Tuesday, 17 July 2018

What I Wore in Disney - June

One thing I love about when we go to Disney is planning my outfits. I recently started Disneybounding and you can read about my very first Disneybound which was a Mickey Mouse inspired outfit here, Mickey Mouse Disneybound

Our last trip to Disney was at the beginning of June. We only had 3 days there this time but that included the Fandaze event. I managed to wear 4 different outfits whilst we were there.

On our first day we had lunch at Auberge de Cendrillon which the girls thought was amazing. We had matching Alice in Wonderland dresses on, from the Disney X Cath Kidston range. They are perfect for summer months in Disney as they are quite thin. Lots of the cast members commented on them so my girls were extremely happy.

On our second day hubby and I wore our twinning Monster's Inc t-shirt's from Popcorn clothing. I am obsessed with them. They are great quality and wash well. I paired mine with customised ears from Hannah Marie Magic. If you follow me on Instagram then you'll know how much I adore Hannah's creations. The majority of my ear collection are from her shop.

In the evening it was the after hours Fandaze event. We decided to honour Moana so both of the girls wore their costumes and I did a Moana bound. My ears were again by Hannah Marie Magic and my top and shorts were from Primark. It was quite hot that day/eve so a Moana bound was ideal.

On our last day I wore an outfit which I bought in Disneyland Paris. It was from the Minnie Mouse fashion range. I'd bought the top and skirt earlier in the year and then managed to get the cardigan in June with 50% off plus my annual pass discount on top of that, so it ended up being an absolute bargain.

What was your favourite outfit out of the 4 I wore?


Saturday, 14 July 2018

5 Ways To Bring More Travel Into Your Life

If you’re someone that always looks at other people’s travel adventures and wishes that you could do that yourself, it might be time to do something about it. Do you think about travel more and more lately? Do you wish that you could see more of this beautiful world? Well, the most exciting news for you right now, is that you can. You really can! If you want to travel more, you always have the option to do it - you just have to bring it into your life. Now, when you have a family, this can seem harder. But again, it’s not impossible. Traveling more could just be to go on a trip for that year (when you never get to), or to go on a few extra breaks. Or it could be something like taking your family around the world. If that’s what you want to do, then here are five options to help you.

1. Prioritize It

So the first thing you have to do, is to actually want to travel more. If you’re saying that you wish you could go on more holidays, but you’re spending money on clothes and going out, then you’re just not that serious about it. Instead, you need to make sure that you’re making the idea of travel a priority. If you don’t, it will always stay a dream instead of a reality.

2. Allow Time For It

Next, you just have to make sure that you’re allowing time for it too. If you’re always packing your schedule with playdates and work functions, then you’re not really making room for travel, are you? So instead, you’re going to want to start getting a bit smarter with your schedule and really making sure that you have some time to plan in trips or breaks when you can.

3. Cut Back On What You Spend

Next, it’s all about money. You just have to get smarter for it. If you are spending everything you have on everything else but travel, then you’re not going to make it happen. So work travel into your budget, but money aside for it, and then you’ll be in a much better position to actually start traveling more.

4. Take Advantage Of Offers

It’s also important for you to be thinking about the offers that you can utilize in order to get better deals on travel. If it is the price that holds you back, then look for branded offers like First Choice voucher codes or collect points to get the deals you need. This will then make it easier for you to travel.

5. Incentivize Yourself

Finally, a great way to make sure that you start to travel more, is to really incentivize yourself. If you feel as if you want to go on more holidays or get more opportunities to travel, you need to really motivate yourself to make it happen. So why not write yourself a travel bucket list? It can help you to know where you want to go. Then, you could also create a vision board so that it motivates you to make it happen too.

*This is a collaborative post*


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Looking after number one at John Lewis

Being a working mum can be pretty tiring and rather stressful. I constantly seem to be busy. If i'm not washing clothes or taking the kids somewhere then I am working a long 10 hour shift. Not only that I suffer with Post Natal Depression (PND). You can read one of my posts here, This is PND for me. I've openly discussed my PND journey across my social media so if you're a regular reader you will know that I am not very good at putting myself first and indulging in self care. I am getting better at it and I now able to recognise when I am becoming burnt out and overwhelmed before it is too late.

I was delighted when John Lewis Cardiff invited me to join them for a well-being Yoga morning. Knowing how busy i've been, this sounded exactly like the mummy me time I needed. 

John Lewis is aiming to promote and improve the well-being of its customers by providing a one stop shop for everything you need to relax, destress and indulge in some TLC. Whether that's with a makeover, a hand and arm massage, a shopping trip with a personal stylist, some new gym equipment or simply a coffee and a cake, they aim to maximise your mood.

I was gifted with a fantastic new gym kit from John Lewis and Shock Absorber of a top and cropped trousers to wear to the Yoga Class. I've never tried their gym range before and I must admit I haven't taken them off since. The trousers are very comfortable and supportive. 

The Yoga class was a small, intimate class led by local instructor Lorraine. The room was beautifully set and I immediately felt calm and relaxed. The session lasted around 45 minutes and I really enjoyed it. I'm not the most flexible person but it certainly cleared my mind. It was a great way to start the day.

I was then treated to a healthy breakfast in the John Lewis restaurant along with some refreshing fruit tea's whilst watching a demonstration of the Nutri Bullet.

My pampering didn't end there. I was then given a lovely hand and arm massage by the ladies from Liz Earle. I'm a big fan of their products, especially their cleansing hot cloth. The products they used smelt amazing.

I really enjoyed my morning of well being. It helped to remind me to look after myself and practice mindfulness too. I came away from the event feeling positive and ready to take on the day. 

You can check your local store for a list of their events here, What's on.

*Thank you to John Lewis Cardiff for inviting me to the well-being event and gifting me a goody bag. All views and opinions are my own and as always are truthful*


Sunday, 8 July 2018

We're Konfidence Swimologists

We are so pleased to announce that this year we are Konfidence Swimologists. Throughout the year we will be working with Konfidence and putting their swimming products to the test. I will also be sharing lots of travel tips and swimming and sun safety tips. 

This is a dream collaboration for us as both of the girls are water babies but in different ways. Eva adores the water but lacks confidence. She is quite frightened but she is determined to get past it. She is always in the pool on holiday and asks if she can go swimming every week so i'm hoping that working with Konfidence will increase her own confidence. 

Ophelia on the other hand thinks she is Moana. She will gladly run and jump into any pool and she shows no fear. I'm sure this love of the water is due to her spending the first 3 months of her life in Australia and living in her nanny's pool. I haven't quite decided whether her confidence is a good thing or not. As parent's we have to have eyes in the back of our heads with her. I'm hoping that being A Swimologist will help her learn about safety in the water. 

Let me tell you more about the brand:

Konfidence are Europe's leading dedicated designers and manufacturers of baby swimming and learn to swim products for children and adults. The brand was established in 1998 so this year marks their special 20th anniversary. Konfidence have one multiple awards and are loved by celebrities, bloggers and families alike.

As part of being Swimologists we got to head to Alton Towers to try out all of our new products. Look out for my posts about that incredible weekend coming up over the next week.

I have a 10% off discount code running until the 31st December 2018 so if you need to buy anything to survive the heatwave or get ready for summer holidays then use code Swimologist234

That's not all. I also have an amazing £50 voucher to spend at Konfidence up for grabs. Enter the giveaway using the rafflecopter form below.

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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

A few simple lingerie buying tips

Lingerie is great for making sure that you always look and feel your best. It really does not matter whether you a super skinny, curvy, big busted or flat-chested, tall or short, you can now find lingerie to suit you. Firms like www.simplybe.co.ukhave seen to that. Long ago, this firm recognised the fact that not all women are five foot five and a size 10 or 12. They and several other retailers now make a great range of clothing that is designed to fit today’s women. All you have to do is to get out there and find out what looks good on you. To help you do exactly that I have put together some lingerie buying tips.

Getting the fit right
The first thing you need to do is to measure yourself and work out what body shape you now have. As we age, our bodies change shape quite a bit. Mine certainly has, especially after I had my girls. So, over time you are going to need to change the size and style of the lingerie you wear.
Before you measure yourself I suggest you read this article. It explains how to take all of the measurements you will need.
Consider mixing and matching
In many cases,you will discover that your top half is a totally different size from your bottom half. As we age, most of us get far more hippy. If this is the case, just shop around a bit and find a retailer that offers you the chance to buy your panties and bras separately rather than as a set. Don’t be afraid to mix and match items from different collections. There is no rule that says all of the items you buy must match exactly.

Try your new lingerie on properly
When you get your items home try them on again to double check that it all fits. If you have a special outfit or two that you are planning to wear, try these on over the top. This will enable you to check that the line of your lingerie does not show up under your clothes. It will also allow you to make sure that nothing cuts in, which can easily create unsightly bulges.
Be adventurous
Don’t be afraid to try on different items, sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised by what suits you now. There is something to be said for getting curvier. Curves are sexy especially when you dress in lingerie that accentuates them yet providesa good level of support.
Opt for quality
Once you find a style that works for you stick with it and invest in good-quality pieces. After just a couple of washes,cheap lingerie tends to lose its shape and no longer offer an adequate level of support.
Treat yourself to a new dress
Once you have bought the right style of lingerie for you, why not treat yourself to a nice new dress to wear over the top. If you are looking for inspiration why not take a look at my LBD article.
*This is a collaborative post*


Monday, 2 July 2018

Me and Mine Project - June 2018

June has been such an exciting month for us. I think it's been the best month we've had so far this year. We had something exciting to do every week.

You can catch up with my last Me and Mine update which was April here, Me and Mine April which included a lot of Disney pics. Well spoiler alert, guess what this update is starting with.

Over half term week, which was the end of May and the beginning of June we went to stay in a Eurocamp in France which we loved. You can read my review here, La Croix du Vieux Pont. It was about a 1 hour 20 minute drive from Disneyland Paris so once again we used that as an excuse to make the most of our annual passes. We went for the day on the Friday and we also went to the exclusive Fandaze party on the Saturday night. It was great. Walt Disney Studios was open from 8pm - 2am with lots of unusual meet and greats, parades and the rides were open. We had to meet our favourite character which is Mickey Mouse as he was wearing a special Fandaze costume. Annoyingly this was the only family picture we took.

The girls surprised us and stayed awake for hours. They both loved it especially the Ducktales parade. 

This month we've also signed up to the Disney Incredibles 2 - 24 hour challenge which encourages us to participate in 24 hours of exercise over the summer, together as a family. So far we've done some yoga and swimming. You can sign up to the challenge too by clicking here, 24 hour challenge. Every time you log a time you'll be entered into a weekly prize draw to win prizes. You can also post pictures of you and your family on instagram and tag myself @kerrylouisenorris and @disneyuk and use #disney24hourchallenge to win a £150 voucher. It's a great way to keep active over the summer. 

Towards the end of the month we had a weekend away in Alton Towers which was incredible. Arwyn and I haven't been since we've had children. On the Friday night we stayed in the Splash Landing's hotel and on the Saturday we stayed in the Cbeebies hotel. We had such a good time. we managed to get on all the rides we wanted to. The 'smiler' was mine and hubby's favourite.

It's the first time we've seen the girls really playing well together and enjoying each other's company. It was just lovely to see. They joined in Cbeebies activities together and they even got on stage together. 

On the last day we went to the waterpark which was great fun although Ophelia was very unsure at first. I went on one of the rides and ended up with the biggest wedgie known to mankind but it was all in the name of good fun.

We have a few exciting things in July so i'll have to remember to get some family shots.

Together this month we've loved:
  • The Heatwave
  • Ducktales
  • Ice cream
  • Cbeebies Land
  • BBQ food
  • Swimming

The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Eurocamp Review La Croix du Vieux Pont

A few weeks ago we went on a family holiday that changed my opinion of a camping/caravanning holiday forever. We were invited to stay with Eurocamp at La Croix du Vieux Pont which is in close proximity to Paris. 

We've been on a few camping/caravanning holiday's in the UK and usually I can only handle a weekend as I find them quite stressful. However, 5 nights in France was completely the opposite. 

Eurocamp has over 170 locations across Europe, with parks based near mountains, lakes and beaches there is something that will suit every family. We chose La Croix du Vieux Pont as it was close to Disneyland Paris. We have annual passes for Disneyland so it was the perfect base for us.

Booking with Eurocamp was easy and stress-free. The website is easy to navigate and once you have confirmed booking they take the hassle out of making sure everything is ready for you. They booked our ferry crossing, sent us emails to remind us about what we needed to do to comply with driving laws in France and much more. They also organised a welcome pack and a linen pack which was saved us vital space in the car (these are available for a small charge).

The drive and ferry crossing went smoothly. If you're ever put off driving in France, don't be. Their roads and motorways are much nicer than ours. 

We arrived at the campsite and were instantly impressed.The drive in was particularly pretty. We did have a slight problem when checking in as we went to the reception which we then realised was a reception for the entire campsite (there are different companies on the site not just Eurocamp). The lady wasn't helpful in telling us the correct way to go to find the Eurocamp reception and the signage wasn't very clear on where it was. However, once we found it, the Eurocamp staff couldn't have been more helpful. They told me everything I needed to know about the site and gave me a map to show me where our accommodation was. the reception area had a selection of board games, outdoor games and books which you could borrow during your stay which I thought was a nice touch.

We were staying in a 2 bedroom Avant holiday home which was alongside the lake. We were very impressed about the fact that the holiday home seemed private and quiet. There were high bushes separating each one so you didn't feel like you were looked upon. Parking was next to the holiday home which was ideal for unloading the car.

The Avant had an outside veranda which was large. It had a few chairs and a dining table and chairs. Most of it was also undercover which would mean you could still sit outside on rainy days. There was also a couple of sun loungers and a BBQ outside. 

My first impression when entering was that the living space (the living room/kitchen) was quite small but actually it was more than big enough. There was a small dining table which folded out to become larger. We never ate on this table as we always ate outside. We used it for playing games and colouring etc. There was ample sofa seating around the table which was comfortable. There were 2 large storage cupboards, one with cleaning facilities inside. 

The kitchen had everything we could need including a fridge freezer, microwave, hob, oven, kettle, coffee machine, toaster and all tableware and utensils. We cooked a few times in the kitchen and we also used the BBQ.

Both bedrooms were a good size. The main bedroom had access to the bathroom. It had a double bed and we were amazed at the amount of storage that was available. The girls' bedroom had 2 single beds and again had plenty of storage. We took quite a lot of stuff with us as there were 4 of us and we didn't even fill up half of the storage space. It certainly didn't feel cramped, contrary to my initial thoughts upon arrival.

The bathroom was a good size. It had a toilet, sink and a shower. There were shelves and units to store your toiletries.

The camp itself is beautiful. There are plenty of things to do such as archery, climbing, zip-wires, cycling, pedalo's, soft play, bowling and paddle boarding to name a few. There are also a few different park areas. Eurocamp run kids clubs of their own which Eva loved. She only went once but kept asking if she could go again.

There is a man-made beach area which was great. It wasn't very deep so the girls had a great time splashing around. 

The swimming pool facilities were fantastic. They were undercover, heated and open so it was wonderful in there with the sun shining through. There were 4 different pools with sun-loungers, jacuzzis, splash pad and slides. We all enjoyed our time at the pool and never wanted to leave. There is a spa onsite but sadly I didn't have time to try it out. 

There is an onsite shop and bakery which is very handy. We also drove to a Carrefour express which was about a 10-15 minute drive away to stock up on food and drink.

La Croix du Vieux Pont had a few different restaurants/bars to eat in. We ate in the main restaurant twice and both times we were very impressed. The staff were friendly, attentive and wonderful with the children. The food was delicious. On the first night we dined there I had a huge bowl of mussels which were so good that the thought of them is making me salivate. 

The main bar had entertainment every night such as children's disco's, bingo, talent shows and more. We spent most of our evenings either at the beach or at the parks which the girls were more than happy with. Once they were asleep, we would enjoy a bottle of wine on our veranda. 

We drove to Disneyland Paris twice which takes about 1 hour 20 minutes each way. There is a coach that leaves from the camp that you can book onto if you don't fancy driving.

The only negative we have to say about La Croix du Vieux Pont is the Wifi. I know the idea is to spend time together but both hubby and I did have work that we had to complete. There isn't free wifi but even after paying for it, it still wouldn't work properly. It's something to keep in mind if you needed fast, unlimited internet etc.

We truly had the most fantastic time. So much so we are looking to book and return over the summer holidays. Normally when I stay in a holiday home or a caravan, I never feel like i've had a break but I can honestly say, I felt relaxed and chilled. Watching Eva and Ophelia enjoying nature and each other's company was just perfect. We made memories that will last a lifetime. 

Keep your eyes peeled for a diary post of our stay and a youtube video coming very soon.

*Thank you so much to Eurocamp for arranging our stay for us in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own*

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