27 April 2015


Now that I have holidays on my mind I thought this *guest post would be a perfect fit to show off one of my childhood destinations.

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and attracts many thousands of visitors each year as it enjoys long, sunny days into the autumn months. Aside from its many beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters (perfect for deep sea divers and snorkelers) it is known for being home to the largest elevation in Spain, a World Heritage Site and the third largest volcano in the world - Mt Teide.

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Wild & Grizzly BlogCamp UK
On Saturday I set my alarm for crazy o'clock to make sure I caught the train to Birmingham to attend BlogCamp UK, where I was speaking about Travel Writing alongside the lovely Kirstie from The Family Adventure Project. Even though I've had experience at public speaking in my previous jobs, this was my first time speaking at a blogging conference and it was lovely meeting lots of new people and hearing professional bloggers share their advice and experiences.

Wild & Grizzly and The Family Adventure Project

I love travel writing as much as I love writing about interiors, and being able to combine travel, style and great interior design makes for a very happy me! After sharing my tips on how to write a travel review and hearing peoples planned adventures it's got me craving a little getaway, you know the type I mean right? Sparkly blue seas, beautiful Mediterranean sun and watching F play in the sand...*sigh* and I am very lucky to be heading out to Palma next week with my little family to soak up a bit of sun and explore island life.

So this week I will be trying to get some last minute pieces like a swimming costume, summer dresses and a few key pieces for F – I can sense a beach style post coming on – and then I will probably spend the latter half of the week trying to figure out how to squeeze it all into a carry on case.

So in the spirit of travel and day dreaming about distant shores I thought I'd share my Take Me There Travel board on Pinterest full of beautiful destinations.

Have you got any holiday plans booked yet?

24 April 2015


Design hotel in AmsterdamWild & Grizzly and Amsterdam Street ArtHotel V Nepslein Design Hotel in AmsterdamTime flies when you're having fun and making exciting travel plans, and I've realised I haven't shared the final stint of our fab Amsterdam design hotel trip with i-escape with you. I love looking back over our adventures and remembering all the fun finds and exciting eats, you can read our first day and second day here.After a very relaxing sleep in our design bolt holes, Hotel V Nepslein situated in the theatre quarter of Amsterdam, I was very excited to head down for breakfast and sample its delights after seeing how popular the restaurant was the night before, but nothing could have prepared me for the surprise I got as we made our way to our table!

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23 April 2015


Spring Blossom we didn't get our schoolHello you lovely lot! Sorry for the radio silence here, it seems I've taken an unplanned Blogiday – is that a thing yet? – anyway I thought I'd give you a little life lately update and jump back on the blogging bandwagon. This lost week has mainly been filled with school stress, spring blossoms and the boy, as I've juggled being poorly and solo parenting without childcare, hence the blog and work in general has had taken a bit of a back burner.

Apart from missing out on the cruise and filming with Interior TV Presenter, Linda Barker, due to being ill, I've enjoyed the focused time it has given me with F. He's requested every meal outside this week and I've loved spending our time outside on a blanket in the sun reading books and just hanging out together, time seems even more precious now that school is on the horizon. Oh how I love this boy.

We didnt get the school we wantedLast week, like most of you with 4-5 year old's at home, I woke and immediately checked my email to see which school F had been allocated to. There I was anxiously clicking the refresh button ten times a minute, hoping we had gotten our first choice while keeping my fingers crossed. Shortly after 10am it landed in my inbox, I swear I haven't felt so nervous since sitting my A Level exams! My heart sunk a little as were allocated our second choice, equally a great school but just not the one we had wanted for F for various reasons. So now we're facing three options: stay on the waiting list and see what happens, potentially move flats to be closer to our preferred choice, increasing our chance of getting in, or stick with the school we've been allocated.

I've been going round in circles all week and I must admit it's causing quite a bit of stress. Although all the schools in our area are good, I feel the decision we make now will lay the foundation for F's learning and school experience for the next six years, so I'm certainly feeling the pressure to get it right.

Have you had this experience? I'd love to know how you've felt about being allocated a school.

16 April 2015


This weekend I'm very lucky to be venturing on-board one of Royal Caribbean Internationals new ship, Anthem of the Seas for a two night stay *squeal* to experience what this new ship has to offer.  I have never been on a ship overnight before and I can't wait to see what this game changing ship has in store for us. As Paul is in Dubai with work, I'll be travelling with F and my lovely mum to Southampton where we will embark on our mini-cruise and I can't wait to set sail off the south coast.
Ship style wish list fashion for Anthem of the Sea

So in anticipation I've put together a little ship style inspired wish list, full of nautical niceness and channelling my inner deck chic/cabin boy look.

1. I've been looking for any excuse to wear dungarees and evoke lost desert island vibes. I may have bought these blue denim dungarees from Zara yesterday so quite excited to rock them on board.
2. Everyone knows you need a good pair of sunnies, I love the arms on these Marissa Wayfairers from Anthropologie.
3. For all those things you might need on deck this Bobo Chooses Waves Beach Bag would be ace.
4. Every cruise go-er needs a nautical striped top right? This v-neck tee from Zara may have also fallen into my shopping basket yesterday...shhhh.
5. I love a bit of gold and this Estella Bartlett Linked Heart Necklace from Atterley Road is super cute and definitely on my wish list.
6. I'm going to step into spring and create my own sunshine with these super comfy cool Griffin Maddy Honey Nubuck shoes from Clarks *swoon*.

What do you use when planning trips? Do you use travel companies to buy package deals, do you try and plan every leg of the journey yourself, or perhaps look for bargains using discount sites like Voucherbin? I already have a few trip in the pipeline and I can't wait to explore them with my little family.

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