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When I was little, I used to think that you could only go to Orlando if you won the lottery. It seemed like this amazing, far away, expensive place, that I never dreamt I'd get to go to. I remember that Mum and Dad got one of those promotional VHS tapes about Disneyworld that you used to get, and I just used to sit and watch it over, and over. It's a little tragic when you think about it, however, I didn't watch it again after I pretended to be one of the people in the parade, did a cartwheel, fell over, landed on my elbow and broke it in two places. Good one 7 year old me!

Anyways, myself and my broken elbow have now been to Orlando three times, and although yes, it isn't one of the cheapest holidays around, it can still be done on a budget. No need for wistful VHS tape watching (though does anyone have a VHS player anymore?)

We went to Orlando in June, and when we booked our holiday which was done on a bit of a last minute basis, we knew that the holiday had to stay on budget. After all, we are getting married next year and we all know that weddings cost about 21 million pounds (slight exaggeration) so we wanted to go, have fun, but not spend a fortune.


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The annual Summer holidays are upon us, kids are everywhere, and I can't work out if I'm jealous of kids being off for six weeks, or officially an old woman cause I wish they'd all go back to school. Besides being a big old grump, I was thinking about how I used to spend my Summer holidays, and thought we could reminisce together! 

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One thing that I was excited about straight away when I got engaged, was how I would ask my bridesmaids to be my bridesmaids. Although they already know who they are and I've always said they'd be my bridesmaids, I still wanted to ask them in a cute way. It seems like it's becoming a bit of the norm to ask your chosen wedding party with a gift/or gesture, so today I thought I'd share with you, how I'll be popping the question to my two bridesmaids.

I thought I'd show you how I've created two cute little gift boxes, and how you can recreate them at home. They can cost as little or as much as you want :)

So you will need:


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A Box: 

I used a white box which I received a press gift in, but you can get boxes from Amazon, Ebay, The Card Factory, etc...Or you could choose a coloured box, or go for simple neutrals. It doesn't even have to be a box, you just need something to hold all of your items.

A Card: 

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If perhaps, you're not feeling the whole box thing, you could just get a card to send to your wedding party. Etsy is your place for lovely 'Will You Be My...' cards, there's funny ones to soppy ones- there's so many to choose from. I liked these ones from CardsByPineapple (however they don't seem to sell them anymore, so here's some similar ones) as I thought they were simple, and I liked the font. (I am such a font snob!) I also liked that you could choose a coloured envelope, I went for pink and black as I couldn't decide which one to get and both of these colours will be part of our wedding theme.

A Mini Bottle: 

I mean anyone could ask me to do anything and I'd say yes if they presented me with a mini bottle of something. What is it about mini bottles that are so damn cute? Anyways, you can either push the boat out with a mini of something like pink Moet ( HOW CUTE?) or this amazing little Bottega bottle. You guys know that I have fallen hard for the Bottega range recently, so I think these are the perfect gifts. However, everywhere does mini bottles depending on your price range, I personally think a mini bottle of something pink fits in nicely, but you could perhaps get your BM, a mini of their favourite drink whatever that may be, and if she doesn't drink, a glass bottle of coke, or something like that would look just as nice too.

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Notepad: 

The notepad is obviously for all of their notes, for planning your amazing hen do of course! I'm just joking, but I think that you can never go wrong with a notepad, they can use it for wedding stuff or for their food shopping, or whatever their heart desires. I couldn't find any stationery that was what I had in mind, so I got these amazing personalised notebooks from Chroma Stationery. I love this quote about Pinterest weddings, I once said it to my sister and she said 'oh god!' So I had to have it on the front of one of the notepads. You could also just have something simple like 'Bridesmaid's notes' or perhaps a notepad with their name maybe. Like I said, you can never go wrong with a new bit of stationery, but I think having it personalised just gives it an extra special touch.


Confetti: 

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Who doesn't love confetti? Well apart from people who clean wedding venues perhaps, but I love these confetti pops from Etsy. I also love these Ginger & Ray ones, I may have to buy a few of these for my hen do!

Beauty Products: 

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Seeing as I am obsessed with beauty, it's only natural that I was going to include a beauty product or two in the gift boxes. I thought a nice body spray such as Sweet Pea Fantasy from Body Fantasises was a good idea, as they could have it in their bag on the day, and then that smell would always remind them of the wedding. You could also treat them to their fave perfume if you've perhaps just won the lottery, or something. Then I included a nail polish, which ties in with the colour theme of the wedding. You could also include ; a face mask, nice moisturiser, lipstick, etc... or whatever their fave beauty products may be.

Jewellery:

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 I loved the idea of adding in a piece of jewellery that could be worn for the wedding. I loved these necklaces from Johnny Loves Rosie as I thought they were really lovely but also not too expensive. They say 'I can't say I do without you' and they are just a simple diamond, which would look so lovely with any dress.

Other things you could include; 

Chocolates, sweets, a first aid kit (handy for the day) or a hangover kit (handy for the hen do), a candle (what twenty something woman doesn't love a candle?) a balloon, or well whatever you fancy.

I love the idea of building up a box, of things that are personal to your wedding and your bridesmaid. You could also use this box idea as a gift for your newly engaged BFF ; instead use a congratulations card, but you could still put in a mini bottle, nail polish, pamper-y beauty gifts, and perhaps a wedding planning book/notepad.

I hope you liked this little idea, and I'd love to know if ; 1 . has anyone ever asked you to be a bridesmaid in a cute way, and 2. what one thing would you put in this box for your bridesmaid?


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I'm just going to throw it out there; I love bread. Yep that may be a weird thing to say, but over the past couple of years, we've seen lots of bad press towards carbs and in particular bread. It's not something I paid much attention to, but as I've started to get more into fitness and looking at what I ate, I often came across food plans or diets that were either low carb or no carbs. Bread was almost like a naughty word, and I could never quite understand why.

I was invited down to a special pop up cafe last week in London which was held by the nation's bakers to celebrate bread and why bread should be eaten as part of a balanced diet. I was intrigued to find out more, and to see if bread was really good for us.

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The Toast or Hands cafe was situated in Shoreditch, and was giving away free unicorn toast (more on this later) and it was pretty busy full of other toast lovers like myself (you just can't beat a good old slice of toast can you?)

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As well as enjoying unicorn toast at the cafe, I got the chance to speak to Lily Soutter, a nutritionist who was on hand to talk all things bread. I took this opportunity to ask her some questions about bread, and why there is such a misconception about it. When I asked her 'was bread good for us?' Her answer was yes, and said how bread is a great source of fibre, especially wholemeal bread. She explained that fibre is essential for us to be eating, and many of us aren't eating enough, she said on average most people are eating 15-18g of fibre a day, when you should be having 30g. So bread is a good way to get more fibre into your diet.

The benefits of eating fibre are that; it keeps you fuller for longer, helps to control blood sugar levels, and helps to aid a healthy digestive system.

I personally tend to eat mainly wholemeal carbs such as bread, mainly because I feel it's 'better' for me and keeps me fuller for longer, so I was intrigued to ask Lily whether this was the case. She said that wholemeal bread does have more fibre so it will keep you fuller for longer, but she said that refined white bread shouldn't be overlooked as it still has essentials vitamins, is still high in fibre and is low in sugar and fat. So it's down to a personal preference but bread isn't bad for you at all!

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Part of the misconception with bread is that it seems to not be great if you're trying to lose weight, but Lily explained that when ate as part of a balanced diet, there was no reason why you can't lose weight and enjoy bread. She said to take into account with what you have with your bread, she gave some good examples such as avocado on toast (which is good fat and will keep you fuller for longer) and unicorn toast which is cream cheese which is again good fat. A slice of bread is only 80 calories too!

So speaking of what to have with your toast, today I thought I'd show you how you can recreate unicorn toast at home, trust me it does taste good!


For unicorn toast, all you're going to need is :

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Bread (totally depends which type on your preference)

Cream Cheese

Food colouring (see here for a way to use natural food dyes)

Optional Extras: Marshmallows, sprinkles, glitter...


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Now it's very easy, all you need to do is; mix your food colouring with your cream cheese for your desired colours, I think that pastel colours look especially unicorn-like, then toast your bread, then spread on and voila!

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You can get creative and spread your topping however you like, and then if you're perhaps fancying this for more of an Instagram post, you can add toppings such as marshmallows, sprinkles or even edible glitter.

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Ultimately this tastes like cream cheese on toast, so perfect for a breakfast, lunch or snack! I wouldn't have it every day, but it's a fun thing to make especially as the kids are on their summer holidays right now!

So there we go, bread is good for you; it's low in calories, high in fibre and also a cheap and accessible way form of carbohydrates. To find out more about bread, follow @WeHeartBread on twitter.

I found visiting the cafe really interesting, almost a little relieved that I was right that one of my fave foods isn't bad for me! Unicorn toast all round!

Do you love bread? What's your fave topping for toast?

* This post was sponsored by We Heart Bread, however all opinions are 100% my own and honest as always. To find out more about how I work on sponsored posts, read my disclaimer here.
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Guess what?

I'VE FOUND MY WEDDING DRESS!

Okay sorry for the shouting, but I am EXCITED and RELIEVED- okay let me calm down.

So last weekend, I found 'the dress' - I was starting to lose hope a little, as I'd felt like I'd not found anything that wowed me yet. But when I really think about it, I hadn't been looking for that long and this was only my fourth appointment at a bridal boutique so it's not like I'd had thousands of appointments, but I have to say, that I feel so much better now that I've found 'the dress.'

I still have to order my dress, but I'm retrying it on next month and then fingers crossed if I'm still in love with it (which I am 99.9% sure that I will be) I'll be ordering it eeek! But shopping for my wedding dress definitely wasn't what I was expecting, in fact, I found it a little stressful. Today, I thought I'd share some things I learnt from A; wedding dress shopping and B : some advice from my five years of working as a Saturday girl in a bridal boutique.

Hopefully it may make any of you struggling with wedding dress shopping feel a little better, so let's get started.

1. It Isn't Like It Is In The Movies:


You do have this idea of what wedding dress shopping will be like ; boutiques that look like the one in Bridesmaids, (pre food poisoning incident!) That you'll be showered in champagne, and twirl around in dresses like you're Carrie Bradshaw. However, whilst some shops may be like this, not all of them are. In fact, I don't think I've ever been to somewhere where you get champagne, I don't even know if this is a thing? What I would say, is to not put too much pressure on your wedding dress fittings. Don't take lots of people with you, just the people who's opinions matter to you the most (personally I think you should only take a couple of people) and don't go in, expecting to find your dream dress there and then. You very may well find it in one outing, or after ten, just don't go in with too high expectations but that doesn't mean that it's not an exciting experience, of course it is, have fun and don't stress!

2. Wedding Dresses Look Completely Different On And Off The Hanger :


From working in a wedding dress shop whilst growing up, I know all too well that all wedding dresses look different on and off the hanger. It's also important to try all styles as what you may have in your head, may not feel right, and something could surprise you. Have an open mind and try everything, even if you're not sure about it on the hanger. The amount of times that I saw someone do a full 360 on the kind of dress they wanted was un real! Is my choice what I had in my head? Yes, it's exactly what I wanted (with a few changes) but remember I have had a lot of practise haha, also you have to try on, at least one big Princess dress, because why not!

3. Do Your Research:


Something I found very helpful, was to do a bit research into different styles and brands. Whilst your first appointment is good to go in to with a an open mind, once you have found what kind of styles suit you and you have a good idea of what you want, it's good to then start doing some research. I had a certain style of dress in mind, and I knew what elements I wanted, so I could very easily look at brands and dis-count them from looking at their dresses.  I would then find the stockists of designers/dresses I liked, and would go to try on there. It was a sheer coincidence that I found my dress/the designer, and I realised that this designer was literally so up my street. I didn't want to just go to shops where they might not have the kind of thing I was after, so by having a clear idea of the designers and dresses I wanted, at least trips out wedding dress shopping wouldn't be wasted.

4. Take Lots Of Pictures:


Firstly, let me just say that it boggles my mind a little bit when wedding dress shops won't let you take pictures, because looking back at those pictures will be so helpful when it comes to making up your mind. I mean, I know that some places are perhaps worried you'll copy their dress, but if you're going to do that, you could probably just research the dress that you tried on anyways. Okay so rant over. I found that looking back at the photos was really useful. For example, on my first wedding dress shop outing, I thought I'd found 'the dress' and this dress was gorgeous, but it was completely different to what I thought I wanted. I of course, know this happens, but I think I got a bit caught up in the moment, caught up with standing in a gorgeous dress, everyone telling me how lovely it looked and my Mum being in love with it. I came away genuinely thinking 'I've found the dress!' But then when I got home, I uploaded the pictures from my camera of the dress and as soon as I saw them, I was like 'Oh.'

The dress just didn't look as amazing in the pictures, and I of course know it's not all about that, but to me, it didn't look like 'the one.' I felt like it didn't really flatter me in the pictures, and I felt deflated. I told myself, I'd see if I still thought the same in a few days, and honestly, I pretty much forgot about the dress. I knew then that it wasn't the one, it compromised too many things that I wanted and I knew I'd probably regret ordering it. Having those photos really helped to give me another opinion, it's so hard to remember what the dress looks like just from memory. Get someone to take photos of all angles, even videos, so you can study it later, as you need time away to process and think about things.

I can't stop looking at the photos of my actual dress. Every time Henry goes out of the room, I look at the photos, I'm obsessed with this dress and love how it looks. Seriously though, pictures will help you out so much, when it comes to making your decision.

5. You'll Know When It's The One :

A few weeks ago, I'd have rolled my eyes at that statement. I was starting to think that wedding dress shopping was a bit meh, maybe I'd never get that 'wow' moment and more of a 'yeah this is nice, it'll do' but when I put on my dress last week, I looked in the mirror and got a feeling. A feeling that said 'I think this could be the one', I felt giddy and excited, and also a little relieved when everyone else loved it too.

Tash, my sister in law to be, said that I just instantly relaxed in the dress, and I knew it was the one because I didn't want to take it off. Then afterwards, any other dress just didn't compare and since coming away from the shop, I keep looking at the pictures and I feel content. I have no plans to look at any other dresses and I have even unfollowed all of the wedding dress designers that I was following on Instagram. So if that's not commitment then I don't know what is!

6. Don't Worry- You Will Find The One :


Finally, if you're reading this thinking 'I'll never find the one' don't worry- I totally get it. What I will say though, is don't stress. You will find the one, just keep trying and keep looking. Perhaps take a break from looking, or go and try different places and remember it's not a chore, it's an exciting time. I wish I'd chilled out and not put so much pressure on the appointments, and let myself enjoy the process more. In the end, I found my dress when I was least expecting to.

So there is all my pearls of wisdom re wedding dress shopping, I am so, so excited to try on my dress again, and feel like a little kid at Christmas. To be honest with you, wedding planning is something I've found pretty stressful, but finding my dress has made me excited again.

I'd love to know if you have any advice for wedding dress shopping?
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