26 October 2017

Your New Mcdonalds

I love McDonald's and everyone I know loves them too. You might be out shopping and will nip in for lunch or you might not feel up to cooking dinner so will stop in for easiness. You might be so hungover the only fix is a big mac meal and 20 chicken nuggets with a large irn brew (that's my cure) or your popping in with the kids for a little treat after school, everyone can relate and it fits in with so many our lives. 

I was asked along to my local McDonald's to find out all the exciting new features and changes that is happening at the moment. I was curious, I've never really thought past ordering my meal. I'm guilty of using the drive through for quickness or wondering how much longer I need to wait on my meal. I've never really gave anything else a thought. 

I visited along with some other bloggers to the Newbridge, Edinburgh branch and met with the lovely communications team, Elliot the franchise manager of that branch and several others. My favourite part of the day was hearing how passionate they were and how much they loved all the new changes. They were excited and are really embracing all the new features. 

What's new at McDonalds?

Digital experience with self-service kiosks and tablets available

One of the main features you notice when you walk in is the new self service kiosks. There are so many benefits to ordering digitally. 

  • Very helpful for families as kids can interact and help pick what they want.
  • Customising your order which ensures you have your meal exactly how you wish.
  • You can change the language settings. 
  • Very visual which makes your ordering experience more fun and interactive. 
  • You can take your time.
I was impressed at how many tablets were available which is such a great idea for kids. I know how crazy it can get even taking Oliver out in public so anything to keep him amused is a bonus. It's great if you just want to catch up on the news or have a scroll through Facebook. You can also have a look at any nutritional information, community news and apply for jobs.

Table-service availability
You can now have your meal delivered to your table. It's like every other restaurant which is great. If you use the kiosk and select table service at the end of your order, select what zone you want to sit in and this will tell the crew where to deliver your meal including a hostess who will deliver any condiments and straws/napkins. No need to que at all. 

Revolutionised kitchen design – with fast service and freshly prepared food
All food is now made to order. As soon as you place your order at the till or kiosk it will pop up on a screen in the kitchen and the staff will get to work preparing your meal. Gone are the days of burgers and chips sitting in a line waiting to be picked. Everything is fresh, super fresh. They only add in salt and pepper which makes a massive difference to the end taste. 

Then it was my turn. I had no idea what to expect going into a McDonald's kitchen but to be honest it was nothing like how I imagined. It flowed really well, everything was mega clean and everyone was fast. In I went with my new apron, hat, name badge and hairnet. I looked the best I've ever looked to be fair. Hairnets are something else. The pros gave us a quick demo and there I was toasting buns, using the big mac sauce gun and getting all technical with the condiments. 

McDonald's have put so much thought into sourcing their ingredients, preparing their food and making everything so much easier for their customers. It flows well which makes the overall experience much more enjoyable.

Disclosure - This is a sponsored post. Thank you to all the lovely team who made us feel so welcome.

8 October 2017

My Top 3 Picks From Warehouse

My style has changed and matured so much over the past year and I really love it. The key pieces on my rail at the moment are all from Warehouse. I never get a chance to go shopping anymore but when I do I always end up there. If I'm online shopping I always check out their new collections.

They have so much to offer but what draws me back every time is their structure. I really love clean cut styles that I can carry through the seasons. That's not all they have though. They have a massive dress collection with lots of floral dresses, LBDs and shirts styles. Below I've added some of my favourite things from Warehouse this season.

The Blazer 
I am mildly obsessed with jackets, coats & blazers. I'm on the hunt for the perfect check blazer but I came across this textured grey blazer and there's something about it that really caught my attention. I love the over sized, slouchy fit and if worn with the matching trousers it's such an easy go to look. I would probably wear this with my Stan Smiths or Vans. I can already see me wearing it so if it can magically appear in my wardrobe that would be great.

I bought my first pair of culottes a few months ago and they were from Warehouse. I tried on so many pairs and none of them were quite right. My warehouse ones are the perfect fit and so many people ask where they're from. If I was to buy a second pair they would defiantly be from here and these ones are pleated so slightly different from my current ones. They are mega versatile and I wear them with everything. Casual mostly for me since I don't go out much but they are easy day to night wear.

Shirt Dress
I've been looking at this dress online for a while and sadly my size has sold out (cry). However, it's in the sale and you need to go look! I love everything about shirt dresses. This one has the perfect amount of structure but with the peplum hem it gives it the feminine edge it needs. This would look so fab with a pair of tights, black pointy shoes and an over sized coat. It's navy which I'm ok with but if it was black I would be extra keen. Please come back in stock. Please.

I'll leave you with my top 3 picks but if you head over to the website you can check out the new season. Love you Warehouse xox

*collaborative post

25 July 2017


IOLLA make the coolest glasses and I couldn't recommend them enough. 

I've heard about this uber chic, indie little treat in Glasgow for quite some time and I never got a chance to actually make it along to the shop. Various work/baby commitments meant I kept missing the opportunity to have a sneak peak. 

IOLLA means 'sight' in the Gaelic language

When I got the email to tell me I could order online???? Answer to all my questions DONE. Wait, I felt really nervous. It's something I've never done before. What if I put in the wrong details?

My worries quickly disappeared. I just took a photo of my prescription and uploaded it to my basket. I couldn't believe how easy it was. The most difficult part was actually choosing a frame as I really loved all of them. I'm so fussy when it come to frames. I'm not a fan of any designers or the usual styles you get so I was really spoilt for choice. 

I decided to go for the BELL frames in crystal clear. I wanted something a little different and I'm so glad I went for it. I really love them! 

It was just like normal online shopping and they arrived a couple of days later! The best part they were only £65. That includes the frames, scratch resistant coating and single vision prescription lenses. It's a little more for varifocals but they break everything down on the website which is really nice as there are no hidden costs

I think next time I'll order the BELL frames again in vanilla tortoise as these were my close second. 

What do you think of my new glasses? Go check them out www.iolla.com

*thanks Iolla for my fave new specs.

8 July 2017

Why have I started taking mirror selfies?

I usually like to change what I put on Instagram depending on what's going on out with social media. I've started putting up more outfit pictures taken by me in front of the mirror. I'll try explain why.

When I started blogging I really loved putting outfits together and writing about them. My life has massively changed and I can't express myself in the same way. Social media has changed and so has blogging. Less people are reading and more people want to see things more instantly. That's what I'm doing anyway. 

As a mother it's painfully annoying for someone that loves fashion and styling so much to just throw on a pair of jeans and the same t shirt everyday. It's easy and quick therefore it works but it's not necessarily what I would like. 

Taking a photo of my outfit on Instagram instead of blogging is giving me that self expression that I used to love. It's allowing me to look into my wardrobe and pull together clothes in a different way. Probably much the same everyday but still styling slightly different. It's a quick way to enjoy clothes through Instagram as I am a very visual person. I like to see the end result. I guess this isn't really about anyone else other than sharing the same love for styling clothes.

To everyone else it may come across as anything other than the above but to me it's giving me back something that I used to love doing so much and making me think a little more about myself and what I like before I have a full day of being mummy.

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.


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? 

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.