staff kindly brought us a complimentary glass of prosecco!

We then went to the bar area where there was a roaring fire and it was a perfect way to end a very relaxing evening.  

 
When we went up to our room, I fully utilised the lovely roll top bath tub and poured myself a bubble bath whilst my husband relaxed and watched some TV.

  
 I could have stayed  in it forever but I needed to get up and go downstairs to get some wifi to check up on the kids. I used this opportunity to order another glass of prosecco and enjoy the fire. It was then my husbands turn to enjoy the bath tub and he did stay in it for ages 

 This morning , we got to admire the beautiful view whilst we ate breakfast and despite the rain,I found it very atmospheric. Later on it decided to snow which made it even more beautiful.  


We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will certainly be back. The staff were extremely accommodating and are a credit to the hotel. 
*A special thank you to Jean for arranging our stay and generous discount.  

Beefeater Does Christmas!

I received an email asking me  to review The Castle Beefeater’s, new Full On Festive menu and being a fan of all things Christmas, I thought “why not”? It’s possibly going to be one of the few nights out that I have due to work and study and it gave me a chance to catch up with a friend and my cousin.

Our reservation was booked for 7:30pm and although it was a horribly stormy night, I’m very glad that we ventured out to the restaurant over in Newton Mearns for what would be a lovely evening with gorgeous melt in you mouth food and such wonderful and accommodating staff. We had already emailed with our choice of food and I think on reading it, I was already salivating at the choices!

We were greeted by Alastair – one of the managers, and he showed us to our table, took our orders for drinks and explained that our food which was pre ordered, was ready for us when were were. Our waitress for the majority of the evening was the lovely Kirsty and we also spoke with Chris who helped us when we had a tiny issue with one of our steaks… Now, when I say issue- this is not a negative, it was a minor detail as to how one of the steaks would be cooked. I have been in many restaurants and this one really exceeded my expectations on many levels. When we asked for the steak to be returned for further cooking, we had the full plate replaced with all fresh items and offered food in between it being cooked as well.

  
For our starters, two of us had the crispy garlic and herb breaded mushrooms and the other had tomato soup with roasted red pepper. Both were very well presented and also incredibly tasty. I have to admit when agreeing to sample their menu, I wasn’t expecting the food to be so fresh and tasty and  thought it was going to be your usual pub/chain type of choice where everything is deep friend in a gallon of fat and oil. There was so many different things to choose from and I think I need to go back to try it all!

  
After our starter, our main arrived – Fillet Steak Rossini –  oh my word, It was amazing! The steak was one of the best that I have ever tasted, it was cooked exactly how I liked it and the meat was very tender. Being a fan of steak myself and often cooking Fillet Mignon for the family, this was better than anything that I have produced and I’m pretty good at cooking! Along with the steak which was served on top of toasted ciabatta, it was topped with a smooth chicken liver pate.  It was served with Dauphinoise Potatoes and slow roasted tomato and mushroom and beef jus.

  
At this point, we were stuffed to the brim and thankfully asked by Kirsty if we had wanted to wait a bit before our desert was brought out. We chatted for some time and then decided to see what was next, which was Chocolate Melt in the Middle Pudding, and for the other, Sundae with Orange Matchmakers. Spoiled was the theme of the night and spoiled was certainly what we experienced which is why I will be recommending this restaurant to my friends, family and anyone else who will listen! There are also many lovely items on the menu different to what we chose, such as the traditional turkey with all of the trimmings, cod loin with champagne sauce, mushroom and brie wellington, and a double steak festive burger.. See what  mean about being spoiled for choice?!  The children’s menu is also quite varied and will satisfy their taste buds with a choice of soup, poppin chicken, cheesy garlic bread, roast turkey, cod cubes, chips and peas, macaroni and cheese, and a 4oz flat iron steak. Also, note that kids under 3, eat free!

I have never considered going out for dinner on Christmas Day but after having this meal, in this particular restaurant and with such lovely staff, I do believe next year might actually be that first for us as a family. The atmosphere, friendliness and good quality food was enough to change my mind. For us, food is obviously the decider on where to go but to feel so welcomed by the staff .. they deserve to be highly praised. If you want to book with them, pop in and get a menu, place your order and let them take care of everything because you won’t be disappointed.

  • Thank you so very much, to Kirsty, Alastair, and Chris, along with  The Castle Beefeater , for having us and many thanks to the chef for producing such amazing food!

 

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