Christmas ideas for Couples

There are so many blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts and God only knows what else posts about a family Christmas, traditions with your family, things to do with the kids, mainly things that revolve around your family including kids. 

But Christmas shouldn’t be just about the kids, we are big kids at heart even though we don’t have them ourselves. Shouldn’t we have Christmas traditions and activities too? I think so and just because we don’t have kids doesn’t mean we can’t get into the Christmas spirit and have some fun! 

I decided this year to come up with some festive things for us to do as a couple, to stop putting off doing things as we wait to see if we will ever be parents, so let’s get our Christmas on! 

This is what I’ve come up with so far: 

  • Decorate the tree – This one is something we always do together, heating on, our favourite Christmas Yankee Candle burning and the Christmas tunes on repeat.
  • Visit Edinburgh Christmas – there is so many different things going on in Edinburgh this festive season. New for this year is the street of light a synchronised light show set to music from different choirs. I’ve booked us tickets to go and see it and can’t wait! We will also be mooching around The Scottish market and not forgetting the European market. Making it a lovely Christmassy night out together. 
  • Christmas movie night – We have always done a Christmas movie night and ‘it’s a wonderful life’ is the one that we always make sure we sit down and watch together. This year though I’m making a Christmas Movie night checklist, obviously with a list of all the Christmas movies we own or have access to and my plan is we watch as many of them as we can in the run up to Christmas. 
  • Christmas Eve Box – I have seen the Christmas Eve boxes loads over the last few years and I have them saved on my love to do for our kids Pinterest list. However this year I’ve decided that I should go ahead and do a couples one instead. My ideas so far are a Christmas movie, ingredients for Mulled cider, personalised Christmas mugs, Christmas themed pjs, cinnamon popcorn & homemade cookies and then I would like to add the next thing on my list into it to complete each year. 
  • Our year in review – I found these year in review printables online and thought they were a lovely idea to look back on, to look at our memories, victories and changes in our marriage over the last year.

Anyone have any other ideas? 

Claire xx 

    4 years of infertility

    Four years have come and gone since we decided for me to get my implant out and for us to try for a baby.  Having a baby has been something I have wanted with my now husband since not long after we met all those years ago, but we waited, waited until we were married, until we both had good jobs, you know, we waited until everything was the way we thought it was supposed to be….

    But for us it’s not supposed to be that way is it?  It’s certainly not supposed to be easy, that’s the one thing the last four years has shown us.  You have all these dreams, all these views on how things are supposed to be, but you have no power over them,

    Sometimes things just aren’t how you thought they were supposed to be, and that hurts.

    Claire xx

    It’s the small things ~ October edition 

     It’s time for the roundup of the little things that have made the month of October. 

      There was visits to the Falkirk wheel
      Countryside hotels visited. 
      Champagne consumed. 
      Wedding photos posed for. 
      Beautiful cakes enjoyed. 
      Weekend cycle rides enjoyed. 
      Huffing jumper wearing Schnauzers. 
      Freezing starts to the day. 
      But followed by glorious autumn days. 
      Slimming World target weights achieved. 
      3 stone 12lbs lost! 
      Coffee’s enjoyed.
      Canal dog walking at sunset. 
      Holidays counted down to. 
      New Yankee candles lit. 
      Nails done for holidays. 
      Dinner out with the husband. 
      A trip to the Barrowland. 
      Christy Moore enjoyed. 
      New gym clothes purchased. 
      Suitcases packed. 
    Hopefully November will be starting with some sun! 

    Claire x 

    Raspberry and Banana Tarlets ~ Slimming World Friendly 


    I seen these on The lovely tillymints instagram account and thought I needed to try them. They turned out lovely! 


    Makes 18 Tarlets at 1.5 syns each. 

    Mini sweet pastry cases from Sainsburys 
    1 x banana & custard Muller light
    1 x sachet of gelatine
    cinnamon to taste

      They are super easy to make. 

    • Dissolve the gelatine in 50mls of boiling water.
    • Add in the yoghurt and cinnamon to your taste and stir well. 
    • Pour into pastry cases, leave to cool and set. 
    • Top with your favourite speed fruit. 


    Claire xx 

    Slimming World ~ an update. 

    Goodness it’s been a long time since I did a Slimming World post, I stopped doing weekly weigh in posts as I thought they would end up boring and I had all intentions of doing monthly ones but I kinda got lazy. However I did still keep going to group and do you know what? It paid off! 

    After 19 weeks at the group, this happened!  

     I am over the moon. My BMI is now classed as ‘normal’ which was one of the targets I had set myself (mainly driven by my wish for more IVF)  


    I have lost a total of 3 stone and 12lbs, now granted 1 stone odd of that was to get me on the IVF waiting list way back last year so it has taken me a lot longer than others but that doesn’t matter, I’ve done it, I’ve got to target, I’ve lost a massive 54lbs! 

    I’m wearing clothes size 12/14 which was the target I set myself before I started. I’m learning to be happy with what I see in the mirror and the pure happiness of just picking something up of the rail and it fitting is something I won’t tire of anytime soon. 

    Obviously I’m not naive, I know the hard work is only just starting. I’ve been successful with losing weight before but I’ve never managed to keep it off. Slimming world feels different though, actually I’m quite confident to say it is totally different. I managed to not regain all of what I had lost despite going through one of the most emotional times in my life…..twice…. So I’m hoping that what I have learned through Slimming World will now be the basics of my every day life. 

    The one major thing I am going to do is to keep going to the group. When I’ve lost weight before I got my target then never went back, obviously that approach doesn’t work for me so it’s seems obvious what needs to change this time. 

    Now I need to learn to maintain, or there is always the possibility in the future of lowering my target weight if I feel my body is better at a different weight, we will see how the next few months pan out. At the minute I just need to get my head around being at ‘target’.

    Claire xx 

    Infertility limbo 

      Looking for the answer…..

    I realised it’s been a long time since I did any blog updates about our infertility and I suppose this picture says it all, we are currently still in limbo land. There is nothing much to report after the two failed cycles of IVF, we haven’t got that elusive positive test because “we just stopped trying/thinking about it/relaxed” *delete appropriate stupid comment
    We got through the anniversary of our first cycle, I tried to not overthink it but it was hard to think that this time last year we were full of excitement & hopes and dreams. It’s even harder to think we are sitting here another year down the line, still childless.  

    I’ve stopped counting how many cycles/months/years it’s now been, too blooming long for there to be “nothing” wrong with us that’s for sure. Stopped tracking my cycles, stopped temping, stopped ovulation testing… 

    We are trying something though, still giving it our best shot each month but now we are currently trying a new male fertility product called Androferti which we are hoping might help if there is more of an issue with hubbies sperm and with the suggested potential issues with dna fragmentation. We were very lucky to be picked for a free trial with the fertility journeys feature over at Fertility Road Magazine so that is currently our focus. 

    If that doesn’t make a difference though, where will that put us? Staring down the barrel of IVF #3 with our only option to go abroad. That is a minefield within itself too, so many questions that will need answered before we go ahead with that,  so much money needing to be found from somewhere, so much emotional investment. 

    Why is this so bloody hard??? 

    Claire xx 

    Our glamping trip in photos ~ Part two


    We had enjoyed our first bike ride so much we decided that we would do another one. This time in Cornwall going from Wadebridge to Padstow along the Camel Trail  

     We really enjoyed Padstow and once we had parked the bikes up we enjoyed a coffee overlooking the bay, a lovely walk up the hill towards the beach and the husband enjoyed an original Cornish Pasty before cycling back to Wadebridge to drop the bikes back.  

     Enjoying an Al fresco wine watching the sunset after a busy day cycling. 

    We decided that we really wanted to visit Lands End, it was a two hour drive from where we were staying but I’m really pleased we decided to make the trip. The views from down there were just breathtaking. It also helped as it was quite quiet despite being a Sunday so we didn’t find it too touristy.  

       Lunch with the most amazing view! 

    After a walk around the costal path we headed to St Ives. We decided to do the park and ride (which is actually a train) as I had read that the parking in St Ives was quite difficult. Add to that it was fast turning into a gorgeous afternoon I think the train from Lelant was the best choice. The train comes in along the coast so you get some amazing views over the different bays on the way in. 

    I must admit, we loved St Ives, from the different bays and beaches, the seafront walks, the harbour and the coastal path we could have spent much longer there.  


    For our last day in Cornwall we decided to take it easy and just go for a nice beach walk. We headed along the coast to Watergate Bay which has a gorgeous beach and is dog friendly.  

    We all loved Cornwall so much and will be returning that’s for sure! 

    To break up our return journey we planned to stop off for a few days in North Wales, though the thought of taking the tent down then putting it back up again was far too much so we heading back to the wood pods for one night visiting Ludlow on the way.  

    We then made our way to North Wales for a few nights before heading home. 

    We were really lucky with the weather and enjoyed watching the sunset with a glass of wine back at the campsite.  


    Our last day was another lovely walk around the Welsh coastline.       

    Before heading back to pack our home from home up.     

    We had a great trip and didn’t stop the full 11 nights we were away, which was proven when my Fitbit stats arrived!  

    This trip showed me that I can camp in complete comfort for longer than 3 nights and now the quest is on to find somewhere just as good for next year! 

    Anyone been to any amazing dog friendly Cornwall campsites? 

    Claire xx 

    It’s the small things ~ September edition

    I’ll try and not make this months post too top heavy with photos but trying to only pick a few of our recent road trip is so hard! All of them make me smile. 

    September seen us set off a road trip to Shropshire, Cornwall & North Wales.

    There were bridges.  Beach huts  Castles explored.    

       So many beaches!  
     Clear blue skies.  

     Al fresco wines. 

     Time to think.  

     So much time with my two favourite men.  

       Coffee’s with amazing views.  
     Then time to come home (though the traffic jam did not make us smile!)  

     Blackberry picking.  

     First signs of Autumn appearing. 

     Great dog walking shadows.  

     Beautiful evening walks along the canal.  

     First signs of Christmas approaching!  

     Bikes dusted off.  

     Schnauzers getting cuddles.  

     Lots of Schnauzers meeting up.  

     Amazing sunsets.  

       Reflections enjoyed.  
     Slimming world certificates achieved and I’m in awe of this bringing me up to 3stone 8.5lbs loss in total! 

    Bring on October.

    Claire x 


    Our glamping trip in photos ~ Part 1

    We are back from our glamping trip and we all had a ball. I am so pleased that we made the long trip down to Cornwall/Devon, so much so we are looking to go down again next year for longer. 

    As I said, we decided to stop on the way down to break the trip up. I struggled to find somewhere dog friendly that we could just pitch up to and unload bedding but eventually found Greenway Touring Park who had a dog friendly pod that we booked. After a 7 hour drive (damn m6!) we finally arrived.  

     We were most looking forward to the chimnea and we made the most of it, sitting outside with a few wee glasses of wine and relaxing.  

       The next morning we were up early to head on to Cornwall and we finally arrived in Bude in North Cornwall five hours later. That was one thing we noticed was that we need to add at least 1.5hrs to the sat nav for long trips due to stopping for food and the dog.  

     Watching the sun set over the bay from the front of our tent pitch.  

     Admiring the view from the campsite dog walking area.

      Nothing like an Al fresco brew in the morning. 

    The next day we headed to just outside of Barnstaple in North Devon and hired some bikes and a dog trailer to cycle the Tarka Trail from Fremington to Instow and Bideford.  

       We cycled 15 miles – not bad for people who hadn’t been on a bike in years! The cycle trail is lovely and flat though so that helped. 

    The next day we headed off to Tintagel Castle on the north Cornwall coast. This was dog friendly throughout which is unusual. The climb up all the steps is an experience but the view from the top is gorgeous.  


    Once we were finished exploring and having a cliff top picnic we made our way around the coast road to Boscastle. Most people might remember the name from the news reports back in 2004 when a flash flood devastated the village. They have spent a huge amount of money on flood defences since then and the village has been totally restored and is gorgeous for a walk around.


    It was then on for a breezy walk along Summerleaze Beach in Bude before heading back to the campsite.  


    The next day we went on to explore some of North Devon, visiting Woolacombe (amazing beach!) Ilfracombe (lovely harbour) and Heddon Valley in the Exmoor national Park.  


    Come back later in the week for part two of our trip.

    Claire xx 

    It’s the small things ~ August Edition 

    It’s the small things that have made my month of August. 

      A rare trip to the football with the husband…good news was they won! 

      Exploring local parks. 
      And meeting giant Schnauzers. 

      Getting the chop! 
      Seeing very rare blue skies. 
      Finally having a day that you could class as ‘summer’ 
      Plenty of these. 
      And jumping in the changing rooms when I fitted comfortably into these. 

      After getting my 1st award from Slimming World group and overall loss of 3st at home.  
     Booking this amazing hotel for a weeks ultra all inclusive in November.  

     Seeing just how far I have come when I tried on my trousers from before I started losing weight for IVF.  

     Treating myself to a new Fitbit Charge HR.  

     Enjoying some bubbles, just because.  

     Having an impromptu Schnauzer day out.  

     Enjoying the sun setting.  

     Only going and blooming getting this in my Slimming World group.  

     Preparing for a road trip.  

     Doing the most joyful work based task.  

     Engaging my inner child with a bit of Willy Wonka.  

     Smiling as I head away on our glamping trip. 3st 5lbs lighter.  


    Expect next months little things post be full of glamping, Cornish beaches and adventures! 

    Claire xx 

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