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LD Travels – The Best Nights Sleep With TEMPUR & Talplow House Hotel

I’m known for a few things amongst those who know me well, and, while some of them aren’t exactly ‘share worthy’ others are. One of those being how much I love my bed. Now, it’s not necessarily because I like to sleep all the time (get your mind out of that gutter – but yes, also that) but just being in bed makes me happy. Fluffy duvets, big, squishy pillows, cotton duvet covers, magazines, Instagram, Netflix – all those things coupled with being hidden away from the world = happy Kate.

So when I was invited by TEMPUR to visit Taplow House in Windsor to see if they could provide the best nights sleep ever, I was hardly going to say no now, was I!

We arrived just after 2pm, driving into a gated car park which protected a stunning building. I love old architecture and the history surrounding them, anything that has a past intrigues me, Taplow House as it stands was built in 1751, altered in 1800 and again around 1840. Although earlier records are vague, whatever was around before it was completely burnt down in about 1660. The cellars still bear scorch marks from that fire. After checking in, we were shown to our room, which consisted of a gorgeous bed, flat screen tv, stunning views over the grounds and a lovely luxury bathroom.

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At this point, like any sensible, weary parents, who have either worked all week or battled their way through Easter half term, we decided to lay down on the bed with a cup of tea. Oh yeah, we are proper rock and roll us two. Once we had rested, had a flick through the TV channels (who knew there were TV’s out there that didn’t include kids channels…?) and chatted to each other without interruption, I did what any normal woman would do, I ran an afternoon bath. Now, that’s probably one of the other things I’m known for, I love a bath. Unfortunately, our house owns a bath designed for children, or, very, very small people. You have to make a decision when getting into our bath, do you want your legs under the water, or your upper body. You cannot have both. Choose wisely.

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Anyway. The bath didn’t disappoint, it wasn’t overly big but it was deep enough to soak away a good 40 minutes.

We decided we didn’t want to eat at the hotel, as we wanted to explore Windsor, so we made our way into town and had a wander, eventually ending up in one of my favourite places, Wagamama. Yum. Of course, in true British style, it began to chuck it down so we decided to make our way back to our room, and enjoy the chance to just relax.

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And a bit of room service naturally.

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Now, I was trying to think of ways to describe the mattress without using the same words over and over again. TEMPUR mattresses conform and adapt to the exact shape of your body and support you in a way that makes you feel weightless. The TEMPUR story began when NASA developed a pressure absorbing material to support astronauts during the strain of lift-off. So if that is comfortable, I don’t know what is. The man definitely found the mattress to his liking. I’m assuming this due the INCREDIBLE levels of noise coming from him during the night. I had the window open because it was so warm in the room, which kind of makes me think Windsor is a little confused at the noises it heard Saturday night.

I must admit I woke up feeling like I’d slept well, kind of foggy headed, like I’d been asleep for 17 hours, feeling.

We headed down for breakfast (always a sign of a good hotel is when you get a good breakfast) then we made our way home, back to the little darlings that were missing us, to get ready for another week.

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So, if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway for a night or two, Taplow House Hotel is a good bet!

Huge thanks to TEMPUR for sending the man and I away to Taplow House for this review!

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Lust List.

I love Instagram. If I had to choose to get rid of all my social media and only keep one, it would be Instagram that made the cut. I can spend hours on there, especially when I find a feed that’s my cup of tea, I go a bit stalker-ish and scroll through for ages. Don’t tell me I’m the only one…!

It’s also a bit of an enabler. You know what I’m on about, you find a company, usually a small one, run by proper people, and before you know it, you’ve added a gazillion things to your virtual basket.

These babies are on the lust list at the moment. I’m slowly working my way round to getting them. Of course, getting a job will help with the spending addiction…..

Babe Cave London. Vintage tees. Badges. Harley Davidsons and tattoos. Need I say more. This one is £25 and the “Let’s Haul Ass” for £30 is on the list. Love.

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Souvenir Jewellery. I am becoming skull obsessed. I think I’m having some sort of mid, midlife crisis. I’m all about the rock chic look right now, and this ring is amazing. The Instagram account is one of my favourites. It’s all jewellery, tattoos and amazing nails. They’re US based but they do ship to the UK. This sleeping village ring is $65. Need.

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Mère Soeur is a wearable celebration of sisterhood. A reminder to eliminate one-upmumship and help a sister out. I love this, all too often women (and it’s usually women) talk about sisterhood and sticking up for each other, but that’s all they do, talk, and there’s very little action. I love Carrie Anne‘s Instagram account almost as much as I love this tee. Also on the list is the boob mug and the travel cup. And the canvas bag. And pins…

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Last, but by no means least, the Selfish Mother collection. I already have the ‘Winging It’ tee, because, let’s face it, I am, and have been winging it for a long time. I am still after the Mother sweatshirt, but it’s a case of picking my favourite colour way. I almost 90% sure it’s this one. But the grey and neon is calling to me as well…. Plus, £15 of the sale goes to Women for Women International.

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I’m sure there will be more added to this list soon enough!

 

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I do solemnly swear…….

I saw a post on FB this morning, by Constance Hall (hilarious woman, you have to read her stuff) and it was all about writing new vows for her and her hubs. Well, after cracking up and agreeing with 90% of them, I thought I could write my own, seeing at the bloke and I have been together for coming up to 19 years. Nineteen years. What the actual f*ck?! (Clearly I don’t look old enough)

So, I bring you, the new vows for the AG marriage.

  • I vow to not punch you in the ribs when you snore like a freight train. I understand you need said ribs, and if we continue in this way, you’ll have none left by the end of the week.
  • You must vow to find a way of ensuring you sleep facing the wall with your mouth firmly shut. ALL night.
  • I vow to try to contain my need to throw things around the room when I am on the edge of PMT.
  • You must vow to NEVER utter the words “are you due on” at me again.
  • I vow to kiss you each morning before you leave for work, regardless of whether I’ve had a coffee, the kids have had breakfast, I know what I’m wearing that day or, if I’m growing a new chin out of a giant spot on my mush.
  • You need to vow to not make those kisses wet and sloppy. I hate that shit.
  • I vow to stop expecting you to be a mind reader. After all these years you’d think I’d know that’s not one of your talents.
  • You need to vow to notice the washing basket needs emptying, the sheets need changing, the bathrooms need cleaning. I don’t have magic cleaning eyes, you see what I see. Calling the cleaner is a compromise I am happy with.
  • I vow to stop bitching that you’re a morning person. In *all* senses.
  • You must vow to stop bitching that I’m an evening person. In *all* senses.
  • I vow to stop telling my friends all your funny f*ck ups so they can use it against you on FB.
  • You vow (you will) to hear me the first time I say something. No matter what it is.
  • I vow to slow down while pushing a shopping trolley and understand that some people do, in fact, use it as a day out, and are enjoying walking at a snails pace.
  • You need to vow to understand that sometimes, those people will have their trolley hurried along. Sainsbury’s is not my idea of a day trip.
  • I vow to laugh at your jokes. When you crack them. And not say “hey, that’s funny, for you…..”
  • You must vow to continue making me laugh.
  • I vow to try and reign in my sarcasm at inappropriate moments. Although I know you secretly love it.
  • You must vow to get my “looks” a lot faster than you do. When you see that look, respond.
  • I  vow to try and stack the dishwasher in a way that keeps your OCD happy.
  • You must vow to put the empty loo rolls in the bloody bin.

And there we go. What do you think, if we renew our vows next year, these would work wouldn’t they?

 

 

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#InstaLove – Cult of Youth

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I’ve decided that I actually have mama envy. I need to coin a term for it, #mamenvy or something less shit. Anyway. One of the mamas that I am girl crushing on right now is Kelly from Cult of Youth. Mama to Elvis and creator of the necklace on my wish list, if I could decide which one I wanted, mama, initials or the skull. We all know how much I love a skull….. She’s frigging amazing and I love her style, from her Instagram profile to her jewellery range. Go shop, thank me later.

3 things

Three items you can’t live without?
My bed, my phone and my Double Initial Chain. I have a seventeen week old baby so we’ve spent the last few months holeing ourselves away, watching old films under the covers and getting to know eachother. It’s been good to have maintained a connection to the outside world with a bit of Instagram! Getting dressed has definitely changed since having a baby, very simple and functional. I always make sure I’m wearing my rings and a chain from the new collection as it makes me look a bit more polished, even if I don’t feel it! At the moment I alternate between the MAMA and Elvis’s initials.

The meal you would cook to impress someone?
I love microwave Mac n Cheese but that’s a bit rank isn’t it?!

Where you get your inspiration from?
I am inspired by people. I love having coffee on the Kingsland Road and people watching! Instagram is also a great source. @eimearvarianbarry has one of my fave insta accounts (she’s just as gorgeous in real life.) I wish my desk looked a little more like hers! @mothersmeetings hold lots of events including a monthly business club which always inspires me. When it comes to designing, I tend to work with materials first and then build a collection around them. Last season I was obsessed with crystal quartz, this current collection is very personal. I make each piece by hand so I wanted to use that as a design focus. Each piece is completely unique to it’s owner!

Which Instagram accounts inspire you? Let me know!

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#InstaLove – Lines & Current

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I’m loving @linesandcurrent on Instagram. Designer of headwear, sunglasses and jewellery (I already own one of the headbands, I am now eyeing up some of the jewellery….) Rebekah is just naturally artistic *and* she donates 10% of her profit to hand in hand for Syria.

She’s also a properly lovely lady and someone you’d want to have a coffee with. Always happy to be an enabler, have a look at www.linesandcurrent.com – you can thank me later.

3 things:

Three things you can’t live without?
My daily notebook for thoughts/ lists. My throw-all-in bag (you know the mummy types that fit kiddy snacks/ lipstick/ phone ALL-IN-ONE ?) and finally, my sunglasses- My current every-dayers are the HENNING model from my SHOP.

Meal you’d cook to impress?
The meal would be an Easy Mezze Platter of hummus/ baba ganoush/ vegetable skewers/ Fattoush Salad. I just love all those fresh Lebanese flavours.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I draw inspiration from my life and my circumstances. I think of my own “style desires” here & now and try to fill them by designing or sourcing products that I would wear for the SHOP. I draw a lot of inspiration from NATURE especially water. I love the idea of the current being a force that can bring renewal & hope. I’m inspired by the flow of the spirit & promptings from a voice inside. Also, I’m so inspired by OTHERS who are creative and just love people and their energy and enthusiasm.

Which Instagram accounts inspire you? Let me know!

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#InstaLove – The Bright Company

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My second favourite pastime is lounging around. Sunday’s, lazy days, sleeping in, all sound like heaven to me. Doing it in gorgeous pjs? Great. Doing it in matching pjs with C & H? Even better! The Bright Company make unisex sleepwear and bedding for kids and adults. And they’re made in Britain.

They’re the kind of pjs I would let my babes wear out, they’re that good. I love Alienor for that! Her Instagram is full of bright colours and gorgeous patterns. You can follow @thebrightcompany or go and buy some for yourself (and the kids!) www.thebrightcompany.co.uk

3 things:

Three things you can’t live without?
Sadly, my phone, as a working mum the convenience of having my company in my pocket is too just too handy.
My Pantone book, colour is so important to us, the shades have to be just right.
The sea, not exactly an item but living by the sea is so important to us as a family.

What would you cook to impress?
Usually seafood, although I don’t often invite people over for dinner I feel I need to impress!

Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere! Inspiration is all around us. My children influence the styles we make, I see what works and doesn’t work on them, they are our product testers. Print inspiration can come from anything, graphic design, interiors, fashion.

Which Instagram accounts inspire you? Let me know!

 

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