Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Top Reasons Why Canada Is Becoming A Popular Holiday Destination | Travel

A lot of people forget about Canada when they are looking for their next holiday destination. Of course, the travelling can put them off (it’s around an eight-hour flight), but it is actually a great destination that should be on your radar. It’s visually superb, and the Canadian people are extremely friendly. In fact, it makes a fantastic holiday for the whole family. Here are some of the top reasons why Canada is becoming a popular holiday destination.

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It has amazing cities such as Toronto

One reason that sees people flocking in their millions to Canada is the fabulous cities they have situated in the country. Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto are huge draws for tourists as there is so much to see and do. Toronto, for example, has iconic landmarks such as the CN Tower and the Royal Ontario Museum that you can visit. And not forgetting it has a huge Lego theme park for children. A lot of these cities are affordable as well, so it’s not going to cause a huge dent in your bank balance. And unlike other cities around the world, they have fewer tourists so you can enjoy all the sights without bumping into one another.

It’s good for all the family

A lot of people are also heading to Canada because of all the amazing things it offers to families. For one thing, there is amazing views and wildlife which will keep kids fascinated. As well as this, there a tonne of zoos and aquariums which will satisfy any mini animal enthusiasts. They will also get to experience beautiful places that they will remember forever such as the Niagara Falls. And on top of this, most of the country speaks English so your kids will be able to play with the children from the area. Remember if you are visiting Canada, you will need to apply for an ETA to enter the country. You can find out more on

You will get to see amazing sights

As we touched on above, Canada is a top holiday destination as there are so many amazing sights which you will all love. The mountain views are incredible, and you will need a full battery on your camera before you head to the stunning country. For something a bit different, you could even go on a scenic flight over the Kluane National Park. As it says on, you will get to see amazing views all year! And that’s another good thing about the country; it’s beautiful in the hot sun and great in winter with the snow-clad mountains!

It won't break the bank

If you are hoping to have an affordable holiday, you will find this in Canada. In fact, it’s cities have often been voted the most affordable in the world! In particular, Ottawa, the capital of Canada, in particular, is rated high on the list of cheap cities. Therefore, you know that you won’t spend a fortune if you do head to the beautiful country!

And if you are looking for an adventure for your next holiday, Canada has a broad range of outdoor activities to fulfill this desire. There are so many trains, mountains, and lakes where you can do activities like skiing, hiking, and camping!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

EllieBeth Designs UK Annual Planner Meet Up 2016 | Lifestyle & Stationery

Last month, myself an another 24 fabulous ladies attended the second annual EllieBeth DesignsUK meet up over in Leeds. You may have seen last year's post over on my old blog Satchels & Pearls which shows you a few of the things we got up to.

At the plan meet last year I was introduced to the Erin Condren Life Planners which I'd never seen before. Shortly after the meet I bought my first planner and fell in love with the vertical box planner layout that Erin Condren is famous for. I picked up my second and third Erin Condren planners later in the year, and at the moment I've found planner peace with my horizontal layout. I'll be uploading a planner layout comparison of the ECLP's later on the blog.

The event was held at Patisserie Valerie in Leeds, and hosted by the amazing Rachel who is owner and designer of EllieBeth Designs UK stickers. Now in case you didn't know, planner stickers have become a massive thing in the UK over the past couple of years, and I'm sure I'd be right in saying that Rachel's shop is the best for planner stickers in UK. I've bought Rachel's stickers since the shop opened, and can safely say the quality hasn't changed, and there are so many vast designs available now.

I arrived at the meet up with the fabulous Beth from Beth Tinkerbell, and Toni from Plan With Tea and we were ready for the Afternoon Tea that we ordered. The staff at St. Paul's Patisserie Valerie are fantastic. They're always super attentive and provide us with an area at the back of the cafe where we can all geek out over all things planner related. The afternoon tea was 'alright', I've had quite a few that have been a lot nicer and this wasn't the best for the price of £25 for two people. I know there are a few vouchers doing their rounds on Groupon and Wowcher but in all fairness I wouldn't even pay those prices. I'm glad there were plenty of planners doing their rounds for inspiration to take my mind of things!

Rachel always makes the event fun; there were amazing goody bags, a table for 'swaps', and a raffle. I was really lucky and won myself a My Pretty Week tabbed divider page to fit into my ECLP which was really useful as that was something I was actually looking for to pimp out my planner.

The 'swaps' table was a fantastic idea this year. You had the option to bring planner goodies and stickers to the meet to put on the table and swap. Well I've been hoarding a lot of stickers for a good while and I didn't think I would get much use from them so decided to bring them along to the meet so others could house them properly. I did manage to pick up some HEMA washi tape and stickers, along with a few ECLP extras that I always find use for.

The meet overall was amazing. I managed to finally meet a few planner friends who I've been talking to on the Facebook planner group for quite some time, and in all honesty it was just like seeing old friends! It was great to put names to faces and make new connections. Above all though, it's always fun to have a look in other people's planners and diaries to get new inspiration! I know I definitely come away with a few new decorative ideas and a couple of new Etsy sellers to check out their items.

In-Tents Holidays: Getaways For The Outgoing | Travel

Beach holidays are great. You put your feet up, relax, catch up on missed sleep and let your hair down for a couple of weeks. But what if you don’t enjoy lying around in the sun? Maybe you’re prone to sunburn or heatstroke. Perhaps you can’t nod off on a sun lounger and get bored pretty quickly lying around in silence. Not all holidays have to be the ones advertised on television. Your holiday should be the best time for you. If you’re active and outgoing, there are so many holidays out there that you would much prefer. Here are a few ideas to get your imagination going.



This is one of the most relaxed holidays for people who want to keep active. Yoga is a brilliant form of exercise with copious health benefits. You will stretch out physically, becoming more supple. Your balance will improve, and you’ll eventually become more flexible. You will also relax your mind. Yoga can bring inner peace and tranquillity. But yoga doesn’t exist solely within the walls of the gym. There are thousands of destinations that offer yoga holidays. So where do you go for the ultimate yoga retreat? Well, Many of these retreats also offer spas. So get a nice massage to loosen your muscles once you’re done.



Surfing will forever hold mass appeal. Catching waves in a wetsuit or bikini has a certain thrill to it. So where do you head for the best surfing getaways? Hawaii is always a go-to option. With luxurious surroundings, lovely locals and some of the best weather and food to be found in the world, you can’t go wrong. But have you ever considered European destinations for your getaways? Places such as Portugal have warm seas, big waves and a thriving local atmosphere. So catch pack your bags, prepare your swimsuits and catch your flights. Surf’s up!



Camping getaways aren’t just for kids. That’s for sure. Camping can see you face the elements and put your survival skills into practice. This is the all-time American venture, so where better than to camp out than in the USA? Sleep under the stars, roast marshmallows on a fire and see some of the most breathtaking scenery that there is to be seen. Remember, camping isn’t limited to those who don’t mind sleeping on the floor and have no fear of creepy crawlies. Alternative options include campervans and trailers. These are a mini home away from home. They provide you with an enclosed place to sleep, a clean, working toilet and a few other creature comforts. Companies such as Vermont Country Campers have a huge range of campers to pick from. Gain advice from sales representatives and choose the best camper for your personal needs.



Cycling is a fun sport that is appreciated internationally. So if cycling is your thing, then where better to cycle than the home of one of cycling’s biggest events - Tour De France. France has both intense and relaxing routes where you can bask in the local scenery. Stop in local cafes for a break now and then. The cuisine cannot be beaten, and the wine is some of the best you’ll ever taste.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Six Things You Need to Know About Breast Surgery | Beauty

Breast surgery – be it implants, a lift or a reduction – is a very popular choice of procedure for women in the UK, and many women plan to alter their breasts in some way in the future. We all see the results of enlargements, lifts and reductions in magazines and on TV, but there are things you should know about breast surgery that you might not find out about in the media. Here are a few facts to consider if you’re planning a boob job any time soon.

Your first surgery may not be your last
Around a quarter of women will need further procedures around 10 years after the first, as implants don’t last. Some implants leak over the years, while some women form scar tissue around it. Additionally, lifestyle changes, weight changes, pregnancy and childbirth may mean the woman will want to change the look and shape of her breasts once more.

You can’t increase by several cup sizes in one surgery
You won’t be able to go from an A-cup to a D-cup in one go as your skin won’t be able to take it, and nor will your posture. You need time to adjust, so a good surgeon will advise you to increase by one cup size – maybe two – at each surgery.

If you smoke or have a strong family history of breast cancer, implants may not be for you
Smoking and family history of breast cancer may mean that enlargement surgery isn’t suitable for you and no reputable surgeon will agree to it without a thorough evaluation. If you’re unhappy with your shape, a breast lift in Manchester with Dr Gary Ross may be a good compromise – your long-term health has to come first.

You work with your surgeon to find your best solution
It’s not a case of walking into the clinic and saying “I want a DD-cup, with a saline implant placed through an armpit incision,” You and your surgeon will work out the best way forward for you – you may be more suited to an under-the-breast incision, a C-cup and a silicon implant. Your surgeon will need to conduct a thorough examination and assessment of you, your health, medical history and lifestyle before making any decisions.

It’s best to wait until your family is complete before you have implants
The recovery is simply more comfortable in breasts that have been through pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you opt for implants underneath the muscle, however, you will find recovery longer and more painful.

You need to ask yourself a few questions before going ahead with the surgery
Am I really unhappy with my breasts?
Could I change them a bit with exercise or diet?
Am I having this procedure to please myself or someone else?
Is this something I’ve always wanted to do and am I excited about it?
Can I take the time off from work and cut back on exercise and daily activities?
How much do the risks bother me?

If you can answer these questions easily and sensibly, then you’re on the right track.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Cute Treats Your Mum Will Love | Beauty & Lifestyle

After years of taking over you, I’m sure it’s time you thought about treating your mum to something special. She will have looked after you from day one and will have helped and supported you through the toughest times you’ve ever been for. So, as one big thank you to her, why not think about treating her to one of the following cute ideas?

Spa Day

Treat your mum to some time to relax at your nearest spa. She will have spent so long looking after your family and doing all the household chores that she could do with a little time to herself. You could also go along with her; it will be a great time for some mother and daughter bonding. There are loads of overnight spa break packages to choose from, all over the country. If you really want to push the boat out, visit a part of the country you’ve never been to. You could head to the spa hotel for a whole weekend, so you have enough time to explore the destination!

Family Portrait

Club together with your siblings and buy a family portrait for your whole gang! This is a great way to create a personal keepsake that your mum will be able to look back at over the years. There are loads of different styles of portraits that photographers specialise in. Some even do quirky historical themed ones! Once you get the pictures developed, think about buying a fancy frame to display the best ones in.

Music Concert

I’m sure your mum used to go to loads of gigs and discos when she was a teenager and in her early twenties! Help her relive her youth by taking her to see one of her favourite bands or singers live in concert. Loads of popular music acts from the 1980s still tour regularly, such as Bryan Adams and Adam Ant. Buy some tickets to your nearest concerts and give them to your mum for her birthday or Christmas present. She won’t be able to wipe the smile off her face!

Cook Her Favourite Meal

Sometimes, some of the simplest gifts and treats are the best. And one of the best is when someone cooks you your favourite meal! Just think, how many times has your mum cooked you your favourite tea? Well, now it’s time for you to repay that favour. Make sure the dining room looks the part. Try and get it as fancy as a restaurant. And don’t forget; you’ll be the one washing up at the end of the night. Don’t leave the dishes for your mum!

Donate To Charity

Does your mum have a charity who she tries to support? If so, you could make a donation to the charity in her name. This is a great idea if you want to do something that involves giving back to the community as well as surprising your mum. You could do a sponsored even if you want, or just donate whenever you have some spare cash!

Your Next Vacation Should be One You Make the Most Of | Travel

Vacations are there to give you a taste of a different world. So, you need to make sure you make the most of whatever opportunities you get to go away. Many people scarcely get the chance to enjoy vacation time, or to see the world. So, you need to ensure that you follow the suggestions below. They will help you make the most of any vacation you might choose to take this year.
Go on an Adventure
When people talk about travel and vacations, they mean getting away from it all every now and again. And that is what it should really be all about. It’s about having an adventure and enjoying some different very far from home. If you want to have an awesome adventure trip, you’ll need to know what is involved in that. And this means choosing the right place to go and packing the right kind of things with you. Consider an outdoor adventure in the natural world so you can enjoy a holiday with a difference.

Check Out the Big Cities
Why limit your vacationing to the outdoors and the wilderness? Sure, this is an excellent way of enjoying nature, but you also need to sample the big cities too. There is so much you can take from a city break these days, so you need to make the most of it. Check out somewhere awesome like San Diego where you can easily spend a week. San Diego charter bus companies provide the perfect option for anyone wanting to see the city in all its glory.
Visit Wonders
If you have the opportunity, you really should make the time to visit some of the great Wonders of the World. These are sites that you may only get the opportunity to visit once or twice in your life ever. Some people never get this chance, so make sure you don't squander yours. You can visit some of the ancient wonders like The Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu. Or, you could even consider checking out some of the natural wonders we have on the Earth. Breath-taking sights like The Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon also warrant a visit.
Inspire Yourself
The world is full of excitement, awe, and adventure. There are a lot of incredible things on our planet, and you should make the most of them. You want to inspire yourself and allow yourself to be overwhelmed sometimes. And that's something you can do on your next vacation. Make sure you visit incredible areas and Word Heritage sites. Document your adventure and your journey by way of a travel documentary. You will see so many amazing things that it may inspire you to do things differently in your life.
Let’s be clear about how inspiring and amazing the world can be at times. There are so many wonderful sights to take in and experience. And going traveling is the perfect way of enriching the life you lead. It’s so important that you make the most of your time away because you may not get the chance again.