27 January 2017

Weekend Escape - Center Parcs 2017

This past weekend we celebrated my father in laws 60th birthday in Center Parcs. We absolutely love it there! It's one of our happy places, somewhere to escape from day to day life for some peace and quiet in the forest. 

We were so lucky with the weather, perfect sunny blue skies with a chill in the air. We bundled up and went for lots of long walks with a pit stop for a drink along the way. On one of our walks we ended up at the Pancake house for lunch. Oh my gosh...it was soo good!! I went for a New York stack with bacon and syrup and Ian had a cheeky milkshake. So amazing!

We kept busy and made the most of the swimming pool by going twice a day. The idea of getting into your costume always seems a faff but once you're back out you just cant beat that warm fuzzy feeling. The rest of the weekend was also spent playing Badminton, Adventure golf, going out for dinner and back to the villa for card games.

 It was a fun filled relaxing holiday, we were so sad to leave but we hope to go back soon!

Have you been to Center Parcs before? Which is your favourite to visit?

Gemma x

15 January 2017

Beating The Winter Blues

Although New Year optimism is still lingering, it’s easy to feel the winter blues in January. From the lack of Christmas cheer to the dreary weather and especially going to & from work in the dark, it can all be a bit depressing. Here are a few things we try to do to conquer the winter blues...

Binge watching a favourite show

We love a good TV series and enjoy binge watching a few episodes in the evenings. We’ve occasionally had a cheeky early night just to snuggle in bed and watch our favourite show. We don’t have the best TV in our room, so Ian is using this as an excuse to buy a new TV. With his birthday coming up, he’s got his eye on the Ultra HD TV Panasonic. We’ll have to wait and see how lucky he is ; )

A Candle lit bath

Sometimes there is nothing better than a hot bubble bath when it’s cold and wet out. I like to light a few candles, find some spa type music and just RELAX. One of my favourite candles at the moment is from The White Company SPA range. The smell really reminds me of our mini moon spa break back in October. If you don’t have a bath then even a candle lit shower is relaxing.

Feel good food

We are trying to eat a bit better after all the indulgence of Christmas, so are trying out some new recipes. The Lean In 15 cook book has been a huge inspiration. The meals are far from diet food, they are hearty and nutritious and definitely have the feel good factor! Have you tried any of the recipes before?

Winter walks

If we are lucky enough to have a dry weekend, we bundle up and head out for a long refreshing walk. I find that I am instantly cheered and refreshed, the chilly air just blows all the cobwebs away. A visit to the pub with an open fire doesn’t go amiss either!

Buy fresh flowers

There is nothing like fresh flowers in your home to brighten up your day and remind you that Spring time is just around the corner. Creams, pinks and fresh greens are my absolute favourite!

It's absolutely freezing outside. I'm so ready for the warmer longer days but will make the most of these cosy nights a little bit longer while they are still around.

Gemma xXx

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6 January 2017

Our Christmas - 2016

-Christmas Eve Drinks-

Hello & Happy New Year!

Did you have a lovely Christmas? We had a magical time, especially as it was our first as husband & wife! It is our favourite time of year so we try to take a few extra days off of work to make the most of it. As it’s my birthday on Christmas eve eve (AKA the 23rd) my husband always tries to make some fun plans for us to make it extra special for me.

One of the highlights for me was a trip into London to use our wedding vouchers in Selfridges and best of all see Aladdin in the West End. It’s our favourite Disney film and one we watched when we first started dating so brings back a lot of memories. Seeing all the twinkly Christmas lights along Oxford & Regents street added to the magic of the day.

-Ready to shop till we drop-

-Waiting for the show to start-

We spent lots of quality time with family & friends with all the food! You just can’t beat that time between Christmas & New Year when you go on lots of walks, have cosy afternoons on the sofa and each day blurs into one. I really didn’t want it all to end.

-Frosty Walks-

-Cheese & Wine night-
We made a gingerbread house (one of our annual traditions) whilst watching The Holiday. It was such a perfect evening 💓

On New Year’s Day we went ice skating which I was slightly apprehensive about. Ian’s been asking me to go for years but I’ve always chickened out. This time round I was brave which I’m so happy about as we had so much fun. I managed to fall over once and was sweating buckets but I will definitely be doing it again.  
-Skating with my love-

How was your Christmas? We've been back at work this week, Christmas now feels like so long ago!

Gemma x


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