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Edinburgh at Christmas

I’ve always been a massive fan of the capital and what it has to offer. The buildings, the shops and the contrast between the old town and the new town. I love the buzz of the city, not sure if I would like living in the city, but for the odd weekend away or day out I think its grand. 

Every year Ross and I go out for a christmas dinner together, this year Ross came up with the great idea of a day out instead. We had originally planned to just go into the markets and have a mooch around, but he later surprised me with a reservation at The Dome (boy did good!). If you don’t know the place then, it is the most beautifully decorated place in the city during the christmas period. The building is around 200 years old and it was originally designed for the Bank of Scotland. From October through to the New Year it is covered in gorgeous lights and has one of the biggest christmas trees you have ever seen in the middle of the restaurant. I do recommend you make a reservation though, if not you need to queue outside and then you only get into a smaller, less dramatic room. 

We sat there for a good fews hours, enjoying some red wine and a three course christmas lunch. It was so nice to be out together and away from the little terror we had at home (ok, she’s not that bad but we needed a break!). Everyone around us was so happy, taking pictures, laughing and just enjoying their time. The only time anyone in the room was on a phone was to take a picture. You didn’t look round the room once and see people sitting on their phones, scrolling through social media oblivious to the beautiful setting. 

When we left its was getting a bit darker and the lights along the streets were beginning to make more of an impact. We headed straight down to the markets. It was MOBBED. I remember thinking that it would be my worst nightmare to have to push a buggy through these crowds. Once into the main area it did get slightly better. We looked round the stalls and bought a few christmas gifts before getting a Mulled Wine & Hot Gin. To tell you the truth I have never been so disappointed. Mulled Wine is NOT for me unfortunately, even though I desperately loved the idea of us standing in the crowds with our wine feeling all festive. 

We finished the day off with a wine stop at The Refinery just off Princess Street. We had time to kill before the train home, and since the Mulled Wine disappointed us we thought it would be rude not to. 

Our festive day out was an absolute treat and I cant wait to do the same next year!

Until next time 

xox

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Welcome to the family, Bailey

What a week it has been! My house has been completely turned upside down, everything has been chewed on, peed on & pooped on! Oh, the joys of little Bailey. I wouldn’t have it any other way and she’s 100% part of the family now. 

Bailey is a 9 week old F2 apricot Cavapoo with a full personality and a mischievous streak. We looked into several types of dogs but we had agreed on a Cavapoo because we loved Cockapoos but wanted something a little smaller for our house. They are also hypoallergenic which is great as Ross has asthma and no one likes dog hairs all over the house! 

We travelled to Newcastle to get her last Saturday after only meeting her once before. She hasn’t disappointed us at all. I was really worried about how she would react in the car but she slept the full way in her little bed. When we got her into the house she settled straight away, showing off and playing with her new toys. It wasn’t until bedtime when realised what we were in for. We are crate training her so we put her into her cage, turned the lights off and said goodnight. The howling started, which we were anticipated, but not for 4 full hours! We were adamant that she wasn’t getting back out till morning so decided to bring the cage into our room so she could see us. It wasn’t long after that she settled straight away. Each night since then she’s slept right through. 

She still hasn’t got to grips with using the puppy training mats but I am sure we will get there soon enough! Easier said than done though when you have a little surprise waiting for you on the carpet! 

I am absolutely loving have her though, she’s such a handful but a complete joy at the same time. Every day she’s doing something new or getting unto something else she shouldn’t be doing! She definitely keeps us entertained. And, the sleepy cuddles are so lovely that I hope as she gets a bit bigger she will still love to cuddle in. 

Until next time.. 

xox

Get Christmas Ready with The Nelson’s

It’s my favourite time of year! There’s nothing better than filling your home with sparkle, lights and more candle’s than usual. This year I got a few new bits for the house and thought I would put it all together for you incase you needed any inspiration for your home too. I linked as many of the products I could.

One of my dreams is to have a massive 12ft tree in a beautiful bay window. However, until then I love my 6ft basic tree. Our tree and the accessories were bought when we first moved into our home 2 years ago but the styles are still available.

Tree // The Range

Baubles // The Range

Lights // Asda or Amazon *

This year I picked up a few extra bits for our TV unit. I had my eye on the garland and light up star from The White Company but managed to find a cheaper substitute from Argos. It is basically the exact same, might not last as long but I’m happy with it regardless.

Garland // Argos or The White Company

Star // Argos or The White Company

My little reindeer is one of my favourite christmas accessories. Again, we bought this to two years ago but when will you ever not want a glitter reindeer at christmas?! Timeless if you ask me!

Reindeer // The Range

I also think this time of year is one of the best for having lots of candles round the house (who am I kidding, I have candles all year round!) I have a couple of Jo Malone kicking about but my favourite candle this year is the Clintons Frosted Gingerbread. I have it in my entrance hall and the smell is out of this world. I love lighting it at night because it leaves such an amazing scent lingering for the next morning.

And to finish up, how can I forget my favourite festive cushions. I got these beautiful velvet snowflake cushions & the blue checked reindeer ones a few years back. I think that’s why I haven’t changed the colours in my tree yet because I love the cushions so much, everything has to match!

Unfortunately I couldn’t find these online! But, I did find some other cute alternatives.

Festive Cushions // Amazon *

(they are even in the sale!)

What kind of christmas decorations do you go for?

Until next time,

Xoxo

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Our Wedding Pictures

Evening all!

What a lovely surprise I had this morning when I opened my emails to our wedding pictures. We have over 1000 photos and only have 250 spaces in our hard copy wedding album… how are we ever going to choose?! Anyway, I asked if you guys would like a little post with some of my fav pictures and you all voted yes! So, here you go…

P.s MASSIVE thanks to our photographer, you captured the magic of our day perfectly.

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

There’s never been a truer saying. I decided that it was time for me to live by that and I wanted you to know. My blogs all about being real, and this is me showing you who I am.

I am now following my dreams and venturing out on my own. What am I? A lone solider, an entrapenuer or just a bloody idiot. Either way, it’s a done deal. I never thought I would be saying that, never mind a few months after getting married. I feel so free. I create my own well being and the sky is the limit on what I do. It was a big step for me to take. I had a lot of things to take into consideration like, my home & being able to pay the bills. As well as making sure I’m not missing out on life by not earning some sort of income. Thankfully, I had a lot of support for doing this. It’s so much easier to see a plan coming together when you have someone to encourage you and pick you up when you have doubts (Thanks, dad & Ross).

It might work, and it might not. But I can say I TRIED IT. And when it does work, this could be the making of my life. This could give me what I have been missing for so many years. I used to live with the mentality of going to work every day, working 41 hours a week, heavy physical work just to make a standard wage. I was exhausted every night, it affected my moods with everyone I loved, I constantly felt like I had no time to balance my home life with work life and to be honest, I wanted to be the one in control of how much I make and what hours I want.  Don’t get me wrong, its a big responsibility on my shoulders to make sure I stick to my work schedule and make money. It’s not going to be easy in any shape or form, It’s probably going to be a bloody nightmare. But, I can do it.

If you have an idea, and you have someone that can encourage you, DO IT. What is the worst that can happen? It doesn’t work or you don’t like it, go back and get another job. I left the dental practice, knowing I am still registered as a nurse until next year and if it doesn’t work out I will find another practice to work in. There’s too much unhappiness in the world at the moment and so many people are brought to a new level of low in their life because its not what they want. CHANGE IT.  Take it from someone who has always worried about what others think and never being able to settle in any job without getting down at some point. Don’t waste your time here. Create your own life.

I now have something to call my own and have something that I can be proud of. I understand it’s not for everyone, but I know its for me. Theres something burning inside telling me to follow my gut. Year 1 has just started and it’s going to be a tough one, but lets see what happens this time next year…

“They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy. They can say, they can say I’ve lost my mind. I don’t care, I don’t care, so call me crazy. We can live in a world that we design” 

 

Until next time..

xox