The food and drink of Madeira warranted an entire blog post of its own. Whilst there are many amazing things to see and do in Madeira, the cuisine is equally impressive. This was our first trip to Portugal, which started with 48 hours in Porto, so we were eager to sample the local specialties. After all, trying all of the food and drinks is one of the wonderful things about traveling. Keep reading for the low down on all of the food and drinks you need to try whilst in Madeira, as advised to us by the locals. And to finish off the blog post I have included a couple of noteworthy venues which I recommend you visit whilst in Funchal.
Following on from our family trip to Porto, we visited the small island of Madeira, Portugal. When I mention that we travelled to Madeira, the common response from my British friends is, ‘isn’t it an old people’s place?‘ Such a reputation could not be further from the truth. Madeira is a picturesque island with so much to offer from adventure activities to delectable cuisine. Not to mention the subtropical climate, meaning the weather is appealing year round. The landscape and vegetation remind me of Hawaii whilst the colonial buildings in Funchal echo those of Singapore from the same era. Madeira was elected “World’s Leading Island Destination” by the World Travel Awards for the past 4 years and I can’t believe it is not a more popular destination for tourists. To help inspire your wanderlust, here I have compiled all of the amazing things that you need to do on your trip to Madeira (either with or without the kids!)
When Stickerscape reached out and asked if we would be interested in trying some of their kids wall stickers, I jumped at the opportunity. We moved into our home 3 weeks before Mackenzie was born. Just a few months prior we had relocated from Australia to England. We had no furniture and just basic home wares, which meant that our little girl was never given an Instagram worthy nursery. She recently turned 2 and is quickly becoming a ‘big girl‘. So I thought it was the perfect opportunity to create a beautiful toddler bedroom with some kids wall stickers from Stickerscape.
I was recently gifted the Expandable Wireless Speaker Mo from POW Audio to review. As we were heading to Portugal on our family summer holidays, it was the perfect opportunity to test out the travel bluetooth speaker. We rented AirBNBs whilst in Portugal and during our travels we have found it is not common place for them to have speakers or stereos. Personally I love to listen to music whilst we are on holidays when we are relaxing or getting ready. So, what did I think of this new expandable bluetooth speaker from POW Audio?
Porto, Portugal – a gorgeous city with cobblestone streets and a contrast of old and new buildings. It is a city like no other that I have visited previously and I struggled to draw a comparison. Blue and white tiles decorate the outside of buildings creating a beautiful landscape contrasted against the terracotta roofs. Whilst I had wanted to visit Portugal for such a long time, I actually knew nothing about Porto as a city itself. When our family mentioned that they would be traveling to Porto, we jumped at the opportunity to meet them there for a 48 hour whirlwind tour. We had an absolutely brilliant time and I couldn’t wait to share our adventures with you. Discover all the fabulous things we did and enjoyed whilst we aimlessly let the family guide us around the unique city.
Looking for the ultimate travel packing list for a baby? Well you have come to the right place! Travelling with a baby might seem like a daunting prospect, but it definitely doesn’t have to be. Sure, there are a few extra challenges, but with the right equipment and a calm mind, you can expose your little one to all the amazing wonders of the world. Our daughter traveled to 10 countries in the first 12 months of her life, so I would safely consider ourselves somewhat of experts when it comes to traveling with a baby.
The Ebor Festival at York Races has been a firm fixture on our calendars since arriving in York. So when York Racecourse asked if I would like to assist them with some fashion content for their Instagram account in the lead up to the Ebor Festival, I jumped at the opportunity. We have been horse racing enthusiasts for over a decade and have held memberships with several clubs, including York Racecourse.
Lets talk breastfeeding essentials! Whilst pregnant I figured that I would ‘give it a go‘ when it came to breastfeeding, and quite literally did not give it any further consideration. I just thought I would whack the baby on the boob, they would feed merrily and I would get on with my life. Wow, did I get a rude shock! I did not enjoy the experience at all and recall desperately wanting to give it up. Unfortunately for me, my daughter refused to take a bottle, whether it was expressed milk or formula. And whilst I am pro-breastfeeding, I also very strongly believe that fed is best. Because happy mum = happy baby. So if you want or need to stop breastfeeding for WHATEVER reason, that is okay too.
I recently had the pleasure of attending the Maxwell-Scott’s AW Launch for its 2019 collection. Maxwell Scott’s team invited me to their party and their super luxe products appealed to me so, I was eager to attend the event. Maxwell Scott is a proud Yorkshire based brand with gorgeous leather goods which are British designed and Italian made.
Feeling sexy after motherhood – is there such a thing? The answer is, yes of course! In those early days of becoming a mother it is very difficult to see how. Your body is no longer your own as your recover from birth and (quite literally) give life to your newborn if you choose to breastfeed. Maternity bras, pads the size of a surfboard and that pouch affectionately known as the ‘mum tum’ do not exactly scream sexiness. However, like everything with pregnancy and motherhood, it is all a phase and will soon pass. Before you know it, you will be back to feeling somewhat like your old self … or at least enjoying your new self. So, how do you feel sexy again after motherhood?