This weekend I had my baby shower and it was SO amazing!! We had the most lovely afternoon tea over at my parents house and it was just perfect. It has come at just the right time too. This last stretch has been the slowest of them all, and the shower has given me that final boost I need!
We ate so much cake and sandwiches which were all so delicious! All the food was from M&S which was so easy and hassle free! These little bags of caramel fudge were the party bags for the girls! Can't wait to tuck in to mine!
I was so lucky to be given so many beautiful presents and I just cannot believe that now it's almost time for the baby to arrive!
A spa day I honestly feel is one of the most relaxing things you can do! I actually had one back in July and it was so amazing that I re-booked for my hubby and I come to as I thought this would be a perfect pre baby treat for us both. Definitely making the most of peace and quiet while we have it!
Eastwell Manor is a Champneys spa hotel in Ashford, which is just over an hour away from home so not too far to travel at all. It has really beautiful grounds and is fairly new to the Champneys group so I was very keen to try it out!
Arrival was from 9am, which we aimed for so we could get the most out of our day. We got a lovely light breakfast on arrival before changing in to our robes an slippers for a full day of relaxation!
Both of our treatments were booked in for 2pm, and our lunch slot was 12.30 so we had a couple of hours to kill by the pool... not a hard job at all!
I have so enjoyed swimming this pregnancy, so I did a few lengths of the pool and we both then went and spent a little time in the hydrotherapy pool which is basically a giant hot tub... with out the hot! Perfect for a pregnant person as you are supposed to avoid the heat! No sauna or steam room for me unfortunately... so I made the most of this!
Soon enough it was lunch time and somehow we had actually both worked up a hunger! Lunch was AMAZING. The quality of food was so so good and it all felt super healthy. But oh my goodness... the chocolate brownie that we ended on was just divine!
Would happily have this 3 course lunch all over again right now. It was SO delicious!
After lunch we headed to the treatment rooms where we both had a full body massage. Mine was called 'Beautiful Bump' and Charlie's was the mens 'Champneys Massage' both 50 minutes long and such a treat! The massage beds are even heated!
Already tempted to come back again... but maybe I need to wait a little longer than a few months other wise this could become a very expensive habit!
Everyone has different essentials for the beach, but there are just something you can't go with out whether you are pool side or beach bound. Whether it be lotions and potions or beach accessories to get you through a tough day of sun bathing.
First things first, we ALL need sun lotion. I always wear a minimum of factor 30. A few years back I got so badly sun burnt that I decided I needed to start taking way better care of my skin and keep that premature aging at bay! I use NIVEA for my body (30 all over, 50 for my burn prone areas). New to my beach bag is this little NIVEA roll on which is SO handy! When it's windy or sandy... it's so much easier to use a roll on to just top up the places you feel burning. On to my face now.... I use this little bottle PIZ BUIN face lotion. Choosing a lotion that is face specific, I couldn't recommend more! It's so much less greasy than your usual lotion and I haven't burnt once with this. Now for emergency's I always keep some face wipes in my bag, always trying to avoid the sun lotion on your eyes!
Next up, a good book! I am so not a reader... but when it comes to a holiday I feel like it's part of my airport routine to try and find a good book to get stuck in to. This is obviously accompanied by quite a few magazines which again for me is a holiday luxury.
Also, I always needed is a straw hat. I literally can't read with out a hat on... I frown way too much when the sun is in my eyes so this is doing me a whole lot of favours. This is my personalised hat from MELON SWIMWEAR (my brand I launched last month!)
Ear phones are an absolutely necessity. I have a big pair which I always leave at home for a holiday, something dainty is way better for the sunbed. It means you can lie on the side of your face with out any obstructions... and those little wires wont be causing any dodgy tan lines!
The next must have is sunglasses! I'm a sucker for sunglasses, I usually bring at least 3 on holiday with me... but for being by the pool or beach I always make sure I have a pair that has a smooth plastic nose pieces. None of those little metal ones that get stuck in your hair... haven't we all had that night mare? These KAPTEN & SON ones are perfect!
Next up, a note pad and pen. This is feel is actually so important! You can get SO much thinking done while lying on a sunbed. This time last year, this was exactly where I came up with the idea of MELON SWIMWEAR and I still have all my notes in last years little holiday note pad which I'll be keeping for years to come! I where my imagination will take me this time!
Flip flops... this might seem SO obvious, but one holiday I actually forgot to pack flip flops (just like I forgot to put them in the photo)! Never again though. I ended up wearing the hotel slippers to the pool everyday because I didn't want to risk getting my nice leather sandals soggy!
So... for me, these are all the things I just cannot go with out for a day by the beach or pool side. A cocktail in hand wouldn't go a miss too!
New season, new gym kit?! Yep, I think so too! I LOVE these soft bluey/grey shades that New Balance have recently bought in to their collection. Perfect for the new season... and practical too as we still seem to be experiencing the odd down poor!
I think my favourite item here has to be the leggings... they are also the most reasonable out of all the pieces. They are such a lovely materials and quite thin which is great for these warmers days. The last thing you need is some thick lycra!
These trainers are also SO comfortable. I've had a pair in this style before and they are really great for running in. It's so important to get a pair that support you and these ones really work for me.
I'm all set for my summer fitness... no excuses now!
Firstly, I apologise for not having a post up the last 10 days! I've been working on a little something which will all be revealed very soon! I promise you it's super exciting and something I have wanted to do for SO long!
I do also have a holiday coming up so am looking forward to getting lots of lovely holiday posts ready for the next few weeks ahead. I'm so looking forward to getting some sun and enjoy the long evenings with a cocktail in hand!
I always get to April and find i'm so desperate for some sun. We usually go away in May but this year we are jetting off a month early and I'm so pleased it has come round so quickly. I love looking forward to the holiday too.. I'm never one for a last minute booking because all the planning and excitement that goes in to it is half the fun!
So... here is a little holiday inspiration to get us all through until our much needed break. Bring on sandy the sandy beaches!
If that isn't enough to get you in the holiday mood I don't know what is. Pinterest is always letting my imagination run wild!