11 March 2017

Guilty pleasures at The Blythswood Square Hotel


It was our anniversary this week and we were celebrating a whole 5 years together. With a baby on the scene it meant we wanted to celebrate even more. 

I was invited to experiance the new 'Guilty pleasures package' at the Blythswood Square hotel in Glasgow. We had an over night stay booked anyway along the road so it fitted in perfect with our evening. 

The Blythswood has such a good reputation and we were really excited to try it out. 

We were seated in the beautiful salon bar on the first floor which is perfect for light bites and cocktails. The staff are so friendly and really made us relax into our evening. 


The new 'Guilty Pleasures package' includes 
  • Bottle of champagne
  • Jenga chips with truffle mayo
  • Sesame glazed sausages with BBQ sauce 
  • Panko crusted confit pork fritters with pickle and grain mustard mayo
(Vegetarian and gluten free options available too) 

When I first seen the menu I did think 'oh god I'll need a burger afterwards' but I was wrong. We were both quite surprised how filling the light bites were. We didn't need any more food as it filled us up enough for our night ahead. 

First up the Jenga chips and truffle mayo. Perfectly crisp. They were really lovely and would have happily ate them all night. Truffle mayo is a new thing for me but it went really well together. 

The sausages were really good. I'm usually quite fussy with sausages as I find they usually have a weird taste but these were normal good sausages. Can you tell I'm really talented at reviewing food? 

The pork fritters were a surprise actually. I let Fraser try them first and he said they tasted really nice. They were like a pork fish cake but obviously no fish because it's pork. You should go try them because they are crunchy deliciousness. 

We were both nervous about the champagne as we are definitely rum drinkers but we both agreed it was a pleasant bottle and would have it again. 

We assumed with light bites we would have been in and out in half an hour but we were so relaxed we stayed much longer. A few hours went by whilst we were sipping champagne, nibbling away at our treats and having a much needed catch up. 

I would say this package is perfect for a snack before a night out or if your catching up with someone and your looking for a beautifully relaxed day/evening then this would work really well. 

Available Sunday - Friday from 12-10pm 

Thank you for a lovely evening, we would love to come back.


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26 February 2017

Don't forget about your friends with kids

A topic that isn't spoken about much when you become a parent is loosing friends. Something that quite frankly took me by surprise and most other parents I can imagine. When your pregnant your around so much love and friends are over the moon for you but after the initial first meet of your precious new born, you never see them again? Some friends don't even meet your baby and others your lucky if it's once in a blue moon. It's real and it happens to most parents I've spoken to. It really really took me by surprise. That sudden feeling of time. What do you have time for? What do you want to make time for? 

When you become a mum or dad your whole world of course changes like everyone says, it absolutely does. Your still the same person to a degree, kind of. You want to feel like yourself, surround yourself by friends and enjoy each other's company. When you suddenly can't go out anymore or just nip for dinner, that window of opportunity kind of goes. 

For most you really rely on getting a text 'hey, how's you and the baby?'. The four walls of your home can become lonely when your in every day and up all night. You'll soon get a real sense of who's stepping up and who wants to be apart of your baby's life. You of course, understand more than anyone that your friends or people you used to see have busy life's. They absolutely do. They work hard, maintain a social life, see their family, keep healthy and general day to day things. Just like you. Just you have a little person to care for and love on top of it. 

When you have a baby you step into a different world that you once were oblivious to. Which is fair enough because your not in it? The main difference is that realisation of what life really is about. The reason I say that is because I have it growing up right in front of my eyes. That as a parent is something we want to share. We want to share our life with our family and friends, why wouldn't we? 

If old friends drift from your life after having a baby, it's normal and happens to most of us. If they want to be apart of your world again then that's lovely. It's a heavy feeling and certainly a new one to get used to. 

If you have a friend (mum or dad) who's got a baby/kids and your unsure how to go about it. They honestly will be thankful for a message. A chat whenever your free. Ask them to go a walk or go for a coffee. A catch up with or without small person(probably with as they are stuck to us). Don't just stick to seeing them on big occasions, take 30 mins out your month to do something together. If you haven't heard from them there's a good chance they are changing nappies, trying to keep on top of things, trying to at least get a shower or functioning on 3 hours sleep which means normal life can be forgotten about.  Remember they are still there even though they have a child and still would love to see you

Can any mummies and daddies relate at all? 
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10 February 2017

Baby led weaning

I started our weaning journey at the recommend age of 6 months. Oliver was ready and sitting up unassisted. I done a lot of research and read up on all the choking/gagging information. I felt baby led weaning was right for us and I couldn't wait to see him eating. 

For us it was a slow start and that is completely normal. Out of all the things that can make you feel nervous as a new mother I honestly felt quite at ease introducing food. My view was to put down a few things and see how he got on. His main source of nutrition is milk so any food before the age of 1 is just for fun. That really stuck with me and put me at ease. Realistically they don't eat a lot for a good few months which is fine. I wanted him to have the choice on how much he ate and start making some tiny little decisions like sweet potato or green beans first. Hard life.

I love letting him explore with textures and all different shapes of food. He's totally in control of how much he plays with and how much he tries, which is really nice to watch. We try to be as relaxed as possible and always have a variety of things to offer him. When we first started there was a lot of gagging but we just let him get on with it and he eventually figured it out. I stuck with specific foods that I knew he could manage and build his confidence on. Once he got the hang of a couple different things, we would introduce more. 

The downside LOL-  OK I mean I really couldn't be happier we chose this method of weaning but - it will literally kill your soul how much food you need to clean up. I personally don't care about the wastage it's just the actual cleaning part. EVERYWHERE. I clean the floor, his mat, the carpets, his tray, the table and him at least 3 times a day at meal times. Every day. EVERYDAY. It's soul destroying you will hate it and wish you adopted a dog after you gave birth. When they get a bit older and stronger they will throw that black bean stir fry you made as far as they physically can. Just last week I found some crusty noodles in one of my fluffy throws.
I know this isn't for everyone and spoon feeding fits in better with other people's lifestyles which is cool. Starting the weaning process can be incredibly stressful for a lot of parents and that's normal too. We have a million different things going on and we are always so tough on ourselves so it's hard to know what we feel is best. For my little family this has fitted in perfect and we are really lucky Oliver is quite happy to eat most things or play with most things. 

If all else fails then hopefully they will figure out how to eat by the age of 10 and not throw meatballs at our faces.

How did you find the weaning process? I was thinking about writing my baby led weaning essentials as there's quite a few! Let me know if you would like me to post something.

Nicole 
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9 November 2016

13 tips on how to help the new mum


1. Wine 
Buy them loads of wine. It will come in handy.

2. Nice face cream 
Buy some nice stuff. There's not an inch of makeup going on that new mamas face anytime soon so a nice face cream is the least you can do. 

3. New pyjamas, slippers, dressing gown, lounge wear 
She's going to be spending a lot of time in it so get some decent stuff. 

4. Epsom salts 
Helps heal everything up nicely if she ever finds the time for a bath. 

5. Food
It doesn't matter what but any treats are welcome. There's a good chance she hasn't ate all day.

6. Genuine visitors 
Lovely that you want to see our new baby that we have just gave birth to but unless you are genuinely going to come visit again in 6 months, don't bother. Your on our list. 

7. Praise
Tell that mama she's doing a great job and that she's an amazing mum. It's not that often we get told if ever. 

8. Good time keeping 
Being a new mum is 24 hours a day so if you make plans, stick to them. If you cancel give us notice. DON'T be late. There's a good chance we have ran about all morning trying to get everything to fall into place to even leave the house. 

9. MAMA friends
Introduce her to other mums. Ask them for lunch or to go a walk. I don't care if you've never spoke, it doesn't matter. We are in the same bubble and actually a bubble you can relate to. Making friends with fellow mamas can be really lovely. 

10. Support
She will need a lot of it. Be gentle. We can act like fire breathing dragons when our small child is upset or not playing ball so it's not our intention to upset anyone. Just pop a smile on and try nod your head. Oh and get us another glass of wine. 

11. Do your research
If you want to engage in child discussions DON'T ask 'Are you chilling today?' We are aware we have approx. 9 months off on maternity leave and I know you may think this is a total skive but being a new parent is genuinely the hardest job in the world. Expect us to be so busy we forget to text back or that we forget a birthday. Just message to send your love and if we need anything (food) then your there in a heartbeat. 

12. Work 
Going back to work isn't even in our train of thought right now so don't ask. We have this cute crying bundle of joy to handle at the minute and we can't remember when we last slept so leave that one out. 

13. Flip flops
It's the easiest footwear to shove on for running outside and binning the shitty nappies. (buy them for her - Primark £2)

I know I've missed a million things, what's your tips to helping the new mum? 
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9 October 2016

Fashion after having a baby

When your pregnant dressing your bump kinda becomes a thing. Anything comfortable, loose, bump hugging, leggings, flips flops all become your new wardrobe staple. What happens though after 9 months of growing your beautiful little human? Our bellies have been stretched to a whole new planet and the adjustment after takes a little getting used to.

Immediately after birth
I found I needed the baggiest comfiest pyjama like bottoms right after. Nothing that was going to upset my poor fragile lady bits. I wanted a loose top as your stomach doesn't feel like yours. Flip flops were my go to regardless of the weather.

After the recovery
(OK so now what do i do?)
I can remember the moment I got into my maternity JEANS and it was pretty good. Thank god I look slightly more presentable. Whilst I was breastfeeding I had to live in loose shirts as I found them the easiest to whip open. When I say whip I mean WHIP those guys were full and angry.

Getting back into your old clothes (PRE BABY GROWING)
I also can remember fitting back into my old non maternity normal jeans and that's about it. I may as well have burned all other clothing. Suddenly everything I loved before didn't feel comfortable. Too much skin on show or it just didn't fit right. I hit a brick wall - (they were my clothes) what else am I meant to wear now!?

Over the next few months I started to try on new clothes and attempted to think outside the box. Ask yourself what do you feel happy in? Adapt what you like and try new things. I found myself being drawn to layering. It can look effortless if done right but also there's hardly any skin on show. Crisp shirts, knits, denim and some leather is what I'm feeling at the moment. As much as my lovely non mummy friends remind me that I'm still young and can wear what I want which is absolutely true. Anyone that's had a baby knows that something changes within you that going back to your old wardrobe isn't always that easy. Don't get me wrong I've managed to put on that dress and go out with non mummy friends and be okay. Day to day life though with your little boo is quite far away from putting on that little dress.

I try not to put too much pressure on myself. Does this look OK? Does it make me look even bigger? Realistically most days its some UN-ironed t-shirt and jeans you end up throwing together. When I have something on or your having a well deserved night off or TIME even that's a good time to play about with clothes and see what feels good on your skin.

Find something you know you feel safe in and then have fun with it. The process of you becoming a mummy and getting yourself back to feeling like a normal human again is interesting but make it fun if you can! Let me know what your wardrobe staples are? (might give me some ideas)
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