When it comes to a #horizon, I couldn’t not share this. Back from our trip to the Peak District. It was meant to be Summer. It felt like this week: windy, raining and unpredictable.

The views went on for miles at the top of his peak; Mam Tor wedged in between Castleton and Edale.

It was a beautiful area, picturesque and a treat for your eyes. I love places like that. It’s a shame we didn’t get to stop & enjoy the local beer gardens and cafes due to the weather.

We go on lots of adventures throughout the year: weekend trips camping, staycations and holidays abroad. Our next adventure is pretty epic too and every time I think about it I get butterflies! 🥰

We are off to Dubai soon! 😱😱😱 it must be real I’ve said it out loud. I’m so excited I might explode and I’m pretty sure the views will be nothing like this Peak District. Because the views we will have will be extraordinary. It’s our biggest adventure yet as a family. Biggest as in flight time, cost, special and unplanned. We’ve booked our flights and we’re super lucky to be staying with friends. Other than that we have no idea! What are we going to do in Dubai? Anyone been? Any ideas?


When it comes to a...

Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what a great way to see each others furbabies. Well these are mine:

Photo 1 = Rambo the Jack Russell & Snoopy the Cockerspaniel. As many of you know, Snoopy is blind and partially deaf which is challenging. However, he is such a happy pooch and loves a snuggle. I think Rambo has lost a little hearing too as he’s getting old. He will be 13 on April 3rd! It’s gone by so quickly.

Photo 2 = Rocky. He’s my Tom cat fluffbag and I like to call him Rockstar! He was my engagement present from Hubby. He’s the best cat. He snuggles with me every night, under the covers, he’s very set in a routine.

It’s funny how furbabies get their own little #pattern to make it through the day. All the pets sit by the bed at night for a treat. And I think Rambo is very cat like and Rocky is very dog like too. They definitely have those characteristics.

Rambo is 12, Rocky is 11 and Snoopy is 10. Noah is 9... then we broke the pattern as Isla is 7 🤣 (it wasn’t intentional). #mummyphotoaday #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram

Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what...

Sometimes I like to have fun with images. I don’t do it very often but it is amazing what you can do with a photo using filters.

The first image is the edited version, I’ve added a #bokeh filter on it. I’ve used @pixlr for this. It adds an orangey colouring to the photo and enhances the sun rays.

The original, swipe left, is still good and has its own bokeh and sun rays shining on it. But is less orangey and doesn’t seem as bright. It’s still a good photo though.

I took this with my iPhone. Sometimes when I need a quiet moment, one where I can play with the filters and change the feel of a photo it helps me to unwind. Gives my brain 5 minutes to regain itself and then I’m ready to crack on with whatever it was!

Which one do you prefer? Just out of curiosity - there’s no right or wrong answer! 🤣


Sometimes I like to have...

I had a busy Sunday painting the dining room with @frenchicpaint. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed. I painted the radiator and skirting boards with Dazzle Me. It’s super bright white. I painted the door with City Slicker. It looks so much better than the dark wood it was before.

If you swipe left you can see the before photos. The radiator was a beige colour before. It’s amazing how much brighter the room looks, it’s easy to #transform a room with an hour or 2 of painting.

I styled up the dining room with this beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers (a very kind gift from a friend) and these items from @pricescandlesuk. They eliminate pet odours which is great as sometimes I worry my house smells “dog”. After an impromptu afternoon off work, looking after Isla who hurt her neck at dance club, I cleaned and cleaned. The house smells nice and clean now. The household candle and reed diffuser have added a nice citrus and thyme scent to the room.

It’s amazing what you can do to change the feel of a room with simple steps!


I had a busy Sunday...

#Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We aren’t all the same. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if that was the case. Everyone has a viewpoint. Everyone has their own opinion.

However, I am a firm believer in “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I think it’s really important to spread happiness, build confidence and support each other. Now my big cheesey smile isn’t like this everyday, sometimes I’m worn out and sometimes I’m feeling sad. But I’ve learnt how to offload, unwind and bring that smile back. It’s so important to be able to hit that reset button once in a while.

So, this week, try and do one of these things:
🤍 Make someone laugh, a big belly laugh
🤍 Tell someone they look amazing
🤍 Tell someone you love you are grateful for them

See how it makes you feel. To make someone else’s day. It’s euphoric. I will never forget the moment one of the Mums from the school run told me I completely picked them up out of a dark spot - just by telling them they looked amazing today as I walked past.

Take the time to appreciate. Honestly it’s THE best hobby!

On a little diverted note; I’m appreciating this coat and boots right now. So warm and comfy. Check out the details on my blog >>> #linkinbio


#ad Coat & Boots from @idealworld.tv and they are @joebrowns 🙌🏻

#Beauty is in the eye...

This might seem a little random after the sentiments in my last post. But bear with me... cleaning & #diy can help me with my mental health.

I’m not sure why but when I’m anxious, need to think or cross I clean. Like the deep clean stuff, it’s almost as if I get adrenaline from somewhere to give me the strength to scrub things that I wouldn’t normally. Or tackle something I wouldn’t normally.

On Thursday, whilst anxiously waiting to find out what was wrong with my grandma, I was shaving millimetres off Isla’s bedroom door. It was hard work but I didn’t want to just sit about.

Today I’ve painted the radiator and woodwork in our dining room with Frenchic. I now have a white and bright radiator and grey door. It looks so much better. Again, it’s something I can do whilst being lost in my thoughts.

Does anyone else do this?

Whilst promoting cleaning and mindfulness, check out my blog for a competition to win some goodies from @astonishcleaners #astonishingresults 

This might seem a little...

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what beauty shared this on her instagram before Christmas:  @carolineflack you’ve broken my heart.

She was funny. Caring. Kind. Absolutely beautiful and that smile lit up the world. Not perfect. But who is? No one.

I can’t comprehend how someone of such radiance and sparkle can end their life. But I only assume her mental health was suffering. She felt so trapped that was her only way out. A way of ending the pain that nobody could see.

Mental health is invisible; yet mental health is all consuming. Mental health is complicated; yet mental health can be helped with a simple cup of tea and chat.

Smile on the inside and on the out.

Make time for yourself.

Love yourself.

Make time for others.

Be kind.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind  #bekind #ripcarolineflack

I’m sure I don’t need...

This is sheer appreciation. This man. My lobster 🦞. Who made me the scrummiest meal last night & dreamy Vegan brownies. Showered me with thoughtful gifts & my cute note (in my stories) I recieved in my lunch bag.

However, I was a complete emotional wreck yesterday as my Grandma was taken into hospital. She was distressed, confused and sounding a little slow. It was scary.

So the Valentine’s Day love went all to Grandma from my family; wishing & hoping they find out what’s wrong.

We’re currently waiting to find out if her BP has reduced. It was sky high. Hoping she’s better & I can bring her home today.

This photo was from last Summer when we went to @carluccios in Cambridge. I love it. Happy memories. I’m lucky to have these. Noahs a people watcher, he was distracted with the crowd. Incidentally Carluccio’s have the offer on again: kids eat for a £1... #appreciation #family #love #mummyphotoaday

This is sheer appreciation. This...

Our family holiday to Potters Resort #travel

We loved our trip to Potters Resort, it is situated at Hopton-on-Sea which is a place I hold close. We went to Hopton-on-sea every year with my grandparents. We loved it. So going back, I knew would be memorable. Not just because of the nostalgia but also because Potters Resort is just amazing. What do you expect from a family holiday: good food, good accommodation and entertainment/activities for the children. We had all of this in abundance at Potters Resort.

What is Potters Resort?

The best way I could describe Potters Resort is that it is an English all inclusive resort with everything included except for your drinks. When I say everything included, I mean: all meals, activities, evening entertainment and facilities. With a couple of exceptions, for example the ride on machines and slot machine type of activities.

It is located on the coast of Hopton-on-Sea, so you can walk to the back of Potters Resort and you are on the beach. It was perfect. It all started in 1920 (100 years old next year) when Herbert Potter had the idea to create a permanent holiday camp. He started it up in Hembsy, with his winnings from a newspaper competition that he’d won back in 1913, it’s amazing what £500 could have done back then. So it started off as a holiday camp with permanent wooden huts, the first of its kind. In 1924 he bought the land at Hopton-on-Sea.

During WWII the huts were dismantled and used for firewood to keep the soldiers warm in the winter. Luckily Herbert and his wife, Vera, built the camp back up from scratch after the war. They built one of the first outdoor swimming pools, in 1958 and in the 60’s their son, Brian, upgraded the facilities to indoors to make way for the English weather.

There are posters, photos and information all around the resort – it was fascinating. By the 1980’s, Brian and Judy Potter, had transformed Potters Resort and all wooden huts replaced with brick and the outdoor pool, indoor. By 1993 the resort had been extended to include the indoor bowls rink. There are multiple rinks and they even host the World Indoor Bowls Championships.

More recently, John Potter, who became MD in 2000, added more facilities, upgraded the existing accommodation and the huge theatre. The strapline is “quality time together” and I have to agree, that is exactly what we got.

The Food

The restaurant was fabulous. Not only the staff were amazing, the place clean – the food was delicious. I would describe the meals as full. So much food that some mealtimes I didn’t know how I would eat it all. At breakfast you had the choice of a buffet hot breakfast, continental breakfast or you could order certain things off the menu – like Eggs Florentine. At lunchtimes you had a choice of starter and main from the menu and there was always a hot dessert and cold desserts to choose from. Isla and I filled our boots with custard, our favourite.

The children’s menu was a similar concept where they had a main to choose. They could pick food from the buffets too and the dessert choices were the same as the grown ups. They loved it.

The thing I found useful was that the menu, setting out each days choices, always stayed on the table. So at the start of the week you can see what is coming for the rest of the week. There was always at least one vegetarian, one vegan, one fish and one meat dish to choose from. So much choice, it was great.

To order drinks you needed your room card, which wirelessly charges drink to your account or you can use your card to pay for them. It was a clever concept so you didn’t need to carry cash around with you on site.

When we arrived, Potters Resort had put a balloon and cake on our table to celebrate Hubby’s birthday, we thought it was such a nice touch. Really personalised the holiday and made him feel special (and embarrassed when they all sang him Happy Birthday).

The activities

Where do I start? There is so much to do here, they put events on during the Summer too so that there is a lot to choose from for the kiddies. For example, Noah played football everyday. The climbing wall is open for set times throughout the day, it’s a simple queue and wait system. There is the giant swing too which Noah went on, Isla was a little bit too small.

Everyday they put on activities like the inflatable jungle gym, these little motorbikes (below) and an inflatable circle where you have to jump over the beam. These activities are all scheduled around breakfast, lunch and dinner – they finish before the entertainment starts in the evenings.

We made the most of the activities and the kiddies went to the children’s disco every night too. After the disco we did the main activity in the hall, or got a space in the theatre ready for the show.

The room

We loved our room, it was perfect for a family of 4. The kids had their sleeping area, it was separated by a room divider. Then there was a double bed (which pulls down from the wall if you are staying there as a couple) at the end of the room. We had a seating area and there was a large TV too. The bathroom had 2 sinks, bath, shower and toilet. Everything we could have needed.

When we arrived there was a bottle of wine, chocolates and a card for Hubby for his birthday. Such a lovely idea. I decorated the room with a lot of light up balloons. We tried to make it a special break for Hubby.

The entertainment

The entertainment was fabulous. They had the children’s entertainment, the team was split into two. The best way I can describe it is the formal entertainment – who are literally as good as a west end theatre company came on and did 90 minute shows most nights. They did everything from 80’s and 90’s to theatre production shows. The singing is incredible and the choreography is amazing. I would happily pay just to go and watch them one night, it was that good. Before these guys came on the other part of the entertainment team would come on stage and do silly things, make jokes and involve the children – they are really funny and engaging. They made everyone feel welcomed.

There was also a kiddies club, they did activities throughout the day. It was split into 2 age groups. So Isla had to go to the younger group, which was like a craft, dance and singing style group – an adult had to stay with her. Noah was old enough to go in the big kids group and he was allowed to be left with the teams, they did a lot of fun activities; football being his favourite.

The facilities

Not only do you get the activities discussed above, the climbing wall and the inflatables. There are a few bars to choose from, a couple of areas to eat (included in your package) there is also a Grill restaurant on site. This costs extra to visit and I have heard that it is amazing.

There is an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, golf course, park and football area on site too. There is a gaming room with a bowling alley which we didn’t even get to try (that’s how busy we were). There is always something to do. It also leads straight down to the sea, so you can walk along the coast and walk right up to Gorleston if you wanted!

The thing I loved about this break, as you can imagine, with the British weather, we had a hit and miss week. One minute it was sunny and then it was raining. We could do as much outside as inside and never did we have a “twiddle our fingers” moment. There was always something to do. It’s incredibly well thought out.

Check out my Insta stories for more photos and videos of our stay. I am sure I haven’t done this the justice it needed, it really is a fantastic place to go. What is your favourite part of going on holiday? Potters Resort was amazing for families – we will definitely be returning next year for its 100th anniversary. Will you?

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1 Comment
  • Caroline Tokes
    December 23, 2019

    Looks like you had a fab time

Our romantic break to Suffolk #travel
Our family holiday to Potters Resort #travel

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