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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Lani's Summer Wishlist

Monday, May 28, 2012

1. Zara Jute and Crochet Sandal 2. Wooden Boat, Etsy 3. Zara Denim Jumpsuit 4. Joules Ringling girls skirt 5. JCrew Anchor dress 6. Gap Smocked Bloomers

This heat wave has been seriously making me wish I had some more summery outfits for Lani, she doesn't even own a pair of sandals! And while I'm dubious that the beautiful weather will last, here's a little wishlist I threw together of some super cute things I wish Lani had for the summer. I especially love the denim jumpsuit and feel like it could work for the cooler weather too with a long sleeve tee shirt and leggings underneath. At any rate, roll on beautiful weather. We want more beach days, barbecues, and paddling pool afternoons!

Speaking of summer attire, Lani's not the only one seriously lacking in that department! ;)


Day trip to Kinghorn

Since Ryan had Sunday off, we decided we wanted to do something fun with Lani. I had the idea of taking a short train trip to a beach somewhere nearby and Ryan suggested Kinghorn (a small village in the Kingdom of Fife, just across the water from Edinburgh). Ryan was raised by his grandparents and they used to own a caravan in Kinghorn and take him along on vacation as a child, so this seemed like a wonderful suggestion. 

This was Lani's first train trip since she was a week old, when we took my Mom to Fife! I wasn't sure how she would feel about it, as she wasn't entirely crazy about flying. BUT... she loved it! This train took us over the Forth Rail Bridge and to both our delight, she really enjoyed the whole experience, exclaiming "water!" and "boats!" as we went over the bridge. We had such a good day once we got there as well. We brought a picnic with us, bought a small plate of chips (fries) on the beach, and soaked up the sun. I was worried it would be too hot and sunny for Lani to be out in a swimsuit (delicate, fair Scottish lass and all), so we didn't bring one. Whoops, because she was INTENT on getting in the ocean. I obliged her a bit, and we both got wet but had so much fun. 

If the weather continues warming up as the months go along (it can be pretty hit and miss here in Scotland) we will definitely try to make a few more train trips across the Forth. Though perhaps with slightly more appropriate clothing on all of our parts? :)


The weather!

Friday, May 25, 2012

(the only photo I managed to really take, besides some instragram shots this whole week!)

I feel like I blog about the weather all. the. time.

But seriously, it's absolutely gorgeous in Scotland this week and after months and months of cold, wind, and rain this is such a welcome relief. The sun has been shining bright and it's been beautifully warm for five straight days now and we should have at least two more days of loveliness before it sizzles away in a baltic scottish mist...

And we definitely made the most of it! Monday we trekked up to the Commonwealth pool with my friend Maggie and her son Jacob, who's just a bit older than Lani. They had an absolute ball and I only wish I had been able to take photos while we were there!

Tuesday we stayed home and did a few loads of laundry (seeing as we don't own a dryer, we had to take advantage of the weather and hang our clothes out to dry) but we did enjoy playing in the garden.

Wednesday was Daddy's day off, and while he mowed the lawn we set up Lani's paddling pool and splashed about. It was such a lovely day.

Thursday we met up with my friend Laura and her two wee ones Amber + Nathan and went to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

And today, like every friday, we headed to Lani's Monkey Music class where she spent a good portion not listening but instead seeing how many times she could jump up and down. Haha. I think she's maybe getting a little too old for that particular class. She's been doing it from 11 months, and she's now 19 months. I thought we would be able to start ballet classes at 2 years, but after checking into the local ballet school, I've come to find out it's actually age 3! I'm gutted, and wondering if we might try something a little different after this session ends and before ballet begins.

Any suggestions?x 


Yummy Vegan Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I decided to finally try and make some vegan pancakes this week, and the first attempt was a complete disaster. Possibly because I didn't have a measuring cup, but I'm not sure. I used this recipe. The second (and third time, this morning!) they came out perfectly and I think it's probably because I made a few little tweaks. So here's my slightly tweaked version of the same recipe:

Dry Mix:
plain flour                     1 cup
sugar                            1.5 tablespoons
baking powder             1.5 teaspoons
lo-salt*                         3/8 teaspoon
cinnamon                      2/8 teaspoon

semi-sweet, dairy free chocolate chips. As many or as few as you want. I used about two small handfuls. (add these in last after you mix the wet and dry mix together)

Wet Mix:
soya milk                      100ml
water                            25 ml
vegetable oil                  1.5 tablespoons
pure vanilla extract         1 teaspoon
maple syrup                   1 tablespoon

*obviously you can use regular salt. I prefer to use and eat as little sodium as possible.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl, then mix the wet ingredients together in a small bowl and pour them into the dry ingredients. Stir, but don't over-stir, you want it blended well but it will still look a little lumpy. It shouldn't be too thin, add a bit more flour if it seems watery. Finally add in the chocolate chips and stir. Heat up your skillet. Add a drop of oil, and once it's warm enough swill it about the pan so the bottom is coated and pour out the excess in the sink, otherwise it makes your pancakes a bit oily. You don't want the pan too oily. Make sure it's hot (about medium heat) before you pour on the batter. Use about two spoonfuls per pancake. You need about 5 minutes per side (or until you can see the little bubbles coming up on the top) before you flip. And you're done! Yum! And if you're like me, smother them in maple syrup and enjoy! (Just an FYI, this recipe only makes about 6-8 medium sized pancakes. If you want more, just double the ingredients.)

The weather is finally looking up here in Edinburgh (thank goodness) and it was even warm enough for Lani to enjoy some diaper time yesterday. She decided to spend it lounging on the couch, telling Burt the flamingo some lovely stories. My kinda girl. :)



Saturday, May 19, 2012

Lately, we cuddled on the couch with Daddy,

We threw as many of our toys in the bath as we could,

Mommy + Daddy had a (vegan + vegetarian) sushi date,

put our hair in pigtails for our Monkey Music class,

played joyfully in Nana's garden and cried when we had to go back inside,

made slimey new friends, who we can't get enough of,

searched every inch of the garden for beasties,

and let's not forget the bubbles. We love those too.


to see what else we've been up to lately, you can follow us on instagram @thecityispretty or check out our instragrid:


Nineteen Months...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I actually can't believe I've now kept up with taking photos of Lani every month for her monthly birthdays, but here we are at 19 months and still going strong. It's so much fun to click through my facebook album of these photos and see how much she has changed along the way.

What can I even say about you at 19 months, Lani? You are the light of both mine and your father's lives and everyday you do something that makes our hearts melt... AND our blood boil! haha. You are such a clever little girl, you've got an amazing vocabulary, you can name nearly every animal you have in books or toys and tell the sounds the make, you've been counting to 10 since you were about 14 months and you're starting to learn your ABC's now. You love to dance, and tell us you are dancing and you love singing the songs from your Monkey Music class. You tell us something new everyday, and after playing the 'Paint my Wings' toca boca app on my iphone you let me know "man, funny!". You are absolutely OBSESSED with "beasties" (insects) and your favorite ones are spiders. Whenever you find them in the flat you beg "catch!" and "hand!" and you love to hold them. You also love all of your cuddly toys so much, especially foxy and bunny. I won't say you aren't a challenge, too though. You can tantrum like a proper child, and you drive me nuts when you act out. You're especially into the TV show 'Charlie and Lola' (which you call either 'lolo' or 'chaw-wee') and when we tell you that you can't watch it when you want to, you let us know you don't like that answer.

Despite your little attitude, you're a joy to be around. We love you so much, our wee pumpy bum. <3


Snails & teacups...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

These are a few of our favorite things... :)


Saturday, May 5, 2012

1. watching charlie & lola while cuddling her buddies 2. trippy photo of me 3. feeding herself cereal in soya milk. 4. taking a bath in her plastic tub because we only have a shower. 5. mama + baba vans 6. vegan vegetable pasta. 7. riding on daddy's shoulders on our way home from a long day out. 8. weed flowers in the back garden. 9. reading her new look about 'beasties' from Grammy.

Instagram has become somewhat of an obsession. I've had the app for a while and used it here and there, but now I find myself checking it multiple times a day and uploading loads of photos. I really enjoy the format, the ease of sharing and viewing other peoples images and just how simple it is.

This week has vastly improved with Lani finally feeling back to 100% after being sick for nearly 2 weeks. She went back to Monkey Music ( a toddler music class she attends every friday) this week, and boy did she have a good time. Not to brag, but she's always excelled at the class and this week she really made me proud. She did all the motions at the correct times, danced her little heart out and played the little instruments just as she was supposed to, stopping at the correct time and really showing enthusiasm for it.

I can't wait until she's old enough to start ballet around 2 and a half (we've even noticed there's a ballet school in a Church just 10 minutes walk from our flat!). I may not be the girliest of ladies, but I do love me some pink and black tutus, ballet shoes, classical music and twirling. I'll probably break my camera from excessive photographing when she starts that class.

You can follow me on instragram @thecityispretty or view my instragram photos at


lots of little drawings in my heart...

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Did you ever have that one thing you always wanted to do/be, but never felt like it was something you could do? Even though I went to art school, graduated with my bachelors in fine art, and worked in an art related field after graduation I always saw myself more as a photographer than an artist. Which makes sense because that's what I studied. I think I entered art (or photography) school at an awkward time. It was just when most people were transitioning between digital photography and film... and I stuck with my film, but not 35mm or SLR, I shot with an old twin lens camera from the 30's and used 120 film. In hindsight, this made no sense professionally.

If I could go back now, though and change everything I would still do some photography classes but I would definitely major in drawing/painting or textiles.

This is just a long winded way of saying, I wish I could be a traditional artist. What I would really love to do is write and illustrate children's books. According to good 'ol google though this is the hardest field to break into and I might as well give up now and jump off of a building.

Instead, lately, I've been drawing. I draw these little fellows in my sketchbook, take a photo of it with my iphone (haha) and then color them in using photoshop. I'm really loving it and kind of desperate to take a drawing or painting class. I'll be 28 this year and maybe it's time to admit this is what I'd really like to do.

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