Feb half term with the National Trust

  Get outdoors this February half-term with the National Trust – in and around Hampshire  February half-term is fast approaching, and there are loads of activities at National Trust places for kids to get messy, muddy and back in touch with nature. It’s the perfect opportunity for the whole family to create special memories and get inspiration for the year ahead. Give nature a hand and tackle Hinton Ampner’s spring

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Into the Glacier — Iceland

When I saw that Into The Glacier were based in Husafell, the same location as our first hotel in Iceland I decided to book it for our first day.  Generally we wanted our holiday to be governed by the weather and to not be looking at our watches every day but we decided to book this one trip as we were worried it might get booked up. Into The Glacier

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10 Reasons why you need to go to Iceland

  Having just got back from a week in Iceland, on what could quite possibly be the best holiday I have ever been on, I thought I would share my 10 reasons why you need to go to Iceland.  Because you do. Flight Time From the UK it is only a three hour flight and there are flights from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester on a daily basis.   There

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Park Spa Warbrook House — A Review

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would like to review the newly opened spa at Warbrook House, a local luxury hotel.  It did occur to me that we didn’t really have any spare time in the next couple of weeks which, the more I thought about it, made me realise we should absolutely make the time to do it.    Spending time with Mr B where

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Caroline Hirons organised my face

Not even joking.   ACTUAL Caroline “possibly the most influential skincare blogger in the Western Hemisphere” (according to NewBeauty Magazine this month) Hirons has sorted out my face.  Okay so maybe right now I do have a spot the size of a small Mediterranean Island on my chin but I see that as proof that what I have been doing to my face, thanks to Caroline, over the past week

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Solo Cinema Trips

It may surprise you to know that the very idea of going to the cinema alone fills me with abject horror.   Buy a ticket for one and sit by myself?!  I might as well just get a sandwich board with “I HAVE NO FRIENDS” plastered on it and stand in the multi screen car park, surely? Apparently not. I spotted an article in Stylist magazine being shared online yesterday

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Top Tips for planning a trip to Iceland

Everyone seems to have just got back from Iceland recently, or are planning a trip.   Mr B and I currently fall into the latter group and so for the past few months I have been reading up on what to do / where to go / what we need.   All of it useful info that I thought might be worth sharing should you ever find yourself thinking “what

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Have you heard about Treat Trunk?

I don’t know about you but this is the time of year that I think “If I see another piece of chocolate I am going to heave”.  What is it about Christmas that means we feel we are neglecting our family if we don’t have 17 different boxes of chocolates or chocolatey snacks on the coffee table?  Or a whole basket full of crisps, wasabi peas, peanuts etc? Yep, by

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Toby Carvery do takeaway, who knew?

Not me that’s for sure. True fact, my first job was in a Toby Carvery.  Working on Sundays whilst at college it was my job to “man the rumbler”,  the massive machine that peeled sackfuls of potatoes so we could then chop them into roasties.   It was 1986 and I can’t hear Starship’s “We built this city” without being taken back to that kitchen in Peterborough.   Since the

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The Upside Down House

If somebody says to you they are off to the upside down house you would be forgiven for thinking they meant a house where the kitchen is downstairs, and the bedrooms are upstairs.   Or that there has been a disaster with somebody’s caravan falling off a cliff and landing on its roof on the beach below. In Bournemouth, however, this is an actual upside down house.  Well to be

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The 72 things I learned in 2018 — Part 2

  Welcome to part 2 of what I learned in 2018.  I didn’t mean for this to be in two parts but part one was pushing 3000 words so it was time to split it up before people started reading and feel asleep.  If you missed Part One, click here The world stopped for a while when the news broke that Kate, a mum of two, a daughter, a dear

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The seventy two things I learned in 2018 — Part 1

  For the most part 2018 was rubbish.   I certainly won’t be remembering it with any affection, that’s for sure.  But in amongst all the poop, there were some lovely moments.  Such as seeing Caity get married, it really was the most perfect day and she looked stunning.   Mr B and I celebrated ten years of marriage.   My granny had seventy people sing happy birthday to her

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