Date night? What’s that again? They have been rather rare since our little lady came along! The other week bubs stayed away at her grandparent’s for the first time. She’s two and a half. I know we held off for a while, but to me it was such a big deal! Staying there did give us the opportunity to have a date night!
We wanted to go somewhere special to celebrate this momentous occasion! So we chose Guildhall Tavern just a short walk away from Poole Quay. It is a French Seafood Restaurant, offering locally landed fish, crab & lobster prepared in French style. They also offer meat and vegetarian dishes.
The entire atmosphere in the Guildhall Tavern was warm, happy and in no way pretentious. The decor was sea themed, but in a sophisticated way. The restaurant was spacious and clean.
The staff couldn't do enough for us! They were knowledgeable, and attentive. They explained the food clearly to us on the menu, and made good suggestions.
The food, well what can I say! It was SO yummy! Visually it looked beautiful. The colours on the plate set off all of my senses. It also smelt amazing! The portion sizes were great too. I had the Plaice and it tasted out of this world! It was fresh and felt healthy. The hubby had the sea bass, and they Flambéed it at our table, making the visual experience something else. For desert I was recommend the Creme Brulee Tia Maria, so I went for it! It was so rich, I had to share.
We had the best night, and I would highly recommend a meal at The Guildhall Tavern. Hopefully we won’t have to wait two and half years for our next date night!
All of the opinions and photos are my own.
You may have guessed I like colour…maybe a little too much! Colour makes me feel so happy. Having an artist background I really enjoy playing with colour and being creative with it.
I find myself looking for colour everywhere I go, it has become a bit of a habit. I thought it would be fun to share with you some places across Dorset that are full of colour:
I love taking a trip to Lyme Regis, it is one of my favourite sea side towns. It is very pretty and has lots going on for families. There is lots of lovely colourful places. Such as the stunning rainbow pastel beach huts along the sea front, pastel colour houses lining the streets, and you definitely should check out Swim Café, its décor is fab!
From colourful beach huts, cafes, and fab art murals. There is so much colour in Swanage. Swanage is a great seaside town for all of the family. It has a lovely feel to it.
BOURNEMOUTH: As you wonder around Bournemouth you will spot amazing art murals. These are so clever and all full of colour. Head over to Urban Beach, where you will find the best art mural around! You will also find the BEST rainbow beach huts, along Bournemouth beach, just past the pier.
Weymouth has the most beautiful pastel houses located around Weymouth Harbour. Perfect for a selfie, or a family picture. On another note if you are on Portland head to Billy Winters Cafe!
There are so many beautiful and colourful places to visit in Dorset, these were just my top four! I hope you have the best time if you visit KXx
Anyone else love a cheeky weekend away? It has been so long since we took one. The last trip I had planned we had to cancel as my little lady got Chicken Pox (booooo). Anyway… I was heading down to Cornwall to host a craft party with Crafts and Giggles, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to combine work and play!
When looking to book somewhere to stay, I realised our weekend coincided with the Easter Holidays. The prices were sky high, and loads of places in Plozeath were booked up! (What a rooky error!) That’s when I found St Moritz Hotel, and they had the availability. It was a tad out of my price range, but hey why not… work hard, play harder.
We arrived early (check in was 4pm, and we arrived at 1pm) the lady on reception was lovely, and let us check in anyway! The hotel was beautiful. The staff were all beaming with smiles, and so lovely to my little lady. This makes such a difference us.
We had booked a family suite. The room was a good size, clean, beautifully decorated, and practical. It had a pull down bunk-bed but we opted for the travel cot, which was all set up ready for us. We were on the ground floor, and had a mini conservatory type thing that opened onto the hotel grounds, this was lovely extra space.
We off course started the break with some food at their Sea Side Café. It was a pretty special “café” Penny was extremely welcoming and gave our little lady a fab activity pack. We opted for some comfort food, stone baked pizzas. They were pretty good.
That evening we had booked into their Shorecrest Restaurant. It was expensive, but I had the Plaice and it has to be the softest Plaice I have ever eaten. We enjoyed a three course meal, and bubs loved her meal off of their children’s menu. The only thing I think they could include, is more vegetables on the children’s menu. This was definitely lacking. The breakfast was pretty special too!
The hotel has some great facilities for children. In particular a good sized swimming pool, and a children's play room. The toys could do with a little TLC but it is definitely as nice extra. I think the pool was a highlight for bubs!
We loved our stay at St. Moritz Hotel. I think the kindness and attentiveness of the staff made it. It was such a treat to be waited on and taken care off. I would highly recommend it for families looking for some time out.
We decided to celebrate Mother’s Day a week early for my mum this year. We chose The Lime Wood Hotel for lunch, as we went for Mother’s day there the year before, and we really enjoyed it.
A TOUCH OF GLAM, SMILES AND YUMMY FOOD
As soon a we entered the Lime Wood Hotel we were made to feel very welcome. All of the staff were smiling, and were very attentive. As with our last visit they welcomed my little lady with open arms. That is probably the best thing about it. Even though it is a prestigious venue children are made to feel welcome, and it is unpretentious.
We started off with drinks, olives, and nuts by the beautiful bar area. It was very relaxing. We then went through to our table, and enjoyed some delicious food! The Lime Wood highlight the importance of sharing food, and provenance is everything. Well... we did just that! We all shared our food, bringing us all together. My little lady and I enjoyed the bream, and she then went onto try the home cooked vegetables, and everything else in sight.
FISH PONDS, ICE CREAM, AND OVERSIZED SWINGS
Between courses we headed outside into the spring sunshine to see The Lime Wood's grounds in all their glory! My little lady loved the fish ponds, and the oversized swings (as did my hubby!) We felt like we could explore, and let my my two year be just that, a two year old!
We all enjoyed our visit. It is quite expensive...but hey for a special occasion it is fab! I would highly recommend it for families. I will definitely go back for another special occasion.
Check out my vlog below...FOR A taster of the lime wood HOTEL!
Thanks for reading K x
Concerned about flying with a busy toddler? Here are my happy tips to help put you at ease...
HAPPY AND SAFE FLYING K x
Dubai is somewhere I had always wanted to visit. It had basically been on the bucket list that floats around my busy head for many years. Instead of planning a visit before I became a mummy, I decided to take the plunge and book it with a 23 month old (as you do!)
DECIDING ON WHEN TO GO AND WHERE TO STAY
After doing some research I decided that November would be the best month for us to book our trip to Dubai. The reason I chose November is because the average temperature is around 26 degrees! I thought this temperature would suit our little lady. I would have hated for her to feel uncomfortable in the heat, Dubai is in the desert after all.
Choosing somewhere to stay took a little longer…there are SO many incredible hotels in Dubai. My dream was to stay on the Palm. I was concerned it would be too pricey. I had already decided I wanted to fly with Emirates (I really rate them) and their holiday website had some amazing half board Dubai offers! This included a half board stay at Sofitel The Palm. (The best bit was our little lady got to go for free, as she was just under two years old!) The reviews on Trip Advisor were excellent. The hotel came across as family friendly (which is so important to us when booking a holiday). So I booked it! Six night’s, half board, emirates flights included! We couldn’t wait for our adventure to begin!
A MID HAUL FLIGHT WITH A TODDLER AND A VERY NERVOUS FLYER
I was nervous about the 7 hour flight. Firstly as this was our little ladies first time flying, and secondly because I am such a nervous flyer. Despite my fear I never want this to stop us seeing the world. I chose a night flight to Dubai in the hope that bubs would sleep, and she did most of the way. I on the other hand didn’t! The Emirates flight attendants were great. They provided her with a children’s activity pack, and a cute bag with her very own blanket included. I would highly recommend flying Emirates with children. We were well taken care of. If you want some happy tips for when flying with a toddler check them out here.
SMILES, SUN, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
When we arrived in Dubai my husband and I were a little nervous, we didn’t know what to expect. This soon passed. Everyone was SO lovely, they couldn’t do enough to enough.. Emirates put on a private car, to take us to our hotel. They had a baby car seat ready for bubs, which was fantastic. It was a great way to start our holiday as we basically had a tour of Dubai. Sofitel The Palm was beyond my expectations! It really was 5 star luxury (we felt like we were on our honey moon again). The staff were amazing, and were so kind to bubs. As soon as I walked in I knew I had book the perfect hotel for our little family!
SWIMMING, EATING, BEACH, PALM TREES, PLAY AREAS AND SUNSHINE
The hotel had everything and more. It had three different swimming pools, including a small children’s pool and sandpit. These were safe and shallow for bubs to play happily in. There were also lifeguards on every swimming pool, which was a great addition.
The hotel had a children’s club on site. Bubs was a little too young to stay there and play on her own, however accompanied by me or my husband she could play with the endless amount of toys they had to offer.
As we had half board included we chose to have breakfast and dinner. The amount of food, and choice was out of this world! They even had a small children’s food section in the evening which changed every night. The staff were attentive, and made sure bubs was looked after.
Getting around dubai
When we go away we like to have relaxing days, as well as exploring what a place has to offer. We found the best way to get around Dubai was in a taxi. They didn't cost very much, and drop you to the door. My only qualm... the taxi's do not provide car seats, so bubs had to sit on my lap, in my seat belt. We visited Dubai Mall, went up the Burj Khalifa (highly recommend you do this), The Emirates Mall, and The Aquarium and Water Park at The Atlantis. Walking around we felt very safe.. Before we went we were concerned about the dress code. If you dress respectfully you will have nothing to worry about.
In my opinion I would highly recommend a family holiday to Dubai. I enjoyed it so much so, that I have booked to go back again late this year (so sorry bank balance), If you are thinking of going, look around for deals. There are lots of great ones out there! Have a little plan of what you would like to see, and do in Dubai before you go, There is so much to do in such a short space of time. You don't want to miss anything out! If you do go have a great time, and enjoy every minute! I would love to hear all about your Dubai adventures!
(please note all opinions are my own. I have not collaborated with any listed venues above, this is all my own experience and paid for by me, The images shown belong to me and my husband)
As a busy working mummy I get very little “me” time these days! Anyone else with me? I dream of being pampered and taken care of! (It’s such a rare treat when this does happen!) When I was invited along with Bournemouth Bloggers for a morning of January indulgence, and relaxation at Christchurch Harbour Hotel’s HarSpa I couldn’t believe my luck!
When I arrived at the beautiful HarSpa I was welcomed with such a warm smile from the receptionist. We were talked through our morning and then provided with crisp white robes, and slippers to change into. The changing rooms were immaculate, and kitted out with everything you would need. We then headed to use the spa facilities for the first hour. These included a good size swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room etc. It was so nice to just chill out.
After an hour of blissful relaxation we went through to have a 25 minute treatment. I opted for a neck and back massage as I really needed to get rid of some built up mummy tension. The treatment room was beautiful, they have all been completely refurbished to a high standard. The tranquil colour scheme set a relaxing tone perfectly. The massage couldn’t have been any better! The therapist took time to get to know me and make the treatment personal.
After the treatment we headed to Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spas Upper Deck Restaurant. Well the colours in there were right up my colourful street! It has to be one of the funkiest restaurants I have been to (especially with the sea views). We were served the most delicious and filling two course meal! I had fish and chips, followed by apple cake. It was absolutely amazing!
I never wanted the morning to end, or leave Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa! It was the most relaxing and fun morning. Thank you so much for having us! I can’t wait to go back soon!
Back in May (this year) we went on our first holiday abroad to beautiful Norway. Our little lady was 17 months old and we felt ready to head off on our adventures as the three musketeers. I am a bit of a nervous flyer (which is an understatement). My solution to avoid flying was to book a cruise holiday. I researched many of the big cruise brands, and the best value cruise for us was with P&O. Most other brands charge full price for a 1 year old (which is crazy), whereas P&O offer a huge discount! I think we paid £99 for our little lady!
I was so excited and a little nervous about the holiday as a whole, but it couldn’t have gone any better! We embarked P&O’s largest ship MV Britannia in Southampton, which was easy for us as it is only down the road. Our luggage was taken, and check in was so simple. Before we knew it we on board the most beautiful ship exploring everything it has to offer, which is a lot.
One of the reasons I love going on cruise holidays is everything is in one place and you get to go somewhere different every day. This is perfect for a busy toddler, who likes to explore. During sea days there was so much to do (as well as eat your body weight). The Britannia has an amazing play room (the reef), which offers a large soft play area, endless toys and a variety of table activities. Our little lady was in her element. The ship also offers a night nursery, we didn’t use this but spoke to other parents who said it was an amazing addition to their holiday.
The ship was child friendly, however it wasn’t solely aimed at families. I believe they have a quota for certain age groups, so the ship wasn’t overrun with children, however there were enough families so you were made to feel welcome. The staff couldn’t have done enough for our little lady, they loved her as did the passengers. She has never had so much attention (she didn’t know what to do when we got home, it was all a bit boring).
I would highly recommend a cruise holiday with a one year old. Everything felt so easy, and we actually felt like we had, had a holiday. When you hear the word cruise, you think of luxury and pound signs. It was definitely luxurious, but it cost us less than a holiday to mainland Spain, it was great value for money!
As we disembarked the cruise and got back to our car, I looked back at the ship and a wave of emotion hit me. We had the best week, and made the most incredible memories as a family of 3. I never wanted it to end. I felt so lucky and grateful to have been able to experience something so amazing.
Last week my little family and I enjoyed a staycation in good old Blighty. We decided to visit local and fun attractions, which we hadn’t been to before. One of the attractions on the list was a trip up the M27 to Paultons Park to visit Peppa Pig World. We wanted to take our little lady (who is 20 months old) because of her love of Peppa. Since our visit a few of my friends asked my thoughts on the day, so here they are…
I didn’t have any expectations before our trip. I decided not to read any reviews and to take it as we found it. On arrival I was shocked by how busy it was (it was the first week of the summer holidays, so I should have known). We got there just after the opening time of 10am. I would definitely recommend getting there early as the crowds soon flood in. I was also surprised at the entry price (quite steep), however as soon as we walked through the entrance this soon dispersed. I was taken aback and excited by how large the park was, we could have almost been at a Disney Theme Park (the hot weather probably helped with this nostalgia). We decided to hit Peppa Pig World first.
As you arrived at the entrance of Peppa Pig World you soon became immersed into the theme. Your olfactory senses were hit all at once. Even if you are not a Peppa Pig fan I think you will become absorbed and impressed by everything in sight. The attention to detail was incredible. With the sound track playing in the back ground (which my little lady was singing along to), the smell of sweet treats, and the yummy colour palette of cosmopolitan ice-cream everywhere you will be whisked into a dreamy escape. Our little lady was in her element, as were we. There was so much for her age group to do, from driving a car, splashing in the water fountains, exploring the soft play, or even flying in a hot air balloon. It was busy and we did have to queue for the rides (take plenty of snacks), but it didn’t matter as we were all so engaged in everything around us.
After a couple of hours exploring Peppa Pig World we were ready to eat. We headed to the main restaurant at the entrance and ordered some cooked food. We were actually very impressed with it. It came out quickly and it looked and tasted fresh. After lunch our little lady was zonked so we headed to the other side of the park to Lost Kingdom. This is where my hubby relived his childhood and enjoyed going on The Flight of the Pterosaur. I however sat in some shade and enjoyed an ice-cream.
One of the things that really stood out for me were the fantastic changing facilities. They cater so well for toddlers, which makes life so much easier for us mums and dads! We all left feeling thoroughly fulfilled and exhausted. It is not somewhere I would go every month, however it is a great treat and a top family day out. We hope to go back again soon... xx
Hi! I am Katie... a new mum trying to balance life, work and a beautiful baby girl! I love to take photos, travel, write, make art, and spend time with my family! xx