Who doesn’t love a groupon?! And with V-Day coming up they’ve got a ton of fantastic deals for couples and non-couples alike. So if you’re stuck for ideas for a Valentine’s Day date then here is my low down on the best deals on Groupon right now which are guaranteed to impress.

Six course tasting menu + prosecco at Nivana Kitchen, Marble Arch £49

I actually bought this deal when it was available last year so I’ve got first hand experience – and they be brought it back for Valentines Day. You can read my full review here, but essentially this is an absolutely winner for a classy atmosphere, impeccable service, 5* food and a decent price!

5* afternoon tea at the O2 £39

Impress your other half with an afternoon tea for a King/Queen at one of London’s best known landmarks! Cakes, scones & sandwiches – a classy date for a classy couple.

Couples massage in Bond Street £29

Having a couples massage is a super romantic treat and having one at a salon in Bond Street is even better!

Crazy Bear hotel break with dinner & champagne £229

Push the boat out and treat someone special with a quirky hotel break in one of the Crazy Bear hotels! The hotels are unique, decadently decorated and a real experience! With dinner and champagne included you can’t go wrong.

Two course meal with drinks at The Trafalgar, Greenwich £29

Maybe I’m biased because this is our local! Nevertheless, it’s a lovely traditional pub situated in picturesque Greenwich with an impressive view of the Thames. The food is good quality here and for a two course meal with drinks for two people this is a real steal.

Three course meal & sparkles for two, Hoxton £39

This deal caught my eye because the food looks super swanky! A fine dining experience for two in the trendy Hoxton district. Delicious!

I hope these ideas might have given some ideas to those who are perhaps lacking! It just goes to show that you can get amazing experiences in lovely places without taking out a mortgage to pay for them! Whether you love it, hate it or love to hate it I hope that you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day full of lots of love and laughter!

Mwah!

    

Happy 1st December!

Okay, I’ll admit, this post is as much for me as it is for everyone who reads it. I’ll be the first to admit that I can get a little down in winter time; I’m a summer girl through and through and the short days, dark mornings and cold weather really put me in a bad mood sometimes.

I truly believe that when life gets you down you can make such a difference to your mood by just acknowledging the amazing things in your life, the things to be grateful for, and appreciate just how bloody wonderful life can be. We all have up days and down days, but hopefully this list will remind you (and me) of the little things which can make us so, so happy.

💖 Loved ones. This may sound obvious but if you have people in your life who you love to bits and who love you back then we all need to be grateful for them everyday. But especially around Christmas which is a time for celebrating our family and friends. If I’m ever feeling miserable on a cold evening I cuddle my hubby, call my mum/nan or one of my close friends and I feel better straight away. Love makes the world go round – be grateful for it.

💖 A warm home. Not everyone has a lovely warm home to stay out of the cold winter air so it’s really something to be grateful for. I’m guilty of taking this for granted. I’m always complaining about our flat; how small it is, how it can get damp in the bathroom. But in reality we are super lucky to have a nice place to live and somewhere to be happy and relaxed.

💖Pretty Lights. Christmas lights are getting more and more beautiful every year and London especially is somewhere which really goes in for pretty lights. Everywhere you go the shops and restaurants are decked out in gorgeous classy displays and it just makes everything look lovely.

💖 Cosy nights in. At this time of year it’s easy to get a bit down in the dumps because we tend to go out less right? In the summer I’m always down the park, going for walks or (probably more often than not) in a pub garden! Being outside gives us endorphins and makes us feel happy and energised. But there is a real joy in coming in from work, kicking back with the TV on in your PJs and chilling out with the heating on full blast!

💖Good movies. Now, I’m not what you’d call a Christmassy person, but even I’ll admit that Christmas time is the best time for fantastic movies! It’s really the only time of the year when you can turn your TV on at any point and there is a wide choice of actually decent films on the normal terrestrial channels! I love it.

💖People are joyful. Now, this time of year may not fill me personally with buckets of joy (scrooge, I know!) but plenty of people absolutely cherish wintertime and find themselves overflowing with Christmas cheer. And generally, when people around me are happy – I’m happy.

💖Only six months to summer! And, if all else fails, we are over halfway to the best time of year again! Summer will be round in no time. Right?!

Wishing you a very Merry December full of joy and happiness.

Would you ever get matching identical tattoos with your significant other? Names are tempting fate we all know that, but how about finding something that you both like enough to get permanently inked on your skin to show your ultimate commitment to forever together?

Well, we did! And it was before we were married. The idea started out as a tipsy late night pub conversation (no we weren’t drunk when we got them!). We were on the way home and I was winding Paul up about us being together forever and did he mean it (I know how needy is that) and he joked what would it take to convince me?! Neither of us fancied a each other’s name so the idea of a matching tat was born.

I had wanted a small but detailed Asian style elephant tattoo for ages. I had been umming and ahhing, did I want it? Where should I get it? I love what the elephant represents; strength, peace, being wise and quiet and always calm. Plus it’s my favourite animal by a long way due to the time I spent with these amazing animals in Thailand. I was lucky because Paul’s already got quite a lot of tattoos he was not really that fussed about what it was as long as it was unisex (no butterflies or playboy logos were my instructions!!!) and so he was happy to get the elephant too.

We went to the tattoo shop together and came out with our little elephant.


As you can see, mine is on my lower back and his on his wrist. All of my tattoos are hidden and I like to keep it that way incase I need to cover them. We both loved the ink straight away and I still to this day love the sentiment of it. No matter how tacky you think it is there is no denying that having something permanently inked on your skin is the ultimate sign of forever. I feel that we always have a part of each other. I am proud of this tattoo and what it means to us both.

When you go about something like this you inevitably get a lot of, ‘but what if??’ reactions. Well, first of all, who wants to live life like that?? Live and LOVE for the moment. If you want to get a couples tattoo then GET IT. However, saying that is is understandable that people may think it’s a bit reckless and let’s face it we’ve all seen Tattoo Fixers and the sheepish people trying to cover their ex’s names! That’s why getting a symbol or something that represents your relationship is perhaps more safe and I think it means a lot more as well.

We love our tattoos and I feel like it was the first step we took towards making the ultimate commitment – we were married the following year! Our little elephant is very special to us both and will be forever.

What do you think?? I’d be interested to get people’s opinion on this!


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London is a great place to date! Here are a few ideas for all budgets:

Thrifty Dates (students, it’s almost pay-dayers and frugal folk alike)

  1. Visit a park. Hyde, Green, Greenwich, Crystal Palace – the choice is endless.
  2. Visit a museum. Science, Natural History and Tate Modern are all free!
  3. Get breakfast and the Breakfast Club.
  4. Sample some street food at Camden or Borough Market.
  5. Grab some 2-4-1 happy hour cocktails at Be At One bars (most venues until 7pm).
  6. Get a gig for free at an open mic night – Camden Lock 17 on a Monday night is excellent.
  7. Laugh until you cry! Sunday nights at the Up the Creek comedy club, Greenwich are cheap tickets with newly discovered comedians.
  8. Go for a walk. The southbank makes a lovely stroll and theirs always something to see.
  9. Watch street artists in Covent Garden. You can get lucky and see some really good acrobats and magicians doing their thing in the square.
  10. Sit and watch the world go by. There are some lovely cafes tucked away in some busy parts of London where you can sit and people watch – it’s the best! My favourite places are London Bridge, Canary Wharf and Westminister.

Middle of the road dates (also known as pay check is in, want to impress, something a bit different dates)

11. Watch a movie in style. The Electric Cinemas charge £30 for a ‘double bed’ for two at the front of their vintage movie theatres. They show the latest films and also some more off beat ones so something for all tastes.

12. Lady and the Tramp style share a MASSIVE PIZZA between 2 in the Italian restaurant district near Notting Hill.

13.  Go boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park. It will set you back 20 odd quid but it’s hella romantic.

14. Like cheese?? Who doesn’t. Gordon’s Wine Bar in Charing Cross like cheese and wine. You can’t book so get their early – it’s tiny.

15. Ronnie Scott’s jazz bar is pretty famous for its jazz music and buzzy vibe. Booking is essential but you can find other jazz clubs in the area for varying prices.

16. I maybe biased because I went here recently for my birthday treat but if you, like me, resent the fact that you can’t keep a cat of your own in a tiny flat, then visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, Shoreditch and borrow someone’s else’s cat for a bit! You can get a yummy afternoon tea for around £35 per head and it’s so worth it for the amazing cakes and cute kitties!

17. Visit the London Aquarium! I don’t usually go for the overly touristy things in London but I do love fishies. The London aquarium is great for big kids.

18. Go salsa dancing. Impress with your best moves at one of London’s many salsa clubs – I like Tito’s London Bridge.

19. Eat authentic Chinese food in Chinatown. You can’t beat it.

20. Eat, drink and play darts! The flight club Shoreditch allows you to have fun and concentrate on your date while the computers take care of the scoring! I would recommend this for a double date as it’s more fun with a group.

Push-the-boat-out Dates (date with Prince Harry/Taylor Swift?? Look no further)

21. See a west end show. There are SO MANY amazing shows in London if you’ve got a big budget. My favourites are Aladdin the Musical, Mamma Mia and Wicked.

22. Sample the best steak in London at Hawksmoor restaurant.

23. Get high at the View at the Shard. It will set you back 40 odd quid but the view is stunning.

24. Go to a concert at the biggest venue in London – the o2 arena hosts all the best tours and music stars.

25. This one is kind of seasonal but Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is a super cute date. It may be free to get in but TRUST ME you need disposable cash for the stalls, food and rides.

26. Drink champagne and try oysters at J Sheekey! Because your classy like that.

27. What could be more quintessentially British than afternoon tea at the Savoy?? £50 per person, but maybe worth it for he experience.

28. Book a treatment or spa day at the Champney’s city spa, Enfield. Mmmm.

29. Go to a ballet at the London Coliseum. We actually did this and it was brilliant! Even if you find it a bit boring you sound super cultured.

30. And finally – see the evening out in style on a dinner/ party Thames boat cruise. How fab is that??

What’s your favourite date night in London?

xox

Just something I’ve been pondering lately…

It’s like… I get that competition is healthy, in the right ways. For example, in sport. You can’t have sport without competition. You’ve got to have winners and losers.

But you can’t have winners at life! #winningatlife (as much as it appears on Instagram) is not a real thing. There’s no such thing. I mean, who would define it?? Who’s to say that my winning is the same as your winning? Who’s to say that I’m achieving more/doing better/ reaching my goals faster than anyone else. The beautiful thing about humans is that every single one of us is different. Not just physically but emotionally, mentally, personality wise, which means that we literally cannot compete when it comes to life. And I think it’s unhealthy to try.

For example, some peoples goals involve reaching the very top of your chosen career, others revolve around raising a healthy, happy family, some may see success as travelling the world and seeing all the wonders of the world. No one goal is better than another. By saying that something is not my goal in life it doesn’t mean I don’t think it should be yours. By saying I think one person is beautiful it doesn’t mean I think you’re not beautiful. Everyone is. There are a million ways to be beautiful.

The only person that I allow myself to compete with is myself. I am constantly trying to beat myself, do more, do better, be the best version of myself I can possibly be.

Chasing the dreams and aspirations  of others in the name of trying to ‘win’ can only end in emptiness.

Everyone is doing an amazing job. Don’t compare, celebrate. Peace and love.

(Disclaimer: This rant is my opinion and no offense is meant in any shape or form)


xox