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?
In 2019 we are all looking to travel smarter. Have you ever lost money because you could not travel and had a non-refundable flight or a hotel reservation? You are not alone. Millions of people lose money on their unused travel bookings every year because they are not aware of any safe and hassle-free ways to resell their reservations. This is where SpareFare comes into play. SpareFare is a revolutionary new marketplace which allows travellers to buy and sell their non-refundable airline tickets, hotel reservations and holiday packages. It is like an eBay which has been specifically designed for travel reservations, but much more secure. There was a significant gap in the market which has finally been addressed.
- Earlier this year I was asked by Escentual to partake in a 3 month trial of the product, Klorane Quinine Keratin Strength Fortifying Spray. This spray is a thinning hair treatment said to strengthen hair which has suffered from thinning as a result of things such as stress, seasonal changes and post pregnancy.
Interrupting this broadcast for … my very first podcast interview! Recently I have become a huge fan of podcasts and listen to then regularly when walking. So when Ros Jones of ActionCOACH asked if I would like to partake in her podcast series, Bold Business Bits, I jumped at the opportunity.
St Maarten has been on our bucket list for as long as I can remember. And St Maarten with kids in tow was not going to stop us. We were scheduled to travel to this Caribbean island oasis in Christmas 2017. However unfortunately, Hurricane Irma had other ideas in mind and due to the island being completely devastated we had to postpone our trip. We rescheduled our family holiday in St Maarten just over 12 months later and it completely lived up to our expectations. This small island is actually split into 2 countries, France and Netherlands, and we spent our time on the Dutch side. Keep reading to learn all about our idyllic family holiday in the Caribbean.