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What I did on my holidays

So this years summer travels took me across the sea to beautiful Jamaica. More specifically the luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay and it was stunning. 

The rooms were decked out with either a super deluxe king bed or 2 doubles, tv, fully stocked mini fridge, bottle of vodka and rum.  Jacuzzi bath, double sink bathroom, toilet, shower etc. But rooms are rooms anywhere.

We chose the luxury side as it was adults only, so no kids. Personally heaven for me. Unlimited visits to the a la carte restaurants, branded spirit drinks etc.

My favourites were the Jamaican and Japanese. Mainly for the food but the shows they put on are super fun. Oh and who doesn’t love a good buffet breakfast 

       

 The beach was exquisite, private and peaceful. I tried to get down there each morning before others arrived. Just to have some me time 

        

Pools were clean with constant entertainment or quieter areas if you wanted to peace, grounds lush and green.

     

           
This was 2 weeks of relaxation, reading and rest

Below are a few of my holiday essentials;

Sunscreen and after sun lotions -stay safe

Books, with my personal recommendations

Sunglasses these are Joanie Clothing 

Chub rub stick

Bug repellent 

And the famous big cup, super for filling with cocktails and keep it them cool

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Things to think about before the big I DO

So just over a year ago I said I DO, and we did it our way.

Over the past decade or so I have been to so many weddings and watched so many people plan their big day and you know what I learned………nothing.

I’m not being flip, I mean I learned nothing. See I always knew what i wanted. Just me and ‘him’. That’s it, my wedding was going to be like my marriage, about us.

Now I know other people like to share with loved ones, family, friends etc, but We always knew it would be just us, that and abroad!

There are lots of fayres, venues, and people to tell you what you should do. But screw that. What do you want?

Now saying that I did do somethings traditionally, I went wedding dress shopping, tried a million shoes on, googled hair styles etc.

As some one who values my time I wanted to get as much done together a possible, for my dress I visited a specialist plus size supplier and had the best day trying on about a dozen dresses. Eventually I found the perfect one, I just knew!

As for shoes I googled wedding shoe suppliers for wide feet (I’m all about that comfort). One place that came up was Elegant Steps, down I went and there was so much choice. Heels (of all heights), flats, wide fits, every colour (gold, silver, cream, rainbow) and style you could think of.

I went away with a few ideas, sadly I injured my leg a week or so after therefore heels were out and comfort was in, I went with converse in the end. Perfect.

That became the theme of my day, comfort!

I am reminded of all this after being asked to contribute to Elegant Steps recent piece on how to make your wedding less stressful. I guess I was just lucky, I had the least stressful day ever, we went to Vegas and was in and out in 7.5 mins! What more could you want!

 

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Good luck if you’re planning your big day.

My main tip – remember what you want and do that!!

 

 *Although I was asked to contribute to the Elegant Steps piece all thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not paid as part of this piece 

 

 

if you go down to the woods today….

so, once a year me and my girlfriends head of to the woods for some peace, relaxation and reflection……

ok so maybe i mean we take enough drink to satisfy a sailor, and essential spend the weekend doing what the hell we want, either way its OUR weekend.

 

so this year, like every other, we packed our page and loaded up the car and headed for Centre Parcs (Whinfell).

this year we treated ourselves to one of the new all singing, all dancing, all hot-tubing, cabins.

this place was a dream, hot tub, en suite rooms, sauna, steam room. this place had it all.

this was heaven, pure heaven!

centre parks is such a special place for me and my girlfriends, thats why we keep going back. yes it can be pricey if you’re going as a family but as we pay for ourselves it works out pretty cheap.

this year we went bowling, took a pottery painting class and generally relaxed in our tub.

the site has so many extras, tropical pool with slides, wave machine and rapids, archery, high ropes, climbing, bike riding, spa, ports centre, segway etc

 

there are also such a wide selection of restaurants, Cafe rouge,Bella Italia, Starbucks, Takeaway service and even a Pancake House

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all in all another successful trip

 

Same time next year!

 

what goes up…….

So i decided to challenge myself earlier in the year. Climb Ben Nevis, ambitious i know. then disaster, I  partially tore my achilles tendon junction late in 2015.

still i was determined to get fitter and do it.

so off i set with some of my guy pals to camp and climb.

we stayed at Glen Nevis campsite Friday – Monday, giving ourselves 2 full days incase the weather was dodgy.

you really can experience 4 seasons in one day. We decided to head up on the Saturday as that had the best forecast. and boy were we right. the weather was glorious and the views were breathtaking.

now we didn’t exactly rough it we had electric hook up and took a slow cooker and George Foreman grill, but hey its 2016.

we also took the opportunity to visit the local town of Fort William while we were there. Not so much to write home about but was nice enough to visit, and partake in a bit of bowling!

Sadly i didn’t make it to the top, my friends did however so thanks to them for the pictures from there.

My plan is to get my leg 100% better and try again next year!

but hey i had a super weekend so no complaint here!

just for reference here is the mountain the day after we went up……. oh wait its hidden behind that low cloud!!

 

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Y Not?

Before you berate me for the terrible grammar/ spelling I am talking about the Y Not? Festival 2016.

Now i have to admit i hadn’t heard of this festival before a friend very kindly asked me to accompany them for the weekend, and i wasn’t disappointed

Now the line up was pretty similar to that of Kendal Calling, with headliners being Editors, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Maddness, The Hives, Blossoms, etc. some pretty big bands I’m sure you agree. And how could I forget The Lancashire Hotpots

But as always some of the less well know bands on earlier on the main stages and smaller stages managed to catch my attention. Those of note for me were Circa Waves, Eliza and the Bear, Coasts and most of the Country and Western ones in the Saloon Bar.

 

Essentials

  • Tent – erm kind of a given
  • Sleeping bag (s) – double for nighttime warmth
  • Pillows – coz, well i like some comfort
  • Food/ Drinks – Free dried pastas and bottled water and of course the obligatory cider is a must for me!
  • Lanyard – i mean not only do you look super cool but also you can plan your stages
  • Sanitiser – if i need to explain why then we can’t be friends!
  • Head torch – ( see picture) – just for fun and hey see how awesome i look!

 

this is definitely one of the festival line ups i will be checking out next year

 

 

 

Life’s a ……… Beach?

So I recently spent 2 weeks in pure paradise that was Mexico, more sepcifically the Riviera Maya area. 

This is my 3rd visit to the area and it did not disappoint. And there may be serval posts to cover the trip. 

In the mean time I thought I’d share with you a few of my pool side/ beach essentials

My sun hat – a previous Mexican purchase

A cover up – Primark special

Swim suits – various outlets mostly      Tesco,Sainsburys and Debenhams

Books – plenty of them (plus those on kindle)

Suntan lotion – factor 50 all the way

Insect repellant – a must in Mexico!

iPod -obviously 

Sunglasses – no need to explain why! 


Not much use to anyone I’m sure but a little look into my world 

till next time

TTFN

A is for …….

So gentle viewer following on from the Amsterdam apartment of dreams what else did I see and do in Amsterdam I hear you ask ( I know you’re not but let’s just play along shall we) 

So I love to tourist, I mean I really love it. So before heading of to the land of tulips I got my google on and researched things I might like. 

1 Anne Franks House . Cliche I know but how could I not. You can book tickets, these these are available on the website and are released 2 month in advance. Or you can do what I did and turn up and queue, still worth turning up from 2 as the queue does get pretty long. Entry is €9 for adults

Vondel Park is a large free park, cafe/ restaurant, band stand and always seems to be something on , jazz music, dog show etc 

Lost items centre based on honesty, respect and trust 

3 Markets, markets, markets. We visited the flower market and the flea market. If you couldn’t find it there you were finding it anywhere 

4 Food. I mean come on Amsterdam has a wealth of food choices from chips and sauces (a must) to gelato, waffles and crepes and that’s just the vendors 


5 Coffee shops. I guess this is a personal choice. They are available all over the city and are perfectly legal 


Off on my next trip to Mexico

Updates to follow

Amsterdam Apartment

So as many of you know i have a little love for the old travel bug.

Well this last month i went on a little trip to the beautiful city of Amsterdam with a few of my gal pals.

We found a lovely City Centre Apartment close enough to the town centre to walk in and far enough away to have a peaceful night sleep.

the 3 rooms comfortably slept the 6 of us, we had our own lounge and kitchen and the all important WIFI

but the stairs, oh the stairs, i wouldn’t be exaggerating (ok maybe a little) to say they were vertical, like climb a mountain vertical

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ok i know they don’t look it but i felt like i conquered Everest everyday getting up and down them!

i’ll cover some of the more touristy things i did in the coming posts, but for now i leave you with this beautiful croissant ( little treat for climbing those damn stairs!)

 

Things I’m learning in my 30’s

At the beginning of the year I turned 35. Thats right, officially mid 30’s, officially an adult, a grown up. You know! 

And in the 4ish short months this year has been with us I’ve come to realise a few things. 

1) I’m not in my 20’s, now you’d think that was obvious but it’s harder to realise then you think. I’m in that weird in between age that zero clothes shops cater for, I’m constantly battling being dressing like my mum or looking like a try hard. Help!

2) find a good hairdresser, befriend them, be nice to them and they will always see you right

3) to always condition my hair, like on every wash. And also I don’t have to blow dry it every time I wash it

4) skin care regime is important in currently loving these by Elemis. I try and look after my skin as much as possible. However more often then not I do it for 3 days and then forget then before  you know it it’s the next week. Must make more of an effort 

  
5) to try and cook more from scratch. I’m not the greatest cook, not by a country mile but I try and I’m trying more. I made this dish by the Hairy Dieters at the weekend. Pretty delish if I say so myself 

  
6) to travel more. Not always to foreign lands but to explore the area I live in. Explore the country I live in. But also sometimes to those foreign lands, meet new people, try new food, see other peoples cultures and heritage

7)look after myself. This is the one thing I’ve just realised but yet to put into practice. This is the one thing I need to work on. 

Till next time, I’m just off to find out where all the other 30 something people are at 

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