Friday, 13 April 2018

Our engagement story

Friday 16 March 2018 will always be a day I remember. Not only did we complete on our first home, but I also became a fiance when Dan popped the question!

This bungalow will forever be special, because on the first night we had the keys,  I arrived home to a trail of candles and fairy lights leading to the conservatory and found Dan on one knee in a love heart of candles. He said some truly beautiful words (which I had to ask him to repeat after I was over the shock!) and presented me with an absolutely gorgeous ring which I fell instantly in love with. He picked it out all by himself, and I couldn't have chosen a more perfect ring myself - he knows me so well! Whilst we had spoken about getting engaged, and I suspected it would happen at some point in 2018, I had no idea he would surprise me so soon so it's safe to say I was in a state of complete shock and happiness!

To add to the surprise, he also whisked me away to NYC for five days. He started to play 'New York, New York' by Frank Sinatra, and I was completely horrified at the thought that he might have been doing a strip tease (which I would have found so incredibly awkward!). What he had actually planned was a five night trip to New York and we'd be leaving on Thursday! We had the most incredible time in New York, but more on that another time.

The proposal was absolutely perfect, I wouldn't have wanted anything more. He knows me so well - from the fact he chose to propose in private (not in public), the most gorgeous ring (sparkly and delicate because of my tiny fingers) and he booked our trip away for a few days after the proposal (so I had a few days to catch my breath) just reaffirmed how right he is for me! I'm so excited to start planning our wedding.

We had the most lovely evening after he proposed calling our families and eating in our new local pub. That night we slept in our new conservatory under the stars, and ended up listening to some of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on audible at 3am because we were both too excited to sleep!

Exciting times are ahead, and I'm so glad I get to share them with Dan. We're looking forward to planning our wedding, and setting up our first home together.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Why the greek islands are the best choice as a holiday destination this year

 I love the Greek islands; the food, the weather and the people. Having visited three now (although I'm not too sure Zakynthos counts!) it's definitely a high contender for future summer holidays. My first trip to the Greek islands was to Zakynthos in 2012, in 2015 I visited Kefalonia and in 2016 we headed to Lindos in Rhodes. On each of my holidays to Greece, I've fallen in love with the country - the weather has always been glorious, the people are always friendly and the views are some of the best I've seen.

The weather in Greece is pretty much always glorious in the summer. It is roasting hot, with balmy evenings perfect for strolling through pretty streets. It's exactly the kind of weather you want when you think of escaping the UK! The Greek islands are the perfect place to relax and get that all important vitamin D. When we go to Greece it is to escape the 9-5 and it is the best place to sit by a pool all day reading and playing cards. We often take boat trips whilst in Greece too and I've seen both turtles and dolphins whilst on the trips which was pretty incredible. It's amazing to see wild life in the sea.

Possibly my favourite thing about Greece though is the food. Beautiful pitta bread with refreshing and delicious tzatziki is the perfect starter, especially if you're eating on a rooftop, my favourite kind of restaurant. With plenty of choice, even a fussy eater like me enjoys Greek food. I've had some of the meatballs I've ever had in Greece, and Chicken Souvlaki which is easily one of my favourite dishes.

The Greek islands truly are one of the most stunning places I've seen. From beautifully clear sea, to stunning mountain landscapes, it truly is flawless and a lovely place to spend your summer holiday. There's plenty to see, from gorgeous seaside towns to ruins and beaches. The people are also very friendly too, which is always nice when you've gone away for your holiday. I can't wait for my next visit to the Greek islands, I've been eyeing up Santorini for years, and would love to visit mainland Greece too - especially Athens.

Have you been to the Greek islands?

Friday, 30 March 2018

March 2018 in Numbers

 After the quickest month ever that was February, March was the biggest surprise of the year so far (and I can imagine it being the biggest surprise of 2018 overall!). It certainly wasn't a slower paced month, everything has been so exciting. March is one of my favourite months, because the weather is slowly improving, and the evenings are getting lighter but this month has topped my expectations.

2 trips to the spa. Whilst this is pretty decadent, the first trip was a treat from my parents, and the second trip was due to a fabulous rebooking deal (£49pp for a one course meal, use of the facilities and two x 25 minute treatments). It was exactly what I needed.

1 new house. Dan and I completed on our first home this month, after putting the offer down at the start of January. It's so exciting, and we're starting the make a few changes already! Watch this space.

1 proposal. We're also engaged! Dan was waiting for me on one knee when I arrived at our new home for the first time, and it was so special. 16 March is definitely a day to remember! I'll definitely be writing up a separate engagement post in the future.

1 surprise trip to NYC. To top off all the excitement, Dan started to play 'New York, New York' by Frank Sinatra. Dan then told me we were heading to New York, I was in shock! We spent five nights in one of our favourite cities, exploring downtown and each others company.

What a life-changing month March has been. I've celebrated some really exciting news with my loved ones, and had the best holiday with my lovely Dan! Here's to getting stuck into the wedding planning, and also doing up our new house so it's truly ours.

How has March been for you?

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