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‘A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better.’

 

It is no secret that Quinn and I are just wishing for our little rainbow. We lost our daughter Luna in June 2018 and whilst nothing, or no-one will ever replace our beautiful first born baby girl, we are now starting to feel ready to look to the future and realistically start planning for our little rainbow.

We know we have a long, hard journey ahead, as I imagine falling pregnant after a loss will be hard, scary and exciting all in one, but we’re slowly starting to feel a little stronger and the thought doesn’t feel as scary as it did a few months ago!

We aren’t putting any pressure on ourselves, but equally we want to be as organised and prepared as we can be, which is why I have been doing lots of research all about the Ava Bracelet.

I have been tracking my cycle and fertility on apps ever since losing Luna, just to try and figure out my bodies pattern, but to be honest, they just don’t seem very accurate. That’s why I like the idea of the Ava Bracelet, it is clinically proven to track your cycle in real time and give you accurate results.

You wear the bracelet at night whilst you sleep, the way it works is so clever! It collects data based on your skin temperature, pulse rate, breathing rate, heart rate, movement and sleep pattern etc to determine when your 5 most fertile days will be. Each morning you sync your bracelet to the app to see insights about your cycle. It just means you have really accurate data based on your own body’s movements.

It is really easy to set up too, you just download the Ava app from the App store or Google Play Store and create an account. Then you follow the simple instructions to sync your Ava, it will need charging for a couple of hours’ first, then you are ready to go!

When you put the Ava on at night, it vibrates to confirm it’s ready to track your patterns. You can start using it at any time, it will then gather all of the data and start accurately tracking your cycle.

It’s very early days at the moment, I have been wearing my bracelet for two weeks, it has worked brilliantly so far! It is so interesting reading all of your data in the morning, even just for the sleep patterns. It can even track how stressed you are, which is a big thing when you are focussing on trying to conceive.

It’s reassuring to know that Ava are tracking everything for me, it really does take so much stress away! I know that when the time is right, Ava will be our little helping hand on the next stage of our journey.

If you would like to try Ava, I have a discount code for £20 off. If you use hannah20 you will be able to purchase your Ava for £279 here.

Thanks Ava! Hannah xo

Blog post in collaboration with Ava Women, all views as always are my own.

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It’s that time of year again! This is the Luxury Childrens gift guide!

From unique luxury swaddle blankets, to fun felt christmas stockings, you’ll find beautifully unique gifts which any kid will enjoy receiving.

Happy Shopping!

Amely Stars Bean Bag by Nobodinoz | £78

This is just the softest, comfiest beanbag ever! It creates a special little place for little ones to perch for a snack or enjoy a favourite book or film. Ideal for creating a soft area in a playroom or bedroom but stylish enough to earn a place in the grown-ups’ living room too. Made from durable cotton with removable covers to cope with eventual spills and stains. Matching Teepees available too!  Dimensions: Length 115cm, Width 77cm, Height 77cm.

Woodland Muslim Swaddle Blanket | £20

Perfect for someone who is planning a woodland theme nursery or an autumn baby. Large cotton swaddle blankets printed from Michelle’s original illustrations. Large, soft and perfect for swaddling your baby. They are 100% cotton and 120 cm x 120 cm.

Alice Flamingo Head with Wings | £69.95

 We all love Flamingos right? Especially Alice the Flamingo!

Alice is a delicate pale pink with multi layered, delicately stitched outstretched wings. She wears a festival inspired pink feather crown, decorated with dainty flowers. Fine needle felted details to her face and beak combined with tonal layers of pink appliqué feathers, bring the most gorgeous Alice to life!

Head and body measures approximately 50cm x 30cm – wing to wing 35cm. Beautifully presented in a pretty organic, cotton drawstring sack.

 Personalised Ribbon & Fringe Hoop | £22.50

The hoop can be personalised to include a name or word of your choice. The design is cut from oak veneer and then fixed on to linen ribbon. It is then carefully framed in Modo Creative’s Yorkshire studio. Ideal for any childs room or nursey. They’re available in a grey, pink or blue linen ribbon. (I want them all! The grey is lush.)

Dress Up Animal Felt Christmas Stocking | £39  

These handmade dress up animal Christmas stockings, ready to be filled with goodies, bring a dose of charming personality to your Christmas.

The perfect Christmas stocking for children, these little animals make such a sweet gift for the festive season, and will make Christmas Eve feel extra special!

Personalised Rocking Woolly Mammoth | £125

This soft and furry Mammoth rocker is sure to be your child’s favourite toy! With a sturdy wood base for a smooth ride, the rocker will be a welcome playtime friend. Personalise your own woolly mammoth rocker with any line of text of your choice too.

 

Set Of Four Farmyard Friends Soft Knit Baby Rattles | £20

Hand-knit baby rattle set for boys and girls! Made from the softest of cotton knits, this set of four farmyard friends – donkey, cow, lamb and pig – comes in a striped cotton basket. Sure to provide hours of entertainment!

Carson The Lion | £12

Strong and courageous. Carson will watch over your little one each night and be by their side through every adventure.

A wonderfully unique Bank-Lyon toy, suitable from birth and most importantly…machine washable!

New Baby Gift Box | £59

The perfect gift to welcome a beautiful new baby into the world! The gift box Includes a super soft white fleece blanket, panda rattle x 2 (foot & wrist), panda booties, leaf print bandana bib & white bandana bib, leaf print muslin & white muslin square, burts Bees mini beauty treat for Mum and loofa in a cotton wash bag, essential oil bath salts for Mum, wooden bunny door hanger & keepsake gift box.

Enjoy spoiling all the little humans in your life!

Hannah xo

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It’s that time of year again! This is the ULTIMATE christmas gift guide!

From unique diaries and planners, to personalised bags, you’ll find beautifully unique gifts which anyone will enjoy receiving.

Happy Shopping!

 Cotton Woven Wall Hanging | £35.99

Maisons Du Monde have so many perfect gift ideas, it’s so hard to choose just one…I’ll take one of everything please! I could spend hours looking through the website, I get lost every time!

My favourite for the winter season is this woven wall hanging, it’s the perfect way to spruce up any empty space with a modern bohemian look!

 Personalised Cross Body Bag | £49

This handy little bag is perfect for days out or weekends away, it’s an ideal size for travelling! Made from a soft grain leather and available in 12 beautiful colours. You can personalise it too, to make it an extra special gift!

 Personalised Geometric Christmas Wreath | £35

Complete your home this festive season with this beautiful geometric Christmas wreath featuring your choice of family name! This beautiful Christmas wreath will look stunning on the front door or on the wall above the fireplace. Choose from our mirrored silver or mirrored gold acrylic.

Available in gold or silver. (I went for gold!)

 Miami Beige Pom Pom Clutch | £45

Embellished with fun handmade conrasting pompoms, the Miami Beige Clutch will add a vibrant pop of colour to your holiday wardrobe in the hot summer months.  Plus it has a waterproof lining, to make it the perfect travel companion!

The Deluxe Pamper Box | £54.95

Give someone the gift of time to relax and indulge. Containing the most indulgent bodycare products, this collection is for someone who deserves a luxurious pamper session in the comfort of their own home. Our Leathergoods and Bodycare products are all carefully made in the UK. This collection is designed to be personalised for a gift that will stand the test of time.

 

 2019 CEO OF MY OWN LIFE Planner | £46 Each 

This elegant and stunning 2019 daily planner is designed especially to encourage more work/life balance by prompting you to organise and plan for every area of your life: business & career | home & family | health & fitness | you with gratitude and positivity in the middle of it all. They are the ideal gift for Christmas!

They come PERFECTLY gift wrapped, I gasped when I opened the packaging. Such a pretty parcel!

 

Personalised Leather Family Travel Wallet | £44

This leather travel wallet is great for family adventures.  It’s large enough to hold all of our passports! It is decorated with a world map and our family name on the front. You can add a personalised message on the back too!

  Made from glazed cowhide you can choose from tan, turquoise blue or apple green.

 Mackeller Tartan Recycled Wool Blanket | £35 

The Mackellar tartan’s muted tones make it the perfect addition to any colour scheme. Soft greys and camel browns make up the base of the tartan, with bolder greys highlighting the pattern. The Tartan Blanket Co’s recycled wool blankets are an absolute favourite! Featuring purled fringed edges, these blankets are warm, durable and generous in size. Available in a variety of tartans, you will be sure to find the perfect one to match your mood or style.

 

 Gracie Herringbone Mule Slipper | £45

Whats better than a beautiful, stylish slipper? A beautiful, stylish AND comfortable slipper! You have just that with these Gracie Herringbone mule slippers with a memory foam footbed and a genuine Shearling wool lining.

All LazyDogz slippers come in a beautiful free gift box with a branded gift tag and black ribbon, making them the perfect gift for any occasion! In addition,  from every pair of Lazy Dogz or Beach Dogz sold, a £1 donation is made to Manchester Dogs Home – How amazing is that!

 Bisou Signature Candles | £29

Bisou Candle Co have 6 signature scents. They’re a sequence of sophisticated notes to transform your space. Crafted to entice your senses and take you on a journey to a lovingly familiar time. Handmade and gently developed.

 Personalised Cake Delivery | £14.99

How amazing is this! You can order a cake and design it yourself using Bakerdays. You can design it all online, exactly how you like and ship it to your recipient! Such a great idea. They have lots of designs to choose from too. The best thing is, it fits through the letterbox, you don’t even need to be at home to accept the delivery!

Biggar Gin |  £32.95 Juniper Club

Biggar Gin are a family business started and owned by two brothers. They have such a great philosophy.

‘Biggar mentality is all about a small scale, rare, batch philosophy that reflects a passion, ambition and taste which is big. From our home at the foot of the Tinto Hills by the Scottish town of Biggar local botanicals have inspired us to think big. Our local town has always welcomed innovation while respecting its past. It punches above its weight. We hope you agree that Biggar Gin does too!’

…No christmas is complete without a gin cocktail! Here is my favourite winter spice recipe for 2018.

2 ounces gin – 2 ounces tonic water – ½ ounce spiced simple syrup – ½ ounce orange juice – 1.5 cups ice

Moon Phase Necklace | $85.44

This moon phase necklace is a real eye-catcher. The light reflecting charms of this moon phase necklace are made with argentium silver, a purer silver than sterling and 100% recycled. The full moon charm measures approx. 8mm x 8mm.

Vacation Club Ladies Jumper | £34.99

This cute jumper will keep you warm in the crisp of autumn and look ultra fashionable and the envy of your friends. Ideal for your holiday this year where your jetting on on a trip around the world or just island hopping for a few days!

Jumpers are availble in a selection of colours with white vinyl lettering. Glitter colours upon request.

Embroidered Black & Cream Make-up Bag | £9.99

A personalised make up bag with thin black and cream stripes which can  be embroidered with the name of your choice in a gorgeous and on trend
copper embroidery thread, is a must have beauty gift that will be loved by the recipient.

This personalised makeup bag is made from natural cotton which gives it a high quality feel and makes it a great accessry for your handbag when
on the go!

Cruelty Free Vegan Beauty Box | £19.95

They started as a subscription box with a goal of making it as easy as possible for subscribers and non subscribers to buy Cruelty Free & Vegan products they can try & love all in one place! They know that not everyone wants to sign up straight away and wants to be able to try a one off box or buy one as and when they wish! That’s why you can either just buy one box for £19.95, or subscribe for 3 months for £43.50 or 6 months for £84.

✶ Fairytale Floral White Wooden Keepsake Box | £24.99

This stunning Personalised Fairytale Floral White Wooden Keepsake Box is perfect for storing all of life’s little treasures!

This wooden keepsake box can be personalised with 1 line of text up to 12 characters and with an additional line of text of up to 20 characters.

Luna’s Legacy Charity Christmas Cards | Pack of 9 | £5.50

These are our daughter Luna’s charity christmas cards. We are raising money for our local hospital to help build a baby bereavment delivery suite. If you are local to me, I can drop them off! Drop me a message on Facebook and I can try and get some to you! (The above link will head to my Facebook)

Click here for Luna’s story

What is top of your wishlist this year?

Hannah xo

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Thurlstone Hotel | Luxury Hotel & Spa in Kingsbridge, South Devon

If you ask me what my favourite season is, hands down I would always say winter, but I think I’ve changed my mind! I am all for Autumn nowadays. The beaches look so beautiful with the autumnal colours in full swing! Even in the wind and the rain Devon looks amazing. (Yes, we were in Devon when storm Callum hit!) The bad weather didn’t stop us though, we had a lovely spa to look forward to after the blowy-beach-madness!

Firstly, I need to tell you how beautiful Thurlstone is. It’s just the cutest little village. It’s nestled in-between Bantham and Hope Cove (two v.pretty spots!) The drive into Thurlstone is really pretty; imagine thatched cottages, winding roads, a typical English pub….and you’re in Thurlstone! The walks are all stunning too, it is the best location to explore Bantham Beach, Thurlstone Beach and Hope Cove. We drove over to Salcombe (20 mins) & South Milton sands (10 mins) too – They’re really close! There are just so many options to choose from, you’ll be totally spoilt for choice!

We spent the first day exploring Kingsbridge, Bantham & Thurlstone beach. I would definitely recommend getting a national trust parking pass if you plan to drive, as otherwise you will end up paying quite a lot in car parking. Each beach is around £5, even if you only want to go for quick walk!

We spent the second day exploring Salcombe and Hope Cove – WOW THEY’RE PRETTY PLACES! It is places like these that make us wish we lived by the sea! Just so beautiful and that was in the rain too, imagine in the sunshine!

Where did we stay?

We stayed in The Thurlstone Hotel. It’s just everything you need and more. We really wanted a weekend to relax and that’s what we did!

There are so many cute, cosy spots around the hotel. The lounge has sea views, a bookcase of dreams and a cosy sofa with tea and cake on tap….That’s a winner for me! I could have easily spent all day in there.

They have SO many festive activities coming up, I will seriously have to keep coming back!

November 24th: Festive Murder Mystery Dinner £50pp

December 6th & 13th: Ladies Lunch & Christmas Wreath Making (THE DREAM!) £24.95pp

December 1st – 21st December: Festive Afternoon Tea £19.95pp

The rooms are incredible, we had such a pretty room with a sea view. The bed is SO comfy too, we were in bed by 7pm ready for XFactor to start! (Could it get any better?!)

Pretty much wherever you go in the hotel you will have amazing views. The restaurant is no exception! It’s such a beautiful setting. They’ve been voted ‘South Devons Best Restaurant’ – You can really see why.

They have lots of different menu options, including an amazing 7-course taster menu.

They also have the Village Inn next door, it’s a little more casual. It has a real gastropub kind of vibe. They serve great local ales too…Which of course Quinn loved! (Whilst I sat with my afternoon cuppa!)

We spent lots of time together in The Voyage Spa. It has a really lovely atmosphere. Quinn made the most of the sauna and steam room, whilst I sat reading my book and having a little occasional swim! It is so nice to switch off from the world!

Quinn went for a Swedish neck, back and shoulder massage (£39) and I went for a manicure. I haven’t had my nails done for soooooo long so I fancied a little treat! I had the express mani, which is £28. You get to keep the nail varnish they use too which I think is a really lovely touch! Quinn loved his massage, he has never had one before. I think we’ve started something new, he is obsessed!

                                                                                                                                                        

We’ve had such a lovely weekend away. We only had time for one night over the weekend this time, but it has certainly left us wanting more!

Enjoy! Hannah xo

                                                                                                          

Blog post in collaboration with The Thurlstone Hotel & Voyage Spa.. All views my own as always!

 

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It might be 3 months until Christmas, but it is only 2 months until you can open the first door on your advent calendar!

The 1st December marks the start of the countdown to Christmas, let the excitement commence!

Here are some of my 2018 favourites, whether you love crisps, candles, beer or cheese….There is an advent calendar for you!

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Winter in Venice Advent Calendar £49.99

What a great way to start your countdown to Christmas with this gorgeous Advent Calendar filled with a collection of toiletries in five signature scents. Behind each door lies a handy travel size toiletry product from vitamin enriched lotions, body butters, shower gels, bubble bath, fizzers, and salts. Also, all of their toiletries are free from sulphates, parabens, minerals, paraffins and DEA. The PERFECT advent calendar for someone who loves travelling!

Buttermilk Fudge Advent Calendar £14.99

Behind each door you’ll find an assortment of individually-wrapped treats along with fun festive charade challenges! Enjoy Mince Pie, Rum Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread crumbly fudge. You’ll also get an indulgent bar of Caramel Sea Salt fudge covered with milk chocolate.

Christmas Tree Beer Advent Calendar £85

Remember the childhood excitement of opening a new advent window every morning and the anticipation of enjoying what was hidden behind it? Well now you can recreate that but with something a lot more fun; delicious British beer! The only beer Christmas tree in the world!

Pringles Advent Calendar B&M £8

The calendar has 12 doors to countdown to Christmas, where you’ll find a 40g tub of Pringles behind each one! They come with a range of popular Pringles’ flavours including original, salt and vinegar and sour cream.

Yankee Candle Fold Out Advent Calendar £34.99

This festive Advent Calendar is full of sparkle and festive flair. Beautifully boxed for gift giving, this clever calendar opens up to reveal a magical holiday scene.

Aspen Forest Wooden Advent Calendar £29.99

Inspired by the frosted forests of Aspen, the white mini calendar cabinet is snow dusted and adorned with woodland silhouettes. With 3 LEDs radiating a warm white glow, this whimsical Christmas decoration will transport you to a magical winter wonderland in no time!

Candy Kittens Advent Calendar £12

Life’s too short for boring advent calendars! Welcome to the most gourmet, vegan advent calendar you’ll ever eat. Chocolate is so last year anyway.

Marshmallow Advent Calendar £15

The World’s first gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar returns – and it’s even better than last year!

Behind each door, you’ll find sumptuous alternating flavours which include: Salted Caramel, Candy Floss, Strawberry Cream, Gingerbread, Mint Choc Chip & S’mores! The milk chocolate spoon behind door 25 will make a delicious real hot chocolate drink and includes a classic Vanilla Bean marshmallow to be dropped on top, dunked, or just scoffed – we won’t judge!

The Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar completely SOLD OUT last year, so please don’t leave it too late to order.

Personalised Dog Advent Calendar £24.50

Treat your four legged friend to a personalised dog advent calendar wreath. Make your dog’s Christmas extra special!

This is Ruby the Puggle….You can imagine the fun we had trying to get this shot! What you can’t see is my moms hand teasing her with treats LOL!

Christmas Coffee Advent Calendar £40

Don’t let the kids have all the fun this advent! This coffee advent calendar is full of 12 different coffees (so two of the same coffee will be in your calendar); one for each day leading up to Christmas Day! And this time, for all you real coffee fanatics, our advent calendar is available in WHOLE BEAN, meaning you can grind it down just to how you like it!

Personalised Luxury Fabric Advent Calendar £79.50

Luxury king size embroidered fabric advent calendar is the perfect way to count down the days and make precious memories. An heirloom piece to be enjoyed year after year, this will become part of your family Christmas traditions.

 Scandi House Advent Calendar £34.99

A gorgeous scandi style, soft fabric Advent Calendar in a house design is a great alternative to a chocolate advent calendar that can be used year after year.  This gorgeous house shaped advent calendar will soon become a Christmas favourite as the whole family gets involved in the countdown to Christmas!

L’Occitane Beauty Advent Calendar £49

L’OCCITANE’s much-loved beauty Advent Calendar is back for 2018!

Indulge a loved one or treat yourself to a luxurious pre-Christmas gift with the L’OCCITANE Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar presenting a new gift each day with everything from shower gels, shampoos, soaps, eau de toilette.

Illustrated by the fashion house CASTELBAJAC Paris, this Beauty Advent Calendar features 24 of our most loved products, and is the ideal way to countdown to Christmas. Don’t miss out, this annual favourite sells out every year!

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I can’t wait until December 1st! Have you seen any other cool advent calendars this year? Which one is your favourite?

Hannah xo

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Are you looking for a quiet, authentic, traditional Spanish getaway? You can experience all of that & more in Majorca, flying from Doncaster Sheffield Airport!

Streets of Valdemossa

Flybe fly twice a week to Majorca from DSA (Doncaster Sheffield Airport!) with really good flight times making it the perfect weekend getaway.

DSA is just the dreamiest airport to fly from. Imagine an airport with easy car parking, no queues, easy check-in, quick efficient security, a premium lounge with all the food/drink options you could ever want, all of this along with friendly staff with constant smiles on their faces…You just wouldn’t think it was possible would you? They really are the best bunch of people. This is my fourth time flying from DSA, I just wish I could fly away with them EVERY.SINGLE.TIME!

They have recently been ranked the best airport in UK, for third time this year! You can really see why. They just get it right everytime.

READ MORE: Relaxing? An Airport? Surely not?….Flying from Doncaster Sheffield Airport is exactly that!

Airport staff celebrate the award.

We’ve been to Majorca a few times, but we have always stayed in the typical tourist resorts. This time we wanted to do it differently! There are some beautiful little hidden gems in Majorca and we were determined to find as many as we could!

Cala Boquer Beach

We stayed in Soller in the 1902 Townhouse. It’s perfect for exploring Soller and the surrounding areas. We hired a car to really be able to explore as much as we could in three days, we managed to cram a lot in as always!

Soller is somewhere we’ve always wanted to go, it certainly didn’t dissappoint. It’s got a great atmosphere with a real traditional feel to it. They’re lots of festivals throughout the year too, where everyone comes together to celebrate!

Streets of Soller

Valdemossa is one of the prettiest villages in Majorca. It’s set amongst the Tramuntana Mountains, wherever you look you will see something beautiful. It’s only about 30 minutes from Soller with a very picturesque view along the way!

Streets of Valdemossa

Streets of Valdemossa. Plant goals!

Streets of Valdemossa

Deia is another spot that’s been on our list to visit for some time, it’s much smaller than Valdemossa & Soller, but definitely worth a stop. There are some lovely spots for lunch and more Spanish streets to explore!

 

Streets of Deia

How beautiful are Majorca’s beaches? We came here to explore the mountains, but we couldn’t resist a stop off at this little treat! That’s what makes Majorca so perfect, you can explore the mountains one day, then the beach the next! This is Es Trenc beach, which is south of the Island. It does get quite busy in peak season though, but we managed to get a quiet little spot at the end of the beach (…FYI the more you walk, the more nude it gets!) It’s 7 Euros to park your car for the day. Bring a picnic, have a swim and enjoy the stunning views!

Es Trenc is about an hour away from Soller, so its worth planning a day there to really make the most of it.

Es Trenc Beach

Es Trenc Beach

Es Trenc Beach

We met friends in Pollenca to spend a day exploring, we walked from Pollenca to Cala Boquer beach which is absolutely beautiful! It’s about an hour walk through the Boquer Valley to reach the cove, it gets quite steep towards the end but we walked it fine in our flip flops! (Probably would of been more sensible in trainers though!)

The cove is really quiet, I guess because you have to walk to it, it puts people off. There really is nothing better than an empty beach, especially in August!

Cala Boquer Walk

Just a little further North from Pollensa is Mirador es Colomer, the views are insane! I would recommend walking Cala Boquer in the morning, spend some time at Cala Boquer beach, before heading to Mirador Es Colomer in the afternoon. You could then spend the evening watching the sunset over Cap De Formentor!

Mirador Es Colomer view

Mirador Es Colomer view

Fornalutx is pretty rural village just 15 minute’s drive away from Soller, there is a walk you can do from Soller to Fornalutux which is meant to be beautiful, but we were tight on time so we just hopped in the car.

Fornalutx has been voted one of the prettiest villages in Spain in 2017!

We managed to squeeze so much into three days but as always it has left us wanting more! There are so many places to explore in Majorca, We’d love to go to Es Torrent de Pareis (It’s a gorge in the bay of Sa Calobra) Port d’Andratx, Portocolom & Mondrago National Park.

 Until next time, fly away with DSA! http://flydsa.co.uk/ 

Hannah xo

Blog post in collaboration with Doncaster Sheffield Airport. All views are my own, as always!
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Thanks to all of you amazing people, we’ve raised £30,305!

We can’t believe it, thank you for all of your help supporting us and being by our sides since the start. We couldn’t of done any of it without you.

We’re stronger together ❤️

The hospitals target is £50,000. We’re now looking at ways to help them achieve their goal to build the baby bereavment suite as soon as possible.

We have £20,000 to go!

Here are the local newspaper articles…

Stourbridge couple hope ‘Luna’s Legacy’ can build hospital suite for bereaved parents

Luna’s Legacy event raises £25,785 to build suite for bereaved parents at Russells Hall Hospital

Can you help? DONATE HERE

or TEXT QHLS80 £2/£4/£6/£8/£10 to 70070

I will say it one more time…..and I am sure I will continue to say it for years to come, but T H A N K Y O U 🌙

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Santorini has been on my bucket list for quite some time, I’m so glad I finally managed to tick it off the list…It was everything I expected & more!

The one thing I didn’t expect is how small the island is! You can pretty much get from one end to the other within an hour (unless you get stuck behind a quad, which is highly likely ha!) This was such a last minute holiday; I hadn’t had chance to do as much research as I usually would.

I’d looked at all of the different places to stay in Santorini & after having a little look at other reviews/blogs, I’d decided Oia &  Imerovigli would be best! I like to be within walking distance of everything whilst I’m away, it just makes it so much easier not having to worry about getting around. I’d also heard how busy Oia is, so being within walking distance of Oia centre is ideal to be able to avoid the crowds at peak times! Fira is another one I looked at, but as Fira is the capital I just imagined it to be super busy, that wasn’t something I wanted for this trip.

OIA 

For the best views of Oia, head to the castle where you’ll find the most beautiful panoramic shot, you can see so much, I could have sat there all day watching the world go by!

The blue dome churches are a must, in fact, this shot is one of the most iconic photo spots in the whole of Santorini! Now, of course with that, come the crowds of people. What you can’t see in pictures, are the other 20 tourists queuing for the same spot, tourists climbing on parts of the churches which clearly say “no entry” “no climbing” or “private property” or tourists with endless selfie sticks poking you in the eye. (…Which is why I prefer Imerovigli, but more about that later!)

This picture was taken at 12pm, but I decided to go back the next day at 5:15am to watch the sunrise & experience the view without as many people, don’t get me wrong it was quiet but I was surprised at how many people were there so early, we certainly weren’t the only ones! I tried going at sunset too, but that was a mistake, It’s the busiest time by far as everyone gathers at Oia Castle just around the corner to watch the beautiful sunset…and boy is it beautiful!

The sunsets in Oia are stunning, most people gather at the castle, but we enjoyed it from the luxury of our balcony. It gets soooo busy around the castle. If you can, try and get yourself a hotel with a nice balcony, or views of the Caldera if you prefer to watch the sunset in peace & quiet together, you’ll pay a little more for the luxury but it makes such a difference!

 

There is something magical about the churches in Santorini, the one above is by far my favourite, it’s towards the bottom end of Oia, leading back towards the main road heading towards Imerovigli. Most people don’t walk that far along, it was lovely & quiet there, with lots of nice spots for a vanilla milkshake!

One of my favourite things about Oia, is no matter which corner you turn, you’ll see something beautiful. It really reminded me of Venice. You can just wander around with no idea where you’re going, then all of a sudden 4 hours have passed! It’s really hard to get lost, so just have a nice relaxing stroll & see where you end up. There are so many beautiful shops too, I’m a sucker for cute, quirky unique shops & they’re everywhere!

IMEROVIGLI

…W O W! What can I say, its so much quieter than Oia with equally (if not better!) views. We stayed directly in-front of Skaros rock, so we had views of the Volcano, Oia, Fira, Thirissa & Ios, it was amazing waking up to views like that every day. Plus of course, it made the sunsets 10 times better!

The churches are much quieter too. Anastasis Church is the main Church in Imerovigli, it has a really pretty bell tower.

It has such amazing views of the island, especially the cruise ships heading in & out of Fira.  

  Imerovigli is much smaller than Oia, but it’s just as fun to wander around getting lost. I walked to Fira too, it only took about 40 minutes, the views are of course amazing the entire way. Definitely worth it. 

I drove out to Perissa Beach on one of the days, I was going to hire a quad for 50 Euros a day, but decided to hire a wrangler jeep instead, that was 90 Euros for the day. Most people hire quads to get around, but I’m an accident waiting to happen most of the time, so thought the jeep might be a better, safer option!

 

 

If you’re thinking of heading to Santorini, do it! I went in July, which I wouldn’t do again just because of how busy it is. I imagine May, June, October would be much quieter! You can make a trip of it by heading to Athens, Mykonos or Ios too, it’s so easy to get around on the ferry, I’d love to head back to Greece soon to explore more. Santorini is just the start!

Enjoy, Hannah xo

 Hotels: Maregio Suites Oia, Fileria Suites Oia & Casa Florina Imerovigli

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It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we’re writing this blog post, there will never be a right time to post this…

Last week, on June 8th we welcomed to the world our beautiful baby lion cub, but her little roar wasn’t loud enough to see her through.

We’re empty, numb and overwhelmed with grief & sadness.

We met her, cuddled her, kissed her, slept next to her & said our long, hard goodbyes. The hardest thing we will ever have to do.

The love & happiness she has brought us in her short life is indescribable, that’s something we will never forget & will hold on too forever.

We will never forget you, our first born, our beautiful baby girl, loved so much from the very first moment.

Wherever I am, there’s you. ♡

We love you to the moon & back.

….Little Luna Swancott xxx

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Luna’s Story:  Luna gave us so many happy memories that we never want to forget, from the moment we found out we were pregnant we were over the moon and started planning for her arrival straight away!

I can’t even begin to tell you the love she has given us in such a short space of time. She made our wedding day the most special day to remember. We were secretly 3 months pregnant, then we announced the pregnancy in our speeches. That was one of the best moments of our lives, the love and happiness filled the room, we will cherish that moment forever!

(watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-6l-gX2mBc)

 

 

Luna was born just 3 months after our wedding at 6 months old on Friday June 8th. We’ve never felt so many different emotions. Heartbroken, scared, devastated, broken, sick, anxious but excited to meet our little girl and give her a big cuddle all at the same time.

We were booked into Russells Hall Hospital, delivery room 20 on Tuesday 7th June knowing we would be delivering our little girl sleeping & walking out of the hospital with empty arms.

Knowing the heartbreak we were facing, we presumed we would be in a specialist room, away from other mothers-to-be, however this sadly wasn’t the case.

Delivery room 20 has the same facilities as every other room on the ward. We could hear other babies being born next door, other babies crying, we just didn’t expect to have to experience that, it’s something we didn’t prepare for.

We blocked it out, focussed on Luna and tried to cherish the limited time that we had together. We knew in that moment, that we needed to make the most of the short time we had together as a family, we needed to try and cram a lifetime full of memories into just a few hours. We have never felt love like it, our hearts could have literally exploded!

Luna was so beautiful, she had the longest legs & feet (like mine!) and the tiniest little nose & ears, just like Quinn’s. We spent a couple of hours sleeping (Quinn in a chair)  before our family arrived to meet her.

Our families arrived, then a lady came into our room to offer us a cup of tea, on her way out she shouted behind her ‘oh, congratulations too by the way!’
We were stunned, we didn’t know what to say, we just looked at her speechless.  We didn’t have the heart to tell her what had happened, but why should we? She should know that. We shouldn’t have to explain.

This is why the baby bereavement campaign is so important & why we are so determined to improve the facilities to help other families going through the same heartbreak. This is such a sensitive situation, it’s a time of our lives which we will never forget, it will stay with us forever. Which is why it’s so important for hospitals to get this right.  It is important that parents can come away with as many happy memories together as a family, in a calm, safe & supportive environment.

This is where your help comes in, to help us achieve the appeal to be able to help families in the future…

THE APPEAL:
– Raise £30,000 to develop room 20 into a specialist bereavement delivery suite.
– Install soundproofing.
– Improve the environment in which families spend time adjusting to the death of their baby.
– Adding home comforts, such as a double bed to allow the family to sleep together.
– To invest time into specialist staff training to ensure families receive the right support.
– To help families with resources to have photos, handprints & keepsakes to be able to leave the hospital with as many precious memories as possible.

You can see it really is something that is desperately needed, we’d like to do all we can to help Russell’s Hall develop this much needed facility.

Wherever I am, there’s you ♡

We want to celebrate & remember Luna’s life forever, she’s our daughter & has left such a big space in our hearts.

We want her to be remembered, talked about and loved, the same as any other baby would.

We want her to make a difference.

With your help, we can do it. Supporting baby loss together.

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I’ve been so excited to head down to Dorset ever since reading all about the Jurassic Coast in a magazine a couple of years ago, it’s been on my wish list from that moment. I am so glad I found the perfect weekend for it, the English weather has been on my side for once!

Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove have been voted two of the most beautiful spots in the UK, I am sure you can see why! The beaches of Dorset really are beautiful.

“the ultimate playground for the lovers of the outdoors”

I am sure you all know that I love nothing more than researching the best place to stay. Well, after doing lots of research, I luckily found availability in my No1 choice, Durdle Door Holiday Park! The location is totally amazing, I mean, could I get any closer? (I was in the third row back, in Holiday Home F6!)

From the second I arrived, I immediately felt at home. It probably helped that I had my dressing gown, hot chocolate & slippers in tow of course! (…I’m all about the home comforts!)

I had the best little spot, although all the homes are in a good location, I liked being so close to the walking paths leading to Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove.  It was super peaceful & quiet yet just a 10 minute walk to Durdle Door & a 25 minute walk to Lulworth Cove.

Holiday Home Gallery

Holiday Home Gallery

The holiday homes really make it special! It is so nice to have your own space to relax in after a busy day walking along the coast. It makes such a difference having your home comforts, I even bought my own pillow with me, although I didn’t need it because the bed is comfier than a 5* hotel!

…It’s so lovely to be able to sit outside in the fresh air & have the BBQ going too.

I had a 2 bedroom (1 double, 1 twin) Holiday home, which looked brand new. They are so modern and chic, totally not what you expect for a typical ‘caravan’ holiday.  The place is spotless too, I have never seen a shower so clean!

There is a fully fitted kitchen with gas cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, en-suite in the main bedroom, living/dining area, central heating, electric fire, TV, DVD player, patio area & parking for 1 car.  You can even bring your dog with you, check it out online or call 01929 400200

Talking of dogs, I can’t believe how dog friendly everywhere is! You can take your dogs on the beach with you, plus you can stop at The Dolls House for a dog friendly ice-cream…How cute!

Cove Cottage (Sleeps 6)

You could also choose to stay in one of the many cottages, they’re lovely little cottages sleeping 2-14 people. You could also stay in a Camping Pod if you are feeling more adventurous!

What’s in the area?

Durdle Door: Is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. It’s around a 10 minute walk from Durdle Door Holiday Park, with great views along the way! There are plenty of spots for a picnic & of course for a swim in the crystal clear waters.

TOP TIP’S & MUST DO’S

 1. Wear shoes as the pebble’s aren’t ideal on bare feet. (I wore sandals, after 2 minutes of walking on the pebbles in bare feet I was begging for a piggy back from Quinn!)

2. Make sure you have everything you need before you head down to the beach, as it is a steep walk back to the top if you have forgotten something!

3. Arrive early. We arrived at around 9am & the beach was really peaceful. From around 11am it was getting quite busy at the bottom of the beach stairs, if you keep walking you’ll be sure to find a quieter spot though, just make sure you have your shoes!

4. Stop for photos overlooking Man O’ War Beach, it is a great spot!

The path to Durdle Door

Overlooking Durdle Door

 

The lookout over Man O’ War Beach

Lulworth Cove: It has such a cute little village on the beachfront with gift shops, cafe’s, restaurants & of course, plenty of places for an ice-cream! You can reach Lulworth cove really easily from Durdle Door Holiday Park, it is a stunning 20 minute walk along a stunning Coastal path! We spent the morning at Durdle Door, then walked over to Lulworth Cove for the afternoon. You can drive if you don’t fancy the walk, its only 5 minutes away & the car park is right by the cove, so if you struggle to walk it is a great option. (That was me on day 2, pregnancy got me!)

TOP TIP’S & MUST DO’S

 1. Wear shoes as the ground is un-even in parts, it is much comfier in sturdy shoes.

 2. Make a stop for handmade fudge, afternoon tea or an Ice-cream at The Dolls House (They have so many amazing Ice-cream flavours! I had candy floss flavour…YUM!)

3. Try The Boat Shed, we had fresh fish & chips on the beach for dinner as the sun set, watching the boats go by…It doesn’t get better than that!

Overlooking Lulworth Cove

The path from Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Castle: This really is a fairytale Castle! It was originally built in the 17th Century as a hunting lodge to entertain royalty, however it has recently been restored by the Weld Family to continue being a beautiful part of History! They hold weddings & special events here too, with the next big event being Camp Bestival, which is an amazing family festival 26-29th July.

We spent 3 nights at Durdle Door Holiday Park, 5 nights would of been ideal. There is so much more to see & do in the area!

Any Questions, let me know. Happy to help as always.

Hannah xo

Blog post in collaboration with Durdle Door Holiday Park. All views my own as always!
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Casa La Concha is a beautiful boutique 10 room residence located minutes between Marbella & Puerto Banus.

The views are insane, behind Casa La Concha you’ll see the backdrop of the La Concha mountains, take a 15 minute stroll and you’ll find the beach. It’s in the ideal spot!

You can find a tour of the villa HERE

 

I often find whenever I stay in Villas, they’re totally tucked away in the middle of nowhere. The great thing about Casa La Concha is that when you’re inside you feel like you’re in the beautiful Spanish countryside, yet you’re minutes away from Marbella Old Town, Marbella & Puerto Banus. That’s perfect for me as I love to explore & experience the culture, but have the option to be able to relax in the afternoons & evenings. (Although I found myself relaxing there all day, it’s just the best. I seriously didn’t want to leave!)

There are so many cute, quiet areas to relax in too. Whether you want to lay by the pool, under the gazebo, or take part in the yoga classes…You’ll find the perfect spot!

The thing I love so much about Casa La Concha, is how chilled out and friendly it is. My flight was 2 hours delayed which meant I was due to arrive at 1am, it was absolutely no trouble for Alex, she stayed in contact the entire time & welcomed me with some snacks & a drink.

The villa is a beautifully restored Andalucian Finca, It blew me away as soon as I walked in! Straight away I felt the sense of being at home, I had everything I needed in the room. I didn’t even need to unpack as the toiletry selection had everything anyone would ever need! (Cleansing wipes, moisturiser, perfume, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, cotton pads & soap)

The rooms are truly beautiful, they’ve all been decorated with a french-chic rustic theme, which feels really fresh & modern. I stayed in Michelle which had a double bed, his & her sinks & a huge private terrace with a dining table & sofa area! It was so quiet & private.

Continental breakfast is served in the main house, or out on the terrace. There’s a great selection of fruit, yoghurts, cereals, pastries, bread, cheese & cold meats. It’s generally served between 9:15am – 12:00pm too, which is a great excuse for a nice lie in!

They offer really lovely lunches too, with a healthy, homemade twist!

Alex, Aidan, Helene & the team have a real passion for leading a healthy, relaxed lifestyle.

There was a yoga class the morning we arrived and they often host special pilates & yoga retreats. They have a beautiful massage pavilion hidden away at the bottom of the garden too!

 

Theres a self service bar outside by the pool, which has fresh water infused with fruit, plus there is tea & coffee. It’s a nice way to stay refreshed throughout the day.

 

The location is just perfect, we found some lovely little restaurants in Puerto Banus and of course lots of spots for an ice cream along the beach! There are plenty of things to keep you busy, if hiking is your thing, you can take a hike up La Concha Mountains. If you love golf, there are golf courses in walking distance. If you love shopping, you’re sorted! There’s so much to do in Marbella. You can do as much, or equally as little as possible.

 

I honestly wouldn’t change a single thing about Casa La Concha, it’s perfect! The best setting for a little weekend away. My only regret is not booking for longer! It’s in such a good location to explore the Costa Del Sol.

Ronda is a place I’d really love to visit when I come back, It’s only about an hour away from Marbella. It looks so charming! I would of taken the day if I had more time to explore, but this little break was definitely all about relaxing!

Casa La Concha has certainly left me wanting more, look at me already planning my next trip!

….With such cheap flights from the UK, I’m sure I’ll be back in no time at all!

You can contact Casa La Concha HERE

Hannah xo

Blog post in collaboration with Casa La Concha Boutique Hotel. All views my own as always!

 

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This year has been crazy so far, It’s been non-stop! From Birthdays, to Hen Do’s, to Weddings, to Babies….Life never seems to slow down! In fact, the older I get, the busier I seem to be!

We all need a little weekend to relax, I am not usually one to get excited about relaxing, but this weekend I can’t tell you how excited I am!

The Malvern– I am ready for you!

The Malvern is a 4-star boutique hotel in Worcestershire, set amongst the beautiful Malvern Hills. It’s such a pretty part of the world!

 I’m booked for 1 night based on a ‘Deluxe 1 Night Spa Break’  Including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast & 1 Hour treatment.

…Who wouldn’t be excited for a little weekend away in the countryside, full of pampering, relaxation & great food?!

I arrived at The Malvern for a 3pm check-in, the staff were fantastic! Super friendly and gave me a quick tour…. I couldn’t get into my robe & slippers quick enough! I headed straight down to the Spa to start enjoying the pools & the treatment rooms.

They have so many different treatment rooms to choose from, from thermal rituals, to ice treatments, they have a great range of facilities to suit everyone! They feature a Crystal Steam Room, Salt Grotto, Herb Sauna, Kelo Sauna, Foot Spa, Ice Fountain & The Bucket Shower.

My absolute favourite thing was the indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy pool, I spent most of my time swimming in and out, relaxing in the different bubble massage areas! It’s such a lovely atmosphere and the perfect place to chill out. The pool is heated to 35 degrees, the dream way to spend a weekend rejuvenating!

I chose to have a Facial too, which was incredible! It was the most relaxing Facial I have ever had, my skin felt totally amazing afterwards, so good I went for dinner with my face and hair still covered in oil…LOL! A lovely lady called Alexandra did my facial using Elemis products, she explained everything she used in detail & gave me some great advice on how to look after my skin in future too, as she noticed my skin was quite dry.

The great thing about the Malvern is you have everything you need in one place, which means roaming around in your robe and slippers is totally acceptable! (My favourite thing to wear!!)

After spending the afternoon relaxing, it’s time for dinner! The menus are incredible & really great value for money, I was so surprised by the standard of food! It really is a la carte dining.

I had Ham Hock to start, Cod for main & of course…. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert!

They have a lovely bar area too, where you can grab a drink and take it into the pool areas during the day, or relax with a G&T over dinner!

I had the best time at The Malvern and would return in a heartbeat! The outdoor pool really is amazing & they have so many unique features. I love that everything is in one place & the staff are just brilliant, nothing is too much trouble!

Can I come back this weekend please?!

 

 

Hannah xo

Blog post in collaboration with Malvern Spa. All views my own as always!
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One of the best decisions we ever made was hiring the amazing Wes, from ‘Wedding Memory’ for our wedding videography.

He has been totally brilliant from start to finish. We barely knew he was there throughout most of the day, yet he has captured all of our favourite memories!

Being able to re-live special moments over & over again is something we really love to look back on.

…In fact, since Wes has sent over our preview video….We literally can’t stop watching!

You can watch our special day HERE

Love, Hannah & Quinn <3

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It has been a super busy year so far, some of you may of noticed we have abandoned travelling for a while.

It has all been for a good reason!

We got married on 30th March 2018 and also made a very exciting announcement…

WE’RE PREGNANT! Baby Swancott is due 13th October 2018.

It’s been so crazy organising the wedding and soaking up our amazing news, that blogging has taken a back seat, although we do have lots of exciting trips coming up! Especially our Honeymoon in June….WE’RE BACK IN THE GAME!

Here is our announcement video, I can’t stop watching everyone’s faces. Their reactions are brilliant! https://youtu.be/9-6l-gX2mBc 

We will share our wedding photos with you all when we receive them too.

Here is to our next adventure together <3

…Love the new Mr & Mrs Swancott & bump

<3

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The perfect weekend in Hereford!

I was lucky enough to recently visit the Chase Distillery in Hereford. I’ve been looking at doing a Distillery tour for such a long time so the timing was absolutely perfect!

Chase farm is surrounded by stunning rolling countryside, so I decided to make a weekend of it. They have a beautiful hotel called Verzon House which is just around the corner from the Distillery. They include transport in some of their packages too.

It’s such an impressive farm from the minute you arrive. I was greeted by Chloe, who was our tour guide. She’s ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! She made the tour super special & provided us all with so much information about the Chase Family & the all-important process of creating their Vodka and Gin.

The thing I loved the most & noticed from the very beginning, is how the family is at the heart of everything they do. It’s so special to have William, Harry & James be so involved…So you know when you’re enjoying Chase, you’re supporting a Great British family farm!

They have around 57 team members. Meet some of the team here, including the ‘Head of Decisions’ (I’m intrigued….Adrian, can I have your job please!)

For such a big global brand it is a tight little team working hard creating your drinks from start to finish. Which I think is the most unique, special part of Chase.

“We hand finish all of our spirits. That way we know that a little bit of our passion is transported in that bottle. We hope you love it as much as we do!”

– Chase Distillery

The tour & tasting lasted just over 2 hours. It was engaging, fun & immersive all the way through! The journey starts as you get comfy on the Chase sofa’s and begin to learn about Will’s history & how Chase was born.

You then start the hands-on tour, where you learn about the different steps from Field to Bottle

Step 1:  Potato Farm – It’s here that they grow King Edward and Lady Claire potatoes for the distillery, as well as cider apples for their Naked Chase Apple Vodka and Williams Gin.  It’s this single-estate approach that makes them so different – something you can taste in their award-winning vodka.

Step 2: Fermentation –  They start by mashing up the potatoes and apples, which are all harvested from the fields and orchards surrounding the farm. The apples are sweet enough to ferment naturally, but they add a brewer’s yeast to the potato mash to help it along the way.

Step 3: Distillation – They put the low alcohol wine from the fermentation stage into their bespoke copper batch pot and wait patiently as it’s distilled four times here and twice more in the rectification column. The column is the tallest of its kind in the world, at 70ft it rises through the roof of the barn!

Step 4: Bottling – After distillation, the raw spirit is tempered with water drawn from a source at the heart of the farm. Once it’s reached a much more drinkable 40% abv, they hand bottle their vodka and seal it with a handmade cork. The whole process, from farm to bottle, takes up to two weeks.

Step 5: Making Gin –  Unlike most distilleries, they opt out of buying in a readymade neutral grain spirit. They use either Chase Original or Naked Chase Vodka as the base to Williams Gins. Gin made from Vodka, who knew?

Step 6: Sustainability – As farmers at heart they value our countryside, every inch of it, from field to bottle.

“It’s great fun seeing the raw materials we grow on our farm being turned into products that sit on the shelves of some of the world’s top bars.” Harry Chase, Chase Farmer

There are little tasters along the way, but the real tasting comes at the end where you try four favourite Chase combinations & you have the chance to purchase your favourites.

I adore the Chase Elegant 48 Gin, Chase Rhubarb Vodka, Chase Elderflower Liqueur, William’s Seville Orange Gin, William’s Pink Grapefruit Gin, Chase Orange Marmalade Vodka….Basically all of them, I LOVE THEM ALL!

“Our passion? To bring you the best tasting Vodka and Gin our family can possibly make!

That’s our promise.” – Chase Distillery

I really did have the best weekend! Huge thanks to Chloe & the team at the Chase Distillery. I will be back!

Enjoy…Hannah xx

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  Let Valentines Weekend Be-GIN ♡

Give a little love this Valentines day with Chase Distillery, the gift that keeps on giving!

”Valentines Day is the worst day of the year to suprise your girlfriend with over priced flowers” side note: do not be that person, gin is always the answer

Rose Tea Collins

50ml Chase Vodka

15ml rose tea syrup

15ml fresh lemon juice

Soda to top

Method: Make a rose tea syrup by steeping 3 rose tea bags in 200ml hot water and 100g of sugar for 10 minutes. Then remove tea bags and leave to cool. In a Collins glass filled with ice mix all ingredients and top with soda

Garnish: Rose petals and a wedge of lemon

Grapefruit & Cucumber Bliss

50ml Williams Pink Grapefruit Gin

20ml Fresh Pink Grapefruit juice

 2 slices of cucumber diced and muddled

12.5ml Sugar Syrup

12.5ml Fresh lemon Juice

Soda top

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake with cubed ice. Double strain into tall glass over crushed ice.Garnish with fresh cucumber and pink grapefruit slice.

Negroni Gin Flip

 50ml GB Gin

10ml Campari

1 whole egg

20ml lemon juice

15ml sugar syrup

Method: Add all ingredients except ice and shake. Add ice and shake hard. Strain into a Coupe Glass.

Tropical Twist

40ml Chase Vodka

20ml Chambord

10ml Lavender Syrup

10ml Lime Juice

3ml Cranberry Bitters

30ml Lychee Juice

Method: Mix all ingredients together over ice and garnish with fresh Chinese Dragon Fruit, Watermelon, Lemon Grass and Raspberry.

Happy Valentines Day xo

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Valentine’s day is just around the corner, are you still looking for the perfect ‘Gin to your Tonic?’

….I have the perfect recipes for you, with a super sweet twist!

Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin is floral, zesty and infused with honey & elderflower for a well-balanced and moreish finish.

The range comprises five delicious flavours in addition to the classic Dry Gin: Warner Edwards Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin, Warner Edwards Harrington Elderflower Gin, Warner Edwards Harrington Sloe Gin, Warner Edwards Melissa Lemon Balm Gin and the newest edition, Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin!

Treat your loved one to HoneyBee Gin this Valentines & have some fun mixing up these amazing cocktail recipes together:

Bees Knees

50ml Gin

2 teaspoons honey

10ml fresh lemon juice

20ml fresh orange juice

Garnish: Rosemary and rose (optional)

Glassware: Coupette

Method: Add gin and honey to a shaker and stir until the honey dissolves. Add the lemon and orange juice and top up with ice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a small sprig of rosemary.

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Buzzecco

50ml Gin

10ml Honey

Prosecco

Garnish: Hibiscus

Glassware: Flute Glass

Method: Shake all ingredients together and top up with Prosecco.

Buzzini (Sweet Martini)

60ml Gin

15ml Martini Rosso Vermouth

Dash of orange bitters or a squeeze of fresh orange (Optional)

Garnish: Orange Twist

Glassware: Coupette

Method: Stir all the ingredients over ice (for at least 15 seconds) in a mixing glass and pour into the martini glass, straining out the ice.

Bumble (A twist on a bramble)

50ml Gin

25ml Lemon Juice

15ml Honey

15ml Crème de Mure or Chambord

Garnish: Blackberry and Rosemary sprig

Glassware: Ball glass

Method: Pour the Gin, Lemon Juice and honey into your shaker, half-fill with ice, and shake until ice cold, Strain into an old fashioned rock glass filled with crushed ice. Drizzle the Creme de Mure over the top so it trickles through the ice. Garnish with fresh blackberries and a sprig of rosemary.

 

Perfect Serve

50ml Gin

Mediterranean tonic

Garnish: Lemon with sage (optional), or a slice of apple

Glassware: Ball glass

Method: Pour the Gin over plenty of ice, and top up with Mediterranean tonic. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and a few sage leaves or a slice of apple.

Stockists:

Warner Edwards: https://www.warneredwards.com/gins/honeybee-gin 

RRP £40

Happy Valentines Day Everyone! Enjoy, Hannah x

 

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The winter season has arrived! Let’s celebrate with this seasons hottest new drink trend

….Mulled Sloe Gin!

Here is my favourite recipe:

MULLED SLOE GIN: Serves 8

Ingredients:
1 litre apple juice
Juice of 4 lemons
2 cinnamon sticks
2 sliced oranges
300ml sloe gin

Method:
Add the apple juice, lemon juice and cinnamon sticks to the pan.
Allow to simmer & add the orange slices.
Add the sloe gin and stir.

Then, just add friends! It makes for the perfect festive gathering!

Enjoy.

Hannah x

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Oh. My. Word. How is it December already?!

It’s been 1 year since I started my blog

…and what a fun year 2017 has been!

For anyone thinking of starting a blog, I would say DO IT! I have met so many amazing people this year and experienced some unforgettable destinations along the way, it’s been so much fun!

I speak to so many people who are thinking of starting a blog but perhaps don’t take the leap to do it, maybe they think they can’t make it work, or they don’t have the confidence. Lots of people have the view that ‘there are so many people blogging, why should I start?’ Don’t get me wrong, there are A LOT of bloggers out there at the moment, but there are also a lot of restaurants out there, but if you do something different and offer something unique, your restaurant will stand out and succeed. It is exactly the same with blogging, if you offer something different, something unique to your readers, you will succeed!

Starting my blog was the best decision I ever made and It has opened so many new doors.

If you would of asked me 2 years ago if I would hike Preikestolen, I wouldn’t of even known where it is….1 year on, I’ve hiked it, sat on it, jumped on it & nearly got blown off it….but I did it! Such an amazing feeling & achievement.

The main aim of my blog is to help other travelers, to inspire people to try new places and to make the most out of life…If I only inspire one person to travel, I will be happy!

‘Let’s start living, plan adventures and explore this wonderful world!’

January 2017  O M A N

February 2017  C A M B R I D G E

March 2017  S R I  L A N K A

April 2017  N O R W A Y

May 2017  B E N I S S A

June 2017  B A R C E L O N A

 

July 2017   I B I Z A

July 2017  D U B L I N

July 2017 D I S N E Y  M A G I C

August 2017  S W I S S  A L P S

September 2017  C R O A T I A

 

October 2017  I T A L I A N  L A K E S

November 2017   D I S N E Y L A N D  P A R I S

December 2017 – U P C O M I N G

”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do” – Mark Twain

Where have you travelled to in 2017? What has been your favourite destination?

Let me know below!

Roll on 2018…..

 Happy Travels

Hannah x

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If you know someone who loves to travel, this is the ultimate gift guide!

From unique travel journals to personalised luggage tags, you’ll find beautifully unique gifts which any travel lover will enjoy receiving!

Happy Shopping!

  My Bucket List Journal from Axel&Ash

Beautifully bound in stylish black cloth, My Bucketlist is a funky new journal that invites you to decide what you want to do with your one wild and crazy life by collecting all your dreams, desires and ideas in one place!

Price £23

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Personalised Wooden Luggage Tag from Maria Allen Boutique

 https://www.mariaallenboutique.com/collections/travel

Their collection of travel gifts are perfect for anyone embarking on a new adventure or travelling the world! The collection includes wooden luggage tags, compass keepsakes & beautiful personalised glass keepsake boxes.

How beautiful is my luggage tag, they even added my quote on the back! ♥ L O V E ♥

Price £21

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  Paper Map Print from Delightful Living

http://www.delightfulliving.co.uk/product/personalised_gifts/personalised-couples-gifts/paper-anniversary-map-print/

Made with your choice of bespoke map, colour and wording! Delightful Living’s map prints are truly unique. They also offer Cotton, Metal, Wooden and Linen Map prints. They have an amazing range of personalised products which make for perfect gifts! (The even offer a gift wrapping service…yes please!)

Price £27

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Personalised Leather Travel Wallet from Be Golden

https://www.begolden.co.uk/collections/christmas-gifts

Beautiful, luxurious recycled leather travel wallets in a wide range of bold, pastel and metallic colours. Can be personalised making it a super present.

Price £38

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Wanderlust Script Sign from Woodums Decor

  https://www.etsy.com/shop/Woodums

Custom Laser Cut ‘Wanderlust’ sign. Perfect for adding a touch of character to any room in the home or office!

Price £18

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Life’s a Roadtrip from Axel&Ash

 http://axelandash.com/shop/roadtrip-new/

Beautifully bound in white vegan leather with a rose gold touch, this luxury edition is the latest addition of the popular ‘Insert Your Story’ series. Designed to help you plan, experience and record the road trip of your dreams, this jam-packed journal will inspire you to escape on wheels and explore the road less travelled!

Price $44.99

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Peshtemal from Lüks Linenhttps://lukslinen.com/collections/peshtemals

Lüks is an ethical lifestyle brand, they work with 7 family ateliers and master weavers to produce lifetime lasting products for home and away. Their hero product is the peshtemal, which is a flat woven, cotton towel originally made for use in hammams.

Lightweight, compact, absorbent and quick drying they are ideal for those who love to travel as they take up minimal space & can also be used as a scarf, wrap, sarong & a throw for those air conditioned flights!

Prices from £20

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 Swept away by wanderlust from Axel&Ash 

https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/axelandash/product/swept-away-by-wanderlust-travel-journal

Beautifully bound in an earthy latte-colored cloth, this charming travel journal creates a chic vintage feel suitable for every traveller – from the stylish jetsetter to the novice explorer. With quirky questions, fun writing prompts, witty ‘To-Do’ notes, list pages to remember the favourites and a bucket list to fill out along the way, it’s the ultimate way to capture your travel memories in style!

Price £23

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Personalised Mini Love Letter Necklace from Maria Allen Boutique

https://www.mariaallenboutique.com/products/personalised-mini-love-letter-necklace-in-rose-gold?variant=40354652820

This love letter necklace would make a great christmas gift for a loved one or friend!  It could be for a celebration, special day or just a little note from you to them. The necklace would also make a perfect anniversary gift, particularly fitting if you are celebrating your fifth anniversary, which is traditionally wood.

The necklace comes in Gold, Rose Gold & Also an option to add a photograph too – So cute!

Price £52

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 Packing Cubes from Eagle Creek

https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/travel-c4/luggage-packing-c94/packing-solutions-c301/pack-it-specter-tech-cube-p7605

Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Specter Tech Cube’s allow you to keep your gear in good condition and helps keep everything organised, this makes packing and unpacking quick and easy. The new ‘Tech’ fabric is ultra-lightweight, durable and stronger than ever before!

Price £14.99

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Personalised ‘Candlelit bath in a bag’ spa kitfrom the little picture company

https://thelittlepicturecompany.co.uk/products/personalised-candlelit-bath-in-a-bag-spa-kit

This fabulous ‘candlelit bath in a bag’ spa kit contains all of the ingredients required to induce pure relaxation…Something every traveler needs!

Inside the kit are four spa treats to enjoy with a long (and uninterrupted!) hot soak in the bath, including a heart shaped bath fizzer, a rose petal aromatic bath bar, a mini jar of real rose petals, plus a fresh apple scented candle, all complete in a personalised canvas pouch. P E R F E C T!

Price £32

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Do you have anything else you’d love? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah x

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