It’s been a cram packed weekend – what is with the random downpours Edinburgh? I have had lots of fun and learnt a few lessons along the way. Parenting lessons:
√ Always check the pram is in the boot
√ Pack a raincoat for myself and not just the kids #drownedrat
√ Spending time with just 1 child where possible is important – on Saturday morning I had some lovely girl time with Bonnie. Going to a birthday party with her felt far too easy with no 1 year old to run after constantly. It was really lovely to be able to focus fully on her. I love seeing how much Bonnie loves her friends and the bond that she has formed with her nursery group.
√ You can’t put a price on decent coffee – Jenn’s Den is always a winner
√ Hide and seek is a great excuse for a cuddle
When it comes to the adult stuff –
√ Book a restaurant in advance that has been recommended or has good reviews – there are some great ones out there. I had a nice time out with friends on Friday but we were unprepared with our venue selection and as a result had a pretty disappointing meal. We will forget about that though as the banter was on tap.
As a serious foodie I was thankful things were turned around on Saturday. Scott and I enjoyed a lovely meal out together at Galvin Brasserie de Luxe that the kids got him as a Father’s Day gift (great taste – thanks itison). The restaurant and toilets (I always check the toilets before doing a review) were in top nick.
The service was fast, friendly and I always think it’s a great sign when they bring you warm bread and decent quality butter or oil early on. The drinks were ice cold and the glasses were sparkling.
I love oysters. The ones at Galvin Brasserie de Luxe were delicious and prepared just as I like them. They slid off their shells which were super clean and smooth.
I then enjoyed a duck salad which was cooked to perfection. Scott went for the lobster – juicy, fresh and perfectly seasoned.
It was great to have a couple of hours to catch up without the kids.
√ Passion fruit daiquiris are never a disappointment.
√ Pack an umbrella when out for a kiddie free arvo – where has summer gone? #drownedrattake2
√ Know when it’s time to have a wardrobe clear out. I tried on so many outfits before I went out on Friday and Saturday and it hit me that a lot of the stuff I have been hoarding needs to go. Holding on to tiny dresses from 10 years ago just makes me feel rubbish. My taste has also changed over the years. I am delighted I can now fit into some of my pre kiddie clothes but I also need to make room for some new ones. They say that a house with less clutter is good for our minds and I did feel a lot better once I had given our bedroom a good going over. There is something really satisfying about letting things go. I think its important to break it down. There are drawers I need to tackle in the house, shelves and boxes. I am fine with that if I know I can spread it out and do it in stages. It also feels great to give to charity or friends and family. Pass on a book you have read that you enjoyed to someone. Who knows you might even find something you have been looking for.
I came across an old dress I wore the week before we got married in 2011 – great to know it still fits.
After a productive Sunday morning decluttering and filling charity bags it was time to get out the house. We can’t get enough of pizza express. It is always the same – quick, tasty and fresh. The kids shared a chicken pizza and Scott and I shared a calabrese. Sharing one works out to be around 650 calories each so it’s nothing to get too worried about, especially on a Sunday afternoon.
We were in and out in about 45 minutes which is more than enough with our cheeky Charlie. In typical Pizza Express style we had a deal – 30% off the bill. What is not to love? If one opens up on St John’s Road as I have requested it will always be busy.
All in all a top few days. I am going to try my best to learn from my mistakes and keep up with my decluttering projects, wish me luck x