Replanning Our Disney Holiday

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If you are new around here you may not be aware that our Walt Disney World Holiday was cancelled due to the current circumstances. We completely agree that safety is of prime importance but I am also looking forward to replanning our Disney holiday and being there in the next year or so, whenever we are able and it is safe to do so.

Our previously planned trip included:

• Disney tickets for 14 days

• Staying off site near Universal

We were just about to book Universal Tickets before everything closed and were unsure of what may or may not be cancelled for a while.

Since Walt Disney World stated its temporary closure and then our holiday provider cancelled our holiday altogether we have been adding, changing and researching what we can’t miss and what we would love to experience on our future Florida holiday.

We have changed our plans slightly for when we rebook and this now includes staying on site in a Disney hotel. My main decision sway-ers on this were,

• Disney Magic even when you go to bed

• Extra Magic Hours

• Booking reservations and FastPass sooner

• Transport will be easier to get into the parks

• Dining plan availability

With all this in mind we decided that the price difference would be worth the extras that are available through staying on site.

I have located a few prices with different companies but due to our previous holiday provider we are unable to rebook just yet. This gives me plenty of time to find the best price offering the best package.

Once we have the holiday booked we shall keep you updated as to finalising plans and making restaurant reservations along with what FastPass is the most popular and what snacks we need to be sampling.

I am very much looking forward to the whole process and this time (without any disasters please) enjoying our Walt Disney World holiday.

Are you planning a Disney holiday?

I’m here in the comments or over on Instagram @lorenjessica_

Reviewing my hydrating travel essentials and a few things I learnt about skincare

My Travel Beauty Essentials and a Few Life Lessons

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To put this post across properly I am going to have to relive two of my top painful holiday beauty moments. And I mean painful. That is why I have some strong do’s and dont’s for myself now I am old (and hopefully wiser) for when I think skincare either abroad or even on a UK staycation. 

Let us first go through the things that I simply have to pack when I am away. I have a dehydrated skin type and this can get worse or improve depending on the environment. 

Warm weather = drinking more water/juice = hydrated. 

Cold weather = more hot tea and coffee = dehydrating.

No matter where I go or what the weather though I always take a face moisturiser. If we are travelling somewhere cold or taking a UK trip I may pack more. Although it does lean towards the pricey side for a product the Elemis S.O.S Cream is my all time favourite. Years ago when I first started using it, it was in my mums collection and we had been told to use it as a spot cream. It was only when I read the product after I had made a purchase myself a few years after that I found out its intended use was for hydration purposes. Classic lesson learnt there – always read the instructions. Whilst I am waiting to repurchase the S.O.S Cream I am using these mini’s that were given to me by a friend. I didn’t really understand the purposes of a mist before but for that little hydration through the day I am now loving it.

Elemis Mini Travel Size Products

For my face, moisturiser is always closely followed by a high SPF and since last year I have loved The Body Shop® Skin Defence SPF 50+PA++++ which has pretty much only recently come back in stock. On a shopping trip before last I did have to purchase The Body Shop® Vitamin C with SPF 30 PA++++ which is a great product and I would repurchase as it gives me that glow I am always after but I am glad that the original has returned as it has the higher SPF.

The Body Shop Skin Defence SPF and Vitamin C SPF

Now are we ready for an uneducated/unthinking mistake? I once went on holiday with my best friend. For some reason we hadn’t a moisturiser between the two of us and my skin was definitely drying from too much sun that week. What I had thought to bring with me though was The Sanctuary Body Lotion, so in my naive way, thought that would do the same job. I took a 50p size blob onto my hand and promptly slapped it on my cheeks to soothe my dry skin. IT HURT. Oh Wow it hurt. I washed it off almost immediately but even still had to sit with a cool damp flannel covering my whole face for what must have been hours in the afternoon. What did I learn from that experience? Body lotion is nothing at all the same as face moisturiser.

M & S Ragdale Hall Lavender Hand Cream

The last thing on my list has to be something to help me sleep at night and I am obsessed with anything that smells like lavender. Last Christmas I was gifted a Marks and Spencers Ragdale Hall Gift Set which included the Sleep Lavender Hand Cream. Not only does it have a great scent but it also moisturisers my dry hands as I get some rest. As my years increase (hello almost 30 here) I understand more and more the importance of staying hydrated, both inside and out. When my hands are suffering from dryness it can literally look like my hands are 30 years older than the rest of me. It’s uncomfortable and slightly embarrassing and why I appreciate a good, moisturising hand cream.

What are your beauty skincare essentials?

Ways I’m Bringing Travel Into Our Home

Kitchen Project

We try to go away, visit somewhere new or take a weekend trip to a familiar place a few time throughout the year. This depends on what budget we have at the time and what holidays we have available with work and so on. Of course, when we aren’t away we spend a lot of our time at home. We have lived in our house for around 5 years now and I don’t think I will ever stop decorating or finding some kind of DIY job and because of this we will never be finished. Even though we are at home I enjoy bringing little bits or places we have been to inside. They can either spark memories of things we have seen and done or inspire more trips. I decided to put this little list together with some of the items we have brought in to our house and a few that I would love to include one day.

Prints

We have quite a few of these in our house. Our Kitchen has developed a Lake District print theme and we purchased these on a trip a couple of years back. We have visited both of the places they represent and they go perfectly with our blue chairs, win win. In this genre we also have a drawing of the Arc De Triomphe which I love in our living room. This was a car boot purchase for 20p(!) so a very cost effective way of bringing the travel memories home. Last but not least is our Venice print from Pretty in Prints. We had recently returned from our Venice holiday when I saw this on their Instagram page.

Decorative Items 

Our Bakewell Pudding Mini Crate and Paris tray sit nicely in this idea. These mini crates were very popular at one point but I hadn’t seen a Bakewell one until we visited Belper one day (I know not quite the right place!) We love the Derbyshire town so I had to make the purchase.

The wooden painted Paris tray was a gift. I’m pretty sure again this was in the wrong location as it was bought from a shop in Switzerland I believe. It is two of my favourite colours and its a bit beaten now (I even dug it out of a bag once as my husband had tried throwing it away) but I love the design and images reminding me of places we’ve been.

Holiday Photos

This is probably the most expensive way to get travel items in your home because you need to actually go on the holiday to get the photo. Photoshop not allowed for this one I’m afraid. You can’t risk a new friend popping over and asking you all about your trip to Japan because she caught sight of you in a photo in the hallway. These can certainly bring back memories of trips and experiences remembering being in that exact spot.   

I also have an idea on my wishlist and of course it had to be food and drink related. I love trying to recreate a meal at home that we loved whilst we were away somewhere. An Italian inspired risotto or an attempt at chimney cake from Budapest just binging meal inspiration home. I must admit cooking is not my strong suit so I am sticking with a beverage idea instead. We visited The Lakes Gin Distillery a while back and I would love to order a couple of bottles to remind us of that time and the location.

Have you got any travel inspired pieces in your home? What would you add?

Having Our Cancelled Disney Holiday At Home

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Today we should have been enjoying the rides and meeting characters at Walt Disney World. Like many people at this time our holiday has been cancelled for the health of hundreds. Instead of this time passing by I have decided for the next two weeks, as that would have been our holiday length, that I will carry on the Disney vibes ay home.

Our days will be filled with films on Disney+ and as much Disney style food as I can make at home in the UK with essential shopping trips, that’s the tricky one. Also I am still trying to figure out how to build a rollercoaster on the garden (don’t worry I’m only half joking).

Yesterday we kicked our ‘holiday’ off by watching Inside Out, closely followed by Riley’s First Date. We had never seen it before and the other half said it had become one of his favourites. I also posted this picture on Instagram to start the journey over there too so come and join me if you can!

So keep your eyes peeled and get in touch if your Disney holiday has also been delayed. We are definitely still going once able and with a little more saving time and planning we will hopefully be able to make our visit even better!

Planning Our Next Trip – To Where?

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I’ll start this post by saying our ‘next trip’ would have been Walt Disney World Florida and I have written plenty about that here. It is unfortunate that we can’t go as planned but we aren’t the only ones and it is for the best at this time. That does not stop us from planning our future Disney trip and plenty of others that we would love to do too.

For the last two years we have enjoyed a Winter holiday with our friends and their adorable cockapoo, Ares. At first we spent our time in Yurts in the Lake District with the second in a hotel in the Cotswolds. These breaks (as they would with dogs) are largely spent on walks or in dog friendly pubs. As the world might be back travelling come Autumn/Winter a dog friendly break will be more than welcome. I would love to see Scotland or even get on the channel tunnel and head to France depending on when and cost.

If we are not able to safely travel until next year then we will definitely be thinking about rebooking our Florida holiday. This will depend on Disney’s most popular times, (we wouldn’t want to pick a highly popular date) holidays available at work and how much flights and hotels will be in the new year.

Travelling in Derbyshire

I already know my husband really wants to get back to the Lake District. He’s a walking kinda guy and misses the great outdoors after a while. Before we drop a lot of money on a bigger holiday we may have to plan a weekend break up in the Lakes to involve plenty of walks, fresh air and good food. 

This also goes for the Peak District. We are lucky enough to live within a couple of hours drive of the Peak District so this will be a day trip for us, most likely on the motorbike as it will need a run after being stood for so long. 

That is it for now. From the above we have possible trip ideas for a day, a weekend, a week and a fortnight. When all this is over we will hopefully be healthy and in a position to travel again to one (or all) of the options above.

Do you have any travel wish lists?

Desserts I’d Love to Eat in Disney and a Disclaimer

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With the latest news being a massive blow to the population it’s hard to know what to say. Many people’s cases are different right now and I’ve been reading messages all week on Instagram posts about how many families won’t be visiting Disney parks in the near future. Family holidays that have been planned for years, birthdays that are now going to be spent at home and special once-in-a-lifetime trips having to be postponed. It’s all very sad to read about but on the other hand a holiday that won’t be going ahead at the original time planned is nothing compared to the health of many and Disney have done what they feel best. We have our trip planned in a few weeks time and the park will hopefully have re-opened by then, if not we hope to be able to reschedule another date. It’s up in the air for many Disney-goers at the minute and I hope that everyone who had planned a trip within the next couple of weeks manage to rearrange. For now keeping my chin up and looking at the positives of ‘if it helps one person stay healthy’ is helping me and keeping the worry and uncertainty at bay.

So if you want to continue reading I am allowing myself to look forward to our Disney trip whether it happens as originally scheduled or whether it happens at a later date. I’m thinking of all the things I want to do whilst I’m there and that begins with what I’d like to eat.

Making Disney chocolate dessert shapes
Making Disney shaped chocolate treats

I mean, I’m going to try all the food in Disney World but there’s a few that made the blog post. You will be able to see from this list that I also have a big sweet tooth and I can be thankful we are staying for two weeks as I am not sure I’d be able to squeeze all of these into any less time.

The Grey Stuff – I am a big Beauty and the Beast fan so as soon as I heard that Disney serve this in their Be Our Guest restaurant I simply needed to go. I am planning for a breakfast or lunch there and this will definitely be planned for dessert.

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich – oh hi dessert heaven, didn’t see you there. Cookies, tick. Ice cream, tick. It is literally all one would require from a dessert and apart from the fact it gives my bottom teeth sensitivity tingles just from the idea of biting into it I can’t wait. I’ve heard rumour this also comes with a peanut butter option *already drooling*.

Blue Milk – not entirely a dessert but it’s on the list. Now this means something entirely different to me. Growing up in Britain ‘blue milk’ translates to Whole Milk, the same going for ‘green milk’ it isn’t green like in Disney, its semi-skimmed. I really don’t know what to expect with this one but I want to try it all the same.

Carrot cake cookie sandwich – This was recommended by a friend who said that we must try it. I do love a slice of carrot cake so this will surely be a winner.

Mickey Waffle – I know what a waffle tastes like. I can probably guess what a Mickey waffles tastes like but I am still going to try that Mickey waffle because I am in Walt Disney World, simple.

Beignets – another of my favourite Disney films (yes I could say that about every one but I won’t) is The Princess and the Frog. I love the music, the story and I am hoping I will love the inspired food too.

Are there any sweet treats I should add? Let me know.

And if you want to chat/get excited for whenever your trip may be or may be rescheduled for/or to let out some worries then either pop a comment or get in touch on Instagram.

Until next time,

L x

How I’m Still ‘Travel Blogging’ From Home

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Travel blogging from home, what does that look like, what does it mean? Well, it means that I’m making all the plans and locating all of the best spots and it looks like me but sat down at my kitchen table (probably my new favourite spot) rather than be out and in it. Don’t get me wrong being out and immersed in it is my preference but in these times and with the current worldwide situation that is just not possible.

With this in mind I have created a list of places I would love to visit and a detailed plan of what I would do whilst I am there, you know, if I can go in the future. I will be posting one of these per day alongside any usual content that I’ve planned.

Walks in Derbyshire
Millers Dale and Chee Dale walk in Derbyshire

There is also a lot of content from trips and experiences that I have never written about. Memories in my head and photos stored away. They can all come out and be shown the light of day if there is a nationwide lockdown.

As well as planning to the nth degree I will also be taking the pooch out when and where possible whilst always keeping that social and safe distance and getting in the garden as much as possible. And you never know there is always a little lifestyle blogging that I could do.

If you want to catch up on some Days Out or Short Breaks, feel free.

So that’s it. The ways I am planning on still being a travel blogger and not actually doing the travelling part. More the travelled or wishful traveller.

Until next time,

L x

Disney Holiday Planning

Dreaming of a Disney Holiday

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So there it is. The Disney parks have been closed for now in the interest of the nation’s health and holidays have been cancelled here, there and everywhere. We haven’t had a definitive cancellation from our holiday company yet but we won’t be surprised when it comes and at least we will know for sure and be able to take the next steps. This also doesn’t mean that we are never going to go. Whether we are offered a refund or rebook we will be heading to Walt Disney World at some point in the future and that’s why I am not going to stop planning, researching and dreaming of Disney.

From restaurants to rides and everything inbetween I want a mix of planned time and free time to roam the parks or do something we previously enjoyed. There are plenty of rides that we have been told we must go on. To name but a few they are:

  • Flights of Passage
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Space Mountain
  • Tower of Terror – (been on the Paris one which is apparently scarier?)
  • Expedition Everest
  • Test Track
  • Buzz Lightyear (this is a Paris fave so cant wait to see the difference/similarities)
  • and finally Splash Mountain

I know there are so many more but these are the ones that keep popping up. Is there any rides that you would add that we just can’t miss?

Disney holiday ride planning, Chip mug

We will be staying off park when we go and so will be booking our Fastpasses in the month before we travel. With this in mind we will have to hope that the rides we really want to go on either have Fastpass availability or have super short queues when we’re there.

As well as rides I can say that I am very excited to visit the restaurants. The sheer volume of snacks on offer amazes me and I think that Disney ‘snack’ sizes will pretty much be my lunch! There will be a Disney ‘Food I Can’t Wait to Taste’ up soon.

If you want to chat about all things Disney, come and say hello over on Instagram @lorenjessica_

Until then,

L x

Cobbled street in Rye

Two hours in Rye

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I recently got to visit the town of Rye, just for a couple of hours and as much as they flew by and went very quick I also feel like I managed to see a lot in the small amount of time.

Starting on the road below the church I hopped out of the taxi, walked straight up and inside. It was at the top of a small street surrounded by Tudor style buildings, boutiques and restaurants. It had started to rain so I didn’t hang around. In the church it was classically designed with stained glass windows, pews down one end and a tower that you could go up. It wasn’t open on the day I visited due to the recent storms but on a clear day it must be great to get a full view of the town.

Rye Street and St. Mary's Church
St. Mary's Church, Rye

On exiting St. Mary’s church you come face to face with a charming gift shop named Forget Me Not. This was one of my favourite shops whilst in Rye as it had any gift for any family or friend, the lady working there was also a gem; helpful, friendly and happy to show you their products. I made a small purchase whilst I was there and will definitely go again on another trip.

I already knew where I was going to have a cup of tea when I got to Rye and this was The Cobbles tea rooms. I had been before with my husband and couldn’t wait to head in to the cosy cottage style building. I ordered an earl grey tea to have with a scone which came warm and delicious and included jam and cream, the only way to have a scone wherever you are in the country.

The Cobbles Tea Room, Rye
Scone and Tea at The Cobbles, Rye

After a warm and a dry I went for a wander around practically every gift shop in the town. I checked out the bookshop which I am pretty sure is a disguised Waterstones (and therefore my favourite bookstore) and simply carried on walking around taking photos for another 20 minutes waiting for my taxi to return.

It was in this time that I walked back up near the church and saw the castle complete with cannons and turrets looking down along the back of Rye. There was a chocolate box row of houses lining the cobbled streets and filled with character.

Castle, Rye

I will definitely go back to Rye at some point in the future and for a little longer next time. I will fit in a trip up the church tower, a visit to Petit Cafe who I saw on Instagram and a proper look round the castle.

You can also check out my first visit to Rye and see The Cobbles Team Room in a little more sun. Where would you love to go in the UK?

Until next time,

L x

Minnie Mouse inspired ears from Ears by Jade

Planning Our Florida Trip

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It’s no secret that I am super excited to be heading to Florida this Spring. It was my Christmas present from my husband last year who booked us flights, hotel and our Disney tickets. He packaged the booking confirmation up surrounded by Disney pj’s, mouse ears and in a Disney holdall, it was perfect and I thought they were my presents to begin with but nope, a holiday to boot.

Disney Epcot inspired mouse ears from Ears by Jade
Mouse Ears by Ears by Jade

There were a few things I needed to book when it was passed to me but the majority had been arranged and I was happy with that (I’m not the worlds best holiday planner!)

One thing left to organise being our tickets to Universal. I couldn’t go to Florida and be in Orlando without visiting Universal and the Harry Potter attractions. I visited the Harry Potter studios in London a few years ago (before all of the updates and more) and enjoyed that so I am very excited to see a whole replica of magic. Now I just have to catch my husband up on all of the films, it’ll only take a few *days* surely.

Of course being the money saving, budget analysing person that I am I had to do my research before jumping into a sale. I had heard of Attraction Tickets just before Christmas and thankfully had only heard good things. They can provide tickets to the major theme parks including Disney, Universal and even the Kennedy Space Center which is where we are also hoping to visit. After a bit of searching online Attraction Tickets were also the best value for money for the whole two weeks. At the time of publishing the tickets priced at £278 per person, the deal being that adult tickets cost the same as a child ticket. This also included the three Universal parks which is great because my husband is very excited about the water parks whilst we are away. I keep telling myself that the water slides won’t be as scary as rollercoasters but we will find out when we get there I guess!

The other things that we have left to book are our ride fast passes and restaurant reservations so if you’ve got any recommendations of places we must go let us know and I will add it to my Disney checklist.

Until next time,

L x