Weymouth: snapshots from the seaside

On Sunday, Shaun and I decided to go on a little day out to the seaside. Weymouth is just an hour and a half away from Southampton on the train, so is always in our top favourite list of places to go. This little seaside town in Dorset is perfect for holidays, short breaks or just a spontaneous day out like we did yesterday.

Here are a few snapshots from the day:

We arrived in Weymouth at lunchtime and wasted no time in locating a place to get some tasty food.

The George Bar ‘N’ Grill is situated on Weymouth’s beautiful harbour side. We were seated upstairs and had the ideal table for burger spotting, keeping an eye out for our food to arrive (we were pretty hungry by now).

Happy that we had placed our order and the food countdown had began.

Shaun, also pretty happy at the thought of burger and chips.

Ta-da! We didn’t need to wait long before this delicious Homemade Burger Tower arrived – with onion rings, tomato, lettuce, gherkins, mustard mayo and coleslaw. Plus the obligatory upgrade to sweet potato wedges, of course. SO good!

Weymouth Harbour is just a short walk from the station and well worth checking out for all the colourful vibrant buildings. Hello, Instagram photos.

The harbour has such a traditional feel to the place with an added splash of colour.

Living in a pink house has got to be the ultimate dream.

This made me laugh. On Friday, I blogged about 30 Creative Date Ideas and included my review of a bouquet of roses from Prestige Flowers with a £5 discount code. I reckon there is a Hello Bexa reader who lives in Weymouth and took advantage of the fantastic deal. Look, photo evidence.

A bit too cold for eating outside in January. Defo coming back here again in the summer.

A pink house on Hope Street, sounds like something from a children’s book.

I wonder how many times these streets have appeared on Instagram.

Everywhere you look there is pretty coloured houses.

The harbour was quiet on Sunday afternoon. It’s always good to get photographs without any randoms walking past.

I am yet to find a more colourful line of shops and houses.

The bright pink one is for sale if you are interested.

The traditional fish n chips at the seaside.

Ice cream too! This place has thought of everything.

Probably my 20th attempt at trying to capture a seagull photo.

After our little walk around the harbour, we headed to the beach to enjoy the seaside views.

If you can’t take a beach selfie at the beach where can you take one.

Other than taking photos, we also did some walking along the coast before heading back to get the train.

Have you been to Weymouth? What is your favourite thing to do at the seaside? I am always interested in visiting different towns, so let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions for next time! I’d love to hear your recommendations.

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30 Creative Date Ideas

As you may know, I write blog posts on the spot without too much forward planning. So when the lovely people at Prestige Flowers contacted me to review this beautiful Valentines Day Bundle, I thought oooh hello blog post inspiration! Firstly though, let’s talk about these gorgeous roses. I admit I don’t really have a clue about looking after flowers, so I was relieved when I noticed that within the big box there was a handy little Flower Care guide book. Phew.

I need not have worried though. It was all pretty easy stuff, even for a bouquet beginner like myself.

Look at these gorgeous flowers! Yes, that’s right, there is a cute little bear and tasty chocs included in the bundle.

Flowers, chocolates and a cuddly toy! Shaun, my valentines day expectations are now pretty high, ha ha.

Simba protecting his new Prestige box castle from Zazu…

Zazu isn’t bothered as he has more important matters to attend to.

I was more interested in these little chocolates. By the way there isn’t that many in the box anymore.

As Valentines Day and Mothers Day are both fast approaching, you may be considering buying your special people a lovely bunch of flowers. Before you head to the shops, why not check out what Prestige Flowers have to offer and grab yourself a £5 discount using the code: VIP7711 at the checkout.

If you are stuck for Valentines Day date ideas, pick up a pretty bunch of flowers and do something creative with your favourite person. Here are a few of my ideas:

recreate your first date

go to the beach and write your names in the sand

play mini golf

pick a random destination on the map and cook a themed dinner together

go for a walk and take some cute photos

go bowling

have afternoon tea

make some sandwiches and go for a picnic

jump on the next train and spend the day in a random town

play some board games

have a couples massage

go to a pub quiz

have a two person house party with your favourite tunes 

watch a live band

visit the local market

go shopping and do the £10 gift challenge

create a home spa

watch a panto at the theatre

go to an amusement arcade

make your own pizzas

go to the zoo

paint / create / craft

have a boxset or movie marathon with all the snacks

go on a spontaneous road trip

go play tennis, badminton, pool, snooker, ping pong, darts, anything!

read a book together

fly a kite

look through old photos 

have a no technology evening

plan an adventure! 

Thanks so much for the beautiful flowers, Prestige! As you can see both myself and the cats loved them. Hope you enjoyed my post! Have you got anything special planned for Valentines Day or Mothers Day? I would love to hear your ideas!

*This is a sponsored post which means I received a product/payment in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own. 

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Ask Me Anything – Part One

A few hours ago, I turned to Twitter and made a request for questions for my first Ask Me Anything post. I have had a few come through so am going to start answering those – hopefully some more will come in as I type. So, let’s go!

From A girl with a blog: What do you study and how do you manage to keep a balance in studying and blogging?

I study a MSc in Science with The Open University. Good question! I’m still trying to figure that out myself – he he. At the moment, I make a weekly plan where I balance my time between studying and blogging and try my best to stick to it. When I am studying I have to put my phone on silent and be super disciplined otherwise I get so easily distracted with twitter, insta and general blogging related stuff.

From Morgie: What made you get into blogging? 

I used to run a blog from 2010 – 2013, writing about my journey to a healthier lifestyle where I shared my tips and advice. I took a few years off, then started reading blogs again and decided I really wanted to get back into it. Things have changed a lot since the old days – I used to just write a post, share it on Stumble Upon and hope for the best. Nowadays, it’s all about the social media but I think that’s a good thing.

From Another Little Birdie: Is your name short for anything? I find it very cool!! 

I have lots of names! My long name is Rebekah. My medium sized name Becky. I’m also a Bec or Bex. I added the A onto Bex so it’s like Bexaaaah as I thought it sounded cool. Heh, I’m glad you think so too!

From Huda: Tips on growing your Pinterest! 

Ooh, I would like to know the answer to this too! I’m always neglecting my Pinterest and only ever go on there for my daily dose of inspirational quotes and cute cat pics. So far, I have been pinning my own posts, creating boards and finding new people to follow from Twitter. I’ve read a lot that Pinterest is great for blog traffic but I’m yet to discover the secret. If anyone knows – please let us know!

From Soffy: Do you bulk write your posts or write as you go along?

I write as I go along. I’m not organised enough to plan ahead, although I would like to be. I try to blog 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Fridays) and hope I get some inspiration during the day. I sometimes have a few ideas lined up for the future but nothing is ever really planned out. My goal is to write and schedule some future posts but we shall see. I kinda like being a bit last minute as it makes it more spontaneous.

From Jennie: What are your favourite props for your blog photies? 

I have a little box of blog props which I have collected over the months, but I’m always on the look out for more. Some of my favourite props include: scrabble letters, hearts, stars, fairy lights, and mini inspirational cards. One of my favourite tricks is to use B&Q wallpaper samples to make it look like I have a fancy wooden table when I actually don’t. Shh, don’t tell anyone.

From Rebecca: What would be your dream blogging collaboration? 

Ooh, good question! I’d love to do a collab with a travel company or a some posh spa so I could get a free holiday or some luxury treatments he he – a girl can dream, right? Seriously though, it would be pretty cool to do a collab with another blogger. There are so many awesome blogs out there I couldn’t pick one. But if anyone fancies it, feel free to get in touch and we can share some ideas!

From Ana: How to you prepare your posts?

I think of a general idea then I’ll go and take my photos. Next, I’ll edit them in Photoshop and come up with a blog title. Once that is done, I’m kinda committed to the post and just have write whatever comes into my head. I’m not much of a planner really, although I would like to blog about some days out again out so I’m planning a little adventure soon. Watch this space.

Hope you enjoyed my first Ask Me Anything! Feel free to leave some questions in the comments for a future Part Two post! Thank you to all those who sent me questions – it was fun answering them.

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10 Easy Ways To Create Calm

This weekend Shaun and I chilled out in style. I am talking duvets, heating on, cosy clothes, snacks, books and films. It was defo much needed. Life can get really hectic at times which means anxiety and stress levels slowly rise up without us realizing. So having a complete rest day is sometimes necessary to re-balance and regain the chill in your life. Our weekend of relaxation perfectly coincided with the arrival of my new book Calm by Fearne Cotton. I tweeted on Sunday that after reading just one chapter I fell asleep, so it must be working heh.

Last November I read Fearne’s book called Happy, which I reviewed here. I fell in love with her gorgeous writing style and the way she uses words so creatively. Her book made a lot of sense and offered so many snippets of wisdom – so when I noticed she had released a follow up book, I was straight onto Amazon to order my copy.

Fearne has included her own beautiful illustrations which add a splash of colour and really bring the book to life.

‘Calm is feeling connected even when everything feels hectic’

‘Self-care isn’t overindulgent or a luxury, it’s about not being too hard on yourself’

This is a fab book which you can dip in and out of when you are in need of a moment of calm. It’s got activities and easy ideas to try. If you are looking for suggestions on self-care, how to keep your life in balance, managing uncomfortable emotions and finding your way back to ease and peace then this book is for you. Click here to order yourself a copy and feel the calmness return to your life. But first, here are my 10 Easy Ways To Create Calm.

Paint, colour, create

You don’t need to be an artist to do art. Grab a pen and some pencils and have fun sketching, doodling and experimenting with colour. It’s fun, therapeutic and gives your mind a rest from the stresses of everyday life.

Escape with a book

Books are the best way to calm the mind and escape to some place new. If you don’t have time for a novel, why not pick up a magazine which you can enjoy on your coffee break.

Create a chill playlist

I can listen to chilled Spotify playlists all day and find they are perfect for anything from relaxing in the bath to background study music. A few of my favourites which bring me instant chill are ChillStep, Feels, Tropical House, Ibiza Sunset and Focus On The Remix.

Play a sport

Shaun & I have just recently started playing badminton and it honestly is such a relaxing way to get fit. I’ve noticed that because I am so focused on the game, I stop thinking, my worries disappear and my body relaxes. Any sport where you need to concentrate is great for reducing anxiety.

Enjoy nature

Going for a walk is calming in itself, but walking in nature is the ultimate in chill. Fresh air, exercise and beautiful scenery is enough to quiet an overthinking mind. My favourite places to walk are along the seafront watching the waves or exploring a countryside trail and looking out for wildlife.

Guided relaxation

I have mentioned YouTube yoga a few times already on my blog, but Youtube is also a great place to find guided relaxations. If I am feeling particularly anxious and in need a quick relaxation fix, I’ll search for one of these, close my eyes and feel the tension melt away.

Write down your thoughts

Stress can cause so much mental chaos, it is sometimes hard to make sense of it all. I find it helps to keep a journal or diary and jot down my thoughts and feelings. This helps to put things into perspective and closing the book on your anxieties is somewhat therapeutic.

Watch your favourite comedy

Laughter is one of the best stress busters out there. If you are feeling on edge and nothing seems to be working, an episode of your favourite show can lift your spirits and distract your from your worries. What are your favourites? I always enjoy watching Alan Partridge, Peep Show and Only Fools And Horses – gotta love a bit of British comedy.

Bath with all the bubbles

Relaxing in the bath at the end of a long day is great for the body and mind. I light a few candles, select my perfect playlist and let the tension from the day melt away. It’s my favourite thing to do and no matter how I’m feeling, a soak in a hot bath will always make me feel completely refreshed and calm afterwards.

Avoid negativity

Finally, staying away from negativity and drama will do wonders for stress levels. Seek out positive people and those who build you up instead of knocking you down. The sort of people you surround yourself with has a great impact on your mood, self-esteem and overall mental health.

I hope you enjoyed my 10 easy ways to create calm, let me know your relaxation ideas in the comments. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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