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… 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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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Disney on Ice: Festive Fun

It's a family tradition to attend a show during Christmas time. 

I love the feeling of taking a seat in a warm theatre 
to watch a festive feelgood show,  
while outside it's all cold and raining. 

And what would be more festive and feelgood 
than a whole bunch of beloved Disney characters  
ice skating in bedazzling costumes?

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Disney on Ice celebrates 100 years of magic 
and brings a spectacular skating show in the UK. 

The show, that kicked off in Glasgow on the 26th September,  
will tour the country before its grand finale in London 
at the O2 Arena during the Christmas holidays. 

The show includes acts from classic characters 
like Mickey, Minnie, Pinocchio, the Disney Princesses,  
and from more contemporary characters 
like the adorale cast of Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles.

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The more than 60 Disney characters,  
dressed in fantastic costumes,  
will be executing breathtaking skating figures 
along some of the most memorable Disney scores.  

With choreographies by an Emmy Award winner 
and a set designed by a team 
who have worked on numerous Broadway productions, 
this is family entertainment at its best.

In a nutshell: spectacularly festive fun for all the family.

Disney on Ice tickets from £22,25.
London dates: 24th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th December, 3rd, 4th January. 
Other UK dates and info here.

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Monday, 6 October 2014

The Paddington Trail: Fifty Bears, One City

From the 4th of November till the end of December,  
everyone in London will be going on a bear hunt... spot the cutest Peruvian bears 
in what's called the Paddington Trail.  

Fifty amazing Paddington bear statues 
will be placed across different parts of the city  
and next to London's most famous landmarks,  
to celebrate the arrival of the Paddington movie 
in cinemas on the 28th of November. 

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The bear statues have been designed 
by international renowned actors, 
athletes, artists, designers and celebrities. 

To name a few:
Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw, Emma Watson, 
Guy Ritchie, the Chelsea football team, David Beckham,   
and the city's own mayor, Boris Johnson 
{I can't wait to see that one}

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What's more important is that the bears 
will be auctioned to raise money for charities, 
like the NSPCC whose work is all about protecting vulnerable children.

Last but not least, Visit London, 
the official promotional organisation for London, 
is hosting a competition
where the lucky winners will win return trips to London, 
a stay in a 4* London hotel, 
£100 to spend in the Paddington shop and much more. 

Check out the map of the Paddington trail, watch the trail video, and find out more about The Paddington movie here.