Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Holiday Plans For 2018

2018 was meant to be the year of very few holidays. You may recall me declaring on Twitter that we were buckling down, I was working hard on uni and didn't have TIME to go travelling to Europe at the drop of the hat anymore. We cancelled two holidays, I passed my oral exam, worked hard and kept my head down. My fucking god have the past four months been boring. Slowly but surely holidays have crept into our plans for 2018 - my family were going on holiday, we could just pop along, we could go just after my exams for a few days. Slowly but surely, we have a collection of holidays that have crept up on us; and it's safe to say that 2018 is far from the year of no holidays. So, for anyone who lives vicariously through the incredible amount of holidays we take; here are the plans so far.

Next month we head to Lublin, in the South of Poland. It's a small City with lots of beautiful churches and botanical gardens, with nearly no presence on Atlas Obscura , my go to website; something that both excites and alarms me. For 50 zl, or about £10, for the both of us, we could also book a train to Warsaw - and so on the Monday of our trip, we're heading over to Warsaw for just a day. Poland will always hold such a place in my heart, and it's somewhere Katy and I have always felt incredibly at home - so I'm just so excited to be there, and to adventure around two new places. I've just to get those exams over first, so we can truly enjoy it without feeling guilty because I should be revising.

Depending on some bits and pieces in the pipeline we might have a trip in April, all of which will be revealed soon if we pull it off - otherwise, our next trip will be May. Before we get there though, I have an honorary mention for April because we're more than likely going to be booking Orlando around this time. We have to wait until 12 months before our trip (which seems very long away now I'm writing this) for Disney room rates to be released, but we probably would have held out for the Disney Dining Plan anyway so it works all round. Technically not a trip we're taking this year, but a huge trip that we're lucky enough to be booking this year. Then come May, the aforementioned next holiday will be to Stuttgart. There are a lot of car museums here and it's just a strangely fascinating place to me, so that will definitely be very exciting.

Next up in July we're going to be meeting my family in Andalucia, but first we'll be spending three days in Morocco, and two days in Valencia. I'm so excited about both of these places, I can't wait to adventure new streets and just be in the heat. We have a lot of recommendations for Morocco so I think it'll be a packed three days, then after our two days in Valencia we'll be getting the train through Spain to Andalucia where my dad will be picking us up to take me to my Spanish home. I'm pretty excited about this trip, and a lot less excited about having to admit to my mum there's a fair few tattoos on my body she doesn't know about. Wish me luck on that one.

After this we're winging it waiting for cheaper flights to release - but we're pretty sure we'll at least be doing a holiday in November/December and another in January/February 2019 before we jet off to Disney. 2018; the year of no travelling? We all should have known it wouldn't last.
If you've visited any of the places I'm visiting please leave any hints, tips or must sees below!

Sammy xo

Monday, 8 January 2018

Sale Shopping with B&M

I'm not opposed to a bit of sales shopping - for me it's always the cheaper the better and so when B&M gave me a little bit of spending money and sent me into their shop I was definitely in my element. Disappointingly our local B&M had very little in the way of reduced Christmas offerings, and I wasn't willing to travel into the cities around us for sheer fear of the crowds, however the good thing about B&M is how affordable they are - sales or otherwise. I wasn't let down in the slightest and we managed to treat ourselves, the dog and Katy's mum with change (I mean barely, but change is change) from a £20 note. There's no half priced Christmas decorations in sight either, I promise.

I'll be honest - this heavily comprises of candles. One of these we definitely knew we were going to buy though, and that was the Woodland Wick Layered Candle in White Flower, Blue Sky and Fresh Linen and this was a pretty damn affordable £4.99. We have a gorgeous candle from this brand that's vanilla scented and it really does throw it's smell all round the room (that sounded a bit gross didn't it? You know what I mean) so I was desperate to grab a different scent. We have so many beautiful candles (cough Diptyque) that we didn't use for so long because they were so expensive, only to find that when we actually did burn them the smells were practical undecipherable. Count me in for a candle that will give you change out of a fiver that also smells amazing. Truth be told, I only really photographed these today because I wanted to burn it.

If we would have only got the first candle I would have left the shop a happy girl - but Katy spotted the Yankee Candle Simply Home in Bermuda Beach so we also grabbed one of these. This is the identical scent to Pink Sands in the original Yankee Candle collection, and it also set us back £4.99 - though for a much smaller candle. I'm not mad about it being smaller, you do pay for a name, and it's definitely not a bad price for a Yankee - but I would have gotten a new Woodland Wick if I was given the choice between the two, though they say (future) marriage is all about negotiation. Whilst in the candle aisle, we also grabbed some small votives - a mixture of Yankee and otherwise. In the Yankee Home Inspiration range we got Spiced Orange and Clove and Clear Mountain Lake, and we also grabbed a Chupa Chups offering in Strawberry and Cream which were all 89p each. In other supermarkets by me these votives come in around £1.10 so you're saving only 20p a candle, but in the long run if you buy five candles, you've saved yourself enough for a medium fries or a cheeseburger so, that's worth considering.

Finally, moving on from the candles, we got something I genuinely thought was really cool - the Nuage Skin Tattoo Moisturiser. I like to Moisturise my tattoos even when they're all fully healed, but branded versions of this can cost a small fortune so when I saw this I was pretty pleased to pick it up for £1. This hasn't got any SPF in so bear that in mind, but if you like to Moisturise your tattoos and make the colour pop before a night out (just me?) This could be the perfect addition to your body care drawer, especially for a pound.

I have to say that I was really pleased with B&M - though I shop there all the time, I felt like there were some really good hidden gems when I was actually looking for things worth the money. In the eyes of being fully honest I do have to admit we also bought some Mike and Ike's, but I ate them. Additionally we also bought the dog a princess Leia rope chew toy but good luck fighting that out from her grumpy jaws. I'm on a bit of a bargain kick now, so if you've found any good offers or bargains, please do let me know! If you're looking to see what your store might have in the sale, you can find that part of the B&M website here.

Sammy xo.
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