Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Where have I been? Life lately.

You'll be forgiven for thinking that I've given blogging up, but fear not, that isn't the case.

The truth is since my trip to Amsterdam, life has very much been in limbo. I'm not going to divulge too much yet but I really can't wait to get my teeth back into blogging, I have so much up my sleeve that I want to share with you. It's hugely frustrating.

Also this cold, gloomy weather isn't really giving me the boost I need to go out and about, we've also all been struck down with the lurgy which isn't ideal.

So far in 2015 I've been slowly getting back into my fitness, I know healthy eating and fitness is boring to some people but I've come to really enjoy it (as ludicrous as that sounds). I try to visit the gym at least twice a week and have also got back into Pilates. Last year I was going to my mother-in-law's Pilates class on a regular bases but stopped going after slowing down on the fitness front. Now that I'm back to it I'm kicking myself for ever stopping, for those who don't enjoy the fast pace of the gym, Pilates is perfect. It's slow paced but you can really feel it working! Definitely recommended for any mummies out there who want to get back into fitness.

In other news I'm soon to get my blog redesigned which I'm SO excited about! I think it will give me some fresh motivation, there's nothing like a new layout to get those creative juices flowing.

 I also need to start taking my "big" camera out and about with me more often as I love the pictures I capture on it. Just before Christmas Ava and I visited Erddig, visiting National Trust places has become my new favourite thing. I didn't get around to sharing any photos but here are some of my favourite pictures, we had such a lovely day together.

In a nutshell January has been a pretty good month and I can't wait to share more exciting this with you, one of them being vlogging. Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

A little trip to Amsterdam

2015 has barely begun and it has already been a crazy, busy month (more on that at a later date...)! With Christmas and New Year out of the way "January Blues" tend to settle in but luckily for me some friends and I had planned a little trip to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam isn't somewhere I've been before but having been to Barcelona last June for my hen do I've been determined to tick as many European cities off my "must visit" list as possible. Unfortunately the weather wasn't on our side but it didn't stop us from having an amazing time.

We stayed at the Inntel Hotel which is in a perfect location, right in the centre of all of the main tourist spots. If you follow me on Instagram you'll have already seen most of these photos I'm afraid.

Our first day was spend wandering around the city and the evening was spent at the amazing Supperclub, if you are planning a trip to Amsterdam I cannot recommend this place enough. We ate a surprise 5 course meal on a bed and were entertained by burlesque acts whilst sipping on gorgeous cocktails then we've moved down to the basement to their own nightclub. A brilliant evening.

Sunday was spent on one of the "beer bike" tours, which again, if there is a group of you, I highly recommend it. Luckily we chose the best day weather wise with no wind or rain in sight. Basically you all get on board this crazy bike, sitting opposite each other on a long table, you each pedal and the guide steers, all whilst sipping on your drink of choice (prosecco for us) while we took in the sights of the city. I haven't laughed that much in a long time!

On Monday we wandered around the shops and I desperately wanted to visit the Anne Frank museum. It was a few streets away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and it made me realise how beautiful Amsterdam is. With it's huge townhouses, stunning architecture and quaint canals with their canal homes, it really is spectacular.

The Anne Frank museum was so moving and I felt extremely humbled to be there, I couldn't believe that I was standing in the actual annexe where Anne and her family lived in fear for so long. The secret bookcase is the same one it was all those years ago, with the same files still sitting in their place. The pictures that she put up on her bedroom wall were all still there. It was incredible.

We also did a lot of eating whilst we were there. The warm waffles with nutella, banana, strawberry & whipped cream being a favourite.

On Monday night we went to the Skylounge at the Hilton hotel, another place you should visit. It has amazing views across the city as well as great music, lovely cocktails and tasty sushi.

Although I've come back feeling exhausted, Amsterdam was such a fun experience. There is definitely no place like it!

Have you ever been to Amsterdam? What is your favourite European city?

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