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18 July 2017

Our week in Brixham | Day 1 & 2

Our First Day in Brixham was spent relaxing after a long 4.5 hour drive. We finally found our gorgeous apartment, The Sundeck, then popped to the shop to grab some lunch before fully relaxing.

We were really impressed with the apartment, with my favourite part of it being the quaint balcony with mint green chairs and potted plants. The view is also amazing with all the little pastel houses peeking through.

The apartment itself is beautifully decorated with a classic nod to the coast, lots of cream and blue tones and a stunning driftwood coffee table!

After a few hours rest taking in the views, and sounds of the coast (seagulls i'm looking at you!) we mustered ourselves and got ready to have a pottle down to the harbour, for a few cheeky glasses of gin.

We stopped at the Old Market House for a drink, which is right on the harbour front. We picked an outdoor seat so we could make the most of the last bit of day light, and watched people go about their evening.  I chose an Elderflower and Pink Grapefruit gin, which was delicious.

We sat for a while before making our way back up to our apartment, stopping for one last drink at The Maritime Inn, which is a little pub full of trinkets, from pots on the ceilings and pictures on the walls, there was even a parrot! I would definitely recommend paying a visit.

Day Two soon rolled round, and it was set to be another glorious day of sunshine. We woke quite early and treated ourselves to a scrumptious breakfast of fruit and pastries, it was Sunday after all!

We decided to spend the day exploring the pretty independent shops in Brixham and hunt down a Carvery for lunch. Some of my favourite shops that we came across were Twit Twoo and Inspirations. There were lots of cute shops selling homeware and dainty jewellery.

All that shopping makes for tiring work, and I had spotted the I.Scream parlour on our way to get our morning coffee so we made our way there for a nice cold treat. After much deliberation my husband went for their Smurf ice cream, which I have to say did look incredible, however, I had my eyes on the Jaffa Cake ice cream, which was so good! There was so much choice, from sweet eton mess to chocolatey malteaser, they all looked yummy.

We were fuelled up ready for a bit more exploring before we decided it was time to find ourselves a carvery. We came across the Prince William, which is right on the harbour. We contemplated sitting outside but saw a naughty seagull pinch a roast potato and soon changed our minds!


The food was wholesome and comforting, and after eating all that deliciousness we needed a good walk! The Prince William is right near to the lighthouse, so we decided to stroll down to the end of the breakwater.

We made our way back to the apartment for a few hours, before getting ready for another night in the harbour. I'd spied a cocktail bar called Liberty's that I was itching to go to, so that was the plan for the evening.

We sat outside Liberty's on the cutest tea cup stools, and sipped our drinks in the evening warmth. I chose a Raspberry Daiquiri, followed by an Elderflower one, both of which were scrumptious. The music was good too with plenty of 80's music being played!

Then we headed back to the apartment for a good night's sleep, before another busy day exploring!

I hope you've enjoyed part 1 of my Brixham travel diary,
 part two will be up soon!

10 July 2017

What's in my Travel Beauty Bag

I love taking trips, and I find them the perfect excuse to try out new beauty products. I love a good pamper night, and after busy days exploring a new place, there is nothing better than settling down for the night and giving yourself a nice re-fresh.

I thought that with my trip to Devon, I would share with you all what I have packed in the beauty department.

The best way to try out new beauty products whilst travelling is through samples or travel mini's. Not only are they space saving, but they are a good way to save money when trying out something new.

I decided to browse Boots and see what mini's caught my eye.

First I spotted this Moisture Burst Facial Wash by Sanctuary Spa. I'm always open to trying new skin care and was enticed to try this due to the fact that sea air can be quite drying. Therefore I'm hoping the moisturising properties in this will help to keep my skin nice and soft.

Along the same lines of wanting to add moisture to my skin, I picked up this Hydrating Day Cream by Botanics. It has SPF 15 in it which is really handy for those sunny summer days as well as being hydrating. I also liked the fact it has a brightening for those days that I want to wear less foundation.

I got these two Clarin's samples in a goody bag from a recent blogger event and have been saving them for a special occasion, thus they have made it into my travel bag! One is a Antioxidant day cream that targets fine lines, and the other an eye gel that counteracts dark circles and puffiness. Even after a good nights sleep I still have bags under my eyes! So I'm excited to see if this will help to reduce these.

As an avid lover of winged liner and lashings of mascara I'm always on the hunt for a good eye make-up remover. Panda eyes? No thanks! I'm excited to try this Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover by Clarins, especially as it is for sensitive eyes. It's such a cute dinky bottle that fits easily into my wash bag.

This Bobbi Brown Illuminating Moisture Balm sounds like the perfect night out cream to pop on under your foundation, and give your skin that summer glow. I'm very excited to use this, as during our holidays we tend to pack in as much as we can, so by night I'm feeling a little exhausted!

Another Illuminating cream.... can you tell that I love these yet? It probably seems a tad excessive but I just couldn't decide which to take along so thought, seeing as it's a staycation and there's no luggage restriction, I may as well take all the ones I want to! Again it has SPF 15 in, which again, is perfect for summer.

 I've also packed two sheet masks, that I'm not sure if I will get time to use but thought it would be a nice way to relax if I do!

What are your favourite travel products?

4 July 2017

Weekly Wanderings #4 | Project Garden & Derbyshire Walks

This week has been another busy one, Monday was spent sorting out the house and getting all our uniforms ready for work, a bit boring, but busy all the same!

Tuesday was more exciting as I had a lunch date with one of my friends in the day, then a Blogger event at Tortilla in the evening, to sample some of their gorgeous Burritos & Taco's. A day full of food, who doesn't love that?!

It was such a good night learning about Tortilla and its tasty food, I left with a full tummy and ready to write my post all about it.

The rest of the working week was spent....well working!

So on to Saturday, which was such a glorious hot day that meant we even managed to have breakfast outside! I've been loving spending time in our garden this year, especially now that we have started Project Garden, turning it into a tranquil, pretty place to spend time. I've been having a go at growing flowers and so far, so good! I'm looking forward to planting bulbs later in the year ready for next spring, and have even been thinking of having a small fruit and veg patch, though I'm yet to decide on this but the idea of fresh strawberries in the summer is very alluring.

I'm so happy that my current flowers are now sprouting new heads! If you'd have told me this a few years ago I would have laughed and denied any interest in it, but I've been glued to the RHS website trying to find ways of keeping my plants going, and also looking ahead to new garden plans for next spring. For project garden phase 2 later this year and into spring next year I plan to have a rose bed at the bottom of our garden, and also create borders either side, full of varying height plants. I'm hoping to grow some foxgloves, sweet peas, alliums and daffodils in them next year. I will continue growing my pretty potted dahlias, and our climbing plants. Though one seems to be doing better than the other at the moment! So if any of you are interested in gardening keep your eyes out for my Project Garden updates, I am definitely a beginner to all of this so any advice would be appreciated!

Sunday was an exploring day, it was another very hot, sunny, glorious morning and we wanted to make the most of it. We packed up our picnic basket and headed off to Dovedale in the Peak District. It's somewhere I've visited a lot and it's perfect for lots of walking. We dropped off our car in a nearby field that was offering parking, and set off on foot towards the river. We grabbed a raspberry ripple ice cream on the way to keep us fuelled, and set off on our walk to Milldale. Its a little over 3 miles there, so just shy of 7miles round trip.

The scenery is gorgeous, and we love spotting birds, especially after watching Springwatch! We managed to catch a glimpse of a Dipper and Grey Wagtail which was lovely.

It was such a nice walk, albeit very hot! We were so tired when we got back to our car that we decided to eat our picnic in the boot! We just couldn't bare walking all the way back down to the river again. We packed lots of yummy food such as strawberries, grapes, sandwiches, edamame beans and arancini pesto balls. It went down a treat after all that walking.

So ends another week, Hope you've all had a good one!
Hope you all have a good week!


23 June 2017

Tortilla Blogger Event | Intu Victoria Centre, Nottingham

I was recently invited along to Nottingham Intu Victoria Centre for a Blogger event at Tortilla in celebration of their Gingerella Burritos! Tortilla is a Cali-Mex restaurant made in Burrito heaven.

 I have never actually eaten at Tortilla before so I was really excited when I saw the email in my inbox inviting me along for try out their food.

  When I arrived at Tortilla I was warmly greeted and shown to a long table, adorned with ice buckets of Gingerella (the star of the show) Nachos with various dips and balloons. I was with some lovely fellow East Midland blogger ladies so the atmosphere was relaxed and chatty and we got stuck into the Gingerella and nachos whilst we waited for every one to arrive.

Once we were all seated, and had munched some of the tasty chips, we had a talk all about Tortilla.
Tortilla began in 2007 with their first store opening in Islington, London. They wanted to create the best Californian Burritos over here in the UK and they now have 33 restaurants, two of which are in Nottingham. A lot of their Californian roots can be seen within the stores today, starting with the d├ęcor. There are rustic wooden tables, panelled walls and signature red tiles. Fun fact about those red tiles, is that they are actually symbolic of the San Francisco bridge, which goes to show the level of thought that has been put into every aspect of Tortilla. We were given some information about Tortilla, from what ingredients they use, to some fun facts and their latest mouth watering treat, Gingerella Carnitas. Yup Ginger ale infused burritos for the month of June! The pork is marinated in the Gingerella and then slow cooked until it is melt in the mouth tender. What's really amazing is that 10p from every Gingerella Carnitas purchase is donated to charity, which I think is such a lovely thought. By the reaction of the other bloggers I can see the combination is a big hit!

Being a vegetarian I was made my own Tacos and Burritos to try. The ingredients are so fresh and full of earthy, spicy flavour, it was scrumptious - though I am yet to master eating a burrito gracefully! We had some Gingerella to go with it, which was absolutely delicious and refreshing, it helped wash down all that food nicely.

A meal wouldn't be a meal without a cheeky cocktail, and the Frozen Margarita's we were given were an absolute delight! If it wasn't a Tuesday I could have easily had another. Speaking of drinks, they even had a huge chandelier made from Corona bottles, we were told they were beers for chandeliers! It not only looked incredible, it also mars nicely with Tortilla's sustainability values.

We were kindly given a gift bag to take home with us which had a can of Gingerella, some hot sauce and a gift voucher for a free burrito, which I will look forward to using on my next visit! Have you been to Tortilla? If so will you be trying out their new Gingerella?


6 June 2017

Weekly Wanderings #3 | Beer Festivals, Warwick trip & Garden Projects

This weeks Weekly Wandering post starts randomly on Thursday. There's method to my madness, I forced my husband out on a walk after finishing work as I wanted to get out in that lovely sunshine, little did we know we would stumble on a beer festival! So I thought I had to include that in my weekly wandering post.

We enjoyed drinking various ciders and ales in the sunshine surrounded by some gorgeous scenery. One of my favourites was the Rhubarb cider, which is so tasty and refreshing after a long walk!
We'd enjoyed ourselves that much that we decided to go back again Friday, this time for a cheeky pizza too!

It was amazing to be able to sit outside with no jacket! We plonked ourselves on the grass and chatted away for a while, munching our pizzas and stopping for more cider. Once the sun had gone we headed inside the barn to listen to the band play until it was time to go home. One of my favourite things about summer is the long warm nights spent outside in good company.

I spent the weekend working, but me and my husband both had bank holiday Monday off and decided to treat ourselves with a trip to Warwick for the day. The weather, as all bank holidays, was wet. Never the less we made the most of it!

Warwick is such a beautiful place, every corner we turned there were gorgeous houses, pretty flowers and plenty of history. I marvelled at the floral clad houses, with bright coloured doors. We spent some time marvelling at it's sheer beauty before heading into a tea room (surprise, surprise) called Thomas Oken's.

We managed to snag a window seat so we could watch the world go by below. Mr H decided to go for salmon and scrambled egg on toast, whereas I decided to go for a classic scone. We both opted for a delicious cold lemonade, as despite the rain it was actually quite warm!

Once we'd finished our food we decided to head over to Warwick Castle to explore. Mr H loves history so he was particularly looking forward to this, especially after I'd forced him to wander the streets looking at pretty houses!

I didn't snap too many pictures, 1. due to the rain and 2. not wanting to spoil anything for future visitors. There is a lot to see and do inside Warwick Castle. We went into the dungeons, watched a birds of prey display, marvelled at some jousting, and took a trip back in time to see how Warwick castle became what it is today. All of it was fascinating, and there were so many families around that we said we would love to come back again when we have children. It's the perfect place to visit for people of all ages.

Tuesday came around and I had brunch with my lovely friends, its nice when we can get together and catch up as it can be very difficult to organise! I had some 'Posh Porridge' which was absolutely divine, but extremely filling.

The rest of the week was spent working as usual, which brings us to the weekend, everyone's favourite part of the week. Unfortunately this weekend summer seems to be having a break, and we have had some very wet weather. Being us, we decided it would be a good time to make a start on part one of our garden makeover. Madness I know!

After numerous trips to B&Q, B&M and The Range, we are starting to see some progress! I'm toying with the idea of doing a complete blog post on our garden, from what our future plans are, what we are doing in part one of our project, my beginners gardening efforts etc. so if that's something you might like then please let me know!

We spent most of Saturday painting the fence and I had bought some wooden planters that I've painted a gorgeous pale green to match our gate that I've also painted! My husband probably shudders every time I buy something and say I'm going to paint it!

 Sunday saw us buying our plants and some other decorative accessories to try and make the space more homely and inviting.

We bought an arch that I am dreaming of growing pretty entwined flowers up, but my days, it was the hardest thing to build! We wiled away the hours before ending the weekend with pizza and a catch up with my family.

What have you been up to this week?
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