4.15.2017

Num Noms Series 3 Deluxe Lunchbox Collection - Review

I don't know about you but the girls are loving Num Noms right now.  They already have a little collection in their box (along with their Shopkins) so last week they were absolutely delighted when the Deluxe Lunchbox Collection Series 3 arrived for them both.

If you haven't already heard of Num Noms then you had better get to know! These squishy, scented characters keep the girls entertained for ages.  You can stack them on top of each other to create your own tower of delicious scents.  They also come in lip glosses! So for girls they are a massive hit. Sophia has already taken charge of the lip gloss from Series 3!

The Series 3 product features, Marshmallows, Veggies, Fruits, Donuts & Candy.  The pack also included one mystery Num Nom which the girls were very excited about opening.  They loved smelling each one, playing games guessing which scent they were and from which food group.  

I'm sure the girls collection will continue to grow for these exciting quirky little characters!








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4.14.2017

Weekend in Amsterdam

A few weeks ago my friend and I headed off to Amsterdam for the weekend.  I said at the beginning of the year that I wanted to travel more this year & have weekends away so Amsterdam was top on my list.


We'd booked our flights back in January on Sky Scanner, if you haven't used the site before its worth taking a look our return flights including parking for the weekend at the airport totalled to £75 each which I thought was a great price.  We flew from Gatwick with an early afternoon flight and early morning return on the Sunday.  Accommodation we booked through Booking.com which again we found a great deal on a 2 night stay at the Westcord Art Hotel prices worked out at £119 per person excluding food and drinks. 
Getting to Amsterdam City Centre was pretty straight forward from the airport there's a direct train straight to the centre, one thing I have to say is how clean and comfy the trains are out there! Our hotel was located about 20 minute bus ride outside the centre.  We were pretty tired from the journey when we arrived so decided to check in, eat and then head out to explore the night life in the City.  The bus stop was located about 10 minute walk from the hotel and by the time we had headed out it was going on for about 10pm.  Unfortunately for us, we were followed to the bus stop by two men so we decided it wasn't safe enough to be out at that time so headed back to the hotel, they also tried to follow us back which was pretty scary, it was quite industrial around where our hotel was so I'd defo recommended if you are heading out in the evening then to order a cab to be on the safe side especially if there are only a few of you.
We wanted to spend the Saturday exploring so hired bikes which worked out at 12 euros each for the whole day.  We headed out before breakfast, I was pretty nervous cycling, I can't remember the last time I rode a bike! And the roads are so busy (& fast!) but the bike lanes are very safe, we were lucky enough to have beautiful weather for the weekend so it felt great cycling in the sunshine and the route was a straight run to the backstreets of the city centre.
We locked our bikes up by the canals and headed for breakfast, we found a gorgeous little cafĂ© down the back streets, I loved the morning vibe there the canals looked so pretty, the locals we so friendly.  We spent until lunchtime exploring the backstreets which were full of pretty cafes, boutiques and delicious bakeries.  The canals are so beautiful there you could walk around all day exploring.  If your a smoker then of course there are the cafes to go to, to get high! That's not really my style but one place we were intrigued to visit was the Red Light District, to be honest I have only every heard how seedy it is there so was curious to experience it myself, how can you go to Amsterdam and not take a trip there!  Again the streets are beautiful, and the vibe was great.  Night time you'll find lots of groups of hen parties, stag do's,  Everyone was pretty friendly and we had a great last evening in the Red Light District.

If your heading to Amsterdam then I would recommend hiring bikes to get around the city & book cabs for the evening time.  There are so many lovely places to eat and sights to see.  Its well worth planning an itinerary if your going for a few days, there is so much to see and do.

Or, if you are a smoker like 60% of the tourists there then there are plenty of places to go to chill out and enjoy the Amsterdam vibe!















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