Date Night #1

So Paul and I finally had our date night.

My sister and brother-in-law had bought us a gift card for dinner in one of various restaurants for Christmas. This is just a great gift to get for a couple who don’t get out much. They might have kids (like us) or lead a very hectic lifestyle that prevents them from making time for themselves. If you know anyone like this then I highly suggest getting them some kind of dinner voucher for Christmas, birthday – any kind of occasion. It’s very thoughtful and would be very much appreciated.

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We decided to go to The Bothy in the West End of Glasgow. We hadn’t been there before, but I sneak peaked at the menu online and though it looked amazing. It was jam packed with traditional Scottish cuisine and what really sealed the deal for me was the cullen skink. For anyone who doesn’t know, cullen skink is a thick Scottish soup made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions and it is delicious! If you like fish, but haven’t tried this, do me a favour and get yourself some. You will not be disappointed.

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The Bothy is tucked away in a lane just off Byres Road. It’s a cute wee building and the interior is just as cute. The tables are quite rustic and each chair is different, which is pleasant to look at. All the servers wear kilts, which is also pleasant to look at. The wallpaper was decorated with thistles, the ambience was relaxed and friendly, and the food was scrumptious.  Over all it was a delightful dining experience.

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From there we headed across Byres Road to Ashton Lane for drinks. We went into a pub called The Loft (well, formerly The Loft. Now it’s Grosvenor Cafe, but The Loft’s better) and indulged in cocktails, Jack Daniels and beer.

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One of my best friends and her fiance were out for her birthday, so we invited them to meet us. It’s just a fabulous feeling to be able to unwind with friends in a fun atmosphere and forget about your worries for a few hours. I feel that it is important to be able to do that as often as you get the chance. People get so caught up in their busy lives that they forget how to relax. You are more than a mother, father, or workaholic.

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We were kicked out of The Loft at closing time (12am) and strolled under the twinkling fairy lights above the lane to The Wee Pub – which is literally the smallest pub I have ever been in. There we had more beer, made new friends out of strangers and pleasantly rounded up the night at 1am.

Paul and I said goodbye to our friends then headed to the nearest chippy (chip shop) for something fatty to soak up the booze. We got home at about half 2 and crashed out. It was honestly a fabulous night spent with fabulous people. When you rarely go out you certainly appreciate it more.

I’ll never forget a piece of advice that my dad gave me when I fell pregnant at the tender age of 20;

Make sure that you and Paul make time for each other.

This may be a simple and obvious piece of advice to give, but it has stuck with me for the past 9 years. It is so easy to forget about your other half when you are so focused on your children or any other aspect of your life, but it’s not a trap that you want to fall into. You need to remember to show each other that you still love and appreciate each other. You aren’t just two people who live together, you are soul mates and should treat each other as such.

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For those of you who are interested, above is a photograph of all the the makeup I wore on our date night. I forgot to include my lipstick which was Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 01 – the lovely red shade I wore on my wedding day.

Keep smiling x

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