Category: Living

It’s the small things ~ April Edition

April has been a busy and lovely month. Lots of sunshine to be had in Scotland and when it’s been out we’ve tried to make the most of it, you never quite know whether that will actually be the full summer so you need to live in the moment!

There was daffodil smelling

20140429-225142.jpg Easter bunny making

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Lovely long 4 day weekends

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With dog walks that required a sit down protest in the shade

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Coffee in the park

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And watching the opening of the amazing Kelpies structures

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Walks on the beach, followed by the best fish & chips ever

20140429-225656.jpg Reminiscing on the stationary I made for our wedding

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Visits to the beautiful Loch Lomond

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Infertility awareness week in the USA which prompted me to be more open with family about my fertility issues

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Girlie days out

20140429-230355.jpg and lots of catching up to do! We’ve not been together for four years!

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Evening canal side walks in the sun

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It’s the small things ~ March edition

March has been a difficult month for us. But despite all the heartache it brought, there still has been some small things that have made us happy.

  
Surprise deliveries.

  
Yummy doughnuts

  
Our constant companion 

  
Schnauzer shadows never fail to make me smile

  
Edinburgh visits to see my Mum and sister

  
Wine with a view

  
Spa days and bubbles

  
And the castle turned Green for St Patrick’s day (with my Mum & Sister) 

  
Mexican Cosmos 

  
There were solar eclipses 

  
Spring days with first washing of the year hung on the line

  
Human sun clocks 

  
 Never ceasing to be amazed by the walks on my doorstep. 
  
Schnauzer meet ups. 

  
The most amazing reflections. 

Claire xx

It’s the small things ~ February Edition

Some of the little things that have made the month of February.

There have been cold canal walks with the pooch. 


Exciting IVF protocol flow charts looked at. 


Blue clear skies and walks by the sea. 


Hard decisions made! 


Amazing unexpected post received. 


Lovely valentines meal shared


Favourite flowers received. 


Upside down sleeping dog providing lots of amusement. 


Reminders to never lose hope. 


Birthdays celebrated. 


Stimulation for IVF#2 completed. 


Reminders to focus on the here and now. 


The most amazing news received! 

Youandmearefamily is two!

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Goodness it doesn’t seem that long ago since I sat late one night in a conversation with a friend and decided that I would like to try to blog again, that was over two years ago and today my little piece of the blogging world turns two.

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I blog mainly for me, I’m not here trying to please people, have the perfect blog or keep up with the blogging elite. I’m just here in my little corner sharing little bits of my life and hoping that people find it interesting and it’s working for me. I love my blog, it makes me feel quite proud, happy that I’m sharing aspects of my life and I’m particularly proud of being brave enough to share my infertility story on here.

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Through the blog I have got in contact with so many people, others who have or are experiencing similar things in their lives and I love the fact blogging has given me the ability to reach out. I’ve also been able to share some great Slimming World recipes which still prove to be a hit time and time again.

Thank you all for sticking around, for continuing to read my little piece of the blogging world and for supporting me along the way.

Here’s to another year!

Claire xx

#walk1000miles in a year challenge – update month one

I decided back in January to set myself the challenge of walking 1000 miles over the course of the year.  I thought it would be a good motivator for me to get up and move more.  The #walk1000miles challenge was set up by Country Walking. At first I thought ‘that would be tough’ but actually it is only walking around 2.7 miles per day, 20 miles per week or 83 miles per month.

I already measure how much I walk a day with my trusty Fitbit. So I thought it would be easy to link in with this challenge.  The only thing that I’m struggling with is an app to keep up with how much I am doing on a monthly basis.  Fitbit emails me weekly so I am currently keeping those emails and adding them together for the monthly summary.

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I am over the moon with the results from month one and am over my target!  It really is making me move more as I want to try and achieve that 2.7 miles per day.  Some days it’s easier than others!

Claire xx

It’s the small things ~ January edition

Some of the small things that have made January.

(null) Celebrating Hogmanay with family.

(null) Looking at nutrition for IVF

(null) Feeling blessed for having this walk on my doorstep.

(null) Loving my new ‘Fluffy Towels’ candle.

(null) Enjoying a long soak in the bath complete with candles.

(null) Going a bit overboard with herbal teas.

(null) Joining my maiden name clan with good old Irn Bru.

(null) Getting the first snow for January.

(null) Getting motivated with marbles.

(null) Getting the second snow for January.

(null) Finally buying this and bringing hope into our home.

(null) Getting the third snow of January. (There’s a theme developing here!)

(null) Feeling very cold.

(null) IVF paperwork arriving!

(null) Purchasing protein powder for smoothies for IVF.

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And finishing the month with……you guessed it…..more snow!

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Claire xx

It’s the small things ~ December edition

The small things that have made up the month of December.

IMG_9092.PNG There was loading up of Christmas Spotify playlists.

IMG_9129.JPG The first hard frost of the year. Pretty.

IMG_9199.JPG There was a Schnauzer Christmas party. 40 odd Schnauzers dressed for Santa 🙂

IMG_9186-0.JPG It was time for the Christmas tree and decorations to go up.

IMG_9254.JPG And new cars to be delivered!

IMG_9257.JPG There was Christmas cups and mince pies.

IMG_9280.JPG Snooooow!!

IMG_9284.JPG Christmas jumper day at work.

IMG_9337.JPG There was an early Christmas celebration with the family, involving cocktails in Teapots.

IMG_9341.JPG And French martinis in front of twinkling Christmas trees.

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IMG_9350.JPG Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a wee Baileys.

IMG_9352.JPG There was Christmas jumpers just because it was Christmas Eve.

IMG_9369.JPG There was Schnauzers opening presents on Christmas morning.

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It’s the small things ~ November edition

The small things that have made me happy over the last month *disclaimer, features lots of sunshine pics to start. Sorrynotsorry

IMG_8912.PNG There was comparing the weather forecast whilst lying by the pool.

IMG_8931.JPG Cocktails by the marina.

IMG_8934.JPG Beautiful marina views.

IMG_8955.JPG Cloud watching.

IMG_8969-0.JPG Anniversary cocktails at the end of the pier.

IMG_8988.JPG My first viewing of the ‘holidays are coming’ ad!

IMG_9003.JPG Beautiful sunrises

IMG_9022.JPG Scotland excelling itself with beauty at sunset.

IMG_9037.JPG Memories of my beautiful Granny.

IMG_9054.JPG 5th Birthday’s celebrated.

IMG_9066.JPG Hearts filled with hope.

IMG_9086.JPG First red cup of the holiday season enjoyed.

Claire xx

Weight Loss Wednesday

After a slight break for a week in the sun, weight loss Wednesday is back in my life. I did weigh myself on the Monday we got back from holiday and wasn’t surprised with a gain.

IMG_9043.JPG I think most of that was on vodka! But I went there with the full intention of putting the last few months behind me and that I did. I started back on Slimming World on the Monday so this weeks weigh in a 10 day one.

I’m working to increase my walking back up again and I’m quite happy with

IMG_9042.JPG I normally average between 22-25 miles per week and still love using my Fitbit.

I was very happy with the scales this morning and am pleased to report the holiday gain is gone!

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I’m giving my diet an overall as well in an attempt to plan for our next IVF, I’m hoping that following a fertility friendly diet will also help with my weight loss. We are not looking to cycle again for at least another few months so my focus is on to get my weight as low as I can before then. Wish me luck.

Claire xx