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Bluestone Wales  | Press Trip Review 

Note - we were asked to visit Bluestone Wales free of charge in return for our honest review. All of the opinions below are my own. 

When booking a holiday, what do you look for? Price, location, travel time, activities, accommodation, food options? For me, I like to find somewhere that is filled with things to do for all the family, as well as having clean, comfortable accommodation and it has to be a good price. We’ve done a few staycation trips in the past year or so and although they have been fun, I’ve never been truly blown away... that was until we went to Bluestone!

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Bluestone is a 5* National Park resort in Pembrokeshire and is billed as 'All weather, free range lodge and cottage breaks for all the family with spa, waterpark and activities for all ages' and that is exactly what it is! There was so much that we loved about this trip that is it so hard to write about it in a comprehension review as I just want to ramble on and on about all of the amazingness that is there. So to avoid any rambling, I figured I would spit this review into a few different sections to hopefully make it more readable!


Dealing with your separation anxiety | Collaboration

Separation anxiety is often talked about among parents; however, it is usually the issue of your child
suffering from separation anxiety and how you deal with that. Children typically do grow out of it so
while it can be a stressful time it won’t be forever. However, what you may not have heard of or
anticipated is that you, as a parent might suffer separation anxiety from being apart from your child.
You might think you would look forward to some free time, to not being followed around constantly
and having this little person demanding your time and attention so much. While many parents say
how much they miss their child when they are away from them and how guilty they feel leaving them
at nursery or with a babysitter, in reality, parental separation anxiety is much more than that.


Mothers Day Gift Ideas that Give Back  | Guide Guide 

Note: Some of these items were sent to us for inclusion in this guide but all opinions are honest and my own. 

Mothers Day is just around the corner and it’s the perfect excuse for us to spoil our Mums and give her a bit of TLC. But, what of you could give your Mum a treat whilst giving back and helping others. This got me thinking about gifts that would be lovely for mothers day but also have a heart or a story behind them. So here are a few ideas for Mothers Day gifts that give back!

This is unlike any other tanning cream I have come across before and I think that the emotional story behind this amazing self tanning cream makes it a perfect gift as well as a wonderful small business to support. Tancream was launched in 2017 after being developed by 2 North Yorkshire Mums after one of them was diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer. Gillian and Katy joined forces with leading sun care expert, Dr Jack Ferguson and cosmetic chemist Johanna Warren to develop a sun lotion for safe body coverage with the added bonus of a rapid bronzer and a beautiful tan. Tancream was born and it has become a huge hit winning awards all over the place and being stocked by over 100 retailers.

This cream is an unique daily moisturiser for face and body with high sun protection offering SPF50, 5 star UVA and an instant bronzer with a natural, gradual self tan. It is also scientifically proven to help prevent premature ageing and sun damaged skin. What more could you want and what a great gift to give to someone? Protecting their skin whilst giving them a lush glow!
You can find all the stockist and grab a bottle for your Mum here

English Tea Shop Tea
Afternoon tea is so popular now but sometimes it can be hard to get booked somewhere to treat your Mum. It can be expensive, fully booked or just difficult to get a date where you are both free. If you can't get out then why not bring afternoon tea to your Mum? Grab yourself some cakes and some tea and set up for an afternoon of chatting and munching. The English Tea Shop only work with the finest organic and fairtrade farmers, blenders and producers from all over the world to produce their special range of teas and they really do have something for everyone. From selection boxes, to loose leaves and herbal, they have really thought of everything. Now you can have the treat of afternoon tea whilst knowing that you are only supporting fairtrade and ethical production of tea.
Find out more about the English Tea Shop here:

This Girl is Enough Affirmation Bracelet
I am obsessed with affirmations at the moment and a while ago I discovered that I actually had one of Laurens bracelets in my draw that I was given at the Do it Like a Mother hypnobirthing course we went on back in April last year!! Since rediscovering it, I have fallen in love with it and actually have a couple more on order. Lauren is the owner and creator of 'This Girl is Enough' and not only is she a kick ass Mother, blogger, Instagrammer (I love her insta stories!) but she is also a brilliant business woman. She makes these amazing bracelets and you can customise pretty much everything about them from the wording to the colour and the best part about it is that with every £6 bracelet that is sold, £2.50 of that goes to women's aid! That's almost 50% of the cost going to an amazing charity and that, to me, is a reason to get one of these for your Mum. Give her a beautiful gift whilst giving back to an amazing charity. Win Win!

Make sure you check out Lauren's website here:

'Rocking the Mama Life' Slogan Tee - Ada & Alfred
This may be a bit of a cheeky one for me to add into this guide but I don't care because this brand and the brain child of one of my lovely friends and I want to include her to support her and because I love her products. So in a way this is a gift that gives back because you'll be supporting a small business that deserves all the love!

Ada & Alfred have a HUGE range of slogan tees, jumpers and tote bags that are perfect for Mother's Day! I personally love the 'Rocking the Mama Life' tee because it's super stylish, easy to wear and so comfy! It's also a total bargain at just£14!  Make sure you head over to the website to see all that is on offer:

So there you have it. A few ideas for gifts that you can give to your lovely Mum or Nan this Mother's Day whilst still giving back to others.

Enjoying a Backpacking Trip to Melbourne | Collaboration

To say Melbourne is a popular tourist attraction would be an underestimation. The Australian city has so much
to offer and so it is no surprise that so many people go there year after year. One of the great things about
Melbourne is the fact that it is suited to all people; from couples, to young groups of friends, to families, to
indeed backpackers. This blog post deals with the latter by providing you with some top tips on what to do
whilst visiting Melbourne as a backpacker.

But, first thing is first, let’s reveal the reasons why Melbourne is a recommended holiday and backpacking

Weather – If you are someone who loves hot weather Melbourne will be your paradise. There are lots of
beautiful beaches offering you the ideal place to enjoy the glorious sunshine as well.
Culture – The culture of Melbourne is diverse and consequently extremely interesting. You will never tire
of exploring the local traditions. There is also a great emphasis placed on the arts and sport.
Lots to do and see – As you will soon discover, Melbourne is a place whereby boredom is not even an option.
From the annual events, to the parks, to the art galleries, to the bars, to the museums. There is so much to

It is always a nice idea to try and coincide your trip with some of the most popular events in the region. After
all, Melbourne hosts some of the most famous events in the world. This is why it is important to find cheap
airfares to Melbourne or to look into debt consolidation loans to cover the cost, so you have the cash available
to enjoy the following...

What are the best events in Melbourne to go to?

Australian Masters – Are you a golf fan? If so, then you should definitely visit Melbourne in November for the
Australian Masters.
Melbourne International Film Festival – This takes place from August 1st - 18th. If you are a film buff then
you are going to thoroughly enjoy this.
L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival – If you want to watch top models strut their stuff on the catwalk then
this is ideal.
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix – That’s right; another sports event. Well, Melbourne is well-known for

being a city of sport and so it is definitely worth embracing this while on your backpacker’s trip. There are
usually places you will be able to view all the action without having to pay the huge ticket fees. The 2019 event
has just concluded, so you will have to wait until March 2020 for this one. But, with native Daniel Ricciardo
being one of the best on the grid, it is guaranteed to be a treat.

One of the best things about visiting Melbourne as a backpacker is getting to enjoy all of the great bars. Make
sure you incorporate the following into your trip; Urban Central, Bev and Micks, Public Bar and the College
Lawn Hotel. These have all become backpacker havens.