9th April 2019


So I know it's the Easter holidays right now - some schools I was surprised to see today haven't broken up yet - but Minnie did last Thursday.

Hope you're having a lovely time whatever you're up to and hasn't the weather been nice - really Spring like.

As Minnie is still in nursery and doesn't start school until next September 2020 we have been lucky that we can take her on holidays when suits us and so a couple of weeks ago we went to Tenerife. Minnie was so excited. We called it a sleepover and after the excitement of the taxi and then the plane came the hotel.

We stayed at Hard Rock Hotel in Costa Adeji (Playa Paraiso)

We had stayed at the Hard Rock in Cancun before (infact we think that's where Minnie was conceived but thats possibly too much information) :) anyway we knew we loved it so we booked here. It was MEGA! We loved the fact there was Cava at breakfast, sweets for the kids at all times


and live music EVERYWHERE. The electric guitar player at breakfast was a particular favourite.

We had intended to leave the hotel and explore, maybe even visit the water park but we only actually left once and that was a rainy day when we got a cab to the Siam Mall. I'd heard Zara was alot cheaper than at home and my gosh I wasn't dissappointed. I think it's maybe because it's Spanish - I'm not sure but it's huge and I definaitely noticed a difference in prices.

I'd not been to Tenerife since I was 15 years old - so much had changed I think but as we didn't leave the complex much I can't compare. I had to laugh on the first day - as we checked in I just hear 'Hiya Chels' and it was Tanya Bardsley from the Real Housewives of Cheshire. She was there with her footballing husband Phil and their family. That was the night the new series started on ITVBe.

One thing I love most about holidays is spending my time with Ben and Minnie. Being up at 4am most days I don't get to see Minnie in the mornings and I don't get to dress her or have breakfast with her so it was great having her so much. Ben is a busy man too - so enjoyed being Daddy and playing with Minnie all day (even if it was so Mummy could have a little sunbathe)

Probably won't surprise you to know Ben went to the gym each morning, I probably should have done too. We were half board and the hotel had this steak restaurant that served truffle chips. They were quite honestly the best thing in my life I've ever tasted and I apologise to Ben now for the amount I talked about these chips during that week stay. I've dreamt of them since - haha.

There was a roof top bar too - that looked out over the sea which was stunning. Each night there was LIVE music and i'm quite sure after too many gins I was doing a rendition of Jazzy Jeff and Summertime.

As you may know Tenerife is a volcanic island - so the sand is mostly black. The hotel had made a little beach of it's own which Minnie enjoyed.

The time came to an end quicker than we hoped and we headed back home.

Minnie was so cute the other night - I was tucking her into bed and she said 'I'm sad mummy' - 'why' I said. 'Minnie misses holiday, I miss Minnie's hotel'. My heart leapt a little and we said we'd plan to go back. So for over a week we've all still had our bands on our wrists as Minnie won't allow us to remove them as they won't let us back then, ha! We got them off eventually by convincing her they will give us new ones.

For now we dream of this view and to return,

- so enjoying the English sunshine in the meantime.

Better dash - off to host an evening at Piccolino in Alderley Edge tonight which will look lovely in the sunshine.

Won't be a late one as that 4am alarm call still beckons.

Catch you soon,

Chelsea xxxx



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