August 2019 - Birthday Weekend Celebrations

Hello again and welcome back to my blog.

Last Saturday saw me celebrate my birthday oh yay, I am officially another year older! Usually Tom and I celebrate our birthdays over a weekend by spending some time together as well as with our families. However Tom was working overtime on Sunday so I took a days annual leave on Friday so we could have that extra day together.

On Friday we paid a visit to Bluewater where we did some shopping and Tom bought me some birthday gifts. As always I was a very lucky and spoilt girl, I got some super cute new Converse, a Disney Spirit Jersey that was a huge bargain, it was reduced from £50.00 to £24.99 on the tag but when we went to pay it actually came up at £14.99 (would have been totally rude not to get it at that price!). I was also bought some chocolates, some Disney & Pixar dvds for my collection and bottle of Brockmans gin. After our shopping trip we popped in to see my parents before we headed home to relax and watch some more Stranger Things. We never watched this when it first came out but have decided to give it a go as we have heard so much about it. We have now finished Season One which we both enjoyed, just need to crack on with seasons two and three now.

We didn't do much at all on my actual birthday, in fact we were rather domesticated and spent some time outside in our little garden space. Tom cut back two of our plants that had become so overgrown that they were reaching into our neighbours above windows - thankfully he had a ladder big enough to enable him to get to the top to trim them back. Our outside space isn't officially our garden but the council are happy for us to make it pretty and put in some plants and flowers etc. It took a little longer than planned to complete it all but once it was all finally done it looked so much better. After all that hard work it was time for a coffee and a birthday treat - a lovely slice of red velvet cake which is my fave!
Tom took me out for dinner on Saturday night to our most favourite steak restaurant which is called Constancia. Its a small, local independent restaurant with the most fabulous food and we always receive such a warm welcome from the owner which adds to why we continue to support it. Price wise its not the cheapest place to go hence the reason why we save it for special occasions. As always we had a fab meal and by the time we left we were fit to burst.
Tom was at work on Sunday so I had the day to myself and for the first time in ages I actually managed a good few hours in my craft room. I did a couple of 12x12 layouts and about 8 Project Life pages for our 2019 and Florida 2018 albums. The 2019 album is now pretty much up to date but there is still a very long way to go with the Florida album, there is no way its going to be finished before this years trip. I am going to have plenty of scrapping to keep me going over the coming months, just need to make sure that I dedicate some time to it on a more regular basis.

So that's another post over, as always thanks for stopping by to read. Hopefully I will be back with something else for you to read soon.

Love and hugs,

Jane

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Time for an Update

Wow, we are now over halfway through July! Where is this year going?

Its been quite some time since I looked at this blog and did any kind of update, the last one was way back when and was part of the Florida 2018 series. Sadly I think that has now passed its sell by date so unless anyone wants to know anything in particular about our holiday there wont be anymore posts on it. Instead I will do with a little round up of what's been happening over the last couple of months.

In April we had a weekend away for Toms birthday, we went down to Poole for a few days and had a wonderful time. We visited the Bournmouth Oceanarium and Monkey World, both of which we loved and would highly recommend if you are ever in the area. We stayed in a fab little Air B&B (link HERE) on Pool High Street, the location was just perfect as we were right in the heart of all that Poole has to offer. The house was fab and was full of so many quirky and original features. We really didn't have enough time to do all that we wanted so we will have to make plans to return again one day soon.
We have also managed a little holiday abroad, we had 10 days out in Spain at Toms sisters apartment. The apartment is on the Costa del Sol which is where we usually go but its a little further along the coast just inland from Costa Casares. At first we were a little worried that we wouldn't enjoy it as much as we usually do as the area is not somewhere that we have explored on our previous holidays. Anyway we had a wonderful time, we didn't do much......we basically just relaxed and enjoyed the stunning views from the apartment terrace!
While we were in Spain we celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary (its also the anniversary of our first date which was 19 years ago!). We had a lovely day, we went shopping and had a meal in our fave tapas restaurant and then ended the night with drinks with some friends who live out in Spain).
Since we have been back Tom has been doing loads of overtime again as Florida 2019 is fast approaching (68 days today!). Pretty much everything is now booked and paid for, just the villa balance to pay and car hire to sort and then we are all done. We both cant wait to get back to Florida, once again we have so much planned - its going to be so exciting. Of course we will be sharing it all on our Insta & Twitter pages if you want to follow along please pop over and give us a sub!

I think that's about all for now, thanks so much for stopping by and having a read.

Love and hugs,

Jane xx
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Florida 2018 - Part 3 - Port Orleans Riverside

When we first booked out trip way back in June 2017 we were originally just going to do two weeks in a villa offsite. However as we did our research and made our lists of what we wanted to do we decided that we should extend our trip by a few extra days. We debated adding these days to the villa rental but ended up choosing a Disney hotel so we could experience a little of that magic for ourselves, it would also give us the chance to compare onsite vs offsite. Ideally we would have liked to have stayed in a Deluxe resort however the costs were way out of our budget so we decided to make it a Moderate. Before we made our final choice we did a whole load of research and vlog watching and the first resort we decided we liked the look of was Old Key West. However when it came to booking we just couldn't get the room that we wanted and everything that was coming up was way too expensive so we opted for our second choice which was Port Orleans Riverside.
We only stayed at POR for 3 nights but that was long enough for us to realize that its a beautiful resort that has an air of peacefulness and tranquillity about it. The whole resort was beautiful and wasn't 'in your face' Disney which was something that we both actually liked. As much as we are both Disney fans it was nice to have a room that wasn't full of it if that makes sense. From the moment we checked in until the moment we checked out everything was perfect, all the staff we encountered were super friendly and helpful and the resort had everything that we needed. When we checked in we were assigned a room in Magnolia Terrace which was exactly where we had wanted to be. We had a ground floor room but at no time were we bothered by outside or upstairs noise. The room was a lot bigger than we expected, it probably could have done with a little more care in regards to housekeeping as it was ever so slightly dusty in parts but overall it was clean and very comfy. The added bonus for us was a coffee machine & a fridge which meant we could make ourselves a drink whenever we needed. Housekeeping also kept us topped up with plenty of pods & milk etc.
The room was perfect for us for a short stay but I think if we had been there any longer we would have started to feel a little cramped as there wasn't an awful lot of storage space or room to relax without lounging on the beds. We would definitely consider staying in a Disney hotel again, especially for the first couple of nights as once you are here you don't need to worry about driving to the parks etc. We were very lucky that our building was right by a bus stop so we could easily get to and from the parks. There is also a boat service that takes you down to Disney Springs.

The Sassagoula River runs through & around the resort which makes the resort very picturesque and gives you plenty of places to go for a stroll. There are three pools with the main one being on Ole Man Island (which links some of the accommodation buildings to the main lobby and check in area). This is the largest pool that offers a bar and snack service whereas the other two pools are a lot quieter. In the main building just off the hotel lobby there is a gift shop that has a ton of Disney merch as well as the usual snacks, drinks and other essentials that you might need during your trip. You will also find the River Roost Bar (make sure you check out Ye Haa Bob who plays in the bar on certain nights from around 8.30pm), Boatwrights Dining Hall table service restaurant and the Riverside Mill food court in this area. Unfortunately we didn't get time to eat at the restaurant but we did manage breakfast one morning in the food court. The breakfast was lovely and perfectly adequate for our needs, however we did find the food court area to be a little 'chaotic' for our liking. 


We both enjoyed our stay at Port Orleans Riverside and we would quite happily stay there again for a few nights however we much preferred the extra space and freedom that the villa offered us.

I hope that you have enjoyed this post, hopefully there will be another one along real soon.

Jane


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