Monday, 23 April 2018

Why The Caribbean Should Be On Your Bucket List This Year



The Caribbean is a group of islands which is situated just above South America. It is a stunning area of the world and a very popular place for people to go during the summer months. If you haven’t ever been to this small part of the world, now is the time to get out there and experience everything the Caribbean has offer.

Beaches
The Caribbean is the home of some of the most stunning beaches in the world. If you want to good reason to visit this group of islands, the shimmering sands and crystal clear waters will make you want to stay here forever. The beaches provide a paradise for people to visit throughout the year, and it honestly feels as if your daily life is just a distant memory when you are there. They are stunning, relaxing places for you and your loved ones to enjoy during the summer.

Diving

One of the wonders of the caribbean is the vast amount of wildlife which graces the land and the sea surrounding the islands. If you want to see some incredible creatures during your summer holiday you can book a diving session in the sea and come face to face with bottlenose dolphins, turtles, tropical fish and coral. It will feel as if you have entered a whole new world and you can experience firsthand how these extraordinary creatures live their lives.

Amazing accommodation

With the Caribbean being such a tourist attraction, the people who own hotel here go that extra mile to make sure you can enjoy the most luxurious accommodation possible on your holiday. If you want to truly feel like royalty as you travel on your summer holiday, a hotel such as the Courtyard Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago will be the perfect place to stay. You’ll have access to lots of amenities, amazing food and stunning views.

Festivals

The Caribbean as a whole is huge on its culture and they love to celebrate their diversity and history with the wider world. During the summer you will be able to experience some of the amazing festivals held on it’s islands, for example,e you can enjoy watching steel drummers, floats and dancers parading on the streets of Trinidad and Tobago. You’ll feel like part of their world as they invite you in and make you feel like one of their own.

The food
Because of the wide range of cultures and ethnicities which grace the Caribbean, you will be able to experience a whole new world of flavour and fusion food. From spicy fish, jerk chicken and spicy rice to the mellow coconut dishes, plantains and tropical fruits. It is certainly an experience for any food lover and you will likely come home with some new favourites to try at home!

The sunsets
At the end of the perfect summer day, you will be able to see a colourful, vibrant and stunning sunset on the beach. Sit back on your deck chairs with a coconut cocktail in hand and watch as a rainbow of colour dances in the sky. 


Monday, 5 March 2018

Photowall - The next best thing in Canvases


If you were to come to my house and walk into my living room, the first thing you would notice is what I affectionately call 'The wall of fame' which is where all the family photos hang. Having photos on display is something I have been adament about for many years and I cherish each one of them but what I really love, is having special images of my loved ones placed onto canvas.

A few weeks ago, a lovely lady called Jennifer contacted me on behalf of a swedish canvas printing company called photowall.com and asked me if I would like to have a canvas made - needless to say I nearly bit her hand off.

She explained the whole process to me about how it all works and I was surprised by how unique the concept is. You head onto the website and you are given the option to either purchase one of their own prints on canvas (this can either be singular or in collage form) or upload an image of your choice which is what I opted for. The next part of the process is fantastic, instead of having set sizes for canvases which is what alot of companies have, you can choose your own dimensions. This particularly appealed to me as I have ordered canvas prints in the past and they have been considerably smaller than what I was expecting and they never quite looked right on my wall. 

I opted for a 60x80 size which may sound rather large but in my house, the walls are quite high which leaves alot of wall space that needs to be covered. Having got the tape measure out to double check the dimensions, I knew that this size would be fantastic for where I wanted the canvas to hang. Once all the details were put in and the order was placed, the canvas arrived within a few working days and I was in for a big surprise when it did.

The canvas itself arrived in a long, thin (ish) cardboard box and when I opened it, I saw that the canvas was nicely rolled up (but in no way wrinkled or damaged) and the frame was a case of putting it together. I loved this as it makes transport of the canvas alot less likely to sustain any damage (perfect considering it travels from Sweden) and this is the finished result...



 As you can see, I chose this adorable photo of my kids and I have hung it on the feature wall in my bedroom. I chose to have the picture done in black and white so that it would compliment my bedroom's colour scheme so for this, I just edited the original picture (see below)



Considering this photo was taken quickly on my Iphone and I was unsure if the quality of the image would look good when transferred to canvas, the quality itself is absolutely faultless and it came out perfectly.



From the side image, you can see how thick the frame is. It's the perfect thickness so that it doesn't float over the wall once it's been hung. You can choose to have the canvas come with a frame or not when you are ordering, again this is another fantastic feature that I'm sure appeals to alot of people.

Overall I am so impressed with this company and the quality of their items. The whole process from start to finish was so straight forward and the canvas itself is absolutely stunning. You might think ordering from abroad can be a little hit or miss but I assure you that photowall put 100% into their work and it really shows on the finished piece. 

I have to give a big shout to Jennifer who really helped me to understand how it all works and she was also kind enough to give my readers a discount code if you would like a print of your own! Woohoo!

Simply go to photowall.com and go through the ordering process, then at checkout, enter the code 
PiecesOfKateCampaign2018
to receive 20% off your canvas! Now you've definitely got no excuse to get printing those memories.





Sunday, 18 February 2018

Fun At The Festival


I love a good day at the races and try my best to get to at least one race day every year and even throw a cheeky bet in here and there. Admittedly, I only ever attend York or Beverley as they are the closest to where I live but I fancy broadening my horizons a bit more and heading a bit more further afield so I had a good old nosey on Google and came across a betting website - bettingtop10.com/ie and I was surprised by how different it was compared to other betting sites. Usually with the bigger known sites, you have your basic betting 101 which is you pick a horse, throw your money on it and hope for the best. But with this one, it also provides all sorts of news regardless of which sport you are betting on and also mentions events that are happening at certain places throughout the year and that's when I found out about The Cheltenham Festival.

Pic credit - cheltenhamfestival.net
According to the website, The Cheltenham Festival is a four day national racing competition where the best of the best from the UK & Ireland come together to compete in 28 races so that pretty much works out to 7 races each day. It starts alot earlier than most racing competitions which usually start in the peak of summer (this one starts on March) and takes place at Prestbury Park. Additionally from what I've read, this festival is a big deal and is the biggest highlights of many Jockeys calendars. 

I've had alot of people ask me what I enjoy so much about going to the races, with alot assuming it's just because it's a good excuse to get dressed up to the nines and drink cava from the bottle but that's not what the races are about for me. It's such an enjoyable day out and even if you don't know the first thing about betting or prefer to keep your money in your purse/wallet, there is no rule that says you must put a bet on if you go. You can simply stand and watch the horses hurtle past with the crowds screaming for the favourite to come in. It's also a fantastic day out for children too with lots of courses accomodating families in areas that make sure they can see all the action but are kept at a safe distance.

Pic credit - bet-share.co.uk

Having done alot of research on the Cheltenham course and the festival itself, I'm actually considering putting it into my calendar as a strong contender for next years racing festivities. Unfortunately with it being so close to march and currently renovating two rooms in my house, it's just not an option but I love the look of this course and I would love to experience the festival in all it's glory and who knows, for once I might actually win more than £20! - Well, fingers crossed.