Another year…

This month sees me turning 36. Another year older, but I’m not convinced I’m any wiser!

In my recent post on my Highs and Lows of 2017, I had written that I let myself down. I feel that I should have listened to my gut feeling sooner, and trusted in myself more. I’m not sure that I’ve been learning from the mistakes that I’ve made (mainly mistakes involving men!!) However, my good friend Dawn was quick to say the opposite, and reinforced that she felt I’d reacted in the exact same way anyone else would, and that my reactions were the right ones.

It’s been a busy year, as you will see from my Goodbye 2017 round-up and I’m anticipating 2018 will be just as jam-packed. Rather than setting resolutions, I’ve written a list of 18 things that I’d like to achieve in the year. The kids and I have already checked off one item, which involved a trip to ice cream & churros bar Loop & Scoop (an early birthday treat for me!), and this weekend we started on some of the classic family movies I’m keen for us to watch which will help us cross off another… first up was Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc. You can read the full list of 18 for 2018 here.

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Anyway, back to my birthday! Being honest, I’m not really bothered by  birthdays now and whether or not they are recognised (will be a different story when I’m turning 40…will surely want to have a party then!). That said, the kids do like to celebrate hence our recent dinner out to Paesano and Loop & Scoop as they’re with their dad on my birthday weekend. Given that I’m going to be kid-free, I’m being joined by my friend Steph, who is travelling down from the Black Isle, and we’re going to hit Glasgow for dinner and cocktails on Saturday night with our other friend Claire (my last night out in town was in July!). A few years ago, the girls met for my birthday celebration, and I had chosen to go to the cinema to see The Impossible. It was a horrifying film (about the Indian Ocean tsunami), and not necessarily the ideal way to spend your birthday! This year will be better!! (As an aside, I popped onto IMDb to check the film title, and it was released in 2012… so it was more that a few years ago! Time has been flying by!).

I treated myself to a new perfume as an early birthday present (despite being totally skint with the recent renovation, and the ongoing legal saga with the quagmire… I felt I deserved a gift with all the stress I’ve been having to endure!)… and so now all I need to do is to decide what to wear and where we’re going for dinner! There are some great offers just now for dining out in Glasgow – 50% off food at Grill on the Corner, and I got a 50% off voucher for Malmaison in my emails – however neither can be used on a Saturday night, so we’re going to keep looking. I have a list of restaurants in Glasgow that I’d like to try, so perhaps I’ll see about going to one of them. Keep an eye on my Instagram stories (@glasgowmummy) to see where we wind up.

Sarah x

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Goodbye 2017

January

Clockwise from Top Left Yoga workshop / Making flower crowns with Little Botanica / Glasgow University Cloisters / Night at the Hunterian Museum

Dinner at CCA / painting workshop at Glasgow School of Art / my first canvas at the art night class I started / collecting Maisie, my dad & Jo’s new miniature Schnauzer

February

More blood tests at hospital (my liver still wasn’t getting better) / tulips that I painted / weekend in Edinburgh at my friend Erin’s flat / I bought myself chocolates (dairy free / refined sugar free) for V-day

March

Start of extension project / Beauty & the Beast afternoon tea at The Corinthian / I made the trip up to Black Isle to visit friends / trip to the Scottish Owl Centre with the kids

Trip to Aberdeen to escape the building works… we enjoyed an evening in Ali & Robin’s BBQ hut / visit to Crathes Castle / vegan breakfast at Crossing the Rubicon / demolition well underway!

April

Trip to Aberdeen for haircut & colour at Profile, followed by lunch at Foodstory / meanwhile back in Glasgow the foundations had started / a tribute night at Normandy Hotel / night out with work colleagues at Brew Dog

Trip to Newcastle to visit friends, and this pig / Easter SMC event at The Larder / another visit to Aberdeen to help Ali & Robin paint their hallway / Littlest turned 6!

May

Weekend at Crieff Hydro with the kids / all you can eat Sushi at Wholefoods (I miss the place!!) with Dawn / Another weekend away, with my man friend at the time, to Ardoe House Hotel / more progress (albeit slow) with the extension / took the kids to Dundonald Castle

June

The kitchen install begins by Glenlith Interiors / my new cooker & microwave / trip to Aberdeen for the arrival of Fleur / blogging event at Black Dove, Shawlands

July

Another weekend in Aberdeen, this time with a trip to Doonies Farm / My new kitchen worktop!! / The skylights were fitted, hurrah! / Lunch with colleagues at Stereo / Kitchen floor installed

Trip to Perthshire to visit my dad / Dinner al fresco with Dawn at White Elephant / my new black and white hallway floor (Glenlith Interiors) / I found myself single again, which called for a Girls Night Out on the town, with dinner at Zizzi

August

My first visit to Blow / Lonach Highland Games / My son turned 8 / SMC event at Hutchesons / fun at RollerStop with the kids

September

Brunch at Bramble Cafe with Jen (@motherhoodmyway) / I finally hung my antlers, that were given to me as a birthday gift in January by All & Robin! / Hosted a party for work colleagues and served up an awesome chilli con carne / visiting Jurassic Kingdom with the kids and Dawn & Ava / Ta Da – the new kitchen!!

October

Pumpkin picking at Arnprior Farm / cocktails and dinner with colleagues at Blythswood Square Hotel / day trip to Edinburgh with the kids thanks to Scotrail, including a fab trip to the zoo / an amazing first date weekend and we went on the Tennents Brewery tour / the kids and I jetted off to Mallorca for the holidays

Another picture from Mallorca, it was stunning / loving my sunglasses from the SMC x Very Exclusive event / all hands on deck to turf my garden / Halloween movie night at Black Dove / Brunch at Cafe Strangebrew

November

Love a real fire, and there were plenty to be had in November / I took my son (& daughter) to their first proper gig – Europe – which is his favourite band. Best Christmas present ever apparently / turf looking good / the kids and I reviewed Soar at intu Braehead including this yum hot dog at Barvaria

December

Christmas decorations up, and I managed to wait until December this year! / my son in his new double bed / Ali & Robin got married this month, and we were treated to a tasting menu at The Kitchin in Edinburgh / the kids and I enjoyed the Christmas Crafternoon Tea at Three Sisters Bake – highly recommend for next year / Aberdeen again for the wedding party with the kids, and then a final solo trip to Aberdeen for Christmas Day! Phew!!! It’s been a busy year.

Happy New Year everyone for when it comes!!

Sarah x

Highs and Lows of 2017

I used to enjoy reflecting on the year as part of Kate on Thin Ice’s blog link-up, so I thought I would go ahead and answer the questions again for 2017. The kids and I chat about ‘highs and lows’ regularly, especially at the end of a holiday or weekend away – but we don’t ever capture them anywhere. I do want to make more of an effort to record our time together as a family, and one of my goals for next year is to create a photo book. Anyway, I digress… without further ado, here are the questions:

ONE. What was your happiest event?

My happiest event of 2017 has to be the birth of my beautiful niece, Fleur. She is just so cute! My kids both adore her, and I do too.

Second happiest event is my sister’s wedding. She married Robin earlier this month in Edinburgh.

TWO. What was the saddest thing to happen?

Fleur’s arrival was a difficult one, and my sister had to be whisked into surgery after the birth. It was an emotional day, and one that I will never forget. I thought we were going to lose her.

THREE. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?

After a year and a half of not dating, I met someone at the start of the year… via an online app. It didn’t work out, but it got me back out there.

FOUR. Who let you down?

I’ve let myself down.

FIVE. Who supported you?

In addition to the obvious ones, which is my family (Ali, Robin, Dad & Jo), I have become very good friends with Dawn (Thing About Chaos) this year and she has most definitely been a huge support.

SIX. Tell me one thing you learned

Online dating is horrific?! I’m going into 2018 single again, and already am dreading the potential weirdos out there that I’m convinced I’ll meet!

SEVEN. Tell us one thing that made you laugh

I’ve actually laughed a lot…

I was laughing so much with my dad at the start of this year when we were out walking his dogs that I fell over. Thankfully I had my waterproofs on as I ended up on my hands and knees in the snow! It wasn’t even anything overly funny that I was laughing at… just my dad’s lack of ability at controlling his pooches!

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EIGHT. Tell us one thing that made you cry

I did a reading at Ali & Robin’s wedding, and I managed to get one paragraph in before breaking down. Was rather embarrassing!

 

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NINE. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you proud

We hosted a brilliant Fireworks party in November, working as a team to do all the prep work and setting up ahead of our guests arriving and it was a huge success.

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Both kids have had excellent school reports at the most recent parents’ night, which was a huge relief.

Finally, they’ve both been put up a level at their swimming classes.

TEN. Tell us one thing that made you proud of yourself

I was promoted at work, which I’m extremely proud of. In January 2018, I’ll have been with the company for 3 years, and that’s my second change in job title in that time.

ELEVEN. Tell us one challenge that you overcame

It’s been a very hectic and stressful 2017, with a home extension project running from March to September. In the end I had to fire the builder, which was not pleasant… however I dealt with it and thankfully the place is very near to completion now. There are still a few snagging items outstanding and I’ll hopefully get it all signed off next year.

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TWELVE. Tell us three things you would like to change in 2018

I’ve written a separate blog post with 18 things I’d like to achieve in 2018, which covers this final question. You can read the post here.

It’s been a strange feeling looking back over old blog posts, and today I watched a few of my YouTube videos with the kids (all the videos with the kids are now private, but they like to watch them occasionally). My previous years round ups are below… for some reason I have missed 2015! So much has happened since starting my blog(s)!!

Highs and Lows of 2012

Highs and Lows of 2013

Highs and Lows of 2014

Goodbye 2016

 

18 for 2018

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s podcast, I’ve decided to put together a list of 18 things that I’d like to achieve in 2018. I previously had a 35 at 35 list, which I wrote just before my 30th birthday, recording 35 things that I wanted to do before I turned 35. I managed to cross off a number of the items, but I didn’t succeed in finishing the list. Despite this, it was valuable to have goals and I think having them published on my blog made me more motivated to complete them.

So, without further ado… here is my list of 18 things:

ONE. Arrange the (re)launch of my Glasgow Mummy blog. Earlier this year I had purchased a domain with the intention of reverting back to Glasgow Mummy, but I haven’t done anything about it as yet.

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TWO. Organise & style the shelves in my hallway. I have some shelves in my hall, which I see every day and every day they annoy me. When I moved in I just dumped some books and other belongings etc onto them and they haven’t really been touched since. It would make me happier if they were more organised and looked a bit prettier.

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THREE. Start cooking regular Sunday roast dinners. A few of my friends cook roast dinner regularly, and despite the odd Christmas dinner I haven’t really done a proper roast. I am determined to master roast beef… yum! We have family joining us in January and perhaps this will be my first roast of 2018. (Yes, I already have most of January planned)

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FOUR. Take the kids on a caravan holiday. I used to love trips away in a caravan as a child, and as a family we regularly had long weekends away at caravan parks. I’m sure my two will be the same.

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FIVE. Host a party. This year we hosted a Fireworks party which was a great success, and we also attended my sister’s wedding party at their house. The kids enjoyed the planning & preparation for the parties, as well as the actual parties themselves. Now that my kitchen extension is pretty much complete, we’re all set for hosting more parties in the new year!

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SIX. Listen to new podcasts. On my commutes to and from work, I’ve been listening to podcasts rather than the drivel on the local radio. I have a handful that I listen to, and just this week I’ve started listening to the Convicted series. I’d like to discover more new podcasts though, so do let me know if you’ve any recommendations.

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SEVEN. Make a photobook. I take a lot of photos, and for a while I was really good at printing them and putting them into a photo album. However, life has taken over and it’s been years since I’ve printed pictures. The kids do love to look back over the photos I have printed, so I know they would love to see their pictures in a photobook. There appear to be lots of apps now that make it straightforward to do… I just need to do it.

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EIGHT. Watch some classic family movies with the kids. We’ve been watching a few TV shows from my childhood and the kids have been loving them – Gladiators, Crystal Maze Fun House! As the kids get older, I’m excited to re-watch all the family classic movies with them. I’m thinking ET, The Goonies, Indiana Jones…

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NINE. Visit Kelburn Castle. Dawn (ThingAboutChaos) has recommended Kelburn Castle after she had a magical trip there this month to see Santa with her daughter. I think we’re going to go along to their Easter event next year.

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TEN. Read a book. I’m not going to commit to a book a month, that’s something that I definitely won’t achieve. I’m planning on reading at least one book next year. This year I think I read two, maybe 3. “Parenting the S&*t out of Life” was one of them, which was pretty funny (and the Mother Pukka podcast is one that I am subscribed to) and I think the other was chick lit.

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ELEVEN. Make a trip to Loop & Scoop with the kids for churros. During the summer this year, we drove past the Loop & Scoop site a lot… and patiently waited for it to open. However, since the opening we haven’t really been back in the West End and as such haven’t been to check it out. Next year, for sure, we will go and enjoy the ice cream, churros and chocolate!!

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TWELVE. Have a massage. Not sure this needs much more explaining… my body is tired and I would love a bit of me-time, preferably in a spa!

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THIRTEEN. Climb another munro. I’ve climbed Ben Lomond, which must have been a few years ago now, and I keep saying that I’d like to go and do another but just don’t seem to manage to get it scheduled. I will try harder next year… I’m so fortunate to live so close to such stunning scenery. I should really be making the most of it.

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FOURTEEN. Get the quagmire turned into a driveway. The ongoing saga that is my driveway… although it’s still currently a mud pit. It has been such a mud pit for 1 year, and 3 months… not that I’m counting!

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FIFTEEN. Clear out my wardrobe. I have a wardrobe of clothes, but mainly tend to rotate the same 3-4 black Baukjen dresses. I should sell or charity shop the items that I’m not wearing, and perhaps try and branch out into some colour.

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SIXTEEN. Visit the Isle of Skye. With my 35 at 35 list, I was too ambitious and had listed Disneyland, Australia and Japan on there… and only managed to tick off Australia. I’ve learned from this, and so for this list I’d like to get away somewhere closer to home. I’ve never been to Skye, but it looks beautiful.

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SEVENTEEN. Continue weekly boxing classes. Fitness needs to feature somewhere on the list… and for the past 4 weeks or so I’ve been going along to a local boxing class. I love it, and am determined to keep it up in the New Year.

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EIGHTEEN. Try a new recipe each month. I used to love to cook… and I’m slowly getting back into the groove now that I have my new kitchen. I tend not to bother much with cooking from scratch because I’m mainly cooking for myself, but I’ll make sure I’m inviting friends over to join me… will give me a reason to make an effort.

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There you have it… 18 things for 2018. Let me know if you have any suggestions/thoughts, and if you have any resolutions or plans for the New Year.

Happy Christmas for tomorrow, from my family to yours.

Sarah x

 

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Life Update.

House. The quagmire is getting me down… I’m living with a mud pit for a driveway and have been for the past 15 months (the word quagmire makes me chuckle though every time I say it!). It’s a very long story, one that involves a contractor that got things wrong, lawyers and lots of my money. In the grand scheme of things, it’s probably not a big deal but it’s been stressful and I had hoped it would have all been rectified by Christmas but that’s unfortunately not going to be the case.

The house and the recent extension are moving in the right direction however, and my man friend has been a huge help with DIY (I love DIY, and I’m actually quite handy, but my issue is lack of time… so with more hands on deck, the more we get done!). I had attempted to paint my new shower-room mustard, but the white paint that had been put onto the fresh plaster started peeling. It was a mess. Matt to the rescue, and he has sanded all the walls and prepped them properly for the mustard to be re-done. Hurrah! (As an aside a few people are questioning the mustard… but I’m confident it will look great once it’s styled).

My son has also upgraded from his bunk beds (which were the beds, and mattresses, that he’s had since first moving from cot into a bed over 6 years ago) into a big boy double bed. Main reason for this change was that his mattress was recently found to be super uncomfortable, and rather than buy a new single mattress I decided to get a double because this way when we have friends & family to stay they will have a proper bed rather than a rubbish sofa bed. First visitor will be coming in the middle of January… can’t wait to see you Steph! (His bedding is from Amazon.., a few people were asking over on Instagram).

Relationships. My sister got married last weekend, and it was a beautiful, intimate ceremony with just 16 guests. I was doing a reading, and was rather nervous. I kinda messed up though as I couldn’t control my emotions and was crying, a lot. I made it to the end, just, through my tears!

That evening, the wedding guests were treated to a 7 course tasting menu at The Kitchin with accompanying wines (The Kitchin is a one Michelin star restaurant in Leith, Edinburgh). It was awesome, made even more special by two appearances by Tom Kitchin who came to congratulate the newlyweds and then returned to speak to us about one of the dishes – the scallops. Definitely one of the best meals I’ve had… other is at Andrew Fairlie’s at Gleneagles (which is Scotland’s only two Michelin star restaurant).

We stayed at the Malmaison, which was lovely. The suite was stunning – particularly the freestanding tartan bath. The hotel was also walking distance to The Kitchin making it an ideal location for the celebrations.

Socialising. December has been manic. The wedding was in Edinburgh, which took up one weekend and then this weekend we were in Aberdeen for the wedding party. Ali & Robin hosted 65 guests at their home by way of a reception to celebrate their marriage with a wider audience. There was an outdoor beer garden under a marquee covered in fairy lights and fire pit nearby, a gin table with a huge selection of gins, garnishes and tonics and finally a wine tasting competition.

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I was helping with their daughter (who is now 6 months old… time flies!) so missed the wine tasting as she woke from her slumber. There were 6 wines that the folks at Majestic helped them choose and the guests had to decide the taste (figs & cinnamon, or plum & cedar etc…it was multiple choice), the country the wine was from, the grape and the price (ranging from £5.99 to £25.00). I’m sat writing this blog post with a glass of the £25.00 Barolo, and it’s lovely.

I took my son to his first gig last month, which was his Christmas gift from me. We went to see Europe (who were supporting Deep Purple at the Hydro). Europe is his favourite band, and he had an absolutely brilliant time. He whispered to me during one of his favourite songs that it was the best Christmas gift ever, because he got to share it with me. How cute!!

We’ve also been enjoying the festivities – we put our tree up at the start of December, and the littlest and I danced around to Christmas songs as we hung the baubles… the Crafternoon Tea at Three Sister’s Bake was a fantastic family activity. Definitely recommend this for next year. Be quick, as it sold out fast. Whilst we were at Quarriers Village, we popped into The Sourcery. It’s such a beautiful gift shop. I set the kids a budget, and Gillian helped them pick out something for me whilst I stood in the corner with fingers in ears, and my back to them. We came away with a lovely wrapped present that truly will be a surprise come Christmas morning – not easy to achieve as a single mum with little ones.

Exercise. I haven’t been doing well with the healthy eating, and my weight is creeping up as a result… which I’m not happy about as I had previously been doing much better and had started to see some positive results. It’s a difficult time of year though to be eating healthy, as all I want is comfort food and there are so many sweets and cakes about the office too which are difficult to resist. I’m an all or nothing kinda person – I struggle with having things in moderation. Last year, at this time, when I was on my restricted diet, I actually managed ok because I did not have any refined sugar and I went cold turkey cutting it all out. I may just need to do the same again for a bit by way of a detox. I’ve got another colonoscopy booked for my Crohn’s in January, so that might be a good line in the sand to start afresh with the gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free way of life.

I’ve recently started a boxing class which I’m going to each week. I love it. If I then add in a couple of home workouts (Insanity or my Davina DVD…!) then I should be back on track in no time.

Travel. I don’t have any holidays booked as yet for next year, but I definitely need to rectify this and have something to look forward to. I didn’t manage to get any of the places ticked off my list that I wrote about in December 2016 in my blog post, Wanderlust.

Next year I will have around 2 weeks to myself in October as the kids will be with their dad for the school October holidays. That’s my time to explore and see a bit more of the world… just need to decide where to go!

Christmas at St Enoch Centre, Glasgow

Christmas is now very much upon us, and the kids and I are having a fantastic time enjoying all the local festive activities.

Last weekend we were invited to visit Santa at his grotto in the St Enoch Centre. I have to admit that the kids weren’t overly excited about seeing Santa…. at ages 8 and 6 years old they are starting to question his existence. We had dug out photographs from other Santa visits whilst putting up the Christmas decorations, and had very cleverly noticed that the Santa’s look different… you can’t get anything by my two! They knew that the Santa we were going to see was a pretend one, acting on behalf of the real Santa, and I suppose knowing this they perhaps weren’t as keen as they have been in previous years.

Going to see a Santa in a shopping centre isn’t going to be as magical as perhaps some of the other opportunities around, but for busy families it’s ideal to get in some Christmas shopping along with a trip to see the big guy. The centre is in full festive swing, and I just love the fairy light reindeer that are dotted about the place. The grotto is up beside Debenhams, and displays a countdown to the day. Not long now!

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After queuing for a few minutes, it was our turn to be escorted into the grotto by Santa’s elf. Santa had been pre-advised of the names and ages of the children, and he welcomed them into his room with his loud, friendly voice. All talk of fake Santa quickly stopped, and the kids were engrossed by the large character in the chair; he was very authentic. Obviously with a queue outside, we couldn’t stay and chat for too long, but we did have a discussion about how well the children had been behaving and what they would like as Christmas gifts this year. Next was the photo, and we did get a couple taken to pick from which was great (especially given that my son has his mouth wide open chatting in one of the frames!). We had chosen to have our photo displayed in a 3D snow frame, and it was promptly prepared and boxed up for us. The kids were given a present (puzzle book and a sequin art pack) and we were off on our way. The kids were delighted with their gifts, and I was happy that it wasn’t more plastic tat.

The St Enoch Centre had challenged us to see what we could find in the centre to make our house more festive this holiday season, and had given us a £50 gift card to make our purchases. The kids loved to work to the budget, and we had already brainstormed the type of things that we could look for before arriving that morning… Christmas candle, baubles and a Christmas tree topper.

We started in Debenhams Christmas department, and chose some stag wrapping paper and a smoke & amber candle. We were off to a flying start. Whilst I was in Debenhams, I tried a massage chair which was on display in the home department… it was super relaxing, and on offer at 50% off. A fantastic start to the day, made even better when one of the staff handed me a empty coffee cup to get a free coffee in the cafe!

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We refuelled in Patisserie  Valerie in Debenhams… yum!

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Other shops that we visited were the Yankee Candle store where we bought a gift pack with a few festive votives and a holder, then we headed to The Works and chose a lot of crafty bits and pieces to make Christmas gift tags and cards. Our final stop was The Body Shop, and with our remaining budget we were able to get a mini soap and hand cream from the festive ranges… Frosted Plum, Frosted Berries and Vanilla Chai. We went for Frosted Plum.

I loved the personalised body butters that are now available in The Body Shop… we got one for my son’s teacher – “You’re on the Naughty List Mrs XXX”. I’m sure she’ll see the funny side of it!!

We didn’t find a Christmas tree topper that we liked, so that remains on the list for now… until next time!

We had complimentary entry to Santa’s grotto, and a £50 voucher for this review. Opinions as always are our own, and are honest.

Family Day Out at Soar, intu Braehead

The other weekend the kids and I were invited to participate in a family day out at Soar, intu Braehead. The centre has undergone a recent refurbishment, and since I last visited there have been a number of new additions: Cocobean chocolate workshop, Gravity trampoline park and soon there will be a giant slide added to Climbzone (what I didn’t realise was that Climbzone is one of the largest freestanding climbing walls in the UK – pretty impressive! My kids were too young for Climbzone however, so we enjoyed the other activities).

We started our day at Cocobean, and the kids were whisked away to participate in a chocolate workshop whilst I sipped a salted caramel hot chocolate in the cafe (I paid £4.95 for the hot chocolate and I felt this was a bit pricey, and the price didn’t reflect the quality – it was average. Don’t want to dwell on the negatives, but thought I should mention it). Anyway, the staff that hosted the workshop were very engaging and the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Premise was very similar to The Chocolate Factory that used to be at Charing Cross. The kids made a chocolate mould of their choice – teddy bear, rabbits etc, they also made a huge chocolate bar (covered in jelly sweets and more chocolate) and then finally they decorated chocolate dipped marshmallows. As they worked on their creations, they were filling their mouths with chocolate and sweets at every opportunity. I even clocked their teacher squeezing the chocolate from the piping bag straight into their mouths! Needless to say, they felt the first activity was a huge success. The children’s workshop is £16 per child, and workshops are available 7 days a week – there isn’t a requirement to pre-book.

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With tummies full of sweets, our next stop was Gravity. I was just keeping fingers crossed that we had no vomiting incidents… that would have been disastrous. This time I joined the kids, and we did an hour of bouncing. Watching the safety video before we started made me a little nervous – there were little cartoon stick figures breaking bones all over their body, and there was one that died. Really important though to follow the safety guidelines, and this definitely got the message across. I tried to not let this put me off.

There were so many trampolines to jump around on, and there was also air bags, battle beams, slam dunk zone, dodge ball and a interactive climbing wall. The trampolining was great exercise – I was suitably tired afterwards! I wasn’t really able to do any cool moves… I did attempt to bounce off one of the trampoline walls, but failed miserably and landed in a heap laughing out loud (much to the amusement of the staff nearby!). It was a fantastic family activity, and I’m pretty sure we’ll be back. Littlest loved it when they dropped the lights and there was a disco. I’m happy to report that I didn’t wet myself (another fear of mine!), and no-one was sick – hurrah. I spotted whilst I was there that they offer adult exercise classes, Trampolean, which I’m sure would be a laugh – dates/times to be announced. The hour open session, at peak time, is £9.95 and the socks are £2.50.

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Lastly, we headed to Bar Varia Restaurant at Snow Factor, overlooking the ski slope. We really needed some proper food, not chocolate, and a drink to quench our thirst after the jumping. Bar Varia is a family friendly, independent Bavarian themed restaurant and Bier Halle. I can testify to the fact that they are family friendly… we had an excellent time and I found the experience rather relaxing – which doesn’t necessarily always happen when eating out with children.

Adi, and Robyn our waitress, welcomed us and saw to our every need. They even played The Final Countdown over the speakers as my son had mentioned we were going to see Europe at the Hydro that week!

The food was good, although my son did mention that the pizza was too small – but he didn’t manage to eat it all, so on reflection the size was ideal!! I had the foot long hot dog with pulled pork and mustard, and demolished it. The plus points for me were the mini soft play, so the kids could disappear and entertain themselves whilst waiting for dinner, and most definitely the service. Adi made paper aeroplanes with them from their kids menus, and they flew them across the restaurant. The kids were also invited to make their own ice cream dessert, and Adi filled their mouths with squirty cream… they had so much sugar that day, crazy!!

It was fun to watch all the skiers on snowboarders at Snow Factor, and Adi shared some interesting facts with us about the slope. Did you know that the only car that has been able to drive up to the top of the slope was a Bentley (my son was disappointed to hear that the Range Rover failed the test). And the fastest person to make it down the slope was going at 33 mph… and he was 6 years old!!

Overall we had a fantastic day at Soar, intu Braehead and I’m sure we’ll be back. Thumbs up from all of us!

Our day out was complimentary, but as always opinions are honest, and are our own.