Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Kids Eat Free - Tips for Dining With Family


Are you heading out for a dinner with your family? If you dine out regularly you've probably noticed that the restaurant bill can quickly mount up when you have a lot of people at the table with you. 

If you dread finding out what the bill is when it comes to dining with family, then you should start thinking about finding places where you can take your whole family and save money - with the kids eating free or for a low, low price. It's time to put your cash to work, and take advantage of great deals. I've teamed up with WOW Free Stuff and have come up with a list of all the best place your child can eat for cheap or free.

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Giraffe - Kids eat free at weekends 
Every weekend, kids can eat free at Giraffe. Order an adult main meal and your kids can get a main, drink and dessert for free. The menu at Giraffe is varied and exciting, and it's a great way to get your children to try exotic foods that they might not be so enthusiastic about at home. 

Beefeater Grill - Free Breakfast for Kids 
Buy yourself a breakfast and get free breakfast for the little ones. You could get three breakfasts for less than a tenner with this deal. The breakfast menu is quite extensive, and you can choose from a continental or a cooked breakfast, coffee, juice, pastries and more. 

La Tasca - Free Meals for Kids
This Spanish restaurant has a deal which offers free food for kids when an adult buys a meal worth a tenner or more. There are seven different main courses on the kids' menu, as well as a nice range of tasty puddings. This is a great offer that is on all day, every day, not just on weekends like some of the other restaurants on the list, so you can take the kids out for a nice meal whenever you feel like it. 

Brewers Fayre - Free Kids Breakfast 
Spend £9.50 breakfast meal for an adult, and up to two kids can take advantage of a free breakfast. There's plenty of choices on the breakfast menu for kids, so you can fill them up with tasty food so that they have the energy to take on all the activities that you have planned for the rest of the day.

Heathrow Airport - Selected Restaurants offering Free Meals 
If you are planning a holiday with the kids then you will want to try this awesome offer. It's only on for certain dates and certain restaurants, but kids can eat free with the purchase of a main course for an adult. Look out for the restaurants that offer this so that you can make the most of the amazing deal and save money on the overall cost of the holiday. There are several restaurants that are included in the deal, with some of the most popular ones being: 

  •  Carluccio's 
  • Gordon Ramsay Plane Food
  • La Salle
  • The Prince of Wales 


Frankie & Benny's - £1 Kids Meals 
Save money on kid’s meals with this offer from the family favourite chain. Purchase an adult meal, and kids can enjoy a kid's meal for £1. 

The menu is full of child-friendly options, so there's something for everyone to enjoy. The price includes a main meal, a side dish, a drink and a dessert, so it's an offer that's hard to beat. 

Prezzo - £1 Kids Meals
One of my personal favourites! This is another all day, every day offer that lets the kids enjoy their firm favourites for less. There are two menus, one for tots and one for older kids, and there are lots of dishes to choose from, with plenty of wholesome choices that your little ones will really enjoy. 

Chiquito - Kids Deal for £1 
This Tex-Mex restaurant also offers a bargain on kid’s meals when you purchase an adult meal. It's ideal for a family treat, and it offers soul food and filling, delicious treats that will help to encourage your kids to get a bit more adventurous. The meals are affordable too. 

Crown Carvery - Kids eat for £1 Sunday Roast
Get a classic Sunday roast for an affordable price. This deal is available for kids under the age of 10 on Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday. It's a brilliant option for the whole family, and it's a way of keeping a family tradition while enjoying a day out. 

Table Table - 2 course kids meal for £1.99 
Table Table is a restaurant/pub that offers cheap meals for the whole family. Choose from meals on Monday-Saturday and if you dine before 5PM then the kids mealis a bargain. The dishes include at least one of your kid's 5 a day, so you can be confident that they're getting good nutritious food. 

Bella Italia - £1 Kids Meal 
There are two menus, one for little kids and one for older kids, and you can get great deals on both of these menus when the meal is purchased with an adult meal as well. The kids menu is sure to go down well with the little ones in your household, and you can be happy too because you're treating them without breaking the bank. 

Hungry Horse - Monday Pound Deal
Hungry Horse is a place that adults and kids can both enjoy visiting, and when the adults pay full price, up to two kids can enjoy a great meal for just one pound. The menu includes a lot of different options and kids can pick out exactly what they want to eat, which makes this a fun and accessible option for the whole family.

Sizzling Pubs - Weekday Kids Deal 
If you're looking to treat the family to a nice meal out during the week, then this Sizzling Pub offer is sure to satisfy everyone, even the fussiest of children. To take advantage of this offer you will have to have downloaded and signed up for the Sizzling Pub app, but once you've done that you will be able to enjoy great prices and save a lot of money on eating out.


We tend to go out for lunch a lot and really enjoy it. It's a lovely way we spend quality time as a family and we want to continue as our family grows. The cost has been a bit of a worry with another child on the way, but with offers like this I'm confident we can still treat ourselves even with another mouth to feed!







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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Baby Number Two

Recently I've been in two minds about sharing too much of my life online. I was torn between being relatable and not wanting to give too much away. I know there are prying eyes everywhere and some things are just so personal, you know...

but I started this blog when I was pregnant with Mason and it really gave me something to focus on that wasn't all nappies and nap times. It's a nice way to get out my thoughts and have something to look back on. I don't know how much I'll end up sharing and I really don't feel in any position to label myself a 'mummy blogger' but this is my life and I guess that's what I wanted this blog to be about. Getting my thoughts out is quite cathartic.  


So as you may have figured out, I have some news! 

Baby number two is on the way. They weren't planned as such but not unplanned. Basically we decided last year that there was no point putting it off any further. We'd got engaged and the plan was to get married and then try for a baby afterwards. The wedding got put off due to a lot of family arguments that just meant the day we wanted would be nightmare and it went on the back burner a bit. A lot of drama caused a lot of stress which meant trying for a baby wasn't going to work so we just focussed on enjoying life as it was, making no big plans. We booked holidays and days out, family weddings and hen parties happened -all things we figured wouldn't be ideal if I was pregnant. The stress had gone, life was easy again and we started to think about big plans for the future. This time it wasn't the wedding that was our priority. 


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We wanted to have a sibling for Mason almost immediately after he was born and my 2 brothers and I have such a great relationship with 4 years between each of us  We'd always known anything between 4 and 8 years was an ideal time to wait (for us - no judgement at all on anyone! I hate that it even needs to be said!). 


With a couple of holidays planned for this summer we told ourselves we'd officially 'try' at the end of the year when we were back. Then if it didn't happen we'd take a break in time for our family holiday next year and then try again. It was pretty structured and a bit limiting. Planning a life around holidays and weddings just didn't seem right - this is a life after all. It also seemed like we were setting ourselves up for a lot of pressure. After a bit of thought we decided to not 'try' but see how things went, we took the pressure off and if things happened earlier than originally planned we'd work it out. And that is what happened. Almost immediately.


The Test

I ordered the test of Amazon. I just knew I'd be spotted buying the test in town and I didn't want to risk it! One line appeared immediately and a faint one was showing pretty soon after. After a bit of confusion and googling we found out the first 'strong' line was a 'Yep, you are definitely pregnant'. The other was something about the test working or something. We were thrilled.

Keeping the secret

As I said we had a holiday booked. We were due to fly to Cape Verde two weeks after we took the test and there is a risk of Zika Virus which is dangerous for pregnant women. We swapped our holiday for a nice relaxing trip to Spain and tried to keep the change fairly quiet so people wouldn't question it too much. I made sure pictures of cocktails were present on social media but of course they looked all pretty but they were all non alcoholic. We all know Instagram isn't reality. 

The announcement 

We told both our Mums the day we found out, mainly just for the support but they were sworn to secrecy. They were both so excited and pleased for us. 
We waited for the 12 week scan to tell Mason. Then we wrote a message on our note board and left it up for him to see. It took a while for him to notice it but we filmed his reaction and it is the cutest video ever. He is so excited about being a big brother and he's heard the heartbeat and is following the babies journey on the app I have. 
Mason told the rest of the family at his birthday get-together. We made sure everyone we wanted was there and any people that couldn't make it got personal messages right afterwards. We gathered everyone round to watch Mason open a big present and it had a balloon inside with the scan on it along with a t-shirt that said big brother. There were tears all round and it was perfect. Keeping the secret from my bestie was the hardest - it felt like I was lying to her and her reaction is the only one that made me teary. Having her with me through this pregancy is going to be so exciting.

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symptoms
The obvious feeling in the first trimester was the tiredness, I know it was bad when I had Mason but it is so much tougher when you've got a child to look after too. With it being Summer holidays we were a lot more active than usual and that coupled with the heatwave meant I was SO run down!
For someone who tans really easily and loves the sun I am unusually pale this year as I've been avoiding it, it's just been too much and apparently your skin is more sensitive to sunlight when you're pregnant. 

I suffered with insomnia for a while - I never sleep much anyway but I have found I was up much much later trying to sleep, woke several times in the night and and struggled to settle again. I didn't feel like I needed to sleep in the day, it was more of a constant feeling exhaustion. I guess I'm prepared for the baby at least!


At first I craved icy lemony drinks or ice lollies but that could have just been because it was so hot! Lately I've wanted tomatoes a lot - a friend has said this could be a sign of dehydration which definitely could be the case as I never drink enough water. 


Girl or Boy?

Previously I made no secret that I wanted all boys. I was adamant that was my dream family. But (and I know nobody  who heard me speak so passionately before will believe me) I genuinely love the idea of having a girl! Mason is all about fairness and he likes the idea that our family with be 'even' and having one girl and one boy is kind of ideal, isn't it?   Two boys is cute too so I actually have no preference. Though we have a name for a girl and none for a boy so that would be slightly easier! At times I think this pregnancy is so similar to my first but then I have a hunch it's a girl. My Nan guessed Mason was a boy (and also knew I was pregnant before I did without having seen or spoken to me for 6 months!) and this time she thinks it's a girl so we will see if her psychic skills are still decent. 

My general thoughts 

I'm into my second trimester now which I know gets easier - plus Mason will be back at school so I can just sleep all day and online shop while watching Friends (kidding of course!).
We are so happy to have a birthday at the beginning of the year, with the exception of Sam's Grandma everyone else in our family has a birthday after August. The baby will be 10 months for it's first Christmas which is exciting and it will be 5 months on our holiday with family in the summer. Everything has just turned out pretty great and we're so excited. I'm interested to see what a pregnancy over the winter is like, I didn't need to buy maternity clothes last time as it was summer and I lived in floaty dresses but I think I'll definitely be investing in some maternity leggings and jeans so the next couple of months! Any recommendations, please let me know! 

Even though I've done this before it's still very daunting as everything seems to have changed...


 why are we putting babies in cat basket type things that cost £130 now? 
and apparently I need to buy some kind of magical sheep. I need to read up on what's new but generally I'm just going to trust my instincts cos I think we've done a pretty decent job with the first one. 




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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.


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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!

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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. 

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Before


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!

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After


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!).

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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. 

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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


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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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 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.



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Monday, 18 June 2018

Caseapp Giveaway!


Anyone that knows me will tell you that I'm much more of a Summer girl. The first hint of sun and I' doing the school run in a vest top and I'm soaking up that vitamin D! 

This is why it was totally out of character that I still had a Christmas themed phone case on my iPhone. Usually  as soon as Christmas is over I'm counting down to longer days and getting some flights booked.


So when Caseapp got in touch asking if I would like to make my own custom iphone case I saw that as fate telling me to sort my bloody life out. It was time to update my phone case at least. It's been fun Christmas case, but it's June and it's time for us to part ways mate.



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All I knew was that I needed a case that was more suitable to this time of year, and thankfully Caseapp had loads to choose from. I love a good window shop so I really enjoyed browsing. There's hundreds of great designs like marble prints, animals, hearts, flowers and flags if you're feeling patriotic (perfect timing for the world cup!).

You can upload your own images to create something personal or go for a pre-made design. It's all so customisable so you can get something you really like.



You can upload any picture you want, you can make a photo or collage or even have a little scroll through pinterest to find a quote you love for some inspiration. I used to have a Disney themed case which worked out really well when M was little as it meant he looked right at my phone when taking pictures of him - a very handy tip there!

I opted for a marble background and used a few of their 'clip arts' along with a picture from our holiday to Greece last year. 

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It was so easy to make and I had a great time creating it, I love stuff like this and it was nice to make something really unique and personal to me. I really like the overall look and it feels very me. The quote 'Go Live' really speaks to me at the moment - I'm all about creating memories and having experiences. As the great Jack Dawson said 'Life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it.' 

You can chose a glossy or matte finish, I went for matte as I prefer it. The case is really sturdy, I was really impressed with the quality- my iPhone is protected and it looks great too! 


Now it's not just for iPhones, you can create a case for a range of phones including HTC, Nokia, Samsung and OnePlus. I was also able to make a new MacBook skin.


This was another one I created myself and I used to logo from our new little business venture. Anyone that follows my Instagram will see me mentioning the PacVan which is a popup gaming cinema. Basically we bring everything you need for an evening of gaming with your mates to play where ever you want. There's a big screen loads of games to choose from and we can create tournaments or basically just leave you all to it. It's perfect for parties, stag do's and weddings.


If you can't do a shameless plug on your own blog where can you?!

 but ANYWAY...

It was great to be able to customise the MacBook to fit in with the branding of the company and it looks great. The laptop skin is delivered in the form of a sticker that you easily peel off and apply yourself. I’m not the best at things like this so it was a two man job to apply to the laptop with Sam positioning it while I smoothed down any air bubbles. It looks SO GOOD! Imagine customising your laptop with your blog header - how professional would that look while writing in Starbucks? 



It arrived in no time (only about 5 days I think!) and the package was small enough to fit through the letterbox - always a plus as I miss a surprising amount of deliveries for someone who works at home!


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If you want to place and order yourself you can use code JENNIFROST20 and that will get you 20% off.

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If you want to create your own custom laptop skin or phone case I've also got a little giveaway over on my Instagram. The winner gets one free product from the Caseapp website so head over if you want to be in with a chance of winning.






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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Hidden Holiday Gems


As you might have noticed I'm well into holiday mode. When we get into Spring and the sun is shining a lot more I'm counting down the days to the time where I get to take that trip to Gatwick, get a new perfume from duty free and hop on a flight to somewhere new and exciting.


 It's lovely having the sun in London but given the option to swap the feel of the grass between your toes on Clapham Common for the sand beneath my feet on a beach in the Balearics I will jump at the chance.


I mean, are there many things that aren't improved by a little break away? If I have a bad day I'm looking at prices of flights or researching new places to add to our travel wish list. It's that feeling of escape and immersing yourself in something new.

I don't really like to visit the same place more than once. There's a big wide world out there and I want to experience as much of it as I can. Even when you talk to someone who's been to the same place as you you find out there's so much to see that you both had very different holidays by discovering different places to visit. Every holiday is unique.

The great thing is you don't have to go far to get a real change of culture. Short haul trips are so appealing as there is less time on the plane and more time for adventure! That adventure could range from discovering a new cocktail that tastes excellent but doesn't give you a painful hangover (we can dream) to visiting stunning cathedrals full of history- that's the beauty of doing things your way when on holiday. 



Even if you're on a package holiday you don't have to be restricted to your resort. 
I wanted to share a couple of places that surprised me while away on my travels over the years.

Stalis, Crete
Even if I opt for a more relaxed all Inclusive break I still like to explore my surroundings and get out to see what's nearby. We went for a break to Crete in October and spent most evenings or lunchtimes walking along the beach to try out the local bars and meet the locals. It was glorious, I'm an absolute beach-bum and the beach is my happy place.
 One restaurant that really stood out was the Ocean Bar in Stalis. The pale blue and white theme was completely my aesthetic. The seating area was made of old sailing boats and looked fantastic. Something so simple really gave it a magic touch.  I admit it was the fact it was so Instagrammable that drew me inside in the first place! There was a great selection of food and cocktails and it was right on the beach so had perfect views and excellent photo opportunities. It ticked all the boxes for me.

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Everyone is so friendly in Greece. I'm slightly upset that we're not heading to any Greek islands this year actually, I love the atmosphere and it's all just so beautiful. Somewhere like Rhodes or Zante will be on the shortlist for next year for sure. 

Magaluf, Majorca
Given it's party reputation I was really surprised by Magaluf beach. I think I expected something  a little more tacky but it was so clean and modern. If you take a little stroll you find nice calm quiet spots which were perfect for the relaxing days to balance out the livelier nights that I was used to back in my youth! It's definitely not a place to go for the culture but if sun and sangria are what you're after this is the perfect location.  
Also.. FUNFACT The Inbetweeners movie was filmed there (not Malia which is where the film is set) so there's a little nugget of knowledge for you. Who said this blog wasn't educational? 



Sal, Cape Verde
We're off to Cape Verde this summer; It's somewhere I've wanted to visit for a few years now and I always hear really great things. The beaches look beautiful and it's such an up and coming destination. It's slightly further away but the flight time isn't as ridiculous as going to the Caribbean but we'll get to experience a complete different culture to anywhere in Europe.  Their motto is 'No stress' which is absolutely perfect for us. 
It was the chance of seeing some great wildlife out here that sold it to me; There's a charity that protects the turtles and you can see them hatch and head off down the sand to the sea which sounds incredible. The Turtle nesting season is from late June so fingers crossed we time it perfectly. There's some great chances to go whale watching too. 
Another place I'm hoping to visit while out there is ‘Olho Azul’, which in Portuguese means ‘Blue Eye’. It's basically a saltwater pool inside a lava-encrusted rock and when the suns rays hit the water just right, the cave lights up and looks like a gigantic blue eye. To me this sounds like the ultimate hidden gem! I don't like to wish my life away but I really want July to hurry up!


For a bit of holiday inspiration click here. I can't wait to visit some new places and discover a load more hidden gems this Summer!









*this post is sponsored but all thoughts and photos are my own




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