Tuesday, 29 December 2015

The Name Game

Around this time of year is when we see the Top 10 Baby names of the year.  I admit, I do always have a look to see what is trending. I'm a nosy bugger and am always keen to find out the name of any new born. This years can be found in the HuffPost.

A seemingly new trend on parenting and baby websites, is the lists of Top 10 unusual baby names, the Top 10 names from TV or other popular influences, top French names, Alternative names or Royal names, throughout the course of the year. Not being a particularly trendy person or follower of fashion, I didn't name my offpsring based on what was "in", I am definitely more of a "it's just what I like" sort of a person.

Kiddo's name was picked before Hubby and I were married and about 3 years before he was even conceived (both his actual name, and that if he had been a girl), and it is a family name, rather than a 'fashionable' one. In 2010, when he was born, Kiddo's name was in the Top 25 Scottish baby names that year, but now has fallen into the Top 35 names (which to be honest pleases me).

The names I like have not really changed much over the past decade - trends come and go, but my lists have remained pretty static except for one or two when, I went through a Callum/Lewis/Freya/Ava period, but they fell out of my top list due to increasing popularity.  Old Granny/Grandad Chic names are making a comeback, which is great as I love them, but their popularity is certainly not a requisite to liking a name.

So, in keeping with the timely list of popular baby names, I thought I would compile my very own Top 10  names.  If you finds yourself in need of choosing a baby name in the coming months, first of all, congratulations, second of all, look no further - here's a bonny selection for your perusal.

Lissa's Top 10 Girls Names

1. Iris - Goddess of the rainbow and my all time favourite name. Simply beautiful.
2. Pearl - My middle name is Margaret, which means "Mother of Pearl". It would have been very fitting
3. Noa - Just really like it
4. Innes - Traditionally a boys name but is actually unisex. I love "boys" names for girls and is also a family name on my side.
5. Stevie - Again with the "boys" names for girls and the family connection
6. Naomi 
7. Vera - this is a new entry. I had a dream that I had a daughter and called her Vera. Actually love this name now!
8. Violet
9. Nora

The last 3 are however constantly switching between Finley, Isa(dora) and Clara...

Lissa's Top 10 Boys Names

1. Sonny
2. Oscar
3. Rudy
4. Jude
5. Jesse - As much as I have a thing for girls having "boys" names, the same is true for the reverse.
6. Jody
7. Art(hur)
8. Grey
9. Indi
10. XXX A name has entered my Top 10, but I cannot name it here - my friend Sian named her son a most fabulous name last month, which is so unique and wonderful that it is most definitely now one of my favourites, but wouldn't want lots of littlies running about with the same name, so I'm not disclosing it here. Sorry.

There we are.  I think I may need to buy a fish tank and some tropical fish and get naming!  I wonder if there is a job as a professional baby namer that I could have - most definitely a career I would enjoy.


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Bathroom : After

It's been a while since I posted about the bathroom renovation. I am now happy to reveal that it is 95% complete! (only a new floor covering to go, which will be a January Sale purchase).  The before pictures are here .

It has been a project of much chopping and changing of minds, particularly regarding what colour to paint the walls.  We (when I say "we", I really mean me as I picked the paint colour whilst Hubby was in Sweden and proceeded to get cracking with the painting the very same weekend) started with the initial idea of a charcoal grey but it would be too dark, so chose 'Mineral Stone' instead.  Once it was up on all the walls, it was just dull. Really dreary and blah. Not at all what we hoped to achieve. Then came the fun with the tester posts, including an incredibly nauseating peachy hue which again, was not what we were looking for. I posted to Facebook asking for people's opinions regarding colour choice, from 4 samples.  The opinion was split between the really pale grey and the warm "toffee coffee" shade. Both Hubby and I liked the Toffee Coffee (Kiddo liked it based purely on its name). However, once the sample went on the wall we knew instantly that it was a mistake. I couldn't even bear to take photos of it!


After all that we ended up choosing white - I don't ordinarily do white. I thought it be too cold, clinical and stark in the bathroom, but surprisingly it is warm, light, bright and calming. Result!

So, here's the  big Tadaaah! moment after 3 months since the project began :

I went to battle with rawl plugs in order to put these shelves up. Happy to say I won.

 A little play on words and meaning...

Made a feature of a blank white wall. There are more vintage pictures to hang once I find more frames

Aaaaaaaand relax

Our bathroom has always been the one room I have been embarrassed about. It was damp and dark, falling to bits and no matter how I tried to spruce it up, it never felt relaxing and peaceful, or really clean for that matter.  Now however, it is a little oasis of calm. I love it.

 It's even getting festive in here.