I’ve spent three weeks on holiday in America and then come back and pretty much lived on barbeques during the two weeks since that, and now I’m starting to feel a bit rubbish, bloated, low on energy and just generally unhealthy. So this week, I’m going to eat well. I’m not going to the extremes of a detox, simply because I am a really fussy eater, and I don’t really like a lot of the really really healthy foods that would provide me with a pinterest-style detox. As a result, my main aims are to eat my five portions of fruit and veg a day at least, to cut out caffeine and alcohol (an exception in the latter may be made if England get to the world cup final, but let’s not jinx it), to cut out all unnatural sugar, carbs like chips and white bread and to drink the recommended 2 litres of water a day. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but for me it’s going to be tough to eat salads for lunch when I don’t like any salad items other than lettuce, not have my morning coffee and refrain from having any sweet treats that may be brought into my office.
But I can do this! I’m going to post every day about what I’ve eaten and drank and howbis doing and feeling, for my own benefit mainly. However, if you’re interested, please do follow my week-long attempt at being actually being healthy!
Have you tried a detox, and do you have any tips? What foods did you cut out or what foods did you enjoy that were healthy? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!
UPDATE: I managed four days of this detox week and ended up ordering a bit fat Chinese takeaway. I’m not even sorry.
As Walt Disney once said, “laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever”. I am a huge Disney fan and at 22 years old, my dream came true and I got to visit Disney! We didn’t have much time in Florida so we went to Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and they were both so much fun! However the parks are so big that there was no way we could do everything over two days but we made the best of it and we’re saving up for another trip in two year’s time!
It didn’t matter that we didn’t have much time though, as the most important thing for me was getting to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse which I did!
I love how the characters are so friendly and give you hugs and that you can be a big kid and it not matter at all! I also met Daisy Duck and Pluto, with Pluto getting me to dance with him, such a funny moment.
Meeting the characters was probably my most favourite part. Ibwoyld have loved to have met more but the waiting time and lines are often very long, even if they’re just out and about in the park, and I didn’t want to miss out on walking around the whole of the parks so I figured I’d do that next time. My favourite rides were both in Epcot – Frozen Ever After and Test track, both had small drops (I’m not into big rides at all), with Frozen Ever After getting you ever so slightly sprayed with water and Test Track travelling really quite fast and being really good fun.
Pros of Magic Kingdom:
The Disney Castle, of course.
The different areas, e.g. Fantasy Land (My fave), Advernture Land, Tomorrowland etc. Each one is so perfectly designed and so much fun to just wander around them. There is so so much to see!
The firework show in the evening, featuring some of the best Disney songs and illuminations on the castle- so memorable!
The parades on Main Street. They’re so much fun and make you so happy! If it’s your first time at Disney you get a badge which says you’re a first time visitor, and as a result the organisers put me in a front row spot to watch one of them so that was excellent.
The many gift stores! If you want some souvenirs, fear not, as they are everywhere! Make sure you pick up some mouse ears from one of these stores! 🙂
Pros of Epcot:
You can explore the world! Epcot is designed almost like the number ‘8’, with one half filled in and the other with a lake in the middle. When you walk around the lake, you walk through different areas decorated as different countries. For example, you can walk through China and see Mulan, drink Chinese tea buy beautiful Chinese souvenirs. You can walk through Germany and get yourself some bratwurst while you wait to see Snow White, you can go to France, eat French cuisine and meet Belle, or head to the United Kingdom for fish and chips, grab a beer in the pub and catch up with Mary Poppins. There are many locations to enjoy.
The fireworks on the lake. At 9pm the lake comes alive, with the fireworks, lights, fountains, music and lasers providing a spectacular show.
The variety. As described on Disney’s Epcot website, at Epcot you can “travel around the globe, under the sea, into outer space.. and beyond!” It’s just so captivating and means that every part of park you visit is different and very well themed.
It’s really different to Magic Kingdom. As you can tell by both lists, there are similarities. However, the parks have even more differences, which makes it worth going to both as the experiences are so unique, so don’t overlook Epcot!
Cons of both:
(I figured I’d do this list as both parks as both have the same cons in my humble opinion)
Money money money. As can be expected, as it’s Disney, things are very expensive! It’s so worth it of course, but if you’ve got a big family you’ve probably spent an absolutely fortune on tickets alone, so if you’re all eating together be prepared to spend a lot. Some places were around $50-80 a person, with the snacks being pretty expensive too, a cookie designed as Mickey was $15. I did go in peak season so bare that in mind, but we were prepared and ate a huge breakfast before going in so that we could skip lunch and only pay for one meal which we kept quite light. Next time I might take some of my own food too. Of course if you’ve got the money, the food looked excellent so do enjoy! Not complaining at all as it’s to be expected as it’s Disney, but just advice if anyone’s wondering. You do get a guide on the maps that you can pick up at the entrances which do give an example of places and their price ranges.
Fastpass. You get three free fastpasses with your standard ticket which is excellent, except make sure you go straight to the fastpass station and choose which rides you want first. Don’t do what I did at Magic Kingdom, which was decide to look around everything first and then choose which rides to go on as it takes so long to walk around everything and then many fastpasses for the popular rides had gone. At Epcot I got in the park at 11pm and luckily we got fastpasses for Test Track but some, including Frozen Ever After, had already gone. You have to select a time to use your fastpass too, and you have to stick to that time too.
It’s Florida, so be prepared. It’s very hot and humid which means thunderstorms develop quickly. It’s was super hot at Magic Kingdom then suddenly the storm started, cue a run to the store for a poncho and many rides being temporarily stopped.
Time goes too fast! Literally there is so much to see and do, so bare that in mind
Overall I had the most magical wonderful time ever! It really is like a dream come true to visit Disney, I generally cried a little when I first arrived. I’m so thankful to have been able to have gone, but I certainly didn’t have enough time there! And I want to see all thenother parks too! Fingers crossed for my savings account 🙂
Have you ever been to Disney? Did you have the best time ever? Or are you a Disney fanatic like me? Let me know in the comments!
“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman
So I feel very lucky to have been able to go to many amazing places. For someone who never went abroad until I was 18, I think I’ve done pretty well to have visited 20 states of the USA, Egypt, Italy, France, Germany, Canada and India. These countries all have such diverse cultures and I’d love to see more! In no particular order, here are the top 10 places on my bucket list.
Indonesia. I’d absolutely love to backpack across some of the Islands, especially Borneo, Bali, Sumatra and Java. The wildlife, jungles, beaches, people, all seem to be wonderful and an experience I simply have to have!
Greece. My favourite movie ever is Mamma Mia, so my wish for exploring the country and it’s islands began there. When I researched Greece I realised how beautiful it looked, with crystal clear waters, amazing cuisine, pretty islands and interesting cities. I’d also love to learn about Greek mythology as I am a major history geek.
Iceland. Reykjavik seems like a great capital city to visit, and I’d love to explore the natural wonders across the country. My predominate dream though, would be to stay in a woodland lodge or iglooo, and see the Northern Lights. My one truly big dream is to see the Northern Lights so this has to happen! I also love huskies so a husky sleigh ride would be awesome.
Australia. Now the stereotypical view of Australia makes me think of the things that want to kill me, but I’ve been told by people who have visited and even lived there that there is so much to see and do, and now I really want to go! I want to visit the main cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin and Adelaide, as well as experience a little bit of the outback and see koalas and kangaroos in the wild. I love hot weather too so that’s an added bonus!
New Zealand. NZ seems like the ultimate destination for an adventure! I want to hike around the mountains, spend a day watching whales, explore the natural wonders and immerse myself in Maori culture.
Hawaii. Who wouldn’t want to visit Hawaii? I would plan to see Pearl Harbour, snorkel with the turtles, hike along the rugged terrain, explore as many of the islands as I can, see live volcanoes (from a safe distance) and chill on a beautiful beach eating fresh pineapple and loving tropical life. Ahh, heaven.
Croatia – so I first researched Croatia because of one of my favourite characters on the US hospital drama ER- Dr Luka Kovac. When I looked into what Croatia had to offer,I was blown away! The Dalmatian Coast is a must do, and so is travelling around the natural parks full of lakes and waterfalls abundant with natural beauty. The quirky little towns and magnitude of history is also a huge interest of mine, so please get me on a plane sharpish!
Kenya – I’d really like to experience an African country, as I see the whole continent as being incredibly rich in culture and history. Kenya is top of my list, as a big dream of mine is to go on a real safari! Maasai Mara seems to be THE place to do this, and see the animals up close in their natural habitat. I also want to explore Nairobi and learn about some African cultures and tribes as I find them fascinating.
The Amazon. Or rather, part of it, as it spreads over 4000 miles. I’ve been captivated by the travels of one of my idols, explorer Laura Bingham, and the wonderful Freddie Flintoff and Rob Penn to this beautiful land, the rainforest, the huge river, the abundance of wildlife and fauna.. I could go on. I’d love to take a guided tour around, a river cruise, and visit some of the little villages on the way. An adventurer’s dream.
Norway. The gateway to Scandinavia! I’d love to go to the northern areas in the summer and experience the fact that the sun doesn’t set, I’d love to see The beautiful fjords with my own eyes and explore the charming little towns. I want to try the cuisine and learn some history – the Vikings for one! I’ve heardbits a lovely progressive country and I’d love to see it!
So here’s my top 10! What are yours? Have you been to any of these places? Let me know in the comments!
I’ve not long returned from a wonderful trip to the USA and I wanted to write about my favourite moments! Here is my take on the beautiful Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls was our first stop of the trip, and it was certainly extremely memorable. The sheer magnitude of the falls completely captivates you and takes your breath away.
I have compiled a list of my top tips for visiting this beautiful natural wonder.
Make sure you do both the American and Canadian sides, but do the American side first! – Horseshoe Falls connects from the American to the Canadian side, and the American and Bridal Veil Falls are solely on the American side, separated from the mainland by Goat and Luna islands. This means that although most of the action is on the American side, you get a much more fabulous view from the Canadian side.
On the American side, Goat Island to be exact, I’d recommend doing Cave of the Winds. You start by learning the history of the Falls, and then you take an elevator down to beneath the Bridal Veil Falls. This is the smallest of the three by far, but still incredibly powerful! Be prepared to get wet! You do get provided sandals and a poncho which is included in the admission price. Also, beware of the millions of seagulls as I found out, as they are happy to poo on everyone including myself. The poncho had multiple uses…
3. Spend some time on Main Street on the Canadian side. There are many souvenir stores, food places and activities for all the family to enjoy
4. If you’re staying on the Canadian side, keep in mind the extra expenses on top of the hotel price. The parking at the Sheraton where we stayed was an additional 40 Canadian dollars a night and the wifi was 20 canadian dollars a night. Other hotels may have been a little cheaper but none that I saw had free parking. A small price to pay really to stay beside the beautiful falls but something to bear in mind aa it is not always clear at the time of booking. The American side may be the same but we stayed in a Quality Inn about 10 minutes from the falls rather than literally beside it as we did on the Canadian side.
5. If you want to get up close and personal with the falls – Take a boat! There are boat tours from both sides and they seemed to go continuously throughout the day. I didn’t go on it because it was a little chilly and I didn’t want to get soaked and cold but I do regret it now, so make sure you learn from my mistakes!
6. Have an amazing time! Take pictures. Savour the moment. Enjoy.
I really hope you enjoyed this post! Have you ever been to Niagara Falls and would you add anything to this list? Perhaps you’ve been somewhere else that blew you away like Niagara did to me? Or maybe Niagara is on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments below! X