A Little (Lunch Break) Holiday

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Summer in Scotland can be unpredictable, so I was being quite optimistic when I planned a picnic lunch with Lianne last week.  True to form, I woke up that morning to the sound of rain pelting off my window.  Great! I was determined that we'd still go ahead with our plans though, even if it meant sheltering under umbrellas.  

Luckily for us though the weather cleared up by lunch time so off we went to Princes Street Gardens, blanket and lunch boxes in hand.  The reason for our meet up was that I'd been contacted by Travel Supermarket and asked to take part in their #LunchBreakHoliday campaign where they are encouraging people to make the most of their lunch hour.   They are also running a competition by the way, so if you tweet or Instagram pictures of your #LunchBreakHoliday (tagging @TravelSupermkt on Twitter) then you could be in with the chance of winning a summer party for you and your colleagues worth £4,000.

My Lush Spa Experience

Friday, 17 July 2015
terrible photo, I know

I’ve never been a spa girl. In fact I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been for a spa treatment, and most of those have been tasters at blog events. My only non-blog event related spa experience was a facial at The Scotsman as part of a work summer do about 7 years ago. The common theme there being that I’ve never actually paid for a spa treatment. It’s not that I don’t like it – I’ve really enjoyed all of the treatments I’ve had so far, but for some reason it’s never really on my radar when it comes to treating myself – especially now as I’m 9 weeks away from getting married so my non-essential spending is at a minimum.

Recently though Santander got in touch to tell me about their new 123 credit card and with it came the opportunity to give myself a one-off special treat. I’m already a big fan of cashback sites - I never buy anything online without checking if it’s on Topcashback. If you shop online a lot and aren’t signed up to a cashback service then you definitely should – it’s basically money for nothing, as you were going to buy those things anyway. Anyway, the Santander 123 Credit Card works just like a cashback site, although you don’t have to visit a site and click a link in order for the purchase to be registered, you just shop away and you’ll make a small amount of money for transactions at all major supermarkets, department stores and petrol stations. Pretty cool eh?

In order to give you an idea of how much cashback you could be in for they have created a nifty little tool where you put in your average monthly spend and it gives you an estimated total cashback amount for the year. When I had a play around with it my total came to £72 – and Santander rather kindly offered to put that £72 towards a treat of my choice.

How I actually spend my weekends

Sunday, 5 July 2015


The other weekend I was lying in bed scrolling through Instagram, flicking past image after image of typical Saturday morning "blogger rituals".  Cue fruit smoothies with homemade pancakes and berries (#cleaneating), soft white duvets and cute pets ("not moving from here all weekend"), fully made up selfies ("hello weekend!"), coffee shop lattes ("fuel for a day of shopping"), and so. many. peonies.  

I looked at myself in my mismatched PJs with my messy hair and wonky glasses (I'm pretty sure one of my ears is higher than the other), with my grand plans of "watching all of series 4 of Pretty Little Liars" stretching out in front of me and I thought - "am I a complete bore?".  

The answer of course is NO.  

Yes, I may spend 75% of my weekends in the house doing nothing, but I'm pretty happy with that.  I work hard all week so I like the fact that I can then spend 2 days with no makeup on, in comfy clothes, watching TV, online shopping, and catching up on my Bloglovin feed.  

Also I'm fairly sure that this is how most people spend their weekends too, and that this is all perfectly normal.  Instagram gets the cherry picked version of our lives, so I'm here to give you an unfiltered version of how I *actually* spent a recent weekend.