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I love to go on weekends away!

Last Weekend, I went to Swansea in Wales with my boyfriend – Rhys for his grandad’s 90th birthday!

Road trip

Rhys drove which was a lifesaver! Driving for almost 4 hours isn’t my thing – at all! I mean we did have a few stops off, which was better, to give us a rest. However, we did get stuck in some traffic on the way there, as there was a crash on the motorway, but it wasn’t for too long, so then we went back on our way again.

We obviously had a McDonalds breakfast to start the day, and on stop offs had some coffee, which was needed, as we were up since 6:30 !

The drive was quite easy really, no other problems, so we went on our way.

Wales

Once we got into Wales, there was nothing that crossed our mind more – than having our first Joe’s of the trip. If you’ve never had a Joe’s Ice Cream, you’re missing out! It’s a completely different revelation. You pick which toppings you want and everything, but you need to get the original, the taste just cannot be described, it’s irresistable!

So yummy!! The best thing was, it was right next to our hotel! Amazing news!!

After this, we went to visit his grandad for a while, before heading back to the hotel to check in and get ready!

Getting ready for the night

Jumpsuit – IntheStyle

Why is it that it takes guys literally like 15 minutes to get ready, and it takes girls about 2 hours?

However, this time I was on a time scale – an hour to get ready with eyeshadows and lashes – the works. It’s safe to say I didn’t curl my hair but I didn’t scrub up too badly!

The Jumpsuit I got was from IntheStyle about 3 years ago, I got it for my 21st – but I’ve literally wore it twice and I love it! I have getting rid of clothes I’ve barely worn, I find it such a waste, and it’s so comfy!

As I’m getting ready, Rhys walks out the hotel for a walk, and comes back with yet another Joe’s Ice Cream, I’m not complaining!

The night

It was such a lovely night, it was such a lovely pub, (The Shepherds Inn – Felindre) so homely, the staff were all wonderful, and the food was amazing – the portions could feed a whole family though! I ordered the Nachos for Starter and the Lasagne and Garlic Bread for mains, but there was so much garlic bread!

We also went back the next day for Sunday Lunch which was beautiful!

It was overall such a lovely trip; there was only one fault – The hotel!

The incident

6 am on a Sunday morning, after being tired from the night before, I wake up to this horrible screeching noise, and turn to Rhys who is up and currently putting clothes on – The fire alarm is going off, I have to put my big Borg coat on, and shove on some heels!

At 6am in the morning, I’m not messing around with Converse, especially not for a fire!! (Or so I thought)

So we walk out the hotel anyway – with me looking like a god knows what – as it looks like I’m barely wearing anything with short pyjamas on, over the road to a brewers fayre, where everyone is getting tea and coffee!

A guy then comes in, and makes a joke about his wife/girlfriend “farting” – as we were told it’s a gas leak in the hotel (which I was absolutely fuming about when we were asleep) which has us all in stitches, – well atleast until I then start bawling my eyes out, as I’m overly tired, – and then Rhys has the audacity to call me a Drama Queen – I mean me – get it right hun – I’m a princess!

We finally get let back in the room, at 6:20, to have a small nap before Rhys’ alarm goes off at 7:30 for the Rugby! – Oh the joys of having no sleep! (The good thing was, we got our money back for not having a good nights sleep)

We then watch the rugby, have Sunday lunch, and have one final Joe’s before setting off home!

I can’t wait for our return again, and for more weekends away!

Where do you like going for Weekends Away?

Talk soon,

Catherine

Xxx

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Anniversary in Chester

Anniversaries are so important, and I’ve recently just celebrated my 4th Anniversary with my boyfriend in Chester. We fancied doing something a bit more than just going for a meal, so we went away for the weekend to Chester.

I love Chester, it’s such a beautiful place to just relax, and go looking around and do a bit of shopping whilst you are there. We went last Friday afternoon, staying in the Hallmark hotel the Queen, which was opposite the train station conveniently for us – as this time we got the train. As we got to reception they informed us that they had upgraded our room – free of charge, which was amazing! We already had a good room – but we got one of the best rooms instead.

This was our room

After we had dropped the bags off and unpacked, we went for a walk around Chester doing a bit of shopping, before coming back to get ready for our first night there.

We went to Hickory’s Smokehouse for our meal this night! It was a lovely steakhouse, and we both got the burgers which were amazing!! I got the Hickory’s famous burger, and my boyfriend got the Go Big or Go Home burger! Which we both thoroughly enjoyed!

I also really enjoyed my Frozen Pornstar Cocktail, and my Waffle and icecream for desert!

After we had finished here, we went for a drink in Piccolino’s which was okay, and then finished at a quiet bar nearer to the hotel.

The next day, we had breakfast in the hotel, being greeted with a Buck’s Fizz!

After this, we went for a walk by the river, and enjoyed a lovely ice cream and coffee, apart from the swarming wasps, we had the best weather!

We had another look around, before going back to get ready for our Anniversary meal!

For this, we had booked a restaurant called Opera Grill – which I couldn’t recommend enough! The service was exceptional, and the food was amazing! It’s good for price aswell – we ordered the most expensive thing on the menu – but it was worth it!

For starters, we shared some olives and flatbread and Humous, I also had tempura King Prawns, and my boyfriend had Oysters, and we had a Cocktail and beer.

And for mains we shared Chateaubriand, which was beautifully cooked!

We finished this night with some cocktails and went to a pub later on for some more drinks!

On our last day, we had breakfast in the town centre enjoying some Eggs Benedict, I had a pot of tea with this, and my boyfriend had some fresh orange!

Mine is the one with Bacon, my boyfriend had his with ham.

All in all, Chester is one of my favourite places to visit, with so much to do, and I would highly recommend going if you haven’t already!

Hope you have enjoyed this,

Talk soon,

Catherine

Xxx

My first Tattoo

Tattoo’s can be a bit of a touchy subject – get it? Hahah!

No but in all seriousness, it’s something you need to think about before getting one – which is exactly what I did!

I recently got my own tattoo after thinking it over for 3 years, with the exact image I wanted.

For a while now, I’ve wanted a Palm Tree tattoo. I’m not one to go with popular tattoo’s or anything like that, I want my tattoo’s to have a meaning. And I’ve always loved Palm Tree’s when I’m away, which is when I am happiest, which is part of the reason.

So as some of you may know if you have been reading my posts for a while, at the start of the year I went through a lot – battling with depression, stress and anxiety which all really affected me.

– See my post here :

https://bronzedbrunettex.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/taking-control-of-my-mental-health/

I also asked for recommendations of the best tattoo parlours to go too. From this, I then booked in with one, and put my deposit down – it was happening. No turning back now.

The tattoo design was then sketched and placed in the area I wanted it –my lower left leg, and I was then shown to the tattoo room, and the tattoo’Ing began. Within 10-15 minutes, it was over, with minimal pain. The tattooist was so reassuring aswell.

And the results show the amazing work!

(Ignore the few hairs on my leg – I’m dark haired so the hair grows back fast – this was just after the tattoo)

I’m not rushing into getting any more tattoo’s – only if they have meanings, but I know where I would like my next tattoo and along the lines of what I want.

The advice I would give is if you want it, definitely do it, just make sure you do your research!

Talk again soon,

Catherine

Xxx

Fuerteventura 2019 🌴💕

Holidays are the best part of every year right? It’s what you look forward to all year, and as soon as it comes around, it’s over in 5 minutes, which is so sad, right?

You have to make the most of every minute whilst it lasts and the holiday I had this year, I definitely did that! This years holiday was the best holiday I’ve ever had, which, in result ended up in me finally getting my palm tree tattoo, so I couldn’t of asked for a better result!

This year, we booked our holiday spontaneously with two or three months til we actually flew away – crazy right, and this sent me a bit over the edge as I like to plan things before hand, and we hadn’t properly looked into the hotel or much others to be fair!

However- looking back, it was the best choice we made! Going to a place we had never been before, and making memories that last a lifetime.

So we stayed in a place called Costa Calma in Fuerteventura, which is a quiet area, with only a few bars and restaurants nearby, but this was the kind of holiday we wanted – to relax, and the food and drink in the hotel we stayed at, was just as good anyway, and all inclusive which is even better! The hotel was part of the SBH collections, and the entertainment team, was the highlight of this, making our holiday so fun and entertaining!!

The weather was just right too – don’t get me wrong, in the beginning I was a tiny bit annoyed, because if you didn’t already know – Fuerteventura is known as “the windy island” so although it is quite hot, there is a breeze along with this, and this annoyed me, because I thought I wouldn’t feel the heat – how wrong I was, I got burnt on the first day! Traumatising, Aloe Vera to the rescue! I swear by Aloe Vera, and it helped with the healing process so much, as long as it’s 100%, and the shop in the hotel sold this, as well as also having a mini stall set up downstairs in the hotel!

On part of our holiday, we went to the Oasis Park, which was about a 5-10 minute drive away from our hotel. This was a Conservation Park, and was full of beautiful animals! The best part was that I got to feed my favourite animal – a giraffe 🦒! So so lucky!!

We also engaged in a Lemur experience, in which the Lemurs sat on your heads / shoulders whilst eating out of shells placed just above your heads – amazing!

Please ignore my ugly self

Best experience ever, I really recommend you going, if you go to Fuerteventura!

We also did a day excursion to a nearby place called Playa de Jandia, which had a few duty free perfume shops, and knock off shops, and legit shops like Tommy Hilfiger, and a shop that looked like Schuh, I didn’t get anything, but my boyfriend got some new aftershave!

There was a lovely Irish bar here, which we got recommended for food, which was called Simons Kitchen! We had some nice pub food, and my boyfriend finally got his pint of Guinness –

One thing about my boyfriend is he really enjoys his pint of Guinness, it’s his favourite drink, I don’t mind this though, as I’m part Irish.

It was so nice here that we had to come here again before we came home – the bonus was, it was only €5 for both of us each way! Which is amazing!

There was also a lovely Icecream place aswell, which did Carte Dior, and also made iced coffee using this ice cream aswell. We both had some ice cream and it was gorgeous!

On our last trip here, we had a lovely meal in a Spanish restaurant called La Bodega, which was exceptional! The service was amazing, and the owner was just so friendly! The food was beautiful as well, we got he set menu he recommended and I could not fault any of it!

There’s something about holidays which just makes me feel so good about myself, it gives me such a good headspace, which is why I look forward to it all year!

Roll on the next holiday!

Talk soon,

Catherine

Xxx

Taking control of my mental health

Mental Health is something that is discussed a lot more these days, but still not enough. I am lucky enough to have been open about my own mental health and was able to receive the support I needed for this.

A lot of my previous posts, I have set myself the goal to continue with my counselling, as I could see improvements within myself, but I also set myself goals to make myself happier within myself. See my March post for example –

https://bronzedbrunettex.wordpress.com/2019/03/02/hello-march/

I am a very organised person, and I like to make lists so I know what I have to look forward too, which I think helps with my happiness aswell, some of my family laugh at this – but I know it is the best thing for myself so I will never stop doing it for their accord.

I am happy to say that this along with the cbt sessions I received has meant that my counsellor has now given me the chance to receive extra help if I need it, or I could get signed off, as she told me that she has seen a massive improvement in myself, which I have also seen. This is a huge step for me, and it makes me so emotionally happy!

I would definitely recommend the sessions to anyone if you can do it, and just to let you know that you are not alone – try and talk to someone if you can, and I am always here if anyone ever needs to talk, it is something that should always be talked about and not just brushed under the carpet, as we know this is something that happens in some people’s cases – celebrities included but not just celebrities.

I know I’ve not blogged in a while, but I’ve been trying to think of something to write about and there is nothing as real and special as this post is, so I hope you all read it as much as my other posts.

Talk again soon,

Catherine

Xxx

Easter Weekend 🐣

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, I know I did! 4 day weekends should be made a thing right? We all deserve it – trust me!

It’s nice to just have time to yourself to just relax – sit back and wind down, and do nothing- well I say nothing, but nothing too strenuous. It’s time for you and I have learnt that we do not need to do a lot or these that cost a lot – yes I may be broke right now, but that is not the reason behind this – however this is now a life lesson to me!

On Friday, we went for a picnic in some gardens near him, which was amazing, the weather was just beautiful, and it was so lovely for a walk around. The picnic was perfect, and we had a look at all the animals before playing some pitch and putt – the only downfall – but of course I would say that because I lost! Not the sport for me!

After this, we went home and went to the beer garden to enjoy more rays!

This weekend, I have done things I have not done since I was younger.

On Saturday I went on a bike ride, I’ve not done this for about 13 years since I was 11, other than the gym bikes of course, but in all seriousness, I had no clue what I was doing! The weather was just beautiful and me and my boyfriend went on a bike ride into the village near to him, and sat down in the sun before going home, and getting ready to go to a gin and cider festival near him, with a hog roast – something I’ve never had which was okay I guess 😂

We spent the last day in a park where we walked around, had some lunch in a nearby pub and enjoyed some ice-cream too! So lovely, and a perfect way to end the weekend!

I hope you all had lovely weekends!

Talk again soon,

Catherine

Xxx

Chester

Hello lovelies,

What a lovely weekend it has been, the best for my birthday! I spent the weekend in Chester, and it was so beautiful! I’ve never really experienced Chester, and thought it would be the best thing to do for my birthday!

I stayed in a place called the ABode in Chester, which was absolutely beautiful, and such a good price for 2 people for 2 nights, and the location could not have been better! Only a 5 minute walk to the centre! It was also conveniently next to a Miller and Carter if you love that restaurant, which I didn’t find out til I’d got there!

I did book some amazing restaurants whilst on my stay though!

On the first night we went to The Yard in Chester which was an Italian restaurant, which was good! I had the Bread for starter which was okay, and then the Prawn Tagliatelle for mains which was so nice!!

My boyfriend had Black Pudding for starter and then the Seafood Risotto and he enjoyed both meals! So I would definitely recommend this place!

The cocktails were also 2 for £10 aswell, so we both had a Cocktail each!

The second night we went to Las Iguanas, which I always enjoy – the cocktails are always amazing, as is the food! We shared Nachos for starter and then both had the Chicken Fajitas – my usual foods when I go there, I also had my fav cocktail – Strawberry Caiprihini , whilst my boyfriend enjoyed the Zombie Cocktails! Which I would also recommend!!

I had my hair and makeup done for this night, as my actual birthday was the next day! I went to Doll Beauty in Chester for my makeup, and I can not fault them! It was so amazing!! And I got my hair done in Deva Beauty by a lovely woman called Jackie which was also fantastic, I got ghd curls, and they lasted all night and all the next day, they’re still in now!!

We also went to some amazing Cocktail bars – Kuckoo bar, which the staff are fantastic in! The cocktails are so nice too!! The alchemist bar, which we had to do, as the one in Manchester and Media City is lovely, so we went in there for a bit, but it was so busy so we found another bar to go into!

We also got to see the Chester Walls, the River, and the Ampitheatre, whilst also enjoying some nice pub grub, and drinks!

And of course going to the Zoo today on my birthday, my favourite place to go with my favourite person!

Altogether, Chester is my new fav, and I hope one day to live there.. keep on dreaming!

Talk again soon,

Catherine

Xxx