Review: Centerparcs Waterside Lodge Elveden Forest

If you read my blog or follow me on social media, you will know I love a trip to Centerparcs! My family and I visit at least twice a year, often more than this, and we love trying out a new lodge. Recently we enjoyed a Winter stay in a Centerparcs Waterside Lodge located in Elveden Forest. This is the nearest Centerparcs to our home and we tend to visit it pretty frequently. I’m going to share my honest review with you, talking about what I believe can be changed, and what we loved about our Centerparcs Waterside Lodge.

The Centerparcs Waterside Lodge

Centerparcs Waterside Lodge Review

We stayed in the third lodge, on the right. This was number 94 and was named Sloop. All of the lodges have the same facilities and amenities but this one was the least overlooked in our opinion. When we were in the lodge we couldn’t see anyone, besides through one of the windows. When we were enjoying the deck area we also couldn’t see anyone until we stood near the gas barbeque.

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Review: Emirates airline cable car – Riding the Emirates airline

At the beginning of 2018 I set myself a few goals, to be a little bit braver! One of those goals, that made it on to my 2018 bucket list, was to ride the Emirates airline cable car. I’m sure to some people this doesn’t seem like a big deal, at all, but I’m really scared of heights! Since my daughter was born in 2016 I have wanted to do more, try more and enjoy life more. This was just one of the small things that I wanted to achieve this year and I managed it! Today I’m sharing my Emirates airline cable car review with you, and my thoughts as someone who is scared of heights!

Finishing our journey on the Emirates airline cable car

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Enjoying a real Christmas tree even in a small space (AD – Gifted)

We were gifted the featured item in exchange for coverage. I’ve made no secret of it but we live in a very small home. At present we are in a one-bedroom-flat and we are always working on de-cluttering, organising and cleaning to keep our home pristine. Having piles of clutter around can feel overwhelming at times and this is why I work hard on keeping our home as tidy and organised as possible. We have never had a real Christmas tree in our 8 Christmases living together, until this year! We have been gifted a tree from Pines and Needles and I’m going to give you a look at it and share my thoughts on the quality.

Real Christmas tree

As you can see we’ve gone for quite a small tree this year, due to our limited space. Just to be able to fit our Christmas tree in I have to clean my desk off and pack away lots of little bits like my printer! We ordered a 3ft Nordmann Fir for our real Christmas tree and absolutely love it!

When our tree arrived it came by courier, and we received the tree, a water holding stand and a complimentary mini Christmas tree, that Daisy had a great time decorating! The courier brought our real Christmas tree up to the front door (we live on the 3rd floor) and everything came well wrapped.

Unwrapping our real Christmas tree there were a LOT of loose pine needles, obviously from where it had been bashed around a little in transit. We didn’t need to worry though as it was easy to shake off the loose needles and then get the tree into place. My husband had to saw a little off the bottom of the tree, to ensure the tree drinks the water when in the stand and lasts right through December.

In the above photograph, you can see all of the needles that have fallen off the tree in 3 days. Not bad at all!

A look at our real Christmas tree

As you can see our real Christmas tree is really full and lush. It has an amazing smell, that you only get from having a real Christmas tree in December. It was so simple to put it into place and start decorating. There was no faffing at all and we didn’t have to click any branches in place or find pieces in our hall cupboard like we would with our usual artificial Christmas tree.

The star on top of our real Christmas tree

It’s actually working out really well having our 3ft Christmas tree up on my desk. I work from the sofa most of the time anyway and there are other areas of our home I can work from if I need to. As our Christmas tree is up high it is simple to use the handheld part of my Shark to vacuum up the needles. Also, Daisy cannot trash the Christmas tree and can just admire it instead.

Our little home is actually not a bad size, it just doesn’t have a big amount of natural light. If we had modern rooflights I’d feel much happier staying here while we saved for a bigger home. I just hate that we only have a couple of windows in our whole home. It’s a bit depressing!

Our real Christmas tree - The Stevens

You’ve still got lots of time to buy your own real Christmas tree! Head over to the Pines and Needles website where you can find trees from 3ft to 12ft with the minimal dropping of needles and a wonderful smell too!

I know that the tree is going to last well as my Mum had a Christmas tree last year from Pines and Needles and it lasted right until the end of the year while still looking and smelling fantastic.

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Our real Christmas tree from Pines and Needles.

Review: Spirit and Lucky Deluxe Feeding Set (AD – Gifted)

We were gifted the featured item in exchange for coverage. If you’ve got little ones at home you’ve probably already heard of the DreamWorks Animation series Spirit Riding Free. Spirit Riding Free follows the story of Lucky, and her horse Spirit, as they go on adventures together. We have been sent the new Spirit and Lucky Deluxe Feeding Set to review and Daisy was SO excited! The moment this arrived Daisy wanted to rip the box open and I decided to indulge her!

Lucky riding Spirit

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