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When it’s all over…

When it’s all over…

When I spotted this Q&A on Audrey Louise’s blog, something compelled me to take her lead [inspired by Kezzie originally] and throw my answers in as well about when it’s all over. If I’m being completely honest, I haven’t thought very much about the future. I’ve always been a very firm proponent of living in the moment (except when it comes to travel plans, it’s always nice to have the next adventure in the making) and… View Post

9 ways to travel at home (when you can’…

9 ways to travel at home (when you can’t go out)

I was dozing on the couch, soaking in the sunshine pouring through the windows, and hazily an idea surfaced. I remembered that even though we’re staying safe (and keeping those we love safer) by not going out, there are definitely ways to travel whilst at home. Travel is a welcome distraction from worry, something that brings joy – and if you’ve got children, a good way to explore the world and teach them about other… View Post

Books to Read: A to Z Edition [Affiliate]

Books to Read: A to Z Edition [Affiliate]

I have a bad habit. A rather terrible habit that drives Mr Kiwi pretty crazy – I’m one of the biggest bookworms I know – and believe me, I know a few. So I thought I’d pop together this ‘books to read’ list A to Z edition, because who doesn’t love a list! Disclosure: post contains affiliate links – but is no extra cost to you. You’re thinking, “that’s not such a bad habit it’s not illegal,… View Post

9 ideas for brunch at home (including full recipes)

9 ideas for brunch at home (including full recipes)

For years Mr Kiwi and I have had a tradition that if we aren’t out for brunch, we’ll make something delicious at home. So when we were sitting down and writing our grocery shopping list this week, we threw around a few ideas and whittled our favourites down to these 9 ideas for brunch at home. It makes the weekend that little bit more special (something important in quarantine times) – and perfect whilst we… View Post

My Dream UK Roadtrip | Sponsored by Bailey of …

My Dream UK Roadtrip | Sponsored by Bailey of Bristol

You know how you have Travel Dreams (those ones complete with capital letters) that you keep tucked away in your heart of hearts? Well, although we’re currently on lockdown in the UK and unable to take a trip at the moment, there’s nothing to stop us from planning and dreaming about getting out on the open road when the time is right. Disclosure: This post was commissioned by Bailey of Bristol who have been manufacturing… View Post

9 things making me happy | Positivity Travel Linkup

9 things making me happy | Positivity Travel Linkup

There been so much going on in the world recently, and if we were having a coffee right now, it would probably be a Delgado (Tiktok) coffee sitting on our back garden patio. At acceptable socially distant length apart or via video call obviously. This month for the travel link up we wanted to share some positivity – so I thought I’d share 9 things making me happy recently.

Blog Chores | Improving SEO and Traffic

Blog Chores | Improving SEO and Traffic

Whilst we have more downtime than we usually get, I thought I’d get up-to-date with a few of my Blog chores, improving SEO and traffic.  You know the ones I mean, those nagging bits and piece that you keep meaning to do, but don’t quite get around to (Hello Twitter and Instagram procrastination) but not now! I thought it might help to share a few of the things that I like to try and do… View Post

9 fantasy books perfect for a little escapism

9 fantasy books perfect for a little escapism

I don’t know about you, but this seems like the perfect time to curl up with a few stories of magic, mysticism and lands beyond our wildest dreams. These 9 fantasy books perfect for a little escapism might just be what you need – I know I’ve pulled them out again for a second (or third) read. Disclosure: post contains affiliate links – but is no extra cost to you. I loved these 9 fantasy… View Post

Saffron Circle Restaurant Review | A Taste of Mumbai …

Saffron Circle Restaurant Review | A Taste of Mumbai in Swiss Cottage

This Saffron Circle Restaurant Review could almost be summarized in two words: Vada Pao. If you know, you know. I’ve used a few more than two words for this Swiss Cottage restaurant, but all they’re totally worth it. Disclosure: We were invited guests of Saffron Circle, but I’m definitely planning on going back. In fact, I’ve been back for Vada Pao since I did the lunch review and I’m planning to take Mr Kiwi and his… View Post

The Ultimate Guide to Working From Home

The Ultimate Guide to Working From Home

For nearly 3 long years as a freelancer, I’ve been under the steady paw of home management, overseen by a small [but very business-oriented] Tabby cat. In light of current events, I thought I’d put together this grandly titled ‘Ultimate Guide to Working From Home’ as I’ve been getting a lot of questions about tips for working from home. Get your laptop out, your preferred method of calendar setting, make sure you have a decent… View Post

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel | A Magical Evening Under …

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel | A Magical Evening Under the Star-Case

Sometimes as a Londoner you get to experience really special moments that you actually can’t imagine would happen and dining under the incredible sweeping staircase of the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel was one of those. Disclosure: we were guests of the hotel, but all thoughts are my own. The beautiful St. Pancras station is one of my favourite places in London – those majestic gothic arches captured my heart many years ago, and the interiors… View Post

If we were having coffee | The February-why-is-the-weather-so-grey Edit

If we were having coffee | The February-why-is-the-weather-so-grey Edit

If we were having coffee, I’d very much hope it was on my hotel balcony, overlooking the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The sun would be shining, there would be a local band playing over the other side of the river and the only plans we’d have would be to do another Pinxtos crawl later today. That’s a bit specific, sorry… What else happened this month?

An Alternative City Guide to Birmingham | AD

An Alternative City Guide to Birmingham | AD

The words that come to mind when I think of Birmingham are chocolate, industrial architecture, cats, Ozzy Osbourne and alchemy. Potentially the most random combination that I can conjure, but that can the joy of exploring less touristy destinations. Disclosure: this alternative city guide to Birmingham was commissioned by Hotels.com to showcase booking in at the Birmingham airport hotel, but all random adventures are very much my own (you’ll see). Something people say to me all the… View Post

Aqua Nueva Review | A Taste of Spanish Sunshine | …

Aqua Nueva Review | A Taste of Spanish Sunshine | AD

Honestly, there is nothing worse than British rain in the dead of winter. It feels like all of the joy in the world has been leeched out – and that’s before the chilly wetness gets into your bones (and under your collar. Yeech.) As well as booking flights for a sunshine holiday, when an invite landed in my inbox to try the a la carte menu at Aqua Nueva, you know I hightailed it to Oxford… View Post

Mostar And Kravice Waterfall | A Day in Bosnia …

Mostar And Kravice Waterfall | A Day in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Where do I even start with visiting Mostar and Kravice Waterfall in Bosnia and Herzegovina? It’s a beautiful, quite sobering and worthy day trip from Dubrovnik. Even on a cold, wet, grey day, they were special – I can only imagine how glorious they will be when the sun is shining.  I honestly never thought that it would be possible to safely visit the Balkan Peninsula. In 1991, Bosnia and Herzegovina joined several republics of the… View Post

Landmark Hotel Restaurant Review | Leisurely Lunches

Landmark Hotel Restaurant Review | Leisurely Lunches

I’m going to let you into a secret. Come close. Come Closer. One of the loveliest things about being my own boss is leisurely lunches. *shifty eyes* Especially last-minute ones that just kinda happen, like this one at the Landmark Hotel.  London seems to be a city that’s either planned 3 months in advance or at the very last minute – and this lunch was most definitely the former.

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa | A Shopping Staycation

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa | A Shopping Staycation

One of my best recommendations for beating the winter blues is having something lovely to look forward to. For me this January, it was a cheeky overnight girls trip to the Bicester Hotel Golf & Spa. Disclosure: We were guests of Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa, all in much need of some January cheer. The skies were altogether grey and damp, Christmas seemed to leave with all of the good cheer and I was already… View Post

10 of the best ways to beat winter blues

10 of the best ways to beat winter blues

It’s cold, there isn’t much sunshine and I’m already getting sick of arriving places looking like I was dragged through a wet hedge backwards – repeatedly. So, I decided to pop together this blog post of 10 ways to beat winter blues – tried and true methods that help me to survive those Northern Hemisphere winters that never seem to end. {Disclaimer: post contains one clearly marked affiliate link.}  I love a good list. Especially… View Post

If We Were Having Coffee | January Edition

If We Were Having Coffee | January Edition

If we were having coffee, at this point it would probably be a home-brewed cup, flavoured heavily with vanilla.  I’ve been home a lot this month – working away busily on a few future plans, getting ready to launch something a little special (keep reading for a sneak peek), planning some extensive garden works that will pay handsome dividends in summer, keeping an eye on our poorly cat (who seems to be getting a little… View Post

Guilty Pleasures When Travelling | Travel Linkup

Guilty Pleasures When Travelling | Travel Linkup

I have to admit to a host of guilty pleasures when travelling – sunset cocktails, morning coffees in bed, exploring local supermarkets, outrageously delicious lunch feasts and late dinners, but my guiltiest is probably the most pedestrian of them all. Long leisurely soaks in beautiful bathrooms and hot tubs. Oh, following it up by an afternoon nap. The best nap of them all, by leagues. So, for the travel linkup this month, I decided to indulge… View Post