Wednesday, 25 July 2018

My Blogging Gadget Wishlist

I've been blogging for a few years now and one thing I've noticed is the amount of gadgets I need to use to keep it up. I need a laptop, phone and a very good camera. New gadgets are released on the market all the time so I seem to have a never-ending wish-list. I have also had my fair share of gadget blunders. I've lost a camera to a concierge who dropped it on the floor whilst taking our picture and I have very recently lost my laptop to my daughters dropping a glass of water on it! It's made me realise that any future gadgets I tick off from my list, I need to make sure they are covered by Switched On Insurance.

1) An Apple Macbook
Top of my list is a new MacBook to replace my broken one. I found it so easy to use and navigate that I don't think I'd want to change to another make.


2) A Drone
I'm always envious of the incredible footage that bloggers and vloggers can capture on their videos through using a drone. We travel a lot and I think a Drone would be the perfect addition for us to capture those special moments.


3) A Fitbit Versa
This isn't really a necessity for my blogging life, more of a necessity for my own personal wellbeing. Being a working mother, who also blogs, most of my days are chaotic and I often forget to look after myself. This watch has many features that would help me to look after my own wellbeing through exercise, breathing, relaxation etc.


4) iPhone 8
There really isn't anything wrong with the current iPhone I have, I would just like to upgrade it so I get the more enhanced camera. I use my phone daily to take pictures so a good camera is essential for my blog.


5) Olympus Pen
I'm always on the hunt for a new camera and lots of bloggers use the Olympus Pen. I've read great reviews about it so its on my list.


What gadgets have you got your eye on? Do you have any insurance for your devices?

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Best Ways to Spend a Romantic Honeymoon in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

The Middle East isn't your typical choice for a honeymoon destination. It's usually used as a few day stopover, on route to another country such as Mauritius or the Maldives. However, there are an array of romantic things to do in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi which make them an ideal destination. There are lots of choices for a honeymoon in The Middle East, available with Destination2, which you can view on their Homepage.

Below are a list of must do's to make your romantic honeymoon extra special:

Dubai

1) Hot Air Balloon Ride
Watching the sunrise over the beautiful never ending sand-dunes will provide an experience you'll never forget. 


2) An Evening Cruise on Dubai Creek
Nothing screams romance more than an evening cruise surrounded by the night sky and beautiful lights.


3) An Overnight Desert Safari 
From riding camels and watching the sunset to stargazing after an evening show. An overnight safari is a unique experience for lovebirds.


4) Enjoy an Evening Meal at The Burj Al Arab
Dubai provides an excellent base for culinary fans with every cuisine on offer that you can think of. For a special treat, book a meal at this iconic hotel.


5) Enjoy a Spa Day
The Palm boasts many luxury hotels which can provide relaxation and serenity. Enjoy being pampered together for a day of tranquility.


Abu Dhabi

1) Enjoy a Romantic BBQ on the Beach at Emirates Palace
This incredible hotel makes for a perfect backdrop for a date night. With delicious food on the menu you'll be sure to want to return.


2) Visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque
This is an iconic place to visit whilst in Abu Dhabi where you'll get to experience the culture and beauty of The Middle East.


3) Have a Picnic in Al Safa Park
A picnic is such a romantic experience and this place is not one to miss.


4) Get an Adrenaline Rush at Ferrari World
For an experience like no other, take a ride on the fastest rollercoaster in the world. Ferrari World is a playground for thrill seekers. 



5) Go Pearl Diving
Pearl diving is part of the Emirati heritage. Any pearls that are found can be kept which would make a lovely souvenir from your honeymoon.


Have you been to Abu Dhabi or Dubai? What would you suggest to do on a honeymoon there?

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The Celebrity Cup at The Celtic Manor

One of our favourite hotels in South Wales is The Celtic Manor Resort. We often go there for afternoon tea and we've spent wedding anniversaries there too. The hotel itself is renowned for its world class golf offerings after hosting The Ryder Cup in 2010 so when I was asked if I'd like to attend The Celebrity Cup, I had to say yes.




I'll be the first to admit that I've never actually watched golf. I've dabbled in playing a few times but that's as far as my knowledge stretches. I wasn't sure what I'd think of the event but knowing that both my husband and I enjoy outings to the hotel, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to watch a game. 



The Celebrity Cup is played over 2 days by an array of celebrities in 4 teams from Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England. Teams go head to head to raise vital funds for Velindre Cancer Centre.

This year's teams are listed below.

Team Wales:
Gethin Jones               
Team captain and presenter
Jonathan Davies
Presenter and former Welsh rugby player
Gareth Edwards
Welsh former rugby union player
Ieuan Evans                  Former rugby union player and Sky pundit
Scott Quinnell
Former rugby union player and Sky pundit
Phil Glenister
Actor (Life on Mars)

Team England
Bradley Walsh
Team captain, actor, singer and presenter
Mike Tindall,
Former England rugby player
Peter Jones
Dragon’s Den entrepreneur
Kelvin Fletcher
Actor (Emmerdale)
James Anderson
International Cricketer
Graeme Swann
Former England cricketer

Team Scotland
Rory Lawson
Team captain and international rugby player
Max Evans
Rugby union player
Thom Evans
Model and former Scottish international rugby player
Grieg Laidlaw
Scottish rugby union player
Jenni Falconer 
Presenter
Stuart Hogg
Scottish rugby union player

Team Ireland
Brian McFadden
Team captain and Westlife band member 
Ronan Keating
Boyzone band member
James Nesbitt
Actor (Cold Feet)
Keith Duffy
Boyzone band member and actor(Coronation St)
Brendan O’Carroll
Actor, Mrs Brown’s Boys
Danny O’Carroll
Actor, Mrs Brown’s Boys
Jennifer Gibney
Actor, Mrs Brown’s Boys


We arrived at the event and my first impression was how beautiful the course was. I've never really thought of a golf course as being in a pretty setting but this one was stunning. It had sweeping views of South Wales and beyond and of course the hotel as a backdrop. We really lucked out with the weather. It was clear skies and sunny, making for ideal conditions to soak up the atmosphere.




The first thing we did was head to the food tent after being enticed by the wonderful aroma. There were a few different things to choose from but we opted for the Cen pop up (which is an Asian restaurant based in the hotel). The food was delicious and the portion size was just right.

There were plenty of drink offerings but we opted for a jug of Pimms, which was perfectly refreshing in the hot weather.

We then watched the golf. We followed the players around the course and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it (although I was worried about being hit In the head with a ball).




The amazing Red Arrows also did a 'fly past' which was spectacular

Team Wales were crowned this year's Celebrity Cup winner's after beating England 14-12.




Overall, we enjoyed our new experience. It made for a lovely day date. We would return again.





*Thank you to The Celtic Manor Resort for inviting me to attend the event. I wasn't asked to write a post but I have written one. All view and opinions are my own*
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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?




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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.

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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*



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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*



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