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Sunday family baking.

Hey guys, first of all, I am sorry for being so inactive lately, I’d like to call the busy card but actually, I’ve just fallen victim to the lazy bug. With the dull weather, the cold and post Christmas come down, I’ve not been feeling too motivated. Can you blame me?

Back to it now, and to begin, I am back with a treat for you all. I’m going to share my recipe for cornflake crispies. A childhood classic and a favourite for any sweet tooth. I hope you enjoy and this inspires you to test out the recipe for yourselves.

It’s late Sunday afternoon, it’s snowy and dull out. With little to do around home and not wanting to venture out with our baby, we looked for some easy entertainment that we could participate in together and keep a beady eye on Eleanor too (who watched us faff around with such interest)

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(My wee Easter bunny**)

The answer was an easy bake recipe to mark the coming Easter period. Cornflake chocolate crispies, both homely and nostalgic for this cold and wet day.  Just the sugar fix needed to perk us up and brighten out spirits.

With the method so easy, we were certain there would be no risk of any kitchen drama, disagreement or even stabbing.. The recipe I have went with makes twelve crispies.

 

Ingredients:

100g cornflakes

100g chocolate (we opted for milk chocolate but you can choose what you please)

30g Raisins (optional extra)

Mini eggs to dress

50g butter

3 tbsp golden syrup

Cupcake cases

 

Method:

Melt the butter, chocolate and syrup in a saucepan on a low heat. Leave to cool.

Meanwhile, measure the cornflakes and raisins in a large mixing bowl and add to the chocolate mix. Mix well with a wooden spoon.

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Lay out paper cases onto a muffin tray or any sort of baking tray variation. Spoon the crispie mix evenly into the paper cases.

At this stage we dressed with mini eggs but you can choose any sort of topping or none at all. Place in the fridge to cool until set.

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Enjoy, Keren x

 

 

 

Reflecting on the past, working for the present. Cheers to 2017.

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As we reach the end of another year, I wave goodbye to what seems an era. I can’t help but to think that 2017 has brought so much good to my family and it has been a year of some very important firsts. First trip to the States, the first time I practiced yoga,  first pregnancy, first baby. The list goes on.

I am not a “new year, new me” kinda gal, rather I am waving goodbye to 2017 with many fond memories and a heart full of love as I look forward to the pending year ahead and all that 2018 has to bring to the table.

I reflect on 2017 as one of the best years of my life and I feel that during the course of the year I really did discover myself more as a person, hold relationships close and love harder. 2017 was the year for me, there’s no hiding that fact.

I discovered I was pregnant on January second and ever since, the news just kept getting better. At first, the news was a little daunting and quite hard to take, especially as I didn’t plan to conceive at this time. It didn’t seem the right time but in hindsight it was the best time to begin a family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. They say what’s meant for you won’t pass you by, I’m beginning to believe that.

I passed my driving test and obtained a license, flew over the Grand Canyon on St. Valentines day, birthed my beautiful girl, Eleanor. I said yes to the one I love. The year 2017 not only brought a host of good memories and achievements but it brought my family and that is something I will be forever grateful of.

I end the year as a Mother and a Wife to be, a Daughter and a friend. As I step out of one year and into the next, I can only hope for a bigger and better year. I have goals I would like to reach and milestones to hit.

I hope to be a great Mother and a partner and I hope to find my feet on the career path. I wish to be happier and healthier than ever and for this to shine on through to my Daughter so that she can be taught good lessons for life and follow on from a good example.

I wish to become more confident both as a Mother and as a person. Since birthing my daughter I have found that I have become more anxious than ever before, this is something that I want to work on and improve. I’ll never be the most confident woman in the room but I want to be able to speak up and step out without fear. Not just for myself, but for my Daughter. I wish for her to grow to be independent and strong with the ability to stand her ground and hold her head with a great confidence.

I wish to become healthier and find happiness in food. I would like to experiment and try out different foods from porridge oats, fruit and chocolate. I want to restore my faith in the kitchen and get back to cooking healthy and nutritional meals to share with my family.

The shopping cart has been filled with goodies of all variety and I hope to continue to keep a healthy balance and a meal plan to regain strength I have lost from years of eating scarcely. I am ready to enjoy food and the benefits of food once again. Enough of skipping proper meals and cutting foods.

I would like to travel some places, first up, Cyprus come April – First family holiday as the three of us. I wish to read more books, a past time that I once loved yet has drifted from me with the recent course of events and a whectic schedule and I wish to plan a special wedding day. I’d love to say that I’d stop biting my nails but that has been a life long habit that I can’t seem to kick, no matter what the year has been!

I sit here and write this with my baby in my arms as we await Euan to arrive home from work. As a family we will be bringing in the New Year with a tin of fizzy juice (full fat, how dare we?!) and a midnight kiss goodnight.

No party animals over here, just two tired parents and a lively baby looking forward to the year ahead and all that it may bring.

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Here is to 2017,the best year of my life to date and to 2018 – let’s try to do one up on this year. Onwards and upwards we go as we carry on our journey into the New Year as a family of three.

Let the wedding planning commence. I wish for you all a very happy New Year, let’s hope it’s good to you all and brings to you the joy that I have experienced from this year.

Happy New Year and all the best, Keren x

Parting with parenthood for the first an afternoon out as new parents.

I was lucky enough to enlist my mum as babysitter for one fine Saturday afternoon while myself and Euan headed off out for our first real date post baby. I’m going to share my day with you all because frankly it’s made me super happy and reinforced just how lucky I am.

Having to leave Eleanor is tough, especially because I’m rarely apart from her and having her still feed from me brings a bond that I can’t explain. Besides if I’m without her and unable to express, my boobs balloon in size and I turn into a walking watermelon. Not kidding.

However, it is crucial to catch a little alone time as a couple and to keep that spark alive. After all, a baby doesn’t mean that you should put your relationship on hold. It’s equally as a important to spend time with your partner as it is your baby. After nine weeks of baby duties, I was so ready to take a afternoon off.

Euan has a second job in a local store beginning next week, I guess our day off was to mark a celebration of many things. Becoming parents, an engagement and now a new job prospect.

Having Euan running two jobs and not being at home so often will be a struggle and I will miss him a lot. It will take some adapting to but at least I have Eleanor to keep me busy and occupy my mind. I’m sure the extra hours he will be gone will fly by with all the things I have to be doing. I’m so proud of Euan though, to work two jobs and give up free time so that we can get into a position that we want to be in and get to where we want to be in our life takes a lot of strength and motivation.

I’d love to be able to take on part time work during this period also but I’m legally not allowed to do so while being paid maternity pay from my own line of work. I do miss having the motivation that a job brings but saying that, I am enjoying my time at home and being able to do as I please for this period. Something I may never be able to do again and time I will never get back.

Anyway, back to my day out. Where was I? Ah, yes.. Now, the big event took a morning of getting ready. In between baby feeds and tears I somehow managed to get myself all dressed up and ready to roll by noon. This doesn’t happen very often. I usually make it as far as the shower and have to make do with wet hair and a bare face.

It took several outfit changes and my wardrobe sprawled over the bed, before I finally settled with a glitter body suit and mom jeans teamed with a leather beret and some pointed boots. A slap of red lipstick and my go to cat eyeliner, good to go. Finally. Gosh, getting out the door is a challenge with a newborn isn’t it?

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It’s all too easy to let your relationship take a back seat and fall off track with the lifestyle that a newborn brings. You fight yourself some days never mind your relationship. We decided to book a day off for ourselves away from parenthood and get out for some fun and binding.

First up was a stop at Costa to grab a coffee and a wee gingerbread man for a little snack before lunch. After a waxing appointment around mid afternoon we headed off to wagamamas for some lunch and an afternoon tipple. Not something we have been able to do for a very long time! At least not just the two of us. I went with duck donbrui which is my absolute favourite from the menu and a red wine, only a small. Euan had pad thai and a beer to top it off.

How nice is it to get out and be waited on? To chat over a yummy meal and take it in the atmosphere. It’s been a long while since we last went for a meal and get quality time in, I definitely didn’t take it for granted. We saved dessert for the cinema!

Sure we make it out for a quick coffee on the odd afternoon but that’s all it ever is and all that Eleanor will allow for. Today was an exception and I’ve loved every single minute of the freedom all while missing my baby but she was in safe hands and kept well entertained by the grandparents.

We have got a little carried away with the good spirits and even began to plan out wedding, or wedding ceremony. We don’t want to have a wedding, more a very small gathering without the fuss and the big white dress. I don’t like weddings and never have but I’ll save the wedding chat for a different post!

After our meal we headed to the cinema to see Thor. We are both big cinema fans and haven’t been able to catch any new movies since I was pregnant. We last saw logan lucky back in August before Eleanor arrived. It was nice to get back out into the cinema and take in the whole atmosphere. Don’t you just love the smell of popcorn as you enter the venue?

Making the most of our day off obviously I had to get a cinema snack. Ice cream trips to the cinema were frequented up to three times a week when I was pregnant, I’ve really missed getting out to sit back and relax with a scoop of delicious ice cream. I went with orange you scared. The Halloween special (a little late with the Halloween game but you know). A chocolate orange flavour ice cream which was so delicious and rich that I couldn’t even finish the scoop. I had to give on to defeat and pass it off to Euan. Euan always opts for a mixed popcorn and I always end up stealing some off him. This trip was no exception.

Thor was really good, I’d recommend any cinema fan to go take the trip to see it. Especially of you have previously seen the avengers! There was lots of jokes throughout and laughing all round. Just what we needed.

After the cinema we decided to head to the craftsman club for a little tipple before heading back home. Euan went with a rum and ginger, a favourite of ours and I went all out with an espresso martini. Something that I have previously tried and hated but thought I’d give the benefit of the doubt. I can’t say I’d rush to have another but it certainly packed a punch and give a wee energy boost at the same time – gearing me up for the cold walk home. I do love a walk on a dark and crisp winter night. It’s just so fresh!

On the walk back home we stopped in past paperchase at a union square and picked up a planner. No more excuses or holding back. It’s time to officially get some ideas jotted down, draw up a budget plan and begin the wedding planning. As previously stated, we won’t be having much of a wedding or a reception for that matter. I’m after a much more intimate surrounding with a low budget. Hell, I don’t even want the white wedding dress or the aisle to walk down. I want no fuss. Simple and elegant.

It’s so much more important to me to have a wedding day with few close ones, a small reception affair with a meal in a nice restaurant afterwards than it is to walk down the aisle in a Castle and have a reception with the classic three course meal and wedding favours you see time and time again. To me, weddings are most of all the same.

Like I said, I’ll save the wedding post for now until we get some plans set in stone.

All in all, it’s been such a fantastic day out and it has made me really appreciate all that I have and who I have in my life. I don’t think I’ll take days out and child free for granted. I missed my snug and am so glad to be back home with her having a cuddle but man, it’s so nice to just take an afternoon off and be yourself. Be yourself with your partner and not he in parent mode.

Of course our wee Eleanor ran through our minds like crazy and there will never be a day that parent mode is fully off ever again but the time away to be ourselves and do the things we love to do has been so refreshing and rewarding. I’ve come back home feeling more in love than ever.

I hope that you are all having a great weekend. Lots of love.

Eleanor Paisley Ross – Through the lens. Week one.

I have chosen to share some of my favourite photographs of Eleanor in her first week as a newborn. I couldn’t wish for a better baby, what a little gem. Yes, she cries. Yes, I have had sleepless nights but that’s all part of the package and the fun. I couldn’t have wished for a more content baby girl. My little acorn. 

I am completely smitten. 

The first days ♥

Snuggles with Dad ♥

Precious sleepy moments – as rare as they may be! ♥

Approving our engagement (I think) ♥

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I can’t wait to document life with my baby girl, my new best friend and share my experiences, joy and photographs on a regular basis. The highs and lows. The good and the bad.

Family life is going to be an adventure,that is for certain.

 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Five years of friendship, two years of bliss, one baby and an engagement later..

_20170907_211238.JPGAround five years ago by a chance encounter on my birthday night out, I bumped into Euan who was out on his brothers stag do. Now I don’t recall much details of this night, it was my birthday. I was young, drunk and celebrating. Euan claims he can recall the whole night, much of it spent propping me up to stop me stumbling. My bad.

From that night forward we remained in touch and built a firm friendship online yet never went on to be anything more. We would spend days and evenings chatting on Facebook or texting but didn’t get around to meeting up. A lot of it was down to my reasoning. I didn’t want to be involved with anyone in a romantic way at that stage of my life. I was having too much fun with my friends to care for another. It was silly. Had I taken up the advances sooner, we may have been celebrating a seven year anniversary! Scary.

After several attempts to try to meet up and many conversations, I finally bit the bullet two summers ago and decided to meet for coffee and cake. I was certainly very hungover and not feeling my best, I didn’t know what to expect of the date. We chatted for a few hours and instantly, I knew. From the moment we began to converse to being dropped off back home afterward. I knew that someday we would be married.

Since the first date we were almost inseparable spending as much time together as possible. Weekends were spent going to the cinema, taking our dogs out for long walks to the beach, chilling at each other’s home and generally just enjoying getting to know one another more and more. I think for the first time I was truly at ease in someone else’s presence and felt happy. He made me feel special and continues to do so on a daily basis. Even if I don’t always tell him that. Shh.

After months of dating and relaxing together, we finally got together on September 4th 2015. Euan had just moved into his home and little did I know, I would soon follow. In the March of 2016 on our way to out first holiday together to Tenerife, I was asked to move in. It wasn’t long into our relationship and I was a bit uneasy. I had never lived with a male partner before and didn’t know what was to come of this. However, being with Euan was where I wanted to be and since we spent each day together it seemed right to give it a try. I am so glad that I did and proud of all that we have achieved together since doing so.

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Several holidays were enjoyed. A visit to London to meet friends and attend a star wars convention, a birthday trip to Prague and a valentine trip to LAS VEGAS. (I really am spoiled, unnecessarily too!). We have owned a dog together but that didn’t work out and sadly, we had to say goodbye to Penny as her temprament was just too wild to keep up with and when we found out we had a baby on the way, it was the sensible approach no matter how difficult.

In December 2016 I fell pregnant with our first and only child, Eleanor. It was a time of mixed emotions and feelings. It was testing and hard. I couldn’t get my head around the idea of becoming mum and dad, especially not so soon and I didnt know the pressure that this could put on our relationship. I was so wrong, if anything our relationship became stronger and better. I have never been more loved nor have I been so in love. Getting through a pregnancy and child birth with Euan by my side made me realise how lucky I am to be as fortunate to have someone like him in my life. So compassionate, so kind, loving and gentle. I was, I am in love with my best friend.

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On 31.08.17 at 7.36pm we welcomed our gorgeous little baby girl, Eleanor Paisley Ross into the world. Instantly my heart was full. It was happy tears all around. I am so excited for the future together and family life. I have a feeling it will be pretty great.

The morning of our second anniversary September 4th 2017, four days after our baby was born and two days into settling at home,  I had assumed we would be celebrating quietly at home and enjoy a take away in the evening. I was in for a shocker. Standing half dressed and frizzy haired in the kitchen, desperately trying to cool myself down (breastfeeding is sweaty business), Euan approached me with a sleeping Eleanor in one hand and before I knew it, he was down on one knee and had asked if I would be his wife. EM,  WHAT?

A proposal on our anniversary. I was to be engaged. A fiancée and someday a wife. My heart can’t handle all of this love. I’m hopelessly tired and full of excitement for now and the future. After the good news and a lot of squealing, we decided to take Eleanor to the Registrars and register her birth on our anniversary.

September fourth will now forever remain the most important day of the year, our anniversary and the day we registered our baby girl. Who knows, when the time comes for wedding bells this could be our save the date!

For now, I am going to take it easy. We will take it easy and enjoy the time out we have as a family and getting to know our Eleanor. Already at one week old she is changing daily. Wedding planning is definitely on hold, there is simply too much going on and we are in no rush to walk the aisle. I can’t take any more excitement, I’m all out for now.

What a week it has been and one I will forever hold the closest. I couldn’t be any happier or more in love if I tried. I’m ready for family days building forts, long walks with our dog Fern, playing dress up with Eleanor and bedtime stories.

2017 has been the best year in my life to date and it isn’t over yet. Already I can’t wait for what 2018 has to bring.

Here’s to family life and a whole lot of love.

Keren x