Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Planning the Honeymoon

Planning a wedding can be pretty stressful, we've been quite lucky as we agree on most things and have had the same 'vision' from day one. The one thing that has needed a lot more discussion is the honeymoon. We've agreed we both want a bit of luxury -  there's a been a fair bit of drama over the years and we deserve a proper rest! A honeymoon is a real excuse to treat yourself and make sure you have a once in a life time experience that you look back on with a smile. As beach lovers we know we we're after somewhere hot but that doesn't limit things down too much! We're spoilt for choice with so many incredible locations available to us.

We did a lot of brain storming and whittled the list of possibilities down from 18(!) to about 5.


One place that is a high contender is Dubai. It reached the short list as there was so much to do with a big selection of watersports, a chance to go sand boarding, visit the water park and the amazing underwater zoo. Of course the beaches are stunning and it's a great place to do a bit of shopping too. It ticks every box really. It's a perfect location if you're getting married in Winter or Spring as those months are a little cooler than the summer months when the temperatures stays in the mid thirties. 

After visiting a few times in the past I'm keen to head back over to Caribbean. The lifestyle is just lovely, it's laid back but with the option to let your hair down and party if the mood takes you. You can see why it's a popular choice for newlyweds.

 St Lucia and Antigua have beautiful white beaches and absolutely stunning resorts. They both have some interesting history too which is something Sam and I always love immersing ourselves in. 

I make no secret of my love for Mexico. It's the place I recommend for everyone if they are looking for somewhere long haul. The food, the beaches, the people, it's just wonderful. The nightlife is amazing in Cancun, Coco Bongo is the best bar I've ever been to. The atmosphere is like nothing I've experienced before. Have some drinks and a dance while live shows go on above your head. You'll see Spiderman fly through the air, acrobats perform high above the crowd, Beatlejuice, Kiss, Micheal Jackson... the list goes on. Your drinks are included and waiters come over to take your order, there's no queueing at the bar at all- it's a must for anyone visiting Cancun. 

One plan is to mix two locations and have a bit of rest and relaxation in the Bahamas and then fly over to Miami to soak up the atmosphere of vibrant nightlife, gorgeous scenery and shopping. Island hopping is a much easier option when it's just the two of us, it's not something we'd try to do with our son with us so it's something we would take advantage of. Popping on a flight to experience another country is a great way to mix things up and bit. My bother and his wife are currently doing the same thing in New York and LA. 

The Bahamas are home to the world’s third largest barrier reef, which can be found just off the east coast of Andros. The reef includes a 6000ft abyss, known as the ‘Tongue of the Ocean’ which is home to sharks, stingrays and colourful tropical fish. So we'll do a bit of snorkelling and a boat tour, go to a couple of the historic monuments but generally take it easy with some massages and late night chats over cocktails - that's what honeymoons are for after all!

Another must see in the Bahamas is Pink Sands Beach.  Due to some of finely pulverised coral that has washed up on the beach, it has a pink tinge during the daytime and a deep rosy red during sunset. I can just imagine those instagram pictures now!

 Getting the honeymoon sorted is definitely one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning and it's made my travel wish list even longer! Better get saving!

For some honeymoon (or luxury holiday) inspiration check out destination2.co.uk

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Friday, 29 June 2018

St Tropez Extra Dark Review

I've tried a lot of tans over the years. I guess it's something the girls of my generation grew up with. Looking tanned was essential for a night out and it's now become a routine in party preparation. I suffer with anaemia so I can look pretty pasty at times so I rely on fake tan to keep me looking alive and less see-through!

I was chosen to review St Tropez Extra Dark Self Tan which excited me a lot. I've always purchased the tans on the 'darker' end of the spectrum in the hope that I actually get a noticeable result. Previously this has only been achievable with a couple of brands and it usually takes a couple of coats. I was excited to give this one a go and I had high hopes.

St Tropez is one of my favourite brands, if I want a colour quickly I use their Express tan that is really great and develops in one hour.  
It's definitely not your budget tan, at £33 it's one of the more expensive on the high street. I am a firm believer that you don't have to spend a fortune to get good results but I do see a reason to splash out on this. 



It's in a good quality bottle that you know won't break open and leak everywhere and the push down dispenser gives you just the right amount of product at a time. I find it really easy to apply and I was really impressed with how easily the mousse smoothed on. It's a really light and creamy formula and it instantly made my skin looked airbrushed and moisturised. Some tans can feel drying straight away but this really felt like it was giving my skin some hydration too. The guide colour is pretty dark at first but when smoothed out a bit it's a golden brown. 

It dried fairly quickly considering it was such a warm night and there was no strong 'fake tan' smell. You can rinse it off after 4 hours bit I like to leave mine on overnight. I didn't transfer on my sheets but did rub off on the band of my pjs. I hear their Purity range is great for avoiding this. 
In the morning I rinsed it off and there was a lot of tan going down the drain. I was slightly concerned that there would be no colour left!



But I was pleasantly surprised that I was left with a deep, golden colour that looked really natural. It was really even and had no streaks at all, I think the guide colour helped with this as you could easily see where you were applying it. It looks amazing. Although I have missed a tiny patch on the back of my foot cos I'm a total wally (and I was watching Love Island while I applied it!).

The colour is definitely dark but not scary dark. It gave me the look that applying 2/3 layers of other fake tans would give me so not only does it save me time, the bottle will last me longer too.

It's the perfect time of year to use this while it's heating up so a deep tan won't look out of place.
I'm off on holiday in 3 weeks so I will be applying this before I go so I arrive with a gorgeous glow. 


Superdrug have over £10 off their St Tropez products at the moment so now is the time to try this out. 

*this was kindly gifted to me but all thoughts are my own


Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Personally Presented - Travelling with the Greatest Showman

Wow it's been hot this week. I'm not usually one to complain but when I've walked home from the school run carrying all kinds of bags (it's always the day the PE kit comes home when I've decided to walk, isn't it?) and then had to cook dinner which no matter how hard I try, always involves turning the oven on; it's then when I long to be in a pool somewhere with a cold drink in my hand.

 Generally speaking we are all so much happier when it's sunny but that sunshine is 100% better when on holiday. I'm counting down to our family holiday this year and it's now only a matter of weeks away. I've been tempted to start packing but that might be slightly premature. You can bet your Boots advantage points that I'll be writing list upon lists on all the miniature toiletries I need to pick up though! 
I love a good list to keep me organised - I even have lists of new lists... it might be a problem.


That's the thing, holiday prep was fairly easy in the past, I'd throw everything in my case and head to Gatwick in my biggest heaviest shoes in the hope that my luggage wouldn't go over the limit. Since becoming a Mum I have to have a little more structure, I have to make sure I've catered for every situation for both (/all - let's be honest I'll be organising most of Sam's stuff too!) of us. 

My hand luggage is a mixture of spare clothes, pencils, sticker books, games and gadgets and even a travel Connect Four in an attempt to lure him away from one of the many screens and create this picture perfect parent life we're all led to believe is achievable.

With the bag being full of everything apart from the kitchen sink it can be hard to keep track of the most important bits ... my make up. I JOKE, I KID! I mean the passports and tickets of course.


I was kindly asked to pick a product from the Personally Presented website. 
They have a whole range of gorgeous personalised products which not only make great gifts but are actually things that you'll use! They are a family run company and believe in gifts that are worth giving, a gift that is as unique and individual as they are. 


With the airport mania on the horizon the travel document holder was a no brainer for me. It looked like it would really help to keep everything in one place. It's a gorgeous leather holder with pockets inside to hold passports, boarding passes, cards, cash and even a pen which is rather handy - I can never find a pen when I need one. 

Like everything else on the site it is personalised. With this particular design you have 3 lines of 20 characters so that's plenty to get creative with. Like most of the UK right now our family is obsessed with the Greatest Showman and  the song 'A Million Dreams' means a lot to us on a few levels so that was the quote I went for. When this was delivered I handed it to Sam and Mason to open and they both had a huge smile on their faces when they saw the line from the song. That is the beauty of something personalised, you can make the most simple of objects something really meaningful. 

 Big occasions like graduations, weddings or baby showers can be tricky to buy for but there are some lovely little keepsake boxes, personalised bracelets and trinkets that tick all the boxes. 

They've covered pretty much all bases, there's gifts for the home like personalised chopping boards and key hooks which make perfect housewarming gifts. I really love the breakfast in bed tray and the cheese board is great for any cheese lovers like myself! 

If you're stuck for any kind of gift I'd definitely recommend you give this place a try as I can guarantee you'll find something special that puts a smile on someone's face. 

*I was kindly gifted this item but all thoughts are 100% my own.