Marriage Prep and Meal tasting!

The last week for us, had been busy on the wedding front, from marriage preparation to menu tasting and sending the first batch of invites out! Super exciting!

So first thing is if you’re having a church wedding do you have marriage preparation? We were so dubious about this to start with as we’ve been together nearly 10years, nothings going to change but my name. However this was a great day for us focusing on after that “one” wedding day and focusing on our marriage together. It really does make you think. We learnt a lot, from new ways of talking with each other, financial management to family relationships.

They let thing to take forward was about learning to listen and communicate effectively!

After a great day learning lots of new things and meeting some awesome couples we then got onto trying our menus! Yummmm! If I’m honest we didn’t know what to expect at all. The hotels restaurant where we are getting married has 3 Rosettes and won they best hotel restaurant award last year!! So being foodies we were keen to see what it was all about, and it did not let us down, the service was great and the food was delicious!

Desert to test the tastebuds

As you can imagine after all that food, we walked out about a stone heavier! But in such excitement for our big day!

Did you have a meal tasting? How was it?

DIY Brides

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It’s that time of the week again, wedding Wednesday. This week I want to talk about all the things that are super easy to make your self to help save a few pennies…

Being in the design industry and starting off my wedding planning journey I knew stationary wise this was something I was going to do myself. (So far I’ve made save the dates and invites) I’m not going to lie, you need to be super organised and have some time to play with, or a great group of friends to help you out as ours took a good while! (Get some prosecco in and make an evening of it) Alternatively you can get pre-made templates on Etsy that you can edit and print which look just as good!

I bought all the materials on eBay to make these and had a stamp made with our names on. Which has been used on just about everything so far to personalise our wedding stationary in a unique way!

The other thing I have been making is for the table, some cute custom tea light jam jars all wrapped in cute string and lace. These are super easy and cheap. Jars, any size, I’ve just collected mine and asked family to collect them too. Lace and twine from eBay, you can get some really nice stuff on there, and wrapped around a jar with a candle in, looks really special.

I hope these bits that can help cut costs help, as I continue my journey, I’ll post about more things brides can DIY

Also any brides out there any DIY tips, I’d love to here them!

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So… you’ve just got engaged! You’ve let everyone know! The next question they ask is so when do you think you’ll have the big day! 

Being in the UK we knew there’s no guarantee sunshine, and we really don’t feel the weather is going to effect our wedding, we’ve been to so many great weddings in October, a great month with beautiful autumnal leaves! (Also October falls out of wedding season *WIN for costs*)

We spent a long time thinking about places we could get married places we’ve been and loved, places near my parents (traditional) and his. We personally loved the idea of choosing somewhere that meant something to both of us, Brockenhurst Hampshire, where we first met at college! Once we had a rough idea of the location, out came the spreadsheets!

Google sheets has literally been my wedding planning best friend! I initially started looking at locations in the area that put on weddings- all put into a list with links so that me and josh could sit down one evening and think about what suited us and what type of wedding we wanted! It was also a great way to see costs and grasp some idea of a budget (I had no idea where to start with that) and how many people they could cater for. Once we narrowed down our options we contacted the relevant wedding venues to ask to view them. 

Something we really hadn’t thought about was guest list and how many guests we could/wanted to invite and keep the cost at a reasonable amount. And that was the first question we had back from the venues. “What’s you approx number of guests”. At the the time I chucked a ball park figure out there. Don’t do this. Spend some time on the guest list, make sure your happy with it! We underestimated how many people we we would invite and therefore lost negotiating deals!

Don’t forget most of all to enjoy it – I can tell you now this this was the funnest spreadsheet I’ve ever done!

Photo taken in the middle of our viewings

Wedding Fair

So having got engaged between Christmas and New year I saw this as a perfect opportunity to have a girls day out with my mum! She came up to London and we went to the Wedding Fair in the Excel!

It was interesting to say the least, we went along on the Saturday, hoping to have our minds filled with inspiration and new ideas. The morning was so busy we found the show very un inspiring and chaotic, not what we expected at all. Slightly disappointed, we decided to grab some lunch, and then go back into the show with fresh eyes and head to the catwalk. The afternoon was so much more interesting mainly, because the show itself had quietened down and we were able to walk around the show properly. The catwalk was great fun and we got some good Wedding Dress inspiration.

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A few things I am going to look into next time is, what stall holders will be at the exhibition ( the wedding fair seemed to have lots of teeth whitening, facial products and skin care), and what do I need to get out of going to the Exhibition. All in all we had a good day out, but think we will re-think what wedding fairs we go to before heading to one again.

So my top tip is: Do your research!

Hello January

Well Christmas and New year Flew by didn’t it just? As most of you probably know from my Social Media Sites I was lucky enough to have got engaged! So January for me so far has been pedal to the metal organising and planning, who knew you had to book a venue and service like 2 years in advance? Crazy! but so Exciting
So much for my quiet January this year…

So as you do in January January, I have set myself a few blogging goals this year, which I wanted to share with you all to get me started!

Goal 1: Blog fortnightly! – no more hit and miss blog posts once every 2 Months! I am aiming for consistency.. (lets face it I am going to need a break from all this planning)

Goal 2: Be more socially active. This means “hello…I’ll be popping up in blogger chats on twitter”

Goal 3: Grow my online following by 10% – I’m hoping this will come from more consistent blog posts and increasing my engagement going to blogger chats. (fingers crossed)

So that’s me! What are your goals this year?

Benefit Haul

Benefit Roller Lash and Sun beam
Having recently had a benefit makeover I made a couple of purchases (I definitely have a couple more to make). For me as soon as I saw these two product they were an initial must.

1. Roller lash – I can’t believe I hadn’t tried this before. It does wonders to my eyelashes. This is a new mascara by benefit and I have heard a lot about it, but I guess you never really believe something until you see it for yourself, and now I’ve tried it, I can’t say I’ll ever go back. I’ve had a few high end brand mascaras , Guerlain, Dior and Lancôme to name a few and none have done what benefits roller lash does. It extends my eye lashes and really opens up my eyes. I now cannot recommend this enough to anyone.

2. Sun Beam – This is an absolute essential for a bronzed highlight sitting on the cheek bones it gives the face an instant summer glow – with a slight shimmer. It’s easy application and light on the skin it was perfect for what I wanted. A brilliant beachy look comes very easy with this product. Keep that summer glow this Autumn.

Halkidiki, Greece

Hey long time no speak! I have just come back from a truly beautiful holiday with Josh. It was a week long in what felt like paradise! We flew into Thessaloniki, Greece last Thursday, from there we hired a car and drove to the first peninsular (Kassandra) it was around an hour and a hal drive, but so easy. We arrived late at night to the hotel in Pefkohori Anna Maria Paradise – the area really was a paradise. We woke up earliest ate a buffet breakfast at the hotel and headed to the beach straight away. What a beautiful site, white beaches and beautiful blue clear seas!  

me on the beach in Pefkohori, wearing a new hat I got from the bloggersmarket

 

From there we also then walked into the town where we discovered ice creams were only €1 this made it for us the rest of the holiday was filled with ice creams! They were very delicious too.  

ice creams on the sea front

 
We then walked along to the end of the prominade and stopped in a restaurant called Asterias for a light lunch. It was cheap, delicious and a big portion, we ordered a Greek salad each and this filled us right up. Yum! 

greek salad yumm

 
The next few days were spent in the clear blue waters, sipping cocktails in the beautiful sunshine. It was so lovely and relaxing, we spent a day on a boat that we rented out exploring the coastline from a different angle, this was such great fun – and cheap too! 

yes I was driving

 
We also took a day out to the other side of the peninsular where we went to a sulphur spa – not going to lie I forgot what sulphur smelt like until I went there and it’s not a pleasant smell at all, think rotten egg. None the less we gave it a go, we did only last no longer than 5mins. Then we headed straight to the nearest beach where we did some snorkelling and checked out some of the amazing views. 

trying out the smelly sulphur spa

  

exploring under the sea

 
That evening we treated ourselves to a delicious meal out to trip advisors number #3 restaurant called Bakalis, right on the sea front it was a brilliant location . Where we ordered veg, salad and seafood, there was just so much, we ended up with a table full of food which we both gradually throughout the night made it through. It was slightly pricier here but well worth it. All the food was booming with flavour!  We then took a night walk along the beach and back to our hotel where the Greeks were having a party at the bar that we were invited to join in on, so much fun glasses getting smashed (in true Greek style) and shots flowing!

Josh and the table full of delicious food


  

post Greek Glass Smashing photo

 

Our time was nearly up in this beautiful part of the world, we spent our last day in a slightly different way, in Thessaloniki the second city of Greece. A lovely place (very hot) but lots to see, the old walls of the city (what’s left) that were built BC, Aristole square and the White Tower. Some great sites to visit and really we didn’t have enough time to explore the markets and more of the city. 

     
All I can do is massively recommend this place to go and explore we found so much out, history and culture as well as the tourist things to go and do. The people, are lovely and just so helpful too! 

Breakfast in Bed

This is a post about how great it is having breakfast in bed, especially on a rainy day like today! This morning I was trying out 2 products, that I have not tried before.

Rosy-Lee

Rosy-Lee

The first I tried was Rosy-Lee, which really does make a great traditionally strong cuppa. Personally I love the branding, playing on the cockney rhyme it’s a brilliant idea and a great product. Check out the site here for more information.

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.The second I tried out was a granola, that is home made and uses organic ingredients. I have tried a fair few granola brands and this is by far one of the nicest out there. It was made by a company who are currently based in West London ( I am hoping they expand to the South) as I would love to order more. The company is called Breakfast in Bed and they deliver all sorts of breakfasts to people in West London, check out the website to see what else they can deliver here.

enjoying a delicious cuppa and some great granola!

enjoying a delicious cuppa and some great granola!

The new kid on the block

bus card copySo Monday was my first time attending a blogger event, and it was just so much fun. Being so new to blogging I was lucky enough to be a plus one for  Khrissieloves. It was a great way for myself as a newbie to get to meet lots of different food brands and create some great connections.
If you are new to blogging and off to your first blogging event one necessity to take along is a business card with email, blog address and twitter handle, you can see mine on the left.

Everyone at the event was so friendly, So make sure you’re ready to chat until your heart is content!

Something I would like to remember to do next time is take lots of photo’s, I don’t feel like I took enough this time!
I can’t wait for my next event to make some more new friends and try some more new products. Watch out for my first ever product review this week, any hints and tips from fellow bloggers please drop me a comment!

few snaps

RUNNING BUG

It’s been a while since I last blogged anything I’ve had lots on but I am back. I have also signed myself up for the Bournemouth Marathon in October so running is about to start taking over my life and I will be sharing my journey with you all as I have also entered for the ballot in London 2016 **fingers and toes crossed I get to run that too**

I know what you’re thinking yes I must be crazy, but with time on my hands, I am starting my training early and building into my 16week marathon training plan. I plan to blog the highs lows, products and other activities I am testing on my journey so that hopefully this might be able to help you if you sign up.


(Photo taken by basil check out some of his other stuff here at facebook.com/basil.Thornton )

So this is me around 3weeks ago running my first proper 10k in 2 years and with increased amount of training and now joined to a running club in those 2 years I have shaved 10mins off my time.. And for me that was a big achievement as really a beginner runner. The key thing I want to do is enjoy it, so I hope you enjoy my posts and journey and any recommendations you have will be appreciated! But for now I’m doing up my laces ready to get out running again