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19 November 2017

Our Stay at Willow Tree House, Rye

In September we had the pleasure of staying at Willow Tree House in Rye during our trip to the South Coast. I had seen it whilst browsing online and thought it would be the perfect place for us to spend our final night.

We arrived at the grand building, with its striking green door. We were warmly greeted, checked in and given a lovely illustrated map of Rye. We were then shown into our room which was the 'Bodiam'.

It is a gorgeous, bright and spacious room with a modern country theme. The bed was huge and extremely comfortable, just look at those plump pillows! I loved the gold accessories coupled with the dark wood, it made the room feel super cosy and homely.

What made this room even more special is all the little touches, every aspect had been thought about. There were magazines on the bedside table, a full tea tray complete with scrumptious biscuits and a mini hamper in the bathroom.

There was even a mini sewing kit in the bathroom hamper, which just reinforces the effort and detail that has been put into the rooms.

The Bathroom itself is gorgeous, with a luxury feel through it's high spec fixtures and pretty cream tiles. The shower was perfect and easy to get to the right temperature, and the heated towel rack was a perfect touch.

After a long day exploring Rye, we came back to Willow Tree House for a cuppa before diving into that glorious bed and falling into a slumber. One of the reasons we chose Willow Tree House, was not only the fact it looked beautiful, but also it's location and that it was only a short walk into Rye, and it's famous Mermaid Street is literally a stones throw away.

The next morning we headed downstairs for Breakfast in the Conservatory, which has a lovely view of the garden. There was an amazing selection of continental breakfast, with banana and chocolate muffins, cereals, yogurt and fruit. I opted for the yogurt with rhubarb compote and berries, as well as a banana and chocolate muffin, because who can resist those!

There was also an impressive cooked breakfast selection with choices from a home cooked breakfast to porridge and honey. My husband chose the smoked salmon and scrambled egg. I was rather full from the continental breakfast but did have some toast as well. We were kept fully topped up with tea and coffee which was perfect.

We left with full tummies and feeling well rested after a very busy week exploring.

If your planning a trip to the gorgeous quaint town of Rye, I would highly recommend staying at Willow Tree House. You are made to feel welcome from the moment you arrive, and the rooms are incredibly homely and cosy.

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10 July 2017

What's in my Travel Beauty Bag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your favourite travel products?

23 June 2017

Tortilla Blogger Event | Intu Victoria Centre, Nottingham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


12 March 2017

A Hidden Gem | The Little Shed, Allestree

This little slice of heaven is tucked away on a pretty street in Allestree, Derby. I discovered it through Instagram, and I couldn't believe I had never been before! If there's two things in life I love (other than of course my Husband, Family & Friends) It's home décor and cake. I'm always dragging My husband to oodles of afternoon tea's, quaint cafes and picturesque towns. So when I found out this little gem was right on our doorstep I knew we had to pay a visit.

It was a dreary Sunday morning, and despite not making a reservation, we set off to The Little Shed, in hope that we would chance upon a table.

As we pulled up outside, I couldn't get over how pretty it was, with a little gated patio area and sage green exterior. We made our way inside, and I was even more smitten with the interior décor. There were cute little trinkets like cotton lights, wooden stars and framed quotes everywhere. I frantically made a mental note of all the things I wanted for my own home!

We were very lucky to get a table for two as it was a busy Sunday morning. I would suggest booking a table in advance, which is what we will definitely be doing next time. Luckily for us we had turned up at exactly the right time!

 We were seated at our little wooden table, which had some exquisite fresh flowers on it, complete with a gorgeously designed striped menu. It didn't take us long to decide that we were definitely going to go all out and have the classic afternoon tea. I mean it was Sunday after all..
We ordered two coffee's to start with, whilst we waited for them to prepare our platter. Even the cups and plates were adorable, with little stags on my mug and Alice in wonderland themed plates. The attention to detail was spectacular.

When our afternoon tea was presented to us, my mouth dropped at just how much food there was! We had a selection of sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and finally my favourite part of afternoon tea - CAKE!

We munched our way through the sandwiches, savouring the rich flavours of the cheese and red onion chutney, salmon and cream cheese and ham.

 Once our bellies were full of savoury goodness, it was time to move onto the cakes, starting with the scones. Served with lashings of cream and oodles of sweet sticky jam, they were mouth-wateringly good. If that wasn't enough sweetness, we then had an array of gorgeous cakes too! Our bellies could only hand the salted caramel brownies, which I have to say were divine, the rest we took home in a little box to have later.

We were brought more coffee as we chatted and ate, which was fantastic. I couldn't think of a more relaxing and perfect way to start off a Sunday, especially when this particular Sunday was pouring it down with rain. It was the perfect hideaway to wile away an hour or two in such a pretty setting.

One of my favourite ways to spend Sunday's is relaxing and re-charging for the week ahead. I like to catch up with family, my husband and also to pamper myself. The Little Shed is the perfect place to enjoy a moment of relaxation.

What's your idea of a perfect Sunday?

5 November 2016

Healthy Dining at Skinny Kitchen, Canterbury

After a day of exploring the gorgeous city of Canterbury, we were left feeling peckish. We browsed the various restaurants along the way, when we stumbled across this quaint, monochrome kitchen, nestled on the bustling main street.

The modern, striking, exterior really attracted our attention and drew us in to find out more.

The atmosphere and décor inside Skinny Kitchen reciprocated it's healthy concept, with gorgeous clean white walls, contrasted with pale green sofas, and eye-catching copper lights overlooking the entire room. The vibe was very modern, pristine, but most importantly welcoming. There were potted plants scattered all through out the room, which further enhanced the natural ambiance.

We both decided to order a delicious, juicy smoothie to start with. I opted for the Acai Energy, as just lately I've been feeling more tired than usual and thought that I could do with a nice natural energy boost.

 This luscious, raspberry coloured, juice is packed with mouth-watering goodness, in the form of; mixed berries, orange, acai, banana and green tea powder. It went down a treat! Even more tempting, they offer a selection of healthy cocktails, and though I passed on them this time, it was only early afternoon after all! I definitely have them high on my list if we're ever back in Canterbury.

We browsed the menu extensively, as there was just so much to choose from! After an agonising decision, we made our choices. Stephen opted for the Chilli Bean, a fiery chipotle chilli bean, topped with creamy avocado and zingy jalapenos, served with a pot of sweet potato fries. I had a little food envy when it was first brought out, the presentation is immaculate with the mini pan and pot, food for the eyes and the mouth! That was of course until my main was brought out.

I had chose a 'skinny pizza,' all the delicious taste of a regular pizza, but a lot better for you! Who doesn't love a good pizza after all. The base was thin and crispy, topped with delicious, fresh onions, tomatoes, rocket, jalapenos, nuts and the perfect smattering of cheese.

All of the meals listed on the menu have the calories, carbs, protein and fat listed on them too, which is really useful, particularly if you're into fitness or weight training.

There is also a variety of desserts to choose from too, yes you heard me right, healthy desserts! Including pancakes and waffles! Unfortunately we didn't have room to fit them in, but they sounded incredible, with toppings such as; dark chocolate sauce, banana, honey, crushed hazelnuts and cacao nibs.

 Even if you're not weight training or calorie counting, the fresh, well presented, tasty food is something not to be missed at Skinny Kitchen. Their menu aims to cater for all types of diet whether that be vegetarian, high protein or low carb.  If you're ever in Canterbury I would highly recommend a visit, even if it's just for a quick juice stop! Want to find out more? You can have a look at their website