On the 19th I attended the #bloggersxmas event, being short of funds I relied on the trusty www.everything5pounds.com to have a nice dress to wear and I wasn't let down!
I had in mind the I wanted to wear a long sleeved dress with black tights and I came across the above navy blue floral high neck, long sleeved dress. I fell in love! The material of the dress was soft and it wasn't to thin so i was warm in the bitter cold!
As it was a christmas event and I don't own anything rather christmassy I wore my black tights with scattered silver gems I purchased last year from ebay adding a little bit of sparkle to my outfit!
For my birthday I treated myself to a holiday to Turkey, along with my colleague Helen we stayed at the Garcia Resort and Spa. the garcia is a 5 star resort that is tucked away high with breath taking views.
The Garcia is an hour and a bit drive from Dalaman airport, now i know this sounds long but the scenery on the journey is worth it!
On arrival to the hotel a member of stafg came rushing out to help us unload and take our suitcases into the front desk to check in. Already not five minutes in we have recieved a warm welcome, our luggage was being carried for us and we had already checked in shown to our room! We had been up early for our flight and we arrived at the Hotel around 4pm Turkish time so we were shattered, we couldn't wait to see our room and crash out!
Our room was more than we expected, 2 single beds and a bunk bed in the corner, a free mini fridge filled with water and a selection of fizzy drinks, a tea making station, a light up mirror as well as a 3 door mirrored wardrobe which had a safe and a ground floor balcony surrounded by roses and various other flowers that also looked over the pools with a tiny sea view. The only thing about the room that disappointed me was the bathroom! it was so small and only had a shower that flooded everytime we used it! We spoke to the cleaning staff about this and had our towels changed daily as we had to use our own to keep mopping the floor up.
The Hotel was all inclusive and had a lot to offer, it had two restaruants one main buffet which had a different food theme each night, and an a la carte restaruant outside by the pool which we didn't try as we were happy with the buffet. There were two bars, the pool bar whixh also served lunch in the day and the "english pub" which really was just a lounge bar the was open 24 hours.
It had it's own little shop for everything you may have needed or for souveneirs, a on site photographer, a games room which really just consisted of a pool table that you had to pay for, it's very own spa facilities which were very nice! I always have trouble tanning qith my pale skin sonI treated myself to a Turkish bath.....and no it's not a mud bath as I found out! It turned out to be an exfoliating wash by a little man with nothing but a cloth around his waist...it was certainly an experience I probably will never go through again!
There are 3 pools all the same depth, yhe staff claimed one was heated but we suspect that was a fib as they were all equally COLD! There was also flumes for the kids!
The staff at the Garcia were incrediably kind, they took an interest in the guests, made sure to learn your name so they could greet you and always served you speedily! The entertainment co-ordinator was a cheeky lad called Toby, everyday he arranged activities from archery to darts and he also organised the evening entertainment, including the odd bit of Bingo. Toby was a great personality, always had a smile on his face, always full of energy, the only thing that let him down was his little side venture. Eaxh night Toby organised group of guests to go to Barrumba up in town for 20 lira each, Barrumba was like most bars, music, dancing and cocktails. The staff were seedy, there were men employed there to attract female tourists and flirt with them to stay and spend money, I clocked this straight away when i was brought over a fish bowl cocktail I had not ordered by a sharp chinned, green eyed, man candy bar man who then demanded 100 lira, i refused to pay this as i had not ordered it, it stayed untouched until it was taken away and sold to a young, drunk english girl who had the barmans tongue down her throat! I went with a lovely Scottish woman called Paula and we just danced with Toby all night long, it was fab! i was even taken by the manager to dance on the bar! Out side the bar was a seatinf arwa around a fire pit and even weeks on my playsuit still smells smokey! Although I had a good night I could see Toby was makimg himself a little exta on the side through the Garcia guests, i went a second time to celebrate my birthday (unofficially) we were crammed dangerously into a small car to the bar where i ended up getting sexually harrassed by staff, I ended coming back on my own in tears. I didn't let that ruin my holiday though!
If i were to rate the hotel out of 10 i would give it a 7, as we went towards the end of the season I feel we weren't provided with the full service the hotel had to offer and the bathroom really wasn't 5 star worthy but as for the rest the hotel and it's staff were incrediable and I certainly wont foget them! Find my gallery and hotel links below!
Each month I try to set myself goals, last month my goal was to enjoy my long awaited holiday, which I very much did. This month I want to focus on my health, my goals are to cut out alcohol and sugar from my diet. Now this isn't a pledge to never drink alcohol again because if you follow my twitter and Instagram you will see that I do enjoy prosecco, what girl doesn't these days?! But for 4 weeks I want to avoid alcohol and sugar.
Whats prompted this? My holiday photos. I'm the biggest I have ever been, and it's making me very unhappy, so what do we do when something's broke? We fix it. My body confidence is broken, giving me the motivation to fix my diet and to get back to the gym. First step diet, next step gym, my local gym is rather expensive for me at the moment so I'm going to try and increase my activity by home work outs and walking more.
How do I fix my diet? Although my goals are to cut alcohol and sugar, I know this alone will not help me shift the pounds, I have to completely rethink my diet. I need to be smart with my food, cut out bread, replace my white pasta and rice from wholewheat, sensible snacking replacing sweets and cakes with healthier alternatives.
Recent I was sent a rather large goody box of Go Ahead products. Go Ahead, from McVities, "is a range of delicious, satisfying snacks all carefully portioned so you can snack smart!" Perfect for a busy person like myself and affordable!
What's in the box?
Yogurt breaks in "Radiant! Raspberry" and "totally! Tropical"
Thin and fruity, crispy biscuits with a creamy yogurt topping. RRP £1.99 for 5 packets of 2 slices. My personal favourite if the tropical, they're incredibly handy when I wake up to late for breakfast!
Crispy Slices in "a-peeling! Apple" and "ooh! Orange", just like the yogurt breaks just...minus the yogurt!
RRP £1.65 for 5 packs of 3 slices.
my favourites, Fruity Bakes in "a-peeling! Apple, Golden baked bars, filled with a yummy fruit flavoured filling." RRP £1.99 for 6 bars
Finally the newbies to the Go Ahead! Range, Cookie Bites!, in "wow! White chocolate &a raspberry" and "cheeky! Chocolate & orange". " scrumptious crunchy mini cookies with chocolate chip and little bursts of fruity flavour that'll blow your taste buds" RRP £1.99 for 6 packs.
Out of the range I have fallen in love with the fruity bakes and the white chocolate & raspberry cookies, they are incredibly tasty and keep the sugar cravings at bay!
The Go Ahead! range can be found at most U.K. Supermarkets, to find out more about go ahead and more delicious flavours head over to their website here.