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So what have I been up to I hear you ask (?). Well I’ve taken time off. Just been busy adulting, moving house, changing jobs etc and now I’ve turned 39. I know I don’t look it right. I celebrated as always be stringing it out and doing as much as possible with as many people, I have so far had 3 meals out, seen 2 London shows, 1 exhibition and a ballet. My OH took me to London for a couple of days and treated me to Mary Poppins the Musical, The Tutankhamun exhibition and to see the Mouse Trap. Then I caught the Moscow City Ballet’s The Nutcracker in Manchester

Mary Poppins

Having never read the book I only have the movie as a point of reference, there are a few deviations, I assume for logistical reasons, including a very bizarre scene with a giant puppet. I’m not sure if this would have scarred me as a child but as an adult it was fairly creepy. As always I bought a programme and also got myself a little key ring in the shape of the parrot headed umbrella, I did want to actually umbrella but was not parting with £32 for the privilege.

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Tutankhamun Exhibit at the Saatchi gallery ( showing till 3rd May 2020)

Entrance fee £28 if ticket bought at the day (£25 if bought in advance)

Audio guide £6 (£5 if bought in advance)

This was right up my street I flipping love a historic exhibition, and this one did not disappoint. There were plenty of pieces which have never been shown outside of  Egypt, which was pretty special. The audio guide adds extra detail to the pieces with additional points form the collections curator. I wont spoil it to much but here are a few of my favourite pieces.

This is a very popular exhibit, as you can imagine, so you may have to wait a  little to see a particular piece but nothing that caused much of an issue.

The Mousetrap

This is one of my favourite shows, I had never seen it before and obviously as it’s a whodunit I’m not going to give it away. But O.M.G I loved it. Again bought a programme, and a magnet here. Please go and see this if you get chance. Not necessarily in London but if its ever on near you.

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The Nutcracker

A friend unexpectedly had a spare ticket for this show in Manchester and as it was close to my birthday he decided this was the perfect way to get out of buying me a present. I gladly accepted the offer and went to see my second ballet. It was spectacular, performed by the Moscow City Ballet to Tchaikovsky,  and as this was music my dad used to listen to it was nice to see dance set to it and recognised a lot of the pieces. Loved it

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So whats next……….

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

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 

 

 

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 

Honeymoon in the city

So after my runaway wedding I had a dream honeymoon. Touristing in the ultimate tourist city destination. 

Can you guess where I am?

   
    
    
    
    
 
Further blog post on all the places and hints and tips on getting round 

I also had a birthday this week

So now I’m 35 and married it’s time to be a gown up and start adulting  right?
Nah

When in Vegas…..

Ok ok so I missed my Friday deadline. But I’m hoping you’ll forgive me

I have a good excuse, not a dog ate my homework excuse but genuine one. See I’m in a different time zone, well I’ve been in 3 different time zones over the past 6 days.

See now you remember im in America! Whoop

So what have I done this week I hear you ask( even if you haven’t I’m going to tell you anyway)

Well firstly I flew to fabulous Las Vegas

Did a little gambling, when in Rome and all that  
Saw some magic and met some magicians

  

Saw a big hole


Oh and flew in a helicopter to the bottom of said hole

  

Oh yeah and got married!


Much more detail to come on all the above with links and info

But right now I’m in New York, honeymoon and all that jazz

Have an awesome week

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