Friday, 29 September 2017

My day at Dreamland Margate!

Dating back to the early 1860's, Dreamland in Margate is considered to be the oldest surviving amusement park in Great Britain. Originally called 'Hall by the Sea' and operated by the famous circus impresario Lord George Sanger, the park has been an institution on the Kent coast for many years.

The plans to close Dreamland in 2003 were halted by the 'Save Dreamland' campaign by locals and amusement park enthusiasts, whose successful campaigning led to securing £18m public funding to restore Dreamland to its former glory.

I actually never went to Margate or Dreamland as a child so I don't remember it back in its heyday. However, a chance visit to the coast August Bank Holiday Monday a few weeks ago changed all of that!

Wondering what to do on our day off, Tim and I visited the coat and ended up in Margate. We had been wondering around the beach, eating chips when we saw the entrance to Dreamland. Tim had gone there as a kid and loved it but hadn't even back since it's reopen in 2015. We popped in and it looked awesome! From the bright colours to the vintage signs, rides, attractions and more. We didn't go on any of the rides that day but we knew we would be back!

A few weeks later we had put in our diary a Dreamland Day Out! We drove down on a lovely Sunny September Sunday. We received our wristbands and felt like big kids upon entering the park. With the vibrant colours, nostalgic music and large attractions, it's hard not to smile at what has been done here. The first thing we gravitated towards was the carousel. One of my absolute favourites, it reminds me of care free childhood and all the fun of the fair. We both had big grins on our faces from start to finish, it actually went rather fast!!

Next up was the big wheel. We wanted to get a look at the entire park and what better way to do it than to be 35 meters up in the air. Something I might not have done when I was younger as I had a bit of a fear of heights, but I'm so glad we went up. We could see for miles around. From the coast, into town and every detail of Dreamland. It was amazing!

We then stopped for a bit of lunch and we were spoiled for choice! There's the diner inside the roller disco as well as the 'Friendliest Food Court Ever' offering artisan street food vendors of all types of cuisines. From fish and chips, classic burgers, Asian delights, Mexican tacos, chicken dishes and stone baked pizzas, there's something for everyone! We had burger and chips while sitting on the big Dreamland letters and it was delicious!

Then it was back to the rides! The afternoon consisted of a go on the Dodgems (my fave!), a super slippy slide, losing Tim in the mirror maze and having a ridiculous amount of fun on Magic Mouse (seriously, this one looks super slick and is so much more than you bargain for once you go on it!). Then we went on the Scenic Railway, the oldest rollercoaster in the UK. This one was great fun!!

As our day was drawing to a close, we knew we could count on the beautiful British weather. It had been lovely and sunny all day then the heavens opened half way through out second go on the Magic Mouse! We made our way back to the car, soaking wet and laughing. 

During the Summer season the park is open daily but the rest of the year it's open at weekends. This isn't one of those places where you need a hot sunny day to enjoy it (lucky, as it's in England), so I can highly recommend visiting anytime of the year!
You can find out more about Dreamland here.

We had such an amazing day and can't wait to go back!

Have you been to Dreamland? Either as a kid or since it's been renovated? I'd love to hear your memories of the place!

Until next time,

B xo

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Saying farewell to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff

I am a massive Whovian! I have been for years. The first time I can remember watching Doctor Who was when I was 7 years of age, not long after I moved to England from Canada. I was watching an old episode with my nan whilst my mum was at work. It was from the Tom Baker era and I instantly became obsessed with the show and all things time travel. 

Back in 2005 when the show came back to our screens, I can remember both my mum and I being really excited to watch it together. She told me she used to hide behind the sofa when the Daleks were on the TV! We watched the first three episodes together throughout March and April but sadly she died before the fourth episode aired. I know she would have loved it though. The rest of the series and the subsequent years of David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. 

I have been visiting Cardiff since 2007 when I made friends with a fellow Doctor Who enthusiast, Emma, who went on to become one of my closest friends. I would go visit her and we would sneakily watch Doctor Who being filmed in the Cardiff streets early hours of the morning as well as visiting the Doctor Who museum in the Red dragon Centre. It was great fun. Then in July 2012, the Doctor Who Experience opened in Cardiff Bay! It quickly became one of my favourite places to go. With props, costumes, sets and more, it was heaven for Whovians. 

Here's a quick little trip down memory lane of all the Doctor Who exhibits, museums and experiences I have visited!

So imagine my upset and dismay when it was revealed the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay would be closing its doors for good in September 2017. I couldn't let is close without visiting one last time. Tim and I had booked the week off and planned a trip to Wales. We firstly visited my good friend Hollie's Feline Good Cat Cafe and booked tickets for one last trip to the TARDIS. 

It was so good to see it again. There was an air of sadness as we had visited the day before it shut and it was packed with fans all wanting to say farewell to the experience. The staff were, as usual, super friendly and enthusiastic and the exhibition was full of new things since I last visited. 

I've actually got a Doctor Who themed tattoo on my wrist. Writing in Gallifreyan (the ancient language of the Time Lords of course). It appeared that the TARDIS was reading it and conversing with me.

All in all, it was an enjoyable but bittersweet day. I had really enjoyed seeing all of the exhibits have a picture on the green screen, see all of the sets and enjoy the fun crystal hunt, it was amazing to go as it always is, but sad to know I'll never go there again. There are humous it may relocate and open up somewhere else (possibly Manchester or so I've heard). But that odd shaped looking building on Cardiff Bay will no longer be the Doctor Who Experience I have come to know and love. It was somewhere I will always have very fond memories over the years and for that I am very grateful. Times I will look back on and smile. 

"It's the end... but the moment has been prepared for" - The Fourth Doctor
"I don't want to go..." - The Tenth Doctor 

Britt xo

Friday, 15 September 2017

One Year To Go!

Exactly one year from now, I will marry my best friend. The man who has changed my life, makes me so unbelievably happy and who is perfect for me in every way. I cannot wait to be your wife. I love you so much Mr Box. Let the countdown begin!

Britt xo

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Feline Good - Cardiff Cat Cafe

There's something so heart warming about watching your friends succeed and follow their dreams. My very good friend and constant source of inspiration, Hollie Bowler-Brown told me a few years ago that she wanted to leave her IT job to set up her own cat cafe and I thought it was a fantastic idea!

She crowdfunded for the cafe through an Indigogo campaign and raised the money needed for the business venture to go ahead. She then went on to open Wales' first cat cafe and I couldn't be prouder of her. Not only is it a fantastic tearoom, but it is also a home for up to ten rescue cats at a time. 
It's an amazing way to support the kitties who have found themselves homeless, through support of their partner charity Mittens Cat Rescue, as well as a great place for cat lovers.

Tim and I went to Cardiff for a few days to visit friends, see the sights and of course, visit Hollie's Cat Cafe! 

Cardiff actually has quite a special place in my heart. I have been regularly visiting friends down there for years and even looked at transferring my job at the time and moving down to an apartment in Cardiff Bay back in 2009. However, life and circumstances got in the way and I never became a resident, but I am still a frequent visitor.

Rory and Marie. Two of the cool cats at the cafe!

We booked our table on the Feline Good website and packed our bags for the weekend away. I was super excited! We arrived at the cafe just before our booking and were greeted at the door by one of the 'Kitty Buddies' who took us through a few house rules. We were then shown to our table and given menus. Because I had supported Hollie through her crowdfunding, I was entitled to my 'perk' of Afternoon Tea. 

I chose the humous and red pepper sandwiches, while Tim went for the cheese and pickle. We also had chocolate brownie and carrot cake as well as delicious scones with clotted cream and jam. Although you don't come to a cat cafe specifically for the food, you come to play with the kitties but I can honestly say the afternoon tea was delicious!! I highly recommend it. 

Penny and Ash

Then it was kitty time! The cafe is so well set up with comfortable tables and chairs to enjoy your tea and cake as well as a plethora of cat entertainment including cat trees, toys and a giant cat wheel. Watching Marie run on the cat wheel was definitely a highlight of my visit.

It's clear to see just how happy and content the cats are here as they interact with the visitors, chill out on the soft furnishings and play with their state of the art gadgets. It's also clear to see just how loved they are, not just by owner Hollie, but all of the Kitty Buddies too. 

Rory and Freddie

There is a private area for the cats to go to as well for when they want some quiet time but every one of the cats at the cafe were loving life. To be fair, being pampered and made a fuss over, while having awesome toys and things to play with; I can understand their contentment!

As we were there, other guests came in to enjoy the cafe and it was so lovely to see. The cafe attracts all kinds of cat lovers. From those who just want to come hang out with kitties whilst enjoying a cuppa (because why not!) to those who can't have cats due to restrictions on their home, to those who have lost a cat and like the feline company. 

I honestly could not recommend this place highly enough. Delicious cake, wonderful food, super friendly staff and owner and most importantly, beautiful kitties to love. It's such a fantastic idea. If you are in the Cardiff area, you can book your table via their website here.
I recommend to book in advance as they get very busy!

Well done Hollie. I am so incredibly proud of you.
Britt xo

P.s. We didn't intentionally wear the same pattern. Happy accident. Haha!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Following In My Mum's Footsteps

Nothing can prepare you for losing a parent. Articles, magazines, websites, self-help books, they all give you tools and strategies to cope with your loss and not one of them worked for me. They tell you to focus on the good times, remember the happy moments. All of that is tremendously hard when you know you will never hear their voice again.
The day I lost her is one I'll remember always. Being told she was gone. It hit me like a freight train. I screamed I was being lied to. Of course, I wasn't. Who would lie about such a thing. I knew she was ill. I knew deep down it was a matter of time, but that doesn't make it easy. I remember thinking 'she'll get better', I thought she would be cured. But there is no cure for cancer. And day after day families around the world are given the heartbreaking news they will never see their loved one smile again.
This was my mum. My protector. My provider. My world.
I was 16. I was a good kid. I did my homework, I did after school activities, I performed in shows, I made my mum proud. As her only child she loved me with all her being and the feeling was very mutual. Yes, we argued, we had our moments, I was a hormonal teenager. There was a time I used to hate myself going over every argument in the last few months she was alive, but that did me no good. I've let go of that now.
That morning, I calmly called my head of year at school and told them I wound't be returning. I called my mums work and gave them the sad news. I tried to keep organised and busy, as my mum would have wanted me to be. I was just 16. It wasn't until a few weeks later I broke down and that was when my life spiralled into depression. I make no secret of my battle with my mental health as I tried, and failed, to cope with the loss of my mum. I quit school, I got a job, I carried on. But there's only so much front you can give when you haven't properly grieved.
And so I grieved, for years and years. Not fully accepting it. Not wanting it to be true. Going through the denial, the anger, the bargaining and all of the other steps they tell you about on a photocopied leaflet in a fluorescent lit waiting room.
My tale of depression and baking my way out of it is another story. What follows now is something different. This one is for her.
Brought up by my mum who was a single parent, having no siblings and having lost my grandparents by this point as well, there wasn't many people in my life who I saw every day who knew my mum. Memories and reminiscent conversations were scarce. Photos over the years had been lost and damaged and in the end, I wasn't left with much.
August 2015, on what would have been my mum's 62nd birthday, I found a picture. One I didn't remember seeing before. It was of my mum standing outside what looked to be a Tudor building. It intrigued me.  I had no idea when it was taken, where it was or who was with her.  After a quick search of the name on the building, I discovered it was only half an hour down the road from me!
Armed with my camera and a sat nav, Tim and I drove down and found the exact building. I got out of the car and was awash with so many emotions. I stood where she stood, saw what she saw and we recreated the shot.

The building looked a little worse for wear, I hear there was a fire. The garden is overgrown and the shop was shut. I have no idea how long had passed between these two photos but it hasn't really changed that much.

Skip forward to summer last year, I was looking through photos of a family day to the beach. My mum in a bikini top and shorts, my nan in a summer dress, my grandad in short trousers and a hanky on his head and a 4 year old Britt in a polka dot swimsuit (my love of polka dots started from an early age, clearly!). I was sure this was Leysdown. A beach I have many, many happy memories of visiting in the summer holidays. Tim and I drove down there, picture in hand. I looked around and remember feeling so disappointed. This wasn't the location. I was at a loss as I didn't really remember us going anywhere else.
We got ice cream, played mini golf and enjoyed our day out. But I was determined to find this beach.
Turns out, I wasn't that far off! It was Sheerness beach. On the same island and a short drive away. On our next free weekend we drove down and even though as I stepped out of the car, there wasn't the familiarity I had in Leysdown, as I held up the picture and saw the surroundings match, tears filled my eyes.

I sat on the plinth where my mum rested in the sun, looking over at my nan who took the picture. Tim sat where my nan did and we got this shot. You can see by my outfit compared to my mum's the weather must have been slightly different!

The last photo I have to share with you is one that has been in a frame for 15 years. Wherever I have lived, wherever I have ended up, it has always come with me. It's a photo of my mum and me that is rather special. It was taken in 2001 on my first and only foreign holiday, with my mum, to Mallorca. I remember getting sunburnt on the first day (some things never change!), my mum looking so beautiful in the sun with her Italian olive skin and long black hair. We had lost my nan earlier that year and she took us away to just be together and celebrate life. It was just a few months later she would be diagnosed with terminal cancer.
The bottom photo was taken last June, around my birthday. Tim and I didn't book our holiday so close to this location on purpose, it was a happy coincidence. When I saw we would be going there, I simply had to find the location of this photo. I cried when I saw it. I felt so grateful to be there again.

In these three photos, I'm sitting or standing in my mum's place as she now lives on in me.
My blogging and baking may have helped me out of one of the darkest times of my life, and for that I will always be thankful. Whilst I am aware my depression and mental health was sparked by the passing of my mum, I am also aware my grief is a different matter. It's a different kind of pain. One that stays with you. One you find ways to learn to cope with.
This is my way.

Everything I do and have in my life I dedicate to my mum. I would not be the strong, confident business woman you see without her. She taught me to go after my dreams, no matter how big they are. She taught me to always believe in myself, even if I didn't think I could do it, even if I didn't think I was worth it. She taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to. She instilled so many values, morals and lessons in me that I will be grateful for, for the rest of my life.
I feel so lucky to have had her as my mum, to have been blessed with her presence, her humour, her smile, her laugh. Those memories are so precious to me and now, these recreated photos have a special place in my heart too.

Britt xo

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Engagement Photo Shoot

A few weeks ago Tim and I had an engagement photo shoot! I didn't know what to expect but we absolutely loved the day! We chose to take some pictures in Leysdown in Kent for a few reasons.

One being that we love being by the sea. Our best times are spent on the coast, we got engaged in the middle of the sea and we plan to get married on a beach. Leysdown is also a really special place for me, it's where my mum used to take me, my nan and my grandad on sunny days throughout my childhood. It was a way of having the memory of my mum involved in our pictures and that was really important to me.

Because I have such a strong nostalgic connection to Leysdown, we tend to go there quite regularly. It's only 20 minutes or so down the road from us and it's always good fun. A bit of arcade action, most usually air hockey and a go on the dance machine, followed by a stroll along the sea with an ice cream in tow. My perfect day!

We had such a fun day taking these photos. I want to say a massive thank you to Jim Drew from J Drew Photography for not only the beautiful shots but also for making us feel so at ease on the day. We were concerned being a popular place on a sunny day in the middle of the school holidays, taking photos might seem a bit awkward and draw unwanted attention. However we needn't have worried, we were able to simply enjoy ourselves playing the arcade games and being on the beach at the location whilst Jim snapped away capturing great moments. I highly recommend him for any photography work you may need.

I've popped some of my favourite pictures below and we're so happy to have these memories.

Britt xo

Friday, 11 August 2017

Mermaid Tattoo!

This week I added to my ink collection with a new mermaid tattoo on my left leg. Designed and tattooed by the wonderful Lizi from Ritual Art Tattoo in Rainham!

I've named her Aurelia and I love her! She's a little sore still at the moment but I can't wait until she has healed completely, she's gonna look great in a pair of heels. Thank you Lizi!

Aurelia is my 15th tattoo and third one done by Lizi who has also designed me a space unicorn on my right thigh and stars all up my back. Lizi predominately does bright, beautiful colours and she's so talented. She is also one of my fiancé Tim's Control Practitioners! You can go see more of her work here.

B xo

Monday, 7 August 2017

Engagement Party!

This weekend Tim and I had our engagement party! An excuse to celebrate with our friends, dance to 90's music, eat lots of food and generally have a wonderful time.

We had the party in our home, as it used to be a social club, it's a fab party venue. It opened in 1901 as a social club for the local community and from the outside at least, hasn't changed much over the years. Nowadays however, our bathroom is where the bar used to be! It's an amazing space and I love living here. I also love decorating the place and having a good old party too!

We had a beach scene selfie station complete with tropical props, a Beer Pong table set up, I had made a cold buffet selection as well as beach themed cupcakes (read more about those on my other blog here) in our wedding colours aqua and white, and we had a fully stocked bar with an inflatable desert island drinks cooler!

We were also given this amazing mini bar (above) from my good friend Jemma from Iced Jems. I put little jars of cocktail umbrellas and cocktail sticks on it for people to help themselves!

Downstairs the Pole Room was set up ready for not only my fab pole sisters, but I knew towards the end of the evening I would be in there, evening dress and all, for a bit of pole action. It's always fun when people who have never poled have a go too! It's a sport for everyone, even when you've had a cheeky drink or six. Haha!

Check out the video above for me scoring the winning shot at Beer Pong! Not bad considering by this point I had drunk an entire jug of Pimms to myself...

I bought this fabulous Mermaid Dress from Collectif for the occasion! It went perfectly with our beach theme and I felt amazing in it. The fit is wonderful and the print is simply stunning.

We had a fantastic night celebrating and I was feeling a little fragile the next day! Thank you to all who came and partied with us and a massive thank you to all of the lovely cards and gifts, we feel very loved.

Here's to the next 12 months of wedding planning!

B xo

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A Britt Abroad - Volume 1 - Fuerteventua 2017

Welcome to my travel blog series, A Britt Abroad! In this first edition, I will be talking about Fuerteventura, one of my favourite places on earth.

Fuerteventura is the second largest of Spain's popular Canary Islands. Sitting off the north coast of Africa, the island has a consistent year round warm temperature and welcoming cool breeze. There are beautiful beaches, blue seas, great entertainment and lots of activities available.

Up until 2015, Fuerteventura and in fact, vacations abroad in general, had never really come onto my radar. I never used to go on a lot of holidays at all. I was born in Canada and did a few trips back and forth to England as a child to visit my grandparents but since I moved to England when I was a little girl, I haven't been back. The only holiday I went on as a child was to Mallorca with my mum for my 13th birthday, two weeks in Magaluf for my 19th birthday (which I don't remember) and 10 days in Las Vegas in 2013.

I wasn't a traveller. I wasn't filled with 'Wanderlust'. I was a bit of a homebody but I now think that has more to do with not having been, so not knowing what I was missing out on. My mum was a single parent so we couldn't afford to go away, most of our summers were spent on Leysdown beach. It was only in March 2015 when everything changed.

I was asked to speak at the Make It Happen conference in Marbella, Spain as part of International Women's Day about She Who Bakes, baking, mental health and everything in between. I was dreadfully excited, not just to be speaking at such an awesome event, but also to be going to Spain to do it! When it was booked there was the option to go for one night, or two. After thinking about it and speaking to Tim we decided to go for two nights, to make the most of it. Tim hadn't gone on a great deal of holidays either and they also weren't something that were that important to him.
We travelled out the night before, I spoke at the event and the following day we were due to go home when we had a few hours to ourselves, we went down the beach and dipped our toes in the warm sea.

It was sitting there that priorities changed for us both. With the sun, sea, sand, music and cocktails influencing, we had realised we needed a holiday. The day we returned we spoke to our good friend Lesley and she booked us a trip away the following month to Zante. We got hooked and now holidays are well and truly one of our joys.

Since then I've been to; Marbella, Zante, Fuerteventura, Brugges, Los Angeles, Malta, Mallorca, Fuerteventura, Benidorm, Fuerteventura...

Are you seeing a pattern? It seems we can't go too long without returning to our 'other home' Caleta De Fuste in Fuerteventura!

But why do we love it so much?

On our first holiday there back in September 2015, we divided the time in our days between lazing around the pool and chilling on the beach. The weather was beautiful and we couldn't find fault in a single thing. We found a fab Mini Golf course and one evening we discovered a place than would go on to be our favourite bar ever, Piero's Music Cafe! More about Piero's later.

We had such a fab time there that when we booked holidays for the following year, we made sure to add in another stay on the island. When we arrived the second time, we found the beach to be a construction site, with diggers and builders and almost all of the beach cordoned off. Even we were struggling to see how we could enjoy this one. Then after a little bit of research and a 10 minute walk, we found what would go on to become our 'perfect place', La Guierra Beach. A small but beautiful stretch of sand with a man-made bay perfect for swimming in.

So when we planned our 2017 holidays, I knew where I wanted to spend my birthday. We booked into a hotel called Costa Caleta and prepared ourselves for another glorious week.

A Britt Abroad - Volume 1 - Fuerteventura 2017

Touching down in Fuerteventura felt so familiar, like we had gone back home. It makes me a little emotional to be honest. The airport is only a 10 minute drive from the resort we stay in, Caleta De Fuste, so as usual we hop in a taxi for the short ride. It only costs about €10.

As we had an early flight, we checked in and was told our room wasn't quite ready yet, so we put our luggage in the little hidden lonely suitcase room and went for a stroll down to the sea. Everything was how we remembered it, with the exception of a brand new beach which they had been working on when we last visited. We walked to the other beach we had found, La Guierra, had an ice cream and admired the beautiful view from the little cafe on the rocks. We were back.

We were quickly brought back to reality however when we arrived at the hotel room. We were taken aback by the very loud, very intrusive sound of building works being done which we hadn't been warned of or informed about. Having then gone back to the hotel reception to be told there were no other rooms available as they were fully booked we were a little weary as to what the week was like. I know you don't spend a lot of time in your hotel room when you are away but these works were due to start at 8am every morning and continue until 8pm. Luckily, we were told the next morning we could move into a different room on the other side of the hotel and I am forever grateful to the staff for making this possible. Our new room was on the top floor and had a sea view, perfect!

While our days were spent at Le Guierra beach, our nights on the other hand were mostly spent at a bar called Piero's Music Cafe. Piero's is a super fun restaurant and bar that really does cater for everyone. Every night there is a main show by the Piero's Entertainers which focuses on covers of a certain genre (my favourite, for example is Boyz Again on a Saturday night which features songs from boybands throughout the ages!), there's a comedy drag show by Diva Chanel on a Friday night and then every evening at 11pm there is karaoke. It it literally my perfect bar haha! It's good fun and always busy. Special mention to Oscar who we have seen every time we have visited, he works there and is such a brilliant guy, he always puts a smile on everyones face!

Piero's Music Cafe

One of the other activities that has become a tradition for us at Fuerteventura is playing Mini Golf. Tim and I do like a game of Mini Golf and the hotel chain Barcélo has a great course. You can choose either the easy or hard course or at only €7 per person per course, you can spend a few hours and do both! This time, we did the harder course which features a windmill and several lakes for your ball to fall into if you're not careful! It's always good fun and I highly recommend it.

Another great thing about Fuerteventura are the restaurants. There are so many on the main strip and lots more hidden in streets set a little further back and one thing I have noticed is how busy they all are! This really is a thriving community. Two that we love to go to are Fado Rock Steak House and Fusion 22 Curry House.
Fado Rock Steak House is a Batman themed (yes you read that right!) restaurant on the main strip with a Batman statue to greet you at the door, black and white movie star portraits on the walls and so much cool movie memorabilia on display and after 7pm every evening you will find a queue outside the door. The good thing is that it's such a big restaurant and the staff are so efficient that you're never usually waiting for long. The menus are written in lots of languages so you know exactly what you're getting and it's incredibly good value for money. Tim ordered the mixed grill and it was big enough to feed a family, I ordered the steak cooked on the stone which is done table side for you to your exact specification. Both dishes came with chips and a side salad and really were delicious.

Fusion 22 features all of the traditional curry dishes you expect to find with a few extras. What I love about this place is the curries are served in a little candle heated dish to keep it warm. The food is so tasty and all of the staff friendly and attentive. On top of this, the vodka measurements are insane! Haha! It's always a delight to go there!

If I had to describe Fuerteventura in one word it would be; Fun. I honestly love it so much and I'm really pleased my first edition of my new travel blog series is about this place. It now has extra special memories as this holiday, it's where Tim proposed! Read more about that here.

If you have been, what did you think, where did you go? I'd love to hear your Fuerteventura stories.

Until next time,

B xo


Monday, 24 July 2017

24 Hour Pole-A-Thon!

This weekend, myself and some of the wonderful girls I do pole fitness with, took on a 24 hour Pole-A-Thon challenge to raise money for Starlight Children's Foundation. Starlight brightens the lives of seriously and terminally ill children by granting wishes-of-lifetime and by providing fun, laughter and entertainment to over 500,000 poorly children in hospitals and hospices across the UK.

There were five of us doing it; myself, Jodie, Amy, Jade and Kim. We started at 10am on Saturday and went through to 10am on Sunday. There were four 'stations'; two pole stations, two stretching stations and a rest station and they all had to be active.

I've done pole on and off for 10 years now (come check out my Pole Instagram here) and it's one of my passions. I absolutely love it. But I've never done it for more than two hours straight, so to do pole and pole related activities for 24 hours was a daunting thought!

We started off super strong, doing tricks, spins and even achieving things we hadn't done before (hello Superman, the move I'm doing above) as well as stretching and dancing. Then a few hours in we started to get a little tired, but we kept going! Doing it with such awesome girls helped keep me motivated! We tried doubles and even triples moves -

As the day turned to night, we lit up the room with some fairy light pole action!

The hardest time was the early hours of the morning, we were tired, the room was freezing, our hands were sore and it was just difficult to find the will to carry on. Kim passed the time by dressing up as Minnie Mouse, because why not.

By the morning we had got into the home straight, we freshened up, made coffee and even though we were bruised and sore, we carried on. The last hour though, between 9 - 10, felt like an eternity!

The alarm came at 10am telling us we had done it! Yay! We could all finally go home to our beds! It was an experience and I'm very glad I did it. I am so proud of the girls I did it with, a massive thank you and so much love to Jodie, Amy, Jade and Kim. You're all absolute superstars. A big thank you also to my fab fiancé Tim for joining us for a few hours Saturday night and Sunday morning to take pictures and keep our spirits up!

The best part was knowing by the end of it we had raised over £300 for the charity! 
Check out our Just Giving page here -

Massive thank you to all those who watched our live videos on Facebook, supported us and sponsored us!

I'm taking a good few days off from pole this week to recover! I've got bruises all over, I'm stiff in muscles I didn't know I had and my hands feel so sore. It was all worth it though.

B xo