This weekend we have booked something rather exciting and a little different for us! It is also the first trip we have booked of the year.
We have booked a group trip to Centre Parcs in Sherwood Forest. My boyfriend Ash and I are going with my best friend Eve and her new boyfriend, my little brother also coming along for his first little holiday in a long time. So we have got a good group of people together as we all hang out a lot anyway and means I can go away with both my boyfriend and my best friend.
Having mainly done city breaks I am looking forward to be going on a different kind of holiday where I will be staying in a cute lodge in the forest rather than a hotel in the city. It looks so relaxing and will be a change for us. There is also a tons of activities for us to try out as well which is appealing to us (especially my boyfriend who is taking his bike).
I have never stayed at a Centre Parcs before so I am excited to see what it is like as I have heard a lot about them and after having a look online is looks so cool. I am personally really looking forward to our little holiday and just spending quality time with all of my favourite people in one place.
Cant wait to make some memories!
If you have been before and have any tips I’d love to hear them?
In December Ash and myself went to visit the WB Harry Potter studio tour in Watford. This is something that I had been wanting to do since it opened! As I am a huge Harry Potter fan and have been since I was a kid, and it was just as amazing as I thought it would be. I was a little nervous that I built it up a little too much in my head but it was the best day. In this post I thought I would share some tips for going to the tour.
It’s a good idea to arrive with extra time than you think you will need to allow for queues and getting through security.
Save up some money for the gift shops (yes shops) there is a few different gift shops around the tour and each one has different merchandise. It can be quite expensive so I saved up a little bit before hand so I could treat myself to a few things.
Going on from the previous tip, each gift shop has different merchandise in them so if you see something in one get it! As it might not be in another gift shop you go in later.
Dress up. This is something we did in our Gryffindor jumpers and it just got us in the mood before we got there and it was fun and a good excuse to dress up. Primark is a good place to find some Harry Potter items to wear.
Take your time! This is an important one as tickets are expensive, don’t rush through, enjoy yourself. We treated this as a full day out to make sure we saw everything.
Make sure to get a Butterbeer! It is a must whilst you are there.
Take tons of photos! This goes without saying but is good to look back and remember the fun you had.
Take time to talk to the interactors that work at the tour, they are super friendly and very knowledgeable.
Those are a few tips for visiting the WB Harry Potter Studio tour. If you are going I hope you found this useful and have the best time!
The other weekend my boyfriend Ash and I went on a mini trip to Cardiff to celebrate both his birthday and New Years. I had never really done anything for New Years Eve before neither had I been to Cardiff so I was pretty excited about this as I love Wales.
Day 1 – Saturday 29th December
We travelled down in the afternoon after packing in the morning and running any errands we had before going. We got there around 6pm, checked into the hotel and unpacked. I loved he location of our hotel we stayed at the Marriot and we were right in the centre which came in handy. We freshened up after the journey down before heading out to a nearby pub for some dinner. After dinner we went for a wander around nearby where we were staying to see what was around us and to have an after dinner walk before going back to the hotel to relax and rest up for the next day.
Day 2 – Sunday 30th December
Sunday was my boyfriend Ash’s birthday. We got up and ready and then Ash of course being his birthday opened up his presents and cards before heading out for some breakfast. After we had eaten we went for a walk around Bute Park. This park was actually a lot bigger than we thought it was and it was a very good route actually and was a relaxing way to spend the morning.
After our walk we picked up some lunch and went back to our hotel room to eat and have a sit down to rest our feet after the walk. After lunch we headed out around the city centre which has amazing shopping! We spent the afternoon walking around the shops and doing some shopping before heading back and getting ready for dinner. We went to Miller & Carter for dinner for a birthday treat for Ash as his favourite is steak so it was a good way to end his birthday.
Day 3 – Monday 31st December
Monday was New Years Eve, we decided to run some errands we had around the shops in the morning whilst the shops were quiet. Before having a walk down to Cardiff Bay for some lunch and a walk around where we saw this Santa and reindeer made out of Lego which was very cool.
After a good explore we went back up into the city centre for a wander around before heading back to get ready for the night. We went to Pizza express for dinner, as pizza is my favourite, we then had Prosecco and birthday cake in the hotel room before heading out to Winter wonderland to celebrate New Years Eve. Where there was stands my favourite was the Gin Saloon as I love pink gin and there was rides and music. The best part of the night was the fireworks show at midnight. I have never really done anything for New Years so I had the best time.
Day 4 – Tuesday 1st January
New Years Day, for the first day of 2019 we went to Elan Valley to go on a walk on one of the trials. I loved this and it is something I hope to do more of in 2019, being in nature and exploring more and just getting outside and being active as it is a lot more fun than exercising in the gym. The views were so pretty and I would definitely recommend paying it a visit it is the perfect place for a walk and there is biking routes also. After a walk around Elan Valley we headed back home as that was the end of our trip.
We have the best time in Wales and I hope you enjoyed!
I thought today I’d share some of my New Years resolutions I have for this new year. Resolutions are something I enjoy making to help me try and achieve something in the up and coming year and are something I’ve done for a long time.
Save for a deposit for a house. An exciting one that I have started to do at the end of 2018 but I hope to continue saving in 2019.
Continue to travel more. A new thing for me these past couple of years and I love to explore new places so hope to travel more in 2019.
Work on being fit. Weight loss has been a part of my life and going to the gym but this year I want to focus more on being fit for example being able to run for longer and being stronger rather than looking at the calories I’m burning.
Try something new. I hope to try something new or maybe learn a new skill this year.
Those are a few of my New Year resolutions for 2019.
This year has been a big year for me actually I remember at the beginning of the year making a list a goals of what I wanted to achieve and it makes me happy that I achieved some big things this year.
A big thing is career wise is I changed jobs, this is something that was on my mind and I am so happy with my new job and love my work family so much and glad I achieved something I set out in the beginning of the year to do.
Another big thing is my relationship with Ash. This past year our relationship has grown and we are in such a good place and we have been on so many adventures together. I hope our relationship continues to grow in the new year.
Travel had become such a big part of my life this past year and I am so glad that it is. I have been on lots of weekend trip here in the UK with my boyfriend. Also a once in a lifetime trip to New York with my childhood best friend. I have also been to Tenerife for a week with my boyfriend which was our first proper holiday together. Not to forget about my trip to the Harry Potter studio tour. I am so grateful to have been able to go on every trip I’ve been on and looking forward to the next adventure.
A big thing last year was my weight loss I lost 2 stone I’m happy to say I have kept the weight off and lost some more weight also. This is due to me still being obsessed with going to the gym and the classes they do there.
I have enjoyed this past year and looking forward to what the new year holds.
In today’s post I thought I’d share what I got for Christmas this year. I am so grateful and shocked by what I have got this year and love everything.
The first is a Dumbledore mug from my brother which is too cute and I am going to use as my mug at work.
The next is this benefit eyebrow set, I love benefits products so I am looking forward to using this.
Next is a present off my boyfriends Parents which is a Amazon echo dot. Which was a complete surprise and I am having a ton of fun using.
Whilst my parents were in Scotland they got me this knitted hat which is so cosy and perfect for winter.
The main present off my parents was a Radley handbag which is black with rose gold hardware and I love it! It’s a perfect size and I actually do not have a black handbag so this will be getting a ton of use.
If you have been a follower of my blog for a little bit you will know me and my best friend went to New York this year and for Christmas she got me this canvas with photos from our trip on it and I love it so much. Definitely something I will keep forever.
Another thing you will know if you have been following my blog for a while is that I love to travel which is why people have got me some travel toiletries for Christmas which I will definitely use.
My mom got me some books as I love reading and I have already started these. I got cat wisdom as I have a pet cat and I love her and calm to help de stress which is perfect.
My boyfriend got my this overnight bag from Radley which is going to be perfect for mini trips and I can’t wait to use it.
He also got me an Apple Watch which I am still in a little shock over as didn’t think I’d ever have one but I adore it and been using it ever since.
That is what I got for Christmas this year I can’t believe how wonderful my present are I love them all.
One thing that is a must for me over the festive season is to watch Christmas movies. It’s my favourite thing to do on the weekends leading up to Christmas.
The first is mine and my friends all time favourite which is Eloise at Christmas time. I must watch it each year as it’s such a cute movie and I love seeing New York. Eloise is so funny and cheeky which is so cute.
The Santa Claus a classic I love all three movies in this series but the first one is definitely my favourite. It’s the one that always gets me in the festive spirit.
Elf I am yet to meet someone who doesn’t like Elf. It always puts me in a good mood. It’s just a very Christmassy film and Buddy is so funny.
The Christmas chronicle a new one on Netflix this year and I really enjoyed this one. It is quite different from other Christmas movies I’ve seen, with Santa going to jail and looked different than traditional Christmas movie.
Last but not least the polar express I watch this Christmas Eve every year from since I can remember. This is my ultimate Christmas movie of choice. I love the story in this.
And those are my top 5 Christmas movies of course it hard for me to find a Christmas themed movie I don’t like. These are just my favourites.
The other weekend Ash and I went to the Warner Brothers studio tour in Watford. We were there for the Hogwarts in the snow event that was running and it definitely got me in the festive mood. Whilst I was there I bought quite a few things which I decided to share today as I definitely enjoy these types of posts to read myself and they were useful before I went.
The first thing I got was Christmas tree decorations for my tree. I love getting Christmas tree ornaments as it’s something that you keep for and get out year after year. Of course I got a Hogwarts express and I got this Gryffindor one which was cute and shows some house pride as me and my boyfriend are both gryffindors.
Next I really wanted to get a pin but didn’t know which one in the end I got two one was a Yule Ball one which I wanted as we went to Hogwarts in the snow and the other was a head girl one which I thought was beautiful.
Of course having just watched the latest Fantastic Beasts film I had to get a baby Niffler. They were my favourite of the film.
Next to show some more house pride I got this headband I had never seen these in any other Harry Potter shops I’ve been to and I thought it would add a cute touch to an outfit.
Next was the biggest thing I got and was a present off my boyfriend and it is this Gryffindor house crest to go on the wall. I thought this was stunning and got it to go in our future house together as we are both Gryffindors and it looks like it was took right from the Gryffindor common room.
Last and certainly not least I couldn’t not leave without getting a wand I actually thought about which one all day and picked one up right at the end of the day. I chose Hermione’s wand as she was one of my favourite characters growing up and I thought the wand it self was so pretty with all the details one it.
That was everything I got at the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studio tour. I had the best day and if you are thinking of going you definitely should.
It is the 1st December today and even though I am someone who gets excited for Christmas in October. I feel it is now officially acceptable to be excited for Christmas. That has inspired my list of things I want to to the Christmas to enjoy the festive season.
Hello and welcome to the second half of my blog post on my recent holiday in Tenerife.
On Thursday we decided to go and explore the island a bit and go and see Mount Teide. I had no idea how high up we were going but my ears popped on the way up. We didn’t even go the whole way up. When we got up there we went on a walk on one of the trails up there to explore before heading back. On the way back we went to Siam mall for a bit of shopping where I got a jacket from Zara. It was a very good mall. That night we had a curry night which was delicious.
Friday we went to Siam Park which is a big water park in Tenerife. This was my first water park also, so I didn’t know what to expect and was quite nervous. This place was huge! We didn’t manage to go on everything, there is also a beach club area to relax which was needed after going on all the rides. Definitely recommend going there is plenty to do is a fun full day out.
As I was our last night in Tenerife we got ready and headed out a little earlier and went into Los Cristiano’s and explored that area before heading back to the restaurant we went to on the first night for more garlic bread pizza.
Saturday was our last day. We got up and ready, had some breakfast before checking out of the hotel. We had some time before our flight that late afternoon so we explored the area we stayed in which was Playa Las Américas and did some last minute shopping before going home.