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Triangles: Creating Wall Patterns with Painter’s Tape

If you’ve seen photos of the interior of our house, then you’ll know we love bold patterns and bright colours. In fact, there’s only one room and the downstairs loo that use a neutral colour palette.

Slowly, we’ve been getting more adventurous with our DIY projects over the years. Combining my crafty skills and Lee’s vision, we’ve found that we make the perfect home decorating team.

When we first bought our house in 2018, we decided to try something different in the living room; big, bold, turquoise diamonds – what’s the worst that could happen, right? If it looked rubbish, we’d just paint over it.

Life

The Best Bingeworthy Netflix for Lockdown Life

WARNING: READING THIS LIST OF BINGEWORTHY NETFLIX WILL DEFINITELY SEND YOU DOWN A RABBIT HOLE OF GOOD TV AND YOU WILL LOSE HOURS OF YOUR LIFE

With the pandemic putting travel aspirations on hold and forcing me to work from home, it’s been a prime time to catch up on all those Netflix shows that have been on my Watch List for as long as I can remember.

The downside; I have been binging the hell out of some amazing (and also pretty terrible) shows. Which has made me super unproductive when it comes to getting stuff done around the house – but we all need a little downtime, right?

Travel

Travel Gone Wrong: Holiday Hiccups and their Lessons

Let’s face it; we’ve all been there. Sometimes no amount of planning can combat a travel hiccup. But the important thing is to remember the lessons so you can hopefully avoid a similar fate in the future.

Granted, I haven’t found myself stranded in the middle of a country (except that time when I was 8, had no money and no phone, and was on a school trip to the Netherlands…) and luckily I’ve never been mugged or a victim of a tourist crime – so in that sense, my holiday hiccups aren’t all that extreme. But chances are, I’m betting a few people out there have done something similar.

I hope some of these stories make you laugh – or gasp – and I hope you’re able to learn from them so you don’t make the same mistake.

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Why Your Next Trip Should Be to Croatia’s Istrian Coast

These days, my destination wish list is longer than ever. At one point, I had the next 4 years’ worth of holiday destinations planned and scheduled…yeah, thanks COVID.

But back when I was just beginning to get a taste for adventure, the world was such a big place – add to the fact that I’d never been abroad without my parents, it was a pretty scary concept.

Where do you go when suddenly you have the pay check to go anywhere*?

* by anywhere, I mean somewhere low cost and probably in Europe

Hotels Nevada USA

Hotel Review: Bellagio, Las Vegas

Probably THE most iconic hotel on the Vegas strip, the Bellagio is famous for its elegance, luxury and dancing fountains. And I’m sure we’d all love to stay there too, right?

It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go – the Bellagio that is, not Vegas. If I could just spend one night there, I’d be a happy gal.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when Lee gifted me the booking confirmation for Christmas!

It did not dissapoint.

Hotels Nevada USA

Hotel Review: The Strat, Las Vegas

If anyone tells you Vegas is expensive, they lied.

Okay, so they only lied a little bit and yes, it does depend on what you want to do. But we categorically proved that a 2-week trip to Vegas doesn’t have to cost the earth.

Lee had been to Vegas before – twice – so we had expert insider knowledge on where to stay and what to do. If you’re looking for a budget option, there are a few hotels available:

  • Circus Circus – comes with free circus acts daily and is a great family option (circa $16 per night)
  • The Luxor – a little more expensive but still a budget option and closer to the main part of the strip (circa $32 per night)
  • Flamingo – one of the oldest hotels on the strip and has its own flamingo habitat (circa $35 per night)
  • Excalibur – if you love King Arthur and want to experience daily medieval tournaments (circa $27 per night)
  • The Strat – of course – (circa $28 per night)

Now if you really want to do Vegas on a budget, the Downtown hotels are so much cheaper but you’ll have to work out how you’re getting to the strip, although Downtown definitely has it’s perks and own entertainment too.

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Finding the Big Five: A South African Safari

A trip to South Africa wouldn’t be complete without a safari. Not wanting to miss out on a true African experience, we booked a day at Aquila Private Game Reserve.

When researching nearby safaris. Aquila was one of the closest and one of the more affordable. Many other reserves were quite costly, and were easily too far for a day trip.

There was so much we wanted to do in Cape Town, which meant that we didn’t want to be travelling too far, and Aquila was the perfect place. We had an amazing adventure, one I don’t think I’ll ever forget.

Nevada USA

Why Vegas should actually be on your bucket list (And it has nothing to do with partying)

Clubbing. Partying. Unlimited alochol. The Hangover movie. Strippers and Magic Mike.

I’m pretty sure this is the stereotype of Vegas we all have in our mind. 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not far off…if that’s what you like. 

For me, I’d never had any interest in visiting Vegas. I don’t drink much and I’m not a party animal – so why on earth would I go to the party capital of the world, and love every second of it?! 

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The Purrfect Treat: Afternoon Tea at Paws for Thought Cat Cafe

You should know by now that I’m a huge animal lover – my post on alpaca walking in Hampshire is a great example of this – and a couple of years ago, we discovered the Paws for Thought cafe in Romsey.

After seeing photos and videos from animal cafes around the world, I was thrilled to discover there would be one just 15 minutes down the road!

This was our third trip to Paws for Thought and I was so excited. Our previous two trips has been great; our first had been for the afternoon tea experience and the second time, we took some friends with us.

We simply fell in love with the place, and this trip was a long-awaited birthday voucher from my mum.

Hotels Jamaica The Caribbean

Hotel Review: Secret St James, Montego Bay

All-inclusive can be a great option for those who love to relax, enjoy the beach and really take time out from their busy life – after all, that’s what a holiday’s about right? (*the first time we’ve ever relaxed in our lives!)

The downside of all-inclusive is that sometimes it can be EXPENSIVE. And you feel like you need to drink your body weight in alcohol every single day just to make up for the cost.

And you’re not wrong.

When my best friend told me she was getting married in Jamaica, and their chosen destination wedding was going to be on a 5-star, all-inclusive resort, I think my bank account started crying. To make things worse, it was going to be peak summer holiday prices…

But the big question – was it worth it?

I won’t lie, I had HIGH expectations and boy was I going to be unhappy if standards slip.

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