Oh my gosh, I have literally been so excited for this little beauty to arrive, I feel like I have bored all of my family and friends telling them all about my new amazing breast pump that’s on the way…I am so pleased it’s here! (I used to get excited for holidays, new plants, food shopping & Homesense trips….Oh how my life has changed!)
Honestly though, this little gadget is a game changer. It is revolutionary!
I used it soon after Arla arrived, I was so nervous, but I had nothing to be nervous about at all! It’s really easy to sterilise & set up, you just boil it for 5 minutes in a pan. I was really worried I wouldn’t be able to breast feed or express but Elvie has given me so much confidence & really shown me how easy it is. I really enjoyed expressing for the first time, I didn’t want to stop! (I was sending excited pictures to my mom friends – probably not normal, but I was so proud!) I was only pumping for 10 minutes and expressed just under 100ml – It’s seriously amazing.
My favourite thing is how quiet and discreet it is. I can literally pump at anytime, anywhere as it’s totally silent & they’re no wires to contend with. It’s just really convenient, which is super important to me as a new mum. It slips into my bra easily & it’s really comfortable too.
Its great for a multi-tasking mum. Yesterday I was putting the washing away and vacuuming as I pump, today I’ve been sunbathing & pumping…it’s just great!
If you download the Elvie app, you can connect your phone to control it as it’s pumping. You can monitor milk volume & track the pumping history using the app too. It’s really clever the way it all works & connects together. I’m literally OBSESSED!
I just didn’t expect it to be so easy…
Everything about the Elvie pump is amazing and I’ve recommended it to everyone I know (Pregnant or not 😂) It saves so much time & everything about it is perfect. It’s a real investment.
If you have any questions, let me know. I know how scary and daunting it is if you’re a first time mom. There’s always so much to research! 💗 Shop here: https://www.elvie.com/shop/elvie-pump
Gifted breast pump from Elvie, all views are my own as always. It’s absolutely amazing!
Ponta Da Piedade is probably the most photographed spot in the Algarve – You can definitely see why! It’s even more impressive in real life…
It’s located in Lagos, which is around 1.5 hours away from Faro airport.
It’s super easy to reach, we hired a car for the day from Vilamoura to go and explore! It took about an hour, it’s a really easy drive. There’s parking right at the top, with a little gift shop, cafe and toilets. The parking is free, along with visiting Ponta Da Piedade.
There’s a lot to see when you get there. Lots of people stop off, take a quick snap and leave, but we spent most of the day exploring and walking along some of the coastal cliff walks admiring the amazing views. The more you walk, the more you see!
…Just make sure you have sturdy shoes on, Quinn went off cliff walking in his flip flops, I nearly had a heart attack! You could just hear me yelling “Quinn! Be careful, I can’t see you, come back!” (D’ya think he listened? Of course not!)
There are no barriers or anything to stop people falling or slipping, so I’d definitely make sure you have good sturdy shoes on if you want to go off exploring all of the walks and hikes. (I’ve added videos of Quinn’s cliff walking over on my Instagram stories ‘Algarve’)
We walked to the bottom of the 170 steps of Ponta Da Piedade, which is one of the main reasons people come to visit, to see this beautiful little spot…
We were greeted at the bottom of the steps by a man & his little black cockapoo (He was SO cute. He was an adorable salty sea dog!) He asked if we’d like to go on a boat trip to see inside all of the little coves. We didn’t realise the boat trips were a ‘thing’ & we didn’t have any cash on us. Everyone coming off the boat said how pretty it was! It was €20 each for 30 minutes. Definitely worth a look if you’re going.
The Algarve is also home to Praia Da Marinha, which is 1 of the 10 best beaches in Europe voted by the Michelin Guide.
The beach is only accessible via a set of steps that wind their way down the cliffside, but the climb down is absolutely worth it! Praia Da Marinha is still surprisingly quiet, I’m guessing it’s partly because of the walk down & also as we visited in March when it’s much quieter.
Picture Credit: algarvetips.com
We spent 4 days in Portugal, flying into Faro airport and staying in the Laguna Resort, Vilamoura. It was perfect and so quiet, just what we wanted! The vegetarian breakfast was beautiful each day in the Laguna Cafe too. We booked it really last minute through secret escapes, it was £25 each a night. Hugely worth it for our spacious 1 bedroomed apartment!
I wish we had time to visit Estamine Restaurant in Faro. It looks absolutely incredible. It’s located in the Ria Formosa Natural Park….on a desert island! It’s only accessible by a 20 minute boat trip from Faro.
Picture Credit: Estamine Restaurant
Eurasia Restaurant, Albufeira. It has a strong focus on Vegan meals. It’s a buffet style restaurant and is a popular choice in Albufeira! The menu offers a mix of European and Asian influences. There are traditional Portuguese dishes too. (Including meat if you want it!)
Both restaurants were recommended to us, but we just couldn’t schedule them into our plans. There’s always a next time!