Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Our Wedding in Cyprus | Wedding Series

We had such a beautiful day. I loved every minute of our wedding day and I am so happy with all the choices we made.

We booked through Thomson last May to get married in Cyprus, Paphos at the Louis Phaethon Beach Hotel. It was a family hotel so was also perfect for Sonny's first holiday abroad.

When we arrived, we discussed everything with our wedding planner and booked any other extras we wanted for the day. We then met up with a guy from the hotel to arrange table plans and meal plans. These two very so helpful and was willing to do anything for us.

The next morning was a trip to the town hall with all the paperwork to get that all ready for the big day.

All our guests started to arrive on the next couple of days and in total we had 40 guests. Some stayed in the hotel and others stayed outside and just come in for the wedding day. We were so surprised of the amount of people that come out to see us get married.

The Wedding Day

The morning of the wedding me and Darren went our separate ways. I took Sonny for breakfast and then I passed him over to Darren and went off to meet my Bridesmaids at 11am. All 3 bridesmaids were booked in the hotel spa to have their hair and makeup done then I was after them.

I had my dress and the men’s suits steamed in my room while the bridesmaids were getting made up. I also managed to sneak in a quick bath in-between as well. I slipped on my BRIDE TO BE dressing gown and heading down at 12 to get my hair and makeup done.

I then went back to the room and met everyone at 2pm, we met the photographer and took a few photos and opened some champagne. The girls helped me get ready in my dress which was a little tricky.

It was time to head down to the ceremony. It had been raining all morning and five minutes before we headed out the sun come out. The wind however was so strong and I didn’t realise how strong until we headed towards the sea.

Sonny was such a good boy and walked me down the aisle with no trouble holding my hand the whole way. We walked down to The Piano Guys 'A Thousand Years'

We signed the register with our witnesses to the song The Script 'I'm Yours'

Apart from the wind being so strong, the ceremony ran so smoothly. We walked back down the aisle to Bruno Mars 'Marry You' with everyone throwing the confetti. Then we then had out group photos taken the then the photos of just the two of us.

Me and Darren (now Mr and Mrs Heslop) went and joined the rest of guests where we had cocktails made to our colour theme and the cake cutting. The cake was just a one tier with some fresh flowers on top. After the cake cutting me had a tower of champagne glasses and poured champagne into them. I loved this idea. We made a toast and then everyone chilled out and had a few drinks for a couple of hours.

Our wedding reception was supposed to be in the beach bar down by the sea. The wind was so strong so last minutes we changed it to an inside room. I was a little worried it would look awful down there, but with our decorations and extras it looked nice.

We headed down at 6.30pm to be seated and our guests had their starters while we headed off to have our sunset photos taken with the photographer. These photos look amazing and the clouds made them look even more magical.

We went back to have our meal with our guests, our menu was

Smoked Ham with Melon

Cream of Tomato Soup

Chicken Breast Stuffed with Mozzarella
Light Cream Sauce
Skin Potatoes
Fresh Market Vegetables

Crème Caramel on Fresh Fruit Brunoise

Filter Coffee

The food was nice and they even catered for our vegan and a gluten free guests. We had wine on the tables and had waiter service to order any extra drinks.

The DJ turned up and we danced the night away. Me and Darren later that evening had our first dance to James Arthur ' Say you won’t let go'

Everyone got on so well and had a wonderful time. Sonny played up during the evening but one of my friends took him for a walk and he fell asleep for the rest of the party.

We received our photos and DVD the following week and they came out so perfect and looked amazing.

I really loved our wedding day it turned out even better than I had pictured.

If anybody has any questions about getting married abroad please just ask below.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 19th June 2017

Tuna pasta bake (Slimming world recipe from recent magazine)

Jacket potatoes with cheeese and salad

Gammon, crushed new poatoes with spring onion and beans

Chilli con carne with brown rice

Homemade fish and chips (or maybe frozen hehe)

Homemade pizza made with tortilla wraps with wedges

Sausage, mash and peas with gravy

Monday, 12 June 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 12th June 2017

Roast chicken salad with jacket potatoes

Chicken and vegetable stew (with the leftover chicken from Monday)

Vegetable stew

Tuna steaks with salad and new potatoes

Naked burgers with salad and homemade chips

Buffet food. We have our home wedding party.

Joe Wicks cottage pie

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Louis Phaethon Hotel, Cyprus | Sonny's First Abroad Holiday

We took Sonny on his first holiday abroad on 17th May. We went to a Thomson family hotel in Cyprus, Paphos. The hotel we stayed in was called Louis Phaethon Beach Hotel. I cannot fault this hotel and I would recommend this for anyone looking for a lively family hotel. It was very clean and tidy and all the staff was so friendly.

I was dreading the flight with Sonny but we were very lucky to have a spare seat next to us so he didn’t have to sit on my lap the whole flight. The flight went really well and me and Darren even got to enjoy our bottle of champagne while Sonny napped for an hour.

Me and Darren also got married out in Cyprus on this holiday but I will write more blog posts on this later. As we were getting married it meant we had lots of family and friends on the holiday with us. I loved having family and friends out there with us, it was so nice to have people to hang around and socialise with us. Sonny also loved having his grandparents out there with us.

I was so worried about how well Sonny would get on being somewhere different and hot. I didn’t need to worry he enjoyed every moment and he was also very well behaved.

He kept us on our toes and as soon as l let him out of his pushchair he would run off and explore. We took it in turns to chase after him, which meant we all had time to chill and sunbathe at some point.

The pools were still very cold as it was May and some morning it did rain but cleared up during late morning. Sonny hated the pool to start with, I bought him a shark inflatable to sit in which helped encourage him loads. By the end of the holiday he loved the pool and I couldn’t get him out.

In two weeks Sonny’s speech is clearer and he has leant more new words. I can’t believe how much he changed in two weeks of being on holiday.

We had such a lovely first family holiday together and I cannot wait to book our next one for 2018. I am already looking at hotels and prices now.

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Vileda Easy Wring & Clean TURBO Mop Review

One thing I haven’t owned since living in our family home for two years is a mop and bucket. I would always get down on my hands and knees with floor wipes and clean the floors that way.

I always needed a mop and had it on my list of things to buy for the house and just never got around to buying one.

I was contacted to review the Vileda Easy Wring & Clean Turbo mop and bucket which I was excited to try out. You can tell I am a Mummy now I get excited about cleaning products.

The first thing I noticed about it when I received the box was how nice and big the bucket was. It also states clearly where the max fill line is.

I have used this mop and bucket a couple of times now on the kitchen and bathroom floors. It was so easy to put together the first time I used it. It’s as easy as just twisting the pole together to tighten the extension.

I loved the Turbo Wring pedal on this bucket. I used to be rubbish at wringing mops out in the past and the floor would end up soaking wet. Using the turbo wring stops this from happening and just makes life so much easier. It also makes the whole cleaning situation quicker.

The mop itself cleaned the floors so good and even picked up some of the crumbs left on the floor. It does say on the box it picks up particles +20% which I will agree.

I think another great thing about this mop is you can take the bottom part off and put it in the washing machine. How great is this, as you can keep your mop nice and clean when it gets grubby. I haven't done this yet but I will be in the future when I have used it a few more times.

The bucket itself is easy to carry and even has a hole on one of the ends to make it easier to pour the water out once finished.

I even cleaned my bathroom tiles around the bath with it, as they are hard to reach unless I stand in the bath but this mop reached the tiles easily and makes cleaning the tiles a lot easier.

The mop is a great shape and reaches the corners of the flooring perfectly so you do not miss any parts of the flooring out. I noticed this worked so well when I used it.

I was honestly 100% happy with this mop and bucket and would recommend to anybody looking for a new floor cleaning product to buy. I give this a 10/10 as I cannot find any bad points about it.

If your interested in this product you can find out more on the below link

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Weekly Meal Plan | 17th April 2017

Seasoned chicken breast with homemade chips and salad

Tuna steak with jacket potatoes and salad

Pork steaks (lean cut) with sweet potato mash and vegetables

Chill con carne with brown rice

Homemade turkey curry with brown rice

MY HEN DO so food out

Cottage pie with vegetables

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt | National Trust


At the weekend we had such beautiful weather with a temperature of 25c. We had to get out and make the most of the nice weather, so decided to try out an Easter egg hunt. Best to go this weekend in case we have bad weather for Easter.
I am already a national trust member and our favourite place to go is Lacock Abbey. It only cost £2.00 to join in with the hunt.
We had to walk around and find 18 bunny signs which gave us a clue to lead us on to find the next bunny. Sonny loved the bunny signs he would walk up and say hi and even give some of them a kiss, so cute.
It was so lovely watching everyone else getting involved and Sonny loves going out and exploring. He loves walking and running around while exploring all the things around him.
At the end of the hunt he got three bunny chocolates which he had to have one of before we had even got back to the car.
I got a few photos of the day which turned out nice. I will link them below.
This is something I will definitely be doing again next year at the national trust and properly make its a yearly tradition.
I also vlogged the day and put a video up on YouTube which is linked below.


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