Last week my best friend and I went to the Costa Del Sol to chill and spend some much needed time in the sun! Our flight was super early on the Monday morning so we stayed at the Premier Inn at Gatwick’s North Terminal, of course we had to get a pic of our matching pjs in the bathroom mirror because the lighting was just right. We arrived at Malaga Airport early on Monday morning and went and collected our car which was a horrible colour Fiat Panda, we then drove down to Fuengirola which is around 20 minutes south of Malaga. We found a parking space and our first trip was to the Zoo where there were so many school children on a tour but we managed to spend a couple of hours looking around, we also got a really nice picture so that was a bonus. After the zoo we walked through the lanes down to the beach where we found a lovely café for a spot of lunch, whilst we were there we met a couple who used to live in Hastings but now live out in Fuengirola full time talk about small world! After lunch we went for a wander down onto the beach and it was then time to head back to the car to drive to our resort. We stayed at Club Marbella which is part of the Crown Resorts, a chain of family resorts with something for everybody, around the Costa Del Sol. The apartment was lovely and we couldn’t wait to get down to the pool and chill. Most of our holiday was chilling down by the pool where I watched the first two seasons of Line of Duty on Netflix and I read the whole of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, we also did a bit of swimming in the pool. On Wednesday we ate at the restaurant on the resort as there were Flamenco dancers performing and I wanted to see them. At dinner I found the most delicious snack/starter of deep fried camembert with cranberry sauce OMG it was amazing! The Flamenco dancers were awesome as usual and of course there had to be somebody who kissed them at the end. On the Thursday we went down the road to Little Italy for dinner. We had cheesy garlic bread which was so gooey and delicious, I then had Seafood Pasta cooked to perfection in a tomato sauce and for dessert it had to be the classic Coconut Ice Cream served in half of a coconut, it was an amazing last meal of the holiday and I can’t wait to go back there for food sometime soon! We flew back to Gatwick late on the Friday night and it was safe to say that we had a fabulously relaxing holiday. I would also like to say how immensely proud I am of my best friend for conquering a lot of fears on the holiday from flying on a plane, to driving in a foreign country and speaking to different people without prompting, I knew how difficult the holiday was for her and it is safe to say she was tested a lot that whole week! Thank you for an amazing experience best one!!
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I thought it was time for another what I eat in a day post as I haven’t done one for a while and it is now time for a more spring like meal plan. Breakfast was a bit rushed and I really didn’t fancy a shake this morning so I had a small bowl of chocolate chip weetabix minis with almond milk. I did accompany this with a banana and a glass of mango aloe water. My snack for the morning was an apple and a Trek protein flapjack because again I was on the move around the prison so wanted to snack on something easy. My lunch was a tuna sweet corn pasta salad which was completely delicious and had kept really well!! My afternoon snack was a satsuma and a Greek yoghurt with honey because it was that little bit of sweetness for a kick in the middle of an afternoon. Dinner was one of my favourite spring/summer quick meals of a 50:50 wrap with lettuce, tomato, a little bit of cheese and breaded chicken (I did also add a tablespoon of onion and garlic dip for a little bit of sauce). My drink of choice is water at the minute and I am absolutely loving the mango aloe from Herbalife!! What are your meal plans like?
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We are so blessed to have so many beautiful country pubs in Sussex and although I have been to quite a few I haven’t even really got started! There is something really relaxing about going out for lunch at a country pub on a summers day when you can sit in a beer garden with the people you love and eat the most delicious and traditional pub grub. My favourite country pub in Sussex is the Royal Oak at Pett. It is such a lovely village pub with a cricket green opposite and is perfect for a lunch time sandwich with your family or friends. I don’t know if it is just me but when it comes to the summer I prefer to be out in the fresh air enjoying the weather rather than being sat inside a restaurant in the evening. I recently went to a country pub called the Ash Tree Inn for lunch with two of my very good friends and it really cheered me up because as we were waiting for our food to arrive, the local hunt rode past and actually stopped for drinks at the pub. The food at the pub was delicious although I did have a cheese overload with Camembert starter and macaroni cheese main ( thank you Shannon for ordering me a starter). My new saying lately is ‘Do What You Love’, when it comes to tackling anxiety and depression frequently and trying to please everybody but yourself, you don’t do anything that makes you happy and that you enjoy doing. One of my favourite things to do is spend time with my family and friends. Another of my favourite things is to go out to country pubs for lunch so I just combine the two. There are so many lovely country pubs around the whole of the country and although I am only blessed with the ones in Sussex most of the time, why don’t you go out and find a country pub for lunch. I can guarantee you won’t be 100% disappointed with your decision. Below is a list of some of my favourite country pubs around East Sussex.
The Queens Head – Icklesham
The Royal Oak – Pett
The Cricketers Arms – Alfriston
The Ash Tree Inn – Ashburnham
The Six Bells Inn – Chiddingly
The Barley Mow Selmeston
The Swann Inn – Dallington
The Lamb Inn – Hooe
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Here are my favourite items that I have been getting a lot of use out of over the past month! Can you believe that we are nearly in march already!
I bought this check pastel scarf from Primark a little while ago because it was so large and such lovely colours. You can wear it as a large scarf or bring down over your shoulders as a shawl type scarf. It is so lovely and warm for those days when you don’t want a thick coat on.
I have been eating so much salmon this month and I have been loving it. I have been trying to add some fish into my diet through my meal plans and weight loss journey. Baked salmon with new potatoes and green beans is such a light and nutritious meal.
My third favourite item is my tan Cambridge Satchel company bag which I got for my 16th birthday. I have found it the perfect size to use as my work bag as it can hang off of my shoulder and I can keep my hands free for opening and closing all of the gates I have to go through to get to my office.
Fourth is the Soap and Glory hand food. It is a great moisturiser and is the perfect size to keep in your bag. It smells amazing as well and leaves your hands feeling soft and smooth without being too oily.
Finally is a book by Paige Toon called the one we fell in Love with. This book has been so good that I finished it within three days. It is gripping and a moving story that makes you laugh and cry. I will definitely be re-reading this on my holiday soon!!
So these are my February favourites what are yours?? Leave them in the comments below.
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