holi one festival plymouthLast Saturday evening I was invited to the Holi One Colour Festival in Plymouth and we had an amazing time! I'd never been to a colour festival before so I wasn't really sure what to expect well other than getting covered in paint!

I'd already spent all day at Somersault festival in North Devon so it was quite a rush to get down to Plymouth and the party vibe was in full swing by the time we got there.

We went prepared, all dressed in white and ready to get colourful.

Holi One Colour Festival Plymouth

When we arrived we felt a little out of place as we were the only sober clean people there but luckily there was a passer by that was happy to share some of their paint with us.

Holi One Colour Festival Plymouth

No longer feeling so conspicuous we decided to hit the bar and attack a cocktail or 10!

Holi One Colour Festival Plymouth
The bar men responsible for the state that I found myself in later on.

We spent most of our time there sitting on the grass chatting about life and supping on our, rather strong, cocktails.

Holi One Colour Festival Plymouth

When they did the paint countdowns every hour it was amazing and I managed to get some great pictures...

Holi One Colour Festival Plymouth

Holi One Colour Festival Plymouth

Holi One Colour Festival Plymouth

By the end of the evening we were covered from head to toe in paint.

Holi One Colour Festival Plymouth

It really was a great night and a fantastic experience even if it did take me 3 days to get over my hangover, did I mention how strong the cocktails were!!!

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Holi One Colour Festival Plymouth

There are lots of Holi One festivals happening all over the UK check out their website to find out if there is one near to you.

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Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to not 1 but 2 festivals both on the same day!

SoChill circle somersault festival In the morning I traveled up to Somersault festival to meet Jerry from the SoChill Circle.

'The SoChill circle has been heading to various festivals all over the UK for the past 3 years, offering a unique experience for festival-goers to drop by, chill out, soak up the atmosphere and watch some top notch entertainment. SoChill is the perfect place to be able to get an entertainment fix, chat with your friends, and generally chill out!'

SoChill Circle Somersault

The SoChill circle is still relatively new but they have some fantastic ideas to expand in the future including fun photo booth areas, inflatable games and live bands.

To start the day my friend and I were treated to a massage and a bit of cupping! cupping massage Loved the massage, not too convinced with the cupping, it left some rather nasty bruises on our skin which we are still sporting today (a week later!) Although saying that it did sort out my trapped nerve that has been bothering me for months so I guess it's not all bad.

After we'd finished in the relaxation area we were treated to some yummy lunch from Humble Pie... Humble Pie BTW their pies are fantastic!

We then sat chatting in the SoChill circle discussing what it's all about. Apparently the SoChill guys were at 5 different festivals that day!

When we finished we got a chance to check out the rest of the festival and I must say that I was really impressed. I've been to quite a few festivals in my time and this one definitely had the best atmosphere. Really calm, chilled out and very child friendly. Somersault Festival I'd love to go back next year with my two and stay for the weekend. Somersault festival Jack Johnson was headlining that night but unfortunately we didn't get to see him *cries into hands* as we had to leave to go and review the next festival in Plymouth. It's a hard job but someone's got to do it ;)

Here's a few more pics from the day... Somersault Festival Somersault Festival Somersault Festival Somersault Festival If you are going to any festivals this year make sure you keep your eye out for the guys in the SoChill area and go and say hi :)

To find out where they'll be click here. SoChill Somersault Festival

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Energy Saving ChallengeThis month we are taking part in an energy saving challenge with MoneySuperMarket. You can read more about the challenge here. To help us with the challenge we have received these handy energy monitors from Efergy.

The  aim is to take a reading at the start  of the challenge and see if over the course of a month we can reduce our energy consumption which will help us to save money. I personally feel that we are already pretty good at keeping our energy usage down but hopefully these gadgets will help us to see where we can improve on this.

Energy Saving Challenge

'The elite wireless energy monitor updates every 6 seconds so you can instantly see the impact of turning a light on or off, boiling the kettle or using your tumble dryer. It has an innovative memory function that allows you to see how much you have used today, yesterday and in the last week or month.

The elite monitor also displays your daily average so you can see when you are using more electricity than normal and see how your average usage reduces as you change the way you do things'.

So far tonight we have learnt that boiling our kettle with enough water for 2 cups of tea cost us 1p. Which doesn't sound like much but if you think about how many times you boil the kettle everyday or every week then that adds up to quite a bit!

energy saving challenge

 The energy system was really easy to set up.

energy saving challenge

Energy Saving Challenge

Now we just have to monitor it and see if we can make any changes to save us more money and reduce our carbon footprint.

I fear that I am going to become obsessed with staring at the monitor and spend my life running around the house turning everything off!

If you are taking part in the challenge I'd love to hear from you, perhaps we can compare notes?

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Diggerland devonA few weekends ago we were lucky enough to be invited along to Diggerland in Devon.

I had never been before so I was looking forward to seeing what it was all about. I'm not sure who was more excited about going the kiddies or the other half! From the minute we pulled into the car park everyone seemed to go into hyper mode!

diggerland devon review

The first thing that kids wanted to do when we got there was play on the park (typical! We could of done that anywhere!) In the park there is a really tall aerial walkway with 3 big slides, a fun house, a sandpit and some real vehicles that the children can get in and play on.

diggerland devon

From an adult perspective the park did look like it could do with a few updates and a lick of paint but the kiddies didn't care about that and they had great fun.

After we finally coaxed them out of the park we actually got to go on some diggers!

The hoop a duck was a firm favourite with ours...

Diggerland Devon Hoop a Duck

I was slightly concerned that it would be too boy orientated and that Lj would get bored but I needn't have worried, she got stuck right in and she particulalry enjoyed driving a jeep.

Diggerland Devon

There were lots of rides to go on as well as diggers.

diggerland devon

When the rain started to come down we decided it would be a good time to have some lunch in the cafe. The menu was very simple with things like burgers, nuggets and chips. The food was good and the kiddies ate all of it which is always a bonus!

diggerland food

The good thing about the cafe area is that there is an indoor ball pit and bouncy castle for, if like us, you get caught out by rain. There is also a small computer arcade which kept our two entertained while we had a quiet cup of tea.

Diggerland Devon

When the rain subsided we ventured outside again and had a go on some of the rides we had missed.

Diggerland Devon

Diggerland Devon

Diggerland Devon

Diggerland Devon

If you visit remember to pop into the shop before you leave to get your Diggerland certificates and check out some of the fab bits that they have for sale, like their very cool bright yellow Diggerland wellies which I now wish I had bought :(

digerland certificates

All in all, we had a really lovely day at Diggerland and we're looking forward to going back soon!

Diggerland Devon

 

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I have a constant battle with my desire for pretty things and my hate of consumerism. Today desire won!

holi one plymouthI went on a charity shop recky! I was on a mission to find something to wear to the two festivals that I'm going to on Saturday. For the Holi One festival in Plymouth I needed something white to really show up the paint but also something that wasn't to expensive. I managed to find this top and it only cost me £2.00! Total bargain. Charity Shop Bargains I'm going to wear it with my denim shorts and flip flops, perfect festival gear. :)

As always happens when I'm on a charity shop mission I didn't just buy the one top, I actually ended up with all of this... charity shop bargains I love the colours in the tunic top. I'm going to wear it to Somersault Festival on Saturday along with a pair of black leggings.

somersault festival Charity shop bargains I really like this top although I'm not sure what on earth I'm going to wear it with... charity shop bargains I also brought this fab boho necklace...

boho necklace bargain

Have you found any bargains this week?

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holi one festival plymouthThis Saturday I will be at the Holi One Festival in Plymouth and I cannot wait!!!

I was lucky enough to be invited along to see what it's all about. I have never been to anything like it before and I'm sure that it's going to be an amazing experience!

'Thousands of people, dressed in white, come together to share in music, dance, performance art and visual stimulation. HOLI ONE brings this unforgettable experience to cities all around the world. We come together to share in music, dance, performance art and visual stimulation'.

holi one festival plymouth

'The festival itself is influenced by the original Holi in India but not related - the HOLI ONE Colour Festival travels around the world bringing people together to experience the music, dance, performance art and visual stimulation; all in all just a general good time and fun day out!'

They're are 16 Holi One events happening in the UK this year so check out their website to find out if there is one near you.

I apologise in advance for the mass of random photos on Twitter and Instagram this coming Saturday ;-)

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Taste is subjective and home furniture choices say a lot about your personality, but below are five styles currently sweeping through British homes that might conjure up some inspiration.

Decadent Glamour

With the Art Deco era as inspiration, Hollywood glamour is achieved by taking glossy blacks or strong, dark browns as accents. This effect works really well on floors, against white walls, complemented by large, eye-catching or even pomp works of art. Shiny metallic touches can be added in all forms, including furniture. Don’t shy away from gold or silver tones, as these will emphasise the eccentricity that this style represents.

Literary Charm

Imagine going to the theatre to watch a Victorian drama and now consider such a scene in your living room. This looks wonderfully charming if done correctly. Think of large bookshelves filled with dusty tomes, noble portraits watching over you on the walls and a globe on the coffee table showing that you are a true academic. The colour for the walls should be a grey or navy blue; nothing too strong, as it is the subtle details in this style that are to be the centre of attention. Motifs of top hats, moustaches and pipes will add to the aesthetic and furniture should be antique, or in that style, with neutral colours.

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Image by Aleksey Gnilenkov used under the Creative Comms licence

Colour Shock

Strong, even blinding, colours are the name of the game for this one. Clashing colours are the way to proceed with this, but avoid using more than four, as otherwise it will step over the boundaries of human tolerance. Minimalism is the second step, by keeping a tidy room with only the bare essentials. A stylish but otherwise simple sofa placed on a bright rug, a smooth coffee table, a television and a lamp or two are all that is needed. The bright colours of the furniture and accessories are best emphasised with white floors and walls.

Going in Circles

If the prospect of nothing but circles frightens you, then this style should probably be avoided. Sixties inspired circles are the only noteworthy shape in this theme, which includes rugs, sofas, lamps, tables and decorations. While not as colour happy as the previous trend, there should be bright circular hues sticking out from a grey or otherwise neutral background. This is a style that does not take itself too seriously, so feel free to experiment with anything circular.

In the Tropics

Go all out and show off your wild side. There is a way to add a touch of life to your chosen rooms without the home furniture getting drenched in torrential rain or having its stuffing ripped out by cheeky monkeys. Bring in some palm trees as large as the room can cope with or have the walls covered in jungle wallpaper. Push the boat out by adding some wildlife with a terrarium; tarantulas or iguanas are always fun to keep. Avoid going completely green by adding a brightly coloured sofa and cushions.

From subtle changes to full revamps, decorating can bring a new lease of life to the home. Choose a theme to go with and have fun with it.

To save a bit of money on our weekly food shop we have started an allotment together with my sister in law. You can read all about how this started in my Amateur Allotment Growers post.

allotment progressWe have really enjoyed it so far and we are just starting to get crops that we can eat!

Allotment

As we've been pretty successful so far on the allotment I've also started growing a few bits at home.

grow your own strawberries

 Grow your own

The kiddies are really into it and they both take it in turns to water the plants each night before bed. It's also a great way to get them to try new foods.

nasturtiums edible flowers

We haven't seen any difference in our weekly food shop bill yet as most of the crops still aren't quite ready but I'm hoping that will change in the next couple of weeks. It 's also  going to help towards my Supermarket Free challenge that I've set myself. :)

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Choosing where to go on holiday can be hard. There are so many options out there these days that it can all become a little overwhelming. Not only do you have to choose where in the world you want to go but you’ve also got to consider which type of holiday you would like to experience; whether it be self-catering, half board or all inclusive.

In the past we have enjoyed some great all inclusive holidays, one in particular that sticks in my mind was the holiday that we booked through First Choice. They are definitely worth a look if you are planning to go away.

Here are my top 5 reasons to go all in...

5 reasons why you should book an all inclusive holiday

Less to think about

Having everything included can really take the stress off. You don’t have to worry about where you are going to eat that night or if you have enough money, everything has already been taken care of. Everything you need is right where you are staying including food, drink, activities and entertainment. This is really handy if you are holidaying somewhere that you are unfamiliar with.

Easy To Budget

It makes it easier to budget as you know that the only money that you will need while away is a bit of money for souvenirs.

Save Money

This one is especially important if you are going away with children. If you go all in it means that they can drink and eat as much as they want. You don’t have to constantly be searching in your pockets for change at snack time.

All inclusive holiday in Ibiza
My all inclusive holiday in Ibiza

It’s Safer

As you have already paid for everything it means that you won’t have to carry lots of cash around with you. The resorts are safe and if you are staying in a country that can be dangerous for tourists then you don’t even have to leave the complex as you will have everything you need around you.

Drinks on Tap

You get unlimited alcoholic drinks… need I say more!

All inclusive holiday in Spain
My beautiful sister on our holiday in Spain

So what do you prefer to do when you go away?

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How we Save Money by Buying in Bulk

You may have seen my post a little while ago about saving money by buying in bulk well I thought I would write a little update about how we are going on with it.

It first started when  we were sent 10 litres of washing up liquid by NCS online and 2 months later it's still going strong.

buy in bulk

 Since receiving the washing up liquid we have decided to buy other bits in bulk including our washing powder and fabric conditioner. We buy our washing powder from a local garage and it costs us £8.99 for a 5.6kg container which does 70+ washes. If we were to buy Surf in our local supermarket it would cost us £9.00 for a 2.83kg container which only does 45 washes. It's a no-brainer really!

We got the fabric conditioner from NCS online again. They have a whole range of bulk buy laundry products online so well worth a look.

Bulk Buy Laundry Products Online

I'm currently also looking into going 'Supermarket Free' so my next job is to do some more research to find other items that we can buy in bulk online. I'd like to find somewhere to bulk buy flour and yeast so I can make more of my own bread.

Check back soon to see how I'm getting on.

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