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Mallorca Adventures: Aqualand & Pirates Dinner Show

In my previous Mallorca Adventures post I gave you the lowdown on the Ca'n Picafort resort and a review of the hotel that we stayed in. Today's Mallorca Adventures post is all about the two excursions that we went on - Aqualand and Pirates Adventure Dinner Show. As I mentioned both excursions were booked through TUI (Thomson and First Choice) at our hotel so they included transfers.
If you're looking for a fun day out for all the family, especially the big kids then look no further than Aqualand in El Arenal. It's Mallorca's biggest waterpark and one of the biggest in Europe.

The selection of rides is fantastic. My favourite ride was the rapids. It wasn't as quick as some of the rides and it's good fun as part of a group. We gave Banzai a go and I was impressed by just how scary it was. We didn't go on King Cobra, though it's won lots of awards, it had a huge queue and just seemed a bit too scary for us. There's a wave pool and lazy river if you're not too adventurous. There's lots of lifeguards - at the top and bottom of rides - but some didn't seem at all interested in what was going on. There's loads of areas for little kids and a chance for them to try out some mini rides too.

Depending on how busy it is you might want to buy a fast pass. It's 10 and you get to skip the queues and use the fast pass rings. As long as not too many people have these passes you should have to queue for a yellow and red ring. On the day we went it wasn't really that busy so we didn't bother and didn't spend too long waiting. 

The food is always expensive at waterparks. If you can bring a picnic -great. I'd recommend it. We didn't buy any snacks from the supermarket so we had no option but to eat! We had a hotdog each and it was 7.50 each. We took our own bottle of water and I'd highly recommend it. You need to stay hydrated and you won't want to be paying over the odds.

You need to get yourself a locker. You can fit a couple of bags in one but it's the only secure place for your belongings. Let's face it when you're running from ride to ride you don't need anything with you. It's €5 for a locker and €2 deposit. If you want a sunbed that'll be a further €4.

Overall it's a fantastic day out and worth making the journey across the island. We paid 46 each which included transfer from the North of Mallorca. On the Aqualand website tickets are 26 for adults and 17 for kids (that's a 10% discount on what you'll pay at the door). We were there from 10.30am until 4.30pm and loved every minute.

Pirate Adventures
One of the most talked about attractions in Mallorca is the Pirates Adventure Dinner Show. It's been running for over 30 years and has had over 3 million visitors including a huge list of celebrities. The dinner show has a pirate theme with world class acrobatics, gymnastics and dancing. Think Cirque De Soleil with a bit of comedy and interaction. 

It's a dinner show so you get your evening meal before a night of outstanding entertainment. The food wasn't fancy but it was edible. You get chicken, a sausage, chips and a bread roll, there's also coleslaw on the table. Then an ice cream afterwards. There's unlimited Sangria, beer and soft drinks. When you need a top up you hold up the jug or empty bottle and they're quite good at topping it up. Once the show has started we didn't need many refills. There's also a drinks menu if you want something a bit more specific and are up for paying. We were seated at a table with a family of 4 and another couple. It was a bit of a squeeze but we were lucky to have nice, chatty people with us. I was also lucky enough to have the best view from the table. 

Originally we were going to go for the cheapest section - Main Deck, but our TUI rep convinced us to go to Quarter Deck to ensure we'd have full view seats. I suppose Main Deck seats might be comparable to restricted view seats at a musical. For a difference of  20 it's probably worth it. Main deck is  54 each while Quarter Deck goes up to  74 in July and August (it's a fair bit cheaper out of season). You can go for VIP, Captain's Deck seats which includes more interaction, fast track entrance, VIP treatment and excellent seats. A good option if it's a special occasion for the kids, but comes with a big price tag.

The show was spectacular from start to finish. The storyline was a little hard to follow at the beginning but it soon becomes obvious. There's fire breathers, acrobats, gymnasts, break-dancers and trampolinists. You've got a pirate to cheer on throughout. We were in Scarlett's section and it was great that the kids were able to speak to them before the show started. You can also meet all of the pirates after the show if you want to hang about. 

There's lots of merchandise to buy from a programme that was only  5 up to cuddly parrots and light up swords for the kids. There's also snacks on sale like popcorn, sweets and crisps. When you enter you get your photo taken and then again once you're seated at your table. These are 12 each. You can't take flash photography, hence my poor attempts at photos of the stage and aerial performers, so if you're keen to remember the big stunts and performers you'll probably want a programme.

Overall a great night out for all of the family with an outstanding performance for everyone on stage. Pricey but worth it.

 Dress: Primark, Necklace: Primark: Dress:

Jumpsuit:, Necklace: Primark: Top: New Look

Time for Change: Results with Lucy

I feel like I've fallen into a bit of a rut that happens to lots of people when they move out of their parents house. My boyfriend has a constant supply of treats and snacks in the house and times I would have spent exercising before are now spent doing the house work. This has had a negative impact on any changes I made before and I ended up feeling my biggest when I was on holiday - not good when a bikini is the outfit of choice for 50% of the trip. It's definitely time to make a change and I'm feeling ready and motivated. I searched social media for the best option for me, one that would give me the right advice, help with nutrition and exercise and one that has proven results. 

Results with Lucy came up trumps on Twitter and Instagram. There's a few different plans to choose from, Beach Body Plans to Healthy Eating Plans. I'm really excited to give the New Beginnings Plan (Your New Body- Phase 1) a go. It's a 13 week programme that costs £49*. It's got a progressive workout plan, a daily meal plan and nutrition advice. The plan involves working out 4 times a week, something thats definitely achievable. I'm excited to have a wide variety of workouts selected for me so I don't have the excuse - 'I don't know what exercise I fancy doing.'

To kick start this 3 month change in health and mindset I've taken my measurements - arms, thighs, stomach, hips, bust and bum. I've also got my 'before' photos ready for 13 weeks time. I would share them here now but it's much more interesting to see them with an after/comparison shot.  I'm excited to share my progress including, fingers crossed, inches lost. I'll hopefully have updates on Twitter before a mid-way post and a review at the end of the 3 months. Day 1 has been a success and I've been doing my research so I don't go off track when we go out for dinner on Saturday!

Have you tried Results with Lucy?

Shea Moisture Haircare Review

Shea Moisture is a worldwide brand that's been around as long as me (make that about 25 years), specialises in haircare and has around 70,000 followers on Twitter. They know what they're doing when it comes to using Shea Butter and natural organic ingredients. Shea Moisture has nearly 20 different collections of haircare products designed for different hair textures and types. There are quite a few that would suit my hair type but the one that stood out to me the most was the Raw Shea Butter range. A set of products designed to moisturise and repair dry, damaged and over-processed hair. Say no more!

There's a few different products in each range, from different sized shampoos to conditioners and serums. I put 3 products from the Raw Shea Butter range to the test: shampoo, detangler and masque. These 3 products make a good hair routine helping to transition my chemically treated hair to healthy natural hair.

This organic, sulphate-free shampoo is packed with Argan oil, Shea Butter and Sea Kelp and aims to increase elasticity, seal cuticles and restore radiance. If you've ever used a sulphate-free shampoo you'll know they don't lather very much but this one actually left my hair feeling clean. I'm not keen on the packaging, I tend to prefer a shampoo that's got a pump but that's a pretty small grumble to have. When you've got dyed, heat processed hair it's going to take more than a few washes to have completely healthy hair but I feel like my hair is healthier. 

When I come out of the shower I've sometimes got a bit of a battle brushing my hair and fixing my parting, especially if I've towel dried my hair. I used to rely on leave in conditioners and I've used a few kids detanglers too. This is the first cream/gel one that I've used in a while and I was a bit wary putting it through my hair from roots to tips. Because you don't wash it out I was worried about it leaving my hair feeling greasy or weighed down. Like the other Raw Shea Butter range it's got Argan Oil and Sea Kelp which helps make my hair manageable and not so knotty and unruly. There's a tiny chance my Tangle Teezer could be put to early retirement with this stuff. I don't like to use too much product in my hair so I don't think I'd use this after every wash but it definitely helps sort out any birds nest situations.

I love a deep treatment product, I use them like regular conditioners. I think it's a dyed hair thing. I was expecting this to be a thick cream but it's actually a bit more solid - like a body butter. It's packed with Argan Oil, vitamins A and E and Sea Kelp extract. These ingredients are what help to smoothen, soften and strengthen hair. When I've used it I've left it in for up to 5 minutes in the shower but I reckon it would be a good one to leave in your hair out of the shower for around 20 minutes. I've noticed a different after just a few washes. Unfortunately blonde hair doesn't show much of a shine but it's definitely smoother. I don't feel like I need to straighten my hair after drying it to make it look less frizzy. A lovely deep conditioning masque and good alternative to conditioner.

Summer Holiday Packing: What Must Make It Into Your Suitcase & What Can Stay At Home?

I’ve just got back from a lovely break in sunny Mallorca and had the most amazing time. I’m someone who always likes to make sure that when I’m going away, I pack all the essentials and leave at home anything that I don’t need. There’s nothing worse than getting an extra luggage charge at the airport. That’s why, when it comes to getting ready to jet off into the sun, it pays to be smart about your packing. The question is, how do you differentiate between the essentials and items that you just don’t need to take?

Pack a capsule wardrobe
The best thing you can do to ensure that you don’t go over your luggage limit is pack a capsule wardrobe. This means packing a selection of clothes that can be mixed and matched to create a number of different looks. It’s a great option because it allows you to pack the minimum amount of clothing that you’ll need. While still allowing you to create lots of different holiday looks. Select a couple of skirts - one maxi and one midi, a couple of dresses - two different styles, a selection of tops, some shorts, and so on. As well as lots of accessories, of course. When it comes to capsule wardrobe success, accessories are crucial. Pack just a handful of items, all of which are suitable for the climate. Leave behind anything that you know you won’t need, such as your favourite pair of jeans, for instance.

The right nightwear is important
If you’re heading to somewhere hot, don’t skimp on nightwear. There’s nothing worse than being in a hot country and not having the right nightwear to keep you cool. If you want some nightwear that will keep you cool and look nice, check out Knicker Locker's luxury nightwear. There are various styles and designs to choose from, so whatever your size and shape, there should be something perfect. If you can’t find something that you like on there, there are plenty of other sites to choose from.

Think about what you’ll be spending your time doing
To make it easier to stick to the allowed weight limit for your trip, think about what you’ll be doing while you’re away. Will you be spending most of your time sunning yourself on the beach or will you be out and about exploring? If you plan on spending most of your time at the beach, packing mainly beachwear should work fine. If, however, you plan on doing lots of sightseeing, you’ll need a selection of different outfits. As well as various pairs of shoes for different things.

Pack mini’s where possible
When it comes to your beauty essentials, it’s worth packing mini versions of your favourite products where possible. This will help to ensure that your luggage isn’t over the set amount. There are lots of mini versions of shampoo and condition, as well as mini versions of makeup that you can get. Everywhere from Boots and Superdrug to Debenhams have these, so there are plenty of places you can get them from.

When you’re packing for a summer break, it’s easy to overpack. However, if you want to keep your travel costs down, it’s best to be smart about what goes into your suitcase.
Have you ever had to pay over the odds at the airport for your luggage?

Primark Outfit: Dinner with the Girls

Who doesn't love a girly catch up that involves some food?! I had a Thursday night dinner date with my 3 bridesmaids which included lots of wedding chat, a holiday update and some tasty food. I chose an all Primark outfit, expect my everyday jewellery, without even thinking

After a day of thunder and lightning storms on Wednesday I was surprised it was actually dry and sunny all day. The perfect chance to wear my favourite sandals from Primark. They're really comfortable and the little pink and silver flowers are nice and summery. The jeans are a new addition to my wardrobe. They're the super soft ones and although I bought the wrong leg length they're a really good fit. The wrap front blouse sits high at the front and lower at the back. The sleeves are three-quarter length but look a little bit long on me. I love this mix of black and beige stripes, this is going to see me right through Autumn and Winter too. A smart/casual success.

My Michael Kors bag quickly became my everyday essential after buying it in New York. I'm usually a black bag sort of girl but I love this tan colour. It's a good medium size and never feels too heavy in the crook of my arm. I've also got a bag charm on it that I got from a pupil at the end of term - such a cute present! On my right wrist I've got my Tiffany's bracelet and an Annie Haak bracelet. On my left wrist is a bigger bundle  - Michael Kors watch, Pandora bracelet, Joma bracelet and Carrie Elspeth bracelet. I love layering the little silver beaded bracelets.

What's your favourite way of catching up with your closest friends?

Mallorca Adventures: Ca'n Picafort & Hotel Haiti

Ca'n Picafort

If you haven't heard of Ca'n Picafort before it's a resort in the North of Mallorca about an hour away from Palma and Magaluf. It's a quieter resort next to Alcudia, that started out as a fishing village but has since grown but still has a homely, chilled out vibe. The resort has a beautiful beach along with a gorgeous promenade. Everything is within walking distance but don't be expecting crazy nights out - you need to head to somewhere like Magaluf if that's what you're looking for. The family friendly resort has plenty of restaurants and bars along the promenade and harbour. There's lots of lovely little shops too if you're looking for a souvenir, a lilo or some holiday clothes. There's a market every evening by the harbour with lots of craft stalls and the weekly market is on a Friday morning. A good chance to haggle and bag some bargains. We stayed in a hotel on the main road in Ca'n Picafort, 10 minutes walk away from the beach and shops. 

Hotel Haiti

After going to New York earlier in the year, and getting engaged, we didn't really have a big budget for a summer holiday. If we were going to be able to go away we'd have to find something really affordable and that's exactly what Hotel Haiti is. It's a 3 star hotel and typically we'd go to a 4 star hotel but after reading the trip advisor reviews we were quite confident that this cheaper alternative wouldn't be a cheap disaster. 

The hotel is really small, there's only 241 rooms and there's only 3 places to go (the restaurant, pool and bar) so no chance of getting lost. The hotel is All Inclusive only so there's no bright band around your wrist. We were a little bit disappointed by the lack of choice at meal times but I never starved! I really enjoyed the salad selection and the Spanish night on Monday was good to try. There's always ice creams too to cool you down. The cocktail selection was fantastic, I really enjoyed trying all the different ones and the bar staff put a lot of attention to detail and always friendly. A slushie was tasty as well.

There's only one pool at the hotel and I did have to put my towel down before breakfast to have any chance of somewhere to sunbathe by 9am. The pool was really deep and in days I didn't want to get my hair wet I felt like I had to hold onto the edge because I definitely couldn't touch the bottom in 80% of the pool. The reps worked hard all day and did some fun activities but I was more concerned about getting through my books and sunbathing. As for the entertainment at night, there was the kids disco and then something on until about 11pm. Karaoke and the quiz were good, there was a musical night with 3 performers from out-with the hotel and it was hilarious, definitely my favourite. Unfortunately there was a Cabaret night by the reps and they pretty much cleared the place out, I was suffering from second hand embarrassment. 

The rooms were a good size, had a comfortable bed and were really clean. The air conditioning wasn't the best but I always had a good night's sleep. There was a safety deposit box that was 2 a day and a €3 deposit. There was a mini fridge which kept our aftersun and water nice and cold. There was free wifi in the hotel, it wasn't the fastest but it did the job perfectly. It was handy being able to get on trip advisor to look for restaurants and keep up to date with Whatsapp and Snapchat. 

With horrible middle of the night flights we didn't leave the hotel until 11pm. We paid 20 for late checkout which meant we had our room until 6pm. A must have after a full day sunbathing. We also booked 2 excursions through the TUI reps at the hotel. One of the guys seemed really honest and helpful, the other seemed like he was working on commission and just wanted us to spend more money. It's definitely worth booked excursions this way though for peace of mind and an affordable transport option!

I had a fantastic week both in Ca'n Picafort and in Hotel Haiti. I'd highly recommend the resort if you're looking for a chilled out week, a family holiday or a mix between being able to get out and about, have fun and relax.

4 Effective Ways You Can Get Fit At Home

For many of us, we’ve been sold the idea that the gym is the only place we can get fit. We’ve been told that unless we have the pressure of people around us, potentially watching us, we won’t push ourselves. Unless we have personal trainers, we won’t know what will help out hang ups and issue. However, this is simply not the case. Motivation can come in other ways too. The right information can be garnered from places other than personal trainers.

In fact, there are a number of ways you can get fit in your own home. You don’t have to drive or commute anywhere. You don’t have to dress up in a way that you feel is appropriate or suitable. Best of all, you don’t have to pay any membership fees! Let’s take a look at four different options available to you.
Build a home gym
If you do like the options that a gym gives you, but don’t want the various downsides, build a home gym. It doesn’t necessarily have to big or fancy. A few basic pieces of equipment, to begin with, will do you perfectly well. sell a number of items of this nature, some of which you can pay for over a number of months. Just imagine. No more queuing for the lockers or the best pieces of equipment. No more putting up with terrible music or TV screens that don’t work properly. No more commute and a home gym is open 24/7, too.

Youtube fitness tutorials
The YouTube phenomenon has been fantastic for the world of fitness. Nowadays, you don’t have to splurge on price DVDs (or videos) to keep up-to-date on latest trends and crazes. Today, you can access them free of charge, and in huge quantities.  

Don’t discount how useful housework can be at keeping you fit and healthy. Pushing a vacuum cleaner around your entire house uses both your legs and your arms- so does mopping and sweeping! Check out articles like They report can burn 250 calories from just 60 minutes of housework!

Desk equipment

If you work from home, this is a clever trick. Install an under-desk pedal exerciser, and you can work your legs while you’re working! reviewed using one. A wrist-strengthener can also help exercise and strengthen your wrists.

Wedding Planning: The Beginning

So it's been about 4 months since we got engaged and the wedding planning was well underway. We quickly chose a date, then had a moment to reconsider, then confirmed it was definitely the one. I chose my bridesmaids, we chose our location and attended our first Wedding Fayre. We've made quite a few decisions but still haven't booked anything. I can't wait until we've got something booked and the countdown can really begin!

If you've been part of wedding planning (or dreamt about your dream day) you've probably spent loads of time on Pinterest. There's so much to look at and consider. At the moment we're currently thinking about colour schemes so a few of these pictures have been helping me think - it's all about the flowers, chair covers and decorations. I've also been looking at a few of the smaller things, the decorations that will catch people's eye and the fun bits that reflect us.

Do you follow any wedding planning blogs? Any hints and tips?

The Jojoba Company Skin Care Oil Review

You would think with it being Summer my skin wouldn't be so dry and dehydrated. For me it took a bit more than a change of season to tackle the tight feeling. I've tried a few different moisturisers and serums but I've never tried a moisturising oil. Jojoba and Rosehip oil are 2 ingredients which can work together and get deep into the skin rather than sitting on the surface. They're full of anti-oxidants and vitamins, helping to provide hydration and radiant, smooth skin. It's worth a shot!

The Jojoba+ Rosehip Oil comes in a bottle with pipet style lid making it easy to use. I've added it into my skincare routine both morning and night. After cleansing and before using my normal moisturiser I put a couple of drops onto my fingers and massage in gently. It's a non-sticky oil which sinks in quite nicely and doesn't feel heavy or greasy. With simple, natural ingredients it's had no negative effects on my sensitive skin. As for positive changes... my skin feels a lot more hydrated, soft and healthy.

It's a shame The Jojoba Company isn't available in lots of UK based stores but you can get some of their products at Holland and Barrett. The Australian company creates 100% natural, cruelty free skincare products with organic jojoba. Their products are worth looking out for.

Summer Holidays: Picnics, Piercings & Packing

1. The 1st of July marked the start of my 6 weeks summer holiday. All of the teachers and staff headed out for lunch to celebrate and I carried on celebrating until 1.30am. A Costa Mango and Passionfruit Fruit cooler was a much needed refresh the next day.

2.I cannot believe the generosity of the parents at school, I received loads of amazing cards and presents. So many kind words from children that I'll miss next year.

3. One of the cards that made me smile. 

4. My brother and his girlfriend were home for a wedding and we all went out for a carvery dinner on the Sunday. It was absolutely delicious and I ate far too much food. 

5. All dressed up ready for a girly afternoon in the garden with my best friends. I love this sleeveless jacket from Misspap, made an all black outfit more dressed up and exciting.

6. It was one of my friend's daughter's 1st Birthday and she celebrated with a picnic in the garden. It was lovely and sunny and a great chance to catch up.

7. A selfie with the birthday girl and her best friend. They were adorable playing together and being excited by the bubbles.

8. I've wanted a new piercing for a while and on the first official day of my holidays I got a rook piercing. It's not as noticeable as my tragus and a bit harder to take care of so far.

9. I didn't have any luck in my local New Look shop so headed online to browse their Summer Sale. There was loads to choose from and I bought a fair few things!

10. Is it just me that takes ages to pack? I have everything laid out, day by day outfits and have to tick it all off my list. 

11. My lovely little lionhead rabbit on a little adventure through the house. He won't walk on the hardwood flooring.

12. I love getting my nails done before a holiday and these ultra glittery purple nails remind me of a mermaid.

Wish, Want, Need: Hurn and Hurn

I love new homeware. Browsing shops and Pinterest is now all about decor rather than makeup, oh how grown up! My latest discover is Hurn and Hurn. It's an online home accessories shop with a boutique feel to it. There's loads of different brands with different or unusual designs. It didn't take long for me to have a wish list drawn up for new additions to my house and ideas for friends future housewarming presents.

These are all over the place right now but Hurn and Hurn has one of the best prices I've seen so far. I also love their emoji add on pack, looks good fun!

This is the first time I've seen these Tassen bowls and I want one in every design. The faces are so funny and I feel like there's one to suit lots of different personalities.

There isn't a room that NEEDS these lights but they'd be a lovely addition anywhere! We've got a few different sets of fairy lights in our house but I don't think there's any as striking as these.

We've got an ever increasing collection of glasses and mugs but our champagne selection is very, very limited. You never know when you're going to have to crack open the champagne (more likely prosecco in my case) and this colourful collection look the part.

This would be a fab housewarming present. I can see it sitting on the unit in my living room, with a cosy glow in the winter time. 

We've got boring black phones in our house and these Wild and Wolf Vintage phones are much more decorative and interesting. Who cares that you can't walk away from the phone!

Outfits of the Week: July #1

Vest Top: New Look
Jeans: River Island
Jacket: Primark
Necklace: Asda
Flip Flops: Hollister

Blouse: Primark
Vest Top: Forever 21
Jeans: River Island
Sandals: Accessorize
New Piercing: Rook
Vest Top: Primark
Jacket: New Look
Jeans: River Island
Sandals: Accessorize

Tshirt: New Look
Jeans: River Island
Shoes: Skechers Bobs
Necklace: Primark

Top: Primark
Jeans: River Island
Shoes: Skechers Bobs
Bracelets: Joma, Pandora and Carrie Elspeth

New Look Sale Haul

I missed out on my local New Look's late night Summer Sale opening so I turned to the website and made an order before my holiday. With most things half price, and a couple of things I nearly bought before the sale, I didn't do too badly. 

Gem Stone T-Bar Sandals
£13 down from £27.99
These sandals are gorgeous! They are a little bit big because they're wide fit but it's a pair I'll wear at night times so don't need to worry too much about walking around in them.

Originally I thought I'd buy a pair of cork wedges for summer but these chunky heeled, platform heels are actually much nicer than what I had in mind. 

My current nude clutch, which is a go-to for wedding dances, is looking a bit tired and scabby so a half price clutch was always going to be a winner. I'm surprised by how big it is but it's good for all the essentials.

Wooden House Photo Frame
£4 down from £9.99
I've never bought anything from the New Look Homeware section but it always catches my eye. This is one of the most sophisticated pieces and will look good in the living room.

I was going to buy this khaki jacket from the Teen section in New Look last month but nearly £30 was far too much - it's a Teen jacket for goodness sake. This is going to a be a staple, through on jacket for the whole summer.

I've finally caught up with the bomber trend and got myself a lovely little floral one. It's not too over the top and it's a lovely soft, high quality material.

I've got a few different tops and dresses that don't sit right and need something underneath. I wanted to give a lace bralet a go and see if it will solve my problems. The first thing I did was check I can wear it on top of a bra, there's no way I'm going bra-less!

Have you shopped in the New Look Summer sale?