Wedding hair styles for 2017

wedding hair styles

Just like finding the perfect wedding dress, choosing your hair style for the big day is important. You need a style that you love, something that suits you and shows off your stunning dress. Then you have to decide if you want to add a hair clip, tiara, fresh flowers, beads, ribbons, peals or go completely natural.

wedding hair styles

2016 saw the rise of the plait. Such a versatile style, beautiful with added beads, flowers or ribbons. Plaits continue will continue to be popular throughout 2017 and over the next few years.

wedding hair styles

Leaving long hair down creates an elegant wedding look. Curling your hair into loose waves, and arranging them off to one side enhances this style. Just add some delicate earrings to complete the look. Adding a floral crown would give that whimsical feel that it very on trend right now.

Up-Do’s

wedding hair styles

Of course having a simple elegant up-do for you wedding day is still very popular. Allowing people to see your full dress and any details on the back, which are often not seen with long hair that is left down. On a warm day is is great to have your hair up and out of the way. Having your hair up on your wedding day is a classic style that will be with us forever.

wedding hair styles

There are fewer brides than ever having a veil on their wedding day. They now seem to be to worn for Church weddings but less so for civil ceremonies. However, mini veils are being used an alternative. Often for those quirky brides who want a bit of tradition but also like to look different. They are also really popular for retro wedding themes.

Flowers

wedding hair trends for 2017

Flower crowns are not only seen on young flower girls, but on brides as well. This comes from an increase in outdoor, whimsical, woodland weddings. Which are becoming more popular. These stunning crowns are unique to each and every bride because they are freshly made to match your bridal bouquet. I can see these being increasingly popular over the next few seasons.

What style are you thinking about having for you wedding?

*Images from pinterest*

Gluten Free Diet

gluten free diet

I often hear people say “I’m on a gluten free diet” but what is a gluten free diet?

Gluten is a type of protein, it is found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Therefore avoiding these grains makes things gluten free. People with gluten allergies or those suffering from Coeliac disease must not eat gluten as it can cause intestinal damage along with other health problems.

gluten free diet

If you are eating a gluten free diet then you must always check the labels on any food products you buy. Some products do not clearly state wheat, rye or barley, but have malt or hydrolysed vegetable protein written on them. Which both contain gluten. In the UK common allergens in foodstuffs should be listed, in the ingredients, in bold type.

No-No foods when gluten free

gluten free diet

Just about all bread contains gluten because it’s made with wheat flour. However there are some alternatives out there that have been made with rice or potato flour instead of wheat. Lots of cereals contain gluten, but there are gluten free options, just make sure you check the packaging. Pasta is also a big no-no, but you can get pasta that is made with rice, corn or quinoa. Rice cakes are a great alternative to crackers for lunches. Watch out for breaded foods though, people often forget they contain gluten.

Beer is high in gluten so needs to be avoided. If that seems awful to you don’t worry! Wine is fine to drink. As are spirits, as all traces of gluten are removed during the distillation process. Whatever your tipple make you drink responsibly.

What can you eat when gluten free?

gluten free diet

Even though you will have to make changes to the things you eat, there is still so much you can enjoy. Eggs, fish, meat, fruits, vegetables and milk products are suitable for you to eat. So it opens up a world of yummy things to try.

It isn’t always easy but for those of who need to be gluten free, instead of those who make the personal choice. It is getting easier to find products, as most super markets now have a dedicated ‘free from’ area.

So whether you are gluten free through choice or need, there is an amazing amount you can eat. After a while of checking products it will become instinctive and will no longer seem like an impossibility, but something completely ordinary.

Do you have a favourite gluten free alternative?

Why we want a village life

wanting a village life

Moving into a village in the countryside is something we have been dreaming about for the last few years. I grew up in a village, attending the village school, making life long friends and having the close community around us. Everyone knew each other and all the children, so you could play out without too much worry. The Hubby however grew up on the outskirts of a town, attending a much larger school. Although he had a lot of family around when growing up, he didn’t experience that close community feel that I did.

We bought our first house before we had even thought about starting a family, it was in a town. However it didn’t take long for us to decide that we wanted the quiet life. I think that having a family has really made us want that lifestyle even more.

Why we want a village life…..

wanting a village life

When we visit family who live out in villages, life just seems more relaxed, more tranquil and more appealing to us. I’m under no illusions that a move will mean no more arguing with the kids about brushing their teeth, tidying their rooms or rushing in the morning to get to school on time. However village life seems more for us.

Raising our family out in a village would give the children that close community feel we don’t have in the town. Getting involved in local events, the children would attend the village school. We would love to have that full village life experience.

why we want a village life

We plan to have chickens for their eggs and grow some of our own vegetables. So we can help encourage the children to learn more about what they eat and where it comes from.

Not only do we have our two children to think about, we also have our 4 legged friends as well. Oakley and Tash our crazy Spaniels. It’s important that they get exercised daily, but also that we enjoy this as a family. So in a village surrounded by fields it will mean we are able to get out and explore more of our new home, but also be more active.

why we want a village life

We have chosen the village we want to live in, it’s about 20 miles outside of our town. Which doesn’t make it completely rural but far enough out to be surrounded by beautiful fields and woodlands. We can’t wait to be able to enjoy waking up to the sounds of birds singing, instead of a cars speeding past the house. Walk the children to school daily instead of having to drive them. Grow our own vegetables and collect eggs for breakfast.

Although our village dream won’t be happening anytime soon. One day it will happen and we can’t wait to embrace a new lifestyle.

My Top 5 UK City Breaks

top 5 uk city breaks

The Hubby and I love a UK city break. More often than not, its a family trip. However on the odd occasion, when we have a couple of child free nights, its great to get away. When we look for a couple of nights away we like to choose different cities. The UK has many stunning places to visit. The UK has some of the most culture rich cities in the world, each steeped in history.

We have chosen our top 5 UK cities to visit, York, Edinburgh, Bath, Cardiff and of course, our capital city, London.

York

top 5 uk city breaks

York is my most favourite place to visit. Having stayed on many occasion both with and without children. Each visit we find a new corner of this amazing city we haven’t yet explored or a new favourite thing to do. This city is packed with history, visiting the Jorvik centre is a great way to learn about Yorks Viking history. It’s not just somewhere for children but great for adults as well. We have visited alone and with the children.

Walking though the shambles, seeing all the old shop fronts, popping in and out of the little shops. Just watch out for the cobbles. There are also lots of lovely antiques shops to wonder around. York Minister is a beautiful thing just to look at, even if you don’t go inside. However if you do, make sure you ‘climb the central tower’ it takes you up on to the roof walk, so gives you the best views of the city.

York is packed full of places to visit, restaurants, bars, unique shops. Not forgetting the famous afternoon teas at Bettys.

York is well worth a visit.

Edinburgh

top 5 uk city breaks

Edinburgh is a beautiful old city, full of cobbled streets and little alleys full of stylish boutiques. One thing I just love about Edinburgh is it’s city centre. It’s quite small so you can easily walk everywhere. Not having to jump on a tube or bus to see something new. Edinburgh has recently been named the UK’s Greenest City. You’re never far from rolling hills and lush inner city parks.

If you want to make the most of your trip to Edinburgh why not book a personal city guide, they will help you explore the city and fill you in on its rich history. Just make sure you visit Edinburgh castle, it dominates the city sky line and gives you some of the best views of the city.

No trip to Scotland is complete without Whisky (not Whiskey!), luckily there are lots of Whisky bars to choose from while you are there. Plus there are lots of different hotels and accommodation options to pick.

Bath

top 5 uk city breaks

Bath is another of the UK’s most beautiful cities. In fact it is the only entire city to have been awarded the accolade of World Heritage Site. Bath is the only place in the UK you can bathe in naturally hot spa water and home to the Roman Baths. People have been visiting Bath for over a thousand years just to experience the naturally warm, mineral rich waters.

The City of Bath is famous for its Cresent’s, housing the most in the UK. The Royal Cresent is beautiful to visit, showing off the largest collection of Georgian architecture in the UK.

If you are wanting a relaxing trip to Bath, you should visit the Thermae Bath Spa in the city centre. Relax in the thermal waters and enjoy the roof top swimming pool, that gives you great views of the city. Something that I would love to do, but haven’t been able to just yet… one day.

There are many other fabulous places to visit, including Bath Abbey, or take a walk around the city on the National Trust Sky Walk Trail.

Of course, shopping is brilliant in Bath, with local boutiques and high street stores set within Georgian buildings. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and hotels so Bath has something for everyone. Having written this post I cant wait to start planning our next trip to Bath.

Cardiff

top 5 uk city breaks

 

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales. Home to many historic houses, Dr Who, the Millennium Stadium and the newly developed Bay area. The National Opera house is meant to be an amazing place to visit, so it is on the list for our next trip to Cardiff. Β Cardiff Bay is the largest water front development in Europe, which has transformed the dockland into an attraction all on its own.

Full of great restaurants and little bars, there is something for everyone in Cardiff. There are also plenty of hotels and B & B’s to cover all price ranges. The National Museum and Art Gallery is free to enter and has a stunning room of rocks and minerals, just amazing. There is also the Royal Mint experience, great for families too.

Cardiff is full of history. There are lots of Ghost walks all around the city, allowing you to have some fun but also learn about the history along the way. If you are planning a city break, Cardiff should be at the top of your list.

London

top 5 uk city breaks

London is our capital city, the hub of British history, fashion, business and tourism. Not forgetting our Royal Family. London is busy, but amazing. I have loved every trip we have made to London. Being a day trip on the train or a couple of nights staying in a cute boutique hotel in Covent Garden.

One thing we haven’t done is a open bus tour, which is the plan for our next visit. They take you around to all of the major sights: Buckingham Palace, The Mall, Big Ben, West Minster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, London Bridge… the list is endless. It’s a great way of taking in the sights. But that isn’t all London has to offer, with the London Eye, Madame Tussauds and The London Dungeons there is so much to do in London with or without children.

Shopping is just brilliant in London. If you can’t find something in London, it’s unlikely you will find it on any other high street. Designer shops, boutiques, vintage shops and high street stores can all be found on the streets of London. Not forgetting the vibrant, multicultural markets.

Food is at the heart of life in London, with some of the most renowned restaurants in the country. So finding a great place to eat isn’t a problem, just make sure you book a table. There are clubs and bars are all over the city so night life in London is always exciting. Don’t forget to book in for afternoon tea in one of the many hotels in London, I love afternoon tea anyway but afternoon tea in London just seems more special.

London is a wonderful place to visit, it’s something that people either love to do or hate. I love it and would highly recommend that everyone goes at least once to see our capital city.

So there are my top picks for UK city breaks, York, Bath, Edinburgh, Cardiff and London.

What’s your favourite city in the UK to visit?