Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Weekends Away

Weekends Away in the UK 

Hey Everyone 
So today’s blog is some travel ideas if you are looking for some places to visit in the UK for a few days away. 

I normally travel by train when going away, if it’s up North I usually pick Virgin trains if I can or West Midlands if a two part journey is needed. 
When booking train tickets I find it easier to go for two single tickets price wise instead of a return depending on what time you want to travel.

One thing I love about Virgin Trains now is they will text you when the train is ready and what platform it is going from so your not caught having to wait on the concourse and get other things done if needed. 

If you haven’t travelled from Euston recently the new food court level is open upstairs so there are more places to sit, eat and wait for trains. This is great with the cold winter months on the way.
I also find this nice as the main part of the station can get very crowded so you can wait away from the crowds.

After a quick change at Crewe it was onwards to Liverpool. The journey takes just over 2 hours now and I can’t recommend it enough for a getaway location. 

Our Friday adventures took us to Blackpool and to see the lights. After a nice drive along the beach front we eventually found a parking space with in a short distance of the tower. 
We spent some time playing on the games in the arcades and followed it by fish and chips which went down a treat. 
It was then on to the fun part of a horse and carriage ride down the sea front to see all the lights. 
It was £25 for the ride for all of us which I think wasn’t bad as we split it between us. I don’t think we would have done it if it had been per person. 
It was great fun seeing all the displays and luckily not overly cold.

Next up was a trip to the Blackpool Tower, I’ve been before and have always loved what it has to offer. 
It houses many Merlin attractions including the circus which was the highlight of our trip a few years ago.

First up was the 4D film which is always fun to watch and very relevant to Blackpool and cleverly done.
It was then on to a trip to the top of the tower.
We had a bit of a wait as it was windy and this can affect the lifts.
It was worth it to see the view as it was now dark but completely lit up down the front. 
On our way down we popped in to the ballroom - if you ever get the chance to pop in whilst visiting the tower the beauty and history of the ballroom is worth a visit in itself.

We finished off the evening with hot donuts for the journey home which is always a favourite.

Saturday bought the sunshine and an outing to a new place I’ve not been to before. Thornby Beach was a short 15 min through some beautiful woods to get to the sea shore. It was a stunningly sunny day, cold but wrapped up warm it made a lovely walk and seemed a world away from everything.

For the evening we went to the theatre, the Liverpool Empire has always been one of my favourite theatres outside of London. The design is amazing and I’ve always loved going to see shows there. There is a lot to do in Liverpool and I always feel time goes faster because of how much fun was had. 

On the Sunday we ventured to Manchester to the Trafford Centre, it’s about 45 mins journey wise on a good run and we spent the afternoon watching live performances from the UK Tour cast of Wicked which was a lot of fun. 

The journey back was smooth sailing with Virgin Trains, with luckily no changes this time as it had got cold but for two hours on the train it was also good for a quick journey on a Sunday.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this travel blog I’ll be doing some more for things to do in London soon.

Love Holly 

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Yankee Candle Haul - New Season Smells

Yankee Candle Haul - New Season Smells 

Hey Everyone 

So last night after my trip to the new Yankee Candle outlet shop at Icon at the o2 I thought I would go through my haul of candles and recommend some candle ideas as we go into Autumn and towards Christmas. 

The new season ranges are out both Autumn smells and Christmas ones. My go to one and favourite for the last couple of years has been Fireside Treats. I've found them in various styles including tea lights and small jars.
As a life hack for going into colder weather where you will have heating on in the house I have found leaving a tea light on a shelf near the radiator will also make your room smell lovely without having the candle lit.

I do love a lot of the festive candles that Yankee Candle bring out and really enjoyed having one of the festive advent calendars a few years ago. The house smelt amazing for the whole of December. 

Next up in the haul is the in car air smart scent vent clip - this I am looking forward to trying in my car and also seeing what else comes with this range.

Next up are a few of the gift boxes that I picked up. These are perfect for some extra small presents for people and also stocking fillers. There are Christmas ones out but for now I've got a mixture of some summer smells and a mixture of fruits.
Also as you can see I've picked up a mixture of different sizes as I like to burn them in different places round the house and some work better than others.

Last up on this haul and one I am really looking forward to trying is the home fragrance unit. It comes with two refills in the box and also the plug came in the goodie bag at last nights launch. This is another one I look forward to finding different smells from the range. 

Thanks for checking out this blog, if you are a fan of Yankee Candles drop a comment below and let me know your favourite ones that you are enjoying at the moment.
Check back again soon for a follow on from this where I will be checking out and recommending ones to get on the run up to Christmas. 

Have a great weekend 

Love Holly 

Friday, 19 October 2018

Icon at the o2

Icon at the o2 

Hey Everyone 

I hope you’ve all had a great week
So today’s blog has a shopping theme with a preview for o2 customers of the opening of the new outlet shopping experience Icon at the o2 which is brand new at the o2 arena in London.

With names such as Cath Kidston, Gap, Paperchase and Yankee Candle to name a few all on Outlet prices it will prove a great place to shop over the Christmas season. 
If your heading to the o2 at all for shows or even a meal now you pop in and check out the newly opened space with a trampoline park and extended cinema to follow. 

The new areas are all looking great and have really improved the whole experience at the o2 and will really look great when it’s all finished.
Just a short walk from North Greenwich station on the Jubilee line, car park accessible and also from the river boat it is easy to get to the arena for a what is now an even better experience.

Shopping wise this evening there were some great deals available on the o2 priority app but the Yankee Candle one won this evening with buy £25 and get a gift bag worth £25 free. The store is stocked with some great gifts for Christmas with brilliant deals to match.

I hope you’ve enjoyed tonight’s blog and have a great weekend

Love Holly 

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Paige Toon - One Perfect Christmas and other stories

Paige Toon - One Perfect Christmas and other stories 

Hey Everyone

Hope you’ve all had a great week 

On the reading list this week is a collection of short stories written by my favourite author Paige Toon.

These stories have originally come from Paige’s online newsletter called The Hidden Paige and are now available in book form.

They all link in with Paige’s other books and give a further look at some of her much loved characters including Johnny Jefferson from the book Johnny Be Good.

Old or new fans will love this and for all new fans be prepared to head to the nearest bookshop to pick up the rest of the collection which I promise you won’t put down.

Let me know if you’ve read any of Paige’s books and what your favourite ones are below 

Have a great weekend 

Love Holly