The Best UK Christmas Shopping Destinations

•Collaborative post• Planning your Christmas shopping and not sure where to go? I’ve put together a list of some of the best UK Christmas shopping destinations including high street and designer shops, department stores and winter wonderland markets – you can thank me later! Liverpool ONE Located right in the city centre, with views of the historic docks and beautiful waterfront, and offering the perfect mix of high-street and designer...

Festive Menus at The Riverside & The Cliff

•Press visits• Now December has arrived, I am feeling my excitement for Christmas has accelerated, so apologies for all the festive content at the moment! I was recently invited along to try out the newly launched festive menus at both The Riverside and The Cliff, which both come under the same umbrella of Premium Country Pubs. I took my mum along to The Riverside on a Sunday evening, to enjoy...

A Visit to the Monart Spa in Poundbury

•Press visit• When I think of all the opportunities I have had thanks to writing my blog, there are some that just stand out. My visit to the Monart Spa in Poundbury last week is definitely something I will remember. Poundbury, in Dorchester, is an hour’s drive from me in Bournemouth but the route is straightforward and it was a nice enough drive over there on a midweek morning. I...

Writing a Joint Will with SmartWill

•Gifted• At the grand old age of thirty, I am a little ashamed to admit that I have never written a proper, legitimate will before now. I did write something up when I was in my early twenties, which I believe will provide some amusement after I pass away (the music was Mad World, after I became obsessed with the Skins TV Show cover version), but it really didn’t cover...

Our Christmas Traditions as a Family

•Features gifted items• For me, the beginning of December marks the start of our Christmas countdown. Our Christmas traditions, as a family, have grown and developed over the past few years, and now I feel like we do some set things every year, without fail. It’s nice to have these traditions, which the children get used to and look forward to, and I am excited to share them with my...

Thinking About a New Year, New You?

•Sponsored post• I don’t know about you, but as a year draws to a close, I feel motivated to start making some changes for the year ahead. It’s not that I am unhappy with myself, as such, but there is something about a fresh start and a brand new year which makes me want to put into action some of the plans that I have been tentatively making. These are...

3 Bournemouth Bars for Grown-Ups

Features images taken during press visits  1812 1812, located just up from the centre of town, opposite the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) has always been the place that’s over 21s in town. I had only been in a few times, even once I reached my twenties, as I wasn’t too keen on the atmosphere, or the drinks. They recently had a huge makeover, and I was lucky enough to be...

Tips for Decluttering More Effectively

•Collaborative post• Living in a house with three children, sometimes it can feel like I am either always living in a mess or I am tidying up constantly, there is no in between. Since I started back at work in September, I have been looking at ways I can organise the house more effectively, so that I am able to get more done in a shorter period of time and...

3 Ways to Think outside of the Box for Your Business

•Sponsored post• Since registering as self-employed a few years ago, I have learnt a lot. Running a business, even if it is freelance writing and blogging, means that you need to create your brand and work hard to create success for it in everything you do. Thinking outside of the box for your business will keep your ideas fresh and ensure you are ahead of the game in your industry....

Autumn Self-Care Beauty Favourites

•Features gifted items• Autumn, for me, is the perfect opportunity to take a step back, recoup and take time to pamper myself. The long, cold evenings give me the chance to spend time applying fake tan, a hair mask and chilling in bed wearing a sheet mask with a candle burning. I am fortunate to be sent beauty and lifestyle products, and I wanted to share some of the self-care...