TRAVEL | Packing Cabin luggage for City Breaks


Hubs and I are off to Amsterdam today for the weekend (I planned a few outfits for it here). I am just so excited, as I've always wanted to go. Obviously, due to the laws of Murphy, the weather is not going to be great in Amsterdam, still warm, but showers are predicted.

Anyway, as we are only going for the weekend we decided we don't really need to take a suit case. Instead we are taking two rolly cases that comply to the hand luggage size (50cm x 40cm x20cm). Obviously this leaves us with a few restrictions, the first being the liquid rule.

If you do take liquids in your hand luggage:
Containers must hold no more than 100ml
Containers should be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm
You’re limited to 1 plastic bag per person ( I didn't know this bit!)

To pack all the essentials (mouthwash, hair oil, conditioner, moisturiser etc) I used the Go Travel bottle set*. It comes in a transparent zip lock bag, with 4 good quality 100ml bottles. They have three cap options - 1 spray top, 2 screw caps and 2 clip down caps. We also are using the Refillable Atomiser* to take Hubs' aftershave. Both of these products are cabin approved.

I am also taking this great Green People Summer Pack*, which comes with a Foaming Face wash, Moisturising Shower Gel, Intensive repair shampoo and their amazing sun lotion in SPF 15 and 25. All of these minis are 30ml. I was previously sent one of their suntan lotions (review to come soon ) and love the smell and quality of the their products.

Another City Break essential (for me at least) are Compeed Blister Relief Plasters*, Hubs and I like to do a lot of walking when we are exploring new cities. Hubs has a very active job, that requires him to walk 10+ miles a day, where as I sit behind a desk and can be prone to rubbing shoes.

I was also surprised (and delighted) to find out that I can pack a disposable razor and my tweezers! I didn't think I would be allowed and was dreading not being able to shave my armpits (I can't stand having hairy armpits!).

If you are unsure about what you can or can't take in your cabin luggage there is a great guide here. But always check with the airline that you are travelling with for their individual preference.

What are you essential travel items?

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DIET | The week in which I totally failed #WeighInWednesday


Start Weight: 13st 10lbs
Week 1 Weight: 13st 8lbs
Total Lost: -2lbs

I am really disappointed in myself this week and am ashamed to say I have put on 2lbs. I reverted back to my old habits of comfort eating, it's not an excuse but an easier option which is me being lazy.

After a good first week, I started getting really bad toothache which resulted in a lot of pain, a Saturday emergency dentist appointment and a swollen right cheek. I found it really difficult to eat and basically binged on bread as it was thin (because opening my mouth was agony) and soft (because chewing = more pain).

Looking back I should have either found Syn free ready made soup or made a batch of chicken vegetable soup that I could have heated up when needed. Although, in this weather soup isn't exactly ideal (am I making more excuses?).

While I am not going to beat myself up about it, I do need to get back on the waggon and be more dedicated. Otherwise one bad week turns into 2 and then before you know it the diet is forgotten. 

As much as I don't want to complain about the glorious weather we have had recently, I'm finding it very difficult to decide what to wear and this is mainly due to my size and insecurities(and wardrobe restrictions - I don't have many summer clothes). I don't like to expose my arms and the clothes I have are not  very flattering around my mid section. So one thing that I am using to push me forward is  thinking about being able to buy smaller summer clothes that I feel confident in next year.

What keeps you motivated each week?

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#BrightonOTB | Alan Partridge, Big Screen, Burritos, Pampering and Pottery


Last Friday I was really lucky to have been invited to an AMAZING blogger event by OnTheBeach. The event - dubbed Brighton On The Beach or #BrightonOTB, was a two day event bringing together some of the regular Brighton girlies and some lovely London bloggers. 

Although I have been invited to blogger events before, I have never had an overnight stay before. While it did feel a bit weird to be staying in a hotel in my home town, I wasn't going to complain about staying at the Brighton IBIS and not having my beloved cats wake me up at 5.45am for breakfast! 

When I arrived I was pleasantly surprised by the room, the hotel is relatively new so it is clean, crisp and quite modern. The bathroom was basically a pod/wet-room installed into the room. Waiting for me on my bed was a pack of delicious macaroons (which were immediately scoffed!) and a lovely welcome note from On The Beach.

Once settled in a few of us made our way down to the Brighton Big Screen to meet the other bloggers and the lovely people from On The Beach and Epiphany PR.

When we arrived we were given a £10 food voucher that entitled us to either MEATLiquor or DeadGood Burrito. Hubs and I are Bright Burrito connoisseurs, so I chose my regular Beef Burrito with everything and their very own Berry Hot Sauce. This also came with a side of nachos!
Before the film, Alpha Papa, started there was a Q&A session with Steve Coogan and the director, which was very interesting. We even managed to get a group shot with the man himself, before sitting down with a couple of glasses of wine and some yummy popcorn!

After the film we took a casual stroll back up to the hotel, where we were surprised by customised robes, loads of Lush products, cupcakes, sweets and Prosecco. It was so fun to put face masks on and trial the foot products with the other girls, and then get engrossed in conversation over Prosecco, although it meant that I didn't get back to my room until about 1.30am.
The bed was really comfy and everything was great, although it took me ages to fall asleep, as I am so used to sleeping with Hubs next to me. Once up I had a lovely shower, the shower head was so powerful, it was a real treat , and then and went downstairs to meet everyone for breakfast.

There was a lot of choice for us to start the day, from yogurt and fruit, pastries and muffins and a cooked breakfast buffet.

Once we were all fed and watered we made our way down to the Painting Pottery Cafe, where we all chose a piece to paint. We had a choice of mugs, plates, bowls, pots and a cute milk jug. I ended up going for a cute mug with a heart shaped handle area.
My inspiration, as always, were my cats and Harry Potter, so I managed to trace a cat silhouette on to the mug and attempted my favourite HP quotes - "Always..." at the bottom of the mug and
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” on the side. Unfortunately I am not a very arty, but I was really pleased with how the mug turned out once I picked it up.
Sadly, this was the end of our lovely adventure with On The Beach, so we had to say goodbye. It was so lovely to be able to have a sleepover with some of the Brighton bloggers and to meet some new blogger friends! Everyone who took part are listed here:

Fifi McGee | Belle Du Brighton | Cider with Sophie | Lola and Behold | Fizzy Peaches | Carrie Brighton |Lemonade Lies | What Olivia Did | Lela London | Daisy Butter | Georgina Does | A Rosy Day | I want you to know |

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