Dear Diary, I’m back!

DEAR DIARY
I can’t believe I’m writing this post in September, I had an “I’m sorry” post planned for way back in June, so now what do I say, “I’m very very sorry?” I’m talking to myself more than anyone else. I started this blog after remembering how much I love to write, but there appears to be no evidence of that on here. In all honesty this year has been a complete whirlwind, since June I have changed jobs, even moved countries (technically) and moved house twice, I’m also planning on buying and moving in the next six months. Crazy, right? It’s been awesome though, I’m close to my family and nothing is better than having them being able to meet you for lunch when you’re having a bad day.

So, now I have given my blog a bit of a sprucing (after some encouragement from my friend Caroline over on theCEword) I’m going to make every effort to blog as and when I can. I can’t wait to share with you all the blogs I have planned.

April Spa Visit – Aqua Sana Center Parcs

So, I’m still catching up on my #12monthsofspa posts with today’s being from April (I can’t believe how behind I am) when I went to Center Parcs for a fantastic family holiday. As part of our holiday the ladies went for a spa session while the men did manly things like clean up after breakfast and check out the ‘Jardin de Sports’.

If you haven’t been to Center Parcs before, the surroundings are unbelievably beautiful with scenic forest views all around you. Aqua Sana is set away from the iconic swimming dome, which I like as it made the spa a relaxing environment and a step away from day to day life (and lots of children). As you can see from the picture the exterior takes its inspiration from the old roman baths, while the interior is more contemporary with every modern spa facility you can imagine.

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I was so excited about the experience and spaaahhing with the lovely ladies in my family. We had all opted for the three hour session, each with a treatment.There were so many different types of thermal experiences we didn’t know where to start. I wish there was an opportunity for the staff to talk us through what rooms would be more beneficial for the type of results we wanted.

The waterbed area was amazing and I was in LOVE, although it could do with being more private as the atmosphere got louder as more guests arrived and used the rooms next to it. I spent at least one hour laying on the waterbed reading and relaxing, until a couple decided to get a bit too cosy and cuddled up on the bed next to me! There’s a time and a place people!

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One of the bug bears that we all noticed was that the gowns didn’t have pockets, not a biggy but meant that we had to carry our books, hair grips and everything else a lady needs. The other was that the spa held an event for guests to try products and have a DIY mini facial. Great idea, but distracting and loud for the other guests who were trying to switch off.

I opted for a Decleor Madagascan Ritual which used a wooden tool like a mini rolling pin to massage the body after a full body exfoliation. My therapist was lovely and friendly although I didn’t feel that the treatment was particularly personal to me. A couple of us we were disappointed by our experienced and thought that the descriptions could be better for the more unique treatments so as to know what to expect and choose correctly. That said, the treatment carried out was a good standard and the Decleor products smelt incredible.

I’d love to visit the spa again and try the Twilight experience including a meal at the Zilli cafe combining two of my favourite things, yummy food and relaxing spa time. Knowing what I know now I would also choose a different treatment but most definitely head on over to the waterbeds for some serious relaxation. Information and prices for spa treatments, days and breaks can be found on the Aqua Sana website here.

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Flowers: A love or hate relationship?

RING A RING O ROSES

If you want to create a friendly debate in an office full of girls, have a bouquet of flowers delivered on Valentine’s day.

A beautiful bouquet of flowers arrived at the office for one of the girls. Upon arrival she went as red as the roses she had received and scolded her boyfriend under her breath, while we all cooed in unison, secretly wishing our own men had gone to the effort. She on the other hand appeared to be genuinely coy, playing it down and joking that he should have chosen her favourite flowers. We teased and called her ungrateful and all thought her boyfriend was wonderful. It may have made her blush but there was a definite smile on her face as she hid the bouquet under her desk.

A delivery of flowers can also bring many happy memories. Feeling soppy I thought I’d share this beautiful and romantic story with you.

11am

An impressive bouquet of flowers arrives with the word ‘Will’ on the card for a friend of mine. Wondering what was going on we all assume that there has been a mix up or maybe she has secret admirer!

2pm

The delivery man is back with a second spray of flowers. Looking puzzled she reads card and it says ‘You’. By this point we’re all super excited and guessing his next move. They play cat and mouse on the phone, chatting to one another as if nothing is going on but clearly grinning from ear to ear.

3:30pm

With work out of the window, all eyes are on the car park, waiting for another delivery. When the van arrives there is a cluster of adoring women downstairs and a gaggle of girls upstairs peering through the window. The card reads ‘Marry’. We instantly urge her to go home to her man as he awaits her with his final message.

4pm

I’m sure the excitement consumed her as she made the journey home, where he was patiently waiting for her on his knee and a ring in his hand ready to ask ‘Will you marry me?’.

I can share with you that they lived happily ever after with five years of marriage under their belt and a beautiful little girl.

What are your thoughts on having flowers delivered to work? Love or hate it?