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We love our holidays and nothing beats that anticipation of your next trip away. But before you can truly relax with a cocktail in hand, there is plenty of booking and preparing for your next holiday. I love all the organisation of a holiday, and I have lists upon lists to help me. So I thought I would share a few things that work for me, prior to booking the holiday, and what works after, when you have that all important countdown to look forward to.

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Make sure your passports are in-date 

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You may wonder why we keep on returning to the same hotel. The World is vast, with an abundance of beautiful locations, stunning hotels, and cities to explore. And whilst we love to to visit new places, the pull of Ikos Olivia is too hard to ignore. We first visited this luxury 5* hotel back in 2016, and after going to Mexico last year, I was ready to return to my little slice of heaven.

Ikos Olivia Deluxe Pool

Where is Ikos Olivia and how do you get there

Ikos Olivia is in the beautiful Halkidiki region on mainland Greece, and you … Continue reading

Looking back at my March and April goals, I was slightly disappointed that I didn’t complete more of them. But that thing called life got in the way, and my priorities were pulled in a different direction. We also had the small matter of our holiday in April, and I certainly didn’t think of any goals whilst I was sipping a cocktail on the beach in Greece.

March and April Goals - What I achieved this month

Blogging goals

Continue attending the Working Wednesday group – I absolutely love attending this small group in Chester, and every two weeks I get the chance to work alongside a few Continue reading

A Little Loves catch up – Greek Holidays and Easter

I thought it was about time I did a Little Loves catch up, as I have really missed writing about what we have been up to. If you didn’t already know, we have just returned from our Greek holiday to Ikos Olivia in Halkidiki. This was our third visit to Ikos Olivia, and was every bit as amazing as our first visit back in 2016.

Ikos Olivia Deluxe Pool

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Since January I have been managing to read two books a month, mainly psychological thrillers which I am loving at the moment. … Continue reading

Dining at The Stretton Fox in Warrington – Review

Last Thursday we started off the glorious Bank Holiday weekend by dining at The Stretton Fox in Warrington. We had been invited by Vintage Inns to take a look at the newly refurbished pub, and to enjoy a complimentary meal.

The Stretton Fox - Vintage Inn

As The Stretton Fox is only 10 minutes from where we live, we tend to visit once every few months, and we were both looking forward to seeing the newly decorated pub. Having had a lovely country feel to it, I was hoping that this had still been retained after … Continue reading

Why Spring is the perfect time to visit Paris

Paris, or the “city of love”, is one of the most exotic and desirable cities in the entire world. This is somewhere that everyone should experience at some point in their life, whether this is with your partner, with your family, with a group of friends or travelling solo. It has plenty to see and do, and a unique atmosphere which can be lovely to soak up while strolling the streets.

Why Spring is the perfect time to visit Paris

A quieter time to visit

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Relaxing at the DoubleTree in Chester with Buyagift

A few weeks ago, Hywel and I got to spend a rare day together during the week. Buyagift had kindly gifted me a Premium Spa Day voucher, and it was the perfect chance for us to spend some quality time together, unwind and indulge in some treatments and food.

We decided to visit the DoubleTree Hotel in Chester, which is around 20 minutes from where we live. We have experienced the spa there before, but this time we were booked in for treatments and afternoon tea. We were both really … Continue reading

The benefits of meeting locals when you travel

If you are planning on travelling, it could be a good idea to try and mix with the locals whilst you are away. In most places they are friendly, informative and very welcoming to visitors. Connecting with them in local bars, shops and villages will enhance your experience as it has many advantages.

The benefits of meeting locals when you travel

Some travel companies offer tours to the areas away from tourism, and these are well worth doing. In other places, local guides will operate tours and these can be very enlightening too.

Interacting with locals

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and if you are like me and totally unorganised for the 31st March, the following gift guide could come in handy. Featuring a range of gifts to suit all mums this Mother’s Day, or maybe you are looking for the perfect present for yourself.

A range of gifts to suit all mums this Mother's Day

The mum who likes to cook

How many times have you been on holiday, fallen in love with the local cuisine, and then wished you could recreate those wonderful recipes back home. This deluxe paella set from Continue reading

What I am focusing on this month – March and April goals

I know it’s the middle of March already, and I promise that one month I will be posting my goals on the 1st, but I guess they are better late than never.

What I am focusing on this month - March and April goals

You would have noticed from the title that I am combining my March and April goals. Next month is a busy one for us with a holiday, Easter, and of course the children being off school for 2 weeks, so I thought it made sense to combine the 2 months.  I have also replaced the home … Continue reading