Friday, 24 February 2017

Walt Disney World 2016 - Part 8 - Day 7

mickeys not so scary halloween party for adults


After a couple of truly early starts, we decided to take it easy today, well as easy as you do in Florida! We had a late night ahead of us so we all grabbed some extra zzz’s in the morning. We had breakfast in the food court then headed out on a mini golf adventure.

mickeys not so scary halloween party for adults


The deal when you buy a UK Park Hopper ticket is that you get a free round of mini golf at any of the Walt Disney World courses. What we didn’t realise was that actually entitles you to a free game every single day of your trip! I wish we had known this sooner as I freakin love mini golf and being on holiday seems to be the only way I can get the Mr to play!

mickeys not so scary halloween party for adults


We picked the Fantasia Gardens course over at Disneys Swan and Dolphin hotel. It’s a little more challenging! Each hole is a scene from Fantasia so there are dancing hippos and water throwing brooms to dodge as you putt! These kinds of days are the most relaxed fun, everyone takes the mickey out of each other and has a good laugh. The course was busier than usual, so it took us a couple of hours to get round but we enjoyed ourselves. I’m pretty sure either Dad or Mr won! 

mickeys not so scary halloween party for adults


It was by far the hottest day of the trip and we were all dying a sweaty death by the end of our round. Attractive. We grabbed some much-needed ice cream and made plans for the rest of the afternoon. Disneys Swan and Dolphin is on the Boardwalk. So you’ve got bars, restaurants, shops and two parks within walking distance (well ok, the parks are more than a walk but its a really nice walk I promise you!). The Mr and I jumped on the boat over to the Boardwalk (the walk would have been nice but I’m not stupid, it was hot!) whilst the family headed back to the resort to chill. We timed it so well, nearly all the food places were closed for the afternoon. Oh, and grey skies had decided to roll on in too. We hopped back on the good ship Friendship (I’m not even joking) and sailed over the Epcot. 

mickeys not so scary halloween party for adults


We headed straight for Morocco! The Tangierine Cafe had appealed to us a few nights ago so it was about time we checked it out. It serves healthy Mediterranean inspired dishes including shawarma and falafel! A great change if you're fed up of the more American style fare! I grabbed the falafel wrap which came with mountains of hummus and a couscous salad. And of course, the biggest slice of baklava I’ve ever seen! 

With the rain threatening to ruin our al fresco fries-less lunch, we headed back to the resort. The sun was, of course, shining, by the time we got back. We hit the Muddy Rivers pool bar for a couple of hours, whiling away the time with cocktails and chilling. This started to turn into our afternoon ritual and was a fantastic way to break up the days. 

mickeys not so scary halloween party for adults


And then came the costumes. Yes. We had tickets to Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party that night! I had the bright idea to make my whole family dress up as pirates. I’m not going to lie, I bought the cheapest pirate costumes on Amazon but they were perfect for the night! We donned our stripy tops and headbands, cut off shorts and sunnies and headed into the Magic Kingdom.  We spent the night with sugar, fireworks, headless horseman, more sugar, rides in the dark, and more sugar. Trick or treat stations are set up across the park. They are all throwing candies at you, our bags were bursting even after everything we had eaten to make more room! 

mickeys not so scary halloween party for adults


I love the MNSSHP nights! Dressing up made it all the more fun and we got some fabulous group shots too! The Hallo-Wishes fireworks are one of my favourite displays! The Boo to You parade has the most stuck in your head theme song that you’re left singing it for the rest of the trip! The best thing though is after around 10 pm, everyone starts to leave. Now, the park is open until about 1 am and you feel like you’ve got the place to yourself! It’s almost creepy, walking through Adventureland with nothing but your churros for company! 

mickeys not so scary halloween party for adults


We stayed till around midnight before calling it a night. Lugging our tired pirate asses back to the resort with a treasure trove of sweets and treats in hand. 

mickeys not so scary halloween party for adults


Have you ever attended an after hours event in Disney?

You can find the rest of the Florida trip report series here!

Until next time,



Wednesday, 22 February 2017

February Favourites 2017

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I have a love/hate relationship with favourite round-up. Seen as though I’m in a love em zone right now, I figured I would throw together all the things I’ve been loving this past month!

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Sensodyne Pro Namel toothpaste and mouthwash. If you know me, you know I’m a bit obsessed when it comes to my teeth. It all started when I had braces and had to take extra care. That mindset has never left me. I am on the lookout for teeth-loving products to keep my smile bright. I am in love with the Sensodyne (though I keep thinking Cyberdyne!) Pro Namel range. There is a load of acid and enamel-eroding properties in all the healthy stuff I consume. The Pro Namel range combats this by removing the acid build-up. It puts a protective barrier across teeth and gums too, limiting the amount of acid getting in! Pair the toothpaste with the mouthwash and my teeth feel like they’ve had a dentist clean every day, twice a day!

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Ole Henriksen truth serum collagen booster. This is the first Ole Henriksen product I have tried and I am in love. It is by far one of the nicest and most effective serums I have used for a long time. From the get go, my skin looked brighter and even a little plumper too. It smells amazing, is easily absorbed and is giving me a glow that could be mistaken for a good nights sleep!

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Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser. After the most amazing facial at the Clarins spa, my therapist said my skin was crying for moisture. She suggested this gentle foam cleanser which has been divine this past couple of weeks! I don’t want to sing its praises too soon but in a fortnight it has helped to combat the dry patches. It leaves my skin feeling fresh, soft and supple after each wash. So far so good!

Clarins Toning Lotion with camomile. Toner. You either love it or hate it. Usually, I hate it. Again, my therapist recommended I give it another bash in a bid to rebalance the pH of my skin after cleansing. It doesn’t leave me skin feeling tight or dry. I can already see a difference in the usually too-obvious pores on my nose. Here’s hoping this relationship lasts!

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Multivitamins with Iron. With the plan to go vegetarian next month I figured it was a good idea to start getting some extra iron in my diet. I used to take multivitamins religiously but it was one of those things that fell by the wayside. I’m picking it back up again, making sure to take one every morning. I can’t tell a difference yet, I’m hoping it pays off in the long run!

Fasting. I’ve been having a go at intermittent fasting this past month and I’ve got to say I’m loving it. Weight loss is minimal. My general appetite and attitude to food are starting to change for the better. I can tell the difference between actually needing to eat and wanting to eat. I’m also sleeping amazingly well, especially on fast days! I’m going to carry on through March and see how it goes!

Marks and Spencers Balanced for You range. The hardest part of my fast days so far has been my evening meal. I’m no good at portion control. When it comes to cooking I can’t for the life of me, figure out how many calories are in what I’m eating before my food goes cold! The balanced for you range has been a fasting lifesaver! I usually save around 300 calories for my evening meal and the total is right there on the packaging. So far there are around 9 meals in the range that are close to 300 calories or less. This gives me tonnes of variety and takes all the hard work and over thinking out of it!

Gilmore Girls. I finally finished watching all seven series and then the 10 years special. Finally. It took me long enough. Don’t hate me for it, but I could have done without the 10-year revival. It didn’t do it for me, But I did start it 2 hours after the series finished. It felt like it was missing something the whole way through and it was trying to be something it wasn’t. I’m hoping they pick it back up and carry on, though. There was a lot to work with, but it felt like they tried to tie up too many loose ends. Some of which that weren’t all the loose, to begin with! They have set a fair few new story lines up so hopefully, they’ll run with them and take it back to how it used to be!


What have you been loving this month?

Until next time, 


Monday, 20 February 2017

Wahaca Liverpool

wahaca liverpool review


Wahaca has been on my to-eat list since it opened and I can’t believe how long it has taken me to get here! But I did! I made it! Totally unplanned and by accident in the end, but isn’t that how some of the best things happen? I’d heard so many wonderful things about what Wahaca had to offer so you could say I went in with a big empty belly and big hopes!

wahaca liverpool review


Wahaca offers an extensive Mexican street food menu, filled with tacos, tostadas, taquitos and quesadillas served tapas style. There are a few bigger meals on offer if you're not feeling in the mood for picky picnic style but I love being able to have a bit of everything, it’s not greedy at all! Ha! I’ve got to shout out to their drinks menu too which is pretty extensive with some amazing cocktails, beers and of course, tequila! As it was a Sunday afternoon I left the tequila well enough alone but that didn’t stop me picking out and partaking in a cocktail or…two. I grabbed an Earl of Mexico whilst we eyeballed the menu which was delicious - I mean it involved gin so of course, it was going to be good!

wahaca liverpool review


Eventually, we picked out a couple of plates and put our order in. The food comes out as and when it’s ready but we must have picked well because everything came out at once! I dug into the smoked chipotle chicken quesadillas first and they were delicious and way bigger than I expected! I devoured one and moved straight onto the chorizo and potato quesadillas which, hands down, might have been my favourite thing of the whole afternoon, the potato made all the difference and with a cheeky dollop of their own in-house chipotle chilli sauce, MMMMM yes!

wahaca liverpool review


Next up, the Grilled British steak with cheese tacos which were moorish little mouthfuls that went down a treat, I just wish they would give you an even number - 3 between two people leads to fork fights people!

wahaca liverpool review


The marinated chicken taquitos were so different and delicious! Rolled tortillas filled and deep fried to a crisp served with salad, cheese and salsa. These were a little meal in themselves and so nice!

Last but not least, we finished our mains with the Ancho Chicken Baja tacos; grilled chicken thighs marinated in sweet and smokey ancho chilli, topped with habanero mayo and jalapeño picked carrots. I expected these to be really spicy but they were surprisingly mild! They had a warm kick to them but nothing that would blow your socks off!

wahaca liverpool review


We purposefully only ordered a couple of plates as we really wanted to save room for dessert, and this is where things got interesting. The Mr got himself some churros with a warm chocolate sauce that was delicious and almost better than the churros I had in Florida last year. Then, came my desert of choice…cricket brownie! An actual brownie made with actual crickets! The crickets are ground and used as flour, making this a gluten-free indulgent option too! I couldn’t believe how amazing this was, so moist and topped with lots of walnuts and vanilla ice cream. 

wahaca liverpool review


I finished with a Tamarind Margarita as we paid the bill which was delicious and a perfect end to what had been a fantastic meal. The whole vibe in Wahaca is so chilled and laid back and it’s one of the most photo-worthy restaurants I’ve been to in a while! It was a great place to dine out as a couple but would be perfect to catch up with a bigger group. Price wise, it was about average for tapas in the city centre and the cocktails were bang on what we’d expect to pay. I seriously can’t fault anything, I feel like I’m almost jinxing us now, will it be this good when we go back? Because I can honestly see that happening sometime real soon!

wahaca liverpool review


Are you a tapas lover or prefer just one big plate of food in front of you?

Until next time,





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