Sunday, 6 October 2019

Rome Honeymoon - Day 6

Another place I have always wanted to visit to say that I have been there is Venice. Venice is quite far away from Rome so I felt a little ambitious attempting to plan a day there but decided it would be a nice thing to do. I booked this as a little wedding gift for James as I knew he would also love to go. I had managed to convince him it was too far to travel, around a 6 hour drive so hopefully it was a nice surprise for him.

I looked on various travel websites for day trips to Venice and they all came out at around £180 per person. When I really looked into it, essentially this price covered the cost of the high speed train ticket and then when you get to the other end, a guide gives you a map and a skip the line ticket and sends you on your way. Venice isn’t a huge place and I thought the price was a little expensive so I looked into getting the train tickets separately.

I went onto Trainline, a reputable company and looked up train tickets. I managed to get us 2 return tickets, first class for only £140 for both of us. A massive saving and worth shopping around for. In this day and age, google maps is just as good as receiving a paper one in my opinion.

The train was comfortable and we were provided with a newspaper, drink and some snacks both ways. The journey took just over 3 hours. When we arrived at Venice we just decided to walk w wherever our feet took us. We headed over the bridge and found this area to be quieter than the other side which seemed more touristy. We enjoyed wandering little alleyways and streets and finding our way through not really looking at anything in particular.

Everyone said "you have to go on a gondola ride!" but in all honesty, I don't actually know where we would have got one from. Maybe being off season it wasn't as obvious but there weren't many about at all. It also costs €80, which I would have paid but we just didn't get the chance.

I had pizza for lunch, and James had a steak salad and chips. It was hard to find somewhere to eat, but we got there in the end after looking at Tripadvisor. Everyone was drinking Aperol Spritz which looked absolutely delicious and refreshing. I was jealous, I totally need to make some when the baby is here. Instead I had a fanta and pretended I was drinking the delicious prosecco cocktail (which was only like €3 as well - gutted!)

After lunch we continued to walk around and buy a few magnets/memorabilia as you do. We then found the more touristy side which was jam packed! We got some snacks for the way home as well and carried on walking. I think we walked nearly 9 miles on this day and wow did my feet feel it by the end.

We finished with a gelato and made our way back to the train station where we then went back again. 


Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Health Lab Plant-Based Beauty & Wellness Balls Review*

Summer is on its way and it won’t be long now until we have a new arrival in the house when our baby decides to make an appearance. I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I want to get out of the house more and make the most of the days when the summer is here, but it can be hard to muster up the energy for such activities! And I have no idea how I will feel with a newborn thrown into the mix.

I was recently sent some Health Lab Plant-Based Protein Balls which I thought would be perfect for me. As well as offering a much needed energy boost, these balls are also made to promote happy skin and positive gut health made from the finest plant based ingredients across the globe.

Some of the flavours include chocolate, salted caramel, peanut butter and berry. The protein, probiotics, and hemp balls are all vegan friendly and the entire range is also gluten free. There really is something for everyone. The 8 flavours and their unique health benefits include:

Thrive: Choc Brownie Protein Balls
Game Changer: Salted Caramel Protein Balls
Power: Peanut Butter Choc Hemp Energy Balls
Pick-me-up: Espresso Hemp Energy Balls
Happy Skin: Choc Sea Salt Collagen Balls
Skin Hero: Choc Cherry Collagen Balls
Gutsy: Mixed Berry Gut Health Balls
Glow: Choc Matcha Gut Health Balls

I have found that the balls have been great to take the edge off my hunger or between meals, during pregnancy I often need a bit of a boost and want to choose a healthy snack and these energy balls have been the perfect addition to my diet. I think they would also be great if you were breast-feeding and needed a healthy way to get in those extra calories. These would also be ideal for people with busy lifestyles or as a pre/post gym snack.

I have tried many varieties of ‘energy ball’ and these have to be the nicest ones I have had, often the flavours can be bland and boring but these felt like a real treat and kept me away from eating an alternative unhealthy sugary snack.

Available now in Wholefoods and in Waitrose and Holland and Barrett, RRP from £2 for a 40g ball.

*I received these items free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not influenced in any way.
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