I’d rather be in Orlando.

It’s been almost two years since I visited Orlando and since we’re gearing up to go again next year, I thought a blog post dedicated to it would be a good idea. Orlando is not the place to go if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday by the beach. It’s the place to go if you’re looking for adventure, sun and most of all FUN!

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We spent 3 weeks in Florida in September 2015 and it was 3 of the best weeks of my life. We stayed in The Avanti Resort on International Drive which is the perfect place to stay if you’re going for the theme parks but don’t want to stay in the likes of Disney or Universal Hotels. The Avanti Resort is a massive hotel with a beautiful big pool and jacuzzi perfect for relaxing in after a long day at a theme park. The rooms are standard, spacious and clean with a huge King Size Bed. The Staff were so friendly and couldn’t have been more helpful. The Resort offer a free shuttle to the Disney, Universal and Sea World Parks and you can book on the bus each evening for the next day.

IMG_0717The first theme park we visited was Universal Studios. This is definitely my favourite park. I’m not a fan of Rollercoasters but this park has so many Simulator rides and gentler rides suitable for people just like me. My favourite rides at this park were Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Spiderman, E.T Adventure and Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges. We really enjoyed Harry Potter World and spent quite a while there. I even got to try Butter Beer! It was very, very sweet and I only managed to drink about a quarter of the glass. The theming around the park is amazing and it really makes you feel like you’re walking down Diagon Alley.

We also visited Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. We LOVED Epcot. It is such a fun park and we loved every ride we went on especially Mission: Space and Test Track. Animal Kingdom was also such a beautiful day and we really enjoyed the Kilimanjaro Safari. We went to Animal Kingdom on a really, really hot day and there’s a LOT of walking to do around that park so you could say we were a little tired when we got back to the hotel. Hollywood Studios is definitely worth a visit. Go see the Beauty and The Beast Live Show if you get the chance – It is quite enjoyable (and not just because it’s one of my favourite Disney movies). The day we went to Magic Kingdom was such a let down. We left it until near the end of the holiday because we were most excited to go there and unfortunately it just so happened to be the start of Mickey’s not so scary halloween party, which was a sold out event which means we had to leave the park by 6pm and leave Orlando without seeing the magical Wishes fireworks – gutted. There was also a lot of Thunder and Lightening storms that day and so most of the rides were shut down which resulted in us walking around with those silly plastic bag things over us in the rain for quite a while.

I wasn’t sure whether to go to Sea World or not and in the end we did out of curiosity. I’m not one to jump on a bang wagon and I believe there are two sides to every story and so I had to see it for myself. I hated the animal shows. I just couldn’t stop thinking about how those animals should be out there in the wild not squished into a small tank staring at fullsizeoutput_5adthe same glass every day. We also had tickets for a dolphin swim in Discovery Cove and although I felt the same as above, it was an amazing experience. I didn’t like how the dolphins were treated. The first dolphin we had just wanted to play and because she wasn’t listening to what the trainer was telling her to do, the trainer got really annoyed and sent her off back out to a gated part of the pool and brought in a new dolphin. We were told what to do and when to do it and you got a 30-40 second swim with the dolphin. There’s also a massive pool full of Manta-Ray that you can swim with and you really feel like you’re in the sea. You’re provided with a snorkel and a life vest if you wish and you can spend as much time as you like in the Manta-Ray pool. Discovery Cove is a all inclusive park and you can eat and drink as much as you like when you like.

We visited two water parks while we were there, Wet N’ Wild (which no longer existsIMG_0439) and Aquatica which has the best lazy river in the entire world – Roa’s Rapids. I spent most of my day in this river while Aiden went on all the crazy water rides, I went on a few but I just loved the lazy river so, so much.

We also visited Busch Gardens so that Aiden could go on the crazy big coasters such as The SheiKra. I went on a Giraffe Safari whilst he went on the rollercoasters and it was quite fun. The Giraffe’s weren’t forced to come over and them seemed to be in a semi-natural habitat. We were given a Lettuce to feed them if they came over and it was just such a lovely morning.

While we were in Orlando we visited the Mall at Millenia and The Premium Outlets. The Mall at Millenia is amazing. I could have spent a lot longer there. I definitely enjoyed splurging in Sephora, Bath and Body Works and treating myself in Micheal Kors. I may have gotten a little obsession with Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitisers whilst in Orlando and bought over 40 of them…

Old Town is also worth a visit for an evening if you fancy walking around little shops and a small amusement park. I also recommend visiting The Olive Garden and Bahama Breeze for dinner. The upside Down Pineapple cake from Bahama Breeze is AMAZING.

I am super, super excited to return to Florida in 2018. I think it is definitely the best place to go for adventure and fun and it is perfect for couples, friends and families.

Until next time,

Elisha.

 

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April Favourites

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Hello again! I hope you have been enjoying my posts so far? This time i’ve decided to write about my favourites for the month of April – my favourite month. Some of the things in this post have been a favourite of mine for a long time but I have only recently started using them again! I hope you enjoy this post and find some new things you might like to try!

So, my first favourite is something I loved when I was younger. The Scrunchie. I don’t know about you guys but in the late 90s/early 00’s I thought these things were super cool and they’re kinda on there way back in now and I love it. They’re just super cute and aren’t as harsh on your hair as a normal hair bobble. I wear this with a high ponytail and it makes me feel like a cheerleader (LOL). No but seriously these are super comfy to wear to keep your hair out of your face and I just love them!

NScreen Shot 2017-05-13 at 18.35.18ext up is something I got for my birthday. I’ve wanted a Mantra Band for quite a while but never got around to getting one and I had mentioned to my granny that I was thinking of getting one and the little cutie got me one for my birthday along with this beautiful Olivia Burton watch. Mantra Bands are so simple but they have such a nice meaning behind them. Mine says ‘What if you fly?’ coming from the quote:
‘There is freedom waiting for you on the breeze of the sky, and you ask “What if I fall?”. Oh but my darling, What if you fly?’ which is such a beautiful quote that I have decided to live by as I often find myself holding back incase I fail at things.

18493236_10207449082820020_1260875506_oSomething else I have been loving is part of a present I received at Christmas from a family member. I am absolutely obsessed with Bath & Body Works hand sanitisers (Pumpkin Pecan Waffles is my all time favourite). I was given the ‘Love Peace Peppermint’ Sanitiser at Christmas and I am only now getting around to using
it and I LOVE IT. It literally smells like Candy Canes and makes your hands feel so fresh. I genuinely want to bathe in it.

Please 18472428_10207449082180004_840860029_oexcuse the absolute state of this blusher but it is something that I recently re-discovered in my make up drawer. It is a NARS Blusher in the shade Deep Throat. It is a peachy pink shade and I think it’s just such a nice spring/summer shade. I have been using it literally every day and it’s just so pretty. Does anyone else notice how messy the NARS packaging gets? Mine always looks so grubby no matter how clean I keep it 😦 I would highly recommend this blusher though and NARS in general.

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This perfume is actually a permanent favourite of mine and it is just such a classic.  It is the Chloé Eau de perfum. It is such a fresh scent and I don’t really know how to describe it. All I know is that I really, really love it

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This next one was recommended to me by a colleague and it’s actually really good. I absolutely detest painting my nails and as much as I love gel nails, they really do ruin your nails and leave them in horrible condition. This Sally Hansen Insta-Dri is so perfect if your nails chip easily and it is the perfect top coat. You just paint your nails as normal and put this on top and your nail polish lasts so much longer than usual.

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This one is something that is really new to me. I have always found that because I have green/grey eyes I don’t suit black eyeliner and I have really procrastinated finding an alternative, never bothering to do anything spectacular with winged liner and little did I know how easy it would be. This L’Oreal Super Liner is a very dark brown and is absolutely perfect if you don’t suit black eyeliner. It’s also super cheap!

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Oh Charlotte, can you do anything wrong? Charlotte Tilbury is one of my absolute favourite make up artists/brands and her Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils are probably my favourite product. I have nearly all of the shades she has brought out in these but I have recently become obsessed with the shade Dark Pearl. It is a really nice smokey purple shade and it’s just really pretty with a nude lipstick or even a dark lipstick at night. These eyeshadow pencils are so, so easy to blend and sometimes I only use these on my eyes on their own with mascara and it just takes zero effort. 118472695_10207449083220030_1966765278_o0/10 I would highly recommend these eyeshadows!

This one is a little weird but I have noticed such a difference in my teeth since I started using The Oral-B 3D White Luxe Perfection toothpaste. My mouth also feels so much fresher using this and my dentist has noticed a difference too!

A few of my other April favourites are:

  • Chanel Lipstick in shade Pensive
  • Fujifilm Istax Polaroid Printer

My next few favourites are music/tv related…

  • Niall Horan – Slow Hands
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Feat. Justin Bieber – Despacito Remix

I am also loving Riverdale on Netflix at the moment and would definitely recommend it for a binge watch. It’s basically about a group of teenagers who are trying to solve who killed a guy in their school.  Unfortunately it’s only just finished season one but I am already super excited for season two!

Until next time,

Elisha.

http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/velvet-scrunchie-6498904?bi=0&ps=20&Ntt=scrunchieScrunchie

https://www.mantraband.com/products/what-if-you-flyMantra Band

https://narscosmetics.co.uk/en_GB/deep-throat-blush/0607845040163.html NARS Blusher

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_117042910099_-1Chloe Perfume

https://uk.sallyhansen.com/nails/nail-care/base-top-coat/insta-dri-top-coatSally Hansen Insta Dry

http://www.boots.com/loreal-paris-super-liner-perfect-slim-intense-10173595Loreal Brown Eyeliner

http://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/colour-chameleon-dark-pearl.htmlCharlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon

http://www.boots.com/oral-b-3d-white-luxe-perfection-toothpaste-75ml-10208152Oral B 3D Toothpaste

http://www.boots.com/chanel-rouge-allure-luminous-intense-lip-colour-10052230Chanel Lipstick in Pensive

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Shops/Fujifilm-Instax-Share-SP-Printer-20-Shots/B00JUQ6IC4Fujifilm Instax Printer

https://www.netflix.com/title/80133311Riverdale