Sunday, 18 October 2015

#Eurocampforcouples Part One: Our accommodation

Hello all! 

If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook you'll know that me and the Mr, Johno, went away on holiday in September.

We'd been saving all year for our holiday but couldn't decide on where to drop a pin and head to... I knew that we wanted to go somewhere warm (obviously..right?) somewhere with a bit of culture,things to do to keep us busy during the day and also somewhere that wasn't too restrictive... like a resort type place. 

We kept looking at package holidays in the usual places but I just wasn't drawn in by any of them, I'll be honest, I'm a holiday snob. And I just couldn't find anything that ticked all the many boxes. It got to 3 weeks before our expected departure date and whilst chatting away to my mum about our first world  dilemma she mentioned Eurocamp. We used to holiday with Eurocamp each year as kids and absolutely had the time of our lives. Some years we'd even go away for 3 weeks of the summer, uhhhh imagine the bliss of 3 weeks holiday now!

Eurocamp hadn't really crossed my mind before mum mentioned it, mainly because I pictured it as a family place, overrun with hyper kids and not a place of calmness. But then mum reminded me that the mid September weeks we'd booked off the kids would all be back at school..yayy! 

So, I headed over to the EC website and looked at the campsite locations they offer. Since we went as kids back in the late 90's they've expanded their destinations to all across Europe, from France, Portugal,Holland, Spain, Croatia..basically anywhere that's good to holiday in Europe, Eurocamp have a site there!

Johno and I spent an hour or so looking through the EC website, trying to figure out which country we fancied, which accommodation type we wanted to try out and how much we wanted to spend. Their site makes it really easy to narrow down your search and, soon enough we'd both agreed that we wanted to be near a city, somewhere that was easy to do a fly-drive and also near a beach. Having narrowed down the criteria we then browsed for a bit before coming across the perfect match- Vilanova Park about 30 minutes drive from Barcelona!

 
We looked at the different accommodation types and opted for a 2 bed Classic Plus mobile home-not something I'd stayed in before and I liked the idea of having our own private bathrooms and a decking area! So, all decisions made we then phoned up and booked an 8 night stay for £340- what a bargain. 

Later that week when we started thinking about what to pack,where we were planning on visiting and also booking our flights I decided to email EC to see whether they had any recommendations of things to do around the area. I also just mentioned that I'd be blogging about the whole experience afterwards. Their PR team quickly got back to me with lots of ideas of places to visit and also offered me the opportunity to be a guest blogger for the EC blog in return for the stay at the site. How exciting.. my first big project as a blogger!

Laptop and camera in hand of course, we flew to Barcelona on the 7th September for our Eurocamp adventure! I've just been looking through all my photos from the trip and I've decided I'd like to split the blog posts I publish on my blog into different sections; so over the next few weeks you will see posts covering Barcelona itself, the little towns we visited and also a vlog we filmed whilst away. Even more excitingly, my first entry on the Eurocamp blog is going to be going live this Tuesday! I'll retweet it and spread it across all my social media channels so keep an eye out for that! I've even got my own little bio bit on there already-


So, back to this post, I've decided to give you a tour around our mobile home along with some of the reasons we loved it! 
This was our Classic Plus 2 bedroom mobile home- it had air conditioning, 2 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms and a lounge/kitchen area.
 If you've been on a EC holiday before you'll know that the BEST way to enjoy your continental breakfast is to sit outside your accommodation, read your book and munch some baguette and cheese. I loved that even when Johno was still lazing in bed I could come out on our deck and enjoy the morning heat. The mobile homes all come with gas BBQ's on the site as well as sun loungers just incase you can't be bothered to walk to the pool to catch the afternoon sun. 
We loved having the space and facilities to do our own cooking. Although its lovely to go out and eat at nice local restaurants whilst on holiday it helps to keep costs down by having the option to do our own cooking!
The kitchen pretty much had everything you'd need- fridge-freezer,cooker, microwave, crockery,cutlery glass etc! The lounge area also can be turned into another sleeping area for additional people. The great thing about EC is that you only pay for the accommodation type and not the amount of people you take, so really this mobile home could have fitted in 7 people!
We also were provided with some handy maps of the parc,local town and guides for Barcelona.

I couldn't go on holiday without taking some colouring books!

So, onto the bedrooms, we opted to sleep in the double bedroom of course, it had a double bed, ensuite, storage place for your suitcases and loads of wardrobe space for Johno's clothes. I used the second bedroom and bathroom as my dressing room! Its not often you get your own dressing room on holiday is it! 

The second bedroom had 3 single beds in, which really became my area for organising all my clothes,camera equipment and shoes!
The second bathroom became my little place to set out all my beauty bits nicely without a boy complaining about the amount of products all over the place... thank goodness we did have separate bathrooms because I took wayyyy to much stuff along with me! I also took some of the bits I'd been sent recently to try out from different brands like the Arm and Hammer Toothpaste*, Batiste Texturising spray*, SuperDrug Vitamin E spray-on moisturiser* and the gorgeous SoussiBlue gold makeup bag (blog post on this soon!)

Overall, the accommodation Eurocamp provided was amazing, we loved having our own space to relax and cook in. I couldn't imagine going on holiday and being cooped up in a hotel room without space to lounge about. Johno is now a fully onboard with holidaying with Eurocamp because of the freedom you have. For me, it bought back memories of my holidays with my parents and thinking about it I can completely see why EC holidays are so popular with families; put the kids to bed and then spend your evenings sitting out on the decking enjoying some wine and the evening sun!

Eurocamp have also selected some of their sites that they'd recommend for couples, check them out here.

I hope you've enjoyed having a sneak peek around our little holiday home! Next up, the vlog, then some posts on Barcelona, followed by a little Spanish giveaway!

Have you been on holiday with Eurocamp before? If not, is it something you'd now consider after seeing what the accommodation is like?

XOXOX

Boxed Brownies- Brownies for Grown-ups

Who loves a good chocolate brownie? Me,me me!! So when Boxed Brownies offered to send me some of their sweet treats I jumped at the chance. Hopefully after food perving over my pictures you'll be clicking on their site to sample some too!l
Boxed Brownies is based here in Sheffield, their concept is fab; you can order a box of their made with love brownies to be delivered straight to your door. You don't even have to get off your butt (well only to accept the parcel from the postman!) and you've got the chocolatey centre piece for an afternoon tea!

Boxed Brownies is the wonderful creation of Clive and Hayley-they make all the brownies by hand using organic eggs from their own chickens!
Boxed Brownies send their treats out to you in a box- really says it in the name eh! The packaging keeps all the brownies securely in one piece and more importantly they seemed to be really fresh. You can select the colour of your box too when you place your order. They handily do free shipping anywhere in the UK and at the moment you can use promo code CHOCWEEK for 20% off (just a heads up though, it runs out today!!)
Ohhh how cute are the chicken's names- Tilly,Rocky Rhode, Jessica Hennis and Cabbage!
The brownies come as a box of six, I had a variety of flavours to try out-
1x Lemon Curd
1x 70% Dark Chocolate 
1x Maple Syrup and Pecan
1x White Chocolate and Raspberry
2x Gin and Juniper
Ohhh look at those beauties! The brownies were a really lovely thick consistency and just the right amount of chewiness throughout all of the flavours. 
When browsing the menu of chocolate heaven I originally thought gin and juniper would be my fave. For those of you who don't know me in person, my ultimate fave drink has recently become a gin and tonic. I never thought it would be something I'd go for, but since being introduced to Gin Mare in Spain I haven't been able to think about drinking anything else! However... the juniper in the brownie was a bit too strong of a flavour for me- maybe its something I could learn to like though.. a very talented barman friend of mine has started to make me gin and tonic's with juniper berries in so maybe one day!
My fave was the pecan and maple brownie! A lovely rich maple flavour with a nice crunch of the pecans dotted throughout. The brownies are pretty substantial so I decided to cut them in half so that when my mum and dad came round we could all sample a smaller bit of each without over stuffing ourselves!

You can order a box of six brownies for £15 from the Boxed Brownies website here. You can opt for a box of the same flavour or contact them for a mixed box- I'd go for the mixed box so you can find your fave! They can also provide a gluten-free option. 

As well as the flavours I was sent they also have some yummy new ones to try; Amaretto and rosemary, blackberry and white chocolate and the one I fancy most, salted caramel and cashew.

Boxed Brownies also let me in on a secret- their November special is going to be Toasted Marshmallow and Bonfire Toffee- ohhhhh I know what i'll be ordering for a bonfire night treat!

Have you ordered from Boxed Brownies before?

Check out their Twitter here for updates on promotions and new flavours
Check out their Instagram here for photos to drool over

If you are in Sheffield you can visit Boxed Brownies every Monday at the Union Street Pop-up cafe or catch them at the Netheredge farmers market on 6th December. 

Leave a comment below to tell me what your fave flavour brownie would be- you never know, they might take you up on the idea! I'd quite like to have a christmas themed chocolate brownie with cranberries and orange.

XOXO

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Sheepskin Life Mini Getaway

At the weekend me and the Mr headed out to to Derbyshire to meet up with my parents whilst they are away on their annual holiday. This year instead of going abroad they wanted to stay in the UK and explore some of the area my mum grew up in. So, on their hunt for a place to stay my mum stumbled across Sheepskin Life in her The Simple Things Magazine

Sheepskin offer original and quirky alternatives to hotels and B&B's in a few locations across the UK. Their cottages/accommodation types are equip with everything you need for a cosy getaway, from breakfast bits,wood for an open fire and cosy bathrobes to snuggle up in once you've explored your beautiful surroundings! 

I was so impressed by Town Street Barn in Brassington, I want to share some pictures with you all along with what we thought of the lovely little place,so that maybe next time you are looking for somewhere to holiday you might consider checking out Sheepskin Life!

Town Street Barn is a bit of an upside down pad- when you walk in the front door you are met by a set of stairs  up to the cosy front room.  
In the front room there is a little woodburner that you can use when it gets chilly, although in this place it was just right with the heating on!



Monday, 12 October 2015

Getting all cosy with River Island

Evening lovelies!

Whilst in the midst of event planning for our Manchester CityGirls event I thought I'd do a quick outfit post. I fell in love with this piece as soon as a spotted it in River Island last week and think you might like it too!
I love River Island at this time of year; they always seem to have good warm pieces that last not just one season but become my go-to pieces for a few years afterwards too. As I get closer to the big 3-0 I've become less influenced by the throw-away fashion trends and look for pieces that I can style in different ways to create different looks without spending tons of money.


I've teamed the jumper dress with some black tights and my go-to chelsea boots. I also wore the dress in the evening but switched the flats for some heeled boots. I also think that I could team it with some jeans or leggings for a casual daytime look too. 


The dress is quite a thick fabric so it's going to keep me toasty over the next few months teamed with a nice scarf and my winter coat.I handily had some nail varnish that matches the dress.. this one is a blue grey from Sephora's Color hit range- annoying I can't seem to find this online though!


Grey cowl neck t-shirt dress from RI- £38.50
Black Chelsea boots from Deichman £24.99
Black shopper from H&M £19.99

River Island also do this dress in black.. I might be popping back this week to pick it up as for me it would be a go-to piece for the next few months!

What do you think of my dress?
Do you like River Island this time of year?

 XOXOXO