Our Engagement Story

Some of you may already be aware of our news and it’s actually been nearly two months since we were in New Zealand and Matt popped the question but I still wanted to write a blog post on what will always be one of my favourite memories.
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Emily x

Queensland: Koalas, The Rainforest and The Great Barrier Reef

When deciding our itinerary, the amount of time we had available meant that we needed to choose between doing the Whitsunday Islands or the Great Barrier Reef. As incredible as the Whitsunday’s looked (I couldn’t stop looking at photos online), there was something even more exciting about the chance to visit the Great Barrier Reef and after all, who knew how long left we had to see it? After lots of research, I settled on a base of Port Douglas, an hour’s drive from Cairns where we would be flying to from Sydney, a quick domestic flight of roughly three hours.

Our Airbnb was a spacious apartment that sat within the Hibiscus Hotel & Spa, whose facilities we were able to access. It was a lovely and clean with Balinese inspired décor and two gorgeous pools with floating bean bags, which were the comfiest things and we proceeded to spend our first day floating around on, preparing for our final week.
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Emily x

Valentines Day with Queensgate [ad]

Ah, Valentines Day! A topic which divides many of us.

Personally, I sit somewhere in the middle. Of course, it goes without saying that you should and can show someone you love and care for them any day of the year. But we all know how easy it is to take our loved ones for granted amongst the day-to-day comings and goings of life, and Valentines Day is what I like to think of as a reminder. And you know what? Some people do need that reminder. If you don’t want to ‘celebrate’, then don’t! But then don’t take it upon yourself criticise those who do like to acknowledge the day whether it be with a silly card, bunch of flowers, a romantic dinner or thoughtful gift. It’s simple, really.

When Queensgate Shopping Centre got in touch with a Valentines challenge for me to take part in, I was more than up for the job. My task was simple, hunt out the best Valentines gifts available at Queensgate’s many shops for a variety of budgets.
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Emily x

When in Sydney

I’m ashamed to say that there was no particular reason why I wanted to visit Sydney. It was just one of those places you know you want to visit and when Matt and I first started talking about this big holiday, it made sense that while we over New Zealand way, to make a stop there too. A big factor was of course that we knew we would be away over New Year and where better to spend it than Sydney?

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Emily x

NEW ZEALAND: EXPLORING THE NORTH ISLAND

Well hello there! Long time no see eh?

After so much time planning our dream trip to New Zealand and Australia and finally jetting off in December 2018, it’s crazy to be back in the UK, digesting it all. I’m still slightly shell-shocked at how much we’ve done and what an incredible experience it’s been and I wanted to write down in more detail what we got up to, in case any of you are thinking of doing something similar and so I have a place to relive the memories in detail. For ease of reading, I’ll be breaking the trip down into three parts, New Zealand, Sydney and Queensland. I have decided to only include key parts as quite honestly, this post would go on for ages!

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Emily x