Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Travel | Christmas in Corralejo

This Christmas was the first I have spent abroad and more importantly, without my family. I was however with my long-term boyfriend (Harry) and his family, in a place they were very familiar with: Corralejo, Fuerteventura. 
Christmas is a very family-orientated time for me so I was a bit apprehensive about leaving them for the first time during a period that I adore spending at home, however Harry has always spoken so fondly of Fuerteventura, so I couldn't refuse the invite! 

If you're thinking of going abroad for the Christmas/New Year period or are just looking for somewhere new to visit, then read on to find out my favourite things to do out there... 

Walk to the Sand Dunes
We walked to the sand dunes a couple of times, setting off from our villa which was close to the beach, and heading in the direction of the airport. The Sand Dunes out in Corralejo are enormous and although it can be a little exhausting climbing to the top, it's all worth it when you roll back down! The walk along the beach reveals some beautiful views and introduces you to all the water sport opportunities in Corralejo, which leads me onto my next recommendation..

Try a water-sport
Fuerteventura is a beach holiday providing you with numerous opportunities to get in the water and try something new! I decided to try SUP (Stand Up Paddle-boarding), it's a good idea to go to the shops around the beach and ask for quotes for whatever activity you decide to try as prices will vary at different stores; I found that at each store I went to, a deposit of around 60 euros was needed on top of the rental price, so make sure you take that into consideration and budget for it.

Try the local food 
There are plentiful restaurants taking advantage of the beautiful seafront views by the harbour in Corralejo and a lot of them have fresh fish delivered daily; as well as the assortment of choice that most restaurants offer from their menu it's also all very reasonably priced. Tapas is a really good idea if you aren't sure exactly what you'd like; one of my favourite places for tapas is Casa Damingo Tapas bar Le Plaza, it was so authentic, the menu had a varied selection and the food was delicious and really well priced.

Cocktails with Rooftop views
One of my favourite bars out there was the 'Banana Bar' on Corralejo's harbour. 
When you first walk upstairs to the bar, you aren't really sure if this is where you're supposed to be, but I think that just adds to it's quirkiness! The drinks are amazing and the view is even better at this rooftop bar. Similarly, there are more rooftop bars situated further in-town, so if you're a big people-watcher then you will no doubt love these too.

There is so much to do in Corralejo, and in the surrounding islands; if you are there for a long time then why not try island hopping? 
Check out my Pinterest for more wanderlust inspo! 

Beth x     

Friday, 13 November 2015

Two festivals | Kendal Calling and Leeds | Review

Summer is definitely at an end, and while I enjoy waking up to frosty mornings and crisp, clear air (when it's not raining), I can't help but reminisce about my summer. 

Festivals have fast become the must-do of the summer season, so I jumped on the bandwagon and headed to a couple myself: Kendal Calling and Leeds Festival. If you've never been to either but are considering it, I hope this post inspires you! 
Kendal Calling
Kendal Calling is a great medium sized music festival and makes for the perfect introduction to the festival scene. It is fun, intimate and family friendly. 
KC is made up of 7 stages: 
Main stage - Where more main-stream and commercial acts play. Right in the center of everything, surrounded by bars, food and mud (when the rain predictably fell).
Glow tent - Full of DJs, strobe lights and lasers. A very fun place to be, especially when you're drunk AF.
Calling out stage - A platform for new and somewhat unheard of acts to be thrown into the festival scene and discovered. 
Chai Wallah Stage - A mix of every genre of music pretty much. Quite a hippy chilled out vibe. 
Woodlands Stage - Stage surrounded by trees which included a silent disco every night. Really fun, cool atmosphere with a mixture of bands playing. 
House Party - Everything you would expect from a house party really, minus the expensive furniture. 
Riot Jazz - Best described as a neon Narnia with Blues, Jazz and Disco. 

A number of other stages were home to comedy acts, dance classes and more intimate settings such as Tim Peaks Diner, Kids Calling (specifically for children) and the Big Birthday Blow out down by the river. There was also the renowned Real Ale festival, Bulmers Colourena, a cinema, Jagerhaus and Lost Eden, an arts area in the woods.
The size and layout of KC meant that it was really easy to navigate; there was something for everyone to enjoy, including children and an amazing and electric atmosphere all weekend! 

The best thing about Kendal Calling is that it is so different to other music festivals, it thrives off of offering local talent a stepping stone to success and it really cares about everyone involved, from performer to, employee to customer.
Leeds Festival
If you haven't heard of Leeds and Reading Festival then I'm not sure where you've been.. This is a festival I have wanted to go to since I was 16 (and yes, you can expect to feel old if you're 25+). It is home to 9 different stages: Main Stage, NME/BBC Radio 1 stage, BBC Radio 1 Dance stage, Festival Republic stage, BBC Radio 1xtra stage/cinema, Lock up/The Pit, Alternative stage and the Disco shed. 
Leeds festival honestly get the best and biggest variety of acts, you're constantly buzzing even if you are run down and there's so much more to do than listen to music. The slush puppy stand was a lifesaver, curing every hangover! There was a supermarket, a cocktail bar which hosted it's own party every night, a funfair, 5-a-side football and loads of merchandise and clothes stalls/shops. 
Leeds is everything you would expect it, or have heard it to be. Fun, Non-stop and a little bit dangerous. One thing, Don't expect to sleep while you are there, unless your body just shuts down... which is a possibility.  

What's your favourite festival? 
Check out my Pinterest for event inspo!
Beth x
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Friday, 30 October 2015

3 ways to enjoy a pumpkin

Halloween has always been a favourite holiday for me, and one that has long been celebrated in our household; I would love dressing up in a black bin bag as a 'witch' and trick-or-treating with my brother and sister. 
As the pumpkin has become the face of Halloween I thought I would show you three ways you can enjoy one! 
1. Decoration
The first use of a pumpkin is obviously for decoration. Pumpkin carving was a big thing in my house, with me and my siblings competing to see who could create the scariest pumpkin, and still today I enjoy carving a pumpkin and releasing my inner-child! 

2. Pumpkin Seeds
These are the perfect healthy snack. Obviously if you're carving a pumpkin you'll scoop out the innards. Take the seeds from the pumpkin with as little of the orange mush as possible, place on a baking tray and add whatever topping you like. I usually add a bit of salt and toast them in the oven for 10-20 minutes, just until they are brown. Maybe try a bit of cinnamon in place of salt? 

3. Pumpkin Pie.
The tastiest pie ever! 
You will need: 
Pumpkin, shortcrust pastry, caster sugar (140g), salt (1/2 tsp), fresh nutmeg, grated (1/2 tsp), cinnamon (1 tsp), 2 eggs (beaten), melted butter (25g) and 175ml of milk!

- Scoop out the stringy, orange innards of the pumpkin and put them in the compost bin because you won't be using them. 
- Grab a spoon and scoop the yellowy-white sides of the pumpkin and place in a large pan, fill the pan with water and bring the pumpkin to the boil, then leave to simmer until soft. 
- Drain the pumpkin and pile into blender.
Whilst the pumpkin is boiling, bake the raw pastry until it is golden brown and take out of oven.
- Blend until the pumpkin is of a pureé texture.
- In a different bowl, mix the sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together, then add he beaten eggs, melted butter and milk and mix them all together. Blend with pumpkin purée until it's all combined together. 
- Pour purée into pastry tart and cook in oven until the pastry is brown and the purée has hardened somewhat. (Like Jelly)
- (Google temperatures and times if necessary) 

Hope you have discovered new ways to enjoy the pumpkin! 
Happy Halloween guys! 
Beth x

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Up-Cycling a box into shelves

Up-cycling can be a great way to create something new without spending a penny, which is ideal for me as I currently have NO money! (Cry) 

To find out how I made these handy shelves out of an old box, read on..

For this quick and easy project I used  an old Abercrombie & Fitch box which was previously home to a Christmas present and cut the top of both parts of the box off. I then used some spare tester pots of paint to paint the sides of the box to match a similar colour to my walls (cream). 
Once dried I used strong double sided sticky tape which I placed on the back of the new shelves (originally the roof and base of my box) and stuck it to my wall. 
That's it! 
It took about 10 minutes to complete and is a perfect and easy way to create more storage. I find I often have spare boxes just lying around my house and I love finding new ways to utilise them, rather than just throwing them out! 

Have you ever up-cycled in your home? Let me know! 


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Travel | Barcelona

Possibly the most spontaneous thing I have done all year was to book a girls holiday to Barcelona a week in advance, whilst holidaying in Florida.
My friend and myself booked to stay in the hostel: Backpackers BCN GO! I had never stayed in a hostel before but have fallen in love with them. I met people from all over the world and the best part is that they are so cheap and I think that there's a misconceived correlation between cheap and dirty, this hostel was very clean, so don't worry. We used hostel world (link here) to find the perfect hostel for us!

Must do:

Party on the Beach/strip
The night we arrived, Barcelona was in the middle of it’s Sao Joao festival. Possibly the most dangerous festival I've ever been too, fireworks were being thrown about everywhere, but it was still nice to be on the beach and watch the ones that weren't heading straight for your face. 
The strip has some of the best clubs I have ever been to, although the entrance fee can be expensive, if you get there before a certain time, you can get in for free. Love a good bargain. 

Visit Le Segrada Familia
I would recommend pre-booking online, it's quick and easy to do and saves you from what could potentially be a very long queue. It is such a stunning building, I've never seen anything like it! 

Visit Gaudi Parc
We walked from Sagrada Familia to Gaudi Parc and while it was a good way to explore the city, it took forever! I would recommend just getting the underground, it's really easy to use. 
Also, if you want full access then you should book prior to your visit, I think you can do this online, but you can also visit the park and book a time for later on. 
Visit Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Art Nouveau Site
Otherwise known as the 'City Within the City', this was something that I arrived in Barcelona without knowing anything about. The old hospital was built between 1902 and 1930 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1997 and is architecturally very beautiful! You have to pay to get in, but there is a lot to see and do, so I would definitely recommend going. It's just up the road from Sagrada Familia so if you're in the area you may as well visit!
 Visit Montjuic Castle
We visited here on our last day and like the majority of the buildings in Barcelona, the castle was beautiful, however you had to pay to get in and my friend and myself couldn't afford to. Cry. 
Close by is the 'Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic' the Olympic Stadium, 'Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya'an art museum and 'Font Magica' The Magic Fountain. We didn't visit the above three, but I really wish we had!
 Check out Casa Milá and Casa Batlló
These are the iconic buildings of Barcelona, you will have seen them on every touristy bit of information, and they really are beautiful, so definitely worth a visit. You can also go inside them, I didn't, but they looked like they would be really interesting inside.
Foodie input
I absolutely love trying new foods so for anyone interested, the food in Barcelona is really hit and miss, I've had some of the best and one of the worst meals of my life (so far) there. It really is worth going to a restaurant that looks like it's well established. I ate outside of a small restaurant on the main road close to where I was staying and it literally tasted like sewage. I am not a fussy eater, but I left the whole thing. However I also had two of some of the nicest meals ever! One was literally two seconds out of my Hostel's front door called Lurantia. I ordered a Duck and Pear ravioli with Martini Sauce, it sounded really interesting and tasted amazing! I also ate at an Italian about 30 minutes outside of the centre called Pulcinella and it was just the best food!

Have you ever visited Barcelona? Let me know what you got up to!

Beth x

Sunday, 19 July 2015

8 Photos of Happiness

There are a number of adaptations to the happiness theme going around this year, and I love it. It’s so nice and refreshing to see something positive going viral on the internet, so I was even happier when DipityMe nominated me to take part in this lovely trend that Ariel's Little Corner of the Internet started! 
1. My Dog: Tag
The first thought that came to me was my dog: Tag. Sadly he passed away last year in August after having him for almost 15 years, since I was 5 years old, so this choice is bittersweet. He was such a beautiful looking dog, and he had the personality to match. Everyone loved him, and he changed so many people's negative views of dogs! Plus he was super fluffy and great to cuddle. It was lovely to see how much he loved people, in particular my dad; he was his best friend!   

2. Family
My second photo of happiness has to be my family, obviously. The picture above represents just a few of my family! I have a lot of Scottish relatives and we have a family reunion once a year! That year we were in Edinburgh and there was at least 30 of us.
I get on with my family so well, they have given me everything I have ever wanted and I couldn't be more grateful to them. 
3. Friends

My Friends are the third picture, for obvious reasons; they’re like a second family. I have a very close group of friends who come from my hometown, and have also made quite a few close friends through high school, college and university. Friends are family that you can tell more to, we get on so well and we can pick things up even if we haven't spoken for ages!
4. Florida. Disney World.
Why? Duh, it's The Happiest Place on Earth!
I go here almost every year with my family and I love it. 

5. Food

Yes, food makes me very happy, and although the relationship we share is short-lived (I gobble food down so quickly), I love it and it’s my best friend. P.s. I especially love goat's cheese and prawns!

6. Travelling
I love to experience new things, which is why travelling makes me so happy. I feel so lucky being able to see new places and experience different cultures.
7. Events

Events is the industry I want to work in. I’m studying it at university, currently on placement as an event organiser and the best part about it is knowing that you have a positive impact on someone else’s life; it really makes me happy knowing that I’ve helped to make other people happy.

8. Netball
 I’ve been playing netball since I was 7 years old and I love it; being part of a team is one of the best feelings and has meant I have met some of my closest friends.

I don't know many bloggers as of yet, but here are a couple I'd like to nominate:

  • Ffion over at
  • Amanda over at

Have fun and enjoy!
Beth x

Rules and explanation of this tag:
  • Thank your nominator/s and link them in your post.
  • Link the creator (Ariel’s little corner of the internet)
  • Post your 8 photos of happiness;
  • The photos can be anything that represents a moment, object, place or feeling that makes you happy.
  • Pop in a brief description of the photo, why you chose it or let the photos do the talking!
  • Spread the happiness and tag up to ten other bloggers!