Wednesday, 16 April 2014

{Homes & Interiors}

Homes & interiors is my thing. I'd quite happily forgo clothes & make-up to enable purchases of house-related goodies! Possibly quite tragic, but I'm sure there are others out there like me?

I get excited about paint colours, fabric patterns & soft furnishings. I can't wait to decorate my new house & transform each room. All the furniture from the old house was efficiently placed into the appropriate rooms by the removal men, but it's only now...6 months down the line... that I'm starting to rearrange the rooms & figure out what works best where. 

You'll have seen from earlier posts that the kitchen and bathroom have already had mini-makeovers, using up paint from the old house and a few purchases of mirrors, shelving & storage accessories.

The 'playroom' or dining room has also had some changes recently. I was given some B&Q vouchers from my sister for my birthday with which I bought some more paint. My dad's wife had suggested a better layout of the furniture which I eventually did (thanks Jo!) & it all works much better! 

Next on the list is the living room. My new Marks and Spencer sofa arrived (purchased in the sale & put onto a credit card!) and it's glorious to have something comfortable to sit on. Pure bliss! I've started painting the walls (navy, inspired by my sisters house) and just need to put on the second coat. A wood burning stove & a plush carpet are on my wish list for this room, but funds won't allow it just yet. But I can dream for now & write out my (never ending!) list...

These stoves are beautiful!


Something I'll need sooner rather than later is a desk chair for my hallway landing office space - at the moment I don't have a chair & have to keep dragging a dining table chair upstairs - I'd love a Ghost chair in either clear or grey:


I've also been lusting after a new bedside lamp - I'd love something with a bit more impact & have been craving these ones for a while!

Carpet for my stairs & hallway are also on my list...the current carpet is blue, it's rather grubby and not to my taste at all. But I'm living with it obviously until I can afford something along the lines of these:

Finally (well for this post anyway!), a bench for the garden... I'd love a bit more in the way of seating so we can have more space to entertain. The warmer weather must surely be on its way and there have been a few sunny days in Glasgow lately!? I'm envisaging garden parties & lots of BBQs :)

For my tree, although I just need a half circle bench! {image source}

I'm also hoping to convert a low concrete wall into a bench, like this one here.

Watch this space for how I get on!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

{Easter Holidays}

Aberdeen Skyline

The kids & I are driving up to Aberdeen this morning. I'm looking forward to staying with my sister who will look after me a bit & help out with the little ones so I can get some rest. I'm still not feeling great thanks to a Crohn's flare-up & I have 8 weeks of steroids ahead of me!

As a result of me feeling so poorly, I've not been as active on the blog. So please bear with me as I get back on my feet.

The Silver City with the Golden Sands!

If anyone would be interested in guest posting on my pretty pink pages, then please get in touch. My email address is on the 'About Me' page. Perhaps an article on gardening with little ones, or something crafty? Or a fashion & beauty post? Or a favourite recipe? Just some ideas :)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

{Happy Birthday to my Littlest}

My daughter turns 3 this month. Yes, three!!! Where has the time gone??

For her first birthday we threw an afternoon tea party and for her 2nd birthday I hosted a painting party. This year she's having a small Build a Bear party with her big brother and their cousins - I know that she'll love it.

I thought I'd pull together a few of my favourite photographs of her over the last three years...

Just a week old!

I did a lot of walking whilst the littlest was a baby as 
part of my fitness programme with my personal trainer. The baby carrier was great for this.

Out for tea and cakes with the girls!

Those cheeks!!

Dressing up for Halloween. I love a tutu!

1st birthday 'afternoon tea' party - and another tutu!



Starting to look more like a little girl than a baby!


Dressed as Robin for her brother's super hero party!
Aww!

Doing some gardening last month!


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

{Exhausted...}

I'm sat in my pyjamas at my desk (it's currently 6pm on Tues eve at the moment!) and I'm really glad to be relaxing. The kids are with their dad, and R is on a night out... so I have an evening to myself.

My plan is to catch up on a little bit of cleaning - the carpets seriously need hoovered! - and then I'm going to have a bath I think and do some reading. Bliss!!

The thing is I'm seriously wiped out. I'm actually physically drained. I came home from work the other day, had a very quick dinner that R kindly cooked, and then I went straight to bed and slept right through to morning-time.

In my head I was blaming the children (they are full on!) but the more I've considered it, it's probably related to my Crohn's Disease.

I've been having some on/off symptoms now for a number of weeks and I'm fed up with it.

I admit I've been previously rubbish at taking my tablets (I take azathioprine tablets daily, a strong immunosuppressant) but I've been much better this year and yet I still don't feel great :-(

What also makes it worse is that I don't look sick.

Thankfully my blood results came back ok so surely that means nothing serious is going on, but that doesn't explain the waves of nausea, stomach cramping, aching joints and other Crohn's symptoms I'm having to deal with just now. I know I shouldn't complain because my symptoms are mild compared to others out there with IBD, but I'm used to being well so feeling this way is out of the norm for me.


I've had the disease since 2004, this is my 10 year anniversary! I came home from work recently to find an interesting looking padded envelope... hmmmm, what could it be!? I quickly opened it to find some sachets of Moviprep. Delightful! I have a colonoscopy booked for the end of May. Something to look forward to?? Perhaps not! The last two colonoscopies I had were horrific. I remember lying on the bed screaming in pain and the nurses trying to manipulate my bowels to get the tubing round. Really dreading having to go through it again.

However it will show how the disease is progressing, which will be interesting given that my last colonoscopy must have been 8 or 9 years ago now.


I've also been having some issues with my hands... and my GP has diagnosed Raynaud's Disease (a condition that affects blood supply to the fingers and toes). Great! It's apparently associated with Crohn's. Thankfully it's intermittent (my fingers go white and I lose the feeling in them, not so nice!!) and I'm looking forward to the warmer weather arriving in Glasgow which should make a big difference!  

Anyway, I'm sure there'll be more on the colonoscopy when the time comes. I've already arranged for the kids to have a few extra nights with their dad. Looking after two kiddies and trying to cleanse one's bowel are not a good combination! 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

{Disney on Ice - a review}

We were thrilled to be asked to review Disney on Ice in Glasgow, and in no time it was the weekend of the show! *squeals* (I'm worse than the kids!!)

We took a taxi to The Hydro as I wasn't totally sure where I'd get parked and how far a walk it would be, and I'm glad we did. (Hampden Taxi app was brilliant as I was able to book our return taxi from the comfort of our seat in the arena!)



We ended up being slightly rushed as our tickets weren't at the desk, but thankfully it got sorted out just in time and we made it to our seats just as the lights were dimming. This meant we didn't get a chance to grab any snacks prior to the show starting, but being the organised mummy that I am (ahem!) I had a couple of packets of crisps and Innocent smoothies in my bag for the little ones if they got hungry tummies!

Anyway, the show started and the littlest's face was just so adorable. Her reaction to the characters was just amazing. She was over the moon to see them all.

In awe!


Combine her wee gorgeous face with The Little Mermaid music and I had a tear in my eye!

The Little Mermaid was definitely my favourite part of the show. I think a lot of this is down to the music - proper Disney old school classics. Whereas the music from Tinkerbell, Cars and Toy Story 3 didn't have the same impact for me. The kids loved Mickey & Minnie, as you'll see from their YouTube video below!

It was the innocence of my son that was just so lovely... he said to me excitedly during the show "Tinkerbell waved at me!" and it was adorable that he was so absorbed in the show that he thought the characters were waving just to him. Very cute!!

I had requested tickets for the 2.45pm performance, but I hadn't anticipated how long the show would last. Toy Story 3 came on after the interval and I think it didn't capture the littlest's imagination as much as the other acts, it probably was more suited to slightly older kiddies (although she loved seeing Barbie!). She also got a bit tired towards the end and was keen to go home :-( Thankfully the taxi was outside at 5pm to collect us and we got home soon enough.

After dinner I got the kids seated on their wee kitchen stool to capture their thoughts on the show...



And here are the out takes!! The eldest seemed to find it highly amusing to leap on me every time I started filming!



We'd definitely go back to see another Disney show and I'd love to take the kids to Disneyland. It's on my 35 at 35 list!

We received complimentary tickets for Disney on Ice in exchange for an honest review. Thoughts, as always, are our own.


Monday, 31 March 2014

{I'm going to BritMums Live 2014}

Yep, that's right - I'm going to BritMums Live 2014 and I'm delighted to be sponsored by Glasgow Fort.

I'm super excited, but also a tad nervous. This will be my first 'proper' blogging event... eek!!

In a bid to get more involved in the run up to the event, I thought I'd take part in the BritMums linky:

Name: Sarah

Blog: Glasgow Mummy

Twitter ID: @glasgow_mummy

Height: 5ft 11inches

Hair: Long and blonde with a fringe

Eyes: Greenish. I'm normally found wearing my Tom Ford glasses, but for special occasions I tend to wear my contacts

Is this your first blogging conference: Yes

Are you attending both days: Of course. It's quite a journey, so I'm going to stay for the whole weekend :-)

What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2014: Meeting all the bloggers that I interact with on the web face-to-face... although as well as looking forward to it, the thought also terrifies me slightly. I'm also looking forward to learning how to 'up my game' when it comes to my blog!

What are you wearing? I'll most likely be wearing skinny jeans (grey I reckon) and my Glasgow Fort t-shirt which I'm in the process of sorting out...

Do you have any tips to pass on to others who may not have been before? Nope, I'm a first-timer.

See you all there x



Friday, 28 March 2014

{What's On Glasgow for the Grown-Ups - Part 1}

I thought I'd share a few suggestions for 'different' or 'quirky' things to do in Glasgow and the surrounding area - this one is mainly for the grown-ups, sorry kids! As you can see from the pictures, these are activities I've tried out myself!

1. The circus is in town - get a group of friends together and organise an aerial circus class (I did this for my sister's hen party) or give the flying trapeze a whirl (£35 for a 3 hour flying trapeze workshop)!


2. Ghost - Unleash your inner Demi Moore and attempt some pottery on the wheel @ Glasgow Ceramic Studio (£60 for a private two-hour taster session; £80 for two people)


3. Get on your bike - at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at the Emirates Arena. New riders can try an 'Introduction to Track Cycling' class at the velodrome for just £10.20. 


4. Square Eyes - Film Club at Blythswood Square Hotel. I've been twice now to see Bridesmaids with Becky and then Top Gun with R; both were in the evening and we had cocktails and canapes prior to the movie. I'd definitely recommend it - it was such a great experience. The Notebook is being shown on Sat 28th June - £30 per person which includes afternoon tea, glass of Prosecco and the movie screening.


5. The wheels on the bus - hop on the Glasgow Tour bus and see the sights (£14 for an adult two-day ticket). There's also a Ghoulish Glasgow bus tour if you are partial to a scary story!


If you have an activity or place in Glasgow you'd like featured, then please get in touch. Part Two will be following in the near future :-)

Prices are correct at date post was published.