Thursday, 27 November 2014

Destination: Menorca, Spain

There's no better way to beat winter blues 
than booking a holiday to a warm, sunny place by the sea. 

And, Menorca ticks all those boxes 
and is very kids-friendly too, apparently!

The following post has been contributed by Thomson Flights.

A quiet escape: Menorca, Spain
Unlike its party-hard-or-go-home siblings, Menorca is the tranquil little sister of rowdy Mallorca and Ibiza. With its luminous blue waters, white sand and lush forested areas, this little jewel promises an undeveloped haven in the heart of the Balearics, and the perfect spot to take a family in need of some serious chill out time. Read on for some of the most relaxing pursuits in this, one of the world’s natural beauty spots.

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Book all inclusive
If you have a young family, take the hassle out of searching family-friendly restaurants and book something all-inclusive. While it’s unlikely you’ll find a high-rise, concrete crash pad, there are still plenty resorts suited to lounging around a pool with the kids.

Hit the beach
Without question Menorca is privy to some of the finest sands in Europe. This will delight any little ones hoping to get digging with a bucket and spade, while adults can flop open a sun lounger and dive headlong into a good book. If you enjoy a little wildlife-spotting, make for Es Grau, where you can spot the flora and fauna of the nearby nature reserve, or paddle in the clear, shallow waters of idyllic Cala Macarella for some of the best swimming in the Balearics.


Explore the caves of Cala Morell
This ancient landscape of sea and rock called Cala Morell conceals a man-carved necropolis which dates back thousands of years. It’s easily reached from the town of Ciutadella by bike or car, and costs absolutely nothing to visit!

Take a relaxing cruise
Charter a glass-bottomed boat and explore the waters around Mahon, the island’s capital. While you may not have time to get around all the coastal highlights on land, seeing the sights is a breeze if you’re skimming past the likes of Lazaretto Island and Sant Felip Castle.

All that jazz…
After a hectic day of doing very little at all, indulge in some laid-back nightlife at the San Clemente Jazz Club, Menorca’s oldest jazz venue. Get into the swing of things from 21:30, or if you happen to be in Mao harbour area, slip into something glitzy and sip one of the renowned cocktails at Akelarre Jazz Club for a smooth evening of rhythm and blues.
Images by Tuscasasrurales and Ihourharene, used under the Creative Commons license.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Chic & Classic for Children: Amelia Brennan

I was recently contacted by Amelia Brennan
a small British clothing boutique 
selling the most adorable garments for babies & children. 

Browsing through the collection, 
I instantly fell in love with the classic designs 
and immaculate cuts of the children's clothing range. 


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The trademark hand-smocked and embroidered details, 
which very much remind me of Prince George's wardrobe, 
are perfect for dressing up the little ones on special occasions, 
like weddings, christenings and other celebrations. 

The clothes are made with natural fabrics 
that are friendly for baby's skin, easy to wash 
and have been designed to be durable.  


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The selection, although not vast, is absolutely lovely: 
traditional rompers with embroidered and smocked details for babies, 
super cute dungarees and Peter pan collar shirts for little boys, 
and the most lovely hand smocked dresses for little girls. 

Most importantly, 
the classic and timeless designs 
make these adorable clothes perfect 
to pass down to future generations.

Pictured: baby romper £37.50, boys' dungarees £49.99, girls' dress £40.00.
All available at AmeliaBrennan.co.uk

Disclosure: Collaborative post.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Blooming Fabulous: Appleyard London

What is the best way to brighten up the day? 

Flowers, of course. 
Extra points if it's a stunning bouquet… 

...like the ones created by Appleyard London, 
the capital's luxury flower delivery service.

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The luxury florist offers a stunning selection of bouquets
made with the freshest and most sublime flowers
sourced from British growers.

Appleyard London kindly invited me
to choose a bouquet from their festive range
{a perfect present for Christmas}
and I can safely say I was impressed.

I chose the stunning Gold Leaf bouquet
with avalanche roses, burgundy hypericum berries 
and gold cinerea eucalyptus.


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The hand tied bouquet
was delivered well protected in a gift box,
complete with a card and care instructions.

The flowers, which have a 7 day guarantee, 
blossomed beautifully and looked marvellous a week later.

And the best part?

Appleyard London is offering 
a 40% discount  off their entire range: 
simply apply the code BLOG40.

Gold Leaf bouquet from £39.99.
See Appleyard London's Christmas flowers.

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Hampton Court Palace with Kids

Who would have thought that a grand palace, 
built in the 16th century to become the home of kings, 
would be such a perfect place to spend a day with children? 

Situated in Kingston,
a mere 40min drive from central London,
Hampton Court Palace is the ideal destination
to escape London and introduce the little ones
to a fascinating part of Britain's history. 


A piece of History

What was once a rural barn evolved to become a palace
fit for one the most notorious kings:
Henry VIII and his six wives.

Henry VIII wanted to build
the most sumptuous and modern palace in Europe,
and he didn't spare any expense.

When the building works ended in 1540,
the palace came complete with tennis courts,
bowling alleys, magnificent pleasure gardens
and gigantic kitchens which fed 600 people twice a day.


Hampton Court Palace for families

Hampton Court Palace is very big, 
so it is advisable to plan your visit to get the most out of it 
{I'd say you can see a good part of it in four hours}.

Before you start, grab a family audio guide 
and fun family trails with quizzes. 

If the kids need a break,
head to the family room where you can have fun playing dress up! 


What to see

Wander inside Henry VIII's apartments, 
to see the Great Hall, the portraits of his wives 
and the amazingly beautiful stained glasses. 

Visit his chocolate kitchens 
which smell deliciously of freshly made chocolate, 
and the immense Tudor kitchens.

Then visit the splendid apartments of William III, 
where you can admire masterpieces from Rubens 
and even meet gentlemen and ladies of the court 
who will be glad to play a game of cards with you 
in the palace's drawing room. 

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Hampton Court Palace's Gardens

Hampton Court Palace's magnificent gardens
are the perfect place to chill out
and to let children burn off some energy.

For lots of family fun head to the Maze,
the most famous maze in the world
{visiting price included in Palace's ticket}.

In a nutshell: a very child-friendly palace
with lots to do & learn for little ones and adults alike!

Adults from £17.05, under 5s go free, family tickets available.
For more info about visiting Hampton Court Palace, click here.
For more information about family events at Hampton Court Palace, click here.


Many thanks to Hampton Court Palace for inviting us. 
Words & views my own.

Friday, 31 October 2014

A Cosy Christmas

What's the best way to spend Christmas day? 

For me, that would be snuggled up in cosy, soft loungewear
with a hot chocolate in my hand 
and jacquard woollen socks on my feet. 

Doing nothing. 
{Except for opening presents.}


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Luckily, Morrisons' brilliant Nutmeg clothing collection 
decided to cater for adults too with a super festive range 
of Christmas jumpers and comfy loungewear.

Made with soft materials and featuring lovely details and patterns, 
Nutmeg's Christmas range will have the whole family 
all cosied up for a lot of cocooning. 

Plus, thanks to the very low prices and their lovely quality 
Nutmeg's onesies & Christmas jumpers 
will make perfect presents for friends and family. 


Men's blue onesie £15, Ladies heart onesie £12, Red PJs £6, Snowflake jumper £10.
See the Nutmeg Christmas collection and find your nearest shop


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