Hotel Baia Lara Antalya – Beach Cabana

on December 11, 2014

Our first ever trip to Turkey was going to be the ultimate in rest and relaxation. We spent a lot of time researching the perfect 5* all inclusive holiday resort and with the help of Thomson Holidays, opted to stay in the chic Hotel Baia Lara in the Antalya region of Turkey.

And we weren’t disappointed! We enjoyed a 10 night stay in mid September this year. We chose this time as it would still be hot (was 28-35 degrees during our stay), but there’d be less kids and families on holiday (sorry, but we wanted a romantic trip away). This hotel was also recommended by Thomson for being a good couples resort with adults-only areas. Winner! Continue reading

PicsArt App – photo editing

If you’re anything like me, you love using your phone’s camera and have every photo-editing app under the sun! Love a good filter! One I discovered a little while back, which I think is pretty awesome, is PicsArt.

It has the usual filters, colours and editing tools, but you can also add awesome things like light spots, blurs and textured effects, as well as text. You can also add cool masks, borders and frames. So at a few touches of the buttons and a couple of minutes editing, you can have some really great photos as a result! Continue reading

Bowness-on-Windermere – A Winter Weekend

on December 8, 2014

I have just got back from the most splendid, relaxing Winter weekend away in Bowness-on-Windermere. Mummy and I enjoyed a much deserved weekend away by The Lakes, staying in the wonderful Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa, Windermere.

I’d driven through Windermere before in the past, but not stopped, so didn’t realise that we were just moments away from the most stunning quintessentially English little town on the lake – Bowness. We wanted somewhere with a stunning view of the lake, but also within walking distance to some shops and restaurants. This is exactly what we got with Bowness. Continue reading

UK Blog Awards 2015 – Please vote

Hi lovely readers (promise I’m not sucking up)…for those of you that know me and those of you that follow HollyGoesLightly, you’ll know that this blog has become a very important part of my life!

I love blogging. I find it cathartic. I feel like I’m learning a new skill. I like to share. I like to write. I like to remember. I like to document. I love to photograph. 

All of these things have meant that this is my 140th blog-post (still amateur in the blogging-world) and that I’ve been writing this blog for over 18 months now.

As with everything in life, there’s the opportunity to be recognised and the UK Blog Awards do just that. It’s so nice to have an organising body that looks solely at the work,  achievements and creativity that bloggers bring to the online world. To even be considered and in with a chance of being short-listed is an honour! And I have the chance of being short-listed in the Lifestyle Blog category (woohoo!).

So this is where I ask that if you like my blog, enjoy reading it, like my photos or anything to do with HollyGoesLightly and what it represents, then please take a few moments to vote for me by clicking the image below!

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If you’re also a blogger, then definitely check out the UK Blog Awards website – it’s totally approachable and full of useful blogging tips and advice!

Cheers to that!

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Link Loveliness – Winter Warmers

The nights are drawing-in and it’s getting cold outside.

Here are a few things from this week’s link loveliness, to keep you warm:


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Booking a Personal Trainer

If you follow this blog, you’ll be aware of my constant battle with weight and getting fit. I’m back on the Slimming World food optimising plan and I’m ready to get back on track with my fitness too.

When I was recently on holiday, enjoying the all-inclusive buffet and limitless cocktails, I was making plans to get fit…honestly! So much so, that I spent a few hours, lazing around by the pool, looking for a Personal Trainer in Manchester, who would be able to help me achieve my personal goals. And I was lucky enough that the wonderful Jade Mottley saw my plight on Twitter and tweeted back! Continue reading


Back in September, I realised that the year 2014 was running away with me and there was a lot I’d like to achieve before the year end. A month ago, at the beginning of October, I re-capped where I was up to with these 10 things and if I’d achieved any of them…in short, I hadn’t done too well.

Now, 2 months on, I thought I’d better see where I’m up to and give myself a kick-up-the-bum if needed. So here we go…

1. Lose 10lbs

I’ve yo-yo’d up and down over this last month, with a few lbs on, then a couple off, then a couple more off, then a few on and now I’m back losing each week. So all in all, I’ve lost 2lbs since my starting weight in September. That means I’ve got 8.5 weeks to lose 8 more lbs. I know I can do this! Easy peasy lemon squeezy (eek!). It means I need to maintain my 1lb per week loss, that I know I can do with Slimming World. So i’m feeling good about this goal.

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Chuck Burger Bar – Hatch End

on October 28, 2014

As you will all know, I love my American food! And one place that is doing American food very well, is Chuck Burger Bar in Hatch End!

It not only has a great, finger-licking menu, it also has moreish cocktails and gorgeous decor.

We were visiting my brother and sister-in-law, who still live “dahhn saaf” and needed somewhere to fill our faces on a Saturday evening. We wanted ribs, pulled pork, mac n cheese, fries…and Chuck Burger Bar answered our calls! Continue reading

Slimming World – Getting my mojo back

I’ve lost my mojo in many ways over this last few weeks and have been feeling a bit low. I like to put a lot of it down to post-holiday blues and a 2-week cough and cold! But I also know that I need to re-energise myself and get my mojo back…and only I can do that!

One of the main things that affects my mood, is how I’m feeling about myself and in particular, my weight. Since the wedding, I’ve gone on a bit of a food-bender and disregarded my health and fitness almost entirely. And why the hell not? I was happy, I looked great on my wedding day (even though I do say so myself) and I worked bloody hard. So I deserved a reward. Problem was, the lbs sneaked on…and on…and on…and before I knew it, I was 2 stone heavier than on my wedding day. Ouch! Continue reading

10 things to do before 2015 – 1 month in

You might have seen my post at the beginning of last month, listing 10 things I’d like to achieve by 1st Jan 2015! Just over a month in, I thought it might be worth re-capping and see where I’m up to with the list…

1. Lose 10lbs

Well I’ve lost 5.5lbs, but technically I put 4.5lbs on while on holiday in Turkey, so really I’ve only lost 1lb! Grrrr. Damn you all inclusive holiday. But I’m fully motivated to get 9 more lbs off by 2015, so watch this space! Continue reading