Our House Viewing Checklist

•Sponsored Post• Although I have been quite vocal on our future house plans in previous posts, I haven’t really spoken much about our current position. I think this is largely down to the fear of something falling through, but also it is because buying a house is such an overwhelming situation and, when you add in all the issues due to cover-19, I feel like the past six month have...

The Christchurch and Poole Venues Participating in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme – With Reviews

•Features previous press visits• Following on from my post about the Bournemouth venues participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, run by the government to help the hospitality industry following lockdown, I also wanted to put together a post of the venues that I have personally eaten at, along with links to my reviews from previous visits, in both Poole and Christchurch, so that those looking to visit...

The Bournemouth Venues Participating in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme – With Reviews

•Features previous press visits• I have seen a list of the Bournemouth venues participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, run by the government to help the hospitality industry following lockdown. I wanted to put together a post of the venues that I have personally eaten at, along with links to my reviews from previous visits, so that those looking to visit have a point of reference. The...

Adapting to a Healthier Lifestyle

If you are subscribed to my YouTube channel, you may have seen my first video in several months was uploaded last week, with an introduction to my new healthier lifestyle. I then spectacularly failed at this when family visited unexpectedly and I ended up having several ‘cheat days’ in a row rather than sticking to the new plan. I am a big believer in not beating yourself up about something...

Dinner and Drinks in Bournemouth Post Lockdown

Although it has been allowed for a few weeks now, I had been reluctant to head out for dinner or drinks until I was ready, as it felt a little too soon. However, this ‘new normal‘ of wearing masks in shops and whilst on transport, and keeping a social distance where possible, shows no signs of going anytime soon so, when my dad visited us for a few days at...

Wardrobe Staples – The Black Blazer

•Sponsored Post• I have been trying to sort through my wardrobe over the past few weeks, to try and declutter. I have so many clothes and barely wear a lot of them, so it is definitely time for a clear out. I have been meaning to start a capsule wardrobe for a long time, having fewer clothes that can be worn in different ways to limit the need to buy...

Hair and Beauty Treatments Post Lockdown

Last week I finally managed to have my haircut and highlighted at Elite in Winton, having booked my appointment tentatively before the lift on restrictions had even been announced. I decided to book for mid July, to give things a chance to settle a little after the salons initially reopened, and I am glad that I did as it meant that my hairdresser had the chance to get used to...

Small Gestures of Kindness You Can Do Today

Collaborative Post Although lockdown is now easing, at least in most parts of England, it is still a stressful time, with plenty of external pressures on many people. I know I have struggled, at times, to cope with all the changes and this ‘new normal’ that we now face. It is important now, more than ever, to be kind to others and to show compassion for how they may be...

Celebrating a 30th Birthday with an Afternoon Tea

•Features press samples• Having celebrated both Ed’s 40th and my own birthday during lockdown, I have started getting used to socially distant celebrations. At the weekend, my brother turned thirty. Originally, we had all planned to go up to County Durham, where he and his wife live with their little girl, but it wasn’t possible, so instead we planned a little celebration over video call, to wish him a happy...

Beauty Products I Have Been Using During Lockdown

•Features press samples• Being at home a lot due to lockdown, I have had more time for self-care, which for me includes taking care of my skin and hair, whilst I have been unable to go out to beauty salons and hairdressers. I am fortunate that I get sent press samples from beauty brands from time to time, as part of my role as a blogger, so some of the...