Trek America Southern Sun - Day two

Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Day two - Washington DC

My first night of camping wasn't the best, I didn't sleep too well, I kept waking up, rolling around to get comfy. I woke up pretty early in the morning to get ready, I think it was these moments in the morning that I was thankful at times because it allowed me a little bit of alone time. After I was ready Phil had set up breakfast which consisted of cereals, bagels, toast, fruit etc. 

We left camp at around quarter to nine, although this was a free day we had a guided bike tour at 10 am which was included in the price of the tour. The company we went with was called bike and roll when we arrived they fitted us with helmets and made sure we had the correct bike/seat adjustments. I was a little bit apprehensive at first, I couldn't recall the last time I was on a bike! I was wobbly at first and even though they had set the gears, my bike didn't feel right, it felt like the I was peddling too much and I couldn't get my head around on how to work the gears... 

We had such amazing weather in Washington DC it was so sunny and warm, which might not have helped being on a bike and being unfit, several times I thought I can't do this! I think the tour was around two hours long but I'm not entirely sure and you don't have to do it. The tour included the Lincoln Memorial it was nice seeing the difference during the day and night, although I think I preferred it at night with everything all lit up. Next was the Jefferson memorial, the tidal basin makes it look like the memorial is situated in a middle of a lake. The memorial itself is really majestic.  The tour also include the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. I also learnt the difference between a monument and a memorial, a monument is built whilst a person is alive and a memorial after the person has died, memorial makes sense but I didn't know the monument fact! The tour was really good and it was fun getting to see Washington DC in a different way and even if you aren't the fittest of people like me it is doable. 

After the bike ride we had free time to do what we wanted, we were recommended the Smithsonian museums because these are free. But before we went anywhere we went to find food, I wasn't really hungry but went along anyway, one of the girls on the trek had been living in Washington DC for a year so recommended a great place to eat which served food from around the world, although I can't remember the name! The first museum we visited was the air and space museum. I love space, telescopes, stars and planets, I would describe this museum of the technical aspects of going into space, hows its done, the machinery they use which is interesting but I also like the dreamy idea of walking around a museum with fake planets and stars everywhere. However I did get to touch a part of the moon. 

The next museum we went to (which isn't a Smithsonian but still free) was the Holocaust museum. Went you go in you are handed a little booklet and inside the booklet is a true story of people who were involved in the Holocaust, you can read the booklet as you go along and see how this person lived at this time in history. I didn't take too many photos because I felt disrespectful but it was intriguing and heartbreaking at the same time. 

After the bike ride, it made Washington DC feel like everything is close together, it isn't! Everything is spread apart and it takes ages to walk from one place to the next. As a group we walked to the White House and it felt a lot closer than it was. The White house is such an iconic building, I've seen it countless times in movies, in the news etc. so I was really looking forward to seeing it and honestly I was slightly underwhelmed. I'm not entirely sure why but I'm happy that I got to see it. 

We had planned to meet Phil out trek guide at six but sure to the distance from the Whitehouse back to the The castle we was late!! We all saw of held our heads low and apologised a thousand times, he had bought us lots of pizza for dinner and we sat and ate it in the gardens whilst he went over more trek information, it was a really nice end to our day in Washington DC. Back at camp we set up a fire and sat around that until it was time for bed.

(I am going to try and make my trek america posts as detailed as possible and fit as much in as I can remember, if you have any questions about the tour ask in the comments below and I will do an FAQ at the end. I also was not planning on having these posts so few and far between but I've been so busy!) 

Getting Christmas creative with Snapfish*

Friday, 20 November 2015
I'm sure your blog list has been filling up with posts related to Christmas, I'm often reminded its only so and so days away. I love the idea of getting creative at Christmas and one way to do this is using photographs. Snapfish is a website I love using for prints, they are affordable, really good quality and have speedy delivery, as well as offering a wide range of other items. 

I had a few ideas in my mind about what to make, the thing is I don't have many personal Christmas photos online they are all stacked away in boxes and mainly in the attic, so when it came to printing Christmas related photos to get creative with I opted for free vintage images I found online (with a few Christmas ones of my dogs.) 

So when I think of Christmas I think of warmth, candles, glitter, snow, reds and greens, so I tried to include these elements in my ideas. A lot of them involved gluing! I also have to apologise for the lighting the downfall of rarely getting to see the Sun during winter! 
I love old jam jars and using them as tea light holders, so for this I simply used a photograph of a Snowman (to personalise you can use photos of your own snowmen.) I stuck this on using PVA glue then decorated the glass with metallic silver paint. 

Another jam jar idea, this time I used a mini jam jar to create a photo holder although the same idea can be used as placements on a table etc. I really struggled getting a photo of this so I hope you get the idea! I filled the inside with white glitter to create the snow effect, I then glued in a snowman and Christmas tree figurine to create a mini Christmas wonderland. I punctured a hole through the lid using scissors, I then glued glitter to the lid (although this could have been slightly neater.) I used some flexible wire to create my holder, I glued it into place then shaped the holder. 

I also made a Christmas photo magnet using an old frame and magnetic strips, again I painted this silver, cut and glued the photo into place and added the magnetic strips. I decorated the outside of the frame with a Christmas tree and another Snowman. I also really wanted to find some vintage style frames, paint them and tie ribbon around the top to make personalised photo decorations but my trip looking for these was fruitless! 

I've also used the photos I got printed out to make decoupage decorations, gift tags and more but lost the photos so hopefully I'll be able to retake and show with you another day.  

How would you use photos to be creative?

Review - Fun by Desigual, The Fragrance shop*

Monday, 16 November 2015
Christmas is just around the corner (seriously how fast do the years go by!?) so it is time to get thinking of Christmas fillers. One of my favourite gifts to receive at Christmas is perfume there are so many different sets to choose from and a wide variety of scents. One I've been introduced to recently is Fun by Desigual (£19.00 The Fragrance Shop) The gift set includes a make up bag and a 50ml bottle of Fun. 

the fragrance shop fun by desigual
The gift box instantly stands out with is quirky, retro, colourful packaging which just matches the perfumes name. The box can easily be reused if you wanted to keep it. The make up bag is just as colourful and striking, I love the design. The bag itself is also good quality and the perfect size to pop into your bag. 
the fragrance shop fun by desigual
The bottle design is also bright and eye catching, it has spirals of  colour running around the front and back, along the side it has inscribed 'have fun everyday!!' on it. The design really lives up to the name of the perfume. 

The scent has 'top notes of juicy blueberries with delicious nashi pear and white peach, and heart notes of exotic passion fruit, violet and peony, the base leave a trail of sandalwood and bright teak.' I've never really tried fruity scents in the past instead opting for sweeter, musky scents. When I first sprayed this you can really smell the fruitiness of the blueberries and peach, the scent isn't too strong or over-powering either and I do really like the scent of this, however the only downside is compared to other perfumes I have used I find this one doesn't last as long throughout the day.

Let me know if you've tired this perfume before! 

*This product was sent to me for reviewing purposes all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Powered by Blogger.
Back to Top