Saturday, 30 August 2014

In the paper!

by Bex

Lots of exciting stuff is happening today people, not only are we spending our first full day in our new house (Eeeep!  You can follow me on instagram for inevitable house updates!) but I'm also being featured in an article written by Michelle about how writing openly about IVF on my blog and my lovely readers helped me cope throughout our horrendous experience over the last couple of years, complete with happy ending of course!

Then & Now
(Unfortunately Nik was working nights when I had my maternity shoot with Louise in our wedding park.)

Some of you may know Michelle as the ex-editor of SWD magazine and I got to know her when our wedding was featured in it back in 2011 and via Gemma who also used to work there.  Anyway, Michelle got in touch with me a few weeks ago to ask if I'd be interested in an interview to discuss the IVF, the blog and my readers now that we're pregnant.  Of course, any excuse for a chinwag over dinner, I was happy to chat about it.  I've always said how I wish it was easier for people to talk about subjects like IVF openly and I truly believe I would have coped much worse without the support I received here after each and every devastating disappointment.  Thank you again you lovely people!  Don't forget to run out and buy the Daily Record today if you fancy reading Michelle's article!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Master Bedroom moodboard

by Bex

Well, this is it, today's the day.  As you read this I'll be boarding my one way flight to Sussex!  Eeek!  Sadly Nik had to work today so I'll be getting the train from Gatwick to Brighton to wait for him to finish as we should get the keys at lunchtime!!  I thought today was a good day to share some of my decor ideas for the new house as I'm just SO excited to get in there and get started making it properly ours!  xx

In between home buying stress, I've been dreaming of what I can do with our new house when we're finally in.  Obviously this has included Pinterest as a stress-relieving pastime ;)  Below is a selection of images I found which inspired our master bedroom colour scheme...

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Since making the above moodboard I have expanded on the idea with my real life moodboard I made at Hege's Pinterest event.  (The top right corner is the master bedroom section although we're going for more gold tones than copper as it fits better with items we already have.)

Photo by Hege

We've also ordered our bed!  We were torn between 2 colours of fabric both of which would look great in the room but in the end we went for the sort of dark greige (I know, it's an annoying made up word but greige just seems to fit - it's much softer than just grey).

The upper image shows the true colours of the fabric better.  We decided the darker colour would provide a bit of contrast rather than having all pale colours in the room.  I'd like to find bed linen in the paler stone/champagne colour though.

We chose the Venice upholstered bed from a local company which makes the beds here in Glasgow and UK-wide delivery is just £55.  Here's a picture of the bed in the Robinsons showroom (in a grey wool fabric)...

The thing is, once we're in the house, there's so much we want to do (on a limited budget bearing in mind our imminent babies and new mortgage) but we haven't much time before the twins arrive in which to get everything organised.  The master bedroom and nursery are taking priority so we have a comfortable room to hide away in our new family bubble and the twins have their room ready to move into once they're old enough.  We aren't sure how much time we'll have to get stuff done once they're here, I'm assuming very little!  And that's all assuming they behave and stay inside as long as they are supposed to and without causing me to need any hospitalisation or bed rest.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Leaving Do

by Bex

Last weekend we had our leaving do.  It was so lovely to see so many of our friends before we leave Scotland.  We hosted the event at The Hope which was an excellent venue and we were very well looked after.

Obviously for our big goodbye party I needed to glam it up and add some bling so I wore my green maternity maxi dress from Seraphine paired with the diamond & emerald earrings I received from my in-laws as a wedding gift, my vintage green necklace from the John Lewis second hand jewellery department and my antique ring (my birthday present from Nik last year).

I had planned to wear my hair down but despite washing it that morning, it ended up quite greasy looking after my free facial (using up my Clarins points) with scalp massage so I just twisted sections up to create a do.

Check out the grey streaks here!

I loved my deep dark green nails - a new polish from Butter London in British Racing Green.

We'd ordered a buffet for the evening catering for 25 people as we were expecting 40-50.  (43 people had confirmed they were coming and we had about 13 maybes, spreadsheets are fab when planning parties, I'm so sad but it makes it a lot easier to keep track of numbers!)  We thought catering for 25 was a good bet for food as not everyone would necessarily eat and there are always a few inevitable cancellations on the day (we had quite a few who had to cancel due to illness or childcare issues but I was quite upset by the 10 people who just didn't show, especially the ones who it turned out had made other plans but neglected to inform me).  Anyhoo, I didn't let it bother me on the night and luckily we didn't cater for everyone as only 26 actually showed up in the end and the buffet was very generous!  There was quite a lot of food left over but we were given boxes by The Hope to bring some of the wraps home for lunch the next day (we are currently on a tight budget after all)!

This was just the start of the food!!

As you can see, we also took along the top tier of our wedding cake.  I decided to defrost this the day before as it obviously wouldn't survive the journey to Sussex frozen so we couldn't hold off any more (the original plan being to keep it for a baby naming ceremony).  We weren't sure if chocolate sponge would be OK after 3 years in the freezer but figured we'd try it!  As it happens, since we  moved it to make way for more nachos, pulled pork and teriyaki skewers, we forgot all about the cake and ended up taking it home again!  We cut it the next day and I'm happy to say it was still as delicious as on our wedding day!  Sorry we didn't get to share it with everyone in the end!!  Luckily my in-laws were staying for the weekend so we all enjoyed it and anyone else who's visited since (Roz).

The food was a hit with everyone and the nachos and chicken skewers disappeared fast.  And after seeing me with a non-alcoholic apple mojito, they proved popular too (with drivers and fellow preggos) and the bar ran out of mint!  Luckily for me they found some more in the kitchen as I was loving them!  (I remember the same thing happening at our engagement party with the Chambord as I was on the French Martinis and a few others followed suit so the bar staff ended up going out for more!!)

We had a fantastic night and loved going round chatting with all our friends who will be sorely missed when we've gone.  I was even still going strong at last orders, quite unheard of since the pregnancy!!  ;)

Thank you so much to everyone who came, including those of you who I've met through this blog!  It's been amazing living in Glasgow with so many awesome people to call our friends!!  Keep in touch!  Mwah!  xx

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The first (few) of many goodbyes!

by Bex

I wrote this a wee while ago but I just haven't had time to add the pictures until now!  It just means timings are a bit off as it wasn't last week anymore ;)

I'm really starting to get sad about leaving Glasgow.  Although I'm extremely excited about moving south (to sunnier climes, a nice big house and being closer to southern friends), it will be strange leaving Scotland where I've lived since I was 5 years old and Glasgow where Nik and I first lived together, got engaged, got married, lived through IVF hell and got blessed with our twin pregnancy!  This flat holds so many memories for me, plus I just love it with its high ceilings and many beautiful features like ornate cornicing.  I had my hen do here, held craft club events, started my blog, planned our wedding, threw OD parties, taught myself new skills...

Of course the main thing I'm really going to miss are all my friends up here!  We're having a leaving party soon to say goodbye properly but a few people can't come and I feel very special and loved that they have asked to meet up at other times to see me before we leave :)  The added bonus is that most of these extra goodbye meet ups also mean I get to visit some of my favourite Glasgow foodie places as well as some of those I've always wanted to try ;)  Especially great since I am back to loving food again!!

Last Thursday Lynsey, Briony, Roz and I all went for a lovely afternoon tea at Champagne Central in Grand Central Hotel (my wedding hotel).  Lynsey can't make it to our goodbye drinks as it's her birthday weekend so she wanted to do something and I'm so glad she suggested this!  We had a lovely few hours lounging in the comfy area just off the bar enjoying lots of tasty treats!  They were very accommodating as we'd forgotten to warn them when booking that one of our party required gluten free options and my allergy to nuts.  It meant a short wait while they sorted out alternatives with the chefs but they didn't mind at all and of course, neither did we as we had lots of chatting to do anyway!  :)

Lynsey and I enjoyed non-alcoholic apple mojitos which weren't on the menu - there were only 3 non-alcoholic options and I didn't like any of them so asked if they could make these, again they were very accomodating and even got me to check it before they made the other as the bar lady (Izabelle I think) hadn't made them before.  She did a great job and was also absolutely lovely.

When our food did arrive, Briony had her own special tier of gluten free rolls, gluten free scones and gluten free cake options.  She was thrilled as gluten free options can often be disappointing but she enjoyed everything!  Our sandwiches were cut into dainty fingers and we received one each of smoked salmon, egg mayo, roast beef & horseradish and cream cheese & cucumber.  Our scones were warm, soft and delicious served with plenty of clotted cream (although we still ran out due to our mutual love of the thick stuff so they brought us some more)!

I received my own special plate of cakes to ensure they were nut free.  Usually I end up disappointed again as despite me reassuring venues that I am fine with anything that says 'traces of nuts' and can eat many nuts, just not anything with peanuts, brazil nuts and walnuts in the actual recipe, I often end up missing out on tasty things I love like macarons or brownies with hazelnuts in and I end up being jealous of the other diners' plates.  I think this is the first time I've actually induced jealousy with my option as I had some great cakes including a particular favourite - black forest!  They actually gave me two of those so I gave Roz a taste too.

It was a wonderful afternoon in the decadent surroundings of Grand Central with such great company.  We received a lot of food for £14.99, including our choice of tea as well of course!  I would definitely recommend it.

On Saturday Siobhan came through from Edinburgh to spend some time before I head down south.  It was a lovely way to spend another afternoon, soaking up time with a friend and mooching around town :)  We did a spot of shopping and went for a lovely lunch at Las Iguanas.  Mmmm, churros!  All these lovely afternoons are perfect for beating the stress of our impending big move as well as giving me lots of lovely company while I'm up here on my own as Nik started his job down in Brighton last Wednesday.

I really enjoyed my chilli which had mince as well as tender chunks of beef.  And of course, those amazing churros with dulce de leche as well as dark chocolate ganache!

On Monday I had a goodbye meal with Lara who also can't come to our leaving do.  I feel so special and lucky that so many of those who can't come to say goodbye at our party want to make the effort to meet up separately before I leave  :)  We had plans to meet for dinner near here but the place I'd had in mind was closed (I forgot that a lot of places in Glasgow close on a Monday evening) so we headed into town for a burger instead.  Again, the place I'd had in mind was closed(!!) but then I remembered a place on my Glasgow bucket list (which I'm totally running out of time on) I wanted to try which was just across the road.  Luckily it was open and we found ourselves in a cosy booth in Meat Bar.  :)

I've just realised I am probably sounding super fussy in this post but again I was ordering off menu!  I really wanted to try as much as possible and loved the sound of their pulled pork slider.  Unfortunately the other slider options weren't suitable for pregnancy (one had pate - YUM but not allowed and the other was tartare and I didn't fancy rabbit) so I asked if they could do their classic burger as a smaller version.  They checked with the chef and it wasn't a problem so I ordered my 2 sliders and Lara and I shared fries.  I often find in the evenings that I can only eat smaller meals but when we were finished I was still rather hungry so had a look at desserts.  Only then did I spot the mac n cheese as a side!  I ended up ordering the cheese cake and a side of mac & cheese.  I figure I may as well use pregnancy as an excuse while I can ;)  They didn't bat an eyelid and I really enjoyed my cheesecake followed by a good few spoonfuls of creamy macaroni cheese!  I brought the rest home for lunch the next day, perfect!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


by Roz

Okay it's official the Forever House has become exceptionally stressful!  To be honest it's been challenging from the start juggling the renovations ourselves with two full time jobs, throughout my pregnancy (painting 14 feet high ceilings when you're 38 weeks is not much fun!), and with the arrival of baby star and selling our flat, things have become pretty strained.  I'm torn between spending every single second with A and spending some time doing work in the house to help us one step closer to moving in.  That's one of the reasons I've been pretty quiet on the blog - not having internet for over 2 weeks didn't help either!

Bump and I and our very tall ladder!

So we sold our flat, we got a fantastic offer for it so decided to accept it and are now renting a one bed flat next to our forever house.  Literally next door!  Our fabulous new neighbours saved the day and let us rent their basement flat. Moving from a three bed to a one bed is certainly interesting, the flat is stuffed full of boxes of our stuff, add to that all the baby stuff and it's permanently a mess.  The TV doesn't work either... but enough complaints, it's lovely living in the area with the park on our doorstep and so handy for getting stuff done at the house.  We hope to move in at the start of October, so in 6 weeks time, the countdown is officially on!

We are still doing a lot of the work ourselves - as I type this, B is removing the last of the old bathrooms in the house and when he gets back, he'll look after A while I go and paint.  Decorating wise we have a lot of decisions to make... there have been more than a few heated discussions regarding paint colours, tiles for the bathroom and en suite, wallpaper and the number of TVs to have in the house, hence the title of this post.  B would happily paint the whole house magnolia and he says I would happily paint every room a shade of grey!  We are slowly getting there though, the nursery is nearly complete, I can't wait to share a post on A's room but for now here's a sneak peek:

Yes, baby star's room is grey

The two living rooms have been painted cream so that we can add colour with sofas, curtains etc. and live with the rooms for a while before deciding if we want to add some colour on the walls or leave them as is.  After a great number of sample pots and large swatches of colour painted all over our bedroom we have finally found a colour we agree on!  It's a lovely warm golden cream colour to go with this fabulous All Star wallpaper from Rockett St George.

I've also done a lot of work in my library, the walls are painted a lovely deep blue and I've nearly finished painting the bookcases, fireplace and shutters.  I honestly cannot wait to get my books on those shelves.  The last decision to be made in this room is the colour of the carpet.  I'm tempted to go with a black carpet, the floor area is quite small and the white fireplace, shutters and door add a lot of white to the room.  The only pieces of furniture with be a big comfy chair (no idea what yet) and a table, to sit my glass of wine or cup of tea on :)  Do you think a black carpet would go??

The library shelves

The main thing that's holding up our progress at the house is the plumbing, from the central heating system to the bathrooms there is a lot to do.  We have made great progress with the new boiler system and hope to order it very soon and our en suite is nearly ready to tile... all B and I have to do is agree on the tiles!  Tiling is part of the plan for tomorrow.

We do have our beautiful kitchen fitted, thanks for all your comments on my kitchen planning post, although I can't share the finished look yet.  The worktops cannot be fitted until the floor goes in (and the island will have quartz running down both sides and on to the floor), but the floors cannot go in until the boiler is installed and the heating system is tested.  I did post a picture on Instagram the day it was installed though.

Our kitchen

It's a beautiful bright room and I love the pale green paint.  There is a space at the window to fit a small table for everyday meals and I recently bought A a second hand tripp trapp which is white with a green baby set and cushions.  I can't wait till we sit down in the kitchen as a family of three to eat our first meal here :)

I promise to get back to writing some posts more regularly, A's birth story is nearly finished and I can't wait to share it.

Roz xx

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