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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

The Ultimate London Bucket List | Insiders Edition | Sponsored …

The Ultimate London Bucket List | Insiders Edition | Sponsored by Keith Prowse

Over the years I’ve made it a mission to explore as many unique London nooks and crannies as I can, and yet I’ve never actually put them altogether and written an ultimate London bucket list. So, without further ado – or more fluffy pre-amble – here it is! Disclosure: This post was commissioned by Keith Prowse, the official hospitality provider for many iconic venues and stadiums across the country including Wimbledon hospitality 2020. Living in London… View Post

What to do in Grenada | Adventures on the …

What to do in Grenada | Adventures on the Caribbean Spice Isle

Wondering what to do in Grenada? Well, that is between lazing on one of the 45+ beaches and slipping to the nearest bar to try their unique rum punch… Follow me to a magical island, one full of exotic aroma, filled with laughter and the perfect place to adventure. Disclaimer: We were guests of Pure Grenada, the national tourism board, but all enthusing and rum cocktail enjoyment is very much my own. Before you start reading this… View Post

Where to stay in Grenada | The True Blue …

Where to stay in Grenada | The True Blue Bay Boutique Resort

Want to know where to stay in Grenada? True Blue Bay is something rather unique – a boutique resort on the island of Grenada, replete with Dodgy Dock overlooking a marina, a rum shack, friendly resident cats, a litany of nooks to sip cocktails in and the unique sound of tree frogs that croaked through the night. Disclaimer: We were guests of Pure Grenada and True Blue Bay, but all enthusing and rum cocktail enjoyment is very… View Post

Grenada, the Caribbean Island of Spice [Pronounced Grin-AY-da]

Grenada, the Caribbean Island of Spice [Pronounced Grin-AY-da]

Words can’t really describe how much I was looking forward to escaping the dreary English winter for the tropical Caribbean island shores of Grenada. I was already fed up of getting caught in the icy rain and shrugging on layers of heavy clothing – and it was only the very start of the coldest season of the year. Disclaimer: We were guests of Pure Grenada, the national tourism board, but all enthusing and rum cocktail enjoyment… View Post

Searcys Travel Afternoon Tea St Pancras | Themed Afternoon …

Searcys Travel Afternoon Tea St Pancras | Themed Afternoon Teas in London

It’s fair to say that 90% of my waking thoughts centre around travel in some form and I knew from the moment I heard about the Searcys Art Of Travel afternoon tea in St Pancras Station, that I wanted to pop in and try this iteration of themed afternoon teas in London. The only problem was that I was too busy travelling to book it in for an age…London Luckily, one of my favourite partners-in-mischief… View Post

Things to do in Dubrovnik | The Relaxation Edit

Things to do in Dubrovnik | The Relaxation Edit

How on earth do I describe Dubrovnik in a way that sufficiently does the city justice and doesn’t just boil down to yet another ‘things to do in Dubrovnik’ blog post list?  When deciding where to go, we took our time researching and consulting friends who had been to the city for longer than just a cruise ship day offloading (a source of many visitors) and when a good friend suggested that if we go… View Post

TRAVEL WISHLISTS FOR 2020 AND THE YEAR AHEAD – JANUARY #…

TRAVEL WISHLISTS FOR 2020 AND THE YEAR AHEAD – JANUARY #TRAVELLINKUP

Goodness me, it’s that part of the year again already. The time for looking back, taking stock of the present and writing travel wishlists for 2020. It’s also the time of year to be confused about exactly what year it is, but I digress.  Travel has never been a race for me – I’ve always picked destinations on my own terms, and for my own reasons (more often than not, it’s the history or food… View Post

GOODBYE 2019, HELLO 2020 – A THROWBACK TO THE YEAR THAT …

GOODBYE 2019, HELLO 2020 – A THROWBACK TO THE YEAR THAT WAS.

First and foremost my blog is a journal. An online journal that has become a treasure box of memories, tips that I hope will be helpful and my online baby which has given me the impetus to learn a plethora of new skills. In that spirit, Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020! This little blog post is a throwback to the year that was. 2019 has been quite the year work-wise; I’m so thankful to have a collection… View Post

The Best 12 Christmas Trees in London | 2019 Edit

The Best 12 Christmas Trees in London | 2019 Edit

Looking for Christmas tree decoration inspiration? These were my favourite 12 Christmas trees in London 2019. Most of these will be up until the New Year, if not the 12th Day of Christmas, which is technically Sunday the 5th January. Liberty London | Award for most worthy of a talking caterpillar The Liberty Tree was almost my favourite of the festive season – with a distinct Alice in Wonderland 

10 Small Pleasures of Christmas

10 Small Pleasures of Christmas

I’m unashamedly stealing this idea from Tanja at Red Phone Box Travels, a Momma whose blog I’ve adored reading for years – someone who shares my unbridled love of London. Her 10 Small Pleasures of Christmas post (which I believe was inspired by Uprooted Wanderers) gave me all of the festive feels, so I wanted to get in on the party. So, in no real order, here are 10 small pleasures of mine at Christmas.… View Post

A Charity Gift Guide | What to buy the …

A Charity Gift Guide | What to buy the people who have everything | 2019

Christmas is becoming increasingly commercialised, but it’s also a time where people really do think of the kindnesses that they can pay forward. As such, I’ve been writing charity gift guides since 2014 (which have also helped me buy meaningful presents for those friends and family who are notoriously hard to buy for as well…) as well as supporting great small businesses who are making a difference in the world. Blogger gift guides are pretty… View Post

Women’s Hand Luggage | The Travel Hack Suitcase | …

Women’s Hand Luggage | The Travel Hack Suitcase | Twelve Month Update

I absolutely adore my Travel Hack suitcase. After 12 months of rolling around the UK & Europe, I love that it’s still in incredibly good nick, flexible, handy and so very pretty – the perfect piece of women’s hand luggage. (Though Mr Kiwi is happy to be seen in public with it as well, the rose gold zips are quite subtle.) Disclosure: The Travel Hack kindly gifted me the Cabin Max Case (affiliate link*). Bloggers cop a… View Post

If We Were Having Coffee | A Tropical Edition

If We Were Having Coffee | A Tropical Edition

Well, to be honest, November was equal turns surprising and amazing. So, I think I’d be having a rum punch in lieu of a coffee (or maybe a Jamaica Coffee – dark rum, coffee liqueur, coffee, heavy cream and coffee beans. But, I digress.)  It was rather destined to be lovely – Mr Kiwi and I had a holiday to Dubrovnik booked, missing all of their summer crowds, so we spent nearly a week exploring… View Post