My travel bucket list

In my early 20’s I was lucky enough to visit, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Singapore and various European locations. However since having children the travelling took a back seat and we spent time visiting various parts of the UK. Last year however we took the children to Crete and to Finland, which has given me the travel bug. It’s made me think about places I would like to visit. Ok, it’s not going to all happen right now, but there are so many beautiful places in the world to visit, it’s hard to have a small bucket list.

My travel bucket list

I have often read about families selling everything up and going travelling for as long as possible and as much I this would be amazing, I just don’t think we would be brave enough to do it. However, I have put together my travel bucket list, of 3 destinations that I would love to visit.

Bali

I have friend who have visited Bali and just listening to them talk about this paradise location makes me want to visit. Bali is one of the many islands found within Indonesia, it is home to about 4 million people and well know for it’s culture and spirituality. There is a range of landscapes from sandy beaches, to mountains, hills and rugged coast lines. Bali has a wealth of culture and history, it’s a great location for both relaxation and adventure. Bali is a brilliant destination for water sports and well as spiritual retreats. Bail is on my bucket travel list because whatever you are looking for Bali has it.

Mauritius

The island of Mauritius is set in the Indian Ocean, it is very popular destination with honeymooners. Mauritius has those picture perfect turquoise waters and white sand beaches, perfect for spending your days enjoying cocktails and enjoying swimming in the warm waters. Mauritius also is great for water sports.

The island of Mauritius isn’t just about beaches and swimming, it is home to amazing cuisine, history, culture. There is also the possibility to travel around the island to different locations, the Botanical gardens, rum distillery, navel museums and not forgetting snorkelling on the coral reefs around the island. The island has everything you could want from a paradise destination holiday.

Thailand

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Top of my travel bucket list is Thailand, a place I have wanted to visit for years. I have many friends who have visited Thailand on their travels, I also have a friend who is wanting to move over to Thailand to live. I however am drawn to Thailand for its tropical climate, diverse range of lifestyles, culture, cities, history, paradise beaches and the possibility to island hop.

Thailand offers secluded retreats for that time of relaxation away from the busy tourist areas. The little islands of Thailand are all so very beautiful each offering something different. If you are wanting the busier night life then that can be found in Patong or the capital of Bangkok were you can find more of that city life, with apartment builds and hotels, lots of restaurant and shopping.

Which location would be a the top of your travel bucket list? Destination2 have a a fabulous selection of destinations to choose from, whatever you are looking for you can find it with Destination2 no matter your budget.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Destination2. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Chips four ways with VonShef Air Fryer

We love chips in our house, I mean who doesn’t? However I am aways looking for ways to add more fruit and vegetables into our meals. Not only that but ways to cook things in a healthier way. I have read about using air fryers on a couple of occasions over the last few years. I have friends that have different ones, but it’s just a kitchen item we just dint have until now.

Domu got in touch and asked if I would like try out their VonShef digital air fryer, of course I have been wanting to try one out for a long time. But what to make with it?

Chips four ways

As I said we love chips, but they can be quite greasy and generally not the healthiest food item. So instantly I thought that chips would be great to try it out. But not just any chips…… chips four ways. Chips made with potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips. Yummy!

When the digital air fryer arrived, I was keen to unpack it and see what I could do with it. I was surprised with how large it is, I’m not sure what I was expecting but not something quite so big. It however isn’t so big it wouldn’t fit into a cupboard after it had been used, thank goodness because I like my cooking equipment to bit kept away, even the toaster gets packed away after use.

I read the instructions, very easy to use, simple digital display, before the first use you needed to set it to 200° for 10 minutes to burn off any manufacturing residue. At the end of the 10 minutes it beeped to let me know it had finished.

While it was going I set about, chopping and peeling the vegetables. Just as you normally would when cutting potatoes into chips cut the sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips in the same way.

The instruction booklet tells you had long you need to cook the potatoes for, for home cut potatoes it recommends 20-22 minutes set at 200°.

Adding the four vegetable chips to the basket with one table spoon of vegetable oil to the basket, set the temperature and time and press start. I did check them half way through and gave them a mix up. After 20 minutes we had perfectly well cooked chips.

VonShef Air Fryer

I did make a couple of baskets of chips for us all to share, we all loved them. Happily dipping them into the tomato ketchup as we went along. I was really impressed with how easy the digital air fryer was to use and with how it cooked the chips so well, your able to cook so many different items within the basket, many things not needing any extra oil, making them really healthy, perfect if you want wanting to have little treats without worrying about the extra calories.  I cannot wait to try making something else in the air fryer.

 

*Thank you Domu for sending me this VonShef air fryer, which also available at Amazon. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

The Ultimate Wedding Dress Alterations Guide

So, you’ve chosen your dream wedding dress, ticking this key item off your list – but what of dress alterations? You’ll need to see a professional seamstress to get your dress altered, to ensure a perfect fit on the day.

Wedding Dress Alternation Guide

Many brides-to-be have questions about wedding dress alterations – what can be done, when should you approach a seamstress, and what do you need to bring? Luckily for Champagne and Petals readers, I’ve teamed up with the renowned London wedding dress alterations shop Alterations Boutique to tell you everything you need to know.

Wedding Dress Alterations: What Can be Done?

From resizing to restyling, there are many things that can be done with professional wedding dress alterations. Here is a quick breakdown to the main alterations on offer to brides:

  • Taking in or letting out the sides: Dresses can be made smaller or larger by a dress size or more depending on the style. Also, the sleeves of a dress can be narrowed.
  • Shortening or lengthening: if your dress isn’t falling on you right, it could be too long or short. A seamstress can alter the hem and/or straps of the dress to address this.
  • Reshaping the neckline: if the neckline of your dress isn’t exactly what you wanted, a seamstress can reshape it to reflect your style and better flatter your figure.
  • Adding sleeves: from delicate capped sleeves to elegant long sleeves, many options are available.
  • Embellishments: including lace, beading, crystals, fringe, and more.
  • Repairs: had a mishap with your dress in the lead-up to the wedding? Get in touch with your seamstress to review the damage and repair your dress! This includes replacing zips and other fasteners.

When to Get Wedding Dress Alterations

How long you will need for the wedding dress alterations process really depends on the complexity of the dress but, in most cases, you will need to visit a seamstress two or three times.

You should ideally get in touch with a seamstress or boutique a few months in advance of the wedding. When your first appointment arrives, the seamstress will see how your dress currently fits and discuss any ideas or desires you have.

From here, your seamstress can let you know how many visits will be needed for the alterations process to be complete and will book in further visits spaced out at intervals within your wedding schedule.

Alterations Appointments: What to Bring

Beyond the dress itself, it’s important to bring the other garments you plan to wear on your wedding day to your wedding dress alterations appointments. This includes undergarments, accessories, and the shoes you plan to wear (if you don’t have an item yet, you can always bring something like what you want to wear).

Also, make sure to bring your ideas to the table! Particularly during the first appointment, your seamstress will want to learn your style preferences, so putting forward your ideas for the dress and your wedding plans in general will be a huge help for both you and your seamstress.

Finding A Home In The Modern Era

There’s a lot of different housing needs out there, and everyone on the planet needs a safe and secure place to live. However, prices are up and down all over the market and trying to afford a flat near a job in a big city is something not a lot of us will see in our lifetimes!  And yet, moving doesn’t always have to be so difficult to get on with. If you know you’re going to have to find a place of your own in the future, and the idea itself is completely scary, this is the post for you. Keep these considerations in mind, and always remember you’re going to land on your feet.

Deciding on a location

House prices fluctuate wildly the nearer you go to a major city. Whilst you might be able to comfortably afford a place in a southern town for the time being, the location itself isn’t usually sought after. Access to medical centres, soothing your shopping needs, crime rates, and the ability to call people out for something breaking down can very easily make the area stale and frustrating.

It’s then we turn to finding roommates to afford a better place, or taking on more hours at work so you can achieve a higher rental price securely. However, even when you’re not in an inner city circle, finding yourself an urban area isn’t going to come at too steep a cost. Maybe an extra ten or twenty pound a month is going to grace your bills, but that’s fair when you consider the amount of needs satisfied by being near the local corner shop.

Moving with family in mind

Our generation is one that has to cope with a lot. A crashing economy, the introduction of new and exciting technology that makes us nostalgic of simpler times, and having to stay at home a lot longer due to financial, medical, and family concerns.

Even if you do need to move whilst considering how your family will cope, there’s a lot you can look into to help you out. Maybe you have ageing parents and you’re worried about where they could go; thankfully, homes like that of Cayon Care Services can take the pressure off. Using a service like this means you can live your life to the fullest whilst still keeping your parents in mind!

Go with your gut!

You know what you want, and more importantly you know what you need, so make sure you’re always following your instinct when it comes to finding a place to live. Never ignore your own intuition in the face of expert opinions and a good location; if you’re not comfortable now, you never will be.

Finding a good place to live that has all of your considerations in mind is going to be tricky, but it’s not impossible! Never forget the amount of options you have, and never let yourself feel hopeless in the face of this current real estate market. It’s your oyster!