Wednesday, 10 February 2016

{Guest Post.}
February is the month known mainly for two occasions; Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day, and since Shrove Tuesday is now out of the way we’re now on the final countdown to Saint Valentine’s.
Yep, it’s fast approaching the day where we celebrate all things love and whether you love it or loathe it, it does feel good to spread a little love and goodwill around.  
Don’t forget that Valentine’s isn’t just about spending time with your partner; so grab your crush, gal pals or family and treat them to one of these date night ideas. Plus, you don’t need to bin these dates once the big day is over as these dates will see you through February 14th and beyond.  

* Go Back to Your Youth *

Remember when love was all so easy? You got married pretty much every day in the playground, played kiss chase and the cinema was about as wild as dates got? Why not take it back to that time. No you don’t need to find your nearest playground, grab your mates and have a fake marriage, but why not take inspiration from your younger days and plan a date to match.
Visit an arcade, go to the cinema, play a game of bowling, snack on pick and mix or visit your favourite childhood haunt. You could also play some old board games, but remember it’s just a game if things get competitive! 

Making a Feast

The way to someone’s heart? Through their stomach, kind of. Whipping up a culinary delight for your favourite person is guaranteed to make them swoon. The best thing about this date is that it can be tailored to suit your kitchen skills if you’re no Gordon Ramsey.
You could go for the classic romantic meal for two with a three course meal, complete with candles and music or you could make an indoor picnic to keep things casual. Set up a blanket in front of the TV, grab a boxset or Netflix, and indulge in your favourite picnic foods, think mini burgers, crisps and some homemade dips – yummy! 

* The Date to Remember *

There’s times when you need to go all out and put on a date that hands down beats all other dates…ever. And what better time to put on a WOW date than Valentine’s Day? This is the big budget date and the one which you’ll both remember for years to come. 
London is a pretty magical city, so why not book a romantic restaurant, then enjoy some cocktails and a little magic with Oliver B at the W Hotel in Leicester Square, just remember to book a fancy hotel to avoid a long journey home! 

* Surprise! *

We all love surprises and surprising your loved one will win you some serious extra brownie points. Surprises don’t need to be extravagant and more often than not it’s the little things that make a surprise so special. 
Why not take it in turns to plan a surprise date for one another as often or as little as you wish. You could cook each other’s favourite indulgent meal every other week for cheat day, watch a film of their choice or pick them up a new book or pampering treat. 

* The Cheap Date *

The best things in life are often free and dates don’t need to cost the world. Luckily, in the UK there are a whole host of activities you can do that won’t break the bank or sometimes cost you a thing. 
We live in a country with an amazing countryside so pop on your wellies, get outside and breathe in that invigorating fresh air. There are lots of heritage and National Trust sites you can visit, or alternatively look out for deals at your local restaurant or cinema to have a date on the cheap. 

Hopefully these ideas have given you some inspiration ready for Valentine’s weekend and beyond to help you keep the spark alive. 
{Guest Post.}


Monday, 8 February 2016

I have found my new favourite hot drink which I am sure any fellow peanut butter lovers will love too! As always, I only mention things on my blog that I truly recommend!

Let me introduce to you... Peanut Hottie. 

Peanut Hottie is a hot beverage powder mixture which surprisingly is peanut butter flavoured. Just add boiling water to 2-3 teaspoons of the powder, mix well and you have a steaming mug of peanut butter goodness.

Real peanuts are used to make the mixture and there are less than 100 calories per cup. So, it may seem like a naughty hot drink before bed but it's actually not that bad! I have tried out the peanut butter mixture aswell as the peanut butter WITH chocolate mixture and both are SO yummy.

As a hot chocolate lover (and a coffee and tea hater may I add - sorry to any coffee/tea connoisseurs out there); the chocolate peanut butter mixture was my favourite out of the two. What tastes at first like a normal hot chocolate drink then turns into a creamy peanut butter taste. It's simply just heavenly!

Sadly, I have now run out of both mixtures but luckily, Peanut Hottie have a few UK supermarket stockists so I need to hunt some more down ASAP! Give me my Peanut Hottie fix!

Disclaimer: Product was sent to me for review but all opinions & photographs are my own.


Thursday, 4 February 2016

It's no secret that travelling is one of my favourite things to do. From the packing of your suitcase, queuing at the airport (ok maybe not that one!), to boarding the plane, arriving and checking out your hotel and then lounging around by the pool with a cocktail in hand; I love it all.

One of the places I have been to a few times and has never failed at being an amazing place to visit is Mallorca in Spain. I know with no intentions, you have already judged this island to be full of British lads with quiffs on their heads wearing t-shirts labelled with 'sex, drugs and sausage rolls', girls with ratty hair extensions and lipstick all down their face and just about everyone getting it on. Mallorca is often mistaken for Majorca, but both places couldn't be more opposite.

If you're like me and try to book holidays that are well away from those party types and loud crowds, then Mallorca is the perfect place to go for a week or two. Book Mallorca makes it super easy to book your holiday and plan out where you want to visit. As the island is especially known for its wide stretched and virgin beaches with crystal clear water, you often feel like you're holidaying in the Caribbean but truth be known; you're actually only 2 hours away from London!

As holiday season is upon us, I thought it would be the perfect time to start thinking about my travels this year. I would love to go back to Mallorca at some point as it offers a bit of everything that I like on a holiday; beaches, sun, good food, sights to explore and outdoor activities.

I have put together my top 5 things to do in Mallorca so if you're heading over there this Summer, this is the perfect guide for you!

1) Palma Cathedral

Despite not being religious, cathedrals and churches are always somewhere I like to wander into when I'm on my travels. There's something about religious buildings that really calms me and makes me feel very safe. Palma Cathedral is a beautiful and unique landmark that offers stunning interiors and is just somewhere you must visit if you are ever in Palma.

Source: Histovius

2) Platja des Coll Baix Beach

I always prefer driving to the next beach along rather than choosing the main beach near my hotel resort. I prefer to have space so I can feel relaxed and comfortable with walking about in a bikini and enjoying the sun and sea. If you research it, more often that enough there is always a stretch of beach which is private and never that busy. 

Platja des Coll Baix is a stunning stretch of beach below cliffs of green; offering shimmering waters and a woods nearby. Top tip... it's best to catch it at its most beautiful as the sun is just going down!

3) Snorkelling at Cala Deia

If you're looking for the best beach to catch the sea creatures at then Cala Deia is the one. North of Mallorca, Cala Deia is a small beach with caves and above water rocks to sunbath on. Again, the water is crystal clear so is a popular beach for swimming and snorkelling. It takes around 40 minutes to swim the length of the beach so it's small but totally worth the visit if you have an underwater camera and want to capture the fish of Mallorca!

Source: Dive1

4) Luna 36 Restaurant

It wouldn't be a travel guide without a recommendation on somewhere to eat. Whether it's with your partner, your parents or your entire family; Luna 36 is a fantastic restaurant located 200 metres from the main town square in Mallorca. It's based in an old converted chocolate factory and offers beautiful Mediterranean dishes using local and fresh meat and vegetables. 

There's always something quite lovely about family run businesses. Everything from the fantastic service from the family who own it to the food and even the interior and terraced patio exterior outside... it's definitely a place to visit for an evening meal.

Source: See Mallorca

5) Dog Walking in Calvia

Probably one of the most rewarding things you could do whilst on holiday is helping out the local dog's home by walking their dogs. Not only do you get great company (dogs are EVERYTHING!) - but you get to enjoy the landscapes of Mallorca and the perfect partner or two to enjoy them with. You could enjoy a strip of beach together or take a morning stroll through the woods. 

(Hopefully), you may even decide you're fallen in love and want to take one home. I know I wouldn't be able to resist! 

Source: Photograph > Alamy via The Guardian

I hope this was a handy travel guide for you if you're either booked to holiday in Mallorca or if you're still deciding on where to go this Summer. It really is a wonderful island and never fails to disappoint me.

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with BookingMallorca.co.uk but all opinions and words are my own.

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