London: One day 5 things to do

As with visiting anywhere, one day is absolutely no time at all and never enough but if that’s all you have, pull ya’ socks up and get exploring. This city has so much to offer, so much the list is endless, where do you even start? If you have a day trip planned, this teeny tiny…

The Amalfi Coast: 5 Things I Did and 5 Things I Didn’t

I know, I know, one week somewhere is just not long enough, let alone in a beautiful country like Italy. A one week quick jaunt over to the Amalfi Coast was what I had and I can’t grumble at that! My travel companion this time was my lovely mum, we were heading for some quality time together and…

Cannon Beach and Basset Hounds

I just love the idea of a little family day out; me, husband and the doggins. Very rarely do I take a day off at the weekend to embark on such things. If I don’t work I don’t earn, one of the minus points of working for yourself but having some enjoyable summer days with my…

Surf Seeking: The Sufferings of The Beginner Betty

Not everyone will resonate with this but I know many will; the ocean has a draw to it, a pull that makes you want to gaze at it and be in it, smell it and play in it. The ocean, what a wonderful playground, and the people who spend lots of time in it and harnessing its…

Must Do Maui: 6 Top Referrals

Ahh…Hawaii, just saying the word Hawaii makes me feel insta-relaxed. My experience of Hawaii is limited to a trip I did to Maui, I know each Island has it’s own particular flavour and vibe and I aim to visit some of them at some point – Oahu for something more upbeat, Kauai for more quiet……

Booking It and Sleeping In Airports 

You book your flights, trying to be smart with your cashola, keeping your eyes on departure and arrival time finding something that somewhat fits your schedule. It can feel like a full time job sometimes searching for flights, endlessly inputting your dates for travel and having multiple pages open to compare prices – if you…

Indonesia, Bali Smells

As soon as you’re in the airport, Denpasar, your nose is treated to the delicate aroma of incense which permeates the air. The air smells warm, it feels warm as you inhale and there is the slight tinge of body sweat – that musty ‘I’m somewhere tropical’ smell. It isn’t bad, the sweat smell, It’s…

Spring Snow at Skibowl

So, you pack your spare shoes in a bag, stuff your clean socks in your purse and throw a hoody in the car with glee. We are off for fun day snow day!! I have lived in the Portland area for 4 years and shamefully never been up the mountain – Mount Hood! I know,…

Wanna Get Your Wiki Wacked?

  Refreshments are needed, where my beaches at? It’s sounds painful but getting your Wiki Wacked is very very common indeed in Avalon, Catalina. Visit Luau Larry’s, ask for a Wiki Wacker, drink the colourful and flamboyant looking cocktail and enjoy sporting a new straw beach hat! Luau Larry’s was frequented a few times during…

A Californian Island Resort

It’s The @/#king Catalina Wine Mixer! (for those who don’t know, this is a famous quote from the very funny film, Stepbrothers) Welcome to California’s little gem and island resort. Think quaint historic American old charm and wooden beach hut style mini houses, blended with a Mediterranean feel of crystal clear waters, boats, palm trees and white…

Finding Calm?

Imagine a serene and peaceful, tranquil retreat from the chaos and crowds. Quiet moments with just the gentle noises of nature, the water, the birds and the slight rustling of the leaves. Sounds good! In my idea of a weekend finding calm moments, I was sweetly reminded that in any quest for calm, noise is likely to come….

Hot yoga, hot or not? Cont…

Part 2 Happy hot power hour is over and I’m home, fed and showered. I attended hot vinyasa flow at my local yoga studio. Seriously, after taking a break then doing it again I know my body is going to ache tomorrow, in that good ‘I’ve exercised’ kind of way. It was hot (durr…it’s hot yoga) but…